Separate from the obvious, there are several social events you can attend to increase your chances of meeting someone new.

It's not only vague, but also the most difficult of places to meet people since you'll never be 100% sure the people you are interacting with are single and looking.

Bus stops, laundromats, libraries, restaurants, bookstores, grocery stores and travel-related places (buses, trains, planes, etc.) all fall within the public place moniker, although there are surely ​many more to choose from depending on your specific lifestyle.

Coffee shops are one of my personal favorites when it comes to places to meet singles.

It may seem obvious to some or completely alien to others - yet it works.

A note for heterosexual ladies: attending a sporting event with other single friends will surely net you a conversation with a stranger if nothing else since single women are usually in short supply.

Whether you are taking a couple of courses to upgrade, are a full-time university student or are passionate about tole painting, every community both large and small have courses you can take that will not only net you more knowledge but a whole new set of people to meet and interact with.One of the easiest and least expensive ways to meet singles is to spend time where other singles hang out.Yet, many singles avoid this kind of interaction, either because they've "tried it before and it didn't work," or they feel silly doing nothing while trying to look available in a public place.Someone offhandly mentioned a murder mystery party I'd thrown in another city and how much fun it was - so I went on Meetup and asked a few local groups if they were willing to host something like this.I hosted a party every month for over a year at a local pub that donated the space to us, and made a lot of friends, as well as met someone to date in the process For those truly passionate about a particular hobby (i.e.writing, archeology, model trains, or motorcycles), look for a community group that services other people with similar interests.