One of the things we tend to miss most about being in a relationship is having someone to do things with. Whether it’s running errands, trying the trendiest new restaurant in town, or going on a weekend getaway, your ex was your go-to companion. So at first, it can be a bit of a shock, to be doing everything alone again. But eventually the shock wears off and it becomes exciting to do things solo. The freedom and spontaneity when you’re in your single era aren’t the same when you’re coupled up, so this is the time to take advantage of that.
If you’re ready to get back to enjoying the single life, solo dates are your new best friend. You don’t have to wait to have a partner to go on that dream vacation or plan romantic outings. You can do that for yourself. The best part? You’re not working around anyone’s calendar but your own!
Learning to love and enjoy your own company is huge for your self-love journey. And because we think you should be solo dating it up, we’ve come up with 10 budget-friendly solo date ideas to help you turn on the charm, for yourself!
1. Picnic In The Park
Pack a simple but tasty lunch you love, a soft blanket, and head to your local park. Find a shady spot under a tree, breathe in the fresh air, and indulge in your favorite meal. You can even bring along a book or some music to make the experience even more magical.
2. Movie Marathon
Create a mini movie marathon with your all-time favorite films or a new genre you've been wanting to explore—accidental comedies, anyone? Grab some microwave popcorn, your comfiest pillows, and have a cozy movie night right at home. Don't forget to have a good supply of snacks within arm's reach!
3. DIY Spa Night
Treat yourself to a spa night without the expensive price tag. Light some scented candles, run a warm bath with your favorite bubbles, and pamper yourself with a homemade face mask. After, enjoy some robe time while listening to a sound bath for the ultimate relaxation.
4. Explore Local Art
Check out your community's art scene by visiting galleries or attending art walks. Some cities offer free gallery nights to showcase local talent. It's a fantastic way to support local artists and discover unique creations, maybe even something to make your space feel like it’s all yours again.
5. Nature Walk & Photography
Embrace the peaceful effects of nature by going on a leisurely hike or nature walk. Bring along your camera or smartphone to capture stunning scenes in the wild. You might even find some new spots for future solo adventures!
6. Bake & Decorate
Indulge your sweet tooth by baking some delicious cookies, cupcakes, or any treat you crave. Afterward, get creative with decorating them. Whether you're an expert decorator or a total beginner, it's all about having fun and enjoying the process (and the tasty outcome!).
7. Free Community Events
Stay on the lookout for free community events happening in your area. It could be a local concert, outdoor movie screening, or craft fair. These events not only offer entertainment but also a chance to meet more people and engage with your community.
8. Night With The Stars
Grab a blanket, head to a spot away from city lights, and spend the evening stargazing. That awe you feel when you’re staring at the night sky will get you feeling hopeful for all of the possibilities that exist.
9. Visit Your Local Farmers' Market
Enjoy a casual stroll through your local farmers' market. Savor the vibrant colors of fresh produce, try some free samples, and perhaps treat yourself to a small bouquet of fresh flowers. It's a great way to support local vendors and stock up on organic produce. Don’t forget to take the grocery list from our ebooks with you!
10. Mini Home DIY Project
Get your creative juices flowing by taking on a small DIY project at home. Whether it's redecorating a corner of your room or repurposing old items, you'll feel accomplished and proud of your creativity. Plus, it’ll breathe new life into your space.
Happy solo dating!