But as your new Dating Diva, I’m here to help with this sort of thing. So I’ve put together a list of tips and suggestions to help inspire you to come up with some non-textbook date ideas that are sure to impress*.
A slightly more interesting, more cultured take on the wine-bar date. If you’ve never been before and aren’t really into it, you can always just go somewhere you don’t have to spit out the beverage afterwards.
2. Get on a train
Tell your date to pack an overnight bag and then head to the train station together. Look at the departures board and choose your spontaneous love nest for the weekend. Book your accommodation on the way (or maybe on the way to the station to be on the safe side!)
3. Ice skating (as long as it isn’t Christmas)
I don’t know about you guys, but I love ice skating. Except for when you have to put up with an ice rink packed with other couples, hand in hand…
4. Try to blag your way into an event
Try this at your own risk, and perhaps give it a miss if you’re date isn’t very adventurous, but attempting to talk your way into an event is quite fun – especially if you pull it off. ‘Exclusive’ media parties, gigs, after-show events – there’s always a guest list, and even if it doesn’t work, you can always pop out for a meal instead.
5. Double date
If you feel at ease in a group of friends, double dating can be a fun, alternative way to spend time with your lover, just make sure you pick the other couple wisely – and no exes!
*Most of the ideas aren’t too extreme at all actually – mere variations on what I like to call the ‘love game standards’. Others are slightly riskier, but if you pull them off, they’re winners. You can thank me later…