“It’s 11pm on a Saturday night, I need to leave you guys to find some ass.” I swear to whatever there is above, that’s what a girl said to us recently on the night of Noche en Blanco in Madrid. I wouldn’t announce it so blatantly, but I have to admit that hooking up whilst on the road — whether it’s a holiday, gap year, or extended travel — is one of the glories of traveling whilst you are young and single.
Whether you are are ‘wham-bam-thank-you-maam’ type, or the passionate whirlwind love affair type, all’s pretty easy on the road. Depending on what you are looking for and how open you are about finding it, some places can work for you more than others.
Being a girl who doesn’t have the ‘one-track-mind’ all men are accused of having by default, to think about a piece like this wouldn’t have occurred to me unless I read this great piece on the Sydney Morning Herald’s travel blog.
Of his list of 10 best places to pick-up, I have been to three – Thailand, Portugal and Denmark. I’m not too sure about pick-up prospects in Portugal and Denmark — the language barrier and the Scandinavian chill don’t do much for romance; but Thailand is a sure winner.
In my opinion, other winner cities would be:
- Negril, Jamaica: Oh my goodness. Sun, beach, wild marijuana, and reggae music — need I say more?
- Havana, Cuba: Sorry that Americans can’t go here easily, but here both men and women will get together with you anyhow, and anywhere. Other than wanting toothpaste or toilet paper in return (this happened to a guy friend of mine), perhaps it’s the sheer attraction of foreigners that gets them pumping. With the rum, the reggaton and the strong will to feel any sort of temporary liberty, has to make Havana one of the most sexually open and explicit places I have visited.
- Sydney, Australia: Another sun and beach lure, practically every other Ozzie you see looks like they played a role in Baywatch. Easy shmeezy, and you’ll even feel like you are in Baywatch.
- Balearic Islands, Spain: Ibiza and Formentera — hardly a surprise huh? The fact that most beaches here are nudist just emphasizes ease of hooking up.