3 Dates with a Difference
Is your relationship diminishing into regular stuffy dinner routines, boring evenings out and generally a stale undertaking? Don’t let it! Even well after marriage, dating your significant other should be a fun activity that you both look forward to, not a chore you do once a month so that you can say you did it but without much enjoyment or enthusiasm. Keep your relationship fresh by dating your partner should not only be about setting time aside and being together but it should also be about comfort, ease, adventure and intimacy – and you don’t need to break your bank doing so!
To help you break crushingly humdrum moulds and keep things interesting on the date front, we have put together suggestions for three dates with a difference:
- Get out there
If you and your partner are active people who enjoy seeing what’s out there in the world, then comply with your wanderlust!
Public spaces such as Melville Koppies Nature Reserve and the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens near Roodepoort are great place to start for hiking trails in Johannesburg.
Parts of the city as diverse as Braamfontein, Auckland Park and Sandton have all had cycling lanes instituted in their roads. A cycle ride would make for a great weekend morning date that ends in a delicious brunch.
Tip: Be on the lookout for active hiking, running or cycling clubs (such as the Thesis Lifestyle Run Cru in Mofolo, Soweto) that you can join in your area.
- Cook up some chemistry
Usually, food is a big part of dating and being with your significant other. Why not make food a part of your love story in a different way? Instead of rushing to the end of the food experience, which is eating, why not prepare a culinary evening that is all about making food? Pick a recipe that’s in-line with what you both enjoy and go shopping together for the ingredients you don’t have.
You will get to spend the evening chopping and sautéing with your significant other. This will either give you a new shared interest or make you both appreciate the rare booking at your favourite restaurant. It will definitely bring you closer together.
Tip: Set the mood with the playlist. Nothing says, “twirl with the chef” the way smooth jazz does.
- It’s all fun and games
Make a game night out of your next date! Invite your closest couple friends and team up in a games night that will bring you and your partner closer and increase your team spirit, win or lose. Gather your favourite board games – 30 Seconds is a game night staple – or line up card and guessing games. Fill the menu with a healthy helping of everyone’s easy snacks.
Alternatively, you can make it an intimate game night for two where you play your favourite video games.
Tip: If you or your partner are sore losers, game night date night will be best kept to a party of two.
What’s your idea of a date with a difference?