Want to find the love of your life without the help of dating apps? Here are the best places to meet someone special – the organic way!
Dating in 2019 can be tough. The popularity of online dating apps and websites means there’s a ginormous pool of singletons and there’s almost too much option. It’s like browsing through a catalogue of people and picking and choosing based on online first impressions alone. Many a time we end up overwhelmed or disappointed with our online dating experiences.
But don’t worry, there are still plenty of ways to find love ‘organically’. You just need to know where to look!
We’re here to help. Here are some great spots to seek out the love of your life.
1. The Bar
Where else are you surrounded by plenty of attractive (and hopefully single) people? With a bit of Dutch courage, approaching someone you fancy is a lot easier. Plus, if it goes wrong, you can always blame the wine!
Head out on a Friday or Saturday night, and choose a bar that’s busy but isn’t so full that making conversation is awkward. If you head somewhere playing live music, striking up conversation on the band or singer is an easy way to break the ice.
Likewise, you can enjoy a fun night out with friends whether or not you meet someone. If you do end up building a connection with a handsome stranger, then that’s just a plus.
2. Through Friends
Meeting people through friends helps you connect with people you’re more likely to have things in common with. After all, you hang out in the same circles!
Try to say yes to invitations friends give you, and you’ll meet more people within their group.
Sometimes, you might need to directly ask your friends if they know anyone to set you up with. They may know someone single who’s perfect for you, but the thought of setting it up didn’t cross their mind. Don’t be afraid to give it a little push! If you don’t ask, you don’t get, right?
3. At Work
As you may know, many people meet their significant other through work. After all, it’s easy to grow close to someone if you spend a lot of time together.
If you work in a big company and nobody you work closely with has caught your eye, consider checking out the other departments. Many offices and companies host out-of-office meetups and drinks, so make the effort to attend these. You never know, you may end up bonding with the handsome guy from marketing!
4. The Gym
Gym bunny? Then your usual workout spot may be the perfect place to find Mr or Mrs Right. It’s a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.
Even if you can’t spot someone attractive to strike up a conversation with, you’re still getting your workout done. And if you do strike gold, you can meet someone who shares a common interest. Who knows, you may gain a gym partner out of it!
If you find approaching someone in a romantic sense a bit daunting at the gym, you can always play it cool and ask for some tips or how to work a machine. It’s an easy way to start up a conversation without coming on too strong.
5. At a Club
No, not that kind of club! If there are any activities you enjoy, it’s worth joining a suitable club. If you’re looking for someone with similar interests to you, where else can you meet someone more compatible?
Perhaps you enjoy painting art, or canoeing on the river, for example.
Just like heading out to the gym, even if you don’t meet anyone on a romantic level, you’re still getting involved in activities that excite you and you can build friendships with likeminded people.
Many groups have regular meetups, and over time you’re likely to create a bond with such people. Meet-up groups also have a strong tilt towards singletons anyway, because many people in relationships tend to engage in their favorite activities with one another.
Ready to Meet the Love of Your Life?
If you want to meet someone special the key is to make the effort to meet new people and develop relationships wherever you go – try to say yes to as many plans as you can!
You’ll need to be more proactive about going out and striking up conversations with strangers. Not only do you maximise your chances of meeting the love of your life, but you can also have fun while doing so. It’s a win-win situation!
Perhaps instead you’re in a relationship that’s struggling? If so, we have some advice on how to salvage your romance. Here are seven steps to save a relationship.