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How to Handle the Subject of Getting Serious With Your Online Love

You and that special someone you met online and have decided it’s time to kick it up a notch and date exclusively. What should you do next? In the non-online dating world you’d probably both just turn down any new people who happened to ask you out. But Internet dating requires a different approach:

Discuss what “being serious” really means for both of you.

Internet dating is a tricky thing once you’ve met someone special. Perhaps you joined an online dating service because you wanted to meet someone special. On the other hand, your partner may have joined because they just wanted to get back in the dating game and meet new people. One individual may think it’s perfectly fine to continue browsing through profiles while they date someone seriously because they are “just looking.” Another person may think it’s fine to email other people as long as you don’t meet them out. There are definite rules for online dating etiquette, but unless you both are aware of them you may be headed in different directions and not even realize it. Communication is a key aspect for any relationship, but even more so when it comes to Internet dating. Open the dialog with your partner about where your relationship is really going so you are both on the same page.

Just because you take your profile down doesn’t mean your partner will.

Making a pact that you won’t email other people doesn’t mean one of you won’t still have your profile up. Perhaps your partner thinks it’s no big deal to have daters browse his or her profile, or even for them to browse other profiles, while at the same time dating you. Make sure you are both clear on what you should do to move forward with your relationship. Failure to do this could mean trouble down the road. Even if you both agree to get serious, never assume your mate is pulling his or her profile until you both discuss it and agree to do so.

Make sure you really do want to get serious.

One of the great things about Internet dating is the pure volume of people on the system. The greater the number of singles, the more likely you are to meet the right one for you. So at some point you will probably meet an individual who would like to date you exclusively. Don’t take this consideration lightly. Make sure you’re willing to fore go the chance to meet someone else in favor of seeing where the relationship is headed with your current mate. Remember that new people join online dating services everyday, and one of them could be your perfect mate. So don’t settle. If you aren’t absolutely sure you want to limit your dating time to just one person, tell them. Be honest without being hurtful, but indicate your reservations up front.

Let other people know.

If you decide to pull your profile, tell any of the folks you’ve been corresponding with. Remember that good online dating etiquette includes honesty and thoughtfulness.

Bag a Man by Valentine’s Day: How to Attract Men, No Matter Where You Are

No matter where a single girl is, what she is wearing or how she looks, there’s a dating opportunity to be uncovered – virtually anywhere. This isn’t an idle statement, it is fact! This article goes through the key how-to’s in attracting a male suitor, and in general and can be applied anywhere.

The idea is that singles do not have to put on an act or play up to an ideal they do not fit. Bachelorettes, fear not, this is not a formula that claims to reinvent a dating persona beyond recognition – just to update it. Let change for the better start here.

Use an Inviting Smile to Your Advantage and Get Men Interested

Firstly, smile. There’s a great deal that can be gained from a smile since it doesn’t look too “forward” and it can be completely platonic. A hostile persona is a closed book, and for someone to want to read on, they need to get in on the prologue!

So practise it while in a bar, waiting at the station, queuing in a supermarket … wherever. When thinking positive thoughts, naturally, a smile will follow!

Here’s a top tip: Well presented, glossy lips subconsciously create a positive sexual association for the male, so well glossed lips will never hinder a lady’s chances of being noticed.

Using Eye Contact to Attract Men

Along with well groomed hair and hands, the eyes are noticed and focused upon the most, by everyone subconsciously. To maintain light passing eye contact with a stranger can be exciting; however, it isn’t supposed to be a staring match, just a brief flirtation that may or may not lead to a conversation.

Take home eye advice would be this: Remember to emphasise the eyes – a little mascara or eyeliner can really bring out their colour and shape. Those who do not normally wear make-up need not worry that their chances are dwindling; well groomed eyebrows and carefully coloured and styled hair also bring out the best in a woman’s “peepers”!

