Do Looks Matter?

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here! Today, I’m setting out to answer what is possibly the most difficult question when it comes to dating and relationships: do looks matter when looking for a romantic partner or spouse? This is a question that has been floating around and hotly debated seemingly since the beginning of time. There are some who say that looks shouldn’t matter at all, and there are others who say it’s the most important thing when looking for a partner. So today, I’m going to put my hat into the ring and give my take on this issue and give the best advice I can to my readers.

To start, it’s important to understand that humans by nature are largely visual creatures. We take a lot of cues from what we see around us and draw a lot of conclusions about people and the environment from what we can see with our own eyes. That’s why we see so many attractive people in advertisements and put attractive celebrities on some sort of pedestal. Unfortunately, this has led to a bit of a bias where more attractive people are perceived as generally “better people”, even if that may not always be the case. This leads quite nicely into the meat of the rest of this article.

Since humans are naturally visual creatures, what a person looks like can certainly contribute to how someone feels about them. Simply how woman looks could be the deciding factor for if a man asks her out, or vice versa. However, the surface level looks of a person are just that: surface level looks. While looks may matter someone right out the gate (which is likely why so many dating sites and dating apps are so prolific), it should come as no surprise that levels of human connection run a lot deeper than that. That may sound like typical, bumper sticker wisdom, but it’s true. While looks can certainly make someone attractive, there may also be personality traits and character quirks that contribute to how attractive a person is. On top of that, possibly the most important thing to remember is that it’s all subjective. What one person finds attractive may not be attractive to someone else. So to summarize, while looks may matter in the short term, the levels of human connection and relationship building go a lot deeper than that. That’s not to say that it’s bad or shameful to put an emphasis on looks when looking for a date or a spouse. It’s just important to remember that looks aren’t everything.

So there we have it! Apologies if the conclusion I came to wasn’t as cut and dry as you were hoping, this is simply a very difficult subject to tackle. So in the end, even if someone’s looks are important to you, don’t let it be the dealbreaker. You could lose out on a potential girlfriend or even a spouse. In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the article, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

Sources:

https://sites.psu.edu/aspsy/2019/04/07/do-looks-matter-2/

Love Cannot be Forced

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So for today’s article, I thought I’d take a stab at something that I personally have been struggling with lately. Also, I feel like this is something that’s important for any up-and-coming gentleman to hear, whether they’re just getting into the dating scene or have been involved in it for ten years, or even more. The most important thing to remember about love and dating is this: it cannot be forced, it has to happen naturally. Let me explain what I mean by that.

Of course, whenever you’re looking to date somebody, it’s important to be upfront with them about your intentions and what you’re looking for out of your interaction, I’m not denying that. What I mean when I say that love can’t be forced is that it’s important to realize that wanting to be romantic with someone after just meeting them will, more often than not, just end with nothing but heartbreak, likely on both sides. A relationship needs to develop naturally over time. You won’t just meet someone and then instantly enter into a relationship with them; that’s just not how it works. Of course, that’s not to say that you might instantly click with someone or experience love at first sight, because I am a firm believer that those two things can happen. But even in those cases, it’s important that you spend more time with that certain lady. It simply allows for the two of you to develop a more genuine connection. And with all that in mind, this actually leads very nicely into my next point.

On top of being patient and letting a relationship develop naturally over time, another important thing to keep in mind is that it might not be the best idea to be actively seeking out a relationship. Just like letting the relationship develop naturally over time, it is better most of the time for the way you meet to be very organic as well. It could be something like meeting a girl who you share a class with, meeting a girl through work, or maybe meeting her through a church activity. There’s a variety of ways that this can happen. Just so you don’t misunderstand me, while it is important to not actively seek out a relationship, it’s also just as important to just be open to the possibility of one happening. All it takes is some common sense as well as a decent ability to pick up signals (something that I admittedly need to improve about myself).

So there it is! Hopefully this article was able to help any of you gents reading who may be having some trouble in you love lives. It’s certainly something that has opened my eyes and completely change my perspective on dating in general. In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the article, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

Why the Stigma Around Online Dating?

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! Once again, I want to sincerely apologize for the lack of articles up here lately, I’ve been swamped other projects for school and the like, and haven’t been able to do much of anything on here. But I’m at a point now where I think I can get back to a schedule of posting just once a week instead of twice. Maybe if I’m able to find another admin, we’ll be able to get back to our twice-a-week posting schedule. With all of that out of the way, let’s get to the rest of the article!

