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Signs that your relationship isn’t working

You may be at a crossroads in your relationship. Perhaps you’ve been together for several years and you’ve began to wonder if you are still in love with them. Maybe you’ve began doubting that they are still ‘the one’. Some doubts are normal, especially after a long-term relationship. But here are some signs that your relationship isn’t working anymore.

You can’t decide whether you still have feelings. 

It’s normal for feelings to be questioned occasionally. But if you’re always wondering whether you still love them or not, then that’s a big red flag that something isn’t quite right. Maybe you’re in a temporary rough patch, or maybe this has been ongoing for months – either way, constant questioning isn’t great. And you need to ask yourself why these thoughts keep popping into your head. 

The little things REALLY bug you.

At the start of a relationship, you are usually so consumed by love and emotions that you don’t notice the little annoying things that you partner may do. As time passes in the relationship, it is normal to begin noticing certain habits and attributes that bug you.

However, if you can’t seem to get past these, then that is a sign that your relationship isn’t working and that you are not happy in the relationship.

When talking to them is too much effort.

You don’t feel excited to talk to them about random things you see throughout your day, this relationship is on the fast path to becoming burdensome.

This includes messaging/ texting. If you were big texters at the start of the relationship, but now only message when only completely necessary, then that is something you need to think about changing, if you’re looking for ways to improve you relationship. 

You’d rather spend time by yourself or with friends.

If you’d rather be doing literally anything else than hanging out with your partner, then something is seriously wrong. You should want to spend time with them. And should feel excited too. If this isn’t the case, then this relationship is probably not for you. You shouldn’t be feeling anxious at the thought of having to make conversation. It’s not a first date! Or even third!

You feel noticeably less interested in sex.

People like to say sex isn’t the be-all and end-all in a relationship, but can be a really important and can serve as a good indicator for other problems you might be having. You should be sexually attracted to your partner, and when sex starts feeling like a burden, then something isn’t right.

Of course, after being together a long time, the amount of sex couples have often significantly decreases. But if you NEVER want to be intimate with your partner or find yourself making excuses every single time they initiate it, then you need to think why that is. 

Does their touch make your skin crawl? While this is only one way to determine if that romantic connection is still there in the relationship, your reaction to your partner’s touch says a lot about how you’re feeling. If it feels foreign or makes you uncomfortable, it’s not a good sign.

Are things fixable, or is it time to move on?

Sometimes people don’t even notice any of these signs that their relationship is not working out. People push any thoughts to the back of their heads. Or simply don’t even know they are there!

Every relationship has its problems. Even the happiest couples will hit a few bumps in the road. But there are some issues that are more like giant summits than small stumbling blocks. 

It hurts when you feel like things have soured in your relationship and it can be difficult to know whether to work it out or call it a day.

You may be scared to be alone after your relationship but here Unified Dating, we are here for you for when you are ready to get back onto the dating pool! Our dating events give you the opportunity to meet other likeminded singles.

When to put a label on it

Top 10 Effective Communication Techniques for Couples - PsychAlive

Labels are all about being clear and honest with each other about how you’re viewing the relationship. Sometimes, even the most casual, uncommitted, purely sexual relationships need labels so that all those terms are clearly spelled out and both parties are on the same page. When to put a label on it is a question we’ve all thought or asked at some point or another. Here are Unified Dating’s tips for when you get to this point.

Do labels matter in a relationship?

‘Labelling’ a relationship is defining where each person is in the relationship, their expectations, and desires. It can be a really helpful way for people to clarify, change or negotiate the terms of their relationship. However, if you end up negotiating, ensure that you are not compromising your values. 

It can be as simple as discussing whether you are just friends, friends with romantic intentions to move forward, or in a committed dating relationship. It is superimportant to be clear from the beginning to avoid heartbreak and negative feelings. And to protect the nature of the relationship as you both most likely came together because you liked each other.

It’s about being kind to each other and protecting both of your feelings. Misunderstandings hurt. And communication is really the only way to avoid them.

A relationship without labels.

Of course, there are situations when a relationship without labels might make sense. Oftentimes, a person who says they ‘don’t do labels’ is using that to say they don’t want to be tied to certain relationship expectations or commitments. But what’s important to understand about relationship labels is that they’re not necessarily about making a relationship more committed, more serious, or exclusive. 

