My friends and I always talk about solo date ideas. There are so many things to do in this world, and it’s demotivating if we always have to wait for someone else to do them with us.
Granted, I’m the only single person in that friend group. You can imagine the fun I have when I go out with them.
Self-deprecating jokes aside! I did struggle to find a way to enjoy alone time. Whenever I wanted to practice any self-care, it felt forced.
After a while, it started to be like second nature. At this point, I don’t need anyone to take me out on dates because I’m my best company. Taking yourself out on dates can help you practice self-love.
The best thing about it is raising your standards for the next potential partner. You know that you’re so good at being alone and that you enjoy the time you spend with yourself; now, you need a lot to actually let someone disrupt that peace.
You don’t need a man in your life because there’s nothing that he can give you that you can’t give yourself. So, the next time you fall in love, it’ll be because that person is worthy of you.
Until then, I’ll give you solo date ideas that will help you get out of your comfort zone and enjoy your “me time” to the fullest.
29 solo date ideas that you gotta try
1. Read in a coffee shop
This is my go-to. Coffee shops are always a safe spot where you can chill for hours, and no one will even look in your direction.
Most of the time, people are working on their own stuff, and you don’t have to worry that someone will interrupt your date with a tasty latte and a good book. So, on those days when you have nothing to do, grab your favorite novel, and take a trip to your favorite cafe.
Date nights don’t have to be extravagant. They can be very calm and safe. Spending time with a loved one should give you the feeling of being free and comfortable, so treat yourself like you love yourself.
2. Arrange a bouquet of flowers
When you want some romantic but fun solo date ideas, you should probably visit the farmer’s market or the flower shop. It’s a waste of time to wait for a guy to buy you flowers, so go and get some for yourself!
You can either buy an existing bouquet or purchase different types of flowers. Make sure that they match your aesthetic.
It doesn’t matter if you buy Roses, Lillies, or some other flower. However, if you need some inspiration on DIY a bouquet, you can always look up pictures on social media.
3. Arrange a spa day for yourself
Do you want to go to the spa, or would you instead create a routine for yourself at home? Either way, you can enjoy a bubble bath, and put a face mask on.
This way, you’ll enjoy your own company while also pampering yourself. You can enjoy your favorite music while you’re enjoying yourself. This is a fantastic self-date idea if you want to take care of your mental health (especially if you can resist scrolling on your phone).
4. Go to an animal shelter
One of those perfect solo date ideas for you is to go to an animal shelter. It’s always amazing to know that you did something good while also getting cuddles from adorable animals.
You can enjoy your time by playing with them, cuddling with them, and maybe you fall in love and take one home. Who knows?
5. Go to an art museum
How often do we go to an art gallery or museum and enjoy the art that’s displayed? I believe that we don’t spend nearly enough time on exhibits.
Don’t waste any time! Go to your local museum or gallery and see what they have to offer. You don’t have to wait for someone else to take you there; rather spend some time exploring the different stories that the art has to tell.
If nothing else, you can talk to the artist and learn more about them and their work.
6. Go on a bike ride
Sometimes, we forget to enjoy the simple things in life. There’s so much that this world offers and all you have to do is create space in your days to enjoy yourself.
For example, why did you stop riding your bike? If you loved it as a child, there’s a good chance that you would love it just as much now. So, dust off your old bike, and go for a ride!
Go on a trail you didn’t ride on before and feel the wind in your hair. You may even realize how much you missed activities like these.
7. Take yourself out to brunch
I mean, cooking for yourself isn’t always the easiest thing. Sometimes, you get tired of eating the same food over and over again.
So, get ready, choose a restaurant you didn’t go to before and treat yourself to some food. Remember that it doesn’t have to be expensive; it just needs to be enough time for self-reflection.
8. Make a three-course meal for yourself
But what about those days when you don’t feel like going out and want to cook something nice for yourself? Well, in that case, cook your favorite meal, or better yet, find something new to try.
Make the best meal that you possibly can. I mean, you probably cook a lot for other people because you love them. So it’s finally time to cook something delicious for yourself.
Sometimes, we tend to eat whatever. So we want to get it over with, so we eat unhealthy foods that we probably don’t even like that much. That is precisely why this is your perfect chance to make a meal that you’ll enjoy.
