For those who travel quite a bit on business, for pleasure or personal reasons, dating locally can actually be a foreign thing to you.
This is different than dating internationally, when you are dating someone in another country or have met someone and parted ways.
It is also different than long distance relationships where your love interest is a committed partner that is living either in another city, country or continent.
Some people date online and date people all over the world, but the most traditional and old fashioned way to go on dates is, well, local dating.
This means dating people in your country, usually in your city and even your neighborhood.
Here are 5 things about local dating that are important to remember:
1. More activities possible
When you are dating someone near you, there are much more options for get-to-know you activities.
Whether it’s going to the movies, dinner, coffee, or some fun adventures like going for unusual date activities like a bike ride, skating, or playing sports.
As the relationship progresses, you will have more things available to you to explore compatible lifestyle than if the person was in another location.
This can offer very strong potential for building long-term a long term connection and compatibility
2. Social circles are part of the equation
What is largely absent in long-term relationships or international dating is the overlap or exploration of common or separate social circles.
Whether you have the same friends or you will be meeting the person’s friends, experiencing their lifestyle, meeting their friends and getting to know the social side of them can be a very important part of building a relationship.
This means that as you get to know them, you will eventually want to meet their friends and see how they treat their partner socially as well.
It can be worthwhile to do this regardless of location, but of course with local dating this is easier to arrange earlier on to find out how compatible you are socially.
3. Non-verbal communication
The benefit of being in person with someone you are dating of course is that you have non-verbal communication.
In early stages this can tell you about their level of interest and compatibility and later on in the relationship this may become very important in building intimacy and share life or relationship goals.
4. Intimacy is more readily available
Naturally, physical intimacy is an important part of relationships and why we seek companionship in dating.
When you are dating someone across a distance, this can require more planning to arrange, when compared to the spontaneity and availability of physical intimacy with a potential partner who is locally available.
While the planning can certainly be a marker or interest, the unexpectedness of local dating intimacy can offer a stronger foundation to build a long term and meaningful partnership where intimacy is a regular shared experience.
5. Long term relationship planning
Finally, it is important to remember that if you’re making it past the first few dates; you may start comparing notes on long term life goals, and begin establishing relationship goals.
With longer term dating, communication tends to be more developed, but without long term planning to reunite, the relationship has little chance to survive.
Local dating offers the opportunity to be spontaneous, but also long term planning without the complication of logistics on how to reunite, or who might have to move in order to accomplish a meaningful reunion that is fulfilling for both partners.
In this sense, the simplest aspect of local dating is of course that both parties begin in the same location and can begin planning their long term goals for the relationship, whether it’s a shared business venture, starting a family, or simply being able to enjoy the other person’s companionship in a very simple and joyful way.