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10 Online Dating Alternatives to Meeting Your Perfect Match IRL

The world has drastically changed over the past few years. The arrival of new and diverse technological advancements have led to the revolutionization of several aspects of our daily lives–dating included. While dating in the digital age should make matters easier, considering we now have the entire world at our fingertips, the task remains daunting to many. The rise of dating applications certainly came with its pros and cons, so much so that many have sworn off the idea altogether. Though, there is no need to despair.

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Whether prior experiences have led you to kick digital dating to the curb, or you simply prefer the old fashion way, there still exist many routes to meeting your ideal match in real life.

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10 Coffee Shops

Making your way to the coffee shop does not have to be the speedy ordeal it tends to be. You may not realize how shuffling through the masses to get your iced latte might be an opportunity missed. Take in your surroundings, you may see an attractive stranger lurking nearby, and if you are lucky to be in a place where names are tied to orders, you might even get his or her name.

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Strike up a conversation with a stranger next time you pass through your favorite coffee shop. Or you may even go on your free time to read a book or do some work.

9 Libraries

Many of us have stopped frequenting libraries since we tossed our hats on graduation day. Yet the library surprisingly remains a valid option to meet new people. Visit your local library and you will see for yourself. A series of activities are often organized within libraries and so on an array of interesting topics or skill acquisition hence signing up for one may help you meet the perfect match.

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Furthermore, if you are a bookworm, you might just find your other half with an equal love for Dickens or Poe.

8 Work

While work can easily be viewed as a place of seriousness, after-work functions are there to help you network and let loose a little. Should your place of work host different celebratory events throughout the year—like a Christmas party, for instance—you may consider attending to make a new connection there. That is especially if the event happens in a popular bar, restaurant or pub.

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Open your mind to the possibility of meeting someone new and make yourself available to new connections.

7 Conferences

Conferences are a great way to network and make meaningful connections with others. Depending on whether the conference is work-related or a place you have chosen to attend based on personal interest, you may be surprised at the kind of people you can meet there. Most conferences are set to facilitate the ability to meet others, hence you have nothing to lose in attending one.

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Not only do you get to learn new information that can be crucial to your personal development, but you also get the chance to meet your future significant other.

6 Travel

Taking some time off to travel is key to a happy and structured life. Grab a few friends and go on an organized trip across the world or a road trip to another city. We are lucky to live in a world which grants access to other places quite easily through reliable methods of transportation such as cars and planes. Moreover, novel places mean an increased possibility to meet new and different people.

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Open your mind to meeting folks from outside of your city, and you never know what the latter may have in store for you.

5 Bars and Lounges

Bars and lounges are the perfect places to meet new people. Though sometimes it could require a bit of work on your end. You can either try the cold turkey method and strike a conversation with a stranger you find attractive or maybe someone will spot you. The best way to meet new people is to put yourself out there and bars or lounges are the perfect places to socialize and get cozy.

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You may spot your future lover seated at the bar or out with their friends to meet someone like you. Either way, it's a win-win.

4 Speed Dating

Speed dating may be an old fashioned idea to many, but it remains a valid option. Surprisingly, speed dating events are still organized in most cities and have since specialized into different categories such as age, hobbies, interests and more. Get out there and sign up for a speed dating event. You can even drag a single friend with you and both of you can have fun while exploring the different options available to you. Who knows?

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The love of your life may have gotten dragged to the same event too, and the art of serendipity will ensure you two meet.

3 Gym

Getting fit and in shape may be the purpose of the gym, but it also is a great place to meet new people. The major pro here is you get the chance to meet your potential boo, but you may also find a life-long health and fitness partner in him or her. If you are too shy to go to the gym and start up a fitness routine solo, workout classes are also a great way to break a sweat and see new faces. Plus, if your crush sees you panting and sweaty but remains interested in getting to know you, then you can be certain you have got yourself a winner.

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2 A Friendly Set Up

You know that friend who told you they knew someone you might be into? You might want to give them a call and see if that person is still available. A lot of times, we tend to dismiss offers from close friends and family, but you could be surprised where the latter can land you. You can either ask or allow a friend or family member to set you up with that person they think you would "get along with soooo well" and see where things go. After all, what do you really have to lose?

1 Join A Club

Are you into collecting stickers? Are you a die-hard Harry Potter fan? Join a club near you that honors your hobbies and interest. Joining a club full of people who are into what you are into is the perfect venue to your potential significant other. Considerably, the best way to connect with someone is via mutual interests. It is worth a shot.

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