The best way to get closer to your partner is to learn more about each other and one of the best ways to do that is to share your roots. If you met later on in life and hail from different places, plan a hometown date (The Bachelor style) to show your partner where you grew up, your favorite childhood places, and to open the door to more intimate conversations about yourself, your dreams, your past and your future. If you feel ready for it, you can even take advantage of being close to home by introducing them to your family and friends. The walk down memory lane will be fun for your partner and for you!
- Plan well. Think ahead of time about where you’d most like to take you partner. The point of the date is to get to know each other better, so ignore tourist attractions and instead choose places that mean something to you.
- Be prepared for surprises. Decide ahead of time whether you want to introduce your date to any family or friends (it’s completely fine not to), but don’t be surprised if you have some unplanned run-ins. Handle anything that comes up gracefully.
- Reciprocate! This date works just as well (if not better) in reverse! Get them to reciprocate the hometown date by planning one of their own. They’ll love telling you about their childhood and you’ll benefit from the same opportunity they had of learning more about them and increasing your mutual understanding.
Take them to your old school and tell them about your closest friends, teachers and favorite subjects. Were you a sports prodigy growing up? Bring them to the field you used to play on and regale them with your best sports stories! Did you spend four summers working in the local pizzeria? Stop there for lunch! Was the local beach your favorite place when you were growing up? Take them for a quiet stroll along the coast and ask them about their childhood.