There are more single people in America now than at any time in history. There are many reasons for this, of course. A lot has to do with changing ideas about marriage, love as a prerequisite for choosing a life partner, equality among genders, and changing demographics overall. However, more than half of the country being single isn’t to say that everyone wants to remain that way–there are people actively looking for partners.


If you’re someone who’s dating and looking for ideas to make it fun, hiking is a great choice–especially for a first date! Surely it’s not the first thing that comes to mind. Most people try to wow with a dinner or movie date, both of which are great. However, you should consider hiking for the following reasons:

  1. It is Inexpensive
    Dating can be expensive. Wanting to make a good impression and woo someone early on, especially with dinner, can cost hundreds of dollars. But a date doesn’t have to be costly to be effective. Hiking is free! While access to some parks or trails may require a fee, it’s usually nominal and no doubt cheaper than other options.
  2. Includes Few Distractions
    Hiking is also quiet. That gives you and your date more time to talk and learn more about one another, without having to yell over loud music or talking at restaurants. Neither are there any interruptions from a waiter/server in the middle of conversation. Instead, the outdoor adventure offers a quiet space, relative privacy and therefore a lot more to talk about.
  3. Spurs Spontaneity
    There is no agenda with hiking. Yes, you can set a certain a time frame or distance for how far you want to go, but the uncertainty, or rather the flexibility, of nature means that things may change once the journey begins. That gives you the freedom of doing the same: deciding to take rests to chat more freely, pointing out certain things to explore, etc. There options are endless in nature.
  4. It’s Different
    As we established earlier, hiking is unique and it sets you apart from other suitors. Even if the two of you find that you’re not a match, it’s something that you and your date will remember. And who doesn’t want to be standout and be remembered?

If you’re ready for this experience, Go Hike It has a great list of tips to consider for a hiking date.

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