You know that point on a first date where you both reach for your water glass?
In terms of conversation kick-starters, you’re empty. The conversation reaches an anti-climactic lull and, with nothing else to offer verbally, you reach for your water glass in a desperate attempt to waste three seconds.
Maybe four, if you’re a slow drinker.
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You sent your best players out to bat far too early. Now the bench is looking real bare and you’re wracking your brain for any interesting fact or nugget that might springboard the conversation from the metaphorical ditch in which it lies.
Here are a few questions to keep up your sleeve for next time this moment inevitably arrives:
1. “You can take one holiday anywhere in the world. Where do you go?”
Talking about travel has a few key benefits.
Firstly, it’s easy. It’s light conversation, meaning you don’t have to delve too deep into personal issues or opinions or life stories. You can dance along the surface, while simultaneously learning about your date’s preferences and personality judging by what they’re into.
It’s also really, really universal. Everyone has their travel idiosyncrasies: some like camping in the African Kalahari Desert, while others won’t venture anywhere without a bathrobe and lap pool.
While this will start a light-hearted discussion about the type of travel you most enjoy, it's also undoubtedly going to bring travel stories to the surface, taking the conversation down some interesting natural avenues.
Everyone loves a good travel story.