Candidly Cartier: “Influencer” is Not a Dirty Word

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Influencer Filth

More and more on social media I’m seeing the word “Influencer” tossed around like absolute filth. Whether it’s disdain for those who flaunt their lives like they’ve been sponsored to take their next breath (you know who you are) or annoyance that content isn’t authentic, there’s a real hate on these days for people who make a dolla dolla bill or two from content creation.

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influencer

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noun
  1. a person or thing that influences another.
    “he was a champion of the arts and a huge influencer of taste”
    • MARKETING
      a person with the ability to influence potential buyers of a product or service by promoting or recommending the items on social media.
      “influencers can add serious credibility to your brand”

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Influencers – They’re Just Like You!

This idea that the common person is like a celebrity is an interesting shift in the makeup of our society. They haven’t done anything particularly spectacular, or so most people think. From my view, someone of influence finds beauty in the mundane. This is a new(ish) form of art combining the written word (yes, captions can be poetry), photography (okay – hiring photographers for your OOTD is a little much), and graphic design (you know how much editing goes into some of these ‘grams). Most of these people are also crafty AF in the way they live their lives. They’ve carved out a niche where (well, the successful ones) can follow their bliss daily. It doesn’t happen overnight, however. Building a business, even if your brand is yourself, is hard work. The competition is bloody fierce.

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Influencers – They Eat!

I get it – going to a restaurant with friends and having your dining companion make the table wait until the food is cold is incredibly obnoxious. When the food arrives and everyone scrambles to create a table with the greatest aesthetic standing up on a chair with a portable flash in one hand and their phone in the other, it’s obnoxious. This behaviour really takes a toll on the guest experience of every other person in the restaurant. This detracts from the carefully prepared and plated meal they restaurant’s team has put together. As someone who has worked in the hospitality industry for many, many years and has worked with chefs and bartenders passionate about their craft, I wonder if the food even tastes good or if it’s just pretty. I wonder if these “influencers” can tell the difference between tarragon and turmeric.

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Influencers – They Shop!

This is the thing about “aspiring influencers” that drives me up the wall. Influencers Faking Brand Deals is nothing new. I knew of plenty of people doing this while I was in Korea in an attempt to secure new business. I also knew of desperate women who would be given discarded goods from influencers within the Korean Beauty Space who would put “#gifted” on everything. No, you weren’t gifted sh*t, little girl. Your friend who spent hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars becoming a skincare expert gave you the crap she no longer wanted, and you gave it a glowing review.

Making Money Blogging

Building¬† blog and a brand costs money. Most of the people I knew when I started blogging were trying to share the latest and greatest spots in the city giving directions in the process. Heck – I made a whole video about how to get to the Raccoon Cafe in Seoul when I was still living in Busan. I shared restaurant reviews where I spent a pretty penny and felt I got great value. I was never “doing it for the ‘gram”, and the friends I met through the blogging community (at first) weren’t either. We just wanted to share cool things we found in English for people who might not be having the easiest time navigating in Korean. The secret to making money blogging? HARD WORK.

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Passion Projects Put to Work

That’s the thing – most content creators turned influencers built a website and started writing about life hacks, amazing products and fantastic deals they genuine adore and want to share. I began my blog, The Toronto Seoulcialite, while in Korea because I was leaving the marketing world and didn’t want to become irrelevant and undesirable as a potential hire upon my return. Now I work as a writer for a law firm because:

  • I was a teacher – I taught spelling, grammar, syntax, and flow. These are essential skills in my daily tasks at work.
  • I learned about my audience, SEO, link-building, social media marketing, and wordpress. These are desirable skills within my industry.
  • Once I realised that there were companies who wanted to partner with me, I amped up the business of blogging. Creating pitches and proposals for companies with whom I desired to work became necessary. Paying for for products and experiences was normal. Sometimes I could organize a partnership to offset the costs of running my blog. I wasn’t a hack job with my mouth wide open hawking a food product I would never eat, if you know what I mean. Now, I research companies and write marketing materials to show how our team is the best fit for a particular project.

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Influencers – The Hate is Real

The problem with influencers in our 2019 society is that thing have gotten out of control. What used to be an industry of finding cool things, expressing honest emotions (This Crazy Thing Called Life isn’t sunshine and roses. Sometimes sh*t gets real) is now a forcefield of gritting a smile and showing no weakness. The glossy, glamorous lives of aspiring influencers aren’t real. These people in Facebook groups trying to get you to join pyramid schemes so you can “travel the world for free” are conning you. The reason content creators had influence was because they weren’t perfect, they were passionate. The start-up nature of sharing your life’s ups and downs was real; authentic.

