Maybe you're meeting someone for the first time, or maybe you've been going out a while. Either way, it's time to consider the virtual date. The pandemic has normalized the idea of being together-but-apart like never before, so a wide range of products and services have sprung up to cater to dating at a distance. So whether you're narrating a beautiful walk for your date, going on a shared Google-enabled stroll of one of the world's great museums, or just learning to craft a new cocktail, make an evening of it, long-distance.
11 Virtual Date Ideas to Spend Time Together (but You Know, Apart)
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1. Go on a tour of a far-flung destination together on Amazon Explore, which schedules small groups to follow a tour guide virtually around destinations including Rome, Lima and Hong Kong. Since you'll be using your computers or tablet to follow the tour, you can live-text reactions to each other in real time.
2. Challenge your S.O. to play "Two Truths and a Lie." (This is also a stealth way to check out if they are super-good at fibbing, a valuable piece of relationship intel.)
3. Learn to pour a kick-ass mixed drink by each of you following along with the same cocktail crafting kit.
4. Decide on a cuisine neither of you have tried, then get it delivered and dine together.
5. Tour a museum remotely while Face-Timing each other. Google Street View enables you to stroll through the galleries, experiencing the provocative art of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the colorful paintings of at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam or the baroque works at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
8. Take a stroll through your nearby botanic garden, and narrate what you see for your date.
9. Make restaurant-quality stir fry in under 20 minutes from a kit.
10. Play Adult Mad Libs.
11. Buy the same book, and take turns reading it to one another. (Bonus: If you're in separate time zones, the earlier one reads the later one to sleep.)