Then, when you have a fairly good idea of what's out there and what you're after, settle down with the next best person to come along."Besides, it pays to have a plan."You don't leave your career or health to chance – you set goals, strategies and tactics to ensure you get results – so why not apply this to your love life? "Whilst I'm no mathematician, as a psychologist I encourage my clients to apply a strategic approach to dating."This starts by dating themselves, then building a positive dating mindset, clarifying their personal dating brand and finally, developing an authentic dating strategy.I even have a few formulae and the odd spreadsheet that helps to validate the art side of things."It's all about using the best techniques you have access to, to get the best results possible."Sign up to receive our new evening newsletter Two Minutes of Stuff – the news, but different.who believe[s] 'the one' is going to come into their life serendipitously," Schilling said."But there is a touch of both art and science in the quest for love and maybe it's time to try something different?"One mathematical trick to maximise your chances of finding long-term love is the "37 per cent rule".Still, there's always the option of taking your romantic advances offshore.Avoid Scandinavia, home of the most expensive "average date" in the world (6 in Oslo, Norway) and head direct to South America.BBC presenter Dr Xand van Tulleken tried it out on Tinder and his verdict was lukewarm."I won't lie – it wasn't easy rejecting 37 women, some of whom looked pretty great," he said."But I stuck to the rules and made contact with the next best one. But, he added: "If I applied this theory to all my dates or relationships, I can start to see it makes a lot of sense."Perhaps, but it's not without its problems."Now unfortunately, I have to tell you that this method does come with some risks," Fry said."For instance, imagine if your perfect partner appeared during your first 37 per cent. Now, if you're following the maths, I'm afraid no one else comes along that's better than anyone you've seen before, so you have to go on rejecting everyone and die alone.
Even when I was single, it wasn't a frequent occurrence.The cheapest average date destination of all surveyed cities was Bogotá, Colombia with a tab of just . I've been there and can testify that the ceviche, fried plantains, empanadas and tamales are delicious, and cheap as chips.Some tropical fruit to follow and you still have a pocket full of cash to spend on the local fire water, Aguardiente.READ MORE: * Don't make these three dating mistakes * Kiwi singles reveal the most annoying dating habits * She eats plants, he wants meat – dating a vegetarian or vegan * The dating app where women call the shots And then, after several days of hectic physical intimacy, the two participants might come up for air and go out for dinner to replenish burnt calories and endeavour to have, you know… It transpires the average NZ date night clocks in around 2, though costs varied by region. And if you want to ask someone out without breaking the bank, best pack your bags and move to Rotorua or Palmerston North, which came in first-equal as Aotearoa's cheapest cities, with an average date costing 9.The most expensive site for romance in the nation is that picture postcard hellhole of Queenstown, a place where a very ordinary sort of date might cost around 8, assuming every restaurant table wasn't already occupied by over-adrenalised tourists with bungy-burns on their ankles and their hair swept back alarmingly by headwinds from their recent jetboat rides.