There’s no denying that dating has been very different during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many singles have admitted to finding it very difficult to find love and companionship during this time. It has been a lonely experience for many. The saving grace was definitely the internet and online dating sites such as this Wiltshire Dating Site. Video dating is becoming the norm for virtual first dates but potential couples want more than just sitting in front of a computer screen together (apart). Here are five fun virtual first date ideas for inspiration:
1. Cocktail Making Night
One fun icebreaker for a first virtual date is to make cocktails (or even mocktails if you prefer) together. Both dates should share a favourite or new cocktail recipe in advance so both partners can get the ingredients and equipment needed ready. Then enjoy making, shaking and (the best part!) drinking cocktails together. Even when you eventually get to meet for cocktails in real life this will be an online memory you’ll always treasure.
2. Make the Same Meal Together
If you’re both foodies, why don’t you dress for dinner and make a meal together (apart)? Perhaps one date could suggest the starter and the other the main. Alternatively, let one date choose the first menu and the other gets to choose for a second date night. If you’re not keen on cooking, you could still share a foodie experience by ordering the same takeaway food for the evening. You could even dress and decorate accordingly, using the type of cuisine as a theme.
3. Watch a Movie Together
If you’re nervous about a first online date, a relaxing no-pressure date can be to watch a movie together. The two of you should get drinks, snacks and popcorn in. Then watch a movie together apart. You could even use a website or app to watch through so you can chat and react together throughout the showing. Perhaps you could watch a series or boxset together too.
4. A Virtual Tour
If you’re missing your days out and culture, you could arrange to go on a virtual tour together during your first online date. For Wiltshire Dating there are a number of virtual experiences to choose from, including:
- Watch Stonehenge 24/7 through the Stonehenge skyscape website.
- Take a virtual tour of Wiltshire Museum to see their Neolithic and Bronze Age Galleries.
- Nearby in Bath, Somerset, ake a Virtual Walkthrough Tour of the Roman Baths.
- Enjoy a virtual tour of Salisbury Cathedral.
- Explore the Vale of Pewsey with their lockdown landscape videos.
Taking part in these will give you inspiration for lots of real-life dates when you meet up in person too.
5. Play Games Online Together
If you both enjoy gaming and escape rooms you could play games together online. For a real treat book an online escape room experience. There are so many to choose from you could support a local Escape Room, or choose your favourite theme, such as Hogwarts Digital Escape Room for Harry Potter fans.
Even though in many places lockdown restrictions have eased, at the moment virtual dates still have their place. They can be used to help you decide which potential dates you will actually want to meet up with in person. They can also help you to get to know your date well before you take the leap and see them in real life.