Every man that’s not absolutely thrilled with life in the Western world owes it to himself to travel internationally. If life isn’t great in the U.S. or Britain or wherever for you – it’s time to get the fuck out and explore this incredible world of ours. There are no excuses. If you want to travel, but “just can’t” for some candy ass reason – you’re just a being a bitch and making excuses.
I’m not saying international travel is the “end all, be all” for most men. Traveling around the world for an extended period of time has its downfalls too. However, I know many men who find life abroad a vast improvement over life back home – myself included. International travel isn’t always easy. There are a number of bumps in the road, especially for men on their first trip abroad and alone. Yet, most men find international travel to always be worth it – at least for the experience. So I wanted to give you guys a few international travel tips for men I learned after traveling abroad for over a year.
Here are eleven quick international travel tips for men:
#1: Pack lighter than you think
You’ve probably heard this a million times, but it’s incredibly important – you don’t need to bring that much shit with you. Pack as light as you can, but pack high quality items. For clothing, I typically have 5 nice V-necks (or short sleeve Henley’s), 3-4 nice dress shirts for going out, 1-2 pair of dark blue jeans, 1 pair of cargo shorts, and 1 high quality blazer. Then you can pack the essential like socks and underwear, along with workout clothes. Bring a pair of going out shoes and a pair of working out/walking around shoes.
#2: One roller, one backpack
As you’re packing light, you’ll only need one larger rolling carry-on and one large carry-on backpack. Get the largest ones you can carry on. For roller a roller carry-on, it doesn’t really matter what you get. If you’re in the U.S. then you can head to Kohl’s and grab one for super cheap. Here’s a decent online option. For your carry-on backpack, I’d recommend this one. Make sure to pack a daypack as well.
#3: Don’t bring cash
You absolutely don’t need to bring cash with you when you travel. That’s ancient advice. While you should always have at least $100 USD on your person, you should get all your other cash from the ATM. Get a Charles Schwab checking account and debit card. You won’t have to pay any foreign transaction fees with Schwab.
#4: Pack your supplements
Supplements in countries outside the Western world are often a complete rip-off. You’ll often pay 2-3 times more for the exact same products, or you’ll pay more for a much shittier version of the product you use back home. Always pack any supplements you NEED on a daily basis. Due to spacing while you pack, I’d recommend packing pre-workout and skipping protein. You can always make up the protein through bigger, protein-packed meals. You’ll need that pre-workout when you’re trying to hit the gym with a hangover.
If you want to book something online, then the online sites you need these days are Airbnb.com and Booking.com. Everything else is a waste of time. For monthly trips, I’d highly recommend getting a monthly rate on Airbnb.com. For one to two-week trips, you shouldn’t rule out a hotel on Booking.com.
To get better prices, you should always be negotiating on Airbnb.com. Don’t be afraid to ask for 30-40% off – especially on monthly rates. If you find a great hotel on Booking.com, but you don’t like the price just Google it. Almost every hotel will have a website that you can use to contact them. Find out weekly rates and see if you can negotiate a deal.
You’ll want to book online when you first start to travel. However, the best deals are found when you have your boots on the ground. I’ve started to only book monthly apartments online. If I’m staying in a location for more than a month or for about a week – I’ll just hit the ground and start searching for a place.
#6: Research local airlines
Major flight search engines typically only include Western budget airlines. The major airlines within other regions will be featured, but the small, localized airlines won’t be. If you’re flying within one region, you can almost always find cheaper flights with a bit of digging outside the major flight search engines. Google the airport you’ll be flying out of and search to see which airlines fly from the airport. Then Google these airlines and find out where they fly.
Lima to Bogota on Kayak and other search engines was a little over $400 USD on the dates I was looking at. Then I found a small, budget Colombian airline that flies Lima to Bogota five times a week. Once I was all booked, I paid $168 for my flight with baggage and saved around $250 from what I thought I was going to spend.
#7: Arrive with a pipeline
This could be the most important international travel tips for men. The internet is one of your penis’s most valuable allies as you travel. You’d be an idiot to not at least have a few chicks excited to meet you before you arrive in your new location. Pipelining is incredibly easy these days with Tinder Plus. Get a few new chicks from Tinder on your What’s App and start flowering them with some attention. Then set up a date or two for the day you arrive. You should be banging a new girl within 48 hours of landing in your exotic locale.
I can almost guarantee you some level of success if you use this method. The combination of Tinder and a Cupid Media site is all you should need for your pipelining efforts in Latin America. Use should use:
Latin American Cupid in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Peru
Dominican Cupid in the Dominican Republic
Colombian Cupid in Colombia
#8: Ask your pipeline to help you
You should be using your pipeline of stunning foreign women for more than sexual comforts. These girls are locals. Ask them anything you want to know about the city. Find out where the cheapest supermarket is located. Get restaurant recommendations. Find out which gym you should visit. Get tourism ideas that you would never find online. Pick the living hell out of their brains and get locked in before you touch down.
#9: Make local friends through sport
If you’re in a location for more than a couple weeks, you’ll want to make some local friends. The best way I’ve found to do so is through sports. Men bond over sports and in the gym. It’s pretty simple. Go play soccer, basketball, or train MMA with the locals. You’ll meet some cool guys, have a great time, and stay in shape. These guys in turn will often invite you out or see you out. When they do, they’ll often want to introduce you to their girlfriends (who usually “love” foreigner men – like you).
#10: Lay off the booze just a bit
You should be laying off the booze just a little bit when you first arrive in a new city. You could be in a dangerous area where one wrong turn could mean bad news, so you’ll want to have your wits about you a bit. A few drinks at the bar and wine at my place is really all I do my first couple of days in a new city. Once you know the area just a bit and feel comfortable, you can begin to let loose.
#11: Pack your condoms
Another absolutely vital international travel tips for men: You won’t know how good you have it in the Western world with condoms – until you try to lay pipe with a shitty foreign, local condom. Not only will the condom be shitty and likely to break – you’ll be paying out the ass for it. I always pack 90 condoms while I’m traveling. These are the best ones you can find and are reasonably priced online. You’ll want to avoid the “fearless raw dogging” in many foreign countries – trust me!
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