With apps like Tinder, Bumble and Hinge, it's never been easier to set up a date. And while it’s great that there’s now so much opportunity for romance out there, it’s also true that dating can get a bit, well, samey.
Sitting in that same pub or restaurant, seeing the same faces propping up, eating off the same menu – it’s enough to make anyone give up on the whole concept of settling down.
dating in your twenties is just saying "when works for you" back and forth until one of you gets back with your ex— beth mccoll (@imteddybless) March 25, 2019
Perhaps it's time to shake up our dating routines by heading out on active adventures in the great outdoors instead. As well as the obvious health benefits of keeping fit, taking part in a joint activity is a great way to fill any awkward silences.
Sound like your idea of fun? Here we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite active date ideas.
1. Go kayaking
There are plenty of places to kayak across Ireland but if you're eco-conscious, active, and Dublin-based then GreenKayak is the date for you.
This environmental initiative aims to reduce waste in Irish waters by giving people the change to collect waste while they row - you'll even get a free trip out of it if you bring back some rubbish and post a pic to your social media with the hashtag #greenkayak.
There's room for two (romantic, eh?) and they're super easy to navigate so no previous experience is needed.
2. Take a hike
Ireland has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world so why not experience it with your potential partner?
We have a great guide to some of the best viewpoints in Ireland, with hikes suiting a variety of fitness levels, so you don't have to worry about ending up in a puddle of sweat when you’re going in for that first kiss.
For more Irish travel inspo, check out Go Outside and Play on RTÉ Player now.
3. Go on an adventure
Connect with your inner child and go out to play for the day! Here are some of our top picks:
- Go zip-lining across Ireland's largest aerial adventure course at Skypark in Carlingford.
- Visit the animals and eat ice-cream at Dublin Zoo
- Take on the Cú Chulainn Coaster at Tayto Park
- Visit Europe's largest trampoline park at Jump Zone
4. Climb the walls
Whether you’re heading to some scenic sea cliffs (not advised for beginners) or finding your feet at an indoor climbing wall, rock climbing is an awesome way to get to know someone on a new level.
As you strategically navigate your way around the wall, you can direct each other, taking on the challenge together.
It’s a great workout too: engaging your back, arms, core, and quads as you pull and heave your way up the rock face. So even if you don’t hit it off with your date on a romantic level, you’ll still have reaped the benefits of a total-body workout.
5. Play tennis
Tennis, being a partner sport, is naturally great for couples. All you need is two rackets and a local court to play on – you're bound to love it.
Not only is it a great workout, but running around the court trying to hit the ball is a great way to burn off any pre-date jitters. Trust us, it's hard to feel nervous when your competitive spirit is fired up.
Plus, tennis is also a great insight into how your potential partner deals with either success or failure; nobody wants to date an ungracious loser.