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26 Places (You Didn’t Consider) Where You Can Meet the Love of Your Life

By Lisa Copeland April 14, 2024 Dating

Have you considered meeting a man in real life versus at an online dating site? When I pose this question to the women I speak with, they often tell me they’re not sure where single men over 50 are hanging out.

Hiding in Plain Sight

Let’s clear that mystery up once and for all. Men are everywhere! But the reason it’s hard to meet them is because we tend to go to the same places over and over again.

We simply get in the pattern of staying within a 3- to 5-mile radius of where we live. Just think about the same restaurants you go to or the same movie theaters you frequent. We are creatures of habit!

Now that spring is here, it’s a good time to get out and start exploring some new places where you can meet men. A creative way to do this is to write all of the letters in the alphabet from A – Z on a piece of paper.

Fill in the Blanks

You’re going to have 26 lines. After each letter, I want you to write down a potential place, either in your area, or a place you want to visit that corresponds with that letter.

An easy example of this is A for airport. Men fly around the world for business on a daily basis. There’s always some man you can speak with whether it’s at one of the bars or restaurants in the airport or at the gate while you’re waiting to board.

I’m going to give you a couple of letters that are a little harder to figure out. Q is one of the hardest. How about the Quick Mart, which is like a convenience store?

Why is the Quick Mart a great place to meet a guy? Well, this is the place you both go to find something you need at the last minute.

Maybe it’s milk, or a bottle of wine, or even butter for a recipe you decided to make. You’re standing together in line, waiting to check out, so it’s an easy place to start a conversation.

Now let’s do the letter X. You could meet men in the Xerox place. For most of us, the Xerox place is Kinko’s, but you can call it the Xerox Place, because X is a pretty hard letter to fill in.

A lot of businessmen rely on Kinko’s to take care of their printing needs. You can ask a man questions about the project he’s picking up, and from there the conversation has the potential to take off.

Shared Interest Is Key

When you’re filling out your list, you’ll want to think about places where you might have a shared interest with men. You’re not going to find too many men at knitting classes. But you would find men rock climbing, hiking, and golfing.

If you love reading, head to the library or watch for men reading books on buses, trains, or even in a restaurant. You can always ask a question about the book they’re reading.

If you love music, go to concerts and bars that feature music and ask a man what his favorite band is. Your goal is choosing places that give you common ground so it’s easier to get the conversation flowing.

Conversation Is in Your Interest

Talk to men everywhere you go. Recently, I was at an airport restaurant grabbing lunch before my flight took off. A man was sitting close to me eating chili. I asked him how the chili was, and we got in a conversation that lead to figuring out we’d both grown up in the same area eating Cincinnati chili.

Talking to men everywhere makes you proactive and open to new opportunities. Yes, some men might be married but lots are single which means you just might talk to a man who could be the right match for you.

So, next time you find yourself thinking there are no good men out there, pull out your A-Z list and start heading to those places. Who knows, by the end of the summer, you could have a new man in your life!

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What was the strangest place where you struck a conversation with a man? What story can you share about it? Do you think men are as eager – or scared! – to meet women as we are to meet them? Please use the comment box below!

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What a fabulous idea! It isn’t one I had thought of but I can see how it would get me out of my regular places of interest. Thank you. What I particularly like is that it turns it into almost a game. 😊

Lisa Copeland

Exactly Dawn. We get so serious about finding “the one” and what happens is we show up really tense and on a mission. This is so laid back and easy. Just talk with men wherever you are and days you don’t check the list and get to one of the places. And on dating sites, the game can be…find out something new and interesting about the man you’re meeting.


I’d rather narrow it to someone I would share interests with, instead of chancing it with a stranger. My husband and I met a second time (after 15 years) on a online dating site through common interests and we will be married 23 years in August. Many older men are married and just want a fling.

Christine Farrier

Are there Kinko’s still around??? I thought those all closed in the 90s!

Lisa Copeland

Kinko’s is part of Fed Ex. They dropped the Kinko’s part but you can still use it as the letter K or F. :)


What an out-of-the-box idea! So smart of you! I’ve also heard the idea to “go on 100 dates.” I like this so much b/c in order to complete 100, it makes the encounters far less stressful w/ any one man, less oh-my-gosh-this-has-to-work!! Thereby making it “work.” For “H” I’d put down Home Depot and “T” Trader Joe’s. :)


Lisa Copeland

I’m glad you liked this Wendy. And love your H and T ideas. Have fun with this!

Lisa N.

Why meet a man at an airport or far from home? You’ll probably never be able to see each other again if he lives far away. That’s happened with women and men I’ve met on my travels. To make friends it makes more sense to think of your city or area. For me, the problem with developing a relationship with a man is finding one who is single.

Lisa Copeland

Hi Lisa…I believe just talking to men everywhere you go is really important. You never know. They might be single. They might be married with a single friend. Meeting men in real life is a lot like networking events. You never know who is connected to who. And it is better to meet someone close to you as we’ve seen with The Golden Bachelor and the challenges of trying to make a long distance relationship work.

Stephanie Bryant

Agree, not as easy as it sounds.


Absolutely right Stephanie. I travel and most men are either in a hurry, on their phones, or computer. I won’t approach anyone on their devices because that is annoying to me as well. A bar is not a good place in airports because as we know, alcohol can influence a person’s personality. Just my two cents from traveling over the years.

Lisa Copeland

Hi Bella…Airports are only one place. There are lots of others where you can talk to men. The more you talk to both men and women, the more likely it is that someone will know someone who is single. You just never know until you try.

Lisa Copeland

Hey Stephanie…it’s really about talking to people wherever you go. You never know who might know someone.

The Author

Lisa Copeland is a leading internationally recognized Love Coach and Dating Expert for women over 50 inspiring and teaching them how to feel confident, empowered and joyful dating. You can get a free copy of her eBook “The 5 Little Known Secrets to Finding a Quality Man” at

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