Would you want to a sleepaway camp for single adults whether it meant you might score a date? Individuals behind Coffee Meets Bagel is banking on 'yes.' The popular dating app recently launched Camp Meets Bagel — a three-day-long weekend event in the outdoors that pairs all your favorite childhood camp activities with bus lots of single adults. The aim is to help singles make more connections in person and hopefully reignite some of those campfire butterflies from days of yore.
Coffee Meets Bagel come up with event after pulling data from Harris Poll which shows that 78 percent of Millennials prefer to put money into an event than you are on a physical item they might own.
It makes sense. In 5 years time, you might not keep in mind that shirt you bought from the H&M clearance rack to put on on the random Tinder date, but that visit to Upstate New York in which you spent the weekend hobnobbing with a couple of other singles around the camp's open bar, now that is something which will likely stick in your brain forever.
While not all of us have the freedom to jet off to adults-only sleepaway camp (Camp Meets Bagel takes place 4-5 hours outside of New York City and costs more than $600 for the weekend), we are able to create a pact to organize more memorable date experiences that concentrate on creating memories, instead of spending some money (although the two definitely do converge sometimes). Because, let's face it, just like that H&M shirt isn't particularly memorable, neither is that first date at that generic coffee chain you always go to.
Here are several memorable date ideas to keep you going now.
1. Go to a concert.
While big name concerts will always be fun to scratch off your bucket list, you don't need to splurge on Jay Z tickets to create a memory-making experience for you and your date. Look at your local listings. Maybe there is a band you haven't heard playing at your local dive bar. Invite your date in the future with. Whether or not the music sounds like angry cats scratching their nails down chalkboards, it will definitely be memorable then one you are able to laugh about over a beer (or three).
2. Play tourist in your own town.
Sometimes the best dates don't involve looking at one another across a candlelit dinner, but incorporate a Duck Boat tour and soft serve frozen treats down through the Pier. While it may sound cliche, playing tourist in your town could be a lot of fun along with the cheese factor high, will surely result in some laughs. Whether you was raised in the area or otherwise, each day playing tourist offers an excellent opportunity to connect over your preferred local memories.
3. Learn to make something together.
Whether it's finding out how to Macgyver a plastic dinosaur right into a potter for your assortment of succulents in the local craft store or getting insight into how to brew your personal beer, going for a class together is a great way to bond while flexing your talent having a glue gun and googly eyes. Even better should there be some tasty refreshments involved.
4. Explore your local Ikea store.
Confession: one of the best first dates I've ever been in involved a vacation to Ikea. If you're the kind of people who dig home decor and organizational things or possibly just have a fondness for walking around in circles when you enjoy a Lingonberry juice served as fountain pop, then Ikea is really a great alternative date night idea. Get lost together within the aisles and end the night with a feast of meatballs, hot dogs and soft serve frozen treats (or not).
5. Go to the local planetarium.
La-La Land. Ross and Rachel on Friends. There's a reason why these popular movies and television shows feature date night scenes set in planetariums. Stargazing is romantic AF (but often better enjoyed while in a warm, comfy setting). Don't delay – grab your date to have an unforgettable night underneath the stars.