By Francesca Escarraga
Dating in the 21st century has officially reached peak… peculiar.
With the rise of the swipe generation, dating has evolved into a game that we are most likely to quit playing before it could even begin. Gone are the days when people actually made an effort to find electrifying ways to spice up the first rendezvous. But the old soul in me refuses to believe in such reality. I still have faith in the romantic capabilities of humanity – someone who’s willing to go above and beyond the ordinary.
You only get one chance to make a lasting first impression and the only thing separating you from relationship goals status is your lame dating schemes. So, here are some of the ways that will absolutely make your significant other believe that chivalry is not dead:
1. Go on a gastronomic adventure
There’s no better way to know a person and what excites them than grabbing a bite to eat. There are copious amounts of food festivals, food truck parks, and street fairs popping around every corner. Food tripping is a guaranteed way to seal the deal. After all, the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, right?
2. Catch a movie at a drive-in cinema
Instead of going for a Netflix and Chill kind of night, pack a picnic basket and cuddle up under the stars while watching the latest hit in the box office.
3. Bring out the sweats by going on a hike
Take the scenic route and bask in the beauty of nature. It’s a great way to know someone and how they handle challenging circumstances (also without being sidetracked by social media – but okay, you may sneak in a golden hour selfie).
4. Go to a mystery escape room
Unleash your inner Sherlock Holmes and put your teamwork to the test by solving a time-pressed challenge. If you can figure out a mind-boggling mystery game together, imagine how helpful that could be in your relationship.
5. Fulfill each other’s bucket lists
We’ve all been dreaming of the day that we could finally tick off something from our bucket list. Wouldn’t it be incredible if we are able to do it with and for someone we fancy? Fairies walk among us after all!
6. Sing and dance to your heart’s content
Let loose and move to the beat of the drum by going to music festivals, live music cafés, and concerts. You know how crucial a person’s taste in music could make or break a potential relationship. Thus, ask the music gods which comes in the form of Spotify to help you step up your playlist game.
7. Go on a quest to find speakeasy locations
It seems like a lot of places now, may it be a library, coffee shop, bar, restaurant, you name it – are into the habit of playing hard to get. While some places exhaust all means to get their names on the map, speakeasies take pride in staying hidden. Although, the search is absolutely as memorable as the experience that you and your partner would talk about for days.
8. Go on a spontaneous short-distance road trip
This may sound a bit sketchy to those people who are meeting each other for the first time; proceed with caution. But, this would be an exciting adventure to those who have known each other for a long time. You can go to the beach, go camping, do outdoor sports, discover hole-in-the wall diners – the possibilities are endless.
9. Go to an amusement park
We’re never too young or old to have a little fun on the merry-go-round or the gut-wrenching roller coaster rides. Going to amusement parks is also an effective way to keep the awkwardness of a first date on a minimum. Nonetheless, we’re simply running for the thrill of it all.
10. Watch a live game
Be it basketball, football, baseball, golf, hockey, tennis. Everyone wants to witness history being made. Who knows, you might also get featured on the kiss cam! Now, that’s what we call a championship.
11. Go to a museum
Contemporary art museums are at an all-time high nowadays for showcasing thought-provoking masterpieces. It’s definitely a good conversation starter and a way to know a person’s perspective on various subject matters. But let’s be real, we’re mostly in it for the Instagram worthy #relationshipgoals shot. We don’t blame you!
12. Lend a helping hand
How amazing is it to find someone who believes in helping those who are in need? Find organizations that you could both volunteer in to pack food, donate clothes, teach, take care of children, retirees, and animals. Giving back to society is probably the sweetest thing a person could suggest to do on a first date – a gesture that automatically compels you to check the husband/wife material box on your ideal partner list.
13. Have a cookout
Instead of incurring unnecessary expenses from overpriced meal courses in high-end restaurants, put on your master chef toques and prepare everything together. Team work makes the dream work!
14. Be a tourist in your own city
We often take for granted the beauty of the city we live in by not exploring its hidden gems thoroughly. Don’t hesitate to join a tour or go on your own educational journey. Experience hand in hand the exhilarating things that your stomping ground has in store for you.
15. If liquor is the name of the game for you to fully know someone, then be each other’s personal Cicerone, Sommelier, or Bartender
The only exception to the no drinking rule is by having an exclusive booze tasting party. Bring as many variants of alcohol as you wish, but the catch is, it must be something that you both haven’t tried and utterly unique – such as Sriracha vodka, red wood ants vodka, unicorn tears gin, or baby mouse wine. By all means, Google away! Let the scavenger hunt begin!
That’s all folks.
And always remember, the only state of intoxication we should ever be in is being drunk in… love.