Dating on a Budget: The University Students Guide to Dating in Toronto
The Ultimate Romantic Scavenger Hunt.
I have always wanted to go on an 80’s inspired date. I think the leg warmers, acid wash jeans, denim jackets/ vests, music and whole atmosphere of the 80’s was so romantic. Well last year I went on a date and much to my dismay I didn’t get my 80’s romance. I got something better - a scavenger hunt.
I had met my date in front of Honest Eds thinking they believed it was the easiest and can’t miss place to meet. I had met my date in front of the entrance way and to my shock was handed a shopping list. I was told that the date couldn’t begin until we got all the stuff. I was peeved to the point I wanted to end the date right then and there. However, I played along. We entered the overwhelming maze of a discount store and began our hunt.
I started to read the list and found it really odd with things such as tropical clothing, exotic/ Hawaiian knick knacks, a blanket, a basket, candles and the ugliest knick knack imaginable. I was suspicious and thought my date may have been a hoarder (one of my biggest fears). We started searching through the massive store for everything on the list, but as we did I couldn’t help, but have the best time. My date was clearly a comedian, making me try on ridiculous hats, sunglasses and some of the ugliest clothing on the planet. We played “what can you find in the mess,” ran through isles chasing each other with unexplainable product and tired on T-shirts with the cheesiest jokes on them.
After we were done, we purchased our stuff and walked to St. Alban’s Square. My date had poured everything we bought out of the bag and set it up. I was confused at what was going on, but then my date explained to me that they were no expert on the 80’s and didn’t want my memorable date idea to be memorable for the wrong reasons. Therefore, the next most romantic thing to logically do was to set up a scavenger hunt in one of my Why I Love Toronto places and have the tackiest, original and most memorable picnic date ever - and it was. For everything we bought I don’t think we spent over $25 (including the food).
But this got me to thinking. The Romantic Scavenger Hunt, can be done in many different ways. Mine was done together, but then there are those in which you can set up clues in numerous places and leave little hints on the way to the big romantic reveal. A co-worker told me how her friend went on a scavenger hunt to find a bunch of different CDs at a used CD store. In the end the CD titles (read in the order she picked them up) made a quick little poem and a proposal.
The city is full of places that you can set up cheap and romantic scavenger hunt, High Park, Kensington Market, The Waterfront (well maybe after its done its revitalization) and the CNE are some ideas. They are cheap, fun, creative and leave you with mega cute points.
So when thinking about a date option why not do a Scavenger Hunt? For me it was truly an exciting date.
That is how to Date on a Budget.
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