Updated: Feb 17
They come in all shapes and personalities. Romantic and non. The common theme is the color they add to your experience.
Aspiring, successful, hobbiest, playing at the local rooftop; You will 100% meet at least one.
The New Yorker
It's a seriously high percentage of men you will meet. Ironically those who wear a Yankees hat while traveling are likely not New Yorkers.
This will increase with time in Latin America, but these men are inescapable, very forward and passionate.
The One with a Girlfriend/Wife Back Home
My rule of thumb is to assume all flirtatious men on vacation have someone back home
The One 10 Years Younger Than You
We're clearly on a similar level if we met in the same foreign country. I'm actually amazed they discovered it a decade before I did. But they are immediately friend-zoned.
The Overly Friendly Local with Prepackaged Pickup Lines
They tend to work in coffee shops/retail stores/bartenders. Don't think their charm is because you are that special. It is habitual and impressively practiced.
The Lifelong Friend
These are precious. And provide a sense of safety while on the road.
The One that Interrupts Your Meditation on the Beach to Talk About How He Likes to Meditate
lol ah me.
The Surfer/Surf Instructor
Easy to spot. Tan, tousled hair, nice shoulders and the first words out of their mouth are "do you surf?"
The One who Professes His Love in 24 Hours
Obviously a red flag. Enjoy, then run.
If they aren't from New York, they are probably from California
90% will be from Toronto
Either serious or wistful plans to be mayor or president of their town/country one day.
The One You Have a Bizarre Number of Friends Already in Common With
The follow-on-Instagram-and-see-who-we-have-in-common game is one of my favorites to play
The One Who Knows Where the Party is
Indispensable. But expect nothing deeper from them.
The One You Exchange Book Recommendations With
God bless these mind expanding angels
The One you Do Yoga With
There's a correlation between travel and yoga. They will ensure you make that 7am yoga class.
Steal their recommendations. Though it's better if you can meet a local chef. They'll give you even better recommendations.
Can be a short or long experience - they will teach you something of yourself.
The One that Feels Like Home
A gift on the road.
To date, my favorite pick up line has been "What are you doing later today? Want to go on an adventure?"
Depends on your taste, but I love these. Let's talk in theory all night. I'm so here for it.
The Stunning Man
Sometimes men have no idea of their beauty
Everything will be positive. And analyzed. Which I like, but can tend to get tiring. I like a bit of negative too.
Immensely helpful when you are traveling alone. 50/50 on whether they are hitting on you or just being friendly by offering to randomly take your photo in that bikini. Excellent pickup line if is the former.
The One from Bumble/Hinge/Tinder
You have to try it at least once to say you did it. Bonus points if they are local and not from the US or Canada.
The Elder Gentleman
Some of my favorite evenings have been hanging out with those over 60. Such wisdom...while getting drunk over cheap beers.
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