It's an age old premise – Western man meets Eastern woman and lives happily ever after. But can a dating site really facilitate the process and indeed, do a better job than a physical journey might? We decided to pour ourselves a glass of vodka and give it a shot...
Through increased globalisation and the power of the internet, more and more people are entering into relationships that start off as long distance online meetings. For many years, Western men have visited Russia (and other Eastern European countries) on a quest for love. Now it's possible to perform this quest from the comfort of your own home – and without having to buy an expensive airline ticket. RussianGirls4U let's it's members search the large member base of females that have joined this dating site because they are specifically looking to meet men from the “West”.
Our honest review of RussianGirls4U
Gaining access to the members area is quick and easy, which is always nice. There are three fields to complete and no requirement to upgrade or pay anything in order to start browsing the singles on RussianGirls4U.
When it comes to searching for Russian singles online, there are a few ways to find the members that are looking for love on RussianGirls4U. You can search completely free (we always advise this before you decide to upgrade to really test the site out) using various filters to remove members that you feel aren't right for you. The filters are helpful as they can assist you in looking for singles using certain criteria, such as those members that are on the dating site at the same time as you, “Online Now”, to allow you to instant message them immediately. There is also a “New” filter option, where you will be shown the latest single Russian girls that have recently signed up to RussianGirls4u, and “Matches” where the dating site makes recommendations based on the information you added to your profile when you joined RussianGirls4u.com.
Do you need to know Russian to meet a hottie?
The good news from the outset is that these women speak English – no need to work on your cyrillic alphabet or take Russian lessons just yet, you can leave that for when you meet the parents! As far as communication goes, once you've spotted the Russian girl that you'd like to get speaking to, you can send an email or instant chat message (upgrade required) or you can use ice-breakers like a 'wink' to show your interest as a free member. You can also send an 'e-card' for free (these do not contain words – it's essentially an image showing flowers or lovehearts, for example).
There's also a 'Flirt' feature that combines communication with search in a swift, easy fashion. It basically involves you being shown a stream of single Russian women's images and then clicking to indicate whether you would like to 'Flirt' with them or not. Flirting sends an ice-breaker message to the lady telling them that you are interested and makes it easier for her to get in touch with you if the feeling is mutual. You can race through many images in a very simplistic 'Tinder' format and we found it the best way to search through all of the single Russian women during our site review.
There's no doubt that this is a growing market and the number of single women on the site showed us during our review that the appetite from Eastern European women to meet Western men is just as strong and maybe stronger that that of men from the UK, America, Canada, mainland Europe, etc to meet such ladies. There is nothing seedy or casual about RussianGirls4U – this is a dating site that wants to help men find a relationship and even love with women who are interested in doing the same.
Do you have any chances to find an Eastern European woman via RussianGirls4U.com?
If you're reading this review then chances are you've already decided that starting off with a long distance relationship is not a problem for you. This removes the main obstacle to using such a site (in that the singles you're speaking to are many miles away). The site itself, while not being as modern looking as some of the more generic sites on the market, does provide a wide choice of members to speak to and that is the main thing. For that reason, we would certainly recommend it as a great option to try in your search for meeting women from Eastern Europe.
Even in a relatively niche area like this, we'd still recommend trying two or three sites together in order to find the right site for you. Multiple memberships mean multiple chances to get speaking to girls and getting the most from the online dating experience.