Sea, sun, sand and sangria - the perfect ingredients for a holiday romance. If you're jetting away and yearning for a foreign fling, relationships expert Alicia Drewnicki offers her 10 practical tips to help you look for love... safely.
1. Pamper and prepare
If the weather's hot, then let's face it - you're going to be exposed. So before you go away, treat yourself to a pedicure and a wax to ensure that you're beach-body ready, start that no-carbs diet in May, and stick to it.
2. Don't get too drunk
We've all been there; the drink is cheap, the wine is flowing and you're away from the pressures of everyday life. A holiday is the ultimate chance to let your hair down and have fun, but remember your limits when it comes to alcohol. Don't let those sangria-goggles fool you. Ask yourself: would he still look that good in daylight?
3. Beware the waiter cliché
Oh Pablo! (Let's call him Pablo, for old times' sake). He may look sexy and sultry, but ladies - watch out! Even if he tells you that you're the most beautiful girl he's ever seen, remember that this charm is a practised art. 'Pablo' knows every trick in the book and their daily life consists of an endless flow of tourists (which usually translates as potential girls to seduce).
4. Don't forget to wear sunscreen
Don't skip the sunscreen. Getting burnt is not big and not clever! You may think that you're fast-tracking your way to being a bronzed goddess, but your skin probably isn't used to those powerful rays. Rather than turning golden brown, you'll be hitting the pinky/red tones on the colour chart. So be sensible about your tanning or you may acquire a new nickname of 'Lauren the Lobster'.
5. Don't play too hard to get
You shouldn't rush into a romance the moment you step off the plane, but at the same time, remember that holidays are a sped-up version of the dating process so you will need to change your approach slightly. Time is short so chuck out your usual dating rules, go with the flow and most importantly, have fun.
6. Finding romance shouldn't be the focus of your holiday
If searching for a potential conquest becomes the focus of your trip then you'll just come across as desperate! Don't act like a hungry predator stalking your prey. Instead, just concentrate on having a good time and if there's room for romance, even better.
7. Don't be fooled by a fast mover
When the location is beautiful and you're having a perfect time, it's easy to get swept away by the moment and think that fate has brought you together. A lot of the time though, it's sadly too good to be true. If your foreign fling declares his/her undying love and immediately talks about marriage, be careful, they may just be angling for an advantageous match (passport).
8. Don't take any risks
Don't forget this person was a stranger until your holiday, so stay safe, don't take any risks and always keep your friends updated on where you are.
9. Don't get too emotionally involved
Ouch. This is a tough one. It's called a holiday romance for a reason, so you've got to distance yourself and avoid becoming too emotionally attached. The chances are that the love will fade as quickly as your tan, so live in the moment but be prepared to let go. It's best if you don't expect to hear from them again and then if you do - it's a bonus.
10. Go for a different 'type'
If gym instructors are your usual type, then it may be time to try something different and go on a date with 'irresistible Italian Ignazio'. Don't be scared to change your type when you're on holiday: as the old saying goes, 'When in Rome...' How about a tall, dark and handsome... waiter?
Skyscanner Travel Podcast: Holiday Romance
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