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What Is Bro Code? 40 Unwritten Rules of Male Friendships


Male friendships are truly a special type of relationship. They often come with a certain level of understanding, comfort, and even competition that is unique to the male experience. And members of a man’s crew come from all over—they can join by virtue of having attended high school together or playing on the same intramural soccer team. So what keeps it all together? Enter the Bro Code concept, an unwritten set of rules that serve as the foundation for any longstanding and successful male friendship. Of course, codes are often specific to each group, but generally, they’re comprised of universal standards meant to ensure trust between buddies and mutual respect.

The importance of male friendships really can’t be overstated. But how do you create and uphold the Bro Code? And why is it so essential for men to foster relationships with their buddies?

Celebrating Bromances With Adventure

It’s part of the Bro Code to be there through thick and thin. When you’re craving quality time with the bros, bust out your adventure book to have an epic night out! Adventures From Scratch: Friends Edition is bursting with more than 50 unique scratch-off challenges to keep you and the bros bonding. Whether you want to create, cook, or explore something, we’ve got you covered. And you can save your memories in the book to look back on! Round up your crew, pick an adventure, and get ready to have an awesome time.

Nailing Down the Bro Code

While there has always been an unwritten set of rules between bromances, “Bro Code” became a viral hit because of the hit New York-based TV show How I Met Your Mother. Barney Stinson, played by Neil Patrick Harris, was a key character on the show and believed in a set of rules he compiled into what is known as the Bro Code.

In its most basic form, it’s a code of conduct between two men. Like Girl Code, Bro Code covers a range of behaviors, ranging from how you interact with strangers to how you chill with your best bros. It’s a guide on how to have and maintain relationships with male friends.

In the modern world, men’s friendships are incredibly important but can be challenging to maintain. With work and family obligations, making time for male bonding activities or just regular check-ins can be hard. The Bro Code is meant to help ensure that all parties involved don’t take each other for granted while also providing them with expectations and guidelines they should follow. Keep the code in mind, and you should be able to keep your pals for life.

40 Unwritten Rules of the Bro Code

Since the Bro Code is a way of life that defines men’s friendships and relationships with their peers, you need to at least know the most important ones. Here are some of the unwritten rules of the Bro Code you can’t forget:

1. Bros before hoes.

This is the most important rule of the Bro Code playbook. Call it the first amendment of being a guy, if you will. Your bros come before any girl. Your friends will always be there for you, but a girl might not.

2. Never date your bro’s ex.

If your bro has ever dated a girl, she is off-limits to you. There are plenty of other women there, and you don’t want to risk ruining your friendship over your pal’s ex-girlfriend. She’s an ex for a reason!

3. Remember your wingman duties.

As a wingman, it’s your job to help your bro get with a girl. This means you should be willing to talk him up, make him look good, and step in if things start to go wrong.

4. No gossiping.

When it comes to talking about your best friend, you should always keep it positive. Don’t be the guy spreading rumors or talking behind your friend’s back.

5. Split the bill equally.

When you go out to eat with your bros, split the bill equally. Tools like Venmo and Zelle have made going out to eat with friends easier than ever.

6. Help a bro out.

If your bro needs help, whether it’s moving or fixing his car, you should be willing to lend a hand. This is what friendship is all about.

7. Don’t date your bro’s sister.

It should go without saying that dating your friend’s family is completely off-limits. Not only will it likely ruin your friendship, but it could also create an awkward family dynamic.

8. Give him a call.

In an all-too-digital world, we often forget to pick up the phone and give our best pals a call. We get it; you’re a bro on the go. However, talking on the phone is a meaningful way to stay connected and show your friend that you care.

9. Look out for his girlfriend when he’s not around.

Whether at the bar or a party, you should always be aware of your bro’s girlfriend. Keep a brotherly eye out for her to make sure she’s safe!

10. Never leave a bro without a ride.

Even if you want to go home with someone you met at the club, ensure your bro has a way to get home. Leaving him hanging to chase after a date isn’t cool and could damage your friendship.

11. Don’t let him get a girl’s name tattooed on his chest.

Sometimes, tattoos sound really great when we’ve been drinking, but they’re permanent and can be a bad idea. If your bro is thinking of getting a girl’s name tattooed after a long night of partying, talk him out of it!

12. Don’t let him do something (too) stupid.

We all have that one friend who has a tendency to make questionable decisions when under the influence. It’s up to you as his friend to make sure he doesn’t do anything he’d regret.

13. Be there for the good and bad times.

No matter what life throws at your friend, be the ultimate bro, and always be there to support him. That means riding with him on the highs of a new relationship or building him back up when he’s ready to date after a divorce. Having someone you can count on is priceless.

14. Never hit him below the belt.

Take this literally or metaphorically, but never take a cheap shot at your bro. This means no physical violence down under and also no emotional attacks.

15. Pick him up when he’s down.

If your friend is feeling low, do whatever you can to lift his spirits. Sometimes, giving him a bit of space to process his emotions is the best thing you can do, but if he’s been down a long time, don’t be shy about offering your support.

16. If you think his partner is cheating on him, tell him.

This is never an easy conversation to have, but if you think your bro’s partner is cheating on him, it’s best to tell him what you know. That way, he can make an informed decision.

17. Respect each other’s boundaries.

It’s important to respect each other’s boundaries and privacy. Don’t overstep the mark by intruding into his personal life without permission.

18. If his girlfriend calls you and asks where he is, you don’t know.

At the end of the day, your loyalty is to your friend. Unless he’s in a dangerous situation, never give away his whereabouts to a third party.

19. Don’t be afraid of healthy competition.

Sometimes, competing against your best friend can bring out the best in you both. Just make sure to keep it friendly, and remember that winning isn’t everything.

20. If cash is tight, pitch in for his beer.

Whether he’s forgotten his wallet or can’t afford another round, it’s nice when you can help a friend out. Buying him a beer here and there goes a long way in showing your support.

21. Your bros become honorary uncles to your kid.

Our bros become our family, and they will be honorary uncles when you have kids. It’s important to set good examples for your children from their earliest years by surrounding them with positive male role models.

22. Never leave a fist bump hanging.

Ah, the iconic fist bump. The casual greeting has quite the significance in the bro world. Never reject a fist bump!

23. Make time for game night.

Pop some popcorn, order delivery, and settle in for a night of video games. Nothing says friendship like a night of virtual battles and trash-talking.

24. Don’t let him drunk call his ex-girlfriend.

Know when it’s time to take his phone away from him. He might not be happy in the moment, but he’ll surely thank you in the morning when all he has is a hangover instead of a whole new set of problems.

25. Talk him out of all bad decisions.

Whether he’s going through a lot of stress or has just had too many, step up when you need to. Help your bro make the right decision by being his voice of reason. Remind him that there are consequences for every action and that getting into trouble isn’t worth it in the end.

26. Always lend a condom.

This one’s for the safety of both your friend and his partner. It’s better to be prepared than sorry when it comes to matters of protection. You don’t want to be an uncle before your time!

27. Don’t judge him if he cries.

It takes a truly strong man to shed tears in front of another person, so never judge your friend if he breaks down in front of you. Instead, be there for him, and let him know it’s okay to be vulnerable.

28. Hold each other accountable.

We all make mistakes and need someone to call us out on our bad behavior. Your bro should be the person who holds you accountable and encourages you to do better when it matters most.

29. Get your story straight.

When you go out together, set up a code word or phrase that signals trouble. That way, if one of you gets into an awkward situation, the other can come to the rescue without having to explain everything right away.

30. Never forget birthdays.

It doesn’t matter if it’s his or his girlfriend’s—it’s important to show up and show your support. Send a card, pick up a gift, or just text and wish them the best on their special day. Doing so will go a long way in showing your appreciation for them as part of your friend group.

31. Don’t be jealous if his relationship progresses faster than yours.

You may be envious of his success, but don’t let it get in the way of your friendship. Instead, be happy for him, and offer advice on how to handle the changes that are happening in his life. After all, relationships are never easy!

32. Give honest feedback when asked.

Whether it’s about a new project or a potential date, give your honest opinion when asked. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to be brutally honest. Just be sure to provide insight and feedback that could help him make the best decisions for himself.

33. End arguments quickly and peacefully.

Nobody likes a heated argument, especially between two bros! If things start getting too heated, take a step back, and try to find some common ground. This will help both of you move on quickly and peacefully.

34. Back each other up.

No matter what, always have each other’s backs. Whether it’s defending a silly opinion or backing up a wild story, being there for one another is essential in any friendship. You can work out the details of that big fish story later.

35. Check on him from time to time.

Sometimes, all your bro needs is a reminder that you’re still thinking about him. Send a random text to see how he’s doing. Even the smallest gesture can make all the difference in his day.

36. Respect his car.

It’s no secret that men’s cars are their babies. If you borrow it, make sure to return it in the same condition. And for goodness’ sake, don’t forget to fill up the gas tank!

37. Tell him when his outfit looks horrible.

Honesty is the best policy, especially when it comes to fashion. If he’s sporting a questionable look, don’t be afraid to tell him—just do so in a constructive way. You don’t want him walking around looking like an idiot! 

38. Be there for him during the ugly breakups.

Breakups can be hard, so make sure you’re there for your friend when he needs you most. Offer to listen if he wants to talk. Then turn up the playlist, and offer to take him out for a night on the town once in a while. This will help lift his spirits during the tough times.

39. Be nice to his girl.

You don’t have to like her, but you do have to be respectful when she’s around. After all, your friend chose her, so show her the same respect you would any other person in his life.

40. Always leave a buffer stall.

Last but far from least is to never, ever use the urinal right next to someone. It’s not just rude; it’s uncomfortable and a cardinal sin of the Bro Code. Leave at least one buffer stall between you and your friend. Heaven forbid you make eye contact in this scenario.

When to Break Bro Code

It’s important to remember that the Bro Code is a set of unwritten rules, and while popular culture tells us these rules should generally be followed, there may be times when it’s okay to bend or break the rules. However, if you choose to ignore this code of conduct entirely, ensure you’re prepared for any consequences that may arise from your actions.

Breaking Bro Code may be acceptable in situations like these:

  1. When a friend is in danger: If your friend’s safety or well-being is at risk, it may be acceptable to break the code of conduct and intervene.
  2. When relationships are on the line: Some situations call for difficult decisions that could jeopardize friendships. In these cases, breaking the code to protect relationships may be necessary.
  3. When it’s the right thing to do: Sometimes, you have to stand up for what’s right, even if it means going against your friend’s wishes.
  4. When it will help bring about a positive outcome: If you believe that breaking the code will result in a more favorable outcome for your friend, it may be acceptable to do so.
  5. When it’s necessary to protect your own interests and safety: In certain scenarios, breaking the code may be needed if it means protecting yourself and your reputation. For instance, you may need to break the code of silence if you become aware of illegal or unethical activities being committed by your friend.

On the other hand, breaking the Bro Code rules in situations like these is unacceptable:

  1. When it will cause harm to someone else: If your actions will result in harm or suffering to someone else, it’s not okay to break the code.
  2. When it leads to gossiping: Gossip has no place in the bro world and should never be tolerated.
  3. When it means betraying a friend: Betraying your bro’s trust by breaking the code is unacceptable in almost every circumstance.
  4. When it could hurt someone’s feelings: If you know that someone’s feelings will be hurt, it’s best to respect the code and avoid doing anything that could cause harm.
  5. If it will sabotage their romantic relationship: Tempting as it may be, never break the code to interfere with your friend’s romantic relationship. No matter what the situation is, always strive to have respect for yourself and your bros.

In certain situations, breaking Bro Code can be excused, but it’s important to remember that respect and loyalty are the cornerstones of any strong friendship. So, if in doubt, err on the side of caution, and adhere to the code. Doing so will help safeguard your friendship for years to come.

Closing Thoughts

Following the Bro Code is all about respecting one another and building strong relationships. It’s important to keep in mind that it’s not a hard and fast rulebook but rather a set of guidelines meant to help foster solid friendships. So if you find yourself in a tricky situation, take some time to think before you act. By doing so, you can be sure that the bonds between you and your bros will last.

Make time for guys’ night! Or how about a weekend? Nothing says guys’ weekend like a road trip. So, plan the perfect road trip with your friends! Or, spend a night out on the town bar hopping in your attempts to find new dates. However you spend your time, remember to keep nurturing those male friendships. There’s nothing like them!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the #1 Bro Code rule?

​​The number one rule of the Bro Code is to never let a woman come between your friendship. The adventures with your bro are far more important than any romantic entanglement.

What is the full Bro Code?

The full Bro Code changes depending on the crew. Generally, they include being a wingman for your bros, remaining loyal to them, and never letting a woman come between you.

What are the Guy Code rules?

The Bro Code rules include making time for game night (our adventure book has some ideas!), keeping him from drunk texting his ex, and always showing up when he needs help with something.

What are the Bro Code violations?

The main violations of the Bro Code include leaving your pal at the bar without a ride, letting a woman come between you, not showing up for him, and taking advantage of a fellow bro. 

When is it okay to break Bro Code?

Only break the Bro Code in situations like when a friend is in danger, relationships are on the line, or the outcome will be positive. Treat bros well to keep the adventures coming!


What Is Girl Code? Unwritten Rules of Female Friendships


From high school pals to women we meet in the bar restroom, it’s clear that the power of Girl Code is real. Girl code is the unspoken understanding between women that they will treat each other with respect, kindness, and empathy.

It means being there for one another in times of need and keeping each other’s secrets safe. It also means sharing a tampon with a stranger or not driving away until your girlfriend is inside her house.

We know that Girl Code is more than just a catchy phrase; it’s at the core of female relationships. Whether you are in need of advice, support, or just a good laugh, your girl gang has got your back.

This post will look at the importance of Girl Code and why it is still relevant today. It will discuss topics such as trust, loyalty, and respect. Finally, this article will dive into some concrete examples of how Girl Code can be put into action. So grab your favorite ladies, and let’s get started!

Celebrate Girl Power with an Adventure

With more than 50+ options in our Adventure from Scratch: Friends Edition, you can be sure no two adventures will ever be the same. With multiple categories including ‘Explore’ and ‘Discover’, each hidden challenge encourages you to do something out of the ordinary. Grab your best friends and get ready to have a fantastic time! What are you waiting for? Grab a copy of this scratch-off adventure book today and ensure your girl power is celebrated and create memories that last a lifetime.

What Exactly is Girl Code?

Girl Code refers to a set of unwritten rules for how women interact with one another. These codes encourage women to uplift and empower each other rather than tear each other down. The concept has become popularized in recent years through social media and networking events aimed at connecting women in various industries.

Girl Codes can cover a variety of topics and is about creating a strong community of empowered women who can come together for support and share resources to help each other succeed.

It serves as an important reminder that female friendships should be based on mutual respect, understanding, and trust. By embracing Girl Code, women can build strong relationships with each other and create a powerful network of support, both professionally and personally.

The Unwritten Rules of Girl Code

Below are some essential rules to follow when abiding by the Girl Code:

1. Don’t steal each other’s boyfriends.

Never date, flirt with, or have any romantic relationship with a friend’s ex, love interest, or current partner. This is completely off-limits and a major violation of trust and respect.

2. Share your tampons—even if you’re frenemies.

Always share your tampons. Almost every woman has found herself in need of one and not having one handy. Even if you don’t like her, help a sister out.

3. Be an epic wing woman after a breakup.

If your bestie finds herself in the midst of a difficult breakup, provide her with your unconditional support. Offer to take her out for drinks, buy her a pint of the most chocolatey ice cream you can find, be there to talk, and help her get back on track. Finish the evening with a night of dancing to help get her mojo back.

4. Don’t make her choose between you and her partner.

It’s no secret that balancing friendships and relationships is complicated. Don’t force her to choose between you and her partner. Instead, show respect for both of them, communicate openly, and try to make it work.

Ask to set aside a monthly date for just the two of you!

5. Let her know when her bra strap is showing.

Girls don’t let girls walk around with their straps hanging out. Whether a friend or stranger, it’s a woman’s job to let her know if her boobs need some adjusting. She’ll appreciate the heads-up!

6. Don’t drive away until she’s in her house.

When dropping off your gal pal, ensure she gets inside her house. If she’s lost her keys or having other issues getting inside, the last thing you want is for her to be locked out, alone at night.

7. Avoid talking poorly of women you don’t know.

Everyone has their own story, and no one can possibly know what’s going on in someone else’s life. Refrain from making judgments or negative comments about women you don’t know, and avoid gossiping at all costs.

8. Be her hype girl.

Girls need other girls to cheer them on when embarking on a new endeavor or taking on a challenge. Whenever she needs a little extra motivation, be there for her with words of encouragement and support.

