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After last month’s onslaught of red roses, teddy bears and chocolate boxes, you might feel a little tired of conventional store-bought romance. Here are some date ideas that are anything but conventional — no heart-shaped balloons in sight!

Book a flight anywhere
This is a tip for the more spontaneous couples out there: book the cheapest flight available to a city you don’t know, or have never been to, and fly away for the weekend! It could end up being a thrilling mini holiday, or it could leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere without any sign of accommodation or food. Either way, it will prove to be an unforgettable experience.

Chuck a Ferris
Take a leaf out of Ferris Bueller’s book and both call in sick for the day. The world is your oyster! Take a long lunch, wander around your local second-hand bookstore, go swimming at the pool together or just watch the world go by from the comfort of your bed. Or, do absolutely nothing at all in the knowledge that you would ordinarily be at work by now. Sometimes the best date is just spending time together.

Do something for others, together
Dates don’t have to ooze romance or cheesiness. Volunteer at the local soup kitchen with your partner and revel in the fact that you are making a contribution to your community. The experience is something you can share and it may even spark a new appreciation for one another.

Board games
Yes, you play board games with your family at get-togethers, on rainy days when cabin fever sets in, or when the power goes out and the Wifi is down. However, a quiet night in with a bottle of wine and a board game is simplistic fun and a great inartificial date. One tip: never play Monopoly on a date — it always ends in tears.

Go to the zoo
Who doesn’t love animals? The zoo is the perfect daytime date, and because it involves unlimited conversation triggers and constant movement between animal enclosures, it is a mighty fine first date idea also.

There are baby animals everywhere, and ice-cream kiosks on every corner. There is nothing more you could possibly want from a daytime date.

What has been your most memorable unconventional date?

By Elizabeth Rowe