With summer right around the corner, millions of single people will experience summer flings, romance, and dates. Understanding how to make the most out of these dates is important.
Here are a few tips to get you ready!
1. Date During Off-Peak Hours
While dinner and a movie starting at 7pm on Friday evening may seem like a good idea, it rarely is. You end up waiting for your table, have to rush through dinner just to make it to the movie, and then end up having to sit in the front row and crane your neck just to see the movie. Not fun!
Here’s a novel idea: Try dating during off-peak hours. Who’s to say an early morning coffee date or late night desert isn’t just as fun? Choosing less popular date times means you can focus less on your surroundings and more on your partner.
2. Save Some Money
Dates can get pretty expensive if you aren’t careful. No matter who’s paying, just a couple of dates per week over the summer can drain your wallet pretty quickly. Don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to save money without being a cheapskate. Here are some ideas:
- Maximize happy hour. Almost every bar or restaurant in town has a happy hour. Typically it starts right after standard work hours. Try meeting your date after work to grab some inexpensive drinks.
- Hit up free events. If you live in an area with a younger demographic, chances are there will be some free events this summer, from outdoor concerts and street markets to art festivals and window shopping.
- Enjoy a night in. There’s no need to go out all the time. Consider having a cozy backyard bonfire and enjoying a bottle of wine.
There are times to splurge and times to save. During the summer when you may be dating more than usual it’s important to conserve money when you can.
3. Enjoy a Picnic
One of the top summer date ideas is to dine al fresco. If there’s one thing that’s better than dining on a restaurant patio, it’s having your very own picnic. Choose a nearby park with lots of good people-watching, and pack a few of your favorite items. You can even pick up food to go if you don’t have time to prepare a meal. If you and your date are active people, consider bringing a Frisbee or soccer ball to play with.
4. Make Sure You’re on the Same Page
There are differences between casual summer flings and serious, monogamous relationships. Make sure everyone is on the same page. Are you simply interested in having fun and going on casual dates, or are you looking for a serious partner? Depending on where you are in life, this could change. Just make sure you’re up front and honest with your dates.
5. Take a Day Trip
It’s hard to really get to know your date when you just spend an hour or two together every other weekend. If you’re interested in developing a deeper relationship with someone, consider going on a day trip. Options include going to the beach, lake, state fair, or a nearby city. By spending an entire day with someone, you’ll begin to learn more about who they really are and what they enjoy doing. You will also become acquainted with any of their tendencies.
Rock the Summer Dating Scene
There’s no better time for dating than the summer. The weather is warm and there’s always something to do. While everyone has different tastes and ideas, you should try a few of these tips to ensure you make the most out of summer.