Never mind marriage, kids and buying property. Which of these relationship-affirming experiences have you had?
Make each other a mix tape
Technology may have improved since you were a teenager, but that gloriously personal task of narrowing down your favourite tunes and presenting them to your loved one is still a great bonding experience. The next step is deciding, as a couple, which is ‘your song’.
Stay with each other’s families
It’s nerve-racking meeting your potential in-laws for the first time, but getting to the stage when you have to eat breakfast with them too underscores the seriousness of your relationship. If you can get the seal of approval from your partner’s parents, you’ve passed an important test.
Go on an unplanned adventure
Whether it’s an impromptu road trip or last-minute tickets to Rome, being spontaneous is one of the key elements of romance. You get bonus points if you’re still throwing surprises for your partner once the routine of your relationship has set in.
Have a duvet day
Sometimes you just want to slob out in your PJs all day, and it’s so much the better if there’s someone to do it with you. And if you’re happy spending hours on end together without leaving the bedroom, you’re on to a good thing.
Get a pet
You might not feel ready to have children, but joint ownership of a furry friend is a way of exploring your nurturing sides together. If that’s not a practical option, take a friend’s dog for a walk or offer to cat-sit, to see your other half at his or her adorable best.
Have a blazing row
It doesn’t bode well if you’re at each other’s throats all the time, but the occasional row can reaffirm your passion and show how much you both care. Just make sure you make up properly afterwards!
Eat in a restaurant you can’t afford
Pushing the boat out can bond a couple on many levels. Not only do you get to share great food and a feeling of recklessness, but you’ll get even closer during the evenings in eating beans on toast to make up for it.
Receive a love letter
There’s nothing quite as lovely as receiving a written declaration of someone’s feelings for you, even if it’s just a few words on a Post-it note. They’re worth keeping too, however long the relationship lasts.
Go skinny dipping
You won’t have many inhibitions left after you’ve stripped off and taken the plunge together. It can be an exhilarating experience to share as a couple. Just make sure you have a towel handy.
Share a kiss at a top of the Eiffel Tower
Nothing says romance like whisking your significant other away to Paris for the weekend, and a visit to its most famous landmark is a must. If you can kiss on the summit without cringing, perhaps your love will go the distance.