16 Tips To Know When You're Dating Abroad

Demand that they only meet you in your home base.
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If you've ever found yourself traveling abroad single, you don't have to be! Everyone knows the only reason to see the world is to date people of different cultures. If you need some help, take it from me, a person who went to Paris to get over heartbreak-at-large, and wound up with exactly zero Parisian boyfriends. 

If you've successfully matched with someone through a dating app or through an IRL meetup, try these tips:

  1. Be inflexible about English.

    Never mind the fact that you're on foreign soil. English is considered as a middle-ground language of tourists and locals. Bonus points if you only speak English in the accent of the country that you're in. Lit rally luv that for them. 

  2. Give them local recommendations.

    The fact that you've only been in town for three hours? Unimportant, they don't know what they're missing.

  3. Do everything possible to only meet other Pinoys abroad.

    Oh, you have a business trip in Singapore and visit Seoul the rest of the year? Cool!

  4. Lean into hyper-specific local English lingo.

    If you don't know what "full send" means... woof. Dunno where you've been, but... that sucks.

  5. If all else fails, communicate in *only* emojis.

    Regardless of local culture, everyone knows what a set of random emojis means. (That you'd like to meet up for coffee in a park, obviously.)

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  6. Constantly steer the conversation back to how much of a nightmare your flight was.

    "You haven't seen Manila until you've flown PAL to NAIA."

  7. Demand that they only meet you in your home base.

    It doesn't matter that you're in Taiwan today, you'll be back in Quezon City in a week, and if they're not willing to meet you half way (aka all the way, on your territory, on your turf), they must just be using you.

  8. If the conversation goes awry, pretend that you've been waiting for the rest of your tour group to show up this whole time.

    Just to be safe and secure!

  9. Ask repeatedly if the tap water is safe to drink.

    Truly, the best icebreaker. Even better on the third or fourth deployment with the same person, too. Try it yourself! You'll see what I mean.

  10. If all goes well, the morning after, assume you've now found a local tour guide for the rest of your trip.

    Wake them up, bright eyed and bushy tailed, with a full itinerary of where you'll both be spending the next 13 days together. 

  11. Only eat prepackaged chocolate pudding manufactured in Poughkeepsie a la Charlotte from The Sex and the City movie.

    Shitting your pants on the walk from the shower to your hotel room is par for the course, really.

  12. Make animated movies your only cultural frame of reference. 

    Walt Disney was really looking out, TBH. This way, they can explain to you the real deal about their country.

  13. Show your sophistication by constantly being underwhelmed by the magnificent works of art in town.

    "They really sell you on a pointier Eiffel Tower in the photos, by the way. Also, the Mona Lisa was just not very big."

  14. Demand that they pay for everything because of the "exchange rate."

    Is it in our favor or theirs today? Who knows!

  15. Remember the ABC's: Always Be Changing (your origin story).

    Before noon, you're from Quezon City, in the evenings, you hail from Laguna, and at 10:36 PM, you're from Cebu. If anyone calls you out, say they're all really close to each other, and scoff at them for not knowing Philippine geography.

  16. Constantly bring up traffic regardless of what country you're in.

    Do the Balinese have strong feelings on rush hour traffic? I'm sure they do, if asked.


This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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