9. Create a bucket list and make a plan of how you’ll get everything done
This doesn’t sound like a solo date idea, but you can turn it into one. So get your most beautiful glass out and pour yourself some wine, turn on some music, and start daydreaming.
What are all the things that you want to do in your life? First, put them down on a piece of paper.
Even if they seem a little bit crazy for now, one day, you’ll get everything done. For now, you can make a hypothetical plan about how you may approach each one of those things on your list.
Perhaps you can even get some done by the end of the week as another solo date?
10. Get yourself some ice cream and watch Netflix
If you had a partner, this would probably be your favorite pass-time. It’s incredible to cuddle up to the person you love the most and watch mindless shows while talking about them.
Add some ice cream to the mix, and you have your perfect date night in.
Why would you wait for someone else to experience this beautiful feeling? You don’t have to; you can share that with yourself and have the perfect night. If you need some cuddles, you can always take out your favorite plushies (if you own any) or snuggle up with your pet.
11. Listen to a podcast while driving
Sometimes, you want to take a mindless drive. You want to take some time to think, but everything seems to be too distracting. Instead, you focus on driving and the landscape when you’re on the road.
How many times did you go with a significant other on a drive so that you could talk? Well, you can always pack your favorite snacks and go for a drive on purpose.
Put a podcast on and enjoy the ride. You don’t need to listen to someone who’s renting about their problems, but rather to someone who’s telling you how to level up in your life. You can drive however much you want while also doing something for yourself.
12. Go on a shopping spree
You’re a strong and independent woman; that’s why the best solo date ideas include situations in which you can spoil yourself. I mean, you deserve it more than anyone else. You earn all of your money, so you might as well spend it on yourself.
If you feel like you didn’t treat yourself with something new for your closet, then it’s the perfect time for you to do that. Go and get all those things that you thought of for the past few weeks or even months.
You deserve to take yourself out on a date and spoil yourself. You’d want your partner to remember getting gifts for you, wouldn’t you? Now, be that someone to yourself and get yourself all the things you want and/or need.
13. Do a photoshoot at home
There’s something special about taking photos of yourself and posting them on your social media accounts. Well, you may not even want to post them, but you can become so confident if you do this often.
More often than not, we feel very self-conscious about the way we look, so we don’t want people to take pictures of us. However, the main focus of these solo date ideas is to fall in love with yourself.
Do a photoshoot to create fantastic background makeup, and put on your most fabulous outfit. You’ll look stunning!
14. Get a manicure and pedicure
Pampering yourself is the absolute best thing in the entire world. You know how you immediately start acting differently from the very moment you leave the nail tech.
Get your phone out now and book an appointment. I can promise you that it’ll be worth it.
15. Go to the library
This one is for my introverts and my bookworms. So many of us don’t know where to go to enjoy our days when we go out by ourselves. Wherever we go, there are too many people!
But in the library, you’re only surrounded by people who also want to be left alone.
Also, we need to support our local libraries. So what you should do is borrow the books that you always wanted to read but never got around to buying them.
Sit down and under the morning sun, enjoy your solo date.
16. Go people-watching in a park
Why are we so scared of going to a park and having a picnic by ourselves? I know that it’s a little bit uncomfortable to sit there and act like no one is watching you.
But the trick is to act like you absolutely couldn’t care less about whether or not someone’s watching you at that particular moment. So make yourself something delicious to eat and go people-watching.
17. Take a dance class
Dancing is one of those things that you don’t need to do right to enjoy it. You can move your body to the music and want it to the fullest.
Taking a dance class is a great way to get your body moving while also feeling like you’re making the dreams from your childhood come true. It doesn’t matter which dance style you prefer the most, go and enjoy yourself.
18. Go to a concert by yourself
There’s a lot that you can do by yourself, but one thing that you should experience is going to a concert by yourself. There’s probably a venue in your town that hosts concerts quite often.
It’s one of those solo date ideas that are a little unusual, but there’s still something extraordinary about them. I mean, who goes to a concert alone? That’s why it would be such a fantastic experience.
You don’t even have to be in the middle of the crowd; you could simply stand on the side and enjoy the music. If this is the date that you want to enjoy, then take yourself out.
19. Attend a workshop
There are many different workshops wherever you go. It could be any type of class that you enjoy, from cooking classes to self-defense.