9. Be her Instagram boyfriend.

We all know men just don’t understand the angles we need. It’s up to our girlfriends to help us get the perfect shots.

10. Track her location on a first date.

Now more than ever, ladies need the support of their girls when going out on a first date. Have her share her location with you, and check in after the date to ensure she got home safe.

11. Don’t post a pic without her approval.

Nothing is worse than opening up Instagram and seeing a photo of yourself you hate. Always ask for permission before posting a photo of someone else, and make sure to discuss the caption beforehand. Also, avoid tagging her in photos she doesn’t want to be tagged in (i.e., ones from late-night outings).

12. Ask before borrowing her clothes.

Always ask before wearing her dress out to the club. It’s always better to get permission first rather than get in trouble for spilling a cocktail on her new outfit.

13. Don’t compete with each other.

Remember that healthy competition is encouraged, but don’t let it turn into jealousy or a feeling of one-upping each other. Differences are what make us unique and help us learn from each other. Another woman’s success does not mean we have failed.

14. Swoop in and rescue her if she’s getting hit on by a creep.

If a guy is harassing your friend, or she just isn’t feeling it, swoop in and rescue her. Step between them (if needed), talk to her with an assertive voice, be prepared to alert management or security if necessary, and get her out of there as soon as possible.

15. Help decode texts.

For every text a man sends a love interest, there are at least two gal pals to decode it. Help your close friends format the perfect responses and spicy emojis to go with them.

16. Back up her stories.

When she tells her mom she was sleeping over at your house, but she was actually out with a boy—you follow her lead.

17. Never slut-shame another woman.

It’s okay if what you are comfortable going out in and what another woman is comfortable going out in are different. Respect each other’s choices and don’t make comments like, “You’re dressing too provocatively,” or “That looks trashy.”

18. If you see a drunk woman leaving a bar, offer to call her a cab.

Never leave another woman in a vulnerable situation. If you see someone who had too much to drink and looks like they may be in danger, offer to call them a cab or an Uber. This could potentially save their life.

19. Help her move when she needs it.

Nobody likes moving, and nobody likes helping somebody else move. When she’s one of your girls, you suck it up and give her a hand. Offer to help with packing, lifting, and cleaning. She’ll love you for it.

20. Always support each other.

Always support your fellow woman, whether it’s in the workplace, social events, or personal life. Help her out when she needs it, and celebrate her successes.

Your bestie’s dreams don’t always have to be your own. Even if you don’t understand or agree with what she wants to do, be a good friend and choose to embrace her ambition and cheer her on in her journey.

21. Don’t Irish Goodbye at the club without her.

Whether it’s a late night out with friends or a double date, never leave your friend behind without saying goodbye. Let her know if you’re leaving, and make sure she gets home safe.

22. Help her pee if her outfit requires it.

Just like a bride and her bridesmaids, your latest outfit may require some backup.

23. If a stall needs toilet paper, give her a heads-up.

There’s nothing worse than going number 2 to find out you’ve got no toilet paper in sight. Let the next lady in line know to bring some tissue with her or risk air drying.

24. Keep things confidential.

Respect each other’s privacy, and don’t be a gossip. Keeping things to yourself shows that you can be trusted with sensitive topics, strengthening your bond.

25. Celebrate milestones together.

Whether it’s getting a job promotion, starting a business, having a baby, or running a marathon—celebrate with a girls’ night. Don’t let these accomplishments go unnoticed!

26. Always stick together.

Female friends need to stick together and stand up for each other. If you see a woman being mistreated, bullied, or harassed, speak up and offer your support.

27. Never let a man come between your friendship.

If there’s a man you’re both looking to hook up with, never try to compete with each other for his attention. Instead, talk it out and find a way to peacefully come to an arrangement.

According to the “Guy Code,” a man will always choose loyalty to his buddy over a mutual friend’s crush. As women, we can’t let them be better!

28. Be a good listener.

Listen with an open mind and without judgment, offering empathy and understanding to the best of your ability. Sometimes when our friends are having a hard time, listening to their stories can be exhausting.

But any good best friend will let them vent and be there for them no matter what (or no matter how boring)!

29. Give honest feedback when asked.

Constructive criticism is always welcome, but make sure to deliver it in a kind and respectful manner. Don’t tear people down or publicly embarrass them.

30. Be open-minded.

Everyone has different experiences and opinions. Be open-minded and willing to listen to different perspectives. Avoid judging someone based on stereotypical behaviors or their background.

31. Don’t spread rumors.

Gossiping or spreading rumors can be hurtful and damaging. Avoid participating in rumors or confront the person who started it and ask them to stop.

32. Have each other’s back.

No matter the situation or circumstance, be there for each other. Having your BFF’s back is one of the greatest gifts you can give—and it doesn’t cost a thing!

33. Take her phone away when necessary.

Don’t let her text her ex-boyfriend after a few drinks. Instead, hold on to her cell phone so that the only thing she regrets in the morning is her hangover.

34. Text her when you get home.

Always text each other when you get home. It’s a simple gesture, but it lets her know that you care and are thinking of her. It’s a scary world out there, and women need to keep each other safe.

35. Defend her in a room she’s not in.

If you hear someone talking about your friend behind her back, don’t be afraid to stick up for her. She may not know what’s being said, but it shows that she has a loyal friend who has her best interests at heart.

36. If you like a woman’s outfit, tell her.

How often have you thought someone looked adorable and didn’t bother to let them know? Your compliment could turn their crappy day upside down! Spread kind words and compliments whenever you can.

37. Don’t let her walk home alone.

It’s no secret that it isn’t always safe for women to walk home alone, especially at night. Offer to accompany her or drive her home if possible. Safety is a top priority, and your friend will appreciate the extra layer of security. However, be sure you have a plan for getting home safely as well.

38. Remember birthdays, holidays, and special occasions.

Send funny cards or thoughtful gifts, or surprise them with a day out. Don’t let any important date or event slip your mind. Having a best friend is one of life’s greatest gifts, so show her some love on special occasions.

39. Dating siblings is off-limits.

No matter how tempting it may be, never break the cardinal rule: dating one of your friend’s siblings is off-limits. It’s awkward and uncomfortable for all parties involved. If you’re interested in someone who happens to be related to your friend, be sure to have a discussion with her before pursuing it.

40. If you think her boyfriend is cheating on her, tell her.

No one wants to be the bearer of bad news, but loyalty dictates that you tell the truth. If your friend is being taken advantage of, she needs to know so that she can make an informed decision. Be there for her no matter what and offer your support throughout.

When is it okay to break Girl Code?

The whole concept of the Girl Code is based upon mutual respect and support among women. However, there may be situations where it’s acceptable to break Girl Code, while in other situations, it’s not.

For instance, breaking Girl Code may be acceptable if:

  1. Your friend is in danger: If your friend is in a dangerous situation or is being abused, it’s important to speak up, even if it means going against her wishes. Her safety is the top priority.
  2. You need to prioritize your well-being: Taking care of your mental and emotional health is important. If a friendship is toxic or harmful to you, it’s okay to distance yourself from that person, even if it goes against Girl Code.
  3. You’ve made a mistake: Nobody’s perfect, and sometimes we mess up. If you’ve unintentionally broken Girl Code, it’s important to apologize and make amends as soon as possible.
  4. You’re genuinely in love: In some cases, it’s okay to date someone your friend used to be with if you both have genuine feelings for each other. Of course, it’s important to discuss the situation with your friend beforehand and make sure that everyone is on board before taking any action. At the end of the day, remember that breaking Girl Code should not be taken lightly—you should only do it if absolutely necessary. 

On the other hand, there are situations where breaking Girl Code is not acceptable, such as:

  1. Betraying your friend’s trust: If you’ve promised to keep something confidential, it’s essential to uphold that promise unless the situation puts your friend in danger.
  2. Sabotaging your friend’s relationship: Pursuing or undermining your friend’s boyfriend or partner is never okay. Respect their relationship and let them be.
  3. Lying or spreading rumors: Honesty and integrity are at the core of any healthy sisterhood. Lying or spreading rumors can damage your friend’s reputation and undermine the trust between you.
  4. Gossiping about your friend: Gossiping about a friend to other people is not only disrespectful but also damaging to the relationship. If you have an issue with something they did, bring it up directly and in private

While there may be some situations where breaking Girl Code is acceptable, it’s important to consider the consequences of your actions and do your best to maintain your friend’s trust, respect, and well-being.

Closing Thoughts

Whether you’re roommates or she’s a stranger in the bathroom bar, Girl Code is an unwritten rule that reminds us to be kind and respectful toward each other. It encourages us to prioritize our relationships, practice empathy, and foster a sense of unity among women—a reminder that even if we don’t always agree, we should still treat each other with respect. By following Girl Code, we can build strong friendships and create a community where women lift up women.

The bottom line is: Be kind, be honest, and have each other’s back—that’s the true meaning of Girl Code.

Looking to bond with your favorite ladies? Why not get away with one of these epic Girl’s Trip Destinations?

What are the Girl Code rules?

The Girl Code rules are guidelines for how women should treat each other. It includes being honest, supportive, and respectful, avoiding gossiping, and prioritizing each other’s safety and well-being.

What are some fun ways to bond with BFFs?

A scratch-off adventure book will ensure your girl power is glorified. It encourages players to foster a sense of unity among each other and to prioritize our relationships with respect and understanding. 

What is the number one Girl Code?

The number one rule of the Girl Code is to be there for each other. Having your BFF’s back is one of the best gifts you can give. By following this rule, we create a supportive community among women.

What is the Girl Code for best friends?

The Girl Code means to always be there for each other. A great way to reconnect after a rough patch might be to play a scratch-off adventure game together.

What does breaking the Girl Code mean?

Breaking the Girl Code could include gossiping, spreading rumors, or intentionally sabotaging a friend’s relationship. It is important to consider the consequences before breaking Girl Code.  ​

Frequently Asked Questions


Three Types of Friends: Which One Are You?


Friendships are an incredibly important part of our mental health and emotional well-being. They can offer emotional support during the toughest of times and can cheer us on when things are going well. True friends can help you make it through the rollercoaster of life, but not many people realize just how valuable they are until it’s too late.

When you’re young, it may have seemed relatively easy to make friends in school and college. Many of these childhood friends you made when you were young have turned out to be lifelong friends. Unfortunately, as we get older, making friends starts to feel a lot harder. Everyone has their own busy lives. Even friends that you’ve had for years may begin to fall off your friend radar. This may lead some people to try and make new friends which is a daunting process as an adult. It’s really important to consider the different phases of friendship and the different types of friends out there. 

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Navigating the Different Types and Stages of Friendships

Trying to make friends as an adult means juggling new friends with all of your other life commitments. When you’re approaching these new relationships, it’s important to know what type of friend you are and what you bring to the table in a friendship. This is easier said than done. For example, you may have always considered yourself a bit of an introvert that thrives in one on one situations. But as you’ve gotten older and gained more self-confidence, you may find yourself wanting to be a social butterfly who brings different friend groups together. 

So, how do you know exactly what type of friend you are? Sometimes, there’s a fine line between the different types of friendships, and your role in a friendship may change based on things that are happening. Other times, it’s very obvious based on the relationship that you have with another person. We are going to cover all this and more in the below article.

What is a friend?

A friend is someone who you share a mutual affection with. This is generally someone that you aren’t related to but still have a strong bond and deep trust with. It is someone you share personal information with. If they’re a very close friend, you may tell them the personal challenges that you’re facing. A friend is someone that knows you at least relatively well and that you can rely on to be there for you when you really need it. 

What are the benefits of friendship?

Humans are social creatures by nature. Having good friendships with people can provide a number of benefits. They can make you feel more comfortable in your own skin and can help increase your self-confidence. Since mental health and physical health are interlinked, this can actually lead to health benefits!

What are the phases of friendship?

Just because someone is currently an acquaintance doesn’t mean they will never become a true friend. In fact, oftentimes, your acquaintances do become good friends once the relationship has had time to develop. There are actually four stages of friendship, and acquisition is just the beginning!

Stage 1: Acquaintance 

An acquaintance is someone you know but who you wouldn’t consider a friend. This could be someone that you work with, see on a daily basis, take an exercise class with, or who you see while dropping your kids off at school. Your interactions with an acquaintance are usually superficial and you normally don’t share anything personal with them. Most of your meetings also tend to be spontaneous rather than planned.

This could be someone that you’ve known for years or someone that you’ve just met. The key factor in this is how comfortable you feel sharing your life with this person. A good example of an acquaintance could be the friend of a friend who you sometimes see at parties or group dinners. They may be good friends with your friend, but you haven’t really connected with them in a deeper way. 

Stage 2: Casual Friend

A casual friend is someone that you feel emotionally connected with and that you sometimes hang out alone with. This is someone you intentionally make plans with, but it isn’t necessarily someone you would ask to come help you if you’re in a bind. However, this is the stage when you start to really get to know someone. You can then decide that you have enough in common to take the relationship to a whole new level. 

Stage 3: Close Friend

A close friend is someone that you spend a lot of time with and who you can depend on. You can reach out to this person whenever you need help or a shoulder to cry on. You make a lot of plans to do this together, ranging from group social events to simply just hanging out at one another’s houses. The things you do together aren’t always related to the event that brought you together in the first place. Most people only have a few close friends in their daily lives as well as a few long-distance friendships they’ve developed over the years. Your closest friends will know you inside and out and love you for it!

Stage 4: Intimate Friend

An intimate friend is someone that you feel comfortable sharing anything with. This is someone who has seen you at your worst and at your best, and has stood by you through it all. 

This is the person that you consider your best friend in the entire world. You generally have known your BFF for at least a few years, and there’s virtually no topic that is too embarrassing to talk about. They are the ones that help you deal with the inevitable heartbreak of life, and they are able to help you develop on a personal level by pointing out your flaws and helping you find ways to improve on them. We all need friends like this that can support us when we really need it. 

Your close friendships and your intimate friends are your true friends, and these are the friendships you really need to cherish. Acquaintances will come and go, but friendships usually need a lot of tender loving care to thrive and grow. Rather than looking at the number of friends you have on social media and thinking that this means you have a strong support network, always make sure to really look at the kinds of friendships that you have. It is always better to have a few healthy friendships with real friends than to have a hundred acquaintances and a handful of toxic relationships. It’s imperative you let people know just how much they mean to you. 

What are the different types of friendships?

Now that we’ve covered what a friend is and what the different stages of a friendship are, let’s dive into the different types of friendships. When it comes to friendship groups, there are usually people that fit into each of these categories. This group dynamic helps the social connections between people develop and helps get people out of their comfort zone.

The Social Butterfly

In most friendship groups, there’s a social butterfly. This is the person that loves getting groups of people together, and who you can always count on to be the life of the party. They thrive in social settings and can make anyone feel comfortable. 

The Therapist

The therapist is someone who is a good listener and will go out of their way to offer helpful advice when you’re dealing with a problem. They are empathetic and are usually very good at offering a different perspective on a situation. 

The tough cookie is usually someone who isn’t afraid to tell the truth, even if it means hurting someone’s feelings. This is a friend that will help you look at problems from a logistical, rather than an emotional, level. They are also the type of friend that will hold you accountable for your behavior and help guide you towards personal growth. 

Although it doesn’t always seem like it, the tough cookies care deeply about the people around them. This is the type of person who you know will always have your back and can find a solution to any problem. 

Work Friendships

Work friends are unique and wonderful in their own way. These are some of the few people who understand what you go through 40 hours a week and can commiserate in a way that your regular friends can’t. However, you generally have to keep your work friends at arm’s length when you’re working in a professional environment. This means that the bond is both deep and superficial at the same time, which can be confusing to navigate, but is well worth it when you have a shoulder to cry on or want to chat about your co-workers!

Toxic Friendships

As the name suggests, toxic friends are the worst type of ones to have. These are the people that may look and feel like real friends. However, they don’t have your best interests at heart. Instead, they purposefully try to hurt your self-esteem. This is usually done as a way to make themselves feel more important or powerful, and they can have a devastating impact on your life. To see these types of friends in action, you simply need to watch any teen movie that features the quintessential group of mean girls.

What type of friend are you?

We’ve created a few different scenarios that will help show the ways different types of friends would behave in a certain situation.

Scenario 1

Let’s say you wake up and find yourself feeling pretty horrible. You have to still somehow figure out how to get your kids and some neighbor kids to school. You message the person who you carpool with to say that you won’t be able to drive the kids as you’re sick.

A casual friend will say “Okay, let’s find another solution,” while a close friend or intimate friend would likely ask if they can get you anything, offer to take all the kids to school for you, and possibly pick them up again if necessary. They may then surprise you with warm soup so that you have something to eat during the day. You don’t even need to worry about getting out of bed to let them in. They have a spare key to your house, or at the very least, know where yours is kept!