Now, it should come as no surprise that online dating and things like dating apps have started to become more and more prevalent as in today’s society, and with such growing prevalence comes its fair share of critics and naysayers. Even I myself tend to advocate for actually talking to a woman in person and getting a genuine human connection with a woman I’d like to date, since just swiping right on someone I think is attractive and asking if they want to hook up doesn’t seem to accomplish that all. Not to mention there are countless articles and op-eds outright discouraging people from pursuing online dating. But here’s the ugly truth: with the massive expansion of the internet and social media, meeting people online has just become part of everyday life. As a part of the internet’s expansion, that means things like dating sites have become much more sophisticated and there are more options for dating sites now than ever.

When people think of dating dating sites, most people think of sites like eHarmony, Match.com, or ChristianMingle, but the fact of the matter is that there are countless dating sites for many different people with different interests. There are Christian dating sites for those religious folks, “geeky” dating sites for a myriad of different fandoms like Disney, Star Trek, Harry Potter and Dr. Who, and even dating sites for musicians. While I myself was hesitant about online dating, I eventually bit the bullet and decided to make a profile on CatholicMatch, which is exactly what it sounds like, a dating site for single Catholics. And eventually, I met a wonderful woman who I am now in a very happy and fruitful relationship with. The reason sites like these work is because they focus on commonalities between people, which makes it even easier for them connect. If you ask me, it’s not unlike meeting someone at church or a fan event. The circumstances of what people have in common simply led to them finding each other out of a crowd. Dating sites allow you to do essentially the same thing, just in a more digital setting. So if any of you gents feel the call to go online to find the woman of your dreams, then by all means, go ahead! Maybe it’ll work, maybe it won’t, but you never know until you try. Good luck gents, and happy searching! In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

 

Disneyland Through the Years: The Perfect Date Spot!

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here! If you know me personally, then you probably know that I love anything Disney, and by extension, Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. I’ve been to Disneyland so much that I practically have the entire layout of the park implanted in my brain. So today, I thought it would be fun to show some pictures of Disneyland over the years, and also explain why it makes for the perfect date location!

Disclaimer: Disneyland can be difficult to drive to if you don’t live in California, southern California in particular. Plus, tickets to Disneyland can be ridiculously expensive, so just keep all of that in mind before making a decision about making the trip out there.

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Aerial view of the park in 1969

Since its opening on July 17, 1955, Disneyland has practically become an icon of American culture, especially its youth. It was the perfect culmination of Walt Disney’s visions and dreams, with him hoping that it would “be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.” And sixty-three years later, I would say his hopes have been realized! The true joy of Disneyland lies in being young at heart. It’s a place where people can reminisce about their childhoods with their favorite Disney characters, or simply just unwind and feel like a child again. While I’m obviously not saying that we should all be man-children, I think it’s still important to let nostalgia take over for a little bit and to let out your inner child run free. It’s a perfect way to unwind and make you a little happier. And that’s what makes it such a great date location.

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Workers constructing the Matterhorn Bobsleds

It should come as no surprise a couple wants to be happy at the end of the day, so why not spend some time at the place that’s been called the “Happiest Place on Earth”? There are so many things you and your lady can do while at the Magic Kingdom! You can get a bite to eat and a show at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, you can see performances of Fantasmic! or World of Color, you can take trip across the Rivers of America on the Mark Twain riverboat, and of course, you can go on the myriad of rides. You can adventure all around the jungle on the Jungle Cruise or Indiana Jones, you can warp through the stars on Star Tours and Space Mountain, or you can take a tour through a Haunted Mansion. And if you’d like a ride that has a bit more of a romantic flair, I would personally suggest the Storybook Land canal.  It’s got such a pleasant and romantic atmosphere, especially at night.

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The first iteration of Space Mountain in 1977

Ultimately what I’m getting at is that Disneyland is the perfect place to unwind and spend time with your special lady. There are so many things you can do, interactive or otherwise, and it allows you both to just let your inner child run free for a little bit. Disneyland was conceived as a place where anyone, young or old, can reminisce about their childhoods, raise hopes about their future, and in general be happy. Of course, nothing is better for a couple than being happy together, and if you’re looking for something to do that you’ll both enjoy, a trip to Disneyland may be the perfect choice! In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the article, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll leave you with some more photos of Disneyland over the years. I’ll see you next time!