Not talking about the terms of your relationship does not mean you don’t have one. Some people prefer to be more relaxed and not put any pressure on their partner. Even though they are looking for a serious relationship. However, we do recommend talking and being completely honest about what you are both looking for. 

Transparency is key. Talking about label-related topics like commitment and fidelity is a great opportunity to establish realistic expectations within the relations. You can build trust and security. 

Even if labels aren’t your thing, practicing open communication and sensitivity to how each of you feel is key to keeping it healthy for both parties. Throughout the whole relationship.

How to bring up the conversation.

Yes, bringing up the conversation initially can be awkward. The one in which you find out whether you and your partner are on the same page romantically. 

It’s the conversation everyone dreads. But it really doesn’t have to be! 

  • Make sure the time is right

No matter your timeline or where your needs lie in this conversation, how you approach it is vital for its successful execution. Make sure you fully understand what you want to get out of the conversation. 

Location is also important. Don’t just suddenly blurt out the question in a public setting! Make sure your both in a private place, feeling comfortable and are both in the right mindset to discuss it maturely. 

  • Avoid ultimatums

One of the biggest mistakes you can make from the situation is making it an all or nothing situation. If you’re giving an ultimatum, chances are, it’s because you already know that you and your partner want different things and you’re trying to force his or her hand. I think that deep down you know the truth and if that’s the case, maybe things aren’t working out. 

  • Be gentle, open-minded, and honest. 

Try being gentle, open-minded, and honest in your approach. This will make your partner feel at ease and feel like they can be truthful too. Even if the answer is not what you want. It’s better to both be completely transparent. 

Try something like, “I really like you and would love to know where you think this is going. Make it a more open conversation, rather than one demanding question.

Be brave and go for it. Approaching the particular conversation can require some skill and finesse. Figuring out how to start is always hard, and so is mentally preparing yourself for not liking how the conversation ends. 

But it provides a sense of clarity that can be necessary for a relationship to continue.

Fear of Falling in Love

And How To Work Through It.

Why Falling in Love Can Be So Scary | Psychology Today

Falling in love with someone can be exciting and thrilling, but for many people, it’s also scary. After all, trusting someone with your heart is no simple task. What if they break it? If you’re afraid of love, it may even stem from deeper fears of vulnerability, getting hurt or the relationship failing. Have you got a fear of falling in love?

Read on to learn Unified Dating’s tips on getting past your fear of falling in love and how to move forward with your best life!

Falling in love is an amazing feeling but does the thought of make you scared? Are you someone who avoids relationships, commitments, and/or intimacy? If your fear is beyond the initial apprehensiveness, then there is an issue. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be permanent: There are several ways to get past your phobia and anxieties, and allow yourself to experience joy with someone you care about.

A new relationship is new territory, and most of us have natural fears of the unknown. Letting yourself fall in love means taking a risk. You are placing a great amount of trust in another person, which can make you feel exposed and vulnerable. Real love makes you feel vulnerable and that’s okay, as long as you feel safe. 

If you’re able to work through your emotions, then you can better understand your feelings or concerns with falling in love! Identifying the route of your fear is the first step in overcoming it. Know that you are good enough. That love does not always end in pain and that being in love can make you grow as a person. 

Here is a step to step to follow in your journey of overcoming your fear of love.

Name your fear

Be Honest With Yourself About Why You’re Afraid.

You need to ask yourself why you are avoiding romantic relationships. Why you’re afraid of falling in love. Are your previous experiences stopping you from getting serious with someone again? Are you of the opinion that dating is unnecessary pressure, or do you think that you will never find someone who complements your personality? Whatever your reason, it is important to first identify it so you can take steps to move past these hurdles

Be honest with your answers: This is about making your life better, so avoiding the tough parts can only hurt yourself. It’s likely that you’re not afraid of love itself, but more so have internalized fears of loss or emotional pain.

 Replace the lies with the truth.

You may always have the thought at the back of your mind that ‘I’m not enough’. But that is simply your thought and no one else’s. Once you’re aware of this, the healing work becomes replacing it with the truth, which is, that you really are enough. And you are loved.

You are not without flaws, but your self-worth is not dependent on being flawless. You are worthy of love because you exist. Knowing this in your head and knowing this in your cells are two different experiences, however. So be patient with yourself as you ferret out the causes and ramifications of believing that you’re not enough and find ways of replacing that lie with the truth.

Make peace with the risk of loss.

You need to ask yourself; do you fear love or heartbreak?

