The Scoop: Many singles are interested in finding romantic partners outside of their local dating pools, but they may not know where to start. Dream Singles is there to help. The dating site, which has been around for almost two decades, has brought thousands of men and women together for long-term relationships and now has more than 15,000 daily active members. The Dream Singles mission is to remind daters that they can still meet someone special even if they live across the globe.
When Ekaterina and Lee finally met in person in Kyiv, Ukraine, they described falling in love at first sight. Over the next eight years, they continued to build on that connection. Eventually, they realized they wanted to be together for the rest of their lives.
The couple connected on Dream Singles, a dating site for singles worldwide looking for long-term partners. If Ekaterina and Lee hadn’t signed up, the couple probably would never have met, as they lived so far apart. Dream Singles bridged that gap.
“We love each other every day even more and more. I am so happy to find my man, and I want to share our story of happiness,” Ekaterina wrote in her testimonial on the site.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, which kept people around the world at home and isolated, singles continued to connect on Dream Singles.
Daria and Franco lived in the same country but didn’t find each other until they both signed up for Dream Singles. After two months of talking on the site, they realized they had many of the same interests and felt a deep connection. The logical next step was a face-to-face date.
They couldn’t have a luxurious dinner date at the time, as many restaurants were closed due to pandemic precautions, but they still wanted to see each other.
“We spent an amazing time together walking, talking, sharing plans and dreams with each other. He stepped into my life and changed my life,” Daria wrote in a testimonial on the Dream Singles website.
After that date, the couple said they have continued to grow closer every day.
Dream Singles has made thousands of relationships possible since its founding 18 years ago, and the site has a devoted following with more than 15,000 active daily users looking for the partner of their dreams.
Nelia Pavlovna, Vice President and COO of Dream Singles, said the dating platform was ahead of its time in supporting international dating and love.
“The inspiration behind Dream Singles has always been our aspiration to bring couples together who would have never been able to meet locally,” she told us.
Expanding Dating Boundaries Worldwide
Many singles seek relationships with others who don’t live in their town, state, or even country. Some look outside of their dating pools because they prefer someone from a different culture, while others are open to any international single who sparks their interest.
In the United States, transnational marriages — where one member of the couple is not American when the couple weds — are fairly common. In 2011, 7% of households were made up of transnational couples, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Elizabeth Grieco, Chief of the Census Bureau’s Foreign-Born Population Branch, said, “The number of mixed-nativity married-couple households corresponds with the increase in immigration to the United States over the last several decades. As the immigrant population has grown, so has the chance that a native-born person will meet and marry a foreign-born spouse.”
Dream Singles users hail from more than 200 countries and territories, and they don’t have to navigate the tricky conversations about location they might find on other dating platforms. All Dream Singles members are open to forming a relationship with someone who lives hundreds or thousands of miles away, so users can feel comfortable exploring new possibilities.
Some singles may be nervous to look for love outside of their local dating pools. However, international dating can have many benefits, including learning about another culture and customs, and discovering more about one’s own habits and beliefs.
Creating a Safe Space for Online Daters
Online daters often worry about their safety and the authenticity of others, so Dream Singles made both of these issues priorities. In terms of web safety, the site offers data protection, McAfee Secure, and Google Safe Browsing certifications.
“Not only do we offer high-quality profiles, but we also safeguard your data by having three certifications with TrustedSite,” Nelia told us.
Those protections ensure that users won’t fall prey to cyberattacks, including malware or malicious links. If users have any concerns about the site’s safety, they can speak with a Dream Singles team member. Its staff offers high-quality customer service and develops advanced features for the platform.
The team also works hard to provide culturally relevant advice for daters. The blog shares articles about common dating worries, including posts titled “Feeling Jealous? Here’s How to Combat It” and “How to Keep Her Attention Online.”
Once users find someone with whom they want to build a relationship, they have many options for connecting with them through the Dream Singles platform. The platform’s features include live video chat, member rewards, and advanced search features.
Dream Singles also offers paid memberships that include more features than its free tier. Users interested in premium subscriptions can try them free for three days.
With premium features, singles can find even more connections with others around the world.
“Our users are people from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds that want to find real love. We believe that love crosses all country lines and borders, conquers distance and doubt, and yields the most beautiful ending,” Nelia said.
Dream Singles: Promoting Connections on a Global Scale
Though Dream Singles has been in operation for nearly two decades, the last year was much different than any other. After stay-at-home orders were put in place around the world, the site saw an increase in users, especially during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The site responded by offering advice about how to meet and connect with others during quarantine. Many singles, like Daria and Franco, have made sincere connections during the age of social distancing.
Over the next few years, the Dream Singles team said it plans to continue focusing on what users need to build strong international relationships.
“Dream Singles would like to continue providing an easy and convenient way for singles to find their soulmate. Each testimony only reinforces the incredible work we do,” said Nelia.
If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught daters anything, it’s that they can make meaningful connections online. And they can find a partner using virtual tools, including live video chat.
Nelia encourages singles who might be interested in international dating to take the leap and see what happens.
“We want Dream Singles to continue transforming the way singles think about online international dating. Love is possible locally, but it is also possible outside of your city, state, or country,” Nelia told us.