Just because you’re single this holiday season doesn’t mean you have to be part of the lonely hearts club. There are plenty of great opportunities to go out and meet new people in your local area, whether you're looking for friendship, fun, or something a little more serious.
While online dating can be a great way to meet singles, getting out and about means you can meet new people while you get active, have a good time, and potentially discover something completely different. Here are ten of the best places to seek out for a chance to meet someone new:
1. Your Local Supermarket or Corner Store
This might sound a little strange, but if you think about it, everyone needs to buy food and eat. Try to make more of an effort to smile and make eye contact as you walk down your favorite aisle; you never know who you might meet there.
A useful pick-up to have handy is "Have you tried that kind of apple before?" It's simple, unassuming, and friendly, so it might be worth a try next time you're in the fruit and veggie aisle.
2. The Gym or an Exercise Class
If you are into keeping fit, or at least thinking about it, the gym or a fitness class is a great starting point. There's an easy common ground between you and other people you can use to strike up conversation.
You could ask them if they come here often, what sort of exercise they like, or if it's a New Year's resolution for them to get fit, for example. And if you don't think the conversation's working, there's always the excuse that the class is over and you're too tired and going home, so it shouldn't be awkward.
3. Walking the Dog
If you have a dog or know a friend with a dog, take advantage of daily walks, as it can be a great place to meet fellow dog owners (who might just also be single). Owning a dog is a great mutual interest and makes it much easier to strike up conversations and arrange dog-walking dates and meet-ups.
4. At the Coffee Shop
If you love nothing better than reading your Sunday papers over a coffee, why not do it at your local cafe? Many people use coffee shops to read, do a crossword, or just get a change of scenery, so don’t worry about showing up alone. You never know who your eyes could fall upon while ordering your latte.
If there are any charities you feel passionate about, why not volunteer? Helping out an organization, group, or community for a few hours a week will help you feel great, do a bit of good, and it's an easy way to make new friends, acquaintances, and who knows what else.
6. Take a Class
Taking a course or advanced class can be a great way to widen your social network and learn a brand new skill. Whether it's a photography class, acting lessons, painting, or accounting course, doing something you’re interested in can often help you create a great bond with someone you’ve just met.
7. Single's Vacations
If you’re still thinking of where to book for your Easter or summer break, have you ever thought of a single’s vacation? Traveling alone doesn't have to be intimidating, and there are loads of vacations and cruises specifically for people over 50, geared toward encouraging romance somewhere warm, relaxing, and exotic.
8. Dance Classes
Social dancing like Latin, ballroom, and swing are a great way to meet people with all different levels of skill and experience. Taking up dance classes means you’re actively encouraged to talk to strangers, take them in your arms, and break the ice in a fun environment.
9. Art Exhibition or Museum
If you fancy a bit of culture, why not visit your local art gallery or museum? Gallery opening nights, exhibitions, and art museums are good places to begin where you have more potential to meet other like-minded people who share your interests.
10. Book Club
If you're a real bookworm and can't resist a good page-turner, joining a book club can be a really great idea. Here you can meet a group of people who have the same passion as you, and it’s a much easier way to find a spark and talk endlessly around a subject area or genre you both have opinions on.
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