To be honest, a week ago I didn’t even really get what Orienteering was.
Well, I knew it involved co-ordinates and maps and things like that… and I have vague memories of a compass and a girl guide uniform in my childhood… But we did do some orienteering of our own this week for our O date idea and we had a blast – Geocaching is the specific name of the company who has engineered something to the effect of a worldwide treasure hunt!
More about Geocaching Date Night here.
A summer’s night, a picnic basket, a bottle of wine and a great movie on the big screen with a pin-pricked backdrop of a starry sky… well, it just positively smacks of romance, doesn’t it?
Many outdoor cinemas are free, but even if you do have to fork out for tickets, it’s totally worth it. Pick a romantic or a scary movie for an excuse to snuggle closer.
You can make your op-shop date night as fun or as serious as you want to. Assuming you’re the serious type, it’s simply a matter of finding some of your city’s best vintage stores and hunting for bargains. You’ll score a whole new outfit – each – for your $30 budget.
If you’re not the vintage-fashion type, then this date becomes a matter of public humiliation.
Go op-shopping together and pick out the most ghastly (probably 80s) outfits you can for each other, then plan to go for lunch or coffee afterwards… wearing the outfits chosen for you by your partner.
Take lots of pictures… and send them to us, we want to see them! What a hoot.
If you’ve never tried your hand at Vintage shopping before but have always wanted to, see if anyone enterprising in your community is running Op-Shop tours.
We can highly recommend Melbourne Op-Shop Tours, who are an on-foot-and-public-transport tour which is casual and relaxed (as opposed to shuffling you on and off huge buses all day) and while you shop they’ll give you great pointers on bagging great vintage finds. (NB: If you’re going on one of these tours, it’s going to cost more than $30 for the date night… but every now and then it’s good to splurge!)
Open Plains Zoo
It’s like a mini-African safari right in your own stomping ground and a great way to see animals out of their (normal) cages, roaming around larger open spaces. Enjoy a day there together taking lots of happy snaps.
I’m willing to bet most people haven’t seen a proper Opera before. And that’s great because at a minimum, the point of date night is to do something new. Grab you and your date tickets for a brand new experience. Same-day ticket agencies are your key to keeping this date night cheap.