Single Ladies, Introduce Yourselves

Not used to starting a conversation with a man? Read on, and fear not, there isn’t much to it and women can get good at verbally creating interest in themselves by simply remaining positive.

For instance; “The service in here is pants, isn’t it?” is not a good conversation starter as there isn’t much scope for it to develop, whereas “Darn, am I glad to be this side of the bar tonight!?” is a good opening gambit as it is short and allows for an agreeable, positive response; Therefore there is more chance of a longer conversation emerging.

Most importantly, any positive conversation will be better received than negative, (nobody likes to hear whinging, especially when socialising) so keep it light and open ended, so when joining back up with friends it doesn’t appear that the conversation has to come to an end. A simple, flirty, “See you around, I hope” will do nicely.

Gain Male Attention, Move Around

Whether or not conversation has been made with the lucky chosen one, ladies on the lookout shouldn’t allow the grass to grow over their perfectly manicured feet!

It’s a simple social technique that keeps a man – or anyone – interested longer than the initial “how do you do?” Best practised in a bar or other social area such as at a sports event; it’s as simple as this – ladies who appear to be socially dynamic, create interest in their general persona. Applied to real-life: Don’t sit in a quiet corner when out with friends, move around and mingle. This creates the opportunity for a mildly prominent position to be gained in any room.

Crucially, relax. In fact, a single lady should forget that there is any reason in particular that she is more mobile than normal, natural confidence is much more attractive than any laboured attempt at it. Remember, It works best when in a larger group of friends as these can be broken down into subgroups, which in themselves provide more potential for mobility, and, importantly, appear a less impenetrable force to a potential suitor.

Finally, Singles Everywhere …

Above all, it is important to not appear to be “on the prowl”; this is intimidating and can be seen as anything but feminine. Subtlety is key, a simple glance is worth ten stares, a brief smile is better than a pout, and a positive exchange is more memorable than a negative one. Anyone who applies the above points should have a date in no time!

Advice, Tips and Rules of Dating for Teenagers

As teens begin the dating process, parents need to be aware of what is happening at all times, but this doesn’t have to be unpleasant or adversarial. Having a parent in his or her corner gives teenagers the power and authority to do what they know is right. Open discussions about what is expected of them adds clarity and boundaries.

Teens Should Start Dating Slowly

Teenagers don’t have to start dating one-on-one. Group dates offer opportunities to get to know others without the awkwardness of being paired off. They also get to see how the other person interacts with a large group of mutual friends.

Once the teens go out on regular one-on-one dates, set a curfew rule and limit the frequency of dating. Once or twice a week should be enough for a young teenage couple to see each other outside their regular environment.

Parents Should Know the Person Their Teen is Dating

Parents should insist on meeting the person their child is dating. This can be planned as a meeting in advance of the first date or as simple as a brief introduction at the door. Parents can use this opportunity to reinforce their rules to the other person.

If it can be done without awkwardness, the parents may wish to encourage the couple to come inside and play games, watch TV or bake cookies. Even if the parents aren’t in the room with the teens, their presence adds an extra layer of support.

Know the Teen Date Details

It isn’t unreasonable for parents to expect details of the date before it begins. This is also a good time to express expectations on curfew and other activities.

Examples of questions to ask teens before the date:

  • Where are they going?
  • Who is driving?
  • Who else will be there?
  • Is the event chaperoned?
  • What time is the event over?

Expectations to express to the teens:

  • No alcohol.
  • No drugs.
  • Call if anything doesn’t seem right or makes the teen uncomfortable.
  • Call once during the date to confirm that they arrived at their date destination. Have a code word for the date not going well, in case the other person is listening.

Decide the Age for Teens to Start Dating

Set a specific age for each dating activity that is allowed. This may be that a group get-together is allowed at age thirteen or fourteen and a double-date is allowed at fifteen or sixteen. Exceptions may be made for special occasions, but general moral expectations remain intact.

When teenagers first start to date, they should stick to other teens who are within a year or two of their own age. Dating someone much older may put the teen at risk of a sexual encounter he or she isn’t ready for.