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A Disneyland parade in the 1970s
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C-3PO, Mickey Mouse, and R2-D2 at the premiere of Star Tours in 1987
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Aladdin’s Genie leading a parade in 1993
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The climax of the Fantasmic! show in Disneyland
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California Adventure’s World of Color show

Can Long-Distance Relationships Work?

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So, this has become a very popular question in today’s youth and dating world, especially since we’re in the golden age of social media: can a long distance relationship  work? This is a question that even I’ve had to ask myself from time to time, and I’m hoping to answer that question for any of you young gents who may be in this situation.

Now, unsurprisingly, the question of whether or not a long-distance relationship can work is an incredibly difficult question to answer. The reason being because romantic relationships by their nature are very different depending on the people involved. Some people are perfectly fine with long-distance relationships. They think relationships like that are much more romantic, plus it’ll make it all the better when they finally see their significant other in person. A very “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mentality. On the other hand, you have those people who can’t stand a long-distance relationship. They find it incredibly stressful since they have to work twice as hard in order to make the relationship work. They also just can’t stand not being able to actually see the person all the time. Now, while I completely understand both perspectives and  think they both have some valid points, I myself tend to follow the former ideology. I believe that under the right circumstances and between the right people, a long-distance can certainly work. That is, however just my mindset.

Sad as it may be to say, the question about long-distance relationships being able to work may not even have a definite answer. Sorry to any of you coming to this article expecting an answer set in stone, but finding an answer like that to a question like this really isn’t possible. As I said before, romantic relationships by their nature vary greatly depending on the people involved in that relationship. People express love and affection in different ways, and on top of that, people just have their preferences. You and your girlfriend will most likely have very different relationship compared to your best friend and his girlfriend; maybe a long-distance situation works with you and your girlfriend, but not with your best friend and his girl. So while I can’t give a definite answer as to whether or not a long-distance relationship can work, I can at least offer this advice: talk to your significant other about it and just use common sense. After all, the most important part of any relationship is communication. If you and that special someone can come to a reasonable conclusion about your long-distance relationship, whether you end up staying together or not, all the more power to you two.

Sorry if this article seems too vague or not very focused, gents. Like I said, this is an extremely difficult question to answer, and my answer to the question may be different from yours. At the end of the day, the most important things to keep in mind when coming up with your own answer are communication and common sense, those will both go a long way. In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

4 More Summer Date Ideas!

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here and happy summer! It’s around this time that my local school district lets their students out for their summer vacation, and in light of the season being upon us, I thought it would be fun to talk about more fun dates that you and your lady can partake in during the summer season! And if you’re wondering why I said more, I actually have another article about fun summer date ideas which you can check out right here! But in any case, here are four more things you can enjoy with the lucky lady while you’re off for summer!

1. Dancing/A dance class

Dancers at a Jazz Club

In my hometown, there are multiple swing dance clubs that I’ve gotten to play music for, and seeing them dance makes it look like so much fun! Even just learning how to dance can be a great way to connect with your partner, plus it’ll be great exercise for the both of you. If you look online to try and find some local swing dance clubs or classes in your area, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something near you!

2. The beach

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Disclaimer: The woman in this picture is not topless, the top strap of her bikini is just really hard to see because of the lighting

I’m surprised I didn’t mention this in my last article about this. Though to be fair, this one would be hard to do if you don’t live on the coast. Even so, spending an afternoon at the beach can be an incredibly fun time for you and your partner. Lying out together in the sun, splashing around in the shallow water, or even just walking on the sand can be a simple and fun way for you two bond. Bring some finger food and and a few drinks and you can turn it into a picnic!

3. Wine tasting

Couple sampling wine whilst visiting vineyard

This one really only applies to those of you over 21 (if you’re reading this in the United States, that is), but it’s still a wonderfully romantic setting for the both of you. Sharing a few drinks, responsibly, and possibly making a road trip out of it with a wine tour can make it even better! Wine in and of itself can be very romantic, and who knows? Maybe you two can find your regular wine to have with dinner, or maybe even your wedding reception later on down the line.

