A few months ago, we posted our top five ideas for long distance date nights. After many, many requests for another post revisiting the topic, we’re following it up with a second round of romantic date ideas for couples who live apart. In no particular order, here are five more date nights for you and your partner, long distance style.
1) Visit a museum together, virtually.
Artsy-fartsy museum dates are among the cornerstones of early dating activities: When you’re first getting to know someone, it’s exciting to learn about their tastes and interests. Thanks to the joint power of Skype and the Google Art Project, you and your loved one can check out some of the world’s greatest artworks together — without ever having to leave your respective homes. The Google Art Project makes 265 of the world’s most prominent art collections available online, where you can examine works of art at incredible zoom levels, create your own gallery, and explore your favorite collections crowd-free, at your leisure. You can also enjoy a nice glass of wine while you’re at it – something museum officials would never in a million years allow. So what are you waiting for? Pick a date, a time, and a museum, and get ready for a romantic night of on-the-couch art criticism. Here is a short exhibition about couples to get you started!
2) Have a sleepover.
One of the toughest parts of long-distance dating is the lack of regular, routinized, marathon hangout sessions. Sure, you can have a great phone call, or a great long-distance dinner-and-a-movie, but then you hang up and the magic ends. So how about just not hanging up every once in awhile? Plan to have a date night that stretches into the morning. Sign on to Skype for whatever activity you’ve decided on for the night, and then move the computer to a nearby table, plug in the charger, and position the camera in such a way that you and your partner can be near each other while you sleep. The next day, you won’t even have to worry about morning breath.
3) Train for a 5k together.
If you’ve watched Season 2
of Girls, you’ll know that running while talking to a lover FaceTime is a totally possible pursuit. Why not do it on the regular? Training for an athletic event with your partner is a great way to have a shared routine. It also gives you a common goal, and it allows you to chat casually with your loved one without feeling the pressure of a date-night phone or Skype chat. Plus, having a running buddy is a great motivating factor when it comes to sticking to your training. Protip: if you want to better track your progress together, consider investing in wearable fitness device like a Fitbit, which will allow you to easily share your fitness data and progress towards your goal.
4) Make your own artisanal cocktails.
I always love a romantic night of complicated cocktails at my local dimly lit speak-easy. But who says you need a bartender to enjoy a good old-fashioned Old Fashion? You and your partner can make your own artisanal alcoholic beverages. Find a recipe or two you’re interested in trying – Food & Wine, Saveur, and Bon Appetit all have robust online cocktail guides – procure the necessary ingredients, and when date night arrives, simply sign on to your favorite video chat service before putting your bartender hat on. For a boost in authenticity, feel free to invest in a nice set of martini glasses or tumblers, an over-sized ice cube tray, and a hearty selection of your favorite bar snacks.
5) Go stargazing together.
What could be more romantic than a night of couples stargazing? For lovers who live half a world apart, scheduling a time to gaze at the moon or the night sky together can also be a reminder that you’re not quite as long-distance as it sometimes feels. After all, it’s the same sky, right? Pick a night that has a clear forecast for you and your partner and scope out a private (but safe!) spot for scoping the night sky. You can also check out stargazing apps like The Night Sky, which will help you identify – and share – what you’re looking at.
While this activity will work for many couples separated by distance, it best reserved for couples who are no more than a few time zones apart and experience nighttime in overlapping hours.
How do you do long distance date night with your partner? Tell us in the comments!