By Jason Goetz
The best thing about relationships is the experiences you and your love can capture together. In this day in age, finding a creative way to get out of the house–or stay in for a romantic evening–takes a lot of thought. We get it. Coming up with date night ideas can be a little tricky, especially if you’re on a budget. Five-star restaurants and pricey concert tickets often add up after a while. But don’t worry–we’ve got you covered. From outdoor hikes to unique day trips, here are five date night ideas that won’t break the bank.
1. Go on A Hike
If you and your partner love Mother Nature, then going out for a hike can be an exciting and enjoyable experience. Hikes allow you to get to know each other in a relaxed environment–without spending a lot of money. Most state parks only charge for parking, but you can find off the grid trails for free.
Walking paths that include water streams or scenic mountain views can be the most romantic, but like any other date, getting out together is enough. Be sure to stop and cherish the beauty of the great outdoors and don’t let those pesky electronics get the best of you.
2. Take A Day Trip
Going on a road trip is one of the best ways to spend quality time with your partner. There are endless options to choose from, which means your imagination is the limit. Load up your car, make a playlist, bring your favorite munchies, and hit the road.
Heading out of the city for a ski or beach trip? Make the most of out your getaway by snapping photos along the way.If you’re looking for a creative spin on a classic date night, try making a cozy on the go retreat. Fill your back seat with comfy blankets and pillows to enjoy a night of relaxation.
3. Explore the City
Getting out on the town is perfect for discovering nearby areas. Whether you want to visit a museum, botanical garden, or zoo, local attractions can spark some fire into your romantic evening.
- Are you and your date art buffs, or do you enjoy learning more about creativity and culture? Several museums offer low-cost admission. You can also get in for free on a certain day of the week.
- Going to a wildlife park might be a little more engaging than museums. The price of entry varies–and mostly depends on what city you live in. Make sure to pack plenty of snacks and drinks because most zoos are pricey when it comes to food.
- Botanical gardens are usually set in beautiful venues that lend themselves well to a romantic date night. Some are even free, though they might offer a tour or admission to a historical landmark on-site for a few dollars.
4. Go Out for A Picnic
Picnics are great for bonding with your plus one, and it won’t cost you too much either. It gives you time to connect with a person on an intimate level while remaining in touch with the environment. Take a packed lunch along with a few chairs and go to your local park. Spend a few hours enjoying the food and conversation of your significant other.
5. Spend A Romantic Night In
You don’t have to be a big spender to have a romantic night in. Spice things up with a home-cooked meal and your favorite movies or shows. But if you want to add some extra sparks to your evening, try choosing a fun activity like:
- Play board games
- Make S’mores
- Enjoy music and drinks
- Host a couple’s quiz
Date nights are all about connecting, communicating, and–most of all–enjoying each other’s company. Make the most out of your evening by letting those sparks fly.
Dating is important–not just for getting to know someone, but for sharing memories throughout a relationship. You don’t need to spend too much money on a nice date night–or even leave your house. But before you settle for another dinner and movie, take a look at these suggestions to liven up your night out (or in) and keep things interesting.
About the Author:
Jayson is a recent graduate from Arizona State University who lives in Phoenix. Being a lover of entrepreneurship and travel, he’s always ready to bust out his laptop and visit new places. He started writing in hope of sharing his experiences with fellow entrepreneurs and travel enthusiasts. Follow Jayson on LinkedIn.