A vacation girlfriend is arguably the best type of girlfriend to have. She’s sexy, up for it, doesn’t expect long-term commitment, and has no idea where you REALLY live (for anyone who’s ever dated the stalker sort, this is important). There’s something about being in an exotic new location that gets us all worked up, and with a bevy of foreign babes new to the Pinoy charm the opportunities are exponential.
Interested in meeting a hottie on the go but not sure where to begin? Fellas, iron your shirts and pack the good underwear because we’ve got you covered.
1) Check in to a hostel
International beauties travelling alone and looking for companionship? Ding dong. A hostel is a great way to meet the girl of your annual-leave dreams. Even if you’re not a budget backpacker, there are luxury hostels where you’ll get your own room but still enjoy the social aspect with shared common areas. “We have a really popular roof deck with a beautiful view of the Manila skyline and a great crowd every day of the week. Travellers from all over the world get to know each other here and leave with new friends pretty easily,” says Cao from Makati City’s flash packer hostel Z Hostel. We like the sound of friends, especially if they’re wearing a skirt and like to dance.
2) Download Tinder Plus
Tinder is a pretty time-consuming app and surely you’d rather be canoodling with a sexy chica than desperately swiping right as many times as the app lets you during your trip. Upgrade to Tinder Plus and you can change your geographic location to the city you’re heading to months in advance. You’ll do all the swiping at home or when you’re skiving off work, and upon landing you’ll magically have a ready-to-go girlfriend. All that chatting means she’ll know you’re not some axe murderer and you’ll have a local guide that’s easier on the eye than a greasy middle-aged man with a megaphone.
3) Join a class
Cultural classes are a great way to meet travellers, and for some reason they generally have a higher girl to guy ratio (maybe we’re just too lazy to learn new skills). Get off your behind and sign up to that cookery class in Vietnam or that meditation class in Bali, and you never know who else might be in the room.
4) Don’t be afraid to party alone
It might seem scary if you’ve never done it, but going to a bar alone is actually a very good character building exercise to try when you’re away without company. You’re forced to strike up a conversation with strangers, and at the same time you’re much more approachable to outsiders. We all need a bit of Dutch courage sometimes, so perch at the bar, order a stiff drink and see where the night takes you. It could well end in locked lips and if not then at least a few new Facebook pals.
5) Swot up on your local knowledge
Get to know the place you’re travelling to inside out and you’ll not only help yourself out, but possibly also a pretty brunette stranger. Vacation spots are full of lost tourists, and when you’re in the know then you can choose which ones you go up to and offer guidance to. Research the must-see sights, get familiar with the ticket-buying systems and map out the best routes. You’re bound to find a sexy senorita who is lost in her tracks.
6) DM girls in your Insta-Location
When you’re posting a photo of Times Square, New York, stop and think of all the honeys that have done the exact same thing. The beauty of Instagram is that it is usually pretty instant. So as soon as you post, tap the location and see everyone who is tagging the same place minutes before or after you. See a cutie travelling alone or with girl friends? LIKE. DM. Get her attention. If she replies you’ve hit the holiday jackpot and all you need to do is suggest a cool joint to hang out at afterwards (see point five above).
7) Befriend flying Filipinas
You’re on the plane with the boys and there are a group of hotties heading out for a bachelorette party. You know what they say, the party starts at take off—so go over and introduce yourselves. What group of girls wouldn’t want to be escorted by some strapping young lads (OK, you may need to send over your best looking chum for this one) and adopt a squad for their overseas adventures? Given that you’re all returning to the same country, if things go well these vacation girlfriends could be like, actual girlfriends, too. And if not, let’s hope they live as far from you as possible.