Scenario 2

You’re running very late for a friend’s birthday party and your car won’t start. You try and try and then have to give up and message the WhatsApp group chat to let them know you’re having trouble getting there. The tough cookie, who happens to live clear across town, responds right away telling you they have already arranged a ride for you and what time to be ready. 

Scenario 3

You decide you want to have some people over for a game night. If this is made up of acquaintances or casual friends, you may find yourself trying really hard to impress them. It may almost come to a point where you feel like you’re doing a job interview for friends! Toxic friends will jump on this opportunity to make you feel self-conscious about your house, your clothes, etc. 

On the other hand, it is much more likely that you’ll be hanging out in your sweatpants eating pizza if your close friends are coming over. They will come in the door like they’ve lived there their whole lives, grab a drink out of the fridge, and settle down in their favorite chair.

Scenario 4

You’ve just been told you’re getting passed over for a promotion and are devastated. A therapist friend will sit and listen as you complain about your boss and your coworkers while telling you how great of a person you are. Meanwhile, the tough cookie will help you analyze your work performance and help you pinpoint exactly what went wrong. They can help provide you with the tools you need to secure that promotion in the future.

How can you help a friendship develop?

Now that we’ve gone over the different types of friends and the different phases of friendships, let’s say there’s someone in your life that you would really like to get to know better. This could be that friend of a friend who you’ve heard so many stories about and think you’ll really get along with. Or it could be someone who was once a good friend but who you have grown apart from. The good news is that it is possible to help a friendship develop with someone who was once just an acquaintance or a casual friend. 

One of the first things you need to do is switch the superficial conversations to more personal ones. If you’re a therapist or a social butterfly, this should be relatively easy. But if you’re a tough cookie, this may seem a little bit awkward at first, especially since you need to be willing to share personal details with the other person to help move the relationship along.  This will hopefully create a natural opportunity to ask the other person if they would like to do something sometime.

Try to find as many things that you have in common as possible. This will give you more opportunities to ask the other person to do things with you. For instance, there’s a woman in your yoga class who you always chat with while you’re waiting for the teacher to come in. One day, you decide to grab a smoothie after class at the health shop next door. While you’re there, you may find out that you both like yoga, knitting, and going out for drinks or coffee! This could be the start of a great friendship where you begin by going out to a cafe or a bar. The next time you go out, you may bring your knitting projects with you and have your very own little knitting meet-up. There are so many things you have in common that it’s easy to develop the friendship from there!

Once you’ve hung out with someone once, you need to put an effort in to keep the friendship going. You don’t want to go overboard here if the person isn’t reciprocating, but you definitely want to leave the door open for organizing another meeting. I personally like to have a “friendship policy” where I invite someone to do something three times. If they don’t say yes or suggest an alternative, I’ll give up. This ensures that I have a two-way friendship with the other person and that they value my time.

Are you ready to make some new friends?

We hope this list of the different types of friends and the benefits of spending time with friends has given you some great takeaways. Now it’s time to get out there and make some new friends!  Don’t be scared—this is the time to be bold and create great social connections! Who knows, the person you meet next may just turn out to be a lifelong friend!

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of friends are best?

All types of friendships can be great! Intimate friends can help share your highest and lowest moments while casual friends can be there to have a great time.

How can you change a friendship?

If you are casual friends with someone but hope to deepen the relationship, it is a good idea to try and find things that you have in common. This will give you the opportunity to do new things together!

What are the different stages of friendships?

When you first meet someone, they’re usually your acquaintance. They may soon become a casual friend and then a close one. As time goes by, they may even become an intimate friend.

What are the different types of friends?

Also known as the different stages of friendship, the different types of friends include acquaintances, casual friends, close friends, and intimate friends.

How can you make new friends?

When you’re trying to turn acquaintances or casual friends into close friends, the best thing to do is find activities to do together. Check out Let’s Roam Adventures from Scratch for fun ideas!


Acquaintance vs. Friend: How to Tell the Difference


Relationships with our friends can be complex, complicated, and often confusing. There’s a sinking feeling when you realize someone you considered to be a good friend is actually only an acquaintance. While both people can bring value to our lives, knowing how to tell the difference between an acquaintance vs friend can help you decide where to invest time and energy appropriately. After all, acquaintances and friends need different levels of attention, maintenance, and support—and you don’t want to waste your valuable time on a one-sided relationship.

Sometimes, it’s easy to tell the difference between an acquaintance and a friend. For example, you might have met someone recently who seems to be interested in the same things you are, but you’re not sure if they’re best friend material or someone who you will only ever encounter in certain social contexts.

Here we’re going to discuss the main differences between friends and acquaintances and tips for figuring out which relationship is which. You’ll learn how to identify the signs that someone is a friend and what it takes to keep your friendships and acquaintanceships happy, healthy, and supportive.

Whether you’re looking to strengthen existing relationships or make new connections, understanding the differences between acquaintances and friends is a valuable tool for navigating life’s social landscape.

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Going on an adventure with a friend (or acquaintance you’re hoping to turn into a friend!) is a great way to strengthen your bond and create memories new memories. For even more fun, consider adding a bar crawl to your friend date for a little liquid courage when making new pals!

The Characteristics of an Acquaintance

An acquaintance is someone you know casually but not as well as a friend. Your interactions with acquaintances are usually limited to specific contexts, such as co-workers at the office, university colleagues, or friends of a friend you see at social gatherings.

Below are some of the typical traits that define an acquaintance:

There is limited knowledge of personal details.

You may know an acquaintance’s name and perhaps a few basic details about their life, but you are not involved in the details of their personal life. You might know a little bit about their favorite hobbies, but not much more than that.

You rarely spend time together outside of specific contexts.

Your interactions with an acquaintance are typically limited to times when you are both in the same place, such as at work or a social event. You don’t make plans to spend time together outside of these contexts. It isn’t that you don’t want to, it just isn’t a priority.

Surface-level conversations are typical.

When you do interact, your conversations are mostly about general topics, such as the weather, current events, follow-up on events they told you about at the last gathering, or perhaps some light common interests. You don’t expect to have deep, meaningful conversations about personal topics.

You don’t turn to them when you need support.

You don’t look to a mere acquaintance for emotional support, and similarle one they turn to for support. You both have more of a “friendly” relationship than an emotionally supportive one.

Of course, all friends start as acquaintances, so it’s certainly possible to deepen the acquaintanceship with time and effort on both sides.

The Attributes of a True Friend

Your relationship with close friends is generally stronger and deeper than an acquaintance. Real friends base their relationships on connection, mutual trust, and support. Additionally, friends typically share more of their lives with each other and try to stay in touch even beyond specific contexts or events. 

Here are some of the main characteristics that define a friend:

Both of you know intimate details about each other’s lives.

Friends often know many of the details of each other’s personal lives, such as hobbies, interests, family, difficult periods of their life, dating history, and career goals.

You spend time together outside of organized events.

Friends enjoy spending time with each other and make plans to do things together outside of the context in which they first met (like going to the movies, going on a road trip, or trying out a new restaurant).

You regularly have deep, meaningful conversations.

Friends share deeper, more meaningful conversations than acquaintances. They talk about their fears, dreams, feelings, and aspirations. 

Providing emotional support is expected.

Friends are there for each other during times of need and offer emotional support when one friend is going through a difficult time. Friends often listen, offer advice, and are willing to help each other with day-to-day tasks as well.

They restrain judgment.

Friends understand the complications of situations. As a result, true friendship means being confident that you can share your truest thoughts and feelings without the other person abandoning you.

Reaching the “true friend” stage is great. However, your relationships need to continue to be nurtured. While all friends start as acquaintances, friendships can return to that stage if they are not properly maintained.

How To Tell If They Are Friends or Acquaintances

There are a few main differences between how an acquaintance vs friends might respond to specific scenarios.

Let’s break down some everyday situations that will highlight the different levels of friendship that can reveal if a person is a friend or an acquaintance based on how they would respond.

1. How they react when you share personal information.

If you share private information with someone, it’s a good sign that they are a friend. An acquaintance might listen politely, but they may not be as invested in your well-being.

Example: You tell someone about a difficult family situation like a divorce or death

Acquaintance response: “Oh wow, I’m sorry to hear that. That must be tough.”

Friend response: “I’m here for you. Do you want to talk about it more? Is there anything I can do to help?”

2. What they say when you invite them to hang out outside of work or school.

 If you spend a lot of free time with someone, you’re probably more than casual friends. Acquaintances might only engage with you in specific social settings.

 Example: You invite someone to meet for dinner and drinks

 Acquaintance response: “I’ll have to check my schedule and get back to you. Things are pretty crazy right now.”

 Friend response: “Absolutely! I can’t wait to see you. What day works for you?”

3. How they respond to a request for help.

If someone is willing to help and support you, it’s a sign that they are a friend. On the other hand, acquaintances might not be as invested in your success or well-being.

Example: You need help moving some furniture

Acquaintance response: “I’m not sure if I can help this weekend, but I’ll let you know.”

Friend response: “Absolutely! When do you need me? I can bring over some boxes and help load up the truck.”

By paying attention to these factors, you can determine whether someone is a friend or an acquaintance. Remember, it’s okay to have both types of relationships in your life.

4. How often do they communicate with you?

If someone regularly communicates with you outside of social settings, it could be a sign that your relationship is on a deeper level. Acquaintances may only reach out to you in certain contexts like responding to social media posts.

 Example: You receive a text or call from someone you know

 Acquaintance response: “Hey, it was great seeing you at the party last night. See you next time!

 Friend response: “Hey, how are you? I was just thinking about you and wanted to catch up. Do you have some time to chat?”

5. What vulnerability looks like between the two of you. 

If someone shows vulnerability around you, such as admitting to mistakes or sharing their feelings, it could be a sign that they trust you and consider you a friend. Acquaintances may not be comfortable sharing personal details and want to keep conversations to small talk.

Example: Someone admits they made a mistake at work

Acquaintance response: “Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that. I’m sure you’ll figure it out.”

Friend response: “I know how hard you’ve been working on that project. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Is there anything I can do to help?”

Common Examples of People Who Tend to Be Friends and Acquaintances

While every relationship is unique, there are certain types of people who tend to fall into the categories of friends or acquaintances. Here are some examples:

 People who tend to be friends:

  • Childhood friends or family members like cousins who grew up together and had a long history of shared experiences.
  • People who participate in hobbies or activities together and have built a communian acquaintance can becomels who have been through challenging or life-changing experiences together.

People who tend to be acquaintances: 

  • Colleagues or co-workers who only see each other at work and do not have personal relationships outside of the office.
  • Neighbors who live near each other or attend social events together but don’t keep up outside of those interactions.
  • People who regularly chat on social media or online forums but do not regularly interact in person.

Of course, every individual is different, and it’s possible for an acquaintance to become a friend or vice versa

How to Maintain Both Relationships

It’s perfectly normal to have both friends and acquaintances in your life. Whether you are looking for deeper relationships or casual social contacts, it is important to be mindful of how you manage each type of relationship. Here are some tips for maintaining good friendships and cordial acquaintances:

1. Respect boundaries: Friends should be comfortable with sharing and being vulnerable, but acquaintances may need more space. Respect the other person’s boundaries when communicating and keep conversations appropriate for the type of relationship.

2. Listen attentively: Show that you are engaged in conversation by listening carefully and responding thoughtfully.

3. Show appreciation: Let your friends and acquaintances know how much you appreciate them. Expressing gratitude will make both your friendship and acquaintanceship stronger.

4. Be consistent: Be consistent with how often you reach out or hang out with each type of relationship. For example, if a friend doesn’t hear from you for weeks at a time, they may start to feel neglected. On the other hand, if you reach out too often to an acquaintance, they may become overwhelmed and back away.

5. Stay in touch: Whether through text messages or commenting on their recent Instagram post, make sure to stay in touch with your friends and acquaintances regularly. It is likely more appropriate to engage on social media with your good friends, while keeping up with an acquaintance may be best done via email, call, or text message.

When to Reconsider the Relationship

While it’s important to understand the difference between friends and acquaintances, unfortunately, there are times when it’s necessary to end a relationship altogether. 

Toxic or damaging relationships can hurt our mental health, and it’s important to recognize the signs that it’s time to end a friendship.

Some signs that it may be time to end a toxic friendship include:

  • Consistently feeling drained or exhausted after spending time with the person
  • Feeling like you are always the one putting in the effort to maintain the friendship
  • The person is constantly negative or brings you down
  • The relationship is emotionally or verbally abusive
  • The person consistently behaves in ways that are hurtful or disrespectful to you or others

If you identify with any of these situations, it may be time to reconsider the relationship. While ending a friendship can be difficult, remember that your well-being is just as important. It’s okay to prioritize your own mental health and to seek out healthier relationships.

It’s important to note that ending a friendship does not have to be a dramatic or confrontational event. You can distance yourself gradually and politely or have an open and honest conversation with the person.

Tips for Making New Friends

Are you new to town and struggling to make connections? It can be hard to make friends after high school and college. As we said, all friends begin as acquaintances, and here are some tips for making new friends:

1. Get social: Attend local events or join a club to meet people in your area. Socializing is the best way to expand your network and make meaningful connections.

2. Be yourself: When meeting someone new, don’t try too hard to impress them—just try to open up and be yourself. Doing so will help the other person to get to know you and your true personality instead of a false image you’re trying to project.

3. Be open: Ask questions and be open to talking about yourself. People often like to share their stories, so it’s important that you also share yours to make a genuine connection.

4. Follow up: After meeting someone, follow up with them and see if they’d like to chat or hang out again. This will demonstrate your interest in getting to know the person better and developing a friendship.

5. Be patient: Making an emotional connection with new friends takes a varying amount of time, so don’t expect instant results. Instead, be patient and give the relationship a chance to grow over time.

Get Out There and Make New Memories

Understanding the differences between who is a real friend and who is just an acquaintance will enhance many areas of your life. Plus, recognizing when it’s time to distance yourself from toxic friendships is important to maintaining any healthy relationship.

But why stop there? With an Adventure from Scratch book in hand, you can take your relationships to the next level. Embark on new adventures, try new activities, and create memories that will last a lifetime. And who knows? Maybe that acquaintance will turn into a friend after your next wild and crazy adventure together!

Be bold and take a chance to step outside of your comfort zone. You never know what kind of bond you might form with someone new. Remember, life is an adventure, and by understanding those little differences between friends and acquaintances, you can find your chosen family members in no time. 

Have you recently moved to a new city? Take a look at this guide to making new pals after a move.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is an acquaintance better than a friend?

There is no inherent preference between an acquaintance and a friend. It all depends on the level of closeness and support needed in the particular relationship.

At what point does an acquaintance become a friend?

The acquaintance vs friend dynamic changes when individuals share meaningful conversations and experiences. One way to elevate your connection might be to play a fun adventure book.

What separates a friend from an acquaintance?

The main difference between an acquaintance and a friend is the level of emotional connection present. Friends have a deeper bond because they share more meaningful conversations and experiences.

How do you know when you are friends with someone?

You know you’ve elevated your relationship when you feel comfortable confiding in each other and enjoy spending quality time and playing friendship-focused games with one another.

What are the differences between acquaintances and friends?

An acquaintance vs friend can be distinguished by the level of emotional connection present. Friends also have a deeper bond than acquaintances because they are able to confide in each other.

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20+ Sizzling Summer Party Themes


The dog days of summer are creeping up on us. It won’t be long before the days are sweltering and pool parties and ice cream will be our only solace from the heat. If you’re a summer bunny who thrives in the sunshine, then take a good long look at this list of fun and fabulous summer party themes for a little inspiration! We’ve gathered some classic themes, some super unique ideas, and all the little details you need to throw an epic summer bash!

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20 Sizzling Summer Party Themes

In this article, we are going to focus on summer party themes for adult friend groups. However, any of these themes can be easily adjusted for a children’s birthday party, a corporate team-building event, a quirky bridal shower, or a fun family reunion. Just make a few tweaks and get creative!

1. English Afternoon Tea Party

There’s nothing more classic than a posh English garden party. This is the perfect summer party theme idea for a bridal bash, a teenage birthday party, or a group of ladies who need an excuse to dress up and wear fancy hats!

You’ll need lots of greenery, and a few fresh flowers for centerpieces. Go for a boho, vintage look by using collected small glass jars with a single large flower in each. Fingerfood is best for this kind of brunch soiree. A few mini sandwiches, yogurt-covered pretzels, some fancy cupcakes, and a charcuterie board will do. For drinks, mimosas are a necessity. Fresh lemonade or ice cream punch is also a great idea. While the Brits would serve traditional Earl Grey, if summer in your region is really hot, you might consider a fruit-flavored iced tea instead. Make sure to set up a little photo booth, as you’re going to want to document your extravagant fascinators!

