What’s the best way to make an exit after a one-night stand?
The only way this won’t be awkward is if you both are entirely on the same page, which for one-night stands happens next to never. It’s tough to navigate this minefield because you have no way of knowing if your partner is cool with you lingering, is hoping you’ll stay for breakfast, or wants you to GTFO immediately. Saying you can’t stay over before you hook up is a surefire way to put everyone on the same page and eliminates expectations. If you choose not to go this route, just accept that you have an awkward goodbye coming your way.
If you have no intention of seeing this person again, there’s really no point in pussyfooting. Don’t say the dreaded words, “I’ll call you” (unless you are actually going to call), but don’t be a complete dick, either. Say you had a nice time, give a hug, and go. If you maybe want to see this person again, don’t necessarily assume they feel the same. There is nothing (I repeat, nothing) worse than sleeping over after a one-night stand and waking up with your partner sitting at their desk waiting for you to get dressed and leave. Again, say you had a nice time, and tell your partner that he/she should call you. If you just met, leave your number. This leaves the ball entirely in their court and if they want to call, they will. If they don’t, at least you got some sex.