So here you are, you like a guy, but you want to have a date that isn’t the run-of-the-mill dinner and a movie. You don’t want to just hangout at “In-n-Out” with a cardboard tray full of albeit delicious fries. You’re feeling like something more adventurous, spontaneous, and romantic. You want a change in the humdrum of regular routine. But sometimes when we’re trying to be unique we just draw blanks. The pressure of spontaneity can have that effect on some of us. Sometimes a lack of ideas can lead us into a bizarre sense of wonderment of what we’ve been doing with the past year of our lives. Did we just go to movies and In-n-Out that whole time? What is the meaning of life? So, before you lose your head to that conundrum of crisis, here are a few suggestions of romantic date ideas, for you to either run with or use to get your creative train of thought chugging along.
Dinner, a nice Dinner
The venue you select for gobbling down various ensembles of tasty calorie-mounds can really set the tone for your date. We can make the object of our affection feel delightfully spoiled with a meal that costs as much as a car down-payment. I know I sound like I’m being snarky here but I’m actually quite serious. The occasional fancy dinner located in a place that looks like the early Garden of Eden, can really contribute to this idea called escapism. And escapism is a great undertone for romance. Go to one of those restaurants where the servers tell you the specials and you’re not sure if they just described the local catch of fish or if that was a Shakespearean sonnet. Or maybe try an adventurous genre of food, like Moroccan or Thai. Sometimes you can take just a small mini-vacation in your head by getting a taste of another culture’s cuisine. And if you don’t want to foot the bill of a very fancy place just go somewhere semi-fancy but with great atmosphere. The overall key here is to “escape” with your significant other. And that is a concept to keep in mind no matter what you come up with.
A Boat Ride
Granted, this requires that you live in an area near some body of water. Many places, if they don’t have ocean, at least have lakes or rivers or aqueducts. It can make for a nice way to spend time with your sexy other. An ex boyfriend of long ago once surprised me on my birthday with a boat snorkeling trip to turtle town. I absolutely love green sea turtles. And well, we didn’t see any. We saw some reef sharks. But it was still a very pleasant afternoon, with the splashes of sea under the hull, and the sun warming our bodies. I’m going to stop here and suggest any activity where the two of you are half naked is a good opportunity to be romantic. But maybe that’s just me. So, if you aren’t near the ocean, take a rowboat down a canal or river. Bring along some food you can share. Or take a trip to the lake. Be goofy and take one of those inflatable air mattresses, one you don’t care about, and float out to the middle just the two of you. Be safe, bring some paddles, and always bring a sexy mentality.
An Amusement Park
Aside from amusement parks being just plain old fun, and if you don’t think so we can’t be friends, this is a great way to get some adrenaline going. The reason this is a great idea is because we actually get more easily sexually turned on when in a general state of physiological arousal. Ever gone on a great run and felt like a little bit of making out or sexy time would be icing on the cake? In some cases, it has been reported that studied subjects are even more likely to view a person as attractive if they are already in a heightened state of physiological arousal. So go on some rides. Ride some go-karts. Do something that gets your heart pumping a little. It could bring you two closer and set an invigorating mood.
Picnics are Nice and Underrated
If you’re a very outdoorsy type and you and your love both enjoy hikes, then your mutual love for forest trekking can easily be incorporated into this one. Plan for a picnic at the end of the trail, where you’re both surrounded by the serenity of nature. I’m a firm believer that nature makes us feel more connected, and therefore more sensual. But even if you don’t enjoy hikes, finding a secluded spot beneath some large trees, and setting up with a blanket, food, wine, and maybe a candle or two (if it’s safe, I don’t want to be responsible for fires) can make for a great atmosphere that really makes your love feel appreciated. It’s something so simple, yet I for one always appreciate the little bit of effort that goes into a picnic.
Incorporate Your Common Interests
This one is probably bound to be the most romantic option, since coming up with something you know you both love says that you get him. It’s a great way to bond. And this leaves the door open to so many things. If you both love video games, go to an arcade or gaming cafe, so you both can take an arrow to the knee or find out that the cake is a lie or whatever other video game meme you want to apply here. If you both love art, you can travel to an art museum or gallery. There are also some businesses out there that will give you the equipment to paint, give you a short lesson on something to paint, and then let you have at it. These businesses are specifically tailored around you having a good time with art, and being able to paint something in an evening. If you both love reading, it’s totally fine and enjoyable to go to a bookstore and cuddle up reading things together. Just find whatever tickles both your pickles.
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