Is there anything more invigorating than date night? It has the power to reignite a spark in even the longest of relationships. While I love the ease of going to dinner-and-a-movie, the lack of effort it takes to plan can make it seem, well, uneventful. Fortunately, I've assembled some surefire ways guaranteed to keep both the romance and spontaneity in your relationship ablaze.
Hit up a jazz club — It's "the bee's knees!"
This one is especially for you, jazz neophytes. You don't have to be a connoisseur to go to a jazz club. A good jazz venue isn't hard to find, especially if you live in a city — so fellas go ahead and call forth your inner Gatsby. All you'll need to bring is your sweetie and some appreciation for old-school vibes and real musicians.
Skip the main course and go straight for dessert!
When I was younger, I used to walk to a local ice cream spot near my house on summer Fridays after school to cool off? There would always be a ton of couples chatting and gazing romantically into one another's eyes. I distinctly remember saying "I can't wait for that to be me one day." Well, I actually got the chance to recreate that nostalgic moment — and you can too!
Sometimes, it pays to be unconventional. I think it was writer Ernestine Ulmer who said "life is uncertain. Eat dessert first." According to a survey conducted by the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre, one in five women would forgo sex before giving up chocolate.
Wander the bookstore
Reading is fundamental but it can also be quite alluring. Nothing is sexier than a well-read person, so don't be too quick to underestimate the power of a bookshelf romance. You can meet your significant other by the travel section or better yet wander over to the classics and get transported to a19th-century Russian setting a la Anna Karenina or wander around Pemberly and make the acquaintance of Elizabeth Bennett and her Mr. Darcy.
P.S. my high school boyfriend and I used to have date night at Barnes & Noble. We were both big fans of classic English literature novels.
Shoot some pool
Sometimes, you just need an excuse to get close. And for some reason, going to a pool hall never fails to heighten sexual tension. So ladies, even if your pool-playing skills are top-notch, try playing coy and asking your guy for some tips. Trust me, he'll be more than happy to oblige. You'll get bonus points if you suddenly lose the coquettish act and win the entire game. Didn't you get the memo? confidence is a major turn-on.
Get spirited away
Everything is somehow better when you're in a car. You and your honey can rediscover your city in a whole new way — and fall in love with cool restaurants, shops and little corners you've never seen before. Just make sure to document everything by taking pictures of the sights. That way, you can both relive the great memories you've made together. Here's a fun fact: studies show that taking pictures with your significant other enhances your connection.
But here's where you spice things up. Resist the urge to take your own vehicle and rent one that is completely different from the one that currently sits in your garage. Why not go for a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado or a Tesla?
Fortunately, car rental companies like Turo offers a varied collection of classic and rare makes and models that'll be sure to revitalize date night. Best of all, Turo has a car for every occasion and every budget. Did I mention the company can also deliver your chosen vehicle to your front door? How awesome is that?!
If you're an IOS or Android user, you can now download the Turo app, which can come in handy if you need to rent a car at a location without a car rental hub.
This post is inspired by Turo. All opinions are my own. Thank you for reading!
Photos: Smart Christian Woman Magazine, The Culture Trip, Van Leeuwen, Boulder Book Store, Getty, Turo