Why, oh, WHY, Go Overseas family, should you date one specific, special, type of guy? Because the special type of guy we're talking about has got it all. See: this guy studied abroad. And by studying abroad, this guy both demonstrated and proved his status as a guy worth dating.
A guy who's studied abroad has not only left his own comfort zone, but hopped on a plane near his comfort zone, flown a few thousand miles the other direction, and said, "I can live here."
The great (and Go Overseas' own) Natalie Southwick let us know in 2013 why you should date a girl who studied abroad. Well now it's time the guys proved that studying abroad has made us the same dating dreamboats our female counterparts have become!
Don't believe me? Let's get into why you should date a guy who studied abroad.
1. He Can Communicate
A good boyfriend needs to be able to communicate. I mean, what's worse than coming home from work, seeing your boyfriend fuming on the couch, asking "What's wrong?" and being told, "Nothing"? Again, the answer is "nothing." There is nothing worse than that.
But your travel savvy boyfriend? Oh, see, he can tell you what's wrong. Because when he studied abroad, and his vocabulary was limited by his insistence upon using the native tongue (sexy, right?), he learned to express himself by any means he could.
Whether it was by trying different synonyms from his vocabulary worksheet to pinpoint the meaning he wanted, or by using his body language to complement his limited language skills, or by simply persisting until he was understood, this guy knows how to talk it out.
2. He's Calm in Crisis Situations
And when it's raining, and your car dies, and your mother is yelling into your ear via cellphone about how you and your boyfriend never visit, who do you want to look to your side and see? Some bro in a backwards visor and an Ed Hardy t-shirt chugging a Red Bull, or your boyfriend -- who studied abroad -- with the golden communication skills?
Obviously, that second guy -- the one who had to figure out how to navigate a new city, a new transportation systems, and decipher what an angry French man was screaming at him before he whacked him on the head with a baguette. That guy, he's going to keep his calm in a crisis situation and help the both of you get through it.
3. He's Comfortable in New Situations
A guy who's studied abroad has not only left his own comfort zone, but hopped on a plane near his comfort zone, flown a few thousand miles the other direction, and said, "I can live here." This guy has learned that human beings are all wonderfully, beautifully, chaotically different. He has learned that there are other valid, successful ways of life than his own. And most importantly, he has learned to respect that difference, and has sought to bridge that gap.
Let me say that again: a guy who has studied abroad has respected the differences between people, and sought to bridge that gap. This means, when you ask him to try your new hobby or hang out with your friends, he's happy to do so. After all, maybe learning to make sushi will be fun!
So the next time you're on a date with a weirdo who only wants to talk about his sock collection and gummi bear hobbies, remember: you could have had a guy who studied abroad.
4. He's an Opportunist
A normal guy can work in America. He can speak English, and gets how things work in the States. And that can get you decently far. But when his boss holds a meeting and says, "I have an incredible opportunity: a huge pay raise, a big promotion, and a heck of an adventure... to anyone who can live and work in France," what is this guy going to say? Nothing, and definitely not raise his hand.
So next time you invite him to a wedding, or a party, or your great aunt's bachelorette party, you know your boyfriend is man enough for it.
Your guy likes breaking the status quo and will never say no to an opportunity to explore another part of the world or learn something new just because not doing so would be "easier." Psh.
5. He's Brave
Do you know the kind of courage it takes to hop on a flying steel tube and uproot yourself to travel thousands of miles to a strange land where you don't speak the language and live there... just so you can learn something about the place, and about yourself?
It takes an enormous amount of courage -- and your study abroad boyfriend has already proven he posses it. So next time you invite him to a wedding, or a party, or your great aunt's bachelorette party, you know your boyfriend is man enough for it.
6. He Loves Adventure
Similar to the last: how badly do you wish your boyfriend was the up-for-anything type? Want to live the Rom-Com scene of throwing darts at a map to pick your next trip? Or choosing Sunday activities from a hat and deciding on rock climbing? Or hell, even just getting anchovies instead of pepperonis once, just to try something new?
Well once your study abroad boyfriend has navigated public transit in a foreign land while late for an exam... he's going to be up for whatever you want to do, eat, see, hear, or try.
I mean really: new things are the spice of life. And anchovies aren't even that bad.
7. He Respects Different Cultures
Do you want a boyfriend who looks at foreign art, takes a swig from his Mountain Dew, burps, and growls, "I'd rather watch NASCAR"?
He's spent too many great weekends dancing in Barcelona night clubs, picnicking by the Seine in Paris, or karaoking in Beijing to slip into the typical date night.
Of course you don't! Good lord, at least I hope you don't -- seriously, what?!?
By taking the initiative, of his own accord, at a young age, to study abroad, your potential boyfriend has demonstrated that sexy spark of intellectual curiosity, as well as a real desire to understand other cultures and to connect with them as equals.
8. He's More Mature
Living independently in another country is enough to make anyone grow up fast. A guy who has studied abroad has done this. He didn't spend the last year of college driving home to mom and dad's on the weekend so his mom could wash his laundry. He may have even had to cook for himself -- real food! -- when he moved to a country where college cafeterias simply don't exist.
He's had to figure out things on his own, and has grown more mature for that. Yassssss, ladies. No staring blankly at this guy when he tells you he doesn't know how to make scrambled eggs.
9. He Has Creative Date Ideas
Movies are fun... every once in awhile. You don't want to get stuck chugging beer every weekend at a frat party or watching action films on a couch, now do you?
Well, if you date a guy who studied abroad, he won't stand for that. He's spent too many great weekends dancing in Barcelona night clubs, picnicking by the Seine in Paris, or karaoke-ing in Beijing to slip into the typical date night. No, he's armed with great, and creative, date ideas and darn straight he's going to use them!
10. He May Speak Another Language
... And knowing another language is kinda sexy, right?
I don't care who you are -- get a guy who can tell you that you're beautiful in French, or Spanish, or Italian, and tell me that's not attractive.
Does This Sound Like a Guy You'd Date?
So next time you're on Tinder, ask: Have you ever studied abroad? And if they say no: Left Swipe City.Photo Credits: Anna Langer, Caitlin Lucas, Katherine Knecht, and Alyssa Berkowitz.