Loss always hurts no matter what. So you may as well love fully while you have the chance, and trust that you WILL recover from the shattering heartbreak of loss.

Healing a broken heart often takes time. But there are things you can do to support yourself through the healing process and protect your emotional wellbeing. 

Unified Dating’s events are a fun, yet safe experience designed to make you feel comfortable with other singles. We’ve all been through heartbreak, and often others will be able to relate and help you through it!

SINGLE PARENT DATING ADVICE

4 Reasons Dating with Kids Is Actually Pretty Great

Are you a single parent ready to get back into the dating pool?

Being a single parent is one of the hardest jobs on the planet, right? Not only do we have to bear the burden of normal adult responsibilities such paying the bills, cooking, as well as juggling work and a social life, you also have to do your best raising a child. One who is healthy and happy without the daily support of two parents. Keep reading to find out Single parent dating advice !

SINGLE PARENT DATING TIP #1: USE ONLINE DATING!

There are hundreds of different dating apps to choose from. From over 50’s dating to gay apps, as well as specific niches such as farm dating. Here at Unified Dating, we offer online and offline dating events in a variety of locations. Our hosts are passionate about bringing people together and highly social. They will effortlessly welcome you to the events and introduce you to the other attendees.

SINGLE PARENT DATING TIP #2: BE CONFIDENT

Confidence is always important when you are single and looking to meet someone. However, it can be easy to worry too much about what other people think. This can happen when you are not sure if your child is going to accept your new partner. Or even the fact that you are back in the dating pool. 

If you have older children, it is important to keep an open dialogue with them. They may not understand your need for adult companionship, but that is fine. Usually the level of acceptance depends on when your previous relationship ended and the situation.

As a parent, you just have to assure your child/children that they will always be your first priority.

SINGLE PARENT DATING TIP #3: TAKE YOUR TIME

You may want to jump straight in, but we recommend to take your time. You want to feel completely ready that you are ready to date someone new. Take things nice and slow. It may take your children time to be ready for a new person around the house. Your first responsibility is to your kids. You want to wait before making introductions. 

You may also want to make sure that things are good with your past partner which can take time. You are simply looking for someone who is going to accentuate your life!

SINGLE PARENT DATING TIP #4: BE COMPLETELY HONEST (FULL DISCLOSURE)

If you are dating online, you are likely going to face the decision of disclosure regarding your children. Many single parents choose to put that in their profile as it means they will only attract people who are accepting of this. Others do not as they do not want people to rule them out. It is ultimately your decision when you want to tell someone about your children. 

You want to go with what feels natural or let it come up in conversation on its own. You want to tell someone before you meet up though. Give them the choice to proceed so you do not have to worry about how you will bring it up during your date.

SINGLE PARENT DATING TIP #5: TRY TO BE FLEXIBLE

 As a single parent, it is not always easy to be flexible. You often have to schedule dates around when your children will not be around or when you arrange someone to look after them. There are a few ways you can date and still be with your children. One suggestion is having an initial Skype date. This gives the two of you the chance to talk, without the need for a babysitter. If all goes well you can commit to something longer next time.

SINGLE PARENT DATING TIP #6: INVOLVE YOUR CHILDREN 

You could try planning your dates around your children by including them. Meet your date at the park while your children are playing. Go for ice cream or go to the beach. 

There are many places you can bring your children and your date! If you do make introductions, you can just introduce the person as a friend. This gets rid of some of the pressure off you and your date and can make thins way more comfortable! 

Single parent dating advice will usually depend on your personal situation. Be confident, be accepting and make sure you feel completely comfortable.

Is Music a Dealbreaker?

Couples That Listen To Music Together Have More Sex - EDMTunes

When it comes to dating, there are plenty of factors affecting compatibility. We scrutinise potential romantic partners on multiple things, especially when you first meet your partner. On how they dress, what movies they like, and of course, their Spotify playlists! So, is music a dealbreaker for you?

Finding someone with your musical taste can be an essential part of how two people come together. 

Music can be a great icebreaker. It’s an interest that many daters share and look forward to discussing. According to OkCupid, 85% of daters say music has a big influence on their lives.

In fact, music is the most popular response. Above movies, books, and sports to the question ‘Which would you prefer your ideal match to be more into?’ with 37% of respondents selecting music. In addition, a third of singles believe a person’s musical preference is a good indicator of their intelligence level. 

