Even if you use dating sites like Match.com, you cannot stay online forever. At a certain point, you are going to have to go on a real, live date. Hopefully you still remember how to do that! You can often rely on the other person to come up with ideas for a date, but it's not always as easy as it may sound. So it doesn't hurt to have a handful of suggestions ready to go if the two of you have trouble deciding on what to do.
But first things first. If you met the person online, then your first date should be relatively short (an hour or less) and in a public spot, such as a cafe or casual restaurant. This is what is recommended by dating experts with your safety in mind. Once you are beyond the "getting to know you" stage, you can move on to a longer date. Here are some ideas that may suit you:
1) Go to a museum. This is a great option if your interests align about a certain subject. Fortunately, there are museums for just about everything, such as science, history, and even music. Therefore, chances are high that you will be able to find a museum that both of you are interested in. As an added bonus, going to a museum affords you plenty of opportunities to talk and have a meaningful conversation.
2) Have a picnic. If you are both interested in the outdoors, what would be better than a picnic. Regardless of where you live, there will be numerous picnic spots to choose from. As with a museum, this type of date allows you the chance to have an uninterrupted conversation and as such, can be an ideal first date.
3) Dinner and Movie. This one sounds boring, but there is a reason it's so popular. Everyone loves a good movie, and dinner can be both romantic and a great way to connect. But I encourage you to try something different, and go to the movie first. This way, you'll have yet another thing to talk about during dinner, eliminating the possibility that you won't have anything to discuss.
If you are still at the stage where you are looking for someone to meet, consider using Match.com. I talked about this site in a previous post, but to recap, it is an excellent general dating site that has a huge membership and can work well for just about anyone. Using a free trial is a terrific way to try this site without any kind of risk to you. In my opinion, the Match.com free trial is the best way to find love. There are other dating sites you can try as well, but my advice is to start first with a major site like Match.com.
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