2. 70s Disco Days

The iconic nightlife of the Disco Era produced a playlist and a dress code that will live on in infamy. Bring back the good old days of sparkle, roller skates, and platforms will a modern-day disco. Whether you turn your living room into a nightclub or rent a larger space, music is key here! Load up your Spotify with Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Gloria Gayner, and The Village People. Crank up the speakers, and keep the Galliano-infused drinks flowing. Cocktails in the 70s were as fancy as the outfits, so make sure you have plenty of fruit, little umbrellas, and flair! Disco balls, confetti, and a strobe light round out the necessaries for this incredibly fun summer party idea!

3. Inflatable Festival

Want to throw a pool party? An easy and hilarious theme is to have your adult pals purchase their own gigantic inflatable and create a costume that matches. When your boss shows up in a tutu with a unicorn floatie, you know you’ve hit the nail on the head! Costumes and floatation devices are likely to be vibrant and fun, so keep the rest of the party theme light as well.

Fill your playlist with the Beach Boys, Abba, and Smashmouth. Set up some outdoor games. Fill metal bins with ice, beer, and fruity alcoholic beverages. Grill up some hot dogs or hamburgers, snag a few bags of chips, and so easy desserts like cookies. If you don’t want to mess with cooking, hire a fun food truck to park in the backyard for the day! Whether you’re throwing a work party, birthday bash, or just some Friday night fun, this is one of our favorite pool party ideas!

4. Southern Ice Cream Social

Nothing screams summer like an ice cream sundae. This is an easy party to set up, and one that most people will love. All you need is a long table with a plastic tablecloth (ice cream is messy), some vibrantly colored dishes for toppings, and several flavors of ice cream. Then, pile the table high with sprinkles, marshmallows, fruit, whip cream, caramel, chocolate, nuts, and candies. This works great for a quick, casual family get-together or as an assist to a pool day!

5. Superhero Dreams

Who says capes are for kids? Capes are for everyone! Having your friends show up dressed as their favorite superheroes lets you in a whole new side of their personality. It’s fun to guess and then be surprised at who shows up as what character. You will definitely need a photo booth for this one, and a few props is not a bad idea either. To make your party next level, focus your games on strength, agility, and power. Which superhero can lift the heaviest stone? Which superhero can run the fastest sprint? Who can “leap tall buildings with a single bound?” Also, a costume competition is pretty much a given here.

This theme goes along well with a summer bbq or a 4th of July gathering. Party favor ideas include comic books, epic stickers, or medals for winning the superhero events. Superheros consume a lot of food, so you might consider making it a potluck!

6. Water Balloon Extravaganza

It’s likely that some of your fondest childhood memories involve some sort of water fight! A water-themed summer party is the perfect remedy for the scorching summer temperatures. This one works best if you have a nice-sized field or lawn to play on. Even better, if you have hay bales or trees to hide behind. Divide your guests into teams. Supply each team with their color of water balloons, and let the battle begin. If you get hit, you’re out. The last team standing wins a prize!

To add to your water theme, set up a few kiddie-pool conversation areas, where you and your childish friends can gather with beers or adult kool-aid. If you really want to have a good time (and bruised hip bones), head to your home goods store for a roll Visqueen. Grab some dish detergent, and create your own giant waterslide!

7. Treasure Hunt

For an easy and exciting summer party idea, utilize the Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunt App to explore your own city! Choose a sightseeing tour, an urban art walk, a spooky ghost tour, or a fun-filled bar crawl, and gather your crew. Our hunts are epic fun! We include destination-specific trivia challenges, photo and video prompts, and a designated route that takes you to all the top spots. We can even customize a hunt for your special occasion. Also, we do birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette bashes, custom team-building events, and any other major milestone you feel like celebrating! Check out all your options, and book your summer party today!

8. Wild Wild West

What is it about Cowboys and Native Americans that fascinates us? The images of an untamed frontier, shootouts, cattle rustling, and saloons just captivate the imagination somehow. For a fun outdoor party, have your crew come as their best Wild West character. Rustle up some grub over the bbq, and compete in outdoor games like fake calf roping, hay bale toss, horseshoes, and cap-pistol target shooting. End your evening with cowboy tales and s’mores around the bonfire. If you want to do party decorations, hay bales make great seating arrangements. Old boots are good facades for wildflower vases, and upside-down cowboy hats make great bowls for beef jerky and potato chips.

9. Brazilian Carnival

There’s no summer party like Carnival! It’s the original block party extraordinaire! If you want to throw a summertime bash that nobody will soon forget, then put on your Brazilian party spirit and get ready to go big!

You’re going to need lots of colored beads and vibrant feathers. Glitter, confetti, and layers of fabulous colored cloth should be your table settings. The music should be vibrant and Latin. Serve up platters of barbecued meats and fresh fruits and veg. As entertainment, you can set up an arts and crafts area where friends can design their own elaborate headdresses. You will also need to organize a dance competition. It’s compulsory! As an incentive for participation, make sure you have some really good gifts for the best costume, dance competition winner, best headdress, etc!

10. Indian Holi Color Party

If you have ever had the pleasure of experiencing Holi, or the festival of colors, in India, you know that it’s a time of immense joy and absolutely unabashed fun! For a fantastically exuberant summer party, create your own DIY Holi Festival!

As guests arrive, you will give each of them a white gown (or a cheap paper painter’s suit from Home Depot Works). While you can certainly buy Holi dust online, you can also create your own vibrant colors with rice flour or corn starch and food coloring. You will need buckets and buckets of it! When it comes to the color war, there are many options for dispensing. You can fill balloons, use your hands, or let each person figure it out on their own. We also highly recommend a large cache of loaded water guns.

For food, go with simple appetizers, or go big with a full traditional Indian meal. Your local Indian food restaurant will be glad to provide it, and they’ll be overjoyed when they make the delivery! For decorations, you will need yards of colored cloth. Indians often use elaborately decorated silks or saris for table decor, photo backdrops, and furniture covers. The brighter and more colorful, the better!

11. Spanish Flamingo Fiesta

Spice up your summer bash with a little Latin flavor! Spanish flamingo dancing is exuberant, loud, and absolutely spell-binding! The costumes are flamboyant. The moves are seductive, and the music captivating.

You’ll need a playlist of traditional flamingo music. Friends will need advanced notice to get their costumes together. For food, we recommend a giant communal bowl of Paella, a traditional Spanish rice dish with vegetables, sausage, or seafood mixed in. It’s traditionally served in the center of the table in a giant flat saucer, and everyone digs in. If you want to take it to the next level, hire a Flamingo instructor to give your crew a few tips!

12. Watermelon Crawl

For a cute summery party theme, head to your local watermelon patch! Watermelon is an awesome party favorite because it’s multi-purpose. Its gorgeous color scheme allows it to serve as its own decoration. Plus, it can be used as food and drink as well. Hop on YouTube and watch a few watermelon-carving videos to create festive food bowls and decor out of your melons. You’ll need some pink and green tablecloths and a few fresh flowers, and you’re all set on decor.

For games, watermelons again come in so handy! Watermelon bowling is easy to set up. A watermelon toss is a given. You can set up a relay with a wheelbarrow and watermelons. One melon is put in the barrow, and the person runs to the other end of the field, where their teammate will put in another watermelon and run back to the other end. It continues until one team can longer push the barrow. If your friends are a bit redneck, watermelons make pretty good targets for shooting as well.

Watermelon cocktails, watermelon wine, and watermelon water (a traditional Mexican drink mixing watermelon, sugar, and water into a kind of Kool-Aid) are musts as well! You can also institute a slice-eating competition! This one might get messy, so don’t forget the napkins.

13. Lumberjack Jamboree

With the rise of axe-throwing facilities all over the world, we think a lumberjack-themed party would be a blast! While flannel is not really a favorable summer outfit choice, you can always cut off the sleeves! This is a Daisy-dukes and boots, redneck kind of function, so you’ll fit right in.

Gather a few small hatchets from your hardware store. You’re going to need some targets, whether they are official ones, or just an x painted on a board… you do you. Aside from ax throwing, a wood chopping competition would be fun. You could also have log-rolling races, wife-carrying competitions, and a wood-stacking race!

14. Diamond in the Rough

It’s time to get glam! This summer party theme is all about the shine. This one would work great for a bridal shower, tween girl party, or bachelorette party. Each guest will come in their best Marilyn Monroe or Jane Mansfield attire. Pink roses and tubes of red lipstick are the perfect centerpieces. Champagne should be flowing too!

For entertainment, you can set up a “diamond ring” treasure hunt. If you have young children, then set up sensory bins, where they dig for diamonds (rock candy). Have a Glamour Shots booth to document your over-the-top costumes with a few pin-up pics, and end your night with an Audrey or Marilyn movie marathon!

15. Roman Romp

There’s just something fun about a toga! Plus, the Romans really knew how to party. For this summer dinner party, you’re going to need a low-level table with reclining cushions. We suggest renting a wine fountain and serving up heaps of Mediterranean food on large silver platters.

For games, you’re going to go traditional summer Olympics. (Yes, that is Greek, but we all know Romans stole a lot of their fun from the Greeks.) Javelin and disc throws, wrestling matches (keep your toga on please), and footraces will be rewarded with golden-spray painted laurel wreaths, and the ultimate champion should receive a gift certificate to the local Mediterranean restaurant!

16. Big Boy Summer Camp

Ahh… summer camp! Days on the lake, sneaking kisses with your summer crush, and nights around the campfire, what a time! Bring back the joy of summer camp with a day of traditional outdoor games. Think tug of war, ring toss, archery, capture the flag, pool volleyball, etc. This one obviously lends itself to a cookout and s’mores, and we think this theme would be perfect for the Fourth of July.

17. Murder Mystery Night

When the summer days get too steamy, move the party inside for a Let’s Roam Murder Mystery Party. Our murder mystery themes are entirely scripted, and you’ll be guided through the night by our engaging party hosts. You’ll invite your crew. Let them know which article you have chosen so they can dress appropriately, and provide food and drinks to match your theme. Connect through your favorite video chat software or our own platform, and we take care of the rest!

18. Partner Swap Costume Party

A few years ago, there was a trendy Halloween costume for couples, where the woman dressed as herself, and the man dressed as his best version of her. The Insta pics were fabulous and hilarious. We love it, and we think it would make for a fun summer party theme.

This one works great for an engagement party or milestone anniversary. Challenge each of your friends to come dressed as their best imitation of their partners. Prizes should be given for the best costumes. Games should revolve around couple’s initiatives… think The Newlywed Game, couple trivia, etc

19. Meeting of the Mentors

Another costume party idea that works great for work parties is for all your crew to come dressed as their mentor or hero. It could be a real-life person, a movie star, a sports hero, or a famous artist. As adults, we don’t talk about the people we look up to very often, but we can learn a lot about each other by analyzing who we idolize.

Make it a potluck, asking each person to bring a food item that somehow represents their mentor. That could be Grandma’s famous chocolate cake, Hemingway’s Daiquiris, or Elvis’s peanut butter and banana sandwiches. You might have a hodgepodge of food, but it will be fun!

20. Polynesian Pool Party

A luau is a pretty classic summer party but for good reason! It’s colorful, it comes with great games and food, and it reminds people of the beach… and who doesn’t want to be on the beach? For your Polynesian party, greet your guests with flower leis. Serve up some fresh sushi or Poke bowls. You could also slow-roast a pig if you have the patience. Keep the pina coladas flowing too.

Set up the tiki torches and blast that Moana soundtrack. Have a widdling competition to make the best totem pole. Compete in a hula hooping contest or a limbo challenge, or learn to do a traditional hula dance together!

Time to Party

We’re running low on time here, and we could keep on going for days! There’s still the Nile River Rendezvous, Arabian Nights, the Venetian Masquerade, Scottish Highland Games, and Christmas in July, but we’ll save those for another day! For now, we hope you found your next bash ideas on our list of the top 20 sizzling summer party themes! Now, get out of here, you have a party to plan!

For more incredible summer activities, check out “49 Ideas for a Perfect Family Picnic.”

If you and your crew are a bit more adventurous, check out these “24 Adrenaline-Pumping Activities for Adventurous Friends.”

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make summer break fun?

Want to make some incredible summer memories, grab a copy of Adventures From Scratch: Family Edition and spend all summer long exploring new activities together!

What are the best summer party themes?

For a fun summer party with a bit of flair, consider a Brazilian Carnival, a Spanish Flamingo Fiesta, or an Indian Holi color festival!

How do you throw a unique summer party?

For a unique summer party, consider choosing a cultural-themed party like an Ancient Roman Romp, an English Tea Party, or a Brazilian Carnival!

What are some fun, themed party ideas?

For a unique party theme, have a Lumberjack Jamboree with axe-throwing and log rolling or an Inflatable Festival where all your friends come in costumes matching their giant inflatables!

What are some fun summer activities?

Looking for fun things to do this summer, throw a themed party, or get your hands on Adventures from Scratch which is filled with unique activities for friend groups, families, and couples!

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200 Truth-or-Dare Questions for Adults


Truth or dare is a classic game of embarrassment and intrigue. While a popular pastime for teenagers and preteens, truth-or-dare questions for adults can add an intensely entertaining aspect to your cocktail night. If you want to probe the inner thoughts of your besties, dig out their deepest, darkest secrets, and have a good belly laugh, then take a few of these truth-or-dare questions and insert them into your next friends’ night out!

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How does it work?

In case you’re unfamiliar with the game… or it has been a while, here’s a quick rundown. It’s pretty simple. You choose player one, either by spinning a bottle, rock-paper-scissors, or by age, however, you choose. That person becomes the questioner. They either spin the bottle or ask the person to their left the question “truth or dare?” That person chooses their fate.

If they choose “truth,” they will have to answer a (probably embarrassing) question put forth by player one. If they choose “dare,” they will be challenged to a silly or possibly embarrassing task. Sometimes, the question is too intense. In that case, the player can choose to pass, but, there’s usually a punishment. For adult friend groups, the punishment is generally a shot of tequila or something similar. You can also use candy, fake money, or something of the sort, to pay a fine if you don’t complete your question. The person with the biggest pile of candy at the end of the game wins a special prize.

How to Choose Truth Questions

Truth Questions can be anything you want. However, the best truth questions are meant to get to know your friend more deeply. It should reveal something of their inner self, expose something funny, or be an off-the-wall inquisition that makes the person think outside the box.

Keep your questions simple and direct. You only get one question, so no cheating with compound questions. If you’re willing to let your prey off the hook easily, you can formulate your question as a yes or no, or true or false, but if you’re sadistic, make sure to work your query in a way that forces your respondent to explain. For instance:

Let them off easy: Have you ever had a sex dream about a friend?

Slightly sadistic: Which friend shows up the most in your sex dreams?

See the difference? If you’re going to get really personal, just make sure you’re among a trusted circle of friends and in company that won’t get offended or have their feelings hurt. A game is not worth losing a friendship. In this article, we will organize our questions into four categories: “truth questions for adult friends” and “truth questions for couples,” followed by the same system for dares. Here we go!

The Best Truth Questions for Adult Friend Groups

1. What is the strangest dream you have ever had?

2. Have you ever used your hand as toilet paper?

3. What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?

4. What is your biggest pet peeve?

5. What would you do with a million dollars?

6. What is the weirdest thing you do in the bathroom?

7. What is your guilty pleasure?

8. What is the weirdest place you have ever had sex?

9. Who is your celebrity crush?

10. Who was the first person that gave you butterflies?

11. Where did you have your first kiss?

12. Who was your first kiss?

13. Have you ever had a one-night stand?

14. Who has given you the best sexual experience?

15. What is the biggest lie you have ever told?

16. What action in your life are you most ashamed of?

17. What’s your biggest accomplishment?

18. Who is the single most important person in your life?

19. If you could have dinner with one person from the past, who would it be?

20. If you could look like anyone past or present, who would it be?

21. Have you joined the mile-high club?

22. What one food could you eat every day for the rest of your life?

23. Which family member would you date if they weren’t your family?

24. Who is your hottest friend?

25. What happened on your worst date ever?

26. Would you rather eat your own poop or drink your own pee?

27. What is your biggest fear?

28. What does the last text you sent say?

29. What is your worst habit?

30. What is the worst thing you have ever done to your sibling?

31. What is the most money you have ever spent on a pair of shoes?

32. What is your fondest memory with me?

33. Have you ever romanticly kissed multiple people on the same day?

34. What is a funny truth about yourself?

35. What is the craziest thing you have ever done for money?

36. What was your first impression of me?

37. If you were trapped on a desert island, who would you want to be with you?

38. What has been the scariest moment of your life?

39. What is a dirty truth about your last partner?

40. What is the most difficult challenge you have ever accomplished?

41. What is your biggest failure?

42. What is your biggest regret?

43. Have you ever slept with someone from work?

44. What is your ultimate dream vacation?

45. If you could go back to age eighteen and start your adult life over, what would you do differently?

46. If you could erase one romantic partner from your past, who would it be?

47. What is the dumbest or most frivolous reason for which you have ended a relationship?

48. If you could only have one alcoholic beverage for the rest of your life, what would it be?

49. Would you rather live the rest of your life without wine or without chocolate?

50. If you could choose any job today, what would it be?

The Best Truth Questions for Couples

Be careful with this one! The game of truth can quickly become a battlefield of fiery darts if you aren’t sensitive. If you ask a question, you must be prepared for an honest answer. Therefore, don’t ask if you don’t want to hear the hard truth.

