If you’ve walked into any major retail store lately, you’ll know what holiday is just around the corner- Valentine’s Day. All the chocolate, teddy bears, heart-shaped jewelry, and roses signal this time of year as one for overspending on material gifts for loved ones.
Don’t get me wrong- all that stuff is great. Everyone loves candy and flowers, me included. But, how about changing it up this year?
Here, at Wildway, we’ve always been big believers of experiences over things, and that concept applies to this over-commercialized holiday too. That’s why we’ve come up with 5 ways for you and your partner to have an adventure and share an experience far more lasting than those flowers in the vase. Here they are:
- Go skydiving
Okay, we know this might be a little bit of a stretch. Skydiving is quite the commitment and terrifying, at that. But what’s more proving of true love than jumping out of a plane together? And if you’re not yet ready for the full, life-threatening, true skydiving experience, there’s always indoor skydiving. Either way, it’s better than a stuffed animal and box of chocolates.
- Go hiking
It's better than dinner and a movie. Exploring new paths, seeing new sights, and discovering new heights is far more exciting and romantic than your usual date. So, whether you’re an avid trekker or not, find a hike near you and hit the trail with your Valentine!
- Take a road trip
Nothing bonds people like a long stint in the car. So, grab some snacks (Wildway’s Grain-free Granola works best) and hit the road. Don’t plan a route or pick a destination. Just start driving and see where you end up. You’ll find new places, listen to some podcasts, and discover things you never knew about each other. Now, that’s a Valentine’s Day you’ll never forget.
- Catch a concert
We’ve all seen that couple at a concert, where the guy puts the girl on his shoulders so she can sing along and enjoy the band above the rest of the crowd. It’s so cliché, and if they’re obstructing your view- super annoying, but it is pretty romantic tbh. So, this Valentine’s Day, try being that couple. Save the money you might’ve spent on a gift and use it to buy concert tickets instead. Find some local live music and go enjoy it together.
- Go camping
Want to put your relationship to the test? Try putting up a tent together. If you’ve been camping, you know what we're talking about. But seriously, a camping trip is a great way to spend time with a loved one. Sitting around a campfire, sleeping under the stars, surviving mother nature together? All the ingredients for a Valentine’s Day far more valuable than any number of red roses.
If you're anything like us, you'd rather do something than get something. This Valentine's Day, forget the usual fancy dinner and unoriginal gifts. Go have an adventure and make some memories instead.