It can be hard coming up with fun ideas for dates at the best of times. However, it’s even more difficult when you’re in a long distance relationship or just getting to know each other on a dating app.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of virtual date ideas. These are all activities you can share from the comfort of your own home on a video call, while still hanging out and getting to know your partner.
1. Follow a Recipe Online
Cooking is good for the soul, and eating your creations is even better. You and your date can find a recipe online—perhaps for an evening meal or a sweet treat—and then follow along together, helping each other out if you have any issues or just chatting about your favorite food memories along the way. And once it’s ready to eat, show it off and dig in.
2. Watch Netflix Together
Watching a movie together is a classic date night—hence the popularity of the “Netflix and chill” slang—but you can still replicate that remotely.
To do so, use one of the ways to watch Netflix with someone remotely. These sync up the video so that you and your date are watching the same thing at the same time. Grab some popcorn, settle down somewhere comfortable, and enjoy the movie.
3. Go on a Trek
On a standard date it would be impossible to see the pyramids of Giza, the Eiffel Tower, and Mont Blanc all in a short space of time. Unless you’re rich.
However, thanks to Google Maps Treks, that’s entirely possible on a virtual date. Using Google’s Street View technology, you and your date can explore some incredible wonders of the world without leaving your home. While it’s not quite the same as being there, the beauty is still awe-inspiring.
4. Enjoy a Song and a Dance
Someone’s music tastes can say a lot about them. So why not make a shared playlist so that you and your date can create the ultimate mix of your favorite hits. Then crank the music up loud and dance and sing along. Don’t worry if you’ve got two left feet. Just have fun, enjoy yourself, and get your date talking about why they chose the songs that they did.
5. Learn Something New
There are always new things to learn and it’s so much easier to do when you’re being motivated by someone else. Pick an activity that neither of you have tried before, like sewing or learning a language, and work on it together. You can share things that you’ve researched and offer encouragement. This will make for the most productive date you’ll have ever had.
6. Play a Video Game
Bring out each other’s competitive side by playing a video game (or opt for a co-op game if that’s more your thing). If you’re both big gamers then you can go for a multiplayer console or PC game. Alternatively, keep it light with some mobile multiplayer.
These cross-platform mobile multiplayer games mean you can play together even if you don’t have the same mobile operating system.
7. Complete an Online Escape Room
A traditional escape room requires you and a group to get into a room together and solve puzzles to break out of it. However, there are lots of online escape rooms to try too.
These are either things that you print out at home and work your way through, or they’re interactive timed experiences to try to replicate the thrills of a real escape room. Just don’t let the pressure mount up and ruin the date!
8. Get Fit Together by Working Out
You don’t need to visit the gym or even go outside to work out. Either pop on a video of a trained instructor teaching a class or create your own routines tailored to your specific needs. Exercise comes easier to some than others, so don’t forget to motivate one another to get to the end of the routine.
9. Create Something Artistic
A nice date idea is to have a go at creating something. No matter your skill level, this is an activity that everyone can do. Perhaps you could draw a portrait of one another, write a poem about why you like the other person, or build your dream home with Lego. Share your creations with one another and talk about what inspired it.
10. Read a Book
Reading is usually a solitary activity, but it doesn’t have to be. You could turn your date into a book club of sorts. You each decide to read the same book and then discuss what you thought about it when you next chat. Alternatively, you could take it in turns to read to one another—perhaps a chapter each date. It will be like creating your own personal audiobook.
11. Take a Tour of Your House
Even if your date can’t physically be in your house, that doesn’t mean they can’t see it. Give them a virtual house tour with your camera. Talk them through your decor choices or highlight some of your prized possessions. What is the every day to you will be fresh for the other person, and it’s bound to spark some interesting conversation.
12. Tell Each Other Some Jokes
There’s a great joy in making someone else laugh. Use your virtual date as an opportunity to try telling some jokes. Obviously you don’t need to have a refined half hour stand-up set prepared, but simply use it as an excuse to be silly with one another. You could even turn it into a game, with the first person to laugh losing.
13. Enjoy a Double Date
Of course, going on dates is all about having fun with someone else and perhaps finding out more about them. That said, why not mix it up a bit with a double date. You and another couple can hop on a video call and discuss things that you might not have done as a pair.
You never know, the other couple might reveal something about your date that you would have never found out otherwise.
The Best Apps for a Romantic Date Night
Going on a virtual date might feel weird at first, but you will soon discover that you can have just as much fun as if it was taking place in person. It’s all about being imaginative and making the most of what you have.
To help spruce up your virtual dates even more, check out these apps that help you enjoy a romantic date night.
Read the full article: 13 Fun Virtual Date Night Ideas When Social Distancing