We’ll say it so you don’t have to. We know the museums, and culture, and sights, are nice overseas – but let’s not put feathers on a dog and call it a chicken. Pick up game overseas is always very high on the list.
You’re carefree, attractive, on holiday, and so are many other fine young guys and gals travelling Europe, the States and all the other summer hotspots.
Sure, you may not admit it or feel particularly obliged to say it out loud, but there is always that lingering feeling. You know the one? Where like if you don’t pick up, or at least hook up with someone, the holiday doesn’t quite feel complete?
But with so many people in the same boat, it’s hella easy to become a bit of a creep in the process. So in the digital age, and time of endless travel, here is how you can startup your own little overseas fling.
Sit Down, Be Humble
Don’t get caught up in rejection, friends. It’s easy to think you’re invincible when you’re overseas, you know the whole “I’m Australian, everyone’s going to love me” mindset. And look, you’re not wrong (especially in the US of A). But eat some humble pie and realise there are a lot of other Aussies, Americans, Brits, Spaniards, Italians, French, Portuguese and Greeks out there too.. so you’re no guarantee.
Keep your expectations in check and realise there is no god-given right that you’re getting laid. Have the confidence to charm a significant guy or girl just as you would back home, and don’t think that your accent will do all the work (although admittedly, this is not a bad tactic).
Learn Local Sayings And Phrases
It’s super handy to try and pick up (no pun) some local key words and sayings. Not only will they help in general while travelling through the country, but if you do meet a local interest, being able to whip out some dialect on cue is always going to help your chances. Think about not only common phrases, but unique words or sentences that might impress on the dance-floor or leave a potential suitor very impressed. Make best friends with Google Translator, and you can just type in words or phrases in English that convert into local language.
Hot tip, have some key sayings written out and translated on your phone, screenshot it and put it as your background. That way you’re always learning them and ready to use when necessary.
Don’t Get Greedy
If you do start getting the hang of things, and slowly become a bit of a social butterfly with locals and other travellers, never get greedy. It’s a serious poison that’s so easy to get attached too. Don’t let a good conversation or dance-floor boogie go to waste thanks to another potential interest (that may not actually even be that interesting). Look it can be tough at the best of times, but focus! As they say, better to be a master of one, rather than a jack of all trades.. the latter may often leave you empty handed.
Just Have A Bloody Good Time
You could probably apply this to meeting people in general. I am yet to meet anyone who is attracted or turned on by the random group of guys standing in the corner checking out every girl in the venue. At the end of the day, you’re in an amazing country, with amazing people, so live it up. If you’re consciously having a sick time, and it’s obvious that you are, that is confidence in itself. People will be naturally drawn to you, and then you can get your charm and dance on should you want to. Not if you’re obviously there trying to pick up.
Avoid rocking up to a bar with the idea that you will pick up, rarely ever works. Go with good intentions of having a wicked time, and trust me you’ll probably walk out with more.