Relationships, as it is, require a lot of care, nurturing and consistent work from both partners. When you throw distance in the mix, the going gets that much harder. One of the main reasons behind this is that couples run out of ideas around long-distance relationship activities.
Sharing things and doing stuff together is what gives you a common ground on which to build a solid relationship. When you’re not physically together, finding this common ground can be a challenge to surmount. But without it, you’re bound to drift apart over time.
Getting creative is your only recourse out of this between a rock and a hard place situation.
35 Long Distance Relationship Activities To Bond
Video calls, texts and emails are a constant when you’re in a long-distance relationship. But do you find yourself caught in a constant loop of ‘and what else’ during these conversations? If yes, it may be time to step up your game to keep things interesting in a long-distance relationship.
The only way to grow close even when you’re not physically together is to go beyond swapping stories and details about your everyday life. These 35 long-distance relationship activities will help you do just that and keep the distance from weakening your bond:
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1. Send each other a care package
Gifts are an important part of any relationship but even more so in a long-distance one. That coffee mug sitting on the kitchen counter can remind you of your partner every day. Similarly, that t-shirt they sleep in can make them feel closer to you. So make it a practice to send each other a care package from time to time. It doesn’t have to be extravagant.
You can even set a spending limit to make sure this ritual doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket.
2. Set up a virtual movie date
Virtual movie dates can turn out to be one of the most things to do in a long-distance relationship. Put a weekend to good use and stream the same movie on your respective devices. Connect over a video call, make some popcorn, pour a little wine and enjoy a relaxing evening together.
3. Take a fun quiz online
If you’ve been feeling like you’re running out of long-distance relationship conversation topics, taking an online quiz can open up myriad new avenues of conversation. It can be relationship related or even a fun trivia quiz.
4. Plan an outing, separately yet together
Have yet another long weekend staring at you and no plans whatsoever? Plan a day-long sightseeing trip in your city. Go explore that monument, museum or hiking trail you’ve had on your bucket list for eons. Ask your partner to do the same.
Share pictures, connect over calls to exchange your experiences.
5. Play an online game together
In case, you’re both avid gamers this would be right up your alley. But even if not, you can find tons of long-distance relationship games online and spend some quality time stroking each other’s competitive streak.
6. Set up a match
When we say long-distance relationship games online, it doesn’t necessarily have to be hardcore gaming with consoles, headsets, VR experience and what have you. Even a good old fashioned game of Ludo played with a virtual twist can stir in some fun and make your time together more enjoyable.
7. Put up cutesy social media posts
When you’re missing your partner a tad too much, don’t hold back from indulging in some social media PDA. Write a heartfelt note, share old photos with new plans or memes to make each other feel special, loved and cherished.
8. Write letters
Technology may have simplified things for long-distance couples but the charm of handwritten letters never gets old. So, pour your feelings of longing and desire into a letter and send it your partner’s way.
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9. Share a playlist
Set up a common account on Amazon Music or Spotify and create a shared playlist where you both add your all-time favorite numbers. If you have a smart device like Alexa, you can even dedicate and play songs for each other.
10. Ask the right questions
You can come up with new long-distance relationship conversation topics by asking each other right questions that help you get to know each other better. From subtle queries to deep questions about life, beliefs and goals – the possibilities are just endless.
11. Build a bucket list folder
Another one of the fun long-distance relationship activities is to curate a bucket list together. From places you want to visit to the goals you want to accomplish in the next 5 years. This will serve as a reassurance that you see a future together.
12. Maintain a journal
One of the perils of the digital age is that our histories are often lost in transition. You can counter that by maintaining a relationship journal where you keep all your correspondence, pictures and other important souvenirs. It can be fun to go over it the next time you’re together.
13. Keep a thoughts jar
To keep things interesting in a long-distance relationship, how about adding a fun twist to being in touch with each other’s thoughts. Jot down any thoughts you have about your relationship or partner with time and date on a piece of paper, and collect these in a thoughts jar.
You can create a fun ritual by reading them together once in a month or so during your online dates.
14. Plan date nights
Just because you’re not together doesn’t mean you have to be deprived of the date night ritual. Plan a weekly or fortnightly virtual date night where you both dress up, order the same food, and just sit and talk, enjoying each other’s company over a video call.
15. Get coffee together
This can be among the great long-distance relationship activities that help you bond, provided you don’t live in contrasting time zones. Every morning before you head to work or attend classes, get on a call and have your morning cuppa together.
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16. Make gestures of love
The idea of finding more and more things to do together even when you’re apart is to make each other feel special and stay connected. So, don’t hold back from making grand gestures of love. Revisit places you went to when they were in your city last and share pictures with an elaborate recounting of all that you did there together. Go to a beach and build a sandcastle with both your names carved on it.