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Now, “engagement” is easy to fake. You can pump some money into Facebook to promote or pay off a bot farm to like the image for you. It’s infuriating that PR companies – people who are supposed to be professionals in this field – don’t see through the fake followers and inauthetic content. It’s sad to see companies partner with “influencers” who are guaranteed to bring no reach, engagement, or revenue from the rates they charge. I can totally understand and respect why the every man or woman gets a hate on for the influencer life. The hate is real.

When it comes down to it, there will always be people of influence. When genuine, and not pay for play, an influencer is someone honest who gives a review you can trust. With cost of living at an all-time high, that trust should be sacred. Influencer isn’t a dirty word, we’ve just forgotten the meaning.

Candidly Cartier: Deleting 4 Dating – Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, and OkCupid

Single Sally Stops Swiping

When it comes to Bumble Fails or Tinder Nightmares, the stories write themselves. My writing has become boring in Toronto, however. Life in Korea was interesting because it was foreign and everything was a challenge and new and exciting. The guys I dated were damaged. One was having massive internal crises about love. I wish I could have helped him, but he will have to learn to help himself. Others were with me because they wanted to be on the blog. Ex-co-p I’m looking at you and your wife who still creep my social media – literally LinkedIn today. Writing is a way for me to work through the weirdness I experience while navigating these relationships. I haven’t watched Bird Box yet, but if following the memes gives me any idea, deleting all apps and trying to navigate the Toronto dating scene blind seems to be the only way to avoid the monsters.

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Deleting all Apps

Ladies and gentlemen, I went into 2019 sans swipe. My instagram storied lacked some serious mansplaining and offers of pantsless Netflix and chill. I only lasted about 16 days over-eating, working out, and over-sleeping without window-shopping for men. This is hardly the recipe to meet a mate, and I’m starting to realize why people get cats. Instead of a cat, however, I bought a ticket. Normally my travel talk would be limited to The Toronto Seoulcialite. I haven’t yet posted about Bali because how do you write the top 10 ways to eat, drink, and bang your way through Gili Trawangan?

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Va-Kate-tion

Of course, I’m kidding. My Gili T romance was full of passion and drama, but there was only one apple of my eye. I am clearly unable to distinguish the b*tches from the beaches, but I do know when a deal is too good to pass up! Toronto, Canada to Cebu, Philippines for $575 round trip and¬†tax-in was a great buy. I’m going at the beginning of April. The weather is supposed to be insanely good and without much rain. In March it will be a year since I left Korea. While there are some cute guys online/ on dating apps, in person they tend to look like moldy coleslaw. I find Hotness monsters on the beach, and I just signed myself up for 7 days of babe-watching.

Willpower Weakness

In the 2 and a half weeks without any dating apps I did find I approached more men in the hopes of initiating an organic connection. It really worked the first time, however someone who I thought was a friend ended up f*cking him in the men’s bathroom of a popular downtown bar (and breaking the baby change table in the process). I met another since we had exchanged numbers before both deleting our dating apps. He indicated he was interested in seeing me again, but ultimately ghosted (because of course he did). Now? I re-installed tinder, but no other dating apps. I don’t open it very frequently. My dating life is actually improving, believe it or not. Tinder managed to bring me one special guy who is hitting all the points of communication I so desperately crave, and another who I’m not quite sure about, but who is ambitious as all get out. I think there’s something to be said for simplifying, and I’m not going to say no to putting a few more chucklehead tinder nightmares on blast in the process.

Re-pat Dating Diaries: Younger Men? Yes, please!

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The Newest in Dating Diaries: Repatriation

When writing about something as sensitive as dating, it’s kind of tough to write something positive without hurting someone’s feelings.¬† You might be thinking “huh? What’s she talking about?¬† Why would writing something good hurt someone?”, but hear me out.¬† When you write something – anything at all – and it strikes a chord in a man (even one you may have never met!) the comments section can get a little heated.¬† I’m ready and waiting with popcorn (Smartfood, I’ve missed you) for all of the man-hating, extreme feminist names they have stored in their back pockets.¬† When you write something about men in general, and someone else he thinks he’s the man in your life, feelings can get hurt.¬† I am single.¬† I am all over the map literally and figuratively.¬† In the (almost) 3 weeks I’ve been back in North America, I’ve met some truly wonderful people, and surprisingly young and accomplished men.

