First dates are anything but easy. It doesn’t matter how many dates you’ve been on, that initial date is nerve-wracking. And often one of the biggest questions with the first day is: what are we going to talk about? Nothing is worse than a slow-moving, awkward conversation, so the next time you go on a first date, go prepared with these questions in mind:

Where is “home”?

If you’re going on a date with someone you know little about, get to know them by asking them where they’re from. Asking them where is “home” might mean where they were born, where they live now, or places they’ve lived in the past, so it’s a great conversation starter that can lead to other discussions.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?

Maybe you’re out to dinner and ordered something really delicious, but you’re struggling with how to continue the conversation. This is the perfect question. Asking someone what the best meal they’ve ever had is opening the floor for a backstory that can tell you more about that person and their experiences.

What are your passions?

If you’re talking about what you do for a living, maybe take a step back and ask your date what their passions are. Perhaps their passion is entirely different from their profession, and it’s vital to them. Talking about your passions can give you an insight into what this person is like, what their dislikes are, and what their values are.

What’s something that makes you laugh?

Maybe it’s their favorite movie. Perhaps it’s their best friend who never fails to make them smile. This is a lighthearted question that most people will have fun answering. It also gives you a look into this person’s sense of humor, which is important to some people in a partner.

What type of vacations do you prefer?

Some people are beach people. Some people are city people. And some people are nature people. And typically, all three people are very different. So, asking a date what type of vacations they usually go on is an excellent way to figure out who that person is. Knowing someone’s travel habits is also essential for a long-term relationship.

What’s on your bucket list?

Everyone’s bucket list is different, so this is a good starter to get a conversation going. Maybe you’ve done something on their bucket list or vice versa. Or perhaps you happen to have the same things on both your lists. Regardless, understanding someone’s long-term goals is important in establishing a relationship.

Is there anything you don’t eat?

If you’re going on a dinner date, this question might happen naturally. Regardless, it’s still a fun question to bring up. Some people are super picky eaters, while other people will eat anything in front of them. Either way, most people will have a story behind their answer, so this question is a good way to open the floor for a discussion.