Summer of Love

This summer looks a lot different than last year, and we couldn’t be more relieved. With more singles ready to get out and mingle, finding who you’re looking for has never been more attainable. Match has the numbers to prove it.

70% of singles are ready to put themselves out there as much as possible this summer.

And it’s not just hookups they’re after. While this time of year has a reputation for people not wanting to be tied down, many singles want to be just that.

71% of singles are looking for a serious relationship.

Ready to experience it for yourself?

Tips for savoring the Summer of Love:

Be clear about your intentions.

Singles don’t want their time wasted, especially after 2020. If you’re just looking for something casual, that’s fine. But be honest about it. Setting expectations early on not only helps you find someone looking for the same thing but avoids misleading anyone.

Don’t be afraid to share your vaccination status.

We know preventing COVID isn’t the sexiest conversation, but feel free to put it out there.

After all, more than 50% of respondents wanted to know their date’s vaccination status.

Remember that dating is a process.

Let’s be real: not every date you go on this summer is going to be sizzling. If one is a total flop, don’t get down about it or worry you’ve wasted your time.

Meet Match’s Dating Expert: Lauren

“There’s something you can learn from every date, so make a mental note or write in a journal what went well and what didn’t. That way when you have your next date, you know what to avoid and look out for.”

Avoid dating fatigue.

Got a new date every other day of the week? We love to hear it. Just make sure you’re still taking time for yourself, loved ones, and your other hobbies. This helps ensure you don’t get too burned out from dating before you find who you’re looking for.

Go somewhere new.

Speaking of getting burned out, make sure you’re changing up your date routine a bit. It’s a new season, after all. And while it’s nice to go to bars and restaurants you’re comfortable at, you shouldn’t go to the same place with all your dates. Trying a new venue or activity entirely (think: kayaking, an outdoor movie, the farmers market) is a great way to keep things fresh and fun.

Never settle.

After a year like 2020, dating anyone might seem better than being alone. But don’t sell yourself short. If you go on a few dates with someone and the chemistry just isn’t there, be honest with them and move on. Remember, it’s summer. You shouldn’t settle for anything less than fireworks.

These stats are based on the behaviors of 1,850 single Match users, ages 18-60, and was fielded May of 2021.

The 5 Best Travel Practices For New Couples

With 2020 in the rearview mirror and summer upon us, it’s safe to say the travel bug has bit us all. Singles are no exception. After feeling like a year of their life was ripped away, they’re ready to make up for lost time. And for many, that means exploring somewhere new with someone new.

This isn’t a new concept though. Many singles talking to members in another city or state use trips to meet each other in person for the first time. While this makes sense from a geographic and logistics perspective – especially if meeting halfway between their two homes – it’s a step that shouldn’t be treaded lightly.

Meet Match’s Dating Expert: Ilissa

“When you travel with someone, you quickly get to know their quirks and habits. So, the stakes can feel much higher when you’re dating that person. Traveling is a great way to determine compatibility and see new sides of your partner, which can be exciting and even a little scary. Think of your first trip as a test run for the future. An easy way to take some of the pressure off is to be sure you’re prepared.”

After all, according to a recent Instagram survey conducted by Rachel DeAlto, Match’s Chief Dating Expert, 25% of participants have experienced a breakup as a result of traveling together.

The 5 best travel practices for new couples.

1. Keep the trip to 3 days or less

Seriously. Even if you have no doubt it will be a success, keep that first getaway to a long weekend. That way if things don’t turn out like you planned, you’re not stuck somewhere uncomfortable for a long period of time.

2. Discuss intimacy expectations

This was ranked as the most important rule to follow when traveling with someone for the first time. Setting boundaries and expectations in advance – like deciding if you’ll share a room – will help ensure there are no awkward moments or disappointments that could kill the vacation’s vibe.

3. Set a budget

Given that finances are one of the top causes for arguments among couples, we have to call this out. Discussing what you both feel comfortable spending and who will be responsible for what, will take a lot of stress out of the experience. Plus, you can plan ahead and know what to expect.  

4. Consider going with a group

This can be a great way to take the pressure off. Just make sure the friends or family you bring along gel with one another. That way, if you do want to sneak off for a little alone time, they won’t mind.

5. Go in with realistic expectations

Let’s be real, the trip won’t be perfect. Whether flights are delayed, luggage gets lost, or experiences get rained out, there are bound to be bumps in the road. Remember to be flexible and don’t let minor inconveniences kill your spirit. After all, you’re showing them how you’ll handle future conflicts.

How soon to book your first getaway?

Knowing when you’re ready to travel together is different for every relationship. That being said, 53% of Instagram participants said going anywhere after only knowing each other for a few weeks was too soon. Our Dating Experts recommend waiting three months before taking your relationship on the road.

Happy travels!