SHOULD you avoid planning a first date for a weekend and is it better to go for a coffee rather than dinner?
Single girl Laila Swann, right, was chosen from more than 750 applicants to travel the world asDate Explorer.
And now she’s back from visiting New York, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Rome and Stockholm with dating tips from around the world to help Brits looking for love.
Kate Taylor, dating and relationship expert at match.com, said: “Laila’s experiences have shown us that many aspects of the British dating scene may be hindering our chances of success.
“From the traditional dinner date to getting dolled up for a Saturday night on the town, all of these could be making us more uptight, raising our expectations and stopping us living in the moment.
“Our next task is to make sure singles take this advice on board and start loosening up when it comes to dating .”
Here are some of the best bits of advice which Laila gathered from single people around the world…
New York – avoid weekend dates and keep it short
New Yorkers have a much more relaxed attitude to dating than Brits, Laila discovered.
They keep their weekends reserved for seeing friends and make sure weekday dates are short and fun.
Laila said: “New York taught me that dating should be fun and not taken so seriously. When you’re going on a first date, scrap the dinner – head out for some drinks and get the conversation rolling in a fun environment.
“New Yorkers have a much more relaxed attitude to dating than the Brits and this shows in the fact that they keep their weekends reserved for hanging out with their friends. Going on a date in NYC is no big deal. I met singles who have been on up to three in one night.”
Rio de Janeiro – try group dating
Brazilians have a very laid back take on dating – and even bring along their friends.
Laila said: “Unlike the UK, dating in Brazil is very last minute. And don’t be surprised if you’re invited out for a group date. Group dating is a usual thing in Rio.
“For example, a guy will invite you out for happy hour and his friends will be joining in with the night. It sounds bizarre but it’s actually a great approach to breaking the ice and avoiding any awkward silences.”
Rome – dress to impress
Stylish Italian men put in the effort when it comes to making sure they’re well-groomed – and Laila thinks it’s important to dress to impress on a date.
But don’t dress to excess and keep make-up natural and clothes stylish and casual.
She said: “Before you meet your date, make sure that you’re looking the part. When you look good, you feel good.”
Italian men spend up to
90 minutes getting ready – and Laila would love to see British men make the same effort.
Paris – be affectionate
Parisians are very forward and aren’t afraid of public displays of affection, according to Laila.
They’re not too familiar with online dating and men might approach a woman in the street or in a bar instead.
She said we could learn from Parisians by not shying away from showing how we feel once we are comfortable on a date
– and eye contact is key.
“Even if it’s something as small as holding hands walking down the street – it can give both parties a little confidence boost,” she said.
Stockholm – be realistic
Don’t expect to meet Prince Charming on every date is the advice from Swedes.
Laila said: “The pragmatic Scandinavians I met in
Stockholm taught me that expecting to meet “The One” on every date is setting yourself up for a fall.
“Just chill out, don’t expect too much and see where the night takes you. You may be