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Solo Living and Dating for Expats in Malta

Author: Jason Zhou
Submitted: November 2013

Solo-living

Solo living has become popular all over the world in the past few decades. It is especially common in larger cities or towns, often in developed countries, where different work styles and financial independence contribute. Many people choose to live alone as they enjoy the feeling of freedom, independence and control.    

If you are moving to Malta alone, you may find you feel lonely to begin with but you will quickly meet new people. Perhaps a friendly neighbour or colleagues at work. There are many expatriate groups that meet regularly and are designed to bring people together who are in similar situations. Sports club also offer a chance to meet new people at the same time as getting some exercise.

Malta is a beautiful country so you may prefer to while away the hours by visiting the medieval towns and archaeological sites, buses run between towns regularly and are an inexpensive way to travel. Malta also has a thriving tourist scene attracting over a million tourists each year, three times the country’s population, so there are plenty of bars, pubs and restaurants to meet new people and enjoy the Mediterranean scenery.

Dating

If you would like to find a partner after moving to Malta, meeting people through dating websites has become popular. This may appeal if you feel uncomfortable visiting unfamiliar places or you are unsure where to start. There are many dating websites for people based in Malta covering all types and interests. You can find these online by searching certain keywords such as ‘Malta dating’.

Normally you need to register to create a profile when using  a dating website. Registration tends to be a few simple steps and for most websites this is free. Many say they are completely free for all their members but there may be some where you need to pay a membership fee or buy credits (sometime called stamps) to see further details of other members. Membership fees differ according to the length of your subscription. There is a general view that paid dating sites provide better services than free ones.

When you use online dating websites, you should always be aware of the security of your personal information whether you are providing it to the website or to other people. Generally speaking, big popular websites will have better protection for your personal information.

You need to be aware of the online dating scam. This often involves someone meeting others online with the sole intent of defrauding money out of them, earning their trust before requesting money or financial help. This has become a major concern over recent years. You  might like to read some articles to arm yourself with sufficient knowledge of such scams, for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romance_scam. Or for further information, you can search online using key words such as ‘dating scam’ or ‘romance scam’. 

If you do find or suspect you are being scammed, you should stop contacting and paying any money to the fraudsters. You can contact the Cyber Crime Unit by telephone on (+356) 2294 2231 or on e-mail address computer.crime@gov.mt  to report any suspicious activity.

 

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