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Dating After Korea

Since leaving Korea, I’ve been through Bali, back to Korea, to Canada, the United States, and back to Canada all within 40 days.¬† If any of you think dating in Korea is wonderful, welcome to the rest of the world.¬† It’s your damn oyster!¬† If you’re having trouble and want to explore the dating world more extensively, maybe the contract life in the land of the morning calm isn’t for you.¬† I know I’ve always been the queen of bad timing, and Korea pressure didn’t help.¬† I’ve recently had a freedom and flexibility which seems to have been pretty attractive to men.¬† Well, pretty attractive to the average ODB and younger man, alike.¬† It feels nice to have most people believe I’m somewhere between 21 and 25.¬† Guess my multi-step K-Beauty routine has been working!¬† I’m always honest and upfront about being 30.¬† Ain’t no shame in that game.¬† My Tinder is set to meet men 25 – 37, which I feel is fairly age-appropriate.¬† Meeting younger guys (organically) has actually taught me a lot about how to relax into the dating world again.¬† In honour of The Real Housewives of New York City returning to Bravo, let’s let my favourite cradle-robber, Carole Radziwill,¬† tell you all about why repatriation is best with a younger man by your side.

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Confidence

At 30 (and after living in Korea), it’s really easy to get anyone’s number.¬† I’ve just been living in fantasy land (as far as any recruiters are concerned) for the past 3 years.¬† If you can’t walk up to a random hottie and pretend you’re just two SIMS characters after that, what HAS Korea taught you?¬† Seriously – after 30 we just don’t care.¬† There are dating opportunities everywhere.

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You Can’t Hurry Love

You might think that dating is the same everywhere.¬† That notion would be entirely incorrect.¬† Living in Korea has completely shaped the way I interact with men.¬† Expats don’t typically buy into the Korean way of dating, but we definitely don’t do it like we would back home.¬† We’ve all got that added pressure of our contract’s time limit looming over our heads, so more often than not we rush.¬† I remember by our 3rd date (in as many days) Co-P asked me to be his girlfriend (and subsequently married the next woman he only met a handful of times.¬† Bullet = dodged).¬† Adonis went from traveling SEA to living with me in the course of a month.

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You’ve been out of the game for X many years

Things happen so quickly when you’re living abroad or traveling.¬† I had a whirlwind romance turned roller-coaster ride in Bali over 10 days.¬† It’s insane how quickly things develop.¬† Because of my experiences, I have the emotional ADHD of a much younger human.¬† I need to learn how to slow down and actually meet people again the Western way.¬† In order to do so, dating a guy on my level has a number of benefits:

He’s Not Necessarily Established

Coming back to live in Canada I’ve stayed with my parents, gone on a blogger trip, and am currently house-sitting.¬† Until I sort out my job and living situation in Toronto, I’m 30 and living in my parents’ basement.¬† Good news!¬† He’s¬†probably still living with Mommy and Daddy, too, or he may have just moved out on his own.¬† You’re ready to re-enter the social scene and he’s eager to experience the city.¬† Nobody’s there to make you feel bad about starting over since he’s starting up as well.

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He’s Protective

The younger guys I’ve met thus far have been far more earnestly doting, caring, and chivalrous than guys my age.¬† Maybe there’s been a renaissance in upbringing or maybe they feel like they have more to prove with the change in typical gender dynamics.¬† Whatever it is, I’m appreciative.¬† All my life I’ve been so worried about losing someone precious.¬† Suddenly I feel like I’m the important one they don’t want stolen away.

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He’s Got the Energy

‘Nuff said.

He’ll teach you about the latest trends

I feel like such a geriatric creature bringing this one up, but there are pieces of generational technology I haven’t had time to peruse.¬† He’ll help you assess the latest gadgets and give you the specs before even heading in to buy the hardware.¬† When I’m still fighting with Olleh/ Korea Telecom (KT) to get my last account closed, it’s great to have a wealth of knowledge helping me along.

