10 Alternative Dates For Couples That Like To Mix It Up (Cause Netflix And Chill Doesnt Always Cut It)

1. Indoor skydiving.

Skydiving is the most clichd way to tap into your adventurous side for a reason: It works. And if you experience the rush of flying through the air withsomeone youlove, you end up with even more than an adrenaline boost. You get an instant memory rooted in a shared first, too. The good news is, you dont have to risk your life or jump out of an actual plane to ride the wind these days.

Thanks to theaptlynamediFLY Indoor Skydiving,youand your boyfriend or girlfriend can experience the joy of levitatingina state-of-the-art wind chamber without breaking the bank, orfretting overyour mortality. All you need to do is book a time slot, show up for the safety tutorial in which expert instructors teach you how to position your body and how to read various hand signals (the force of airflow makes communicating viaspeech virtuallyimpossible). Then you get toborrowsome special suits and helmets that will make you feel like superheroes as you wait your turn to stepinside the vertical wind tunnel. The fast-growing sport of “bodyflight” is pretty awesomeinand of itself, butits yet more amazing when you get to wake up alongside your significant other 24 hours later feeling equally sore in some very weird places (unless of course your muscles are alreadyaccustomedto human flight).

3. Play rich and scope out somereal estate.

Wherever you are, theres an awesome house or apartmenton the market, and real estate brokers dont performbackground checks onpeoplewho express interest in viewingproperties for sale. Why notjoin your lover ona leisurely tourof the most expensivelistings in the area? Its strangely satisfyingto get a insidelookatother peoples homes and lives. Plus, house hunting tends to breed heartwarming thoughtsaboutthefuturethe country houseyou andbaemight one day purchase (even if your savings account is currently non-existent), how many children might occupy the backyard, and what cars you might own to cart them all around.

4. Test drive a fancy-ass car together.

There isnt a car salesman out there who’ll question a friendly,inquiring duothat steps ontothedealership floor. So dress the part of awealthycoupleon the prowl for an auto to add tothe familycollection and hit up the closest establishment selling Ferraris or Porsches. Insist on test driving whichevervehiclepiques your interest the most, and revel in every second you get to takethat pricy set of wheels outfor a spin, Ferris Bueller style, before returning to your regular life. Role play is no less thrilling outside the bedroom. Promise.

5. Create a secret Instagram account.

All it takes to start a secret Instagram account is an email address, a handle, and a password. You can do it over dinner at a restaurant or from the comfort of your couch on a Saturday afternoon. Base the concept for your couples Insta on an inside joke or a random whim. Just dont tell a soul about it so its something precious only you two share. It doesnt matter whether you end up with fiveor50likes per post. The thrill of contributing covertly to a joint account and watching it grow (or stagnatewho really cares!) is the endlessly entertaining “date” that will keep you engaged for weeks or even months on end.

5. Shopin actual stores.

The Internet long ago rendered shopping in stores obsolete. But theres a component of visitingshopsas a couple thats totally worthwhile, not to mention retro-chic: Trying on clothes for each other. You dont even have to be in the lingerie departmentto make the process of dressing up enjoyable. Just choose some super cute, over-priced items or grab a few experimental outfits. Then let your partner gawk as you parade around for them in all your new looks. Its hot to watch your significant other transform right before you. You dont even have to buy anything for this mini-adventure to prove rewarding. And ifyoure brave enough, you can always sneak into the same dressing room for a littleadditional fun.

6. Leave the house without your phones.

It sounds simple because it is. You won’tfully appreciate just how reliant you are on cell phones until you leave them behind purposefullytoembark on an afternoon without an ounce of tech support. Without an app to guide you or the ability to Google, youll end up in places youd never expecteven if its just down the street you so rarely traverse, or in a corner of the park you never think to station yourselves in. Whenglancing at a screen isnt even an option, youll also be amazedbyhow much time you spend talking to each other instead of triple checking your socialfeedsor snapping dozens selfies.

7. Build a badass fort.

Fortsthey’re not just for kids. Especially on cold and/orrainy days, fort buildingis an indoor friendly activity that will distract you in the best way possible for at least afewhours. Spend some time considering your available materials and how you might build the structure youre envisioning. When youre finished repurposing blankets, books, and lamps, snuggle up in the dark little cocoon of a space you’ve created with a flashlight and read a story out loud to each other or watch a movie. If it all falls apart, you can always laugh at yourselves for failing so spectacularly at a childs game.

8. Make some treasure hunts for each other.

Turns out, treasure hunts arent just for kids, either. Doing it right actually requires a lot of forethought. You have to think ofthe right clues, theright locations for each hint, and, of course,the grand finale to your maze. Every single second of time spentinevitably proves gratifying, however,as you watch your significant other uncover each clue and stumble their way towards the prize, whatever it is. For additional pleasure, pepper your hunt with meaningful little love notes and odes to your relationship.

9. Challenge yourselves to “point-and-cook.”

When it comes to preparing meals, couplestend to fall into patterns centered on the dishes and types of cuisine theyalready know and love. By forcing yourselves to open up acookbook andpreparewhatever recipe you end up pointing to, youll broaden your tastebuds horizons. Youll also enjoy the challenge of tackling something different in the kitchen, which forces you to develop new skills and to learn something about food along the way. Whetherthe final product makes it into your regular rotation is, of course, up to Fate.

10. Parent some plants.

When you plant something as a couple, you get to watch it grow right before your eyes. What better metaphor for the evolution of a relationship than something that pokes through the earth and blossoms as time goes by? Seriously! Plus, seeds are cheap. You can even use the ones from the last piece of fruit you ate. If you dont have a backyard or much access to sunlight, make yourselves a little terrarium featuring some dirt andair plants, which are pretty self reliant. Adding a touch of life to your place will make it feel more like home, and parenting a life that doesnt ever cry or need its diaper changed will bring you certain joy as a couple with very little ongoing financial investment required.

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