4. Independence Day parade/fireworks

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Apologies to any of you across the pond who are reading this, since this really only applies to anyone living in the United States. Of course, anyone who lives in the States knows how excited people get to celebrate their independence on the Fourth of July, and the pinnacle of all that excitements come in the form of either a parade, a fireworks display, or both. Taking your girl to see either of those displays can be great fun for both of you. Plus in my hometown, there’s a trope among the teens and young adults that they need a “fireworks kiss”, so it’d be nice to have that too.

So there you go! If you and your special are getting tired of the same old thing, maybe try some of these things out, or check out my last list if you need more ideas! If there’s anything I missed or if you have any more ideas, then leave a comment and let me know! In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

Can a Man and a Woman be Friends?

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! Now we’ve all heard of it and I’m willing to bet more than a handful of you gents reading have been there before, I’m talking about the dreaded “friend zone.” For those of you who don’t know what that is, I think Ryan Reynolds in Just Friends puts it best: “When a girl decides that you’re her friend, you’re no longer a dating option. You become this complete non-sexual entity in her eyes, like her brother, or a lamp.” Essentially, the “friend zone” is a situation where one side wants to be involved romantically, while the other wants to just stay friends, usually with the guy wanting to take things further. While it is more common for this to happen to men, I’m sure it happens among women too, it just isn’t as frequent and/or talked about. In any case, this leads to an interesting question among those who are in that dreaded situation, can a man and a woman just be friends? So that’s what we’re setting out to answer today.

If the message of the movie When Harry Met Sally is to be believed, then no, it’s pretty much impossible for a man and a woman to be just friends. However, I feel like this movie takes a very simplistic look at the relationship between a man and a woman (which is in no way meant to talk ill about the movie, I love it a lot, and highly recommend you check it out). They make seem as if a man and woman will automatically think about each other romantically if they start to connect on a personal level. While this may be true for that certain person you happen to find attractive, you can still connect with that man or woman without thinking about them romantically or sexually. The most important thing here is communication. It obviously shouldn’t be right after meeting each other, but you should both let each other know early on what your intentions are before getting too involved. If you aren’t effective in stating what you want out of the relationship, this can obviously create a huge problem. In order to best explain this, I’ll have to tell you my “friend zone” story.

So when I was seventh grade, I was not very well-liked by about half the girls in the student body. But there was one girl, we’ll call her M, who one of the few girls who actually stood up for me, and she and I quickly formed a friendship. And I’m not joking when I say I actually fell in love her practically at first sight, but at the time, I didn’t know what that actually felt like. Anyways, we continue to bond in friendship into high school, and I even end up taking her to her first high school dance! She also invited me to her 16th birthday party, where there was in fact dancing, and M’s parents actually wanted me to share the first dance with her. It was during that first dance that I finally realized how I felt about her, but I didn’t have the nerve to tell her. So for the next few years, I was just stuck. I constantly was wanting more out of our relationship, but she just wanted to stay friends, and it was horrible. After years of keeping those emotions bottled up, I finally wrote a letter to her that spilled the beans. After finally telling her how I felt, that’s when the reality of the situation hit me. I finally came to the realization that she just didn’t see me in that way, and after talking to her a little bit more about that, I eventually came to accept it. Now M and I are now just friends and still talking every now and then.

So if there’s anything you can take from that, it should be that you should be clear about your intentions when you enter into a friendship with a woman, especially if you want to take things further. Also, something else I haven’t mentioned is that you can connect with a woman without being attracted to them sexually. Maybe you and this woman have things in common, but there may just be that thing that keeps you from being attracted to them in that way. That said, I am in no way the arbiter of what people are attracted to, that’s entirely up to you. Just listen to your gut and make smart decision. Also, in the vain of all of this, I think it’d be smart to answer a similar question, can you be friends with an ex? The short answer is yes you can! As long as your breakup wasn’t toxic and didn’t leave any negative air between the two of you, then by all means, continue to connect and be friends. I was in a relationship with someone for almost a year in high school, but after a while, we just started to drift apart and we decided to end it, but our breakup wasn’t anything toxic and was perfectly amicable. And to this day, we’re still good friends, and she’s in fact now married with a kid on the way!

