How to Spice-Up Valentine’s Day for Long Distance Couples
Long distance couples face more challenges as they cannot see and be with each other regularly as much as they want to. It requires more effort from their sides in order for their relationship to thrive. It is quite challenging especially during this Valentine’s Day where everyone looks happy being with his or her partner.
Here in the Philippines, Valentine’s Day becomes evident when we start to see a number of street vendors selling bouquet of lovely flowers, sweet chocolates and cuddly teddy bear. The malls are also decorated of art materials delicately and lovingly crafted to send you vibes of love. It is the time of the year when love or relationship becomes the dominant topics everywhere. The new talk of the town is circled around romantic relationships. Yes, let the spotlight be on these lovey-dovey couples, holding each other’s hand while walking or seating next to each other, whispering sweet words next to the other’s ear. Such scenes are normal in public places.
If you are in a long distance relationship, this will challenge you deeply wishing your special someone is with you as well. You are not alone because Steven and I have been also in this kind of relationship for more than 3 years now.
The following are our tips on how can long distance couples spice up their long distance commitment with their other half.
1. Give him or her a surprise phone call.
As long as you know that your partner is free from his day job responsibilities, it is a good timing to give him or her a surprise phone call. This will really help a lot especially during stressful days. It is magical how a person can draw a smile upon our lips when we hear her or his sweet voice over the phone. Steven once serenaded me in his version of “Chinito” by Yeng Constantino, a Filipina singer. I was impressed listening to a Korean man singing a Tagalog song. It was something that made me feel extra-extra special.
2. Do a personalize card for him or her.
Your efforts will be more appreciated by working on a personalize card for your partner. There are websites that can help you work on this like 123greetings.com and paperlesspost.com. The steps are pretty easy to follow and you can make a card less than a minute. Just do not forget your partner’s e-mail address.
3. Make a scrapbook of your moments together.
How wonderful it is to make a collection of those wonderful moments you and your partner enjoyed together. It might be a simple local trip on the neighboring province or a memorable trip outside the country. It can also be those momentous occasion both of you spent together alone or with family members. Whatever it is, those photos will bring positive feelings to your partner when he or she sees it.
4. Read the same book together.
If both of you are book lovers, then it is one that will definitely make your bonding stronger. Having a feeling that you are both reading the same stuff make you look forward to finishing the book fast and share each other’s opinions about the book.
5. Order something online for your partner.
Technology makes our life more comfortable. No matter how long the distance is between you and your partner, you can still send him or her a gift for this special occasion. It can be your partner’s favorite foods. It can also be a stuff that he or she absolutely loves.
6. Record a video clip of yourself.
Make him or her feel extra special by preparing a video clip of yourself. With the use of movie maker or other applications, it can be possible. You can also include the songs both of you love to sing together as a background as you tell him your thoughtful messages this Valentine’s Day.
7. Do a video call.
Just seeing the face of your other half online can increase your happiness. There will be endless ideas to talk online. You can create a plan of meeting each other in person and brainstorm list of activities that you are going to do. Steven and I cannot celebrate Valentine’s Day together due to work schedules. That is why our Valentine’s Day is just celebrated whenever we meet together in real.
8. Watch your favorite movies together.
Choose one good movie and watch it together online while munching on a popcorn. It will make you and your partner feel that you are together in a cinema. Sites like watch2gether.com and togethertube.com are great options for this one.
9. Cook your partner’s favorite food.
Knowing your partner’s favorite food is a plus in the relationship. There is a popular saying that a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I once tried to do a kimbab for Steven and it surprised him upon knowing that I can make a simple Korean food for him.
10. Have a romantic dinner online.
It is a unique activity that can be done via skype and I like it. Both of you just have to agree what time are you going to date online. Be at your best clothes and prepare a candle light dinner beside your computer. Talk to each other on what food would you like to have on the table and what kind of drinks to prepare. Even though you cannot hold each other’s hands, this activity will make both of you giggle with excitement. You can play love songs too as a background while you are having your Valentine’s dinner with your other half online. It will make your dinner date more romantic and more memorable.
Do you have some more suggestions on how to celebrate the Valentine’s Day for long distance couples? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below.
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Ana Rose Alvaro
Ana Rose was born and raised in the Philippines. A full-time teacher and a part-time student. She loves her simple and yet adventurous life with her wonderful family, great friends, and supportive boyfriend. Roads and Pages serves as her outlet to share what she loves to do the most in her life. Those are spending time with people who matter the most, reading books, and traveling one country at a time.