Parental Availability and Teen Dating

Parents should let their teenage children know that they are available at any time. This includes discussing what to do on a date, picking them up if they are uncomfortable during the date and being there to listen after the date ends.

Ways to get teens to talk:

  • Helping plan what to do during the date.
  • Share the most embarrassing moments of their own dating experiences.
  • Have a light snack ready for them when they return home.

Dating is one of the rites of passage for most teenagers, so make it a pleasant learning experience for them. Protect them by encouraging them to start slowly, getting to know their dates, knowing the details of where they are going and establishing rules. Be available before, during and after the date to help with any questions and concerns the teen may have.

A Guide to Internet Dating for First Timers

When people first start communicating online for the first time it can be a bit daunting. If they are unsure of themselves or are having second thoughts, then it is important for them to realize that they are not alone. The good news is, it does get easier, and everything starts moving along more smoothly. To help first timers get more enjoyment out of the online dating experience there are some tips below.

Honesty in Online Dating

Honesty is the best policy, and this should be from the beginning. The profile is where honesty should start as there’s no point in fabricating the truth. Most lies will get discovered on the first date which will ruin any chances of starting a relationship. Being honest will mean that there is a greater chance of meeting someone straight away who is truly compatible.

Online Profile Photograph

A photo is a must for the profile, and will get up to twenty times more emails than those profiles without one. Most dating sites allow the uploading of photos and it is important to keep on the honesty theme by uploading a recent photo. It is important for people to not use one from ten years ago when they had more hair or a flatter tummy.

For people who don’t have one to upload, it may be prudent to just have a friend take one with a digital camera. Profiles with pictures are more likely to be viewed. A photo not only shows everyone what the person in the profile looks like, but it shows that he or she has nothing to hide.

Safety in Online Dating

Safety is key and this can be done by not sharing any personal information. It is important to never use a real name on a profile and online dating site users should be encouraged to always create eye-catching usernames. Also, avoid giving an address or personal information to anyone who may get in touch initially.

At some point, it is likely that internet daters will find someone that they will want to speak with on the phone. For safety, it would be best to use a cell phone until a bond has been built with the other person. Once the people get to know each other, it becomes possible to relax and reveal more personal information.

Having Fun and Being Nice With Online Dating

It is important to always be nice; this isn’t the elementary school playground. Some people won’t be so nice because of the anonymity of the internet. If people meet someone at an online dating service that isn’t pleasant, they can easily block them from ever contacting them again.

The important thing is to have fun when looking for love. Be honest, upload a recent photo and take safety precautions when dating online. Looking for that perfect match could take some time so it is important to enjoy the experience every day. It is unlikely that anyone will click with the first person they meet, but they should not let this discourage them from continuing on their love quest.

5 Things Guys Don’t Want to Know

Sharing too much information – everyone has been there before – on the giving or receiving end of it, at least once in their lives. There are some things that guys just don’t want to know about their girlfriends. This list of five major things not to share with your boyfriend will give girlfriends an easy reference for what they should not tell guys.

Guys don’t want to know what the best friend’s life story is

In a lot of cases, a guy is only friends with a girl’s friends because he likes the girl. In the rare case that he actually likes the friends, a few more details are OK. The easiest way to gauge whether or not the girlfriend has given too much information on her BFF is whether or not her boyfriend is asking questions and seems to be an active participant in the conversation. If the guy is silent and answering with yes, and nods, he doesn’t want to know about her friends.

Guys don’t want to know what you do on a girls’ night out

All guys want their girlfriends to go out and have a good time with their friends. But, when the girlfriend is out, the guy is probably fantasizing about his girlfriend having pillow fights in the nude with her friends, but this is probably not the case. In fact, it is not the case. Don’t tell guys what you did on your girls’ night out. Guys don’t want to know. If it is absolutely imperative that he be told what happened, keep the description short and concise, this way the boy will not be bored with the story.