Why music shouldn’t be a deal-breaker.

Not everyone agrees that music, or any taste-based preference, should be weighted so heavily. Natalie Lue, relationship expert and creator of the podcast The Baggage Reclaim Sessions with Natalie Lue, says people often mistake taste with values.

“People think taste is shorthand for an expression,” she says. “It’s a trap that we all fall into as humans, where we imagine that the reason we’re really into a particular type of music is because it says something about our character and what type of person we are.”

Lue also believes that as a society, we’ve been socialized into believing that we can tell a lot about how compatible we are with somebody by the crossover of interests. This can include horoscopes, similarities in upbringings and childhoods and even past traumas.  

How the importance changes at different stages.

Even though musical taste can play a role in relationship formation, it drops off in importance as relationships progress. When you are truly in love, little things like music don’t seem to matter so much.  

However, in a distressed marriage, minor differences seem to take on greater importance. Couples mistakenly use those differences as evidence that they really shouldn’t be with each other.  In other words, if a couple is getting along, they will tolerate differences in music and entertainment choices. But if they feel constantly distressed, those differences will become symbolic of the distress. And they will feel more unmanageable. 

So, can two people who have different tastes in music still be in a happy relationship?

For sure! Reassess the situation and think, is this a big enough deal breaker to not give this person a chance? It is completely possible to find genres that you both enjoy. Or why not mix up your playlists at home?! 

It doesn’t mean you’re not going to get along in a relationship and have chemistry or love!

Unified Dating offers experiences in which you can make real connections with likeminded people. Check out our dating events today!

THE EVOLUTION OF DATING

The history of dating- and secrets to find The One | Express.co.uk

Online dating is now a billion dollar industry, but how did the online dating world actually come about? Let’s have a look at the evolution of dating.

Online dating has transformed from a last-ditch effort for the desperate to a serious contender in the search for love. I think we can all name a couple who met on a website or app.

In this blog we look through the evolution of dating through to the digital era…

1600s

Personal advertisements began to appear in newspapers in the 17th century, melding matchmaking with media for the first time. These ads were often for single men who were of the appropriate years for bachelorhood.

1700s

Matrimonial agencies and ads remained big business in Britain into the 18th century. Newspaper’s were also one of the only ways for gay men and women to meet discreetly and safely when homosexuality was illegal.

1800s

Personal ads got their first taste of mainstream success in the 1800s, when Europe’s aristocrats used them to engage in scandalous romantic entanglements. The rest of the public caught on by the mid-1800s. By the end of the century, con artists realised they had perfect victims in vulnerable singles searching for love. The dating scam was born.

1900s

In the fall of 1965,  2 Harvard students used an IBM 1401 computer to create the very first computer-based matchmaking service in the United States.

Inspired by the paltry dating scene of post-war academia, the men built a 75 question survey for love-hungry applicants to fill out. Singles would mail in their questionnaires and receive a list of computer-generated matches in return.

By 1966, Operation Match claimed to have 90,000 people using their services!

Dating sites were officially invented in 1995 by Andrew Conru. He enabled people to find and introduce themselves to prospective links over the internet. The site allowed you to become a member by creating a profile and uploading personal information such as age, gender, location, and sex.

2000s

We have now got to the point of having niche dating sites, such as farmers only sites. It caters to rural dwellers, particularly farmers. The majority of people using this app tend to marry within their professions as from its name, such as oagricultural owners, livestock owners, and ranchers.

In 2013, Tinder revolutionised the online dating industry with a simple system, swipe right if interested, left if not. Instead of having a matchmaker rifle through thousands of profiles to find someone unique, users could decide whether they liked someone based off a few photos. 

In comparison to the services which had come before, Tinder made dating simple, but it also, as studies have found, made it less about lasting connections and relationships and more about casual hook-ups and cheesy openers. 

What does the future have in store for tech-savvy singles? Revenue in the Online Dating segment is projected to reach US$3,241m in 2021.

Experts predict it could be video, or virtual reality, or artificial intelligence, or DNA matching. Whatever it is, two things are certain: it’s bound to be big business, and there’s no tool humans won’t try if it means finding the connection we crave deeply!

Try out Unified Dating’s dating events today!

The Future of Dating Post Pandemic

Spring is here, vaccines are making their way into people’s immune systems, and singles are beginning to go out on dates! However, what will the future of dating post pandemic look like?

