13 Unconventional Date Ideas To Plan This Summer

13 Unconventional Date Ideas To Plan This Summer

Whether you're married or going on a first date, sometimes it's nice to think outside the box.
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Dating is such an exciting experience and can really fill your life up, but sometimes dinner and a movie just don’t feel like enough. Whether you’re going on a first date or have been married for years, here are some unconventional dates to try with your significant other!

1. Become a tourist in your own city

Maybe it’s going to a museum or taking a helicopter ride over the city. Even if you know everything, sometimes it’s fun just to re-explore with your love.

2. Spend the day in Ikea

You don’t even have to buy anything! You can browse furniture and pretend you’re outfitting a new home. Pick out all the things you hate and explore what each other’s style is.

3. Pretend to go home buying

Do you ever wonder what the inside of those fancy mansions looks like? You can make up names and occupations and have a fun day of acting while exploring the insides of those dreamy homes!

4. Test drive cars

Sometimes hopping behind the wheel of a fancy new convertible is exciting, especially if your wallet isn’t injured in the process! Take it for a spin with that arm candy of yours!

5. Volunteer

Who says doing a good deed can’t be a date? Spend the day working in a soup kitchen or doing yard work for a non-profit. This is a fun way to get some quality time with your love, while also being a good human in the process.

6. Stay in a local hotel for the weekend

Who says you actually have to “get away” to have some quality time? Sometimes living it up in a hotel for a couple of days is just want you need. Order room service, swim in the pool and enjoy those cozy robes for a couple of days.

7. Take a “sick day” and Netflix binge

There’s something mischievous about blowing off work to be together, and sometimes, a day of seclusion is nice. Have a movie marathon or binge a new show all while staying in bed and absorbing each other’s company. It might be just what you need!

8. Spend the day at an animal shelter

Nothing will make you happier than playing with cute puppies and kittens all day. You can cuddle and play and learn more about your partner in the process.

9. Prove that bingo isn’t just for the elderly!

Bingo can actually be really fun and even more exciting to be playing it with your partner. You might even see a new side of competitiveness come out!

10. Explore thrift stores together


You never really know what you’re going to find in a thrift store. Maybe you’ll find something from your childhood that will spark a story to tell or just find things that make you laugh, either way, you’re sure to have a good time. And hey, maybe you’ll find something you want to take home!

11. Attend a trivia night

Are you a trivia buff? No? Me either! But it’s certainly fun to try! See what your partner knows — or DOESN’T know. It’s sure to give you both a good laugh!

12. Fly kites

Sometimes you forget how fun being a kid was. Re-explore your childhood with a kite day at the park or beach. Just be sure they don’t get tangled!

13. Go to a local Farmer’s market

Explore all the fresh produce and cute jewelry and smelly soaps while holding hands with your love. You’ll get lots of good food and get to spend quality time with your partner!

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11 Things The Man You Love Should Do For You, No Questions Asked

Sometimes it's just the simple things in life that mean a lot.

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Every girl feels special when the guy she's dating does simple things for her that not everyone thinks about. Here's a list of 10 things that every girl genuinely appreciates.

1. Open/Hold the door

I feel like this one is really simple because everyone has to walk through doors. Chivalry isn't dead, let him open the door for you. He's not trying to prove that you can't do it for yourself, but he's trying to be polite and show you that he cares for you.

2. Give you really big hugs

Everyone has bad days, and sometimes you just need a really big hug. Whether it be a bear hug or the hug where he picks you up and spins you around, it will make you feel better in the long run.

3. Buy you really small gifts

One of the best things my boyfriend has ever done for me is simply bringing me a Dr. Pepper when he knows I'm tired from a long hard day full of exams or work. Sonic slushes will also make my day in a heartbeat.

4. Text/Call you just to tell you he loves you

This is pretty simple. It takes less than 10 seconds to text, and only a few minutes to call. Sometimes you get these texts right at the perfect moment, and it makes you feel so much better.

5. Come see you when you're sick

Everyone hates being sick. But seeing your friends and family while you're sick can make you feel so much better. Having your boyfriend come to see you and possibly even take care of you just makes being sick that much easier.

6. Respect your decisions

You're not married yet, so your decisions are up to you! He should respect the decisions you make and support you, even if it's not what he thinks is the best decision. After all, you know yourself better than anyone else!

7. Give you a shoulder to cry on

We all have bad days, and sometimes you just can't stop the tears from coming. Even if he's not good with crying, he should give you hugs and love to help you get through it.

8. Compliment you

Even if you look horrible and know so, hopefully, he'll still tell you that you look good. Even if the clothes you're wearing aren't his style, he should still tell you that they look good on you and that you are beautiful each and every day.

9. Call you when you're away or he's away

If you're like me, I miss my boyfriend after being away for about three hours, so when we're apart for more than a couple days, I love getting random calls from him when he knows I'm not busy. It's definitely better than a text.

10. Deal with all your annoying quirks

So if you're anything like me, you enjoy screaming music as loudly and horribly as you can in the car and making a complete fool of yourself, but he should love you for that anyway. I also love to take really stupid pictures, and he should put up with that too. He shouldn't be annoyed by your quirks, he should love them and laugh along with you.

11. Love you no matter what

I honestly feel like this goes without saying, but I put it on here so that the girls who don't feel like they're being loved no matter what can realize. He should want to work out problems with you instead of calling it quits and holding a grudge. He should want you to be happy and support you in every decision you make in life. When he loves you unconditionally, he will do all of the above things and more.

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If You View Being In A Relationship As 'Losing Your Freedom,' You’re In The Wrong Relationship

Someone had to say it.

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Relationships are about being the best possible version of yourself separate and together. They're about growing with and doing life alongside your partner. They're fun, loving, and granted, they can sometimes be challenging.

Some challenges that frequently come up in relationships are disagreements (which are for sure gonna happen, because you're two individual people!), dealing with stress, and depending on where you're at in life, it could also be financial struggles. Of course, all relationships are going to have problems and everything won't always be “rainbows and butterflies" as Maroon 5 like to put it.

That being said though, one challenge that shouldn't ever be an issue in a relationship is the loss of freedom. Where did this idea come from?

I see it all the time, people talking about not wanting to get into a relationship because they don't want to "lose their freedom".

If you are in a relationship which causes you to lose your freedom, you are 100% in the wrong relationship.

Being in a relationship is not synonymous with not being able to be yourself or be able to do what you want. In a good relationship, you will be able to still have your alone time, be your own person, hang out with your friends, the list goes on and on. All of these things are so important. Relationships should never consume your life, they should complement it.

Why is this even a conversation we need to be having? Seriously.

Now obviously if you're referring to losing the option of getting with other people or dating around, then yes, you're right, you absolutely shouldn't get into a relationship... but that doesn't mean relationships mean losing your freedom.

If you are in a relationship with someone you love and respect, getting with other people isn't even going to be on your radar. It truly is that simple.

The trend of hating on relationships, for this reason, has gotten so out of hand in recent years, especially on social media. It's so frustrating, though, because it could not be any more inaccurate.

You should absolutely still have freedom in relationships. You can have it. I for one absolutely have it and do not view my relationship as the loss of freedom, at all. If you don't, maybe evaluate that relationship and realize it's not the best one to be in.

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