1. Where was your most romantic kiss?

2. What is the first thing you remember about me?

3. What is your favorite thing that I do in bed?

4. What is your favorite sex position?

5. Have you ever tried anything from the Karma Sutra?

6. Is there any old partner you wish you could have a second chance with?

7. What is your favorite body part of your body?

8. What is your favorite part of my body?

9. Have you ever had sex in public?

10. What is the weirdest thing you have ever done in the bedroom?

11. If you could date one celebrity, who would it be?

12. What first attracted you to me?

13. Honestly, what was your first impression of my family?

14. What movie best sums up our love affair?

15. At what moment did you realize that you loved me?

16. If we were to have a child soon, what would you want to name them?

17. Where do you see us in 5 years?

18. If you could change one thing about me, what would it be?

19. Is there anything I do that really gets on your nerves?

20. What clothing item of mine would you trash if I let you?

21. What aspect of our relationship do you treasure the most?

22. Have you ever had a sex dream about one of my friends?

23. What is the sexiest thing I have in my closet?

24. What is something I do that drives you insane?

25. If you could change one thing about our relationship, what would it be?

26. What is the one trait you hope our kids get from me?

27. What is one kinky sex act you would like to try that you haven’t yet?

28. When was the last time a kiss took your breath away?

29. Who was the last person you wanted to punch in the face?

30. Would you rather suck my big toe or lick my armpit?

31. What is your favorite sex prop?

32. What is your idea of the perfect romantic weekend?

33. What makes us a good match?

34. What do you admire most about me?

35. What is your favorite article of clothing in my closet?

36. What is something you wish I did more in the bedroom?

37. Do you miss anything about your last partner?

38. Who is the first person in your life that you remember being sexually attracted to?

39. Have you ever made out with your best friend?

40. Who is your work husband/wife?

41. Is there anything embarrassing in your search history?

42. Would you be interested in blindfold play?

43. What’s the most romantic date you’ve ever been on?

44. Would you rather spend the rest of your life in a monogamous relationship or have multiple short-lived relationships?

45. What personal habit would you be embarrassed for me to know about?

46. Which one of us has the worst temper?

47. Which one of us would make a better parent?

48. If you could make out with one person of the opposite sex besides me, who would it be?

49. What is your dirtiest sex fantasy?

50. What is the biggest perk of being in a relationship with me?

Good Dares for Friend Groups

If your friends are not brave enough to take on the truth challenge, make them pay with some truly difficult dares. Dares should always be age-appropriate, fairly safe, and obviously, legal. Otherwise… no holds barred. Go for ultimate fun!

1. Show us the most embarrassing photo in your gallery.

2. Show us your most embarrassing tattoo.

3. Show us your orgasm face.

4. Do a Marilyn Monroe version of the “Happy Birthday” song.

5. Draw a cat face on your face with a permanent marker.

6. Try to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon.

7. Post a selfie with a mouth full of ice cubes on social media.

8. See how many fireballs you can fit in your mouth.

9. Spend the rest of the game with your bra on your head like a crown.

10. Show us your best breakdance.

11. Let us see you twerk!

12. Take a cold plunge in the swimming pool.

13. Strip down and wrap yourself in Ceran wrap and run around the block.

14. Prank call a local business and let me listen in.

15. Take a shot of Tabasco sauce.

16. Post the latest TikTok trending dance on your social media accounts.

17. Tell us your best flirty pickup line.

18. Attempt to do 10 pushups with me on your back.

19. Smell each of our armpits and tell us whose smell the worst.

20. Close your eyes and pick something out of the fridge to take a bite of.

21. Make a cocktail while blindfolded and post it to your Instagram stories.

22. Call your ex-partner and make fart noises on the phone.

23. Show us your stupid human trick.

24. Let out the biggest belch you can.

25. Try to do a handstand without using the wall.

26. Show us your best yoga moves.

27. Pretend to make out with your arm.

28. Moo like a cow until your next turn.

29. Let us hear your best version of a donkey.

30. Send a sext to the first person in your contact list.

31. Take a drink of water without using your hands.

32. Take off your socks and shoes without using your hands.

33. Send a sexy email to a random email address.

34. Try to fit your fist in your mouth.

35. Show us your best pole dancing moves.

36. ask the neighbor for a cup full of ketchup.

37. Show us your best ballet moves.

38. Sit for one minute with a bar of soap in your mouth.

39. Let me post anything I want on your social media account.

40. Give a lap dance to a friend of your choice.

41. Give a one-word description of every person in the circle.

42. Crack a raw egg on your head.

43. Bark like a dog until your next turn.

44. Record a 30-second infomercial about a hemorrhoid cream called anal-ease.

45. Write and sing your own country music song in 2 minutes.

46. Go outside and play in the sprinkler with your clothes on.

47. Play the rest of the game without speaking a word.

48. Show us your best Hollywood fake cry.

49. Show us the worst photo of you as a child.

50. Let me do a full face of makeup for you while blindfolded and wear it for the rest of the night.

Best Dares for Couples

When composing dares for couples, it gets a bit sticky because we obviously don’t know the state of your relationship. Some of these are for sexually active couples, some aren’t, so just make sure that any dare you challenge your significant other to do is something that they are comfortable with. Remember, it’s supposed to be a fun game, not torture. Stepping outside the normal is great, but only within the realms of mutual comfort and respect.

1. Eat a banana in the most seductive way you can.

2. Perform your best strip tease.

3. Perform an acro-yoga stunt with me.

4. Shave your facial hair into a mustache.

5. Give me a five-minute foot massage.

6. Send me a dirty sext.

7. Wear a whipped cream bathing suit for the rest of the game.

8. Try a move of your choice from the karma sutra.

9. Try to put your favorite jeans on while wearing a blindfold.

10. Send me your most embarrassing photo to keep on my phone.

11. Text your ex and tell them something amazing about me.

12. Try to stare into my eyes for 30 seconds.

13. Let me do whatever I want to your phone for 5 minutes.

14. Remove five items of clothing.

15. Show me your best Dirty Dancing sexy crawl.

16. Sing me your version of a Whitney Houston love ballad.

17. Write me a poem about how much you love me.

18. Go skinny dipping with me.

19. Take a streaking lap around the house.

20. Let me fix your hair and makeup for our next date.

21. Explain how we met from your perspective.

22. Draw a picture that represents our romance.

23. Act out your perfect date without using any words.

24. Jump on the bed naked for 1 minute.

25. Spin around 15 times and then try to kiss me on the lips.

26. Let me tickle you for 30 seconds.

27. Clean out my car wearing just your underwear.

28. Go put on your sexiest date night outfit.

29. Let me pick your work outfit for Monday.

30. Go to the thrift store and buy an outfit for our next date.

31. Post pictures of your socks and underwear as for sale on social media for one hour.

32. Wear my underwear on your head for the rest of the game.

33. Passionately kiss an item out of the kitchen pantry.

34. Post an incredibly sappy and romantic 50-word post on social media about me.

35. Try to put lipstick or chapstick on without using your hands.

36. Lay on your back and try to fly me like an airplane on your feet.

37. Make me a flower bouquet from flowers you find in the yard.

38. Write me a love poem using only 4-letter words.

39. Text your best pickup line to a mutual friend of ours.

40. Show me a dance from your high school days.

41. Give me a massage on a weird body part of your choice.

42. Take off my shirt only using your teeth.

43. Take a totally cold shower and let me watch.

44. Take an artistic/obscure photo of your favorite body part and let’s see if I can guess what it is.

45. Fix me a snack in nothing but an apron.

46. Give me a full one-minute hug without moving.

47. Come up with your own descriptive name for your favorite sex position.

48. Do your best impression of my celebrity crush.

49. Whisper your dirtiest secret in my ear.

50. Let me draw pictures on you with chocolate syrup.

Closing Thoughts

We dare you to find a party game that induces more laughter and intense bonding than The Truth or Dare game. This classic and simple game is perfect for a night with close friends or a free date night idea with your partner. Just make sure to monitor the crowd and be aware of any tension or discomfort. Keep your questions appropriate for the level of relationships present, and do a good mix of dirty/clean and funny/serious to keep it interesting. Have fun!

Need a few more party ideas to keep your friends entertained? Check out “25 Fantastic Party Games to Play With Friends.”

If you need more romantic date night ideas, take a look at “25 Couples’ Games and Activities to Help Pass the Time.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can you do for fun with adult friends?

For a fun night with adult friends, try a spontaneous scratch-off activity from Adventures From Scratch: Friends Edition, or play some party games, including a riveting round of Truth or Dare.

What are some good truth-or-dare questions for friends?

Truth or Dare is always a great time, but it can be challenging to come up with questions and challenges. Thankfully, offers a list of “200 Truth-or-Dare Questions for Adults.”

What are good truth-or-dare questions for couples?

When playing Truth or Dare, consider your partner’s comfort level. Check out these truth questions for couples and dares for couples, and find ones that don’t cross any current boundaries.

Is playing Truth or Dare a good idea for a date?

Truth or Dare is a great way to get to know someone you’re dating! Try some of these “Truth-or-Dare Questions for Adults,” but be sure to consider each other’s comfort level.

What romantic at-home date ideas?

For a romantic date night at home, consider starting with a scratch-off activity from Adventures From Scratch: Date Edition! Then, end the night with an intriguing evening of Truth or Dare.

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43 Warm-Weather Activities for Adults


When the weather warms up, it can bring about a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm. Taking advantage of this extra boost often means finding fun activities to do outside that can keep us active and engaged. From picnics in the park to water sports on the beach, there are many warm-weather activities to choose from.

Not only is this a great opportunity to bond with friends and family, but also with your co-workers. Many of these activities are the perfect way to strengthen your relationship with your co-workers and build a more connected team.

Let’s take a look at some of the best warm-weather activities that you can enjoy with your co-workers, friends, and family.

Enjoy Warm-Weather Activities with Friends & Family

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Fun Things to Do Outside Around Town

Exploring the city you live in is a great way to get to know your coworkers on a personal level, while also taking advantage of the warm weather.

Whether it’s discovering a new local park or competing in an outdoor game with colleagues, there are plenty of fun activities for teams to do together when the sun is out.

This section is a comprehensive list of things to do with both co-workers and your pre-established friend group.

1. Get to know your co-workers on a team-building bar crawl.

Being friends with your co-workers is beneficial for everyone in the office. You’ll experience increased productivity and higher morale.

That’s why our team of event planners, tour guides, and nightlife experts is ready to help you plan a custom bar crawl scavenger hunt. Head from stop to stop as you unwind and connect like never before through games, music, and drinks. You may finally meet your new work spouse!

View all of our customizable team-building activities here.

2. Catch your favorite musician at an outdoor concert.

Nothing says summer nights like warm weather, cold drinks, and good music. Whether you’re looking to relax in a park or dance the night away at a festival, hanging out at outdoor concerts is one of the summer’s best warm-weather activities.

Many local clubs, arenas, and amphitheaters host outdoor shows throughout the summer—so grab your lawn chair and head out!

3. Play pickleball.

Pickleball has taken the world by storm. Once considered an “old person sport,” this game has captured the hearts of Millenials. Grab a few friends and create your own court in the backyard or at a park near you. Play for fun, or hold tournaments to see who reigns supreme!

4. Dine alfresco.

Nothing feels better than enjoying a meal outdoors in the summer. Grab your friends and enjoy some great food and drinks in the warm weather. Whether it’s at your favorite restaurant or a private gathering, dining al fresco is always a fun way to spend an evening with friends and colleagues.

5. Gather friends for a game of beach volleyball.

“MINE!” Sand volleyball is the perfect way to get active and have fun in the summer heat. Gather a few friends, lather on some sunscreen, mark a court, and hit it out of the park—or better yet, over the net!

6. Have a picnic at your local botanical gardens.

Visit your city’s botanical gardens and enjoy a picnic surrounded by blooming flowers and lush greenery. Bring your favorite snacks and even a bottle of rosé to celebrate the season.

7. Slip and slide at a water park.

Cool off in the summer heat by visiting a water park by slipping and sliding your way down some fun slides. You can even go tubing or wave pool hopping for extra excitement.

8. Take advantage of the season’s bounty with a fruit-picking excursion.

Go down to your local farm or orchard and pick some fresh fruits for an afternoon treat. Strawberry picking, apple picking, and peach picking are all classic outdoor activities that will give you a taste of the season.

9. Go fishing in a nearby lake.

Whether you’re new to fishing or have been at it since childhood, there’s nothing quite like getting some fresh air and reeling in your own catch on the water. So grab your rod and reel, head down to the lake, and cast away!

10. Get an adrenaline rush at an amusement park.

Nothing says summer like the smells of funnel cake, hot dogs, and other classic amusement park snacks. From roller coasters to carnival games, you’ll find plenty of ways to get your adrenaline pumping while having a great time with the whole gang.

11. Chase down the ice cream truck like a kid.

Who said the ice cream truck was just for kids? Grab a few coins and head out for some summer nostalgia. The sweet treat will make your day extra special and bring back all the childhood memories of running for the ice cream truck on sunny days.

12. Sign-up for an outdoor workout class.

Take your workout routine outside and join a community fitness class! Look for classes like yoga, boot camp, kickboxing, or running groups in your area. Not only will it be a fun way to stay active, but you might make some new friends too.

12. Watch a flick in the bed of your truck at a retro drive-in.

Head to your local drive-in and settle in the back of your truck for a romantic evening under the stars. Bring snacks, grab blankets and pillows, and enjoy a classic movie from the comfort of your own ride.

14. Go stargazing under the night sky.

Take some time to enjoy the wonders of the night sky. Grab a blanket and a lawn chair, head outside, and settle in for an evening of stargazing. You can even download a star map app to help identify constellations.

15. Put on some rollerblades.

Rollerblading is a great summer activity to enjoy with friends, family, and even co-workers. Not only is it entertaining, but rollerblading also provides a great cardiovascular workout.

16. Go geocaching.

Geocaching is a unique summer activity to explore your local area and find hidden treasures. With just a GPS device, you can go on an adventure to search for caches of all shapes and sizes. It’s a great activity that encourages people to get out in nature and be active.

17. Organize a game of Capture the Flag.

Capture the Flag is a timeless classic that brings out the kid in all of us! Break up into two teams and use flashlights or glow sticks at night for extra fun. It’s also a great way to encourage teamwork and communication with your family, friends, or colleagues.

18. Participate in a local 5K race.

What better way to stay active than with a 5K race? There are usually tons of local races throughout the summer months, so put on your running shoes and sign up for one! It will be a great opportunity for you and your friends or family to bond and support each other toward the finish line.

19. Explore your local farmer’s market.

Shop for delicious fruits, veggies, and other goodies at your local farmer’s market. Talk to the vendors and learn more about where your food comes from while also supporting local businesses in your community. You might even find some unique items or specialty foods that you wouldn’t normally have access to.

20. Try your hand at mini-golf.

FOUR! Mini-golf is an activity that is great for established friend groups but also provides ample opportunity for conversation if you’re trying to get to know your work colleagues. 

And, if you’re really feeling competitive, whoever gets a hole-in-one buys ice cream for everyone!

21. Go on a road trip.

Take in the sights and sounds of summer by going on an epic road trip getaway. Whether you’re headed to the beach, mountains, or city, there’s no better way to explore than getting behind the wheel with your friends and family. Just remember to fill up that tank!

22. Take a nature walk.

Explore your local nature trails and take in the beauty of nature. It’s a great way to get exercise while also enjoying some fresh air.

Bring your camera and capture some stunning shots of wildflowers, birds, and other wildlife. You might even spot some interesting critters on your walk.

23. Visit a street festival.

Check another item off your summer bucket list by spending a day at your local street festival. Enjoy the variety of food, music, and other attractions while also soaking up the atmosphere.

You’ll find plenty of fun activities for everyone, from carnival games to live performances. Plus, you won’t want to miss out on all the unique shopping opportunities from local vendors.