While the prospect of dating like “normal” is exciting, it can also result in FODA, or fear of dating again.

One of the biggest shifts, we’ve seen over the last year is how we work. We’ve gone completely remote, meetings have moved online and we are now used to working from our home office’s… or bed!

Socialising and, more specifically, dating have also gone though quite a transformation over the last year. The way we have been able to connect has completely changed. I mean, how can you meaningfully date when you’re stuck indoors during a pandemic?

Back in March 2020, when lockdown first hit and we found ourselves inhabiting a strange, new way of existing, we might have assumed that the pandemic would put dating on hold. That was not the case.

With an increase in use of dating apps and dating event companies like Unified Dating, people have still made the effort to connect with other like-minded singles. In April 2020, messaging on Tinder increased globally by 52% since the start of March. UK Hinge also reported that almost half of their users had been on a video date since the new function launched last summer.

Even people that did not consider themselves to be ‘tech-savvy’, increasing become more active online and interested in online dating. Those who adopted digital-first mindsets throughout the pandemic were eager to find love in new ways.

Dating during the pandemic has soared!

So what, does the future of online dating look like now?

While the use of online dating has endured, the real growth is yet to come. As dating hotspots open their doors once more, meetups will be the first priority, giving opportunity for brands to promote businesses and activities for couples.

It seems likely that many people will continue to choose online dating, rather than face to face. In particular, young people that have not yet had the vaccine. 

But for those who will choose to meet up in person, being able to trust your date now underpins everything.

When you’re dating, it’s always important to work out your boundaries and dealbreakers and let your date know what these are, as you need to. It has been very important to set boundaries for your dates since the first. 

These boundaries may have rolled back or pushed forward depending on infection rates, Tier systems etc. but they should always be there.

Here are some boundaries you may want to talk to your date about before meeting up:

taking regular Covid-tests (especially before meeting)

  • agreeing to be physically exclusive with your date after a certain period of time
  • a period of quarantining before forming a ‘social bubble’
  • choosing to social distance on dates or to spend all of your time outdoors.
  • wearing a mask at times… yes you can still date whilst wearing a mask!

Researchers found that those who had indicated they felt more vulnerable to disease consistently displayed much lower levels of interest in their prospective dates, but it is still possible to date in the post-pandemic world! 

Unified Dating offer online and offline events so you can choose whichever makes you feel more comfortable. 

Signs He’s Boyfriend Material

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Whether you’re on date 1, 5, or 20 these tell-tale signs prove he’s worthy of something more serious! Here are Unified Dating’s top signs he’s boyfriend material:

He’s A Nice Guy

I think deep down you can always tell if someone is a nice person or not. If you’re constantly hoping that he is going to change or do something for you… he probably isn’t the one for you. A nice guy will care about your feelings, be interested in spending time with you, and be courteous. 

His Values Are Similar To Yours

There probably aren’t two people anywhere on earth with all the same values. You can’t expect to agree on what’s most important every time. And, you can often work out a compromise if your values conflict in small ways. However, if your values are too far apart, you’ll always be at odds with each other. He isn’t boyfriend material for you if you can’t agree on the basics, right?!

Being Reliable And On-Time

When he says he’ll meet you at 7 p.m. he’s there on time. And, after your third date when you left your keys in the cab, he comes over to sit with you outside your apartment until the locksmith comes.

He Knows How To Make You Laugh

Every woman wants a boyfriend with a good sense of humour. A hilarious guy brings a special kind of joy into your life. Maybe he tells humorous stories or jokes. Perhaps he has a way of helping you see the silly side of life. 

When you’re with someone like that, being in a good mood really does come naturally.

When You Share Good News, He’s Just As Excited About It As You Are

When something wonderful happens to you, you want to tell everyone you see. Unfortunately, not everyone will care that you aced your finals, got a promotion at work, or just brought home the most adorable puppy. But, when you find a man who cares for you so much that your every joy excites him, you’ve found a real prize.

You Can Imagine A Future With Him

While it’s beautiful to live your life in the present moment, it also makes sense to consider what’s coming next. Take a moment to imagine what your life will be like a few years from now. If you see a future where you can be happy with him, he might just be the guy for you.