So what exactly am I saying here? In a nutshell, yes, a man and a woman can just be friends, as long as both the people involved in the friendship are clear with each other about each other’s intentions. There may just be those people who may not be sexually attracted to you, and that’s perfectly fine. Developing connections and friendships is what helps humans survive, and it’s perfectly possible to develop those connections with the opposite sex without being attracted to them sexually. In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share it, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on Facebook and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

A Real Man Makes People Laugh

Evening gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So today, we have yet another article inspired by a video from Prager University. In this video, entitled Love Needs Laughs, the famous (or infamous, depending on how you look at it) Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff talks about how the biggest sign of happiness in any relationship is shared laughter. It’s a wonderful and rather heartwarming video that I highly recommend you check out. And with Smirnoff’s words in mind, I thought I would give you a few reasons why being able to make people laugh is such an important trait for any gentleman to have. So without any further delay, let’s check out the list!

1. It Helps People Stay Positive

There’s a reason one of the highest-rated TV shows of all time is Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s South Park. While a lot of naysayers see it as just lowbrow, immature humor, the show, and more specifically Stone and Parker, have proven to be extremely clever and effective social satirists and commentators. And nowhere is that more apparent in the Season 5 episode “Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants.” The reason I mention this episode is because it clearly displays the importance of laughter in general. Most of what I’m about to say is actually credited to the popular YouTube film reviewer Nostalgia Critic, so I am not about to take credit for any of it. That being said, in the wake of 9/11 and the anthrax epidemic being sent through the mail in late 2001, the United States was in a state of abject fear. As a response to this, Matt Stone and Trey Parker released this South Park episode, making Osama bin Laden look like a completely pathetic tool. After this episode was released, the US’s spirits were collectively raised, as temporary as it may have been. The reason being that everyone just needed a good laugh at the entire situation. And that’s the power of laughter. It could be the most awful, distressful situation ever, like in the case of 9/11, being worried about the threat of terrorism. But if you’re able to find humor in that situation, and thus react to it, it can simply help lift people’s spirits and reduce the pain of the situation even just a little bit. And with so many dark things happening in our world today, being able to make people laugh seems more important now than ever. Also, in the case of 9/11, I think the Nostalgia Critic put it best: “Giuliani showed us we needed to be strong, Letterman showed us we needed to cry, South Park showed us we needed to laugh.”

2. It’s a great way to bond with people

People always say laughter is the best medicine, and there’s a lot of truth to that. Not only has laughter been proven to lower blood pressure and decrease stress hormones, but it can also just help people bond with each other. This can be especially helpful in a romantic situation. I’ve always said that one thing I always look for in a woman is someone who can laugh at me and make fun of me, but in a fun, loving way. I feel like that’s one of the most important things to do in any relationship, romantic or not. If you and your lady able to notice and, more importantly, laugh at each others’ flaws or missteps, it will only help both of you more clearly see what you both love about each other. Obviously, acknowledging what you love about each other will only strengthen your relationship, but it doesn’t just stop there. One point that Yakov Smirnoff makes in the PragerU video is that it’s not just laughter that strengthens a relationship, but shared laughter. If you and the people you care about can find laughter and enjoyment in similar things, that can strengthen your relationship with anybody, it could be a significant other, a friend, or a family member, because you find what you have in common. It would obviously be hard to bond with somebody you don’t have many things in common with, and of course, that can be the death of any relationship, especially a romantic one. And what we find funny and find enjoyment in is the clearest way of showing what we like and what we don’t like, and if someone we know also finds those things funny, that can be a sign of a great relationship. So if you’re spending time with someone and you aren’t laughing at or with each other, it may time to evaluate you’re relationship, especially if it’s romantic.

So there it is! I know this list wasn’t a very long one, but that’s really all I needed to get my point across. A man who can make people laugh can raise people’s spirits and foster many a strong friendship. To me, those are among the most important things a man should strive to accomplish in his life. Thank you all so much for reading today’s article! I know things with my schedule have been a little odd, but for those of you who read my updates article (link right here if you missed it), I should be back to a consistent schedule starting now. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for any content I have coming out on The Classy Libertarian In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share it, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on Facebook and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

Resources

Prager University – Love Needs Laughs: https://youtu.be/4qfum5vc4Ew

StopDoingNothing:  stopdoingnothing.com/healthy-living/the-five-most-important-reasons-to-laugh/

