By: Annie Gleason
When you’ve decided you’re ready to take your relationship offline with someone interesting and go on a date, a small moment of panic usually arises: Where will we go? What will we do? As a dating coach, I collaborate with my clients to create memorable date ideas. That’s where I’m here to help. Since oftentimes people will play it safe when choosing the date’s activity, I recommend mixing it up and doing things a little differently when planning your next outing.
When considering activities and locations for your date, don’t fall back on your go-to plan of a run-of-the-mill coffee, drink or dinner outing. Thinking up creative dates are not only fun and engaging, but also gives you both the chance to explore each other’s interests first-hand. There are so many activities and locations beyond your local Starbucks that will set the scene for a unique and exciting date:
- Shop around your local farmers market, pick up a bottle of wine, and head to your local park for an impromptu picnic.
- Attend a concert, sporting event, or Renaissance fair for an unexpected and entertaining evening.
- Explore the local culture and make a visit to a museum, art gallery, or even go window-shopping through a picturesque neighborhood.
- If you’re both into being active, plan a hike, go rock climbing, or go for a scenic run along the water.
- For some friendly competition, play a game of pool, or join in on a local trivia night.
- If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, take your dogs on a walk, or stroll through a nearby neighborhood to get to know each other better through casual conversation.
Whether you’re meeting someone you’ve just met online for the very first time or you’re going on a second or third date, your attitude is always a huge factor in your date’s success. When you express enjoyment and positivity, you’re far more likely to inspire good feelings in both of you.
Remember that a date is just a date. You can’t tell if this person is The One until you learn more about them. So, next time you have a date to plan, rethink that coffee shop and get creative! Your best strategy is to put yourself in an atmosphere where you can be yourself and feel comfortable with your date. Get to know each other, get out there, and most importantly, have fun!