Wednesday, February 10, 2016

3 Valentine's Day Ideas for Long Distance Couples

Does absence really make the heart grow fonder? Certainly not on Valentine's Day. For those of us in long distance relationships, spending the most romantic day of the year apart from your significant other blows.

I'm thankfully able to visit my long-distance boyfriend for Valentine's this year, but I want to help out other LDR couples who aren't so lucky. Here are three unique Valentine's Day date ideas for couples separated by distance.
1. Order each other dinner

Here's what to do: Sign into a food delivery/takeout website like Grubhub, Seamless, or Find a meal that your boyfriend will love and order it, making sure to put his address as the destination. Have him order a surprise dish for you as well. Try to coordinate the delivery so both meals arrive at the same time. Then, if you want, set up Skype and enjoy your food over a nice conversation. Candles and wine are optional, but they will definitely add some romance to the faux dinner date. Bon Appetit!

2. Send a care package 

Don't let the distance prevent you from spoiling your loved one with sweets. Fill a cardboard box with some of his favorite candy, decorate it with romantic decorations, and drop it off at the nearest Post Office. If your significant other doesn't have a sweet tooth, swap out candy for salty snacks like chips and jerky. You can also fill the box with clothes, letters, or other gifts. Be creative! The personalized care package is a simple gesture that shows your man how much he means to you.

3. Plan a synchronized Netflix session

As most LDR couples probably know, trying to simultaneously watch a show on Netflix is nearly impossible. The main challenge is pressing the play button at the same time. Then one video still inevitably lags behind the other, and the sound never syncs up right.

That's where Rabbit comes in. The website allows Netflix uses to completely sync their streaming sessions without having to worry about lags or timing issues. One person "controls" Netflix; when he/she presses pause or play or rewind, both computer screens respond to the command. Users can also turn on their cameras and video chat during the show. Rabbit is the perfect solution for long-distance couples looking for a low-key date night.

Here are a few of my Valentine's Day movie recommendations, which are all currently on Netflix: Silver Linings Playbook, The Switch, Kate and Leopold, Serendipity, Hitch, and 50 First Dates.

I hope you found these LDR date ideas useful.
Tell me: How do you celebrate Valentine's Day in a long distance relationship?