Top 11 South Park Episodes – Nostalgia Critic: https://youtu.be/qyZacZPzOS8

5 Fun Summer Date Ideas

Morning gents! It’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here, and happy summer! Today was my local school district’s last day of school, so now all the students get two months of vacation and revelry before the next school year! Or if you’re like me, you spend months trying to find a real summer job, clearly not the most fun way to spend summer. And for any of you who happen to be dating, it’ll give you gents plenty of time to spend with your special lady! And with that in mind, I’m going to list out five (5) fun and creative Summer date ideas in case you two start to get bored of the same old thing! So without any further ado, let’s start the list!

1. Carnival or Fair

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So I live in Ventura, California, where the Ventura County Fair is a pretty big deal every year, and rightfully so. Sure, it has all the regular fair things, like carnival rides, games, and enough funnel cake to give you a heart attack, but the Ventura County Fair is something special. We also have art and photo galleries, local vendors, animal shows, and a show stage for any and all performers, big and small to showcase their talents. Some big names we’ve had on the show stage in the past include the Beach Boys, Styx, Smash Mouth, and my personal favorite, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (about whom I’ve written an entirely separate post on, linked right here, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: The Perfect Model for Gentlemen, shameless plug ;D). But even if your local fair doesn’t have all of that, there are still plenty of fun things for you and your lady friend to enjoy at your local fair, so if you can find any fairs or carnivals nearby, it could make for a fun date with plenty of things to do and see for people of all ages!

2. A Picnic!

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This should seem like a no-brainer! Summer is the sunniest time of the year (at least it is in the States), and if you don’t have an opportunity to soak up that summer sun at the beach, then why not go for a picnic? Take your lady, some sandwiches, and some other finger foods, lay out a blanket at your local park and just have some fun! It’s a lot cheaper than having to pay to go out for lunch, and it also lets you get some fresh summer air while also getting your grub on! So in short, I really don’t have any reasons not to go on a picnic! It’s fun, it’s delicious, it’s refreshing, and it just seems like a win for everybody!

3. A hike or campout


Are you feeling adventurous? Are you and your gal looking to get some exercise together? Than maybe you two should go on a hike together! This is also a pretty good follow-up to number 3. You can hike to a decent picnic spot, or if nothing else, it’s just an excuse to get outside with your lady. Plus, and this may sound rather strange, but hiking can also be a pretty good commitment exercise. Allow me to explain. Hiking requires a lot of vigilance, and demands that you periodically check on each other, making sure you’re both hydrated, properly fed, and that no one’s falling behind. It doesn’t matter how long or short the hike may be, that type of vigilance and observation is a constant requirement. So if you’re looking to get some fresh air, some decent exercise, or great commitment exercise, consider taking your lady on a hike!

4. Fly a kite


Anyone who’s watched Mary Poppins the whole way through has seen that flying a kite is a lot of fun! While it may sound childish, sometimes everyone needs to let out their inner child every now and then (in my opinion, that’s why you see so many adults at Disneyland). Plus, if it’s a big, heavy kite, it may require a lot of cooperation between you and your partner. There’s not really much else to say. It’s fun, enjoyably childish, and requires quite a bit of cooperation between the two of you. Moving on.

5. Drive-in movie


I decided to put this one at number 5 since drive-in movie theaters are a bit hard to come by these days. But if you’re looking for a fun evening date with your lady and are tired of the same old thing, a drive-in movie is the perfect trip down memory lane! There’s also just a romantic atmosphere about it, having the sun set around you while watching a classic movie, the scent of buttered popcorn wafting through the car, it just seems like something out of a 1950s teen paradise. So while they may be hard to come by, a drive-in movie can make for a very romantic evening for you and your lover.

So there it is! Five (5) fun and romantic summe date ideas, for any of you young gents who are getting bored of the same old thing. Any guy who takes their woman out to a date like any of these is sure to have a wonderful summer. Again, I would like to wish everyone a happy summer, and a sincere congratulations to any and all graduates, whether it’s elementary school, middle school, high school, college, or anything in between! In any case, thank you so much for reading today’s post from The Young Gentleman’s guide, and nothing would make me happier than if you shared this post with a friend, followed the blog, and checked out The Young Gentleman’s Guide on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!