There was just one aspect of life which wasn't quite working out yet…
We here at The Local are no strangers to the ups and downs of expat life. Sure, there's plenty to celebrate about living abroad. But when it comes to dating, starting from scratch in a new country with a different dating culture doesn't exactly make it easier to find the perfect match.
Connecting with people locally can take time, and it's sometimes hard to know where to start.
And since so many of our readers use The Local to connect ‘locally' with online news and communities in new countries, it seemed natural for us look at how we could also make it easier for you -- our readers -- to meet people offline as well.
That's why we've launched a new online dating service powered by Once, the dating app that mixes high-tech with a human touch.
Some of you may have already discovered what happens when you click on the ‘Dating' category on The Local's menu bar (to find ‘Dating' while viewing The Local on a mobile device, just swipe left on the menu bar).
The link takes you to a quick-and-easy download of what we think is the ultimate dating app for expats.
Rather than leaving everything to some anonymous algorithm, Once actually employs real people – hundreds of them – who handpick matches based not only on your digital profile, but also on their own ‘gut feeling' about who might be the best match for you.
With Once, you only have to consider one potential match per day, making it easier to focus on figuring out whether that new face is one you'd like to see more of. We have enough to sort through on our screens (and in our lives) as it is – who has time to swipe through yet another feed?
And you can rest assured that a language barrier won't derail your love life – your matches on Once will all speak English (although that may not be the only language they speak).
With nearly 4 million users across the globe, Once offers plenty of options for you to find the perfect match…and experience love at first sight, no matter where you are.
So what are you waiting for? Check out The Local's new dating service and download the app.
After all, you only live once.