08 Mar Tips for dating while you travel
Travel is exciting for many reasons – some are addicted to the novelty of arriving in an unfamiliar place, while others jump at the chance to try authentic local cuisine. For many travellers, though, the opportunity to find new romance is simply too tempting to ignore.
If you plan on meeting people while abroad, keep the following tips in mind.
1) Make use of traveller-friendly sites and apps
Numerous sites on the internet have made it easier to meet people, but most are little help to travellers looking for love. However, apps like Tinder have become a godsend for the frequently mobile in recent years, as they have made it easy for them to find a local or traveller seeking the same kind of connection.
As a location-based app, you are never far away from a potential new friend – whether you go sightseeing together or opt to forge a stronger bond, making use of this service and others (Grindr is a great option for gay men) will help add some spice to your holiday adventures.
However, if you are a high-class, successful businessman in need of an educated, beautiful woman to accompany you on your next business trip, sites like VIP Companion International are the superior choice. These services specialise in matching up important people with an elite travel companion. Similarly if you’re a woman who is looking for the high-class man of your dreams, then you can change your life through elite introductions.
This helps to project an image of relationship success to those you are hoping to impress, and will allow you to dine in fine restaurants without having to deal with the awkwardness of dining alone.
2) Get social
Internet dating not your bag? If you want to meet someone the old-fashioned way, you’ll have to make an effort to get in the game wherever you are visiting.
Sitting in the bar of your luxury hotel is a great way to pick up a date as is lazing by the hotel pool. You could try the old school trick of going for a swim at the beach and chatting to that guy/girl who also happens to be swimming nearby. Travelling presents many opportunities to strike up a conversation and since you’re in a new environment, there’s lots to talk about.
Attend parties, go to the VIP clubs your flight attendant recommends – if you want to link up with that special someone, you have to make yourself available. It’s always worth splashing the cash on a table with bottle service in the club if you wish to impress and attract the attention of other partygoers.
Don’t be a wallflower on holiday – even if you are shy, know you likely won’t see anybody with whom you party ever again. Be bold – your willingness to put yourself out on a limb will greatly increase the odds of your evening ending well.
3) Look out for scams
You aren’t the only one looking for love abroad – every year, thousands of fellow travellers head overseas with the intention of partaking in a no strings attached fling.
While there are plenty of locals who enjoy the anonymity of getting together with a traveller, some seek them out with nefarious intent. Every year without fail, stories of lovesick foreigners who got robbed or conned fill the pages of papers like the Daily Mail.
To avoid ending up in a similar situation, meet in public first. Trust your intuition: if something seems off, it’s probably best to call it off. When the time comes to seal the deal, try to meet on home turf.
If things go well, but they suddenly need money for a family emergency a few days later, or if they ask you to transport a gift home for a family member, refuse – the former is often a scam, and the latter is a common drug mule setup.
4) Play safe
The carefree world of travel dating also makes it a fertile breeding ground for STIs. These aren’t the sort of souvenirs you want to be bringing home, so be doubly sure to use protection when linking up with that sexy someone you met in the hotel bar.
After arriving home, get tested for a full spectrum of infections. With many popular holiday destinations boasting an STI infection rate that is likely many times higher than your home city, it is better to be safe than sorry.
5) Keep the flames of romance burning (or not)
Sometimes, a road romance evolves into something more profound. When saying goodbye to an overseas love interest is far too painful to contemplate, you may be considering a long-distance relationship.
However, it is important to establish an endgame for this arrangement. You can only Skype each other and spend all-too-short weekends together for so long.
The average long-distance relationship lasts just four months, so if you can’t work out a plan where you can be together permanently in your country or theirs in the near future, it probably best to break things off, as hard as it may be.