You can learn many different soft skills in certain workshops that you didn’t even think about before. There is something for everyone, and all you need to do is have an open mind because there’s no knowledge that won’t be useful to you at some point in time.
20. Book a yoga class
Just like dance, yoga is an amazing stress reliever. You can move your body and enjoy something different while also spending some time with your thoughts.
I know that this isn’t your typical solo date idea, but you also need to know that you can do everything by yourself that you didn’t think of doing when you were in a relationship. You can join these classes and see if you like them!
If you find that something is lacking and that you wouldn’t want to continue, then you can always find something better. For now, it would be amazing if you gave it a try.
21. Schedule a day for creativity
We’re so busy that we forget to be creative. We’re human beings, and that also includes the need to have a creative outlet.
It’s so important to have a day dedicated to that because you’ll be able to let out all of those negative emotions that you’ve been holding on to. You can do whatever feels right to you at that point in time.
Invest in some art supplies and paint, draw, and color.
22. Bake a cake
You’re always baking for the people you love. Whether it’s muffins, brownies, or an actual cake, you’re always making something for someone else.
Well, it’s finally time to bake yourself your favorite cake. So what if you eat the entire thing on your own? At least you enjoyed every minute of it!
Even if you just bake some muffins for yourself, you’re still doing something special. I mean, just imagine how much you’d enjoy this if you had a partner by your side. It doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy it just as much by yourself!
23. Watch a movie at the cinema
Is there a movie out that you really want to watch? Are you waiting for someone else to take you to watch it?
Stop waiting and go get the things you want by yourself! This includes going to watch the movie you’ve been waiting for for so long!
Just imagine the smell of popcorn, when the intro rolls, and how excited you get to watch it. At least, this way, the person next to you won’t bother you with unnecessary questions.
24. Play tourist in your own town
This is an amazing pass time. Is there something that you didn’t see yet in your town? Is there a tourist attraction that you never really explored to the fullest?
Whatever it is, you can definitely make an entire adventure out of it. Don’t just believe that you’ve seen everything!
Pretend like you never saw any of those monuments and take pictures of them. Explore a new coffee, talk to strangers, buy a souvenir. There’s so much to do if you just turn your imagination on.
25. Redecorate your home
Ask yourself what you’d do differently if you just moved into your house. Would you change anything? Would you create a gallery wall or take a more minimalistic approach to things?
Now is the time to use your imagination and create a home that’ll make you feel good. The more time you spend creating a space that you love, the more you’ll want to be alone with your new creation.
If you live in a cluttered space, then you won’t feel so good about it. It may not sound like one of those solo date ideas that you were hoping for, but if someone else was there with you, you’d have the best time ever.
You can experience that amazing moment alone.
26. Plant a houseplant
When was the last time you planted something? It’s a weird idea, perhaps, but you can’t tell me that you’re not a little bit excited at the thought of it.
It doesn’t matter if you choose your balcony or the middle of your living room – make sure you plant something. Plants are great as decoration, but also as a way to make your apartment more welcoming.
27. Take a trip somewhere you always wanted to go
There are so many places that you didn’t see, but you always wanted to go there. You’ve just been waiting for a special person to take you there.
Now, become that special person for yourself. Even if you don’t believe that these solo date ideas will help you feel less lonely, you can still spend some time in nature or in a town you always wanted to visit.
Pack a lunchbox and go on that trip. You don’t need anyone but yourself for this.
28. Create a playlist for yourself
Playlists are so romantic. They’re always filled with emotions that were spoken by other people, but you can relate to them on a very deep level. There’s nothing like finding songs that describe your mood perfectly.
You would love to get a playlist as a gift from someone special one day. But what if I told you that you don’t need to wait on anyone?
You can spend an entire night creating playlists for yourself, for your different moods, and for every time of the day. There are no rules to it.
It’s your date night, after all.
29. Find a rooftop and enjoy the sunset
You can’t tell me that you don’t find sunsets extremely magical. Instead, they’re filled with some special feeling that we can’t describe.
It’s one of those solo date ideas that have immaculate vibes. Of course, you can always take care of your well-being by journaling and unplugging your devices. I believe that you don’t need any tutorial to enjoy this solitary moment.
The main idea of solo dates is to take care of your wellness and make sure that your self-esteem doesn’t waver. You’ve got this! You’ll always be there for yourself, so don’t doubt yourself now.
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