Featured Blogger: Christina Voors
It’s that time of year again, one of those summer months where landlords are raising rent prices because of competition. Yes, it’s moving season, people. All around the country, leases are ending and people are moving into their next unit. While for some, this may be a place just across town, for others it’s across the state or even across the country.
Many of you may find yourselves in a completely new environment, one that you have yet to get to know. It’s an exciting time! But also intimidating. There is so much to do, so much to explore. It’s not home for you yet. You don’t have your favorite café around the block from you anymore, or that trivia place you would go to with friends. It’s time to start anew, time to find your new go-tos and to make this town your home.
But where to start? Maybe you don’t have friends here yet; maybe you don’t know where the good spots to go are. If you want to jumpstart that process, online dating is one of the best tools for you to use.
But I just moved, I’m not ready to date, some of you may be thinking. That’s valid, and there’s a way to bypass that. Simply put in your profile’s bio that you’re new to town and want someone to show you around and maybe give you some advice.
Online dating opens more doors than just meeting your matches. It helps you to explore your city, try new things, and to get to know your environment. Figure out what it is they like to do. Where their favorite spots are. What they like and dislike about your new area. Better yet, if you and your date hit it off, they can move past telling you and show you. Already, you will know some of the favorite spots and this new area will start feeling all the more familiar to you.
Additionally, you can put in your bio that you are just looking for friends. Online dating is actually a great way to meet people, and through this, you can meet someone you hit it off with and meet their connections as well. Already, you’re becoming more engrained in your community.
Something to keep in mind through this, however, is that you may be too unfamiliar with the area to know what the safety hazards are. What are the bad areas? What should you look out for?
Choose a dating app that takes care of those problems for you, like Chekmate. Keep initial communication in the app and follow through with predetermined spots that allow you to be comfortable in your environment. Video chat with your match before meeting in person, ensuring that it is someone you will be comfortable spending your time with.
Keeping it simple will allow you to relax and have fun, getting to know your match and your new city, quickly allowing your new environment to feel like home.