British summertime is in full swing! Across the nation, bodies are being waxed, spray-trained and put through their paces at the gym. As a result, the dating game is entering its most exciting season. When we look and feel our best, we create higher expectations for ourselves. Suddenly, the thought of finding love under a glorious sunset no longer feels quite so out of reach. We all deserve the best when it comes to love and relationships so why not consider our top five reasons to up your dating game?
Summer bank holidays are the perfect time to enjoy lazy, romantic mini-breaks. The British coastline rivals any Mediterranean bay on a beautiful day – why not plan an extended date in a cute, beach-side town?
June, July and August are jam-packed with cool, summer festivals. Whether you’re a foodie, a music fan or a literary type, there are a host of events planned across the UK. Indulging in a shared passion is a great way for couples to strengthen a connection. Find out what interests you have in common and book tickets for your perfect festival.
The pavement cafes of European cities offer timeless romance during the summer months. What could be more lovely than learning more about a fascinating new partner while sharing an evening in Paris or Rome?
A simple date night at home becomes a great excuse for a barbecue on a gorgeous evening. Preparing food together is a fun way to bond. Add chilled sun-downers and good music for an easy yet special date.
The truth is, our UK summers don’t last long. Don’t waste the short bursts of warm weather sitting indoors wishing your perfect companion would somehow magically appear. Spend time with friends, family – anyone who makes you smile! Proactively grab every opportunity to live in the moment and along the way, you just might find love.
Our Personal Matchmakers are looking forward to creating numerous new summer love stories this year: we’d love to chat with you if you’d like to begin a new story of your own!
The #metoo movement has caused us all to look at the dynamics of our relationships with new honesty.
Previously, the misuse of power was an accepted part of our society. As a result, Hollywood’s apparent ‘shock’ over recent claims of abuse feels somewhat insincere. Marilyn Monroe famously endured the casting couch in the pursuit of fame. The exploitation of young men and women within the entertainment industry has been an accepted norm for decades.
Likewise, single men and women have lived with the possibility that a date could take a left turn. An unwanted advance. An uncomfortable exchange. A pushing of boundaries. Many victims of inappropriate behaviour have been left feeling confused; taken aback; ashamed. Worse still, many have felt compelled to humour intrusive behaviour. It’s as though the over-stepping of our boundaries is a kind of inevitable occurrence when dating.
Although the #metoo movement has been a long time coming, it is – at last – making appropriate behaviour an expectation, rather than a ‘hope’. Within our personal and professional lives, men and women are feeling more confident in setting boundaries. We no longer feel glib when drawing attention to behaviours that lack respect and decency.
The #metoo movement hasn’t taken the fun out of dating. On the contrary, it’s opened discussion and broken taboos. Relationships stand to become more honest and therefore, more real. At Searchmate we’ve always insisted upon high levels of mutual respect between our members. It’s great to see more and more people adopting our upfront and unashamed views on this.