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|Jonathan Welford • 9/25/14|
We are getting closer to the summer holidays. The sandy beaches of faraway places look so appealing and full of opportunity to relax, tan and perhaps have a little romance.
As a single gay traveler, when exploring foreign lands, it would be rude not to go native.
If the opportunity to have a holiday romance comes into your sight, then why not go for it?
Yes, a holiday romance can develop to be a long-term thing. However, when entering the territory of a holiday fling, treat it as a that and savor it.
Like your travels to a foreign land, it’s something for a fixed time only.
Bringing a date back to your hotel room can be like bringing a bottle of local liquor back, that one that slipped down your throat and made your taste buds and body fizz with excitement and joy.
However, once it travels into your time zone, it tastes like dirty underwear that has festered at the bottom of your travel bag.
I know of some guys that go online to line up a date or two, which seems just as important to them as the actual travel adventure.
The term “around the world in 80 shags” should actually be made into a travel documentary. However, I think there is possibly an X-rated film with a similar title.
“There may be language challenges that
seem cute when you’re in their country.”
So what are the key benefits of a holiday romance?
You have someone to share your experiences with. When you see something exciting, amusing or amazing, you can turn to them and talk about the event.
You can wake up with a smile on your face and a comfortable body to explore before the day’s travel plans commence.
If you are dating a local guy, you will experience parts of the country that aren’t in the guidebook. Your travel experience will have a true originality with a focus on the local flavor.
If you’ve lined the date up online prior to your travels, then the travel costs can be dramatically reduced, as you could get free accommodation thrown in.
If this is the case, then have alternative accommodation lined up if your online date turns out to be a psycho.
It could be the start of something amazing, long term and full of possibilities. There is always optimism. However, you need to be realistic.
And don’t forget to think about these things during your trip:
Holiday romances are great. A sexual adventure can be the cherry on the cake of your travels.
However, if your date is like the international airport with many people going through him from all corners of the world, be careful and use protection.
You want fond memories from your travels, not a chronic illness or a heap of medical issues.
Unless you want to enter into a long-distance relationship, your romance should have an end date. It’s all too common to pledge to stay together no matter what the distance.
Be realistic. Unless you have a bottomless pit of funds to cover airfare and a very flexible job where you have lots of annual leave, the relationship has a use-by date.
When going to some far east countries, be wary of being landed with a bill for services rendered.
There is an industry out there capitalizing on sex tourists. Make sure you know what the deal is before arranging your romance.
Also be aware of the legal implications of having a same-sex encounter in a foreign land. Some cultures and customs are very relaxed and Westernized, but others are not.
There have been many cases reported and unreported about blackmail gangs that are out to fleece a traveler out of substantial sums of money.
Let people know where you’re going. The traditional dating rule is to have a check-in time with friends.
The worst thing you can do is arrive jet-lagged at an airport and be whisked off somewhere you don’t know. Travelers go missing all the time. You’ve seen the reports. Don’t be a statistic.
When arriving in a new country, be awake, alert and refreshed before you meet. Know the geography of the area. Have a get-out-quickly scheme ready.
When you live in two separate countries, you may have different cultural backgrounds. The odds are stacked against you.
There may be language challenges that seem so cute and adorable when you’re with them in their country, but in the cold reality of everyday life, someone is going to have to move for a long-term relationship to work out.
That adds a whole new dimension to the situation. Unless you like form-filling challenges with visa departments and a big pot of money to pay for the costs, then remove these thoughts from your mind.
This may seem like a complete downer on holiday romances. It’s not. They can be amazing, so long as you take them for what they are.
Enjoy the moment. Be sensible. Be safe and secure. If you create a big rose-colored balloon around a holiday romance, sooner or later the balloon will burst or deflate to a saggy mess.
What are your experiences of holiday romances?
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