With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, many couples are planning ahead to secure the perfect date activities to spend with their loved ones. Expectations are always high, more so than Christmas, because it’s the one day where it’s mandatory to show your significant other just how much they really mean to you.
If you’re on a budget and worried that you may not be able to afford expensive gifts, fear not, for here are five (almost) free activities you and your loved one can do together on Valentine’s Day.
- Sunrise Hike / Ocean Sunset
- Sledding / Ice Skating
- Be a Tourist in your Own Town
- Cook your Favorite Meals
- Test Drive Cars
Sunrise Hike / Ocean Sunset
What better way to start and end the day with one of nature’s most gorgeous gifts? Hiking a trail early in the morning gets your blood pumping as well as an early advantage to what will be an adventurous day. For those who wish to see Earth’s closest star make an entrance in the east, be sure to plan your hike with enough time to witness the sunrise; likewise for finding a perfect spot on the beach that looks across the North Sea. Watching the sunrise and sunset together is a free and intimate way to spend time.
Berlin – Sunrise: 7:26 AM / Sunset: 5:17 PM
Sledding / Ice Skating
The forecast for February 14 is 5 degrees, so expect a chilly day throughout Germany. It’s not all bad, cold days permit for a number of free possibilities. Sledding together at your local mountain allows for hours of fun spent with your significant other. The intimacy of riding down a steep slope is adventuresome while the downhill journey encourages couples to keep each other warm. Likewise, ice skating is an inexpensive activity that is not only a great date that will pass the time, but it will also work up an appetite for later.
Be a Tourist In Your Own Town
The ideas seem a bit presumptuous, but before your rule out the idea, imagine all the possibilities that come along with being a tourist. Firstly, there are surprises in every corner of the city that you may have overlooked on your routine drive to work. Being a tourist means you can roam the streets at a leisurely pace without the traffic of the local commute. Secondly, shops around town and in the city always have Valentine’s Day discounts for couples. Being a -€œfirst-timer-€ to the city may come with a few perks from tiny restaurants and small gift shops. Additionally, there is nothing quite like discovering a place and event with your significant other for the first time. It can turn into a memorable experience.
Cook Your Favorite Meals
If you plan for this activity to go beyond the depths of ordinary, you’re going to need to cook something a bit more exciting than a nice steak and salad. Instead, plan for a multiple-course menu. Start with your own wine/ beer tasting with small appetizers you can eat with your hands. There are plenty of fine wine and spirits that are discounted around holiday. From there, you can move onto dinner where the two of you can share a delicious meal you cooked together, or you can each cook each others favorite dinner. It adds variety and fun to the activity. Then for dessert, champagne and your favorite treats.
Test Drive Cars
Just because your wallet isn’t overflowing with riches doesn’t mean you can’t act like it is. Walking into a dealership and pretending to be interested in buying the perfect car for your significant lover can turn into a game of which one of you has the best improvisational skills.- Test driving a car requires no form of payment, just a valid driver’s license. And because you’re never going to buy the first car you see/test drive, you have the ability to drive multiple cars. It’s not every day you can walk into a dealership and test drive a Porsche, so might as well make it romantic.