You Feel Comfortable Introducing Him To Your Friend’s and Family

Knowing that your other half will get along with your loved ones can be such a relief. No more awkwardness or excuses for getting out of family reunions and pub nights

You Feel Comfortable Around Him 

This is one of the most important signs. You don’t have pretend to be more or less of what you actually are. You will feel like you can tell him anything and he won’t judge or make you feel bad about yourself. 

You also need to ensure you feel comfortable with being in his presence. You feel safe and know that he will protect you, even when you first meet!

Whether you’re on date 1, 5, or 20 these tell-tale signs prove he’s worthy of something more serious!

He’s A Nice Guy

I think deep down you can always tell if someone is a nice person or not. If you’re constantly hoping that he is going to change or do something for you… he probably isn’t the one for you. A nice guy will care about your feelings, be interested in spending time with you, and be courteous. 

His Values Are Similar To Yours

There probably aren’t two people anywhere on earth with all the same values. You can’t expect to agree on what’s most important every time. And, you can often work out a compromise if your values conflict in small ways. However, if your values are too far apart, you’ll always be at odds with each other. He isn’t boyfriend material for you if you can’t agree on the basics, right?!

Being Reliable And On-Time

When he says he’ll meet you at 7 p.m. he’s there on time. And, after your third date when you left your keys in the cab, he comes over to sit with you outside your apartment until the locksmith comes.

He Knows How To Make You Laugh

Every woman wants a boyfriend with a good sense of humour. A hilarious guy brings a special kind of joy into your life. Maybe he tells humorous stories or jokes. Perhaps he has a way of helping you see the silly side of life. 

When you’re with someone like that, being in a good mood really does come naturally.

When You Share Good News, He’s Just As Excited About It As You Are

When something wonderful happens to you, you want to tell everyone you see. Unfortunately, not everyone will care that you aced your finals, got a promotion at work, or just brought home the most adorable puppy. But, when you find a man who cares for you so much that your every joy excites him, you’ve found a real prize.

You Can Imagine A Future With Him

While it’s beautiful to live your life in the present moment, it also makes sense to consider what’s coming next. Take a moment to imagine what your life will be like a few years from now. If you see a future where you can be happy with him, he might just be the guy for you.

You Feel Comfortable Introducing Him To Your Friend’s and Family

Knowing that your other half will get along with your loved ones can be such a relief. No more awkwardness or excuses for getting out of family reunions and pub nights

You Feel Comfortable Around Him. 

This is one of the most important signs the guy you’re seeing is boyfriend material. You don’t have pretend to be more or less of what you actually are. You will feel like you can tell him anything and he won’t judge or make you feel bad about yourself. 

You also need to ensure you feel comfortable with being in his presence. You feel safe and know that he will protect you, even when you first meet!

Make sure to look out for these Signs He’s Boyfriend Material and stay safe!

Great Zoom Date Ideas

How to Date Online During Coronavirus & Social Distancing | GQ

Even though life is now becoming more of a normality, many people will still feel uncomfortable to meet up and go on dates in person. If you are unsure about face-to-face contact, this blog is for you! Keep reading for Great Zoom Date Ideas!

Dating over Zoom is a much more relaxed environment to get to know someone.  Whereas dates normally included travel, negotiation over meeting place, hesitancy over whether the location would have great lighting, the right kind of wine menu, or whether you will be able to hear your date over the din. All of this is removed when you are able to date successfully from the comfort of your own home!

When our lives are hectic, filled with work, friends, events, conferences, and parties, there is often no time to contemplate our “singleness”.  Finding ourselves in isolation, there is far more time to focus on ourselves, whether through personal development, or choosing to explore a new relationship.

If you’re just single and want some ideas on what to do when you have a first date online… get ready! Here are some great Zoom ideas to help you make a success of your dates!

Have a location-based date!

The world of dating over Zoom has opened up the potential to not only date someone based anywhere in the world, but to also date anywhere in the world… With Zoom you can upload any type of picture or video as a backdrop, without even needing a green screen! Yes, it can occasionally look slightly glitchy – (no-one is really going to think you are sitting on a beach in the Caribbean!) it still looks pretty good – and adds to the fun of an early date. Possibly one of our faves from this Great Zoom Date Ideas list!

You can cook a meal in advance of the date that fits with the theme of the location, as well as picking music from the region. This is one of our favourite date ideas as there are so many conversation starters, for example you can choose a location that you have visited and speak about past holidays. You could even take it in turns to play different songs and discuss why they like or dislike that particular piece! If you drink alcohol, you can also pick a wine from the region.

