Half of the population of Wales lives in and around the Cardiff area, which is an astonishing fact when you consider the city only really began to grow in the 1800s. Since then Cardiff has had a rollercoaster ride, tracking the fortunes of sail and steam, boat and rail. At one stage Cardiff’s Tiger Bay was the largest port in the world. But by the 1930s it was in serious decline, and it took until the 1990s to revitalise the port area.
Hot on the heels of regeneration came political reform, and today the modern city of Cardiff is a major player in finance and government.
The city is an inspiration to Cardiff singles, especially those looking to find love in Cardiff a second time around. The journey has been tough at times, but it can be done!
Cardiff singles are a varied bunch. Some are students and many are professional singles working in financial institutions, healthcare or public administration. Such is the pull of the city that 40% of the city’s workers are commuters from the surrounding suburbs and beyond. These days, though, many Cardiff singles choose to live in new city-centre apartments in and around the rebranded Cardiff Bay.
For several years now in England and Wales the marriage rate has been declining while the divorce rate has been increasing. What this means is that eligible matches comprise two main groups: those who have never been married; and those who have been married previously, but are hoping to find love in Cardiff again.
A first glance at the figures suggests that those who have been married before are more careful about committing to their next relationship. However, on average, we are all marrying later than we used to, so it seems that actually we are all just learning to enjoy our time as singles and to be more careful about our choice of partner.
With these social changes, and the pressures of work and commuting on professional singles, when we are ready to find love in Cardiff, we can’t just leave the business of finding our compatible matches to chance.
Finding a relationship can be tricky. You may think you are too busy working or studying. Or perhaps the commuting just makes it impracticable to spend your evening dating in Cardiff city centre. Or maybe you just need some encouragement to get back out and about on the Cardiff dating scene.
So why not consider using a dating website?
Cardiff already has a pretty international outlook. Many Cardiff students and professionals enjoy using the internet to keep in touch with friends and family living further away. So for Cardiff singles it’s a small step from online socialising to the convenience of online dating.
With online dating it’s possible to add convenience to romance. On the right dating website Cardiff singles can establish friendly online relationships and date only those matches with whom they are deeply compatible.
For those with childcare responsibilities an added bonus of online dating is that you can meet someone without having to pay a babysitter until you’re sure you’re ready to move on to real-life dating.
There are local Cardiff dating sites, so what makes eHarmony the best choice for online dating?
Reviewing your matches is only the beginning. Once you’ve spent some time online, talking to compatible singles, you may feel ready to go out and about for the thrill of some real-life dating.
And this is when Cardiff singles and their matches can enjoy the many benefits that dating in Cardiff offers. Whether you are a local or a visitor, dating is a great way to rediscover a city. In a new romance everything feels fresh. Familiar parts of the city offer new possibilities, and new places and opportunities reveal themselves.
As a general rule, keep it simple on a first date. If you are on a budget and looking for something you can do for free, there are plenty of possibilities. Remember: whatever they tell you, time is not money. Spending time getting to know your date is what is important. Just walking and talking around Cardiff Bay makes a great first date.
Aim to do something different on the second date. A casual lunch at, say, Madam Fromage or one of the cafes on Pontcanna Street could work well for creative types or professionals.
After that, the opportunities for dating in Cardiff are as many and varied as Cardiff singles and their matches. Once you get to know each other better, more dating ideas and activities will just suggest themselves. Dating in Cardiff might mean anything from quad biking at Taff Valley to opera at the Millenium Centre.
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Scott and Sarah are just one of eHarmony's many success stories. They were matched in June 2009 and their lives changed forever. Scott is from Colwyn Bay and Sarah is from Preston, so on their first date they met in Chester, and haven't looked back. Scott says: "We've been having a whale of a time together. We've been matched so we do a lot of in common. Not necessarily hobbies but our beliefs, where our 'citizen compass' points, what makes us tick as people. Sarah really has filled a big void in my life with her love, personality and humour and I don't where I'd be without her today."