The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may have ground most live dating to a halt, but the search for romance goes on despite it all. While finding love during the pandemic has proven difficult, it’s by no means impossible. After all, dating wasn’t only about restaurants, cafes, and theaters. It’s about the people involved and the bonds you form.
Even without these old dating standbys, date night still exists. You, too, can find a new relationship or cultivate an existing one with these eight fantastic virtual date ideas.
1. Cook Together, But Apart
One of the cutest virtual date ideas we’ve ever seen is the thought of cooking the same recipe while being on voice or video chat. Track down a recipe you’ve both always wanted to try. Don’t be afraid to get crazy with the ingredients or cuisine types.
While cooking on video chat, you can enjoy each other’s successes (or failures). Plus, you each get a delicious meal out of the deal!
2. Go On a Virtual Tour
Did you know that many museums are offering virtual tours during the pandemic? Whether you and your date are history buffs, art aficionados, or science nerds, you can find a museum offering a virtual tour. Examine the exhibits you would visit in person through this virtual tour and bond over your mutual love of a certain subject.
Or, if you’re not as familiar with the museum’s main subject, you can use the opportunity to learn something new! After all, couples who learn something from each other experience greater closeness.
3. Puzzle Your Way Out of a Virtual Escape Room
Many escape rooms have also opened their services to virtual puzzles and rooms during the pandemic. One example is Escape Room Gatlinburg, which has virtual escape room puzzles that you and your date can try to get through together.
These escape rooms can be a great way to bond through a lightly stressful encounter. They’ll also let you and your date put your collective thinking caps on and have some friendly competition!
4. Try Out Role-Playing Games
Hey, Dungeons and Dragons aren’t just for classic nerds anymore. You’d be surprised what you can learn about your date during a one-shot of a roleplaying game. Maybe you’ll find that they have a strong protective streak as they tank hits for the party. Or perhaps they have a hidden sadistic streak as they wait …