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Ward off wine-bar fa­tigue with these ad­ven­tur­ous ideas from dat­ing pro Matthew Hussey Bust out of an es­cape room. No, it’s not a BDSM dun­geon. It’s a game (with lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide) in which you have to solve clues in or­der to get out of a locked room. You’ll learn more about each other in one ac­tion-packed hour than in weeks of din­ner conversations. Visit Take a cooking class. Try­ing a new skill forces you to be present, be fo­cused and ap­ply your­self – which is great for bond­ing. Go on a mini road trip. A long car ride means a lack of eye con­tact, which makes it eas­ier to open up, and fac­ing the same di­rec­tion makes it eas­ier to agree. Plus, cruisin’ to­gether al­most feels like a va­ca­tion prac­tice-run. Walk around the block. Him: ‘Where do you want to go?’ You: ‘Not sure. Let’s just walk.’ Aim­lessly ram­bling takes the pres­sure off go­ing to a ‘cool date spot’ and al­lows you to truly en­joy be­ing in the mo­ment. Rock out at a con­cert. Belt­ing out the lyrics to­gether is a mo­ment you won’t for­get. You can spend fu­ture mo­ments re­count­ing the high­lights.

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