Romance and dating are changing in just about every way. The way we meet has changed, the way we talk has changed, what we’re interested in has changed. In a lot of ways, dating in a time like 2004 seemed so much simpler: It adhered to the tropes played out in rom-coms and TV shows like Sex and the City (or at least that’s how it seems). Nowadays, you most likely won’t meet your next partner at a bar or a bookstore. Rather, you’ll swipe right on a picture of their face or favorite their Tweet, and DMs will be slid into. And then, when you do find a person that makes your heart rate speed up a little bit, you’re less likely to be doing things out together, in an era where “Netflix and chill” isn’t just a date night, it’s a lifestyle. There’s nothing wrong with any of this. We live in a digital age, and finding love, lust, and companionship electronically is nothing to be ashamed of. 
 
But in a time where “chill” is the objective and “hanging out” is an actual relationship status, there isn’t as much of an incentive to you know, try when it comes to dating. Getting creative and having fun sometimes takes a backseat to the practicalities and obligations of life. Let’s be real: How many more times can you actually afford to take someone to a nice dinner at a good restaurant? Even if you’re getting those OpenTable bonus points, there’s only so many more hits your wallet can take.
 
We’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be like that. Romance didn’t die when dating apps were developed, and it won’t die because the way you choose your partner and how you choose a show on Netflix sometimes feel way too similar. 
 
Dating should be fun! It should be about experiencing things in new and different ways, and it should ultimately bring you closer to the person you’ve got heart eyes for. With that in mind, these are the best first date ideas to bring the romance and fun back into your dating life. Good luck and enjoy