When travelling the world looking for love, the most important thing is to find the places where you’ll find the people doing the same thing as you. Whether you’re looking for a foreigner to share your life with, or hoping to meet a fellow traveler looking to continue the journey, there’s no denying that meeting someone on the road is about as romantic as it gets.
When you’re heading out on your travels, make sure to hit up these hot spots where you are bound to meet someone who speaks your language (wink wink).
Possibly the friendliest people to meet, especially if you are travelling alone. You can pop into any pub and find it filled with friendly folks willing to chat and maybe even buy you a pint. It’s also a university town, with two local schools full up with young, hot people with the to-die-for Irish accent.
Don’t be shy to get chatting and definitely don’t hold back from the dancing. It’s a care-free, spirited kind of place. And if you’re willing to let go, you might just find exactly what you came looking for.
Although London is less overtly friendly than Dublin, if you know where to look, you’ll be able to find friends in no time. Especially with an American accent, you’ll have no trouble at all. Londoners are extremely urban and diverse and definitely willing to meet foreigners.
Their openness combined with their wonderful brand of charm plus culture makes it particularly plausible that you’ll meet someone fabulous. Aim for the neighborhood pubs that are more locally oriented. Folks tend to head to the local pub in their neighborhood on a regular basis so chances are you’ll find a more relaxed crowd that isn’t out on the prowl – even if you are.
The party capital of Europe is a non-stop ball of energy. If you are headed to Ibiza, you had better be ready.
The beach parties are legendary and everyone knows you go there to meet someone. It might not be the love of your life, but you’ll definitely walk away with a story or two. Also, since much of young Europe heads to this sunny island for a summer holiday, you’ll find people from all over the world to chat with and form connections.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv is where Europe and the Middle East collide. With its clear blue waters, white beaches and wild nightlife, Tel Aviv is where the party pros go.
If you are single and looking to mingle, you’ll find the Israelis welcoming and ready to hear about life wherever you are from. They tend to be very well travelled, so chances are you’ll be able to bond quickly over travel stories. Ask them about their trip to India and get some tips about the best humus in town. Play your cards right and you might be saying more than just shalom.
New York City, USA
If you are looking for love, you need to stop in New York. It is the city that never sleeps and that’s because everyone who is single and looking to mingle is out on the town doing just that, until the wee hours of the morning.
Head to a gallery opening or film fest and get talking about the local art. Try a vegan bakery or a craft ice cream salon, New York is quirky and cool and you’ll find so many people there who are friendly, and also different.
America’s capital is also the king of happy hours. If you can shmooze till you drop, DC is the place for you to meet the person of your dreams. Since many young folks are working government jobs, they are able to clock out at five and head to the bar. Over rounds of local beer or craft cocktails, you’ll find yourself charmed by the people who can’t tell you where they work and basically speak in acronyms.
They may be a rare breed, but DC people are interesting and interested – they’ll want to know where you’re from, what you do and what you’re looking for. Beware the career ladder climbers, but if you’ve got an eye for bullshit, you’ll be perfectly fine.