I’m not much of a phone person — at least, not with people who I have the opportunity to see regularly. But I take the idea of catching up with friends in person quite seriously.
And that’s easy to do, right? Just meet at a coffee shop, bar or restaurant and catch up over snacks and sips.
Believe me, I do plenty of this, but going out for drinks and eats can get pricey (and isn’t always the healthiest option).
Plus, now that I’m all in on my anti-inflammation journey (no gluten, no dairy, no soy, etc.), eating or drinking out has become more of a challenge. And I’m often up for that challenge (because, hi, I love food) — but not all the time.
So, because of all the things, finding opportunities to hang out that aren’t restaurant- or bar-focused has become more of a priority for me. And I know I’m not alone! So, I’m sharing a few fun ideas below. Some are super chill, some are more active, and they’re all great ways to spend a little time with someone you dig. A few were inspired by this post, but, to be honest, a lot were inspired by things I do with my friends!
19 Fun Ways to Catch Up That Don’t Involve Happy Hour
- Try an escape room.
- Do either of you have a dog? Go to the dog park or take the pups for a walk in a new neighborhood together.
- Run a few errands together. This can make some mundane tasks a lot more fun!
- Meet somewhere outside, peaceful, and beautiful and just talk. The beach, a park, or a garden could be lovely, and don’t discount the idea of meeting before work to do this if both your schedules are jam-packed.
- Rent stand up paddleboards or kayaks and spend a couple of hours out on the water.
- Explore some local trails, either walking, running, or biking.
- Interested in learning a new language? Always wanted to know how to saber a bottle of champagne? Curious about watercolor? Sign up for a class together and guarantee a weekly gathering for at least the next few months.
- Invite them over to help you make a new recipe you’ll both enjoy.
- Start a new TV show together and set a weekly date to get together to watch a new episode.
- Ask your friend to assist you (or offer to assist a friend) with a home project, like hanging pictures or doing a little light painting.
- Work together. Even if you don’t actually *work* together, if you have the ability to work remotely, do so together for a couple of hours.
- Check out a new workout class. Bonus points if it’s something that takes you both well outside your comfort zones!
- Meet up to discuss current events — and maybe make plans to do something about the issues closest to your hearts.
- Volunteer together for a cause you care about.
- Go on a low-key bike ride somewhere scenic.
- Treat yourselves to an at-home spa day. You can do so much for so little when you go the DIY route!
- Visit a cool attraction in or near your home.
- Help each other purge your closets. (When she says, “I’ve known you for five years and I’ve NEVER seen you wear that,” you know it’s safe to donate it!)
- Sign up — and train — for a race together.
Anything you’d add? I’m sure there are loads of awesome ideas out there that haven’t ever crossed my mind! —Kristen