International travel has always had an allure for the single gal. The thrill of losing yourself in a perfectly baked pain au chocolat... The indulgent kisses of an accented man... The fortuitous Eurail cabin-turned-soul mate. We've all had that fantasy, admit it: Ever since Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke meandered Viennese streets in Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise, you, too, have held out hope for your own slice of the intercontinental embrace.
The good news is that with airfare at an all time low, if you've got the money then now's the time to go. The other good news is that now you know where and with whom you are more likely to receive the most satisfying embrace. Thank the recession for the former, and a survey carried out by the global research site OnePoll.com for the latter.
Stay away from Northern Europe, ladies, if you want some satisfaction between a hostel's starchy sheets: German men have been voted the world's worst lovers—narrowly beating their British counterparts to the unwanted title. The reasons? German men have B.O. (sauerkraut?) and English men are just too lazy. How To Be Single (Around The World)
Other surprising results culled from the poll's respondents, which sampled women from 20 countries to rate nations on their ability in the bedroom and give reasons for their answers, include Swedish men as "too quick to the finish" and the Dutch as too dominating. Really? Who would have thought? Seriously, aren't those countries known for their progressive sexual appetites? Does He Finish Too Soon? It May Not Be His Fault.
"These results," said a spokesperson for OnePoll.com, "are an eye-opener for thousands of men around the world and female travelers might judge potential new lovers by looking at these results."
So where should you book your room? Well it's no surprise that those countries speaking the language of love also practice it well, too: Spain, Brazil, Italy and France claim the top four slots on the World's Best Lovers list. Surprisingly, Ireland rounds out the top 5. Hmmmm.... Perhaps it's the Guinness?
After the jump: the World's Best and Worst Lovers.