The Best Romantic Adventures for Special Memories
We think a sense of adventure is vital to keep our relationship lives fresh, providing much-needed variety against the backdrop of our repetitive dinner-and-a-movie date routines.
While routine date nights are important, we tend to think of them like that reliable old sweater in our wardrobe that can keep us warm at any time. Romantic adventures, however, are more like that slim black dress reserved exclusively for events or, alternatively, that Hawaiian shirt-and-safari shorts ensemble that suits the most exciting of explorations. While it would be impractical or uncomfortable to wear them every day, when tossed into the mix with intention, these outfits can liven up the dullest of months—so, too, with romantic bouts of adventure.
Why You Need a Little Adventure In Your Life
Adventurous dates and romantic travels don’t only shake up your life. They are also scientifically proven to make you happier, more creative, and allow you to fall deeper in love. Don’t take it from us; prominent psychologists argue that occasionally-practiced novelty can not only help you swiftly fall in love but can just as soundly help you stay in love for a long time. The psychological basis for this is that non-routine activities and the habitual taking of calculated risk—activities that promote controlled fear, such as roller coasters or even horror movies—release one of the brain’s key “happiness chemicals,” dopamine.
Dopamine is a chemical often found spiking in the brain during the beginning stages of a relationship. That which some of us refer to as “butterflies in the stomach” can chemically be attributed to the release of dopamine.
Dopamine isn’t the only brain chemical released that gives you “that loving feeling.” The exact combination that scientists often refer to as the “love cocktail” consists of dopamine, oxytocin (brought on by touch and a sense of trust), endorphins, and serotonin. Your brain will naturally produce these chemicals as a response to certain feelings, situations, and behaviors. Getting out into the world and achieving a sense of adventure is an important part of sustaining this healthy brain balance.
We here at Venus ET Fleur® are seasoned relationship experts who wish to celebrate love in all its most daring expressions. Whether you’re just getting into a new relationship or you’re years into an established one, we encourage you to take full advantage of ideas for romantic adventures to enjoy with your partner.
Go on a Hiking Trip
Hiking is one of our absolute favorite ideas for an adventurous date. Not only is this a great way to get your endorphins going, but it also allows you to revel in the sublime beauty of the natural world.
Best of all is that you won’t have to cross state lines to make this adventure happen—simply Google “trails near me” and check out whatever spot seems most interesting to you. Just take care to select one with a difficulty level that matches both you and your partner’s experience. We can’t count how many times we’ve surprised our friends by posting photos of a hike, only for them to register shock when they learn it’s less than an hour’s journey away.
A Bike Riding Voyage
If you or your sweetheart are avid bikers, we’d be struck dumb if this is a new idea to you! If not, however, bike rentals are increasingly available and affordable in most metropolitan areas. It can be a wonderful feeling to cruise along scenic roads, feeling the fresh breeze rushing past. This can allow you to see even familiar territory in a totally new light.
If you’re traveling to a sight unseen, riding bikes will allow you to cover more than twice the ground, maximizing your experiences and enjoyment. And to top it all off, you’ll be getting great cardio exercise the whole time!
Adrenaline pumping activities like rock climbing can be a challenging and healthy way to get those endorphins up.
While this prospect may seem scary to those of you who are height-averse, there’s no reason to be scared. If you book an appointment with an experienced instructor (which we always recommend), this can make for a safe and quite stimulating date! So, if you feel inclined to get vertical, search your area today for indoor or outdoor rock climbing gyms.
Stay Up All Night Together
If you and your partner find yourselves limited when it comes to time and money, one creative way to recapture some of the excitement of youth is by having an all-night stay-up sleepover. After all, when was the last time you stayed up all night (for work doesn’t count)?
Make a pact with your adventurous significant other to forego sleep and see where the night takes you! There are so many classic activities you can come up with for this adventure—building a pillow fort, planning a movie marathon, playing truth or dare, and finishing it all off by enjoying a homemade pancake breakfast while watching the sunrise.
“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul… then I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.”
-Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
If you feel this passage resonating, perhaps it’s time you and your significant other set out for your own sea voyage. Luckily, these days, you don’t need to sign onto a whaling expedition or work on an arctic fishing boat to experience the magic of oceanic bliss.
While public cruises are globally suspended for the near future, there’s no need to be fancy—plenty of marinas allow you to rent out a boat for a day and experience the classic adventure of the high (and low) seas. Check out local boat rentals in areas or towns, and you’re sure to find something affordable.
Smaller vessels are certainly more cost-effective than shrimping boats, and you should still have room to set up an on-deck picnic as you enjoy the bobbing and rocking of the tide. And if that’s too great a strain to your budget, we have two words for you: paddle boats. Happy sailing.
An Adventurous New Recipe
If you and your partner cook together all the time, a fun and lower-budget adventure can be to try cooking something unlike anything in your shared repertoire.
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to try making a meal from an unfamiliar cuisine, an Indian- or Vietnamese-style feast, or perhaps you two are dead-set on making a challenging type of dish or a pastry like macarons. No matter the first cause, make a meal worthy of being called an adventure!
However, if you happened to read any of those books they assigned you in English, you know that not all adventures end in triumph. As insurance against this possibility, we encourage you to have on stand-by a frozen pizza or another fail-safe that is quick to prepare and will be just as enjoyable for you both. Good luck!
Dance the Night Away
Name a better way to get the blood pumping than by grooving and twisting to a song that you absolutely love? While we wait for an answer, we’ll be over here planning the most sensational at-home dance party you’ve ever seen. This is a fantastic way to find some adventure without traveling too far or digging too deep into your pocketbook.
Adventurously Customize Your Own Flower Arrangement at Venus ET Fleur!
Receiving a gorgeous flower delivery, while not the riskiest thing in the world, does carry a thrill all of its own. Consider surprising your partner with one of our absolutely beautiful custom arrangements, which you can tailor to the individual tastes and preferences of your unique partner.
But more important even than the flowers is the element of surprise. Studies have shown that surprises are an important part of keeping your happiness and mental health at their peak. So take extreme care that your partner is adequately gobsmacked by this thoughtful and exquisitely fragrant gift.
As an added bonus, each and every one of our elegant rose arrangements is made with our matchless Eternity® Roses, which are real roses that will last for a full year when treated with proper care. Take a look at our catalog to learn more about these delightful and innovative blooms.
We hope this article has been helpful to you and has reminded you a little bit of the importance of adventure in daily life.
Of course, we can’t take a fantastic voyage each and every day, and if we did, the word “fantastic” would lose all meaning. But with proper planning and attention to the needs of our partners, we can discover new places, meet new people, and find ourselves together by traveling ever so briefly into the unknown.
Happy adventuring from all of us at Venus ET Fleur.