Single? Read this before making your vacation plans!
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 or the fortuitous Eurail cabin-turned-soul mate.
Admit it, we've all had that fantasy: 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.
Here's some advice: If you're looking for an international romantic encounter, stay away from Northern Europe, ladies.
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, respondents told global research site OnePoll.com when asked women about which men are best in bed.
Then there's this to consider: 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?
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. Hmm... Perhaps it's the Guinness?
World's Worst Lovers:
- Germany (too smelly)
- England (too lazy)
- Sweden (too quick)
- Holland (too dominating)
- America (too rough)
- Greece (too lovey-dovey)
- Wales (too selfish)
- Scotland (too loud)
- Turkey (too sweaty)
- Russia (too hairy)
World's Best Lovers
- South Africa
- New Zealand
All this girl can attest to is that the Italians definitely earn their place above France. Why it's been called the "French Kiss" and not the "Italian Kiss" is something she'll never understand. Australians are pretty great, too.