Don’t tell your boyfriend which hunky Hollywood star you have a crush on

Competition is always a good thing. But, when it is against Chris Pine from Star Trek, or Hugh Jackman from X-Men, it is always a losing battle for boyfriends. Everyone gets a crush or infatuation with a Hollywood star every now and again. But, that doesn’t mean that information needs to be shared with her partner. Guys don’t want to know if you are star struck with anyone but them.

Don’t tell your boyfriend what you are doing in the bathroom

It is a fact that girls go to the bathroom together, whenever possible. Though this fact may be a constant mystery to most guys, they still do not want to know what their girlfriend is doing in the washroom. Girls would be telling way too much information if they were to divulge what “number” they were doing in the bathroom. Or, for that matter, anything they accomplished in the bathroom. Keep this information as a highly guarded secret.

A guy usually doesn’t want to know when his girl is on her period

There are a few different positions on this point. Some guys might think that it is better to know when a girl is unavailable for a romp in the bedroom, so they don’t go for it and get shot down. But, the rest of the guys in the world would categorize this under too much information or something they don’t want to know. This period of the month is always hard for a guy. PMS makes life difficult, but it also serves as a clue that a girl in on her period. So, there is really no need to tell him anyway.

This list is a few of the general things that guys do not want to know about their girlfriends. If a girl fears she is about to tell her boyfriend too much information, the best policy is to just ask him if he wants to hear about something. The key to any good relationship is communication, and knowing what the other does not want communicated.

1752 Gregorian Calendar Date Change Leads to Dating Confusion

In 1746 contemporary documents recorded that the Hanoverian army camped a few hundred yards north of Brodie Castle and nearby Dyke village during the nights of the 2nd and 3rd of April. With few mature trees on the landscape of the time the camp fires were clearly visible from the castle and the village.

The Day of the Battle of Culloden

But local folk stayed away. Everybody was well aware that the final stand of the Jacobite challenge to the throne was looming and almost all people not involved with either army wanted to avoid becoming embroiled in a battle nearby or in the inevitable hideous aftermath. On April the 5th, after a night beside Nairn a few miles farther west the army, under the generalship of the 25 year old Duke of Cumberland, went on to win the Battle of Culloden.

Updating the Dates

Until not so long ago that is what British pupils learned. In today’s history books, however, the date of this last battle on British soil is considered to be April 16th. The dating conflict arises from a readjustment of dating which was imposed on some nations in 1752, six years after the battle. The calendar was advanced by ten days in order to ensure that the vernal or spring equinox fell on March 21st, as it should, so that Easter could be celebrated more nearly to its chosen lunar time of year.

1752 was also when the last diehard countries in Europe, which included England, adopted January 1st as New Year’s Day instead of March 1st. Most other countries had long since switched over to the calendar decreed for use throughout Christendom by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582, when an adjustment was made to correct an error in the Julian Calendar of ten days in the church seasonal holidays, the dates of which had lagged steadily farther behind the actuality.

‘Give us Back our Eleven Days’

Gregory’s decree was that October 4th 1572 be followed by October 15th, which is still used as New Year’s Day in the rare Lilian Calendar. When the common people were told they believed they were having eleven (by inclusive counting) days of their lives stolen and rioted in the streets across Europe demanding their return.

Even the removal of ten days was not exact, with eleven minutes and four seconds going adrift in each Julian year and many seconds more. To compensate, leap year days had been inserted, but not in century years unless divisible by four, all this in order to maintain a correct religious calendar. In effect Pope Gregory was readjusting the Christian Calendar which had slipped away from the Roman calendar instituted with slight inaccuracies by Julius Caesar in pre-Christian times.

After the second decree, historians and scholars disagreed about how to address the dates prior to 1752 in their documents. The matter was confused even more by the fact that Scotland had already changed over to the Gregorian Calendar in 1582. The Scottish dating of Culloden, if it had been adhered to, always had been the later date.