There is no dearth of romantic things to do for your boyfriend long distance.
17. Cook together
Whenever you have time at hand, make it a point to cook a meal together and then share it virtually. You can exchange recipes and take turns at making each other’s favorite meals.
18. Order them dessert
This one is particularly helpful when you know your partner hasn’t had a great day or are going through a low phase. Just order them their favorite dessert, along with an equally sweet and heartfelt message.
19. Share pictures every day
This is among the things to do in a long-distance relationship that you just cannot get lax about. Sharing pictures of yourself and goings-on around you is a great way to offer each other a sneak peek into your lives, and feel like a part of it.
20. Play Never Have I Ever
You don’t have to limit yourself to playing long-distance relationship games online to have fun. A session of Never Have I Ever, complete with shots, can make for an evening of hilarity. And help you uncover some naughty secrets.
21. Online Dumb Charades
Speaking of fun long-distance relationship games online, have you ever considered adding a virtual twist to a game of dumb charades? Draw up a list of movie or book titles, get on a video call and have a go at the guessing game.
22. Feel the touch
The sense of touch and being close to each other is the one thing that couples miss the most in a long-distance relationship. Thankfully, technology has found an answer for this too. Touch Bond bracelets that light up and vibrate every time your partner thinks of you is a great way to feel connected and much in love.
23. Get naughty often
Being in a long-distance relationship can take a toll on all forms of intimacy but you can always get creative and find ways to pleasure each other. From sharing naughty photos to sexting and explicit video calls – there are so many ways you can help each other achieve the big O.
24. Take a virtual trip
When the wanderlust and longing for each other get the better of you, you can keep things interesting in a long-distance relationship by taking a virtual trip to one of the destinations on your bucket list.
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25. Plan a trip
While you’re at it, why not make plans for your next getaway. You can build an itinerary, check out hotels and look for activities to indulge in on your holiday. Besides being one of the engaging long-distance relationship conversation topics, this activity also gives you something to look forward to.
26. An immersive virtual date
If your regular online date nights are becoming too routine and you can crank things up a notch by curating an immersive Virtual Reality experience. Rent a headset each and you’re set to go.
27. Play truth and dare
Truth and dare can also fit the bill of long-distance relationship games online. Instead of spinning the bottle, just take turns at spilling the beans or taking on a dare. Raise the stakes by setting up a reward for the winner.
28. Watch a sunset together
This is one of the mushy, romantic long-distance relationship activities that you can partake in. Pick a picturesque location in or around your respective cities and watch the sunset together, connected on a video call.
If you are in opposite time zones, you can make it a sunrise-sunset thing.
29. Play strip poker
A fun way to spice things up in a long-distance relationship! Engage in a game of strip poker over a video call and offer a treat to each other’s eyes.
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30. Share your fantasies
If you are looking for erotic or romantic things to do for your boyfriend long distance, this one is sure to blow their mind. Let them in on your deepest, quirkiest fantasies – in bed or otherwise – feel an enhanced sense of intimacy.
31. Late-night calls
Pillow talk is an important part of any romantic relationship. It’s this time when you share some of your most intimate and vulnerable thoughts with your partner. In a long-distance relationship, late-night phone calls can closely replicate this feeling.
32. Run random online searches
Want to stir in some fun and hilarity in your time together? Try running the most random searches on Google. We guarantee you will be in for a laugh riot.
33. Sign up for a course together
Whether it is learning a new language, how to play a musical instrument or picking up a professional skill like coding, you can find myriad shared long-distance relationship activities to engage in. So, do some research and find a course you can pursue together. It’ll give you lots to discuss and talk about too!
34. Read or listen to a book together
Is being tucked in your bed and reading together your idea of spending a lazy Sunday? Either buy a copy of the same book and read it while being virtually connected or listen to an audiobook from the same source.
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35. Visit each other
Saving the best for the last! None of the things to do in a long-distance relationship can outmatch the excitement and joy of seeing each other in person. So, whenever possible, pack your bags and go visit each other. Make the most of the time you have together.
With this eclectic mix of long-distance relationship activities, you will not find yourself losing your connection or drifting apart despite the distance. Don’t hold back from mixing it things up and drawing inspiration from these ideas to come up with more novel ways to keep your long-distance relationship going strong.
From engaging in deep conversations to writing letters and making loving gestures, there are so many ways you can romance a partner who is not present with you physically.
Finding shared activities is important to feel close to each other in a long-distance relationship as it gives you a common ground to build a strong bond on.
Video calls, text messages, emails, voice notes, hand-written letters are some ways to build a strong connection even when you are in an LDR.
You can have virtual date nights and movie nights, play fund games together, plan simultaneous outings.