If you’re tired of the men or women you are meeting in the usual singles scenes such as bars and nightclubs, it may be time to broaden your horizons and try alternative locations for meeting a potential partner. Here are seven different ways to meet the person of your dreams.
At your local gym
A gym is a great place to meet likeminded new friends and the opposite sex. Most gyms offer group classes like cycling which provide a new close and intimate setting and opportunities to meet people. An easy way to meet people through the gym is simply ask them how to use the gym equipment or ask them about their gym routine. Men like to show off their knowledge about exercise and the gym equipment. It’s easier to meet people that you have a common interest with and you’ll get a great workout as well.
Around your neighbourhood
Walking your dog around a park is a good way to meet a potential mate. A four-legged friend can break the ice and is a natural matchmaker. Talking about the dog is an easy conversation starter and there is something about a pet that makes the owner more irresistible in the eyes of others. And for an added bonus, you are exercising as well which can only make you more attractive to the opposite sex. In addition try going to your local haunts such as your local pub, library or cafes and mingle with the locals. Your perfect mate might be right under your nose.
Online dating is starting to be seen as a smart way for busy singles to meet people that they are compatible with and have the same dating objectives. You can view people’s pictures and get to know them via email before meeting them face-to-face. Similarly, a good way to meet someone through seven degrees of separation is through social networking websites. You might take a fancy to one of your friend’s friends or you might see someone in a group that you might take a shine to. It’s easy to poke someone on Facebook, leave a message on MySpace or follow them on Twitter without looking like a crazed stalker. Someone has to make the first mouse click, why can’t it be you?
Home improvement stores
Another great place to meet people is a home improvement store. These stores are almost overrun with handy men or hapless women who might need a helping hand. You may find the person of your dreams in the paint aisle or at the very least may find a partner who is capable of fixing a leaky tap for you. While home improvement and maintenance may not be your ideal way to spend a Saturday morning, you might be pleasantly surprised by the number of available men and women wandering the aisles of a home improvement store on a weekend.
At your local beer garden
A good way to meet the opposite sex is having a cheeky drink in a beer garden on the weekend or after work. It’s much easier to find a laidback guy or girl in a pub than the latest hot spot filled with women dancing around their handbag or men who are surrounded by their friends. Sports bars are also a good bet and the game playing on the TV provides a natural conversation-starter. Find a pub or tavern that has a pool table or darts. It’s a great way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Looking for real estate
Going to house inspections on a Saturday afternoon is a good way to meet a gorgeous real estate agent or people who may be in the market more than property. It’s very easy to engage a person about the light fittings, size of the bathroom or the high maintenance garden. You have to pick your target carefully though. You’re more likely to meet someone who is single when looking at a one or two bedroom apartment in the city rather than a four bedder in the suburbs.
Another great place to meet single people is a laundromat. Even if you own your own washer and dryer, head on down to your local laundromat and you are sure to meet some available men or women who like clean underwear or fresh towels – always a bonus. While the laundromat may not be your ideal location for meeting a new partner, there is a higher certainty that the people you meet will be single and available. Strike up a conversation by asking how to use the machines or ask them for change.
Meeting someone can happen at any time. All it takes is the right mindset and a little pre-planning. So when you go to the local supermarket, bar or park, make sure you’ve got a nice outfit on and your A-game on because you don’t know who you might run into.