 

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Dating Younger: He Looks Good

Have you ever noticed how 30 year old men look these days?¬† Being stressed and overworked not only has an effect on the ol’ beer belly, but their skin loses glow, too.¬† Cameron Diaz’s character in “The Holiday” talks about how men age gracefully and women become haggard.¬† “I’m gonna call bullshit on that.”¬† That couldn’t be farther from the truth for me.¬† 5 years ago, a friend who had just turned 30 told me she was the happiest and in the best shape of her entire life.¬† I scoffed, but dammit if those words aren’t ringing like the Bell of Good Luck in my 30, flirty, and thriving ears.

In my mid-twenties I was fat and miserable.¬† I worked out plenty, but stress and poor eating habits got the best of me.¬† Coming back from Korea, I have a phenomenal beauty routine thanks to my friends at Leegeeham, G2Cell, CosRX (they just sent me a package I can’t WAIT to review for you), and Seoul Cosmetic Surgery.¬† Botox is no longer taboo.¬† Wouldn’t you want to stop the aging process dead in its tracks?¬† I don’t want to look like I’m dating a child, but I’m not ready to look like I’m dating my dad, either.

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Dating Expectations

When I was in my early to mid twenties, I went out with guys who I considered to be out of my league.¬† I dated a lot of douche-canoes; a lot of big Richards, if you will.¬† Ladies: you are worth it.¬† Don’t ever let a guy string you along without commitment simply because you think he’s too hot or too accomplished.¬† Spoiler alert: there’s no such thing!¬† If he’s interested in spending time with you in or out of the bedroom, then you need to be clear about your expectations.¬† When you’re happy with what you’re getting then that’s perfect.¬† If you’re not, make it clear!

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Dating Doubts

I’ve learned to care a lot less about what other people think.¬† If he fucks it up?¬† Well… I don’t care, really.¬† I mean it’s lovely for now, but he’s got a lot of living to do before settling down.¬† I’m looking to plant those roots in Toronto, but until then why waste good company?

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Warning: Dating Younger may have Drama Closer than it Appears

When dating a younger man, there’s always the chance there will be some pathetic fly on the wall desperate to make a meal out of a snack.¬† One day she’ll learn.¬† For now, ignore…ignore…ignore.

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Dating Deterrents

In my last year in Korea I dealt with the most vile, psychotic woman I’ve ever met because she thought she was dating my boyfriend.¬† She met him twice – before I had ever met him.¬† The vendetta lasted a year, and I’m sure the wine, fat-shaming, and name-calling parties continue even now that I’m gone.¬† There’s plenty more to the story, but that’s too juicy for today.

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Just one for the young ladies considering the paragraph above.¬† We’re older.¬† We’re wiser.¬† Take heed.

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Korea –> Canada: Dating through Repatriation

Living in Korea was great for my health, horrible for my heath, and taught me a lot.¬† It was great because in my first year I was able to create that work/ life balance I so craved.¬† I had the opportunity to cook properly, my favourite snack foods were disgusting in Korea (BBQ Cheetos – ew!), and I had split shifts meaning I could work out 2 hours a day.¬† I took my weekends off, and that’s where I’d let myself go off the rails a little bit.

Number 1 rule?¬† No gym on weekends.¬† Number 2 rule?¬† It’s okay to eat an entire pie from Pizza School (corn and all) on Sunday.¬† Was I hungover?¬† Absolutely.¬† Had I cleaned my entire apartment Friday night rather than go out?¬† Hell yes.¬† Did that have something to do with the “focus candy” prescribed liberally?¬† OH YEAH.¬† Korea helped me lose my stress weight and taught me about balance.¬† When you feel good you look good and that goodness radiates.¬† I have a whole new outlook on dating in Canada right now.

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My #1 Key to Dating Anywhere

What did I learn?¬† Well, this series is about dating, so we’ll keep it to that.¬† Communication is the absolute most important part.¬† Even if you’re dating someone from another English-speaking country, there are bound to be cultural differences.¬† Knowing what you want and what you can bring to the table is also important.¬† As someone returning to the dating game in my home country, I don’t feel comfortable dating someone who has just been blindly happy with the status quo the entire time I’ve been away.¬† Maybe it’s the Korean Skincare Routine, maybe I’m just not willing to settle for someone who has settled.¬† Regardless, I’m attracting younger guys – and I’m starting to be okay with that.

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In conclusion, nobody needs to know you’re dating younger.¬†

You’re only as old as the man that you feel, right?

