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“Distance is just a test of how far love can travel.”~ Unknown
You’re in the midst of a long-distance relationship. You miss your partner – his or her touch, smell, and even the sweet taste of his or her kisses. But, because you are currently living in two different cities, states, or even countries, that desire is impossible.
So, what do you do?
You make the best of the situation until you can be together again. Your new relationship reality involves logging into Skype, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, or turning on your smartphone’s video chatting function (i.e. FaceTime) to chat with, or “date,” your significant other.
You probably get anxious and excited at the mere thought of seeing your partner’s beaming face pop-up on the screen after he or she answers your call. It just goes to show just how much we have advanced, as a society. All it takes for us to connect with our loved ones in another city, state, or country is the click of a mouse or the tap of a button.
Video date ideas keep things fresh
Unfortunately, however, sometimes routine Facebooking, Messengering, Skyping, or FaceTime video-chatting simply isn’t enough to keep the passion flowing in a relationship, especially if it’s a long-distance one. The truth is, long-distance relationships aren’t for the weak of heart – or mind – or body for that matter.
But, being away from one another doesn’t have to lead to boredom, and/or heartache. There are fun ways you can keep your relationship sizzling even though you’re not physically together. In fact, the goal of this article is to give you video date ideas to keep your long-distance relationship alive for the indefinite future.
Tip: Make sure your phone or tablet is fully charged before your video date, or you’ll end up with a dead battery and a hefty dose of disappointment.
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If you are interested in learning more about how “video date ideas can keep your long-distance relationship alive” check out the following articles: What Every Person in a Long-Distance Relationship Should Know, How to Survive a Long-Distance Relationship, and Long Distance Date Ideas: 23 Activities For Tonight.
Watch a movie
To start off our list of video date ideas, one great way to spend time with your long-distance love is to watch a movie – in real-time – together. How? All it takes to make this “date” a success is a mutually-selected movie, a pre-selected movie start time, a clear schedule, delicious buttery or cheesy popcorn, a crisp soda or wine, and a comfy couch, chair, or bed to lounge on.
What is your movie sweet spot? Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Romance, Action-Packed, Documentary, Thriller, Indie, or all of the above? The best part? You can laugh, scream, and/or swoon over the movie in real-time – together. How cool is that?
Even though you’re not physically sitting side-by-side, you still get to watch and talk about the movie in real-time. You’ll be surprised how much fun you’ll have spending that quality time together, even if you’re not physically together.
Prepare a meal
Are you a good cook? What about your partner? Yes? No? Kind of? Well, the good news is, it doesn’t matter if you are an expert cook or a novice “burner,” you can still prepare a yummy with your long-distance sweetheart.
How? Well, first you’ll need to pull out the trusty cookbook you received on your wedding day, purchase a couples cookbook, and/or search the internet for “easy, romantic, or fun meals for two.”
You’ll need to decide the theme of the meal and the foods you’ll both prepare for it. For instance, if you and your partner decide to make lasagna, salad, and garlic toast for the entrée with cheesecake for dessert, and complete the meal with a bottle of wine, you’ll need to make a grocery list and pick up the ingredients – the same ingredients for both of you.
Next you will need to carve out some time to prepare the meal – the same time for both of you. Then, it will be time to start cooking! Once you finish preparing your meal, grab a plate, settle in, and enjoy the feast. Try to eat each item at the same time.
Don’t forget to talk about your days, dreams, fears, concerns, and anything else couples, who are in the same city or share a home, talk about. Keep the video chatting app or function up and prop it up on your table while you chat the night away.
Make this ‘date’ memorable by sharing cooking tips (and blunders) with one another. Laugh and enjoy the moment. Want an added touch? Make a list of your favorite songs and play them in the background (at the same time), while you cook.
Phone sex anyone? Yes, phone sex is still a thing. Truth-be-told, this naughty behavior can keep the fire bristling in your relationship until you can be together or reunited. And, guess what? Phone sex doesn’t have to be silly or raunchy.
Nope, it can actually be romantic, sexy, intimate, and extremely gratifying – physically and emotionally. So, put on something sexy, grab a glass of wine, turn on some romantic music, and get comfortable. Then, showcase your phone sex skills to your long-distance boo.
Not sure what to say to get this naughty ball rolling? Well, fret no more, because this article can give you some steamy pointers on how to put a little “dirtiness” in your long-distance relationship.
Play spicy games
Who doesn’t love a good game – the spicier the better, right? Just because your love isn’t sitting directly in front of you, doesn’t mean you can’t play “games” with him or her. There are tons of games you can play with your long-distance honey, although the “spicy” ones are the most fun.
So, pick a game to play, get comfortable, grab some adult beverages and let loose. Have fun with it! Need suggestions? What about a sexy, adult-version of “Truth or Dare” or an exciting game of “Strip Poker.”
Warning: Both of these games may lead to some much-needed “nakedness,” so be prepared to “take it all off” before the end of the night!
The great thing about playing games like ‘Truth and Dare’ and ‘Strip Poker’ together is they help you learn more about each other – things you may not have known. So, not only is this spicy game fun, but it’s also a great way to bond with each other, while you’re apart.
Not sure about “spicy” games? No problem! You can always make it a fun video game date by playing your favorite online games together.
Make a Smule video
What is Smule? It’s a cool karaoke app that you can do with another person. What makes this a good video date idea? Well, you don’t have to be in the same physical location as your partner. Oh, and you don’t have to be a “professional singer” either. It’s not only super fun and romantic; it’s a great way to feel close to your love, even though there are many miles between you.
In fact, a couple from the popular show, “90 Day Fiancée,” actually met on Smule. She is from the US and he is from England. They are now happily married, so it’s definitely worth checking out. Curious about Smule? Awesome! You can learn more about it here.
About the Author
Dr. R. Y. Langham
Ph.D. in Family Psychology
Ree has a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.M.F.T.) and a Ph.D. in Family Psychology. She spent over ten years counseling families, couples, individuals, and children on adjustment issues such as blended families, same-sex couples, dysfunctional family relationships, relationship issues, etc. Now she writes for famous health organizations and is a published author.
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