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12 Cultural Date Ideas In Aberdeen That Cost Nothing

12 Cultural Date Ideas In Aberdeen That Cost Nothing

Dating can be expensive – dinner, drinks and movies all add up, especially if you’re seeing someone worth the costs. The port city of Aberdeen is a beautiful place to date, and you’ve just got to be a little creative to find some romantic but cultural date options that won’t cost you a penny. I have compiled my absolute favourite date ideas that will inspire you to learn new skills, get healthy and expand your mind as you get to know your date in Aberdeen for free.

1. Attend a lunch hour concert at Aberdeen Art Gallery

    At Aberdeen Art Gallery, there is a great line-up of free concerts to attend during your lunch hour. It’s a perfect option for meeting a date who loves culture, but lacks time due to a heavy workload or has children to look after in the evening. Browse the extensive list of concerts here.

    2. Have a bike ride along Aberdeen Beach boardwalk

    aberdeen coastline

      The two-mile stretch of the beautiful, sandy Aberdeen Beach is the perfect setting for a romantic dog walk or paddle in the sea. Also perfect for a race or ride along the boardwalk for fitness lovers. Enjoy the sound of the waves and watch the seagulls as you get to know your date. No bikes? No problem. Borrow your bikes for free from beCyCle, Aberdeen’s community bicycle workshop.

      When asked about the dating scene in Aberdeen, dating site comparison website, Top Aberdeen Dating Sites commented, “There are a great range of free and affordable, but memorable hotspots to take a date in Aberdeen, come rain or shine, whatever the budget. Our favourite spot has got to be Aberdeen Beach at dusk, with a picnic and a bottle of champagne.”

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      3. Spot dolphins at Aberdeen Harbour

      Aberdeen Harbour dolphin watching

        If you walk along the Aberdeen harbour’s edge, you may catch sight of seals and dolphins that often play near the entrance. What could be more romantic than watching dolphins play whilst breathing the fresh sea air?

        4. Attend a free Edinburgh Quartet concert

        Edinburgh Quartet

          It’s rare to have the opportunity to listen to music for free, but the vastly popular Edinburgh String Quartet provides free concerts that includes numbers by Beethoven, Mozart and Shostakovich. Open to all, and hosted all over Scotland, you’ll find a concert and a date to suit you.

          5. Take a free workshop at Aberdeen City Library

            Aberdeen City Library host free workshops such as drawing, sketching and crafts for those who like to get creative. It’s a perfect chance to learn a new skill or hone an existing one for free whilst enjoying the company of your date in a relaxed atmosphere.

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            6. Meditate with your date at Aberdeen Wellbeing Centre

              Meditation is probably not the first thing that springs to mind when figuring out where to take a date. It’s actually a great opportunity to wind down and be in the company of someone new without the pressure of having something to talk about! You’re sure to be super-chilled following your session, and have something to talk about afterwards.

              7. Take a guided tour of Aberdeen Maritime Museum

              Aberdeen Maritime Museum

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                If you’re of a nervous disposition around new people, especially ones you’re attracted to, a date idea like this is a great option as there is always something to turn your date’s attention to if you feel the conversation is drying up. The free tours at Aberdeen Maritime Museum are a perfect introduction to the Museum which tells the story of the city’s long relationship with the sea.

                8. Listen to the Lunchtime Talks at Aberdeen Art Gallery

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                Lunchtime Talks at Aberdeen Art Gallery

                  If the history of Aberdeen interests you, a free Lunchtime Talk at Aberdeen Art Gallery may be right up your street. It’s the perfect way to spend a lunch break from work, or a midday date.

                  9. Go on a nighttime bike ride

                    If you’ve gotten to know someone a little better, you may want to look for things to do at night that don’t involve drinking and eating. How about attending a free nighttime bike ride around Aberdeen’s centre, hosted by beCyCle, Aberdeen’s community bicycle workshop?

                    10. Master the orienteering courses at Duthie Park

                    Orienteering in Aberdeen

                      For dry days, orienteering is a fun activity to enjoy with a date. There are two free orienteering courses at Duthie Park in Aberdeen. It’s also a great option for dating single parents who want to spend time with each other’s children.

                      11. Have an outdoor adventure with the Countryside Ranger Service

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                      Aberdeen Nature reserves

                        If you love nature, consider attending a free outdoor adventure with the Countryside Rangers. From mushroom spotting to guided walks, to shelter buildings, there is something for every taste and age.

                        12. Get to know the countryside with a Health Walk

                          For those looking to increase their physical activity, take part in a series of free Health Walks. As well as getting some fresh countryside air whilst chatting to your date, you’ll also get to burn a few kcals.

                          Keep your game fresh by introducing some cultural but affordable dating options into your life. You and your date will be sure to have fun whatever the cost.

                          Image Credit: Music book via unsplash.com; beach via visitabdn.com; harbour via bbc.co.uk; Edinburgh String Quartet via edinburghquartet.com; painting via unsplash.com; meditation via unsplash.com; art gallery via aagm.co.uk; bike ride via unsplash.com; park via bhowie25.wordpress.com; woman with binoculars via naturalawakeningsmag.com; countryside via unsplash.com

                          Featured photo credit: Unknown via bbc.co.uk

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                          10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                          10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                          Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

                          In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

                          These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

                          1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

                          Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

                          But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

                          Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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                          2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

                          You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

                          The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

                          3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

                          If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

                          Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

                          If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

                          4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

                          Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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                          To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

                          In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

                          5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

                          We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

                          If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

                          Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

                          “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

                          6. Give for the Joy of Giving

                          When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

                          One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

                          So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

                          7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

                          Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

                          Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                          8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

                          When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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                          So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

                          9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

                          Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

                          It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

                          It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

                          10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

                          There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

                          But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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                          Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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