DO protect yourself always. THIS IS the MOST important advice. I know it might seem great to have a good time and let go of all inhibitions – I mean you only study abroad once, right? HOWEVER, emergency contraceptive services are not as prevalent in Europe as they are in America, so bring your own stash of protection. Also, because Europeans are awesome and completely comfortable with sexuality, there are actually VENDING machines on the street to purchase condoms from. Alas, there is no excuse to NOT cover your bases.
Do meet as many people as you can: Forget your inhibitions and strike up a conversation with the first chick that catches your eye. This might not always lead to a one-night stand, but there is never anything wrong with a good chat with the opposite sex. You never know where a “What’s your major?” can take you.
Do keep your hook ups on the down-low: You’re likely only here for a semester and just like a college campus, the study-abroad community is small. Unless you want EVERYONE to know your business, keep it to yourself or your closest friends.
Do be honest. Yes, this means forgoing telling girls you knew Michael Phelps in Kindergarten or that you “know this really awesome club promoter”. But we’re also talking about honesty in terms of expectations after (or before) the deed is done. If you’re just looking for a good time and to meet as many people as possible, be up-front that this is just for fun. The last thing you want is to beat around the bush and hurt someone’s feelings. Or have a psycho stalker all semester (we may or may not speak from experience). And let's not forget, gentlemen, today's ladies aren't all necessarily looking for a main squeeze either - YOU may be the one ending up hurt, confused, and watching Grey's Anatomy on your couch. If you actually dig a girl and want to see how things go, let her know and maybe even break the bank and take her to dinner. Or a sandwich. Okay…maybe just for cappuccino.
Don't stop having a great time - every day you get! Don’t take advantage of living in Europe. Get yourself out there every day and try something new or meet someone new. You’d be surprised at what a walk around town or saying hello to a new person can do to change your day – or semester.
Don’t get too proud. If you’re having a “successful” semester, pat yourself on the back - but don’t let it get to your head. Remember that everyone lets go a little while abroad, and just ‘cause you’re a stud in Europe, it doesn’t always mean the same goes when you return to America. Enjoy and appreciate your experiences and keep a level head – you won’t go wrong.
Don't forget protection. We know we already said this. BUT IT’S IMPORTANT SO WE’LL SAY IT AGAIN. You want to regret nothing from your experiences – make sure that happens by following this simple tip.
Don't forget that a great way to meet people (friends AND hook-ups) is while traveling. Check out the trips Euroadventures runs and research the amazing places you’ll want to hit up while abroad. Remember, you can top ANY story by starting it with “This one night in the French Riviera…”
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