Time Lag in Instituting Change

Throughout much of the Victorian era, small annual registers were produced in many local areas. These contained a wealth of information fascinating to historians and researchers, everything from times of postal deliveries throughout a county, when coaches (and later trains) arrived or departed, ferry times and tide tables to local salaries of school teachers or ministers, cost of classes and lists of named parishioners on poor law benefits or those eligible to vote.

Dates of events such as feeing fairs and various town markets are particularly interesting. Until well on in the 19th century both pre- and post-Julian systems were still in use side by side, so that publishers were obliged to state whether the Old or the New Calendar was being used for their lists. This was the only way to ensure folk did not turn up eleven days too soon. Or was it too late?

Current Anomalies

It was well through the 20th century before it was finally accepted that dates should be calculated back from the calendar we use today. Usually. But even now not always. Several Eastern European cultures are still out of kilter with the West with both Christmas and Easter. Even today there are also a few historians who quibble about the dates between 1582 and 1752. Also, when calculating dates prior to the removal of New Year from March to January, care must be made to assign events in January and February to the right year.

Whatever the date of Culloden the day itself was bitterly cold with flurries of snow in the wind. It sapped the energy of the half-starved, exhausted Jacobites many of whom had gone blundering through the dark during the previous night, becoming lost while attempting a surprise attack on the enemy. They put up a brave and awesome fight, but were no match for disciplined troops who had made the most of their stay in Moray to rest and eat well.

How To Keep Online Dating Safe: What You Should Know Before Meeting an Internet Date

More and more people are trying out online dating sites to meet that special someone. It’s no longer embarrassing to answer, “So how did you meet?” by saying that you met on the internet. Internet dating has many benefits, but there are safety issues to consider, since the ‘net allows for greater anonymity and therefore, a greater chance that your date could be lying to you about who he or she really is.

Online Persona

Anyone who has heard about adult predators masquerading as 13-year-old boys in order to prey on impressionable youth knows that it’s easy to pretend to be someone you’re not online. To make sure that the 28-year-old stockbroker you’re talking to isn’t really a 45-year-old bus driver, keep an eye out for inconsistencies. If he tells you a detail of his life on Monday that drastically changes by Wednesday, feel free to call him on it. If you’re paying attention, you can usually weed out the liars fairly easily.

Dirty Talk

Unless you are looking specifically for an “intimate encounter” on a free chat line avoid talking about your sex life until after you meet your potential date in real life. If the person you’re interested in says that he or she is looking for a long-term relationship, but keeps asking for sexy pictures and talking dirty, there’s a good chance you’re not on the same page and you should move on to the next potential mate.

All in the Details

Before you meet potential dates, keep the specific details of your life to yourself. Do not give them your home address or tell them where you work. You can tell them what part of the city you live in or what you do for a living, but avoid saying, “I live on Maple Street” or “I work on the corner of 8th and Preston.” You may even want to hold off on giving your last name; at least until you’re relatively sure you can trust them.

Get All the Info You Can

While you want to be careful with sharing your own personal details, you should get as much information from the other person as possible. He or she may not want to share specific information either, but you should, at the very least, see pictures (more than one, to be sure it’s not some random image grabbed from the internet) and get the person’s phone number.

For women, this step may be more important. Since it is statistically more likely that he poses a threat to you than vice versa, you can insist on getting his full name and any other details that will make you feel more secure. You could also try Googling him to see what comes up, but don’t freak out if you find contradictory information; your town might have more than one John Smith.

For the Record

Never meet a stranger for a date without telling someone where you’re going. Write down his or her name, phone number and any other important details and leave them with your roommate, friend or co-worker. It may be a good idea to have a friend make a mid-date phone call to check if everything’s going okay.

Pick a Place

For your first meeting, pick a neutral, public place where you both feel comfortable. Don’t pick your favourite coffee shop or the bar at which you’re a regular. If the date goes awry, you don’t want to risk running into the person at a place you frequent. Do not get your date to pick you up. Make your own way to the meeting place and have a reliable way to get home.

