The summer’s off to a pretty sweet start.
But you know what would make it even better? A little bit of summer lovin’ in the form of a good old-fashioned summer fling.
1. Steamy summer sex.
The summer heat invites a little more passion and a raw relaxation of sexual inhibitions. Think the uniting of sweaty, sun-kissed bodies, warm and salty from a day at the beach. That’s all.
2. You look good. And someone should appreciate that.
Everyone looks better in the summer when they’re bathing suit-ready and with a tan. You won’t look as great a few months from now, so take advantage of how good you look naked.
3. You have a date for all the fun summer activities.
From couple-filled cottage weekends (where you’d otherwise be the 9th wheel), to BBQs, concerts and weddings, a summer fling offers a trusted wingman for your jam-packed summer social calendar. You also get someone to spend the weekends with when all of your friends are out of town.
4. It’s low pressure/low drama.
The best thing about a fling is that it offers the best of the relationship world while avoiding the heavy, dramatic and annoying aspects of a real relationship (because there’s no time for that during the lazy, hazy days of summer).
5. You do things you wouldn’t normally do.
Because a summer fling isn’t meant to last (and you know it from the start), you can venture outside of your typical “type” and date someone unexpected – like that guitar-playing hippie or that girl you’d never bring home to meet the parents. And that’s exciting.
6. You make the most out of it.
The best part about a summer fling is that, when a looming expiration date is inevitable, you can make the most of the time you spend together because you know it (probably) won’t last. And neither will the nice weather.
7. It gets real in the fall.
Everyone knows that the real start to the new year is the first Tuesday after Labour Day. Meaning, even when the fling comes crumbing down, you’re going to be busy with a packed autumn of work projects, side projects and even that committee you kind of regret joining.
8. Or it could be the real deal.
Though it should by no means be expected, we do know a couple or two who have indeed started as a summer fling and are still going strong. And the best thing is it will come as a pleasant surprise.
9. Either way, you learn.
Cue Alanis Morissette. But seriously, in every relationship you learn a little more about yourself and what you are looking for in another person. Just be smart about it going in. That’s key.
For everything you need to protect yourself, check out ‘The Shelf-Life Relationship: Time Wasted or Well Spent?’, which was inspired by our own steamy summer fling.