12 Great Date Ideas When You’re On Vacation

Tired of the old “dinner and a movie” combo? Us too. And who’s got time to plan a date when you’re so busy planning a holiday? But don’t treat your vacation with your significant other as a long drawn-out “date”. Shake things up a bit and inject the spark back into your relationship. They don’t have to be the craziest date ideas – sometimes it’s best to keep it simple and thoughtful. Read on for some great holiday date ideas to add a sprinkle of spontaneity to your next vacation with that special someone.
Tasting menu at Oblix, London - 12 Great Date Ideas


1. Pack A Picnic With Food From Local Markets

Tried and tested date material but don’t write off the simplicity of the packed picnic. Wander down to the local market. Grab some freshly baked bread, locally-made cheese, homemade jams and organic fruit. Seek out a grassy knoll or a spot near the river. Lay out the picnic rug and take turns feeding each other tidbits of your feast. Don’t forget the bubbles.

2. Get Up For Sunrise or Watch The Sunset

Research those picture perfect, Instagram-worthy vantage points to experience your destination in its full glory. It could be a hike to a mountain peak, a restaurant balcony overlooking the water or sitting on the rocks by the sea. When you’ve snapped the #nofilter money shot, put the camera away, place your arms around each other and enjoy the moment.

Watching sunrise over the Eiffel Tower at the Trocadero, Paris - 12 Great Date Ideas

3. Hire Bicycles & Get Lost Among Cobbled Streets

Make like a modern-day Romeo and Juliet and create your own self-guided tour on two wheels. To make things more fun, make only right-hand turns. When you finally get stuck, turn around and then you can only make left-hand turns on your return journey. Repeat until you find something interesting. Take pictures along the way!

4. Eat Entree, Main Course & Dessert From 3 Different Restaurants

Save this one for a walkable city centre and try not to be too hangry. Take the risk of not making a reservation and take your feet and palette on a tour around the neighbourhood. Charm the maître d’hôtel, summon the sommelier and share your dessert whilst looking lovingly into each other’s eyes. You can either fight over the last bite or who pays the bill.

5. Play Local Tour Guide

Put on your best David Attenborough narrating voice and take turns playing local tour guide. Get your creative juices flowing and give your best shot at descriptive commentary of historic sights, ornate buildings, memorials, status of public figures, local cuisine and general city history. Bonus points if you actually fool other tourists that you are a genuine walking tour guide.

Standing in front of Arco da Augusta, Lisbon - 12 Great Date Ideas

6. Take A Cooking Class

We are huge fans of experiencing a country’s culture through its food. Learning about and eating traditional cuisine is by far one of our favourite things to do when travelling! For foodie fans or cooking enthusiasts, get your hands dirty and make a mess in somebody else’s kitchen. Stuff spring rolls in Vietnam, sprinkle some paprika into your paella in Valencia or whip up a ceviche in Mexico. We spent a few hours with Cooking Lisbon learning about Portuguese desserts and making the famous pasteis de nata (we even got to lick the spoon).

7. Draw A Walking Tour

This is one of the better hands on date ideas! Pick up a box of chalk from an art shop and strap on your walking shoes. Go on a walking journey and every fifteen feet, draw a chalk arrow in the direction you’re going. At the end of the trip, leave a big pile of chalk. Hide in a nearby corner and giggle at the people who come to the end of your walking journey and look at the pile of chalk with a puzzled or disappointed look on their face.

8. Wander With No Destination

Walk around the city all night and find a place to eat breakfast at dawn. Along the way, find somewhere with fairy lights or softly lit street lamps. Play Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” on your mobile phone and take your partner for a twirl under the moonlight. Swoon.

Dancing in front of St Mark's Cathedral in Piazza San Marco at sunrise, Venice - 12 Great Date Ideas

9. Leave Behind Secret Or Not-So-Secret Notes

Go to a bookstore and leave notes to future readers in copies of your favourite or random books. It could be an inspirational quote, a snippet of news, or if you’re really mean, reveal how the novel ends! Otherwise, play Lonely Planet travel writer and leave a description of your favourite city in the world. No folding corner pages!

Note: Don’t desecrate the brand new pages of the books; take a small pad and pen to write your notes, then fold these up and insert like a bookmark.

10. Take To The Water

If you’re staying on the coast, along a river or by an expansive lake, take to the water. Hop on a river cruise, jump on a sailboat or hire a canoe, kayak or paddleboat. If you’re in a tropical paradise and are tempted by jet skis, just make sure to have adequate travel insurance.

Lunch at St John's Fortress overlooking the Bay of Kotor, Montnegro

11. Create Your Own Pub Crawl

Just one drink, and then maybe a few more. Embrace the local culture and taste some of the country or city’s finest beverages. Sip a Petit Verdot in Bordeaux, taste a wee dram of whisky in Scotland, swirl a bit of port wine in Porto or knock back some sake in Japan. Pair your drink with some of the local cuisine so that you’re not consuming too much on an empty stomach. And always drink responsibly!

12. Recreate Your First Date

Take a trip down memory lane and to how it all began. Maybe it was dinner and a movie or that packed picnic. Did you go tenpin bowling or stroll along a boardwalk at sunset? Admittedly, some might be a tad harder to recreate. If you can’t find a helicopter company or mini golf in the city you’re visiting abroad, then that’s okay. The important things is that you’re together, exploring the world side by side.


Got any other creative romantic date ideas?

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