Behave Yourself

While on the date, limit your drinking in order to stay sharp and watch your drink just like you would at the bar. Flirting is good, but avoid getting all touchy feely if you want your date to take you seriously for more than one night. Even if your internet match is perfect and the date is awesome, you should still resist the urge to invite him or her back to your place. Keep some mystery for the second date!

Write a Great Profile Headline: Compose an Attention-Getting Online Caption

Think of your Internet dating profile as an online billboard. Each piece of it is valuable real estate. The headline of your profile may seem like a minor thing, but remember – this piece of the Internet dating puzzle is often one that, along with your picture, will first attract someone to you.

Consider these points in mind when writing your headline:

  1. Keep it short. A three-to-seven word sentence is best. Anything longer and your headline will be cut off in a profile search. Think about a succinct but catchy phrase that will draw someone’s eye to your ad.
  2. Choose subject matter that conveys a bit of your personality and perhaps mentions hobbies or interests indicated in the essay part of your profile. This will not only draw attention to your headline but also bring cohesiveness to your profile.
  3. Avoid negative phrasing. Many singles I work with go through the trouble of joining an online service and then place a phrase like “Nice guys finish last” or “Any decent men left in the world?” at the very top of their profile. This immediately gives a poor impression to the rest of the daters out there. Bottom line is if you start off negative, no one will want to go out of their way to contact you.
  4. Steer clear of headlines that are already overused on the system. Take a look at other headlines and you’ll begin to notice certain phrases repeated over and over. Expressions to avoid include “Why not,” “Giving this a try,” and “Let’s get together.” Remember, with Internet dating you have a very short time to capture a potential date’s attention, so use that space to say something about you. Instead of a bland, “Nice girl,” how about “Scrabble diva,” “Flea market mama,” or even “Never miss a Jet’s game.”
  5. Think about the things you like to do. It’s the quirky, unique parts of us that make us interesting. So take your time and thoughtfully consider which words might sum up your personality or give a glimpse into your life. Headlines don’t necessarily have to describe you, they could instead act as a conversation starter. Do you enjoy going to restaurants? Do you partake in a certain hobby? For example, “Let’s Meet at Tucan Joe’s” or the “Come With Me To The Art Fair” are specific and will immediately attract people who enjoy those types of places and events.

Turning First Dates into Seconds: Paying Attention to Verbal and Nonverbal Dating Cues is Key

Your first date with Miss or Mr. Maybe is progressing nicely.

Inevitably, you find yourself wondering, what if he/she doesn’t pick up on the opportunity to ask for another date before this date ends?

Should this occur, consider yourself to be out with someone who:

  1. hasn’t decided yet whether to see you again or
  2. happens to be incredibly shy, requiring extra encouragement.

You can handle both situations perfectly by paying close attention to verbal and nonverbal cues.

Capitalize on the Moment

From the mid-point to the latter part of the date, this is where you get the chance to sincerely make an important impression on your date, simply by being alert to these cues and knowing how to turn them in your favor.

However, don’t attempt the following unless you sincerely want to see this individual again. What you are about to do will trigger tremendous confidence from your date. The worst thing you can do is mislead him or her into thinking you are interested when you honestly would prefer not to go out together again.

On the other hand, if you want to see this shy, reserved or seemingly undecided individual you are sharing a first date with again, here’s your chance to generate some definite interest.

As soon as you realize you are with someone who needs a helping hand with the whole dating scenario in general, lean forward in your chair and with the most disarming smile you can muster say, “Nothing lights my fire more than a date who is quiet and mysterious. You definitely have me intrigued. I would just love to get to know you better.”

There’s something about those words “you’re mysterious” and “I’m intrigued” that never fail to bring out the best in someone you’ve just met who has suddenly had their ego stroked in such a wonderfully unexpected way.