24. Give stand-up paddle boarding a try.

Experience the thrill of stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) on a lake or river. This is an awesome way to get a full-body workout and take in some scenic views.

Don’t be intimidated—it’s not as hard as it looks. Once you’ve built up your skills, you can even take them on rapids for an extra thrill.

25. Go kayaking at your local forest preserve.

Enjoy the peace and quiet of nature while paddling through a forest preserve or local river. Kayaking is the perfect way to explore hidden coves and take in views you might otherwise miss out on. Plus, it’s a great workout!

26. Rent a party boat to enjoy the lake.

Gather your friends or family on a party boat and enjoy the beautiful weather and views of the lake. Turn up the tunes, break out the snacks and drinks, and get ready for a day of fun in the sun.

27. Go on a bike ride.

Gather your bikes and hit the trails! Go explore new parts of town or just take a leisurely ride around. This is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the summer sun after work with your co-workers or pals.

28. Go on a shopping spree at an outdoor mall.

Spend the day browsing through stores and boutiques at an outdoor mall. Enjoy some fresh air as you wander from shop to shop. Stop for a snack at one of the eateries or grab some cool treats from the local smoothie stand. You can even bring along your pup if they’re on-leash friendly!

Warm Weather Fun At-Home

There are plenty of fun activities you can do from home. From hosting an outdoor movie night with friends and family to trying out an exciting new recipe in the kitchen, you’ll have no shortage of creative ways to stay entertained on a warm summer day

29. Create a backyard movie theater.

Pull out the blankets, bring out the projector, and start popping the popcorn. Create a backyard “movie theater” and settle in for a night of summertime fun.

For an added bonus, create a cocktail for the night based on the movie you’re premiering.

30. Cool off with a grown-up water balloon fight.

Beat the hot weather with a grown-up water balloon fight. Gather your friends, break out the balloons and buckets, and let the fun begin! After you’re soaked, the losing team can treat you to a cold beer!

31. Make your own popsicles.

Who doesn’t love popsicles? Find creative recipes online, or just use your favorite juice to create your own frozen treats and beat the heat. If you have a pool, the popsicles will taste even better on a floatie.

32. Learn to make homemade ice cream.

People have been eating some form of ice cream for centuries. As a result, creating your own 3-ingredient summer treat should be no problem! Gather some vanilla, milk, and heavy cream (plus your favorite summer fruits if you’re feeling creative!) and get ready to make some mouth-watering ice cream. 

There’s nothing more satisfying than a cool, homemade treat on a hot day. Learn to make your own ice cream here.

33. Enjoy s’mores around the campfire.

What’s better than an outdoor summer campfire? S’mores, of course! Gather around the fire and make some old-fashioned treats with your friends, enjoying the sweet gooey goodness while making lasting memories. Don’t forget the ghost stories!

34. Bring the beach to your with a cocktail kiddie pool part.

Break up the blender, start pouring margaritas, and take your summer pool party to the next level with an adult kiddie pool.

Add some fun beach chairs, sprinklers, inflatable horseshoes, and water guns to keep everyone entertained. Get ready for the most unique (and adult) pool party you’ve ever been to!

35. Hold a summer sports tournament.

Gather your friends and colleagues for an outdoor summer sports tournament! Depending on the size of your group, you can play badminton, volleyball, soccer, horseshoes, or any other sport that everyone can join in on. You can even create some DIY mini trophies to award the winners.

This activity will be such a hit your whole crew will be looking forward to it this time of year for decades to come!

36. Take a camping trip.

Plan an overnight getaway to your nearest state park and spend the night with friends or family under the stars. Or, turn it into a team-building retreat! Enjoy all that nature has to offer, and don’t forget to make s’mores around the campfire. It’s a great way to get away from it all and strengthen relationships.

37. Set up an outdoor art studio.

Bring out the art supplies and get creative. Enjoy the fresh air while painting, drawing, or making whatever your heart desires. Nothing says ‘inner peace,” like creating art in the great outdoors. 

38. Host an outdoor dinner on your patio.

Set up a beautiful outdoor dinner on your patio and enjoy a meal with co-workers or friends. Add some twinkle lights and decorations for an added touch of sophistication.

This is a great opportunity to break out of that expensive grill and try some new Pinterest recipes.

39. Set up a fun outdoor obstacle course.

Gather your friends and family to complete an outdoor obstacle course with a tire run, net climb, and more! This is the perfect way to get everyone active and having a great time together if you have a big backyard.

40. Organize a yard game night.

Bring out your favorite yard games, such as Giant Jenga, cornhole, horseshoes, and more.

41. Work on your tan.

Nothing says summer like a sun-kissed glow! Get outside and lay out in the sun. But don’t forget the sunscreen! After all, you want to protect your skin from UV rays. 

42. Start a garden.

Take advantage of the warm weather to start your own garden. Plant flowers, vegetables, herbs—whatever you’d like! This is a great opportunity to learn something new and get your hands dirty. Plus, you’ll get to reap the fruits (literally) of your labor in a couple of months. 

43. Roll out the yoga mat and meditate at sunrise. 

Take advantage of the long days and start your mornings off right with a sunrise yoga session. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced yogi, just roll out the mat and follow along with an online class from home.

Sunglasses at the ready!

Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy all nature offers. From camping trips and sports tournaments to art studios and kiddie pools, warm-weather activities will make your summer one to remember.

So grab some friends, gather the supplies you need, and start making memories today!

Looking for more things to do with the whole family? Check out these 18 Outdoor Family Activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which activities can you do during hot season?

There are lots of warm-weather activities to enjoy. These include going to the beach, camping, or even hosting an outdoor dinner evening with an adventure book such as Adventures from Scratch!

What to do outside when it’s hot out?

There are countless warm-weather activities to try. Taking a camping trip, setting up a grown-up kiddie pool, enjoying yoga at sunrise, or creating a garden to get your hands dirty.

Which activities are done in summer?

Try one of these warm-weather activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, and hiking. You can also take advantage of the long days by going camping or having an outdoor dinner in your backyard.

How can I enjoy warm weather?

There are plenty of unique ways to enjoy the warm weather. You could go on a bike ride, visit a state park, set up an outdoor movie theater, or play an Adventures from Scratch book!

What are some fun activities to do in the summer?

There are countless fun activities to do in the summer months. You can go camping, set up an outdoor obstacle course, organize a yard game night, start a garden, or roll out the yoga mat and meditate.

What are some outdoor activities to do when it’s hot?

Fun warm-weather activities include going camping, playing yard games, or renting a party boat. Or,  for something more low-key, you can relax outdoors with an Adventures from Scratch book!  

Fun With Friends

24 Adrenaline-Pumpi Activities for Adventurous Friends


Are you and your friends feeling the urge for an electrifying rush of excitement that leaves you feeling alive and rejuvenated? Perhaps, you’re prepared to venture outside your comfort zone for the first time, or maybe you’re addicted to adrenaline-rush activities. Either way, if you’re considering bungee jumping off a cliff, zip-lining through a jungle, or navigating down rapids while whitewater rafting, this article is tailored for you and your friends. We’ve gathered all the blood-pumping activities for your next friend-cation!

Let the adventure begin!

Here at Let’s Roam, we’re all about helping you create deep bonds with your crew. We’ve created an entire scratch-off adventure book dedicated to friends. It’s full of activities ranging from chill nights in to wild weekends away together. Each activity is specifically crafted to help you cultivate amazing bonds while having a blast! Snag your copy of Adventures From Scratch: Friends Edition today and let the fun begin!

24 Adrenaline-Pumping Activities for Adventurous Friends

The definition of adrenaline rush activities varies depending on an individual’s level of thrill-seeking. There are those who are born adrenaline junkies, always in search of the next adventure. Others may explore and push their comfort level boundaries only a few times in their life. What may get someone’s heart racing is a walk in the park for others. Bearing that in mind, here are a few ideas for you and your daredevil companions.

1. Paragliding

Paragliding in Oludeniz, Turkiye, was one of my personal favorite experiences. The exhilaration of sprinting toward the edge of a cliff and soaring high in the air was unbeatable! The picturesque landscape and surrounding beaches are breathtaking, and something you and your friends won’t soon forget. Here are a few more fabulous places for paragliding adventures!

  • Switzerland: With its stunning alpine scenery, Switzerland is a popular destination for paragliding. One of the best locations is Interlaken, where you can fly over the picturesque Lake Thun and the surrounding mountains.
  • Greece: The Greek island of Santorini is a famous spot for parasailing, offering breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea and the island’s famous cliffs. Corfu and Lefkada are popular for paragliding.
  • Mexico: The beach resort town of Puerto Vallarta is a favored destination for paragliding with flights available over the beautiful Bay of Banderas.

2. Hot Air Ballooning

Hot air ballooning is a bucket list activity in numerous regions around the world from Cappadocia to New Mexico. It’s a bit wild if you think about it. Let’s all get in this wicker basket, and then let’s light a giant flame thrower that’s going to shoot us a mile into the sky. Good plan! With no walls or windows to obstruct the view, you and your friends will enjoy the incredible scenery from every angle.

  • Cappadocia, Turkiye: A bucket list destination for hot air balloon rides with its vibrant balloons soaring every sunrise over a breathtaking landscape full of gorges, interesting rock formations, and ancient cave dwellings.
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: For nine days in October, the Albuquerque skies are brightly painted as more than 500 balloons raise from Balloon Fiesta Park.
  • Serengeti National Park in Tanzania: This location offers an unforgettable balloon safari that gives you a completely different perspective and something you just won’t experience from the normal jeep safari.

3. Skydiving

Imagine the excitement of jumping out of an airplane with your besties at your side, freefalling through the sky, and feeling the wind flap in your cheeks. Check out these awesome skydiving destinations:

  • Interlaken, Switzerland: With breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps
  • Cairns, Australia: Skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest
  • Queenstown, New Zealand: With stunning views of the Southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu
  • Hawaii, USA: Skydiving over the lush green forests and gorgeous beaches

4. Bungee Jumping

There are some amazing places to bungee jump all over the world, and this simple activity really gets the adrenaline pumping! One of the most famous bungee jumping spots is the Macau Tower outside Hong Kong which boasts the world’s highest bungee jump at a staggering 233 meters (764 feet) high!

  • New Zealand: You can jump off the Nevis Highwire, which is the third-highest bungee jump in the world
  • Navajo Bridge in Arizona: Offers stunning views of the Colorado River below
  • Monteverde, Costa Rica: The largest bungee jumping in Central America is at Extremo Adventure Park, which allows you to plummet from a moving platform over a rainforest gorge.
  • Verzasca Dam in Ticino, Switzerland: If you’re a fan of James Bond, this is where the opening scene of “Golden Eye” was filmed!

5. Wingsuit Base Jumping

This extreme activity will surely make your heart race! Jumping off a cliff or building in a full-body, aerodynamic outfit and helmet is the ultimate thrill. The suits are designed with special chambers that fill with air, allowing you to glide through the air and experience the ultimate feeling of freedom. Don’t worry, there’s a parachute included!

  • Grand Cayon, Arizona: Wingsuit enthusiasts form a thriving community at the Grand Canyon, where their love for the sport is shared and celebrated.
  • Mont Blanc, Chamonix France: For those seeking an iconic destination for wingsuit flying, Mont Blanc is a top choice, highly revered and admired
  • Owens Valley, California: With its distinctive topography, is a favored spot among wingsuit pilots, spanning more than one hundred miles along the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada

6. Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is an exhilarating and challenging sport that requires both physical and mental strength. Scaling steep cliffs and rock faces with your friends is not for the faint of heart, but for those who are willing to take the plunge, the rewards are endless. Plus, it’s a great experiment in teamwork and trust!

  • Yosemite National Park in California is one of the best places to go rock climbing. The park has iconic rock formations, including El Capitan and Half Dome. Yosemite has plenty of beginner-friendly routes for those just starting out.
  • Joshua Tree National Park in California is another great destination for rock climbing. The park is famous for its unique rock formations and boulder fields. The park boasts more than 8,000 climbing routes.
  • There are plenty of indoor climbing gyms around the world, too. Some of the best indoor climbing gyms include Brooklyn Boulders in New York City, Climbing Works in Sheffield, UK, and the Arch Climbing Wall in London, UK.

7. White Water Rafting or Kayaking

White water rafting is a great adrenaline rush activity to do with your friends! You’ll navigate an inflatable raft through a choppy river, dodging whirlpools and rocks, while using every muscle just to stay inside the raft!

Are you tired of the same old flatwater kayaking? How about trying whitewater kayaking? This version will have you navigating through tricky sections of rushing whitewater and will definitely get your blood pumping. Some of the best places to go are:

  • Pacuare River, Costa Rica: For an epic jungle run, head to Costa Rica’s Pacuare River. Where kayakers race down 32 miles of Class III-IV, crystal clear rapids. Experts will prefer the Class V Upper Pacuare section upstream.
  • Alsek/Tatshenshini, Alaska: One of the coolest things about the Class III, 180-mile journey down the Alsek, or a 130-mile jaunt down the Tatshenshini, is the icebergs that float with you and your kayak all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

8. Canyoning

For those seeking a mix of adrenaline-pumping activities, canyoning is a perfect adventure. This exciting sport combines water sports with hiking, climbing, and gliding. As you and your friends make your way through canyons, you’ll walk, swim, and hike, crossing waterfalls, ravines, gorges, and water basins in the name of adventure. To fully enjoy canyoning, it’s recommended to join organized groups led by experienced guides who know the area and potential dangers. Here are some of the best places to go canyoning:

  • Zion National Park, Utah: With its stunning red rock canyons and unique landscapes, Zion National Park offers some of the best canyoning experiences in the world.
  • Queenstown, New Zealand: This adventure capital of the world offers some of the best canyoning experiences, with steep cliffs, gushing waterfalls, and crystal-clear pools.
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona: This natural wonder offers some of the most spectacular canyoning experiences, with towering walls, stunning waterfalls, and challenging routes.

9. Heli-Skiing

Heli-skiing is the ultimate adventure! It’s like skiing but on steroids! The premise is simple: You’re flown to the top of a remote mountain by helicopter, you jump, and then proceed to ski your way down through untouched powder. It’s the ultimate backcountry skiing experience. Some of the best heli-skiing destinations include:

  • Whistler, Canada: Home to some of the world’s best skiing, Whistler is a popular destination for heli-skiing enthusiasts looking for stunning views and thrilling descents.
  • Valdez, Alaska: Known for its steep terrain and deep powder snow, Valdez is a must-visit destination for heli-skiing aficionados.
  • Queenstown, New Zealand: With its majestic alpine scenery and wide-open terrain, Queenstown is a great destination for first-time heli-skiers.

10. Cage Diving

Cage diving is a unique and exhilarating snorkeling or scuba experience that will get your heart racing. It involves getting up close and personal with some of the ocean’s most fearsome creatures like great white sharks! You’ll be safely enclosed in a cage while these majestic predators swim just inches away from you. Some of the best destinations for cage diving include:

  • Gansbaai, South Africa: Known as the “Great White Shark Capital of the World,” Gansbaai is a prime location for cage diving with these impressive predators.
  • Isla Guadalupe, Mexico: This small island off the coast of Baja, Mexico, is home to some of the largest great white sharks in the world, making it a must-visit for any cage diving enthusiast.
  • Farallon Islands, California: Just a short boat ride from San Francisco, the Farallon Islands offer an unforgettable cage diving experience with great white sharks and other marine life.

11. Sand and Volcano Boarding

Who said you need snow to go boarding? Sand and volcano boarding will give your group the same thrill with a unique twist! Imagine boarding down a hill of sand or a smoking hot volcano! Whether you’re standing, sitting, or lying on your board, you’ll pick up some serious speed! For the daredevils out there, board tricks and flips are all part of the game. You can sandboard and volcano board in many awesome destinations around the world, though volcano boarding needs a fairly recent eruption to get the hardened lava necessary for a good ride.

  • Popular sandboarding spots include the dunes of Dubai, the beaches of Brazil, the seaside dunes of Oregon, and the deserts of Peru.
  • For volcano boarding, recommended spots are Cerro Negro in Nicaragua, Mount Yasur in Vanuatu, and Mount Taranaki in New Zealand.

12. Wing Walking

Wing walking is one of the most daring and thrilling extreme sports out there. It involves standing on the wing of a flying plane while it’s in motion! It’s not for the faint-hearted, to say the least. During a wing walking experience, you’ll be strapped to the wing of a biplane while it takes off, climbs, dives, and performs maneuvers in the air. Some of the best places to go wing walking include:

  • English countryside: Multiple tour companies offer wing walking over world-famous landscapes in locations such as the Cotswolds or the Kent countryside.
  • Australia: The beaches of Gold Coast, Byron Bay, and Sydney are popular wing walking spots that offer stunning coastal views.
  • Grand Canyon: A day soaring over the Grand Canyon offers breathtaking views of the natural wonder from a unique perspective.

