It is no secret that maintaining a long distance relationship requires a lot of time and effort. It is crucial to constantly create new and positive memories so that the two of you can think about them to help you get through the hard times in the relationship. Although you might think that talking to each other as often as possible is sufficient, it is most definitely not. Having conversations is certainly very important in keeping the relationship alive, but you did not fall in love with each other for your skills of being able to hold a conversation, right? It’s the memories of the special things you have done together that keep you and your partner feeling close to each other even when you are thousands of miles apart.
Thanks to advancements in technology, video chatting is now a readily available tool for long distance couples to make their relationship work. Whether you are using Skype, Tango, or FaceTime, it is very convenient and most importantly, it is free to call and “see” your partner over the internet. More than just a tool for conversations, you can use video chats to not only maintain your long distance relationship but improve it too. Here are 10 video chat date suggestions that could help grow your relationship:
Keep Your Long Distance Relationship Thriving With These Video Chat Ideas
1. Watch something on television together
Close distance couples go on movie dates together all the time and there is no reason for you to miss out on that. Watching something together in real time is much better than watching it separately and then talking about it a few days later. You can do this the old-fashioned way where you communicate over Skype and press the “play” button together in an attempt to synchronize the movie or TV show. You can also use the help of certain apps like Synaptop Theater or MyCircle.tv to show the same screen to you and your partner at the same time.
2. Play a game of truth or dare
You may think of the game truth or dare as something for teenagers, but it is actually a great activity to create memories with your partner. Being on video chat might limit the things you can do on a dare, but there are still many fun things you can ask your partner to do. Furthermore, you’ll get to know each other more when either of you choose the truth option. You can let your creative juices run wild or just look for the many lists of truth or dare ideas that are all over the internet.
3. Eat together
It is important that you celebrate milestones in your relationship together, like an anniversary. Even if you are not able to physically be together, you can still have a nice romantic dinner to celebrate in style via video chat. You can get some take-out dinners and eat in front of your screens together. To spice it up a bit, dress up for the occasion and break out your best wine complete with some romantic candlelight, it will feel as though you are dining at a glamorous restaurant together.
4. Cook together
This might seem a bit absurd, but it is actually a great way to do something together that doesn’t require a lot of prior planning. Simply start the video chat, choose a recipe, put your laptop or mobile device on the kitchen counter where your partner can see you cook, and start making food together! You can even make it into a competition to see whose food turn out looking the best. It is really fun to see your partner in action in the kitchen and the potential of tasting their food might give you something to look forward to the next time you meet in real life.
5. Answer fun quizzes together
There are many silly but entertaining quizzes on the internet and they are great conversation starters. You can go for all sorts of questions like finding out which house the sorting hat in Harry Potter would put you in. There is even a quiz that determines which Disney couple you are. You can answer the questions together or do it separately and share the results with each other.
6. Game together
Experience some highly engaging and adrenaline-pumping action by playing a co-op video game together. If neither of you are gamers, there are also many casual games that are free to play with your partner. Words With Friends is a fantastic app where you can play Scrabble with your partner. Make sure you can see each other’s faces on your video chat program while playing together so that you will not miss that defeated look on their face when you put in a high-scoring word and ruin any chances of them winning the game.
7. Start your own private book club
Choose a book that both of you are interested in and create an exclusive book club where there are only two members – you and your partner. Set aside some time each week or month, depending on how fast your reading speeds are, to talk about what you have read. It is guaranteed to turn your conversation about the weather and work into something interesting that you have never discussed before. It is also a great way to get to know each other more and know your partner’s opinions about certain subjects.
8. Give each other a virtual tour of your favorite places
So your partner has been talking about a new café that has just opened up down the street and has been spending most of their weekends there? Why not ask your partner to show you the café next time he or she is there by using their mobile phone? This way, you can easily picture what they are doing on the weekends that you cannot spend time together. Want to show your partner the park you frequent which you were not able to describe with words? Take him on a tour via Skype! You might get some strange looks from other people but by showing each other the places you hang out in, it will make you feel like you are part of each other’s life even when you are so far apart.
9. Plan a holiday together
Planning a holiday together, or even just a small visit, is especially fun when you are in a long distance relationship. The anticipation that leads up to when you can finally be in each other’s arms again can be so great that it puts a smile on your face just thinking about it. Talk about what you want to do, where you want to go and plan out an itinerary that includes a mix of activities that cater to both your preferences. Do not forget to add in some romantic alone time where you can just enjoy each other’s company.
10. Finish an art project together
Even if neither of you are artists, you can still craft and paint together – the possibilities are endless. Head out to your local arts and crafts store to stock up on some supplies then get an art instructor streaming on both your screens and start getting creative! Not only will you have a lot of fun creating your masterpiece, comparing the end result with your partner is bound to generate some laughs or a conversation piece.
Video chat is a fantastic tool to help maintain your long distance relationship, as long as you are willing to put some effort and creativity into it. Being in a long distance relationship may be difficult, but it will be worth it in the end if you are with the right person.