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Date ideas for couples living apart during the lockdown

For couples in long-distance relationships, it gets tiresome to see their significant other solely via video calls. And now, in the COVID-19 era, couples living in the same city, too, find themselves in a similar situation. However, thanks to technology, here are some date ideas for you and your partner to keep the spark alive

Couples in long-distance relationships are well aware of the challenges in trying to stay connected—from the constant struggle to talk to each other at a mutually suitable time to the frustration of not being able to be together physically. Add to this a lockdown and global travel restrictions and you have a litany of concerns. But, as many poets and authors have suggested, love can withstand anything—even a global pandemic. With that in mind, here are a few virtual date ideas for couples in a long-distance relationship or those who have to stay apart despite living in the same city.

 

Party and chill

Whether you had plans to go to the movies or were waiting to watch your favourite romcom together, you can now do it online. Thanks to extensions such as Netflix Party, if both of you have a Netflix subscription, you can play a movie of your choice and chat alongside in real-time. What’s more? If either of you wants to take a break, you can pause the movie and resume it later. Remember to make popcorn, dress comfortably and dim the lights so that your movie night experience is as realistic and romantic as can be.

Plan of action

One of the exciting aspects about living apart is planning the next meet-up—from the location to what you will eat. So, it is only befitting that you plan something special with your ‘someone special’ while you’re apart. It can be a trip you’ve wanted to take—ponder over the places you want to explore—or perhaps grab lunch at a café in the city that you’ve always wanted to visit but somehow never had the time for it. Or, you can even choose to recreate your first date once this period of isolation passes and you get to be together again.

 

Travel virtually

There’s a reason technology is touted as a gift to mankind. Among its various possibilities is one that enables you to see the world from the comfort of your home. If you are a couple that loves to travel, pack your digital bags and head to New York City; take a 360-degree tour of Central Park and wander the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If Australia was on your bucket list, travel around its streets through Qantas, or leisurely explore the paintings and other artworks housed at the Louvre in Paris, France. Many countries have teamed up with online brands to create an immersive experience for people everywhere to explore their cities at the click of a button. So, ask your partner to log into the country of your choice and satisfy your wanderlust. Talk about budget travel!

It’s date o’clock

A delicious meal, candles, good music and an outfit to match—sounds romantic, doesn’t it? Turn your everyday video calls into date night with the bare minimum. Set a time and date in advance and pick a recipe that the two of you can cook together while on the call. Change into your date night outfits and enjoy some uninterrupted quality time. If you are using your laptop to video call, then put your phone away and share some good old ‘we’ time.

 

The mail perspective

Go old-school and express your love through e-mails. Although the e-mail has an air of formality, the quaint charm of mail is sure to enliven your romance. Like handwritten letters, emails allow us to sit back and patiently read a heartfelt message. What is even better is the anticipation for a reply. In fact, instead of responding on the same day, you and your partner can choose to make the romantic exchange more unstructured and surprising.

It goes without saying that there is no substitute to physically spending time with your partner. But since times are uncertain, make the most of what you have and help each other remain positive and hopeful throughout.

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