13. Zero Gravity

If you and your friends are looking for some adrenaline-pumping fun without the risk, check out the simulation labs! You can experience everything from free-falling to massive climbing walls, and even feel what zero gravity is like—all in a controlled environment. These labs are perfect for getting a taste of the real deal without going all-in just yet.

  • Paraclete XP Indoor Skydiving, Raeford, NC: Simulate the freefall portion of a traditional skydive, without jumping out of an actual plane.
  • Vegas Indoor Skydiving: Simulate a skydiving experience in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.
  • Zero-G: This includes using a modified Boeing 727 with flight techniques that create zero gravity where you can float in the air and do as many flips and twists as you would like. Locations are in Orlando, FL; Miami, FL; Las Vegas, NV; and San Francisco, CA.

14. Ice Climbing

Ice climbing with friends is an exhilarating adventure that is growing in popularity. It requires technical skill and physical strength, making it a great challenge to tackle as a team. It’s also an opportunity to explore beautiful ice formations and breathtaking landscapes in winter wonderlands around the globe.

  • The Canadian Rockies offer some of the most stunning ice formations in the world, making it an ultimate destination for ice-climbing enthusiasts. Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, is a world-renowned ice-climbing spot that is certainly worth a visit.
  • The Ouray Ice Park in Colorado, USA, is another must-visit destination for ice climbers. The park boasts over 200 ice and mixed climbing routes, making it a popular spot for climbers of all levels.

15. Flyboarding

Flyboarding is a water sport that involves standing on a board propelled by water jets, allowing you to fly up into the air and dive back into the water like a dolphin. It’s a great activity to try with friends and can be found in epic locations around the world.

  • Spain is home to many flyboarding locations, including the beaches of Barcelona, the Balearic Islands, and the Canary Islands.
  • Thailand is another popular destination for flyboarding with places like Phuket and Pattaya offering an exhilarating experience in the tropical waters of the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.
  • Mexico has various locations suitable for flyboarding including Cancun, Cozumel, and Cabo San Lucas. These destinations offer clear blue waters, ideal for enjoying the sport.

16. Roller Coasters

Rollercoasters! Nothing like getting that blood pumping with your best buds by your side. We’re talking steep drops, corkscrews, and loops that’ll make your head spin (literally)! There are tons of rollercoasters all over the world that are perfect for a friendly outing.

  • Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey is the tallest and second-fastest rollercoaster in the world with a drop of 418 feet (127 m) and a top speed of 128 mph (206 km/h).
  • The Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point in Ohio reaches a top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h) and has a 90-degree drop.

17. Ziplines

It’s a simple concept, but it delivers a manageable adrenaline punch that most people can endure with relative ease. Zip lines can take you across some of the most stunning natural settings in the world, from lush forests to rugged canyons, and even overactive volcanoes (safely, of course!)

  • Costa Rica: The country’s cloud forests offer some of the most stunning views for zip lining, with many tours taking place in Monteverde or Arenal Volcano National Park.
  • Hawaii: The islands of Hawaii offer a wide range of zip-lining experiences, from soaring over lush valleys and rainforests to zipping over waterfalls on Kauai’s North Shore.
  • Puerto Rico: The island’s lush rainforest, El Yunque, offers an incredible zip-lining experience that includes views of waterfalls and the ocean.

18. ATV Riding

Looking for a way to satisfy your need for speed and adventure? Why not try extreme ATV riding with your friends? ATV stands for all-terrain vehicle, and they’re designed to handle any terrain, from rocky hills to muddy swamps. You can race your friends through the desert dunes or power up canyon walls, the choice is yours!

  • Hatfield-McCoy Trails: Located in West Virginia, USA, the Hatfield-McCoy Trails offer over 700 miles of off-road trails for ATV and UTV riders to explore, with varying difficulty levels to cater to all skill levels.
  • Glamis Sand Dunes: Located in Southern California, USA, the Glamis Sand Dunes is a popular off-road destination for ATV and UTV riders, with over 40 miles of sand dunes to explore.
  • Baja Peninsula: Located in Mexico, the Baja Peninsula offers rugged desert terrain and scenic coastal trails to explore.

19. Snowboarding or Skiing

This thrilling adventure can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and it’s easy to get started. Take a group lesson and learn how the basics before hitting the slopes, or if you want to up the ante, hit the terrain park with your buddies and try your hand at a few jumps. After a day on the slopes, you can gather around a warm fire and swap stories about your adventures.

  • Aspen, Colorado: Known for its glitzy ski resorts, Aspen offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. With four mountains to choose from, Aspen offers a range of terrain suitable for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. After a day on the slopes, hit the town for a vibrant nightlife scene and excellent dining options. While you are at it check out our scavenger hunts in and around Aspen for a fun time with your friends.
  • Whistler, British Columbia: Located in the stunning Canadian Rockies, Whistler is one of the largest ski resorts in North America, boasting over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain.
  • Chamonix, France: Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, Chamonix is a mecca for extreme skiers and snowboarders. With access to the famous off-piste terrain of the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is a playground for adrenaline junkies. It also offers plenty of skiing and snowboarding opportunities for less experienced skiers and snowboarders.

20. Skateboarding

This thrilling sport is all about pushing your limits! You and your crew can hit the skate park or find some unique urban spots to test your skills. From grinding rails and ollieing stairs to shredding through bowls and halfpipes, you’ll find no end to the places your board will take you. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out some of the famous skateboarding spots like:

  • Venice Beach Skatepark, California: A fantastic place to visit overall, Venice Beach offers incredible skating. Made famous in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Venice’s sunken bowl is the perfect spot to practice your skills —you definitely won’t be let down.
  • Hunting Beach, California: Vans Off the Wall Skatepark is a hot spot for U.S. skateboarding.
  • Brooklyn Banks Skatepark in New York City: Not only is this NYC hot spot a great place to shred under the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge—there are so many smaller areas and offshoots which all offer amazing street skating.

21. Abseiling

If you’re looking for a thrilling adventure that’s accessible to all your friend’s skill levels, look no further than abseiling! It’s the opposite of climbing—instead of ascending, you’ll descend a steep slope, mountain, or cliff using a rope. It’s basically rappelling with a few slight technical differences. One of the best things about abseiling is that it’s suitable for all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a complete beginner, you can enjoy the thrill of rappelling down a mountain. Some of the best abseiling destinations include:

  • Table Mountain, South Africa: With its stunning views and challenging descents, Table Mountain is a must-visit destination for abseiling enthusiasts.
  • Blue Mountains, Australia: This stunning natural wonder offers a variety of abseiling experiences, from beginner-friendly descents to heart-pumping drops.
  • Lake District, England: With its rugged landscape and stunning scenery, the Lake District is a great place to try abseiling for the first time.

22. CN Tower’s EdgeWalk

If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, head to the CN Tower in Ontario and take on the EdgeWalk. This heart-stopping experience allows you to lean out over the edge of the tower’s 356-meter-high platform without using your hands. Don’t worry, you’ll be securely harnessed in for safety. Not only will you get incredible views of the city from the top, but you’ll also get a rush like no other as you dangle over the edge with your friends by your side.

23. Cliff Jumping

Are you ready to take a leap of faith and experience the thrill of cliff jumping? This heart-pumping activity requires no special skills or gear, just a dose of bravery and a desire for adventure! There are plenty of amazing spots around the world where you can try your hand at cliff jumping.

  • Havasu Falls, Arizona: A desert oasis located in the Havasupai Indian Reservation, known for its turquoise waterfalls and pools. Havasu Falls is only accessible by hiking and requires a permit to enter. You can jump into the refreshing blue-green waters from a height of around 10-20 feet (3-6 meters), and the bravest head for the 100-foot cliffs.
  • Kamari Beach, Santorini: A popular beach located on the southeast coast of Santorini, famous for its black volcanic sand and towering cliffs. You can take the plunge from cliffs that range from 5-40 feet (1.5-12 meters) high and enjoy the crystal-clear Aegean Sea. This is a dangerous spot for cliff-jumping. Most locals will tell you to go to Amoudi Bay for the deeper, safer waters.
  • Nusa Lembongan, Bali: An island paradise located southeast of Bali, Nusa Lembongan is known for its beautiful beaches and stunning cliff formations. You can jump from cliffs that range from 10-40 feet (3-12 meters) high and enjoy the turquoise waters surrounding the island. Popular cliff-jumping spots include Mahana Point and Blue Lagoon.

24. Bouldering

Bouldering is rock climbing stripped down to its basics. With no ropes or a harness, you just use climbing shoes and a bag of chalk over safety mats, your challenge is to climb short but strategic bouldering “problems” (a route, or sequence of moves) using balance, strategy, strength, and your mind.

  • The Red River Gorge in Kentucky is a popular destination for boulderers. The area features an abundance of sandstone formations and deep valleys which provide plenty of opportunities for exploration and problem-solving.
  • Bishop in California is one of America’s best-kept secrets when it comes to bouldering. Located in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains and surrounded by breathtaking views, Bishop offers climbers some of the most impressive boulder problems in the world. The area boasts over 2500 routes ranging from V0 to V12, so there’s something here for every level of experience.

Closing Thoughts

One of the best ways to create lasting memories with your pals is to take on thrill-seeking activities together. There is something incredibly bond-inducing about having the crap scared out of you in unison! Whichever one of these adrenaline-rush activities you choose, find a friend to tag along with because there’s nothing better than sharing a heart-stopping experience with your besties! Just remember to take plenty of photos (and maybe bring a first-aid kit).

For more adventures with your friends check out our list of the best warm-weather activities to load up your summer with adventure!

Are you struggling to make time for adventure with your pals due to a new romantic interest? Take a few cues from “Balancing Time Between Friends and a Romantic Relationship.”

Frequently Asked Questions

What activity releases the most adrenaline?

Skydiving releases a lot of adrenaline while you fall to earth. Bungee jumping is another activity with a quick release of adrenaline.

What sports give an adrenaline rush?

If you’re seeking a sports adrenaline rush, few things can match the excitement of heli-skiing, volcano boarding, and base jumping.

What are some indoor adrenaline rush activities?

Zero gravity in a simulation lab is a great indoor activity that you don’t want to miss out on. Indoor climbing walls are a great adrenaline rush but in a controlled environment.

What are some activities I can do with friends?

Snag a copy of Adventures From Scratch: Friends Edition for more than 50 in-home and getaway activities to do with friends!

What are some low-key adrenaline activities?

For those seeking an adrenaline rush without the intensity of extreme sports, parasailing and ziplining are good options, or take on a surprise challenge from Adventures From Scratch: Friends Edition.


How to Get to Know Your Work Friends Better


For the happiest and most engaged employees, work friends are an important component of their overall outlook and well-being in the job place, according to recent data. Gallup’s 2022 State of the Global Workplace Report estimates that the average worker will spend 81,396 hours, or nearly nine years, of their life at work. For some nations, it’s quite substantially more than that. For these reasons alone, workplace friendships are something that should not be ignored. These are the people you are spending an exorbitant amount of time with, and their influence on your life (and yours on their life) matters a great deal. If you’re struggling to feel connected to your work comrades, stay tuned. We’re diving into why work relationships are important and giving you a few tips on how to grow more meaningful relationships at your job.

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Why You Should Strive to Make Work Friendships

For many, their job is just a source to pay the bills. They don’t get much gratification out of it and don’t find purpose in it. However, for full-time employees, fellow coworkers are likely the people you see the most. Don’t you think it might be worth the effort to really get to know them? Well, according to research in the fields of social connection and employee retention, and overall happiness, it is! Here are a few reasons why:

1. Engaged workers improve the bottom line.

From an employer perspective, you want your workers to be engaged, not only with each other but with the overall plan and future of the company. Gallup research shows that employees who feel like part of the process, and who are devoted to each other, are less likely to miss work and leave the company. Their engagement also produces on average higher reports of job satisfaction, customer satisfaction, and a 23% higher profit yield. In short, it pays to have your employees invest in one another and get involved. Providing a friendly company culture is a good place to start.

2. Huge numbers of people report being lonely.

According to a recent survey by Statistica, approximately 33% of the world’s population reports being lonely. The Survey Center on American Life reports that only 13% of Americans say they have more than ten close friends. This number is down from 33% in 1990. This decrease is likely due to a number of factors including the rapid rise in social media leading to a decline of in-person interactions, the increase in remote work, and isolation initiatives from the COVID-19 pandemic. Continuing in isolation is not healthy—mentally or physically. If you’re feeling lonely, it’s time to consider making a change.

3. Strong relationships increase your sense of purpose.

When employees know that others are relying on them, not just to get a job done, but for accountability, friendship, and to make it through the day, their own sense of purpose is elevated. We all want to be needed by others. Forming close relationships with coworkers increases your ability to get the job done. “Teamwork makes the dream work,” and you are a vital part of the team.

4. Strong friendships help maintain health.

A study by the Mayo Clinic states that a supportive social network can help lower levels of depression, obesity, and blood pressure.

Psych Central says close friendships decrease feelings of isolation and lower stress levels, as well as improve self-esteem.

Basically, people who are supported, listened to, and feel connected to those around them are healthier overall. Obviously, this doesn’t account for genetic issues, but in general, those who feel accepted and cared for by the people around them have higher levels of overall well-being.

5. Strong relationships encourage loyalty.

Employees are much more likely to stick it out with a company if they love and respect their coworkers, and more importantly, feel respected by their coworkers and higher-ups. If you’re in a position of leadership, respect for every individual goes a long way. When strong friendships in the workplace are encouraged, not only will your employees be more loyal to you and the company, but they are more loyal to one another meaning they work together better, keep each other’s morale up, and don’t miss work for fear of putting extra strain on their friends.

6. Encouraging friendships push people towards greatness.

Greatness lies within each of us, but sometimes we need a little push. Having encouraging and supportive friends around us can be just the shove we need to present that big idea, go out on a limb, or think more seriously about future plans. All the data shows that when a company is full of engaged employees who can easily and effectively share ideas, everyone involves flourishes. Why employ people who are just there and doing the bare minimum to get through the day, when you can encourage an organizational culture where people work at their highest levels of genius and feel good about doing it?

7. Office friendships help decrease work stress.

According to a Gallup poll, when asked about yesterday’s stress levels at work, 44% of people claimed that they felt stressed at work. However, companies with high engagement scores and people who reported having a best friend at work reported lower levels of work stress overall. If people are less stressed, then they’re more productive and more willing to engage. Being a good friend to someone in the office can dramatically lower their stress level, and in turn, the whole ambiance of the room.

How to Make Friends at Work

Now that you know why you should make some friends at work, how do you jump that hurdle to becoming a better, happier, and more productive version of yourself? We won’t pretend for a second that making new friends as an adult is easy, but it might take less time than you think with a little effort. The great thing about forming relationships with coworkers is that you understand a great deal about each other from the get-go. You share stressors, goals, and everyday experiences that help you form a fast bond.

It’s important to note that many people don’t have a friend at work because they don’t particularly want one. That’s fine. Many people choose to keep their friendships outside of work, and just do their job, but research across the board shows that those of us with this mentality are generally less satisfied with our jobs, experience more stress, and aren’t as productive. Plus, if you’re reading this, then there’s probably something in you that is longing for companionship at work. Here are a few ways to start looking for your work bestie!

1. Work-life balance doesn’t equal work and life separation.

For years it’s been ingrained in us all this concept of keeping work and personal life separate. “You drop your problems at the door” kind of thing. The reality is that you don’t drop your problems when you arrive at work. You can put on a facade that you do, but those stressors and hurts impede your mental flow and physical health throughout the day. Having a friend who notices when you’re off and can offer some encouragement is a lifesaver.

Banish the idea that everything in your life should be kept separate from your colleagues. Begin sharing bits of your personal life and asking about theirs. What begins as small talk can quickly develop into a mutually beneficial friendship.

2. Join company team-building initiatives.

Yeah, yeah, we know. Everybody hates forced company parties. Team-building days, retreats, and “optional” happy hours are absolutely torture to some of you. However, you might also be surprised by what happens when you open your mind to the idea and give it a good shot. An hour of after-work antics can lead to new conversations and bonds that increase your overall job satisfaction, and help you make connections that can further your career. In pretty much all walks of life, it pays to know people.

3. Invite others into your vision.

What are your goals? What do you really want to get out of this job? Do you have dreams for personal advancement or for the company as a whole? Let others in on your ideas. They may be having the same ones, or they may have one that runs parallel and supports yours. Sometimes the missing piece of the puzzle is within the brain of a coworker at the next desk over. Sharing ideas is a fast way to increase work productivity, but also build relationships with those around you. Your bravery will encourage them to speak up too, and before you know it, dynamic changes are happening and valuable conversations are flowing, increasing everyone’s well-being.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask about personal lives.

