Unless you're going to be doing something sporty, dress up a little.

In Germany, couples don't start with formal dating either and it's only after a series of informal meetings – walks, dinner, cinema, theatre – that they might start being seen as a ‘couple'.

It's also common for couples to keep the fact that they're an item to themselves.

In most European countries, rather than going on specific ‘dates' as you might in the US, getting to know someone romantically is far more casual: "Walks in the afternoon/evening which may be followed by an informal drink at a café or a bite to eat at lunchtime", or "meeting up in a group with friends" is not uncommon, says some European expats.

In the Netherlands you might take a walk or go on a bike ride.

Whereas in France, if you kiss someone on the lips (or have sex) it means you're ‘in a relationship'. In the UK or US, there's much debate about how long to wait before calling after a first date. Too long and it can seem like they're not really interested.

In Europe, once a man gets your number he will most likely call straight away, rather than wait a few days.

A French man or Spaniard might tell you he loves you after only a few weeks but don't panic: It usually just means ‘I really like you'.

Women can say it back to a man with the same meaning – it doesn't mean you should be moving in together or planning a wedding any time soon.

In France, Germany and Belgium, it's common for the man to ask a woman out, but in Switzerland, the men can be a little reserved so women might want to give them a nudge.