It’s very important to get up to speed on local dating practices before throwing yourself into the ring.
When I was but a young grasshopper I made the mistake of not doing this when I first moved to France– and subsequently found myself in quite the conundrum when the first boy I kissed immediately assumed we were Life is too short to be uptight and overly picky when dating and mating on vacation!
After all, love and lust are often built on the intangible, chemical properties of a person that we simply can’t define or explain, and our “preferences” may very well be negatively impacting our prospects.
Do like Shonda Rimes and embark on your own Year of Yes, accepting any and all opportunities to meet a lovely guy or gal on your trip.
It worked for me: I never would have met my husband had I not accepted my friend’s invitation to that Oktoberfest party in Hong Kong (and it would have been super easy for me to say no– I don’t drink alcohol, and Oktoberfest parties? But I kept an open mind, and now I’m attached to a really nice guy who’s an expert in beer and sausages.
My recommendation is to get on and search for the next language exchange meetup happening where you vacation: my good friend recently did this on her solo trip to Moscow, and while she didn’t meet her next boytoy, she was at least able to get a few solid recommendations on where to have her next Whether you like to run, walk, or…
hike (get your mind out of the gutter, folks, this site is PG-13!
Dating abroad or while on vacation is a great way to explore the culture of the place you’re visiting as well as meet new people.