Once said, fall back in your chair and sigh something like, “Oh, what a gorgeous evening. I’m so glad we decided to sit out here on the terrace with our drinks to watch the sunset!” Or, “That movie really got me down deep. Did you notice how Angelina Jolie had tiny tears in her eyes when she told that guy, ‘Go, just go, I’ll be fine.’ I sure did.”

Inspiring Interest

It really doesn’t matter what you say as long as it’s a total shift in conversation. You just paid him or her a major compliment. Let it go at that. Your date will pick up on it and let you know if he/she is interested in also getting to know you better through more receptive body language or conversation.

And if you really want to get that date eating out of your hand, say something like, “Why is someone like you still available? I just don’t get it. I mean, look at you! Attractive, intelligent, so easy to be with. I’ll bet there are women (or men) crying all over the city tonight because I’m here with you and they aren’t.” Or words to that effect.

Unless he or she is completely oblivious, your date will naturally begin to relax and loosen up from such highly-paid compliments, inevitably opening up like a book to you.

If he/she doesn’t, that’s your cue to realize you won’t have an easy time getting close to this individual due to his/her own emotional/social issues.

Additionally, if you get no response or a negative one, consider it a reliable signal not to invest more time or energy in clearly a dead-end dating opportunity.

Summer Date Ideas: Hot Weather Brings New Romance

Summertime… and the living is easy…

Need some summer-ific ideas for your date? How about these:

Frisbee Golf

  • It’s all in the flick of the wrist. Demonstrate your Frisbee skills while you take in the fresh air.


  • Grab some bleacher seats and kick back with your new love while you take in a professional baseball game. Hotdogs never tasted better than at the ballpark.

Church Picnics and Outdoor Festivals

  • Many religious facilities have carnivals in summer. Grab a burger, play bingo, and go for a ride on the Ferris wheel. Win your date a stuffed animal at the game center.

Water Parks

  • You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy a water slide and a lazy river. Besides that, your date gets to check out that new swimsuit you just bought. Just be sure to wear sunscreen.

Outdoor Café

  • Many eateries move some tables outside during the warmer months. People watching is always better outside. Take in the summer air while you dine.

Camp It

  • Nothing is as romantic as a night under the stars. Make some smores for breakfast and hike all afternoon.

Summer Concerts

  • Many cities have outdoor music after work on weeknights. Pack a picnic lunch and some wine, and your romantic evening begins.

Outdoor Theater

  • Let the words of Shakespeare wow your date while you snuggle beneath the stars.

Go Fly a Kite

  • Engage in comfortable conversation while you both watch a kite float effortlessly on a string.

Visit the Zoo

  • Walk hand in hand while you view the animals in their natural setting. Many zoos also have special events during the summer, such as benefit walks and “taste of” days.

Hit the Beach

  • Summer plus sand plus water equals fun. Enough said.

Bike Ride

  • Athletic activities often help bond a couple together quicker. View the local trails and take in nature while you get your heart rate up.

Historic Tour Around Town

  • Many historical societies offer walking and bus tours during the summer. If you’re both from the same town, take a tour and you’ll have that much more to talk about after.


  • Forget the classic sandwich outing! You can make this date as casual or elegant as you want. Use cloth napkins, real silverware, and European foods, then choose a spot with a great view and lots of privacy.


  • Not every summer activity needs to be outside. The biggest blockbusters are often slated for summer release. Give your date a break from the hot air and enjoy the air-conditioned theater while you enjoy the show.

Boat rides

  • Grab a day cruise and you’ll be able to see your town in an entirely new way. There’s something about being out on the water that will make you and your date feel like you’re a world away – the perfect atmosphere for getting to know each other.

State fair

  • Eat some cream puffs, watch a pig race, and shop the gift bazaars while you walk hand-in-hand with your mate.

Flea market

  • Is there anything better than a flea market? No matter your preference, you and your date will have lots to talk about as you peruse the abundance of antiques and collectibles.
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