People generally like to talk about themselves, some more than others, but when a person feels that you are genuinely interested in their life, they will gladly oblige. Don’t offer unsolicited advice and keep an open mind, but don’t be afraid to ask how someone’s children are doing or what their spouse does for a living. You’ll be able to gauge pretty quickly those that are not interested in talking and those who are seeking friendship.

5. Don’t forget your own worth.

The best way to make friends is to be a good friend, and you have what it takes. All of us have something to bring to the table, whether it’s overwhelming kindness, an encouraging spirit, a sense of wisdom, or an honest approach. All of these tools are valuable in the workplace, as are a great many more we could list. Don’t downplay or forget what you bring to the table. You are worthy of friendship. You have talents and gifts that others envy, and you are welcomed at the table—no matter what your brain tells you to the contrary.

6. Maintain reasonable expectations.

Don’t go into every conversation without a coworker expecting to walk away with a best friend for life. That is unreasonable. Set goals for yourself. Perhaps your goal this week is that you’re going to speak to two colleagues you’ve never talked to before. Maybe you set a goal to invite someone out to lunch or for drinks after work. Keep your goals attainable, and keep your expectations realistic. Some people will not be interested in making work friendships. Others will be nothing more than friendly acquaintances, and one might just be your next ride or die.

7. Accept invitations from coworkers.

If someone invites you to a weekend BBQ or drinks after work. Go out on a limb and accept the invite. We get it. You just want to go home after work, and you don’t really want to see anyone that reminds you of the office. However, when you begin to spend time with colleagues outside of work mode, you may find they are quite enjoyable folk, and those new perspectives eventually translate into the workplace as well.

8. Be brave and make the first move!

You may have to just jump! If you’re a shy person and not so great at small talk, it might be a big leap for you, but you just have to barrel off the cliff. Give yourself a little pep talk. Toss out those negative thoughts, and buy a coffee for your deskmate. An act of kindness and a genuine compliment can go a long way.

9. Put the phone down.

You can’t make real friends when you spend all your time scrolling through fake friends on social media. Put the phone down. Engage in real life. Everything on your screen is a curated and phony version of a life that doesn’t really exist. Put it away and live your actual life. People around you are longing for real connections. Be the one who sets the phone aside and engages a coworker in meaningful conversation.

10. Be honest, open, and real.

Presenting yourself as someone you aren’t is a complete waste of time. You might make a friend that way, but it won’t be a real friend, and it won’t be encouraging or beneficial for you. Be honest about your intentions. Be open about your life, and most of all be real. That means if you are having a rough day, be vulnerable about it, and just let your friend know that today really sucks. If something great is going on in your life, share it, and allow your colleagues to celebrate with you! Being part of a community is being able to share the good, the bad, and the ugly with the people around you and walk each other through all of it.

11. Look for those who are hurting.

When we walk through life with our work blinders on, we miss the cues from people around us. It’s likely that you have a colleague who is struggling, perhaps more than you. They may be stressed out under the load of their projects, being mistreated by another colleague or boss, or just a shy person who needs you to make the first move towards friendships. As you go about your day, keep an eye out for those who look stressed, worried, or tired. Offer a word of encouragement or a pick-me-up treat. A little perceptiveness goes a long way.

12. Don’t be afraid to speak up.

Sometimes the company culture is beyond your ability to change on your own. You may have to go to those above you and express your concerns. Don’t assume they don’t care or won’t listen. That’s a rarity these days. They know the statistics and the reports as well. It’s part of their job to know. They are likely looking for ways to increase employee engagement and better work culture.

Instead of complaining to your partner all the way home every day, perhaps the better way to go about it is to present your ideas to the higher-ups! If you’re thinking it, the likelihood is that your coworkers are having similar thoughts. Your speaking up could help you make friends in the office and decrease the stress levels not only for yourself but for those around you as well.

Closing Thoughts

From furthering your own career to improving your mental and physical health to just getting the most enjoyment out of each day, having work friends is beneficial for you! You have to be there anyway, so you might as well enjoy your days to the greatest extent possible. You know that old saying, “The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same things and expect a different result?” If you aren’t content with your work situation, we guarantee most of your colleagues probably aren’t either. Be the change.

Work is a great place to make adult friendships, but it’s not the only route. Check out “How to Make Friends as an Adult (and Why You Should!)

Ever heard the term work spouse? Find out if you qualify in “What is a Work Spouse? 20 Signs You Might Have One.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it important to have friends at work?

Estimates range between 81,396 to 115,000 hours will be spent at work by the average employee. Having friends in the workplace decreases loneliness and stress and increases overall job satisfaction.

How do you make friends at work?

Making friends at work is as simple as starting a conversation. Buy a coworker a coffee. Invite them on an adventure, or offer a helping hand during stressful situations.

What to do when you have no work friends?

Having work friends can help alleviate stress and make working overall more enjoyable. Don’t be afraid to strike up conversations. Join team-building initiatives, and accept invitations from others!

Is it OK to be friends with coworkers?

It is not only “OK” to be friends with coworkers, but statistics show that those who have friends at work are more productive, happier with their jobs, and report decreased stress levels.

Can work friends be real friends?

You spend more time with your coworkers than anyone else. The proximity, shared stresses, and understanding among colleagues are the perfect breeding ground for making workplace friends.

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What is a Work Spouse? 20 Signs You Might Have One


Do you have a work bestie who may be “more than a friend” but definitely not a romantic interest? The concept of having a “work spouse” has become increasingly popular in modern workplaces.

It’s a term coined for someone with whom you share a close bond and connection, similar to the way you would with a romantic partner, but without any romantic or sexual undertones.

It’s no secret that having someone who understands our work-life struggles can make all the difference in managing stress and being productive. This is why finding someone you genuinely trust and connect with in the workplace is important. A work spouse can provide a listening ear, give constructive feedback and advice, make you laugh when you’re working long hours, and even offer an encouraging word or two when the going gets rough.

This blog post will discuss the importance of having an office husband or wife and how to identify if you have found “the one” in your workplace. We’ll also dive into the benefits of having a “significant other” at work. Communication studies have shown that this special type of relationship can allow for increased motivation, improved focus on tasks, better time management skills, and enhanced connections with other colleagues.

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What Exactly is a Work Spouse?

A work spouse is a co-worker with whom you have a close platonic relationship. This type of relationship often involves confiding in each other, going to lunch together, and being understanding and supportive of one another. It can be compared to a real marriage but without any romantic connection.

Work spouses often have deep respect for each other and can even work together to solve problems. These types of friendships are mutually beneficial, as they can help both people succeed professionally. This relationship is not only a great source of emotional support but can also provide valuable insight into the workplace and help you improve at your job. Having a go-to person who understands you and your day-to-day work gives you an even greater sense of comfort and security in the workplace.

Deep office friendships like these can be a great win for both parties involved and make going to work enjoyable. Such a relationship might take some time to develop, but it’s worth it in the end. The trust and camaraderie of having a work spouse can make a huge difference in job satisfaction and even help you progress professionally.

By forming a healthy, platonic relationship with someone in your workplace, you can find yourself feeling more fulfilled at work and be more successful overall. If you’re looking to form deeper connections with your colleagues and build meaningful partnerships, consider finding yourself a work spouse.

20 Signs You Have a Work Spouse

Having a work spouse can be a great source of support and understanding.

If you frequently find yourself having meaningful conversations with one of your colleagues, confiding in them about your work-related problems, or simply enjoying their company and sharing a laugh—you may have already found yourself a work spouse!

Here are 20 clear signs that you have a work spouse:

1. You confide in each other.

Is your work husband the person you go to when you’re having a bad day at the office? Do you feel safe sharing your work-related worries and anxieties with them? Sharing your concerns with one another is prime work hubby material.

2. Mutual respect between you is strong. 

If you and your work wifey truly value each other’s opinions and treat each other with respect—both professionally and personally—then that’s a great sign of a work spouse. You should be able to rely on each other in the workplace, as well as be able to disagree without feeling uncomfortable.

3. Staying late to finish projects together isn’t a chore.

Nobody likes staying after hours, but maybe your best friend at the office makes it a little bit more bearable. If you two are willing to stay late together and help each other on projects, that’s a surefire sign of a deep bond.

4. They understand each other’s boundaries and respect them.

A true work spouse (and vice versa) will understand each other’s boundaries, both professional and personal, and respect them. 

It’s important to have unspoken emotional intelligence about when it’s appropriate to talk about office-related topics, personal life, and when it’s time for a break. Respect is key in any relationship, especially one that involves the workplace.

5. You trust each other’s judgment and advice. 

When you need a second pair of eyes on a project, you trust what they say as a professional.

6. Lunch dates are a regular occurrence.

You may have found your platonic soul mate if you’re always saving a seat for your work wife at the lunch table. Going to lunch or grabbing food together is a great way to build a working relationship.

7. There’s a mutual understanding of each other’s workloads.

Empathizing with your workload and offering support when needed is an important part of your dynamic. If you can relate to what they are going through, it’s a sign that you guys have a strong connection.

8. You help each other out with work tasks.

If you have to duck out early to pick your kid up from soccer practice, is your work spouse the one who offers to help you finish up your tasks? Do you return the favor when it’s their turn to leave early? If so, you have a great back-and-forth of support.

9. Their birthday is on your calendar.

Birthdays don’t pass without acknowledging each other whether it’s lunch or a small gift, your work bestie will make you feel special.

10. Conversations tend to be more personal than professional. 

If your conversations with a co-worker transcend just talking about the job and progress to more personal issues, you two likely have formed a close bond. 

They are someone who listens to how your weekend was, know about your real spouse and romantic relationships, offers emotional support, and shares their own life experiences with you as well.

11. You know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. 

Your work spouse should be someone you can rely on and who knows your strengths and weaknesses as a professional. They should understand how to get the most out of you so you can both succeed.

Having a platonic friendship with someone in the office that understands your working style is invaluable and helps you perform to the best of your abilities.

12. It’s not unusual to receive a text from them.

Having each other’s personal contact information is a good sign that your relationship goes beyond just the workplace. You should be comfortable enough with each other to stay in touch after hours and exchange tips about work, home life, or even vacation spots.

13. There’s open communication regarding constructive criticism between one another.

Having an honest and open dialogue is essential for a strong working relationship. If you’re both open to constructive criticism and feedback, then this could be the sign of a true work spouse.

Knowing that you have someone who will give you their true opinion, even if you don’t agree with it all the time, is another important cornerstone of a successful work-life balance.

14. They’re the first person you share your successes (and failures) with.

If you can openly share your successes and failures with your work spouse and celebrate each other’s accomplishments, then you have a strong connection that will last for the long haul.

15. They know your coffee order.

Nothing says early mornings in the office like that first cup of coffee. If your work spouse knows your coffee order, then you know they’re a keeper.

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16. You’ve developed inside jokes over the years.

Humor gets us through some of the toughest times. If you and your work spouse have been able to develop inside jokes over the years, it’s a reflection of understanding, trust, and comfort. It’s also a sign that no matter what comes up—the fun times will remain.

17. There’s a strong sense of trust.

Trust is an important cornerstone of a strong relationship, and it’s the same for work spouses. You should be able to tell your work spouse about any successes or issues that might come up in the office without worrying about them judging you or gossiping about it.

18. They know what your goals are, and you know theirs.

Having someone in the office who understands and supports your long-term goals. If you can talk openly about your dreams and ambitions with a work spouse, it means you’re on the right track.

19. You can disagree without too much tension.

Disagreeing is part of life, and conflicts will happen at the office. Still, it’s important to be able to talk about any issues without taking things personally or having too much tension. Being able to agree to say your piece and move on is a sign of a strong platonic office spouse.

20. Going into the office isn’t so bad when they’re there.

Having a strong friendship with your workmate makes getting up in the morning much easier! If you find yourself looking forward to going into the office because of this great friendship, then you know that it’s solid and lasting.

10 Challenges of Having a Work Spouse

Having a go-to co-worker can be a great way to find an ally at the office, but you must understand that there are also some potential challenges.

Read on to learn more about navigating the sometimes tricky waters of having a work spouse:

1. Workplace gossip and rumors can be difficult to manage.

Unfortunately, no matter how old we get, high-school-level drama can still happen. If you’re part of a close work relationship, you need to be delicate in managing any gossip once it starts flying.

2. Maintaining a strict boundary between work and personal life might be problematic. 

Try to remember that while having a work spouse is great, there are still emotional boundaries that should be respected and enforced. Your primary focus should always be on doing your job well and keeping any conversations professional.

Having a close working relationship can make distinguishing between your job and personal life difficult. Be conscious that while you may be close friends with someone in the office, there’s still a line that should not be crossed.

3. Physical attraction could lead to romantic feelings, which could complicate the relationship. 

It’s important to realize that having a work spouse shouldn’t lead to romantic feelings. If physical attraction or an emotional connection starts forming, it could complicate the relationship and even lead to awkward situations in the office.

4. It can be hard not to take things personally if you get a promotion or other recognition while the other doesn’t. 

No matter how much trust and understanding there are between two people, it’s natural to feel a bit hurt if one of you gets promoted or recognized in the office and the other doesn’t. 

Having empathy is essential here, but it can be hard not to take things personally.

5. Breaking up is hard: it can be tough to separate yourself from your work spouse once it’s time to move on. 

We all know that at some point, a LinkedIn recruiter will find us and our time in the office will come to an end. While it’s hard to say goodbye to your work spouse, you must be able to separate yourself and move on without feeling too attached. Moving on can be difficult but necessary for both of you.

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6. Working together can lead to increased stress and competition. 

Just like any relationship, when two people work closely together, it can be easy to start feeling competitive with one another. This can often lead to added stress in the workplace and even decreased productivity.

Each person must maintain their individual goals and projects while not letting any competitive feelings get in the way of their working relationship.

7. It can be challenging to maintain a balanced relationship when one person has more power than the other. 

If there’s an imbalance in power—such as if one person has a higher level of authority than the other—it could take some trial and error to maintain a balanced relationship. This is especially true if the power imbalance leads to favoritism in the office.

8. Your real-life romantic partner could become jealous of your work-spouse relationship.

At the end of the day, we’re all human, and feelings of jealousy about your relationship with someone of the opposite sex can arise from time to time. If your partner is feeling jealous of the close relationship you have with someone at work, it’s essential to be open and honest about it.

Let your real-life partner know that you value your work-spouse relationship for its platonic qualities. Communication is key to any successful relationship, so make sure to take time to talk through things with your partner.

9. Think twice before confiding in your work spouse about something confidential.

As with any co-worker, it’s important to think twice before you share something confidential or sensitive with your work spouse. 

Remember that although they may be a trusted colleague, they still work for the same organization and are your co-worker before friends.

10. Be mindful of office gossip and avoid participating in it with your work spouse.

Gossiping about co-workers or the company can be tempting, but it’s important to remember that your words come with consequences. 

Be especially cautious of engaging in gossip or involving your work spouse. It’s better to stay focused on the tasks at hand and stay away from water cooler conversations. Additionally, be wary of typing anything on Slack that you wouldn’t say to their face.

Closing Thoughts

Having a work spouse can be beneficial in many ways, but it’s important to remember that maintaining a healthy work marriage requires respect, trust, and communication. Therefore, it’s essential to keep the lines of communication open and stay mindful of potential power imbalances or awkward situations.

Try to find a balance between friendly conversation during your workday, yet set these chats aside once it’s time to get back to work. At the end of the day, your relationship with your work spouse should be a supportive and platonic one. With these tips in mind, you can help ensure that your relationship is successful!

Are you trying to deepen your relationship with your work friends? Check out this post on how to be a more supportive friend.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have a work spouse?

If you find yourself confiding in a colleague, spending lots of time with them, and discussing non-work matters on a regular basis, it’s likely that you have developed a work-spouse relationship. 

What are some benefits of having a work spouse?

A work spouse can be beneficial in many ways, such as having a confidant at the office to discuss challenges with, a built-in lunch date, and someone to go on a fun work adventure with.

What are some things to do with your work spouse?

A work spouse relationship is essentially your best friend in the office. You’ll no doubt support each other, confide in personal information, and maybe even go on a teambuilding challenge together.

Why do we need a work spouse?

Having a work-spouse relationship can make going to the office more enjoyable. Work isn’t anyone’s favorite activity, and your work spouse can make getting out of bed a little easier.

Is it possible to have more than one work spouse?

Never say never, but technically you’re in a monogamous workplace relationship. This person is generally your working bestie, and you share a unique connection with them.