Kill the Cliché Date: 4 Ideas to Try

By Susie Francis, Copy Cutie

Going on a first date can often be a little awkward. It’s the kind of social event where you put too much thought and effort into your outfit choices and look as though you’re trying too hard, while forgetting the clothes you’d normally wear on a day-to-day basis. Secondly, you choose to go to an intimate and romantic restaurant or bar where you then proceed to have even more awkward conversations – and try not to slurp the soup or put your elbows on the table.

Everyone can admit to having a date that’s a complete disaster, but maybe it’s this type of cliché date that really ruins all the fun! If the person you’re going on a date with is a complete stranger, why not do something unique and interesting that will help to strike up conversation, preventing either of you from feeling nervous or uncomfortable?

Here are some spontaneous date suggestions to consider. It’s essential that you consider the person’s personality and interests as well!

credit: TheeErin (flickr)1. An exhibition or museum.  Wandering around an interesting exhibition or museum may spark debate between you both, and there’s less pressure to dress up and choose the right kind of venue to set the tone.

2. Something outdoorsy.  Before trying this option you may want to double- and triple-check that your date is up for this sort of thing, as the date could go from bad to worse if they can’t handle the cold, can’t ride a bike, or don’t own a pair of Wellington boots.  However, if you find that they do enjoy the outdoors you can take in the beautiful surroundings and make the most of a peaceful atmosphere where you’ll be able to get to know each other.

3. A comedy show.  Rather than trying to think of your own jokes to woo the woman of your dreams, why not consider a trip to your nearest comedy club? A sense of humor is one of the top personality traits that people look for, so show your date that you are willing to have a laugh with them. Although you might want to make sure the comedian is actually funny first!

4. Try a creative dating app.

Urban Daddy is the perfect app if you’re looking to find an ideal location for your first date. The site has many versatile options and gives you an insight into dining and other activities within a certain area. Great if you don’t know where to start with your first date! Use the site to hunt down the best places to go within your local area.

Area Vibes is also an ideal site for getting to know your surrounding area and will help you to discover any new hot spots for a potential date night, while ensuring that you are cool, calm and collected.

Got any creative date ideas? Share with a comment below!


Susie Francis is a writer trying to make it as a freelancer – she loves to write about relationships, dating and travel but her writing skills are widespread. You can find more of Susie's work all over the dating blogosphere. F

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