21 Long-Distance Relationship Ideas to Help Close the Distance
Take your long distance relationship from surviving to thriving with activities that’ll bring you closer.
A county, state, country, or ocean away, your long-distance relationship takes work no matter the distance between the two of you. Thanks to technology, there are endless ways to stay in near constant communication. But sometimes texts and phone calls don’t scratch that social itch. Consider this the last LDR idea guide you’ll ever need – even for you, passionate extroverts and tranquil-seeking introverts.
Simple Long-Distance Relationship Activities You’ll Both Love
No relationship is the same; every couple has different interests and things they love. Plus keeping things fresh also means having new ways to connect on hand. Use these long-distance relationship ideas as a starting point to try different things with your partner when you can’t be together face-to-face. They might just help the days pass by a little faster.
Stream Favorites Together
Revisit one of your favorites or one of their favorites, it’s a great chance to be entertained together when you’re apart. (Also, you can scroll on your phone without them even knowing. Win.)
Or Stream Something New
When’s the last time you went out without being asked, “Hey have you watched [insanely popular thing]?” Never. Settle on the couch for a night in with your tv, phone, and SO.
Even if you can’t stream at the same time, sometimes there’s something about rewatching a movie or show with someone. Even if you’re not in the same room.
Whether you’re co-farming in Star Dew Valley, loading up some Jack in the Box games, or playing virtual Euchre, Monopoly, or poker, grab a beer and get playing. Set yourself up with a Zoom, Skype, or Facetime you’re playing so you can throw in some witty banter about who the superior player is. And, tbh, Clue is much better when they can’t cheat off your notes.
If you don’t have time for a full game, try texting couples games throughout the day.
Read the same book, but don’t give anything away if you’re the speed reader. Take turns choosing books or try one of the latest page-turners on your digital library app. You can even re-read your favorite YA books together.
Pin It together
Pin away the distant with a shared Pinterest board or two. Future in-person date nights, food to cook, or make a board of things you found hilarious and want to share. Nothing says I love you like a meme.
Jam Out Virtually
Rekindle the art of mixed tapes and burned CDS by making playlists for you to jam out to together. Whether you’re working out, going for a walk, or just listening to something before bed, it might make you think of each other more often.
Photos Make the Heart Grow Fonder
When you’re together, you’re taking dozens and dozens of pictures. Create a shared photo album so you can scroll those shots together.
Share a Bear
Remember when you had a classroom teddy bear who was sent home with a different student each week? Pick a buddy and trade off who they’re with. Take plenty of pictures so you can share what antics your buddy has gotten into. You can even give it a cute or funny name that means something only the two of you know.
Set Up Simple Surprises for Each Other
When you are together, plant a few surprises. Whether you hide a few dozen mini toy cars, plastic sea creatures, or love notes, there’s something about finding a random shark in a drawer to remind you of someone.
Questions Make the Miles Shorter
Play a game of 20-ish questions. Keep questions fun and light (What’s your go-to dance move?), learn about their vacation dreams, or get cozy and intimate.
Learn Something New Together, Even at a Distance
Whether it’s a recipe, how to build something, or even a documentary, there are lots of ideas. Try taking a virtual class together, cook together over FaceTime, or do a couples project that you are each working on while you’re apart.