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1. BREAK THE BRO-CODE
It’s an unspoken rule among guys that a bro may not date the ex of another bro – but not in our world, girls. That guy could be a great match for you, but just out of reach because of this staid rule. We say: Go for it! But make sure you’ve parted with your ex on good terms so there is no discord or awkwardness when you date his friend. Most importantly, avoid comparisons between the two men – it could sour your relationship with both of them.
2. KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN
If you don’t already have a boyfriend who’s Facebook-official, cast your net far and wide for optimum coverage and results. Modern conveniences like dating apps make meeting men so much easier, so use them! The maxim of never knowing what (or who?) you’ll like until you find it rings true.
3. TRAVEL TOGETHER
Going on holiday with a potential boyfriend is a great way to know the real person you’re seeing. The time you’ll spend together is a sure-fire way of revealing those little habits that might not be so obvious on dates. This way, the two of you will have a better idea of what you’re getting yourselves into in the long run. Of course, with travel comes the issue of accommodation, so set your boundaries very clearly at the start – whether it’s sleeping in separate rooms or going dutch on all expenses – to make sure you’re comfortable during the trip.
4. BREAK AWAY FROM A GROUP DATE
Group dates are a great way to meet people. The situation affords you the comfort of having your friends with you, in case the date doesn’t go well. But if you do hit it off with someone, don’t be afraid to break away from the group and leave the party a little earlier with your new friend. It’s more intimate to talk one-to-one when you’re trying to get to know someone better.
This story was originally published in the November 2015 issue of Her World magazine.