Finding your New Year’s date

I don’t know about you – but much as New Year’s is a great time to refresh, renew and make plans for going forward, it can also be kind of depressing if you are single. You know that everyone is going to be there, with their partners, kissing them at midnight. It doesn’t matter if you are in Times Square watching the Ball Drop, or at a small house party with a few friends – it really is a rubbish time to be single.

That’s why this time of year is perfect for starting the search. Wherever you live there will be a local dating site (such as a Berkshire dating site or a Wiltshire dating site). Unless you are looking for a long distance relationship, something like that is a great way to start. Just search online for dating sites near to where you live (for example dating sites in Berkshire).

Online dating is not the frowned upon thing it once was. It’s no longer seen as the thing that uncool or desperate people do – and more and more people are turning to it so the selection pool is bigger than it’s ever been. It really is a great time to start looking for that person you want to spend New Year’s with, and maybe every New Year for the rest of your life.

Wherever you live, whatever you are looking for, there are dating sites out there that will be able to offer what you are looking for. Just remember that if you don’t put yourself out there, that elusive relationship that will sweep you off your feet and make you feel like you’ve found that missing puzzle piece.

Whatever you are looking for, just remember to date safe. Make sure you meet in a public place, especially on the first time you meet up. Don’t let the have your address – even if they say it’s just to pick you up. Make sure you have a friend who knows all the details of your date – from where you are meeting and when, to who it is you are seeing and any information that you know about them. Arrange to check in with them at certain times during the evening, and have make sure your phone is fully charged so you don’t cause a panic or false alarm. Definitely let them know once you get home safely too – this is particularly relevant for women.

Make sure to arrange your own transport to and from the date, perhaps even have an excuse up your sleeve should the worst happen and you feel you need to leave early. Just because someone buys you a drink or a meal, you don’t owe them anything and don’t be pressured into anything you don’t feel comfortable with.

The most important thing though is to relax and have fun. If you’ve been chatting to someone you’ve met online then that’s the person that they want to meet in the flesh, not some nervous person who is looking over their shoulder. So whilst you need to be sensible, you can have fun and find that person too! Happy dating!

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