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Have you experienced something interesting and unexpected coming back to the dating pool in your home country?  Let Cartier know in the comments section below!

Exes & Oh No’s: An Expat‚Äôs Guide to Ladies’ Sick Sense

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Creepy Communication

We all do it.¬† Social Media makes it easier than ever to look up how our loved ones past and present are doing.¬† Are they living their best lives?¬† How happy are they?¬†¬†It seems when I’ve finally met someone new, the ghosts of lost loves past have their interests piqued.¬† When I started dating my most recent ex, it breathed life into a few poltergeists.¬† The man I’ll probably always consider to be the first¬†great love of my life reached out.¬† He said everything that I had needed and so desperately craved hearing, albeit all a little too late.¬† I was honest about our communication with my new partner, and he was honest (well…to a point) about his.¬† When I was living with the Adonis, he would call his ex while I was at work.¬† What did I care if they spoke?¬† They dated for 7 years – she was a huge part of his life and he was important to her.¬† She was also roughly 9,000 km away.¬† How much harm could she really do from that great a distance?¬† I think I’d be more worried if he wasn’t interested in her well-being and didn’t want to maintain mutual respect.

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Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

In a new relationship, it’s tempting to look back on your partner’s old ones.¬† Are you part of a trend or are you different, special – an outlier?¬† Are you far enough outside the particular set of previous patterns and failures to stand the test of time?¬† A jealous,¬†pissed off, or threatened woman¬†does better research than the¬†FBI, CIA and Secret Service combined.¬† When in a budding relationship I was contacted by my (then new) boyfriend’s ex stating that he had cheated on the previous two.¬† She told me I was becoming a symptom of a much bigger problem.¬† I, of course, dismissed it at the time.¬† He told me just enough to make it seem like we had an open and honest relationship.¬† I was completely transparent.¬† When his pattern reemerged several months later, you had better bet I quickly learned about RSS feeds, source, input, and the ease of info gathering online.¬† I did it because I sensed a problem.¬† I had an underlying insecurity about the state of our relationship.¬† I was waiting for the other shoe to drop, and unfortunately got more than I bargained for.

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Poking Holes in More Than Just the Story

What about the longstanding current girlfriend, fiance, or even wife, though?¬† I mean, she’s already won.¬† What use is it to look back on something which ended so very long ago?¬† On one hand, I can see that she means no harm.¬† She’s just curious about our history together.¬† How far down the line is it normal or healthy to creep?¬† Why does my ex boyfriend’s current love want to know about my daily activities now when he and I ceased all contact 7 months ago?¬† I’m sure there’s a small part where the “winner” can take perverse pleasure in popping up and rubbing it in your face that she’s enjoying your old memories.¬† Is there trouble in paradise or does she just want to lord her “success” over me without ever having to exchange words?

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When you’ve finally met someone new and are enjoying learning all about him, she’s there to drudge up the past.¬† At least when a man’s 6th sense kicks in, you might get closure.¬† When woman’s sick sense starts tingling, everyone just ends up shaken.¬† It’s better on both sides to leave well enough alone.¬†

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Personal Space

To my exes’ new girlfriends and wives: ladies, if you’re really that curious about me, reach out!¬† I’d rather be cool with your creeping than completely unnerved.¬† If that’s not your jam, please have the decency to¬†use a fake account.¬† You don’t need him to block me.¬† You don’t need to control with whom he communicates.¬† The women before me prepared him to love you.¬† If your relationship is strong, it’s due in part to the fact that I made him ready to love you and that you’re a better fit together than we ever could have been.¬† The hell he and I went through together doesn’t negate the joy you have now.¬† It’s not in spite of it, it’s because of it.¬† We worked through issues together that have made him a more considerate boyfriend or husband for you.¬† They will hopefully have helped make me a better partner in my next relationship, too.

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Gratitude

To my readers: If your man is communicative, caring, and observant, chances are there’s a mother, sister, or ex-girlfriend who helped him along the way.¬† There’s not a single ex-boyfriend of mine with whom I’d want to get back together, but I have a genuine interest in their well-being.¬†¬†Don’t try to police your significant other’s communication.¬† If he’s friendly with his ex and a better man with you than he was with her, you might even want to buy her a bottle of wine.

