The dark side of travel romance

romance thumbWhen it comes to the ways of love and romance, no aphrodisiac is quite so potent as travel. On the road — freed from the dull routines and restrictions of home — you become more open, more daring, more willing to seize the moment. Away from home, the people you meet (be they locals or fellow travelers) seem sexier, more exotic, less repressed — and this … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (7)  | November 20, 2015
Category: Europe, Sex and Travel, Vagabonding Advice

The death of the mile high club

Take off...

I want to take this opportunity to declare that the Mile-High Club is, for all practical purposes, defunct. Much like the practice of phrenology or the fad for goldfish swallowing, the notion of having sex on commercial airplanes is no longer worthy of serious consideration.

Before I get inundated with angry e-mails accusing me of being a prude, let me be clear … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | July 5, 2014
Category: Air Travel, Rolf Potts, Sex and Travel

How to Find Love Abroad: Test Yourself

“C’mon, try it.” They floated in a thick, dark sauce. The nails had been cut off, but the rest of each finger stared back at me without eyes from the plastic plate, livid in vinegar. Truncated joints just below the feathers’ line. As I kept staring at my prospective dinner, I wondered how low a man can go to impress a pretty girl.

“So, will you try one?” Her eyes were inquisitive windows open on … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | November 28, 2013
Category: Asia, Food and Drink, On The Road, Sex and Travel

Open relationships and long term travel

“But you’re just going to leave!”

Although I hated to admit it, who said that was right. At the time I’d been seasonally migrating as a guide for four years. And had no intention to confine my adventurous spirit in domestic American life, then—if ever. The catch though was he was not American; Swedish born to immigrated Polish parents. And unless we got married, physically being together was a matter of juggling countless visas. I … Read more »

Rules for romance: single female travelers becoming pairs?

There’s a lot of you-go-grrl-empowerment articles on the web and in travel magazines about women traveling on their own, toting their own backpacks and having exciting adventures.  The general themes of these articles usually has to do with being brave and feeling safe walking the streets at night, making friends with locals, avoiding singles supplements or suspicious glances when you try to book a tour or … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | February 22, 2011
Category: Expat Life, Female Travelers, Languages and Culture, Sex and Travel, Solo Travel, Vagabonding Advice

Love ’em and leave ’em and leave ’em…

One of the side effects of all those fun romantic flings you have with fun romantic locals wherever it is that you settle for a while, is the exciting, abnormal, and exhausting condition called love.  Love can spin your tailfeathers and put your travel plans at risk.

We’re told from a very early age that love is what we should be looking for, but what if, the next time you find it is very inconvenient?  … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (6)  | December 14, 2010
Category: General, Sex and Travel, Solo Travel

Figure modeling for fun and profit

When I was a child, my mother thought I’d join a nudist colony; I was always taking off my little toddler dresses and running around in the backyard with nothing on.  As an adult, I’ve managed to parlay comfort with my body into an easily portable financial application: nude figure modeling.

There are two genres of nude modeling (it’s always “nude”, by the way; if you say “naked”, it’s not art): photography and life drawing.  … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | August 31, 2010
Category: General, Lifestyle Design, Sex and Travel, Solo Travel, Vagabonding Advice, Working Abroad

September 4: World Sexual Health Day

No matter where you are in the world, you can be concerned with your sexual health; the World Health Organization defines good health as being not just the absence of sickness or disease, but also the active presence of physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing.  Aside from more obvious issues of sexual health (like wearing condoms to prevent disease, and getting regular Pap smears to check for cervical cancer) this includes the right to feel comfortable … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | August 24, 2010
Category: General, Sex and Travel

Men and women get different diseases while traveling

A recent Swiss study of 59,000 respondents found that women and men travelers are prone to different diseases while on the road.  The study found that female travelers are more prone to gastrointestinal ailments, particularly traveler’s diarrhea (bring your rehydration kits, ladies!), colds, and reactions to medications taken for traveling, such as anti-malarials.  Women are also more prone to urinary tract infections, as is actually true in the greater, non-traveling population as well.

Male voyagers … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (7)  | March 9, 2010
Category: Sex and Travel