Besides busting out to your favorite tunes, karaoke also forces you be outgoing—and fast.
Just try to stay away from too many romantic ballads.
Instead, get your hands dirty at a local cooking class. To shake things up (and enjoy more cuisines), pick three different places to nosh at. No, we’re not talking about taking a stroll in the nude (though kudos to you if you do). Whether you go for a long bike ride, try outdoor rock climbing (psst, an indoor rock climbing wall is an awesome option too), go for a hike, or take some swings on the golf course, the natural air make the date that much sweeter. No matter where you live and how long you’ve been there, there are likely things on your tourist bucket list.
They can be a bit pricey, but deal sites like Gilt and Groupon often offer amazing discounted options. You never know when that purchase (or the subsequent cheese-making skills) is going to come in handy. Use dating as an opportunity to check things off and tread unchartered waters.
If you’re a little apprehensive about a solo hang out sesh, try a group activity like trivia.
Similar to karaoke, it’s a good time even if you’re the least knowledgeable person in the room.
The zoo is an awesome place to explore and get to know someone on a new level—and it’s a great excuse to relive one of the best childhood activities.
But there’s something unappealing about doing the same song and dance with each new dating prospect. And it shouldn’t make you feel forced into making unhealthy choices (like boozing every night for a week straight), or even worse: bored. Sure, wine tasting at a wine shop or restaurant is super fun. Sitting at a coffee shop can be a little drab, but picking up a coffee and walking around the neighborhood can make it that much better. It’s a great way to build up adrenaline, have some laughs, and soak up the sun while at it.
To make it even better, place a silly bet on the game.
(We like to reward whoever gets the most gutter balls.)Whitney, Mariah, JT…
And when the weather warms up, keep an eye out for outdoor shows you can bring snacks to.
Gone are the days of sipping drinks, staring in silence, and forcing conversation.