The 7 Worst Guys An Expat Can Date

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We have a tendency to get a little bit lonely living abroad. ¬†Expat dating can be tough! ¬†It’s not always easy¬†to meet someone who speaks English, and if you haven’t been somewhere long then your foreign language skills might not be strong enough for the dating world. ¬†Men we’ve met while living abroad and trying to feign off loneliness haven’t all been bad. ¬†The stereotypes represented are just that, stereotypes and generalizations, so please take this¬†all with a grain of salt and a bit of a laugh. ¬†Before you go locking up your love and throwing away the key, see if you notice any similarities herein. ¬†This¬†is all about the very worst of the worst: The 7 Worst Guys an Expat can Date. ¬†Click on the links to expand your expat dating horizons…

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The Local

This guy just wants to date someone foreign he can show off to his friends. ¬†It’ll be a fleeting romance and a shot expat dating experience. ¬†You’ll wonder what exactly you both were thinking. ¬†In Korea, they call this phenomenon “Riding the White Horse”. ¬†I’ll leave you and your imagination to that one. ¬†This isn’t always the case, of course, but as a caucasian woman with blue eyes and blonde hair I’ve found more often than not this type of local’s intentions are pretty transparent, and they’re simply not for me.

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The Green (CARD) Monster

This fellow might come from a country with a less than ideal passport situation and is looking to change that through expat dating.  Alternatively, he might have visions of moving to a different country for fame and fortune.  The Green Monster just wants you for your connection to your home and native land, land of hope and glory, or the home of the brave (most likely the latter, in my experience).

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Photographer: Amanda Jordan

The Military Man

The Military Man tends to want to settle down. ¬†Being deployed over and over again means he’s a lone wolf. ¬†More often than not he’s “exclusively dating” a few lovely ladies. ¬†They really do want to have their white picket fence and 2.5 kids, but the struggle is real when living in what amount to dorm rooms. ¬†If you find a diamond in the rough, he will be the most loyal, caring gentleman in the world. ¬†The standard review of the Military Man is that he’s a dirty dawg.

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Photographer: Frank McKenna

The Eternal Expat

Flitting from city to city and country to country “sampling the local fare”, this guy has found a good life. ¬†Probably considered to be generically attractive from a North American perspective, he’s got a charming personality. ¬†Somewhere down the line he was likely a varsity athlete or fraternity brother. ¬†He’s got natural game and women everywhere swoon. ¬†He’s never settling down in one place, and¬†for him you’ll never been enough.

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Photographer: Ben White

The Lifer

Like the Eternal Expat, The Lifer doesn’t want to return home for fear he’ll just never have it as good. ¬†He’s a 6 at home, but a 10 abroad. ¬†Out every night of the week, he’s got a local girlfriend, but still crushes Tinder, Bumble, and OkCupid on the regular. ¬†With expat dates across the city during the week, he’s got a locally-sourced meal every Sunday night.

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Photographer: Ben White

The LBH

The LBH or “loser back home” is a nightmare for both expats and travelers alike. ¬†This guy has no social skills, but collects friends like Pokemon cards (note: he’s got a fat stack of those back home, too). ¬†He’s likely well-educated (at least a Bachelor’s degree) and assumes that because he’s foreign (read between the lines here, ladies) he’s got something over the rest of the males in the country. ¬†He’s not picking up the cheque anytime soon (which is fine, but let’s at least go Dutch) because he’s got massive student loans in arrears. ¬†He probably has an acoustic guitar at home and has learned to play all of 3 chords. ¬†Avoid this one like the plague…his friends are way cooler than he.

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Photographer: Freestocks.org

The Travel Romance

This one shouldn’t be avoided altogether, but you must know upon entry that your risk of heartbreak is about 90%. ¬†Meeting in vacation mode gives you the opportunity to live without the stress of work and other responsibilities at home. ¬†You both are at your best around one another. ¬†You’re swept up in the bliss of being in a new place with new adventures at every turn. ¬†Give in to the Travel Romance, just don’t give away your heart completely while Expat Dating. ¬†It will fly away to the other side of the planet to taunt you with ransom letters every time¬†your time-zones allow¬†you to connect. ¬†Mine has now moved to Sweden to date a “woman” ten years his junior. ¬†I’m mortified…

Have you had an expat dating experience or travel romance which has stood the test of time? ¬†Make sure to leave a comment below! ¬†If you’re in Korea,¬†check out this list of stellar date spots in Seoul. ¬†From the budding romance to a tale as old as time, The Toronto Seoulcialite has got you covered.

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