Dating is important at every stage of your relationship
In a new relationship or an existing marriage, dating should never stop. A great date can keep us grounded and remind us of the beauty in day to day life. Dates can also be hard on the wallet and take time and energy not always easy to muster. Maintaining that connection with your partner is important, so here are ten inexpensive easy dates to keep the fire lit.
1. Hike Together
Hiking doesn’t require much. A good pair of shoes, some light snacks, hydration packs, and a good trail is all you need for a beautiful date. A hike can be as simple as a walk-in nature or as complex as discovering a new mountain trail. Inspire great healthy habits with additional steps or a playful race. Exercising releases endorphins. Adding your partner to a hiking date could also end in some romance.
2. Outdoor Picnic
Grab a soft blanket and a basket filled with delicious treats or easy foods and head outside. In your neighborhood, a local park, or a far off spot of nature, seduce your senses with quiet time and conversation with the one you love the most. Picnics can be simple with water and fruit or more elaborate with aphrodisiac foods. Either way, connect with conversation in a quiet environment with few to no distractions.
3. Museum Night
Most museums have a free day, so step outside of your comfort zone and visit a museum in the city you may not visit often. Consider dressing up and taking a stroll around the city after you walk through halls of visual arts. Have some fun learning, critiquing pieces, and quiz one another on knowledge of the arts. Take a look at the free days for all the museums in your city and schedule theme dates in advance.
4. Volunteer Together
Fall in love all over again by giving time together where it’s needed most. Look for local soup kitchens, food banks or shelters, or the Humane Society in your area and set up volunteer time together. Walking shelter dogs together can be a lot of fun and a great way to see if adding a pup to your family is a good idea. Filling boxes with food for families in need is a heartwarming experience. Doing it together can help you both appreciate one another and your free time all the more.
5. Create A Market Project Together
Make a day of visiting fun Flea Markets and create cheap and easy projects. If you are competitive, add some fun to your date with a contest to see who can spend the least and can upcycle the best project at the end of the day. If you’re newly dating, this is a good way to see if your styles are compatible, while if you’ve been together for some time, you can add a spark to your home and to your day with some inexpensive fun together.
Get away from the city lights with a telescope ad gaze up at the stars together. Find a quiet out of the city spot in the park, high on a mountain, or out on a beach and stargaze. Phone apps can help you discover what planets are within view and which constellations are above you. With simple research, you can learn the legends behind the constellations and stars and share them with your partner as you find them with a telescope together.
7. Share a Hobby
Reading, writing, music, crafts, and more...
Find a local workshop your partner would love and sign you two up for an inexpensive class. Look for a poetry slam in your area and go listen. If you or your partner are brave enough, participate. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and write a few words to share with everyone about your relationship.
8. Factory Tour
From cookies and baked goods to candy or beer, if you live near a metropolitan area, it’s likely there is a factory, brewery, cidery, or winery nearby. Many give free tours. Don’t forget to hit the gift shop but stay within a budget for your inexpensive date.
9. Miniature Golf
When did you last play miniature golf? It’s still fun and helps create some playful competition without breaking the bank. All-weather miniature golf indoors is often glow in the dark which means you can sneak in some flirting as well.
10. Stay Home
Not every date has to be away from home. Plan a night home without electronics. Cook together, put a puzzle together, or plan a living room drive-in movie with big fluffy pillows, movie theatre box candy, and popcorn. Just be sure your time is focused on one another not everything else calling your attention at home.