If you love adventure and trying new things, then a blind date may be one of the items on your bucket list. The idea of a blind date sounds exciting and can be a successful way to identify a partner and start a relationship. However, going on a date with someone you have never met is not always easy. Here are some of the tips that can help you make the best out of a blind date.

Safety

Not everyone can be trusted. Therefore, just because you are going on a date with someone is not an excuse for you to throw caution out of the window. Ensure that you take all the necessary precautions. Make sure someone knows where you are going and don't meet your date at their house. Try as much as you can to ensure that you meet in an open and public space. If your date insists that you meet him in a private place, politely decline.

Be open-minded

One of the most disappointing things that can happen during a blind date is to walk in expecting a certain type of person only to realise that they do not come close to what you had in mid. That can be an instant mood killer. Instead of having expectations on someone you have not met before, have an open mindset and be ready to mingle and have fun with the other person.

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Boundaries

As you go for your blind date, carry your boundaries with you. Make sure you communicate if you feel that your boundaries are being violated at any point during the date. If you find that your date is insisting on going against your boundaries even after informing him, it may be time to leave as this could be a red flag.

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Have some money with you

Your date may have promised that they will cater for your dinner and your cab home. However, remember that you do not know this person, you have never met them before and you do not know whether they can be trusted. Also, even if they can be trusted, things happen. They may have lost their wallet before they walked in for your date and they haven't realised it. You do not want to be held hostage in a restaurant just because you could not pay your bill.

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Don't be absent-minded

When you are meeting someone for the first time, the chances of getting distracted are high. You may be worried that they do not meet your expectations or you do not meet theirs. You may also find that the other party is not good at conversation. Avoid picking your phone. Instead, try and keep them engaged. You may blow off a good person just because their conversation skills are not what you expected.

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Mind the alcohol

A blind date is not the place to drink away all your problems. You need the clarity. If you have a low tolerance for alcoholic drinks, you had better steer clear of the alcohol altogether. Also, if you are going to be taking alcohol avoid mixing drinks.

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Be yourself

The goal of  a blind date is to get to know each other. It is only fair that you show the other person your authentic self. Do not change the way you speak and do not impress the other person at the expense of your comfort or values.

In a nutshell...

A blind date can be a satisfying experience that could give birth to a thriving relationship or it can be a horrible experience not fit even for memories. The trick is to do adequate preparation and research about the person you are going to meet if possible. Also, the above tips will go a long way in making sure you enjoy your date.

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