Netflix party

A new way to watch TV together! Teleparty (formerly Netflix Party) is a new way to watch TV with your friends online. Teleparty synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to Netflix, Disney, Hulu and HBO.

If you aren’t the most chatty person and would prefer to text for the first day, Teleparty is a great way to have a conversation about what you are watching!

Draw or Paint one another

This idea seems a bit crazy, but we swear it’s super fun… even if you are bad at drawing!

The idea of a painting one another is to enjoy an evening of painting, have a favourite drink on hand and, most of all, enjoy the great company!  Painting together is a unique bonding experience – perfect for date night! 

Escape Room

If you love puzzles and a challenge, room escapes made for a super fun date night back when in-person contact was safe. The good news is that these fun activities have gone virtual and can make for a great date night over Zoom. Just choose your theme and a live guide acts as your avatar as you solve the mysteries in real time.

Virtual game night

There’s nothing like a little healthy competition to spice up a Zoom date night. If you’re a board game lover, you can play just about any game out there with Tabletop Simulator. Though might need to turn off “flip the table” if you or your partner have an especially competitive streak. For something light and silly, give Jackbox a try. These casual games of wit can show off your date’s sense of humour. 

These are truly strange times for romance, and the need for virtual date ideas doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

It may seem weird to have a date over the internet, but with more and more people meeting online in different locations, or just separated by work and family commitments or emergency situations, it’s becoming an accepted practice. Don’t let the initial strangeness get to you – come up with creative ideas to get to know your date better and look for things that you have in common to come up with more fun date ideas online. There are plenty of other Great Zoom Date Ideas on the internet!

The best UK weekend breaks for a post-lockdown getaway!

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Spoil your loved one with a romantic weekend away! England really is full of fairy-tale castles and tranquil beaches; the perfect backdrops to a romantic getaway. It boasts rolling countryside, fish and chips by the sea and abundance of pasties… and most hotels, holiday cottages and campsites are taking bookings. Find the best UK weekend breaks for a post-lockdown getaway.

Climb to the top of a historical cathedral and propose, or punt your special someone down the serene River Cam; there are a plethora of romantic break ideas to choose from. Discover hot-tubs hiding in forests, suites in castles with four-poster beds and an array of Michelin-starred romantic restaurants and vineyards. 

Here are Unified Dating’s favourite UK locations for your post-lockdown romantic getaway! 

Cornwall

The surf, the amazing seafood and the long, sandy beaches – Cornwall is perfect for a summer getaway. We particularly love St Ives and Padstow!

Devon

Why go? For the beautiful beaches, to get lost in hedge-lined lanes, for the vibrant cities and for the beautifully wild moors. But mostly for the beautiful beaches.

Oxford

Oxford is a top-class destination for culture and charm. Frequented for its book shops, punting, pubs and colleges, it is easily explored in a day making it the perfect weekend break if you live in London. The surrounding countryside is great if you want to get out of the bustling city. 

Dorset

Swimming, kayaking, hiking and cycling… there’s so many fun activities you can do with your loved one! And let’s not forget the Jurassic Coast – a World Heritage Site complete with beautiful beaches, award-winning fish and chips and sea-carved bays.

Edinburgh

Hike up Arthur’s Seat, visit the castle, eat at all manner of fabulous restaurants and explore the cute little nooks and crannies that are hiding at every turn. Such a magical place to be with your partner. 

Norfolk

Best weekend break in the UK for its leisurely strolls along the windswept, marsh-studded coastline followed by a well-earned local ale in one of the region’s countless pubs.

Brighton

Brighton is easily reached from London and is the perfect spot for people watching. Granted, Brighton Beach doesn’t make social distancing the *easiest* of pursuits, but the city’s bohemian and hippy vibe kinda makes the bustle worth it. There are so many bars and restaurants to choose from!

New Forest

Why go? Designated a national park in 2005, the New Forest is charming and a joy to explore – scattered with cycle tracks, deer and quaint little villages. And it’s not too far from London.

Northumberland

The beaches in Northumberland – whatever the season – are pure magic. The coastline is filled with ancient castles, hidden gardens, sandy beaches for windy walks, rolling hills, rugged moorland and friendly little villages/pubs/tea rooms. It’s a dream.

So, if you’ve got annual leave to use up or you simply fancy a weekend break after the lockdown, it’s worth turning your attentions to the humble British holiday!