Practising social distancing doesn’t mean you have to put your dating life on hold. If you just started getting to know someone, or never got round to scheduling that first date, there’s still hope.
There are still plenty of ways to strike up a romance with someone – it just requires a little extra creativity. Fortunately, during this era of self-isolation and quarantine, we can easily stay connected through modern technology. Whether it’s a post on social media, a text message, or a video chat, we can keep in touch with the people we care about the most (or hope to further connect with), even if they’re miles away from us.
So, if you and your special someone aren’t already living together, there’s no need to fear. Here are 10 virtual date ideas for you both to enjoy …
01. TAKE A WALK AROUND YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD WHILE TALKING ON THE PHONE
Plug in a pair of earbuds, put your phone in your pocket, and go for a stroll around your neighbourhood while you chat to your date. It’s almost like going for an actual walk with them – unless the earbuds fall out, of course! As you well know, communication is important in any relationship – so if you see something fun along the way, you can narrate it to them. But putting your phone in your pocket is the key to a successful walk as it takes you away from a screen and makes the date feel less mediated. I’ve been doing this with my new beau a lot this last few weeks and it’s something we both look forward to every day.
02. WATCH A MOVIE TOGETHER
Believe it or not, movie nights can still be a thing, even if you’re not in the same room as each other. With so many great streaming services to choose from, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+, you’re bound to find something you and your date can sit and watch together. So, grab a drink and some snacks, put your feet up, and when you’re both ready count down from 3 and hit the play button so you’re starting it at the same time. My top tip for watching a movie together during lock-down would be to have your phone on loudspeaker so you can talk to each other without having it pressed up against your ear the whole time. This makes it much less of a distraction.
03. PLAY AN ONLINE GAME TOGETHER
You’d be surprised at the number of virtual date games you can play with your partner from the comfort of your own home.