Travel & Sex

Let’s face it, sex is part of travel. Whether it’s busy parents, trying to forget soiled nappies and trying to rekindle that lost passion, or travelers seeking adventure and new kicks, or even backpackers searching for a thrill they can tell their mates about, it is part and parcel of the experience of being abroad.

Maybe it’s the romantic notion of being devoid of responsibility, being far from home, and not having anyone know who you are, or all of the above, that makes sex aboard so ilicit and inviting. Intrepid Travel did a survey on 880 singles using the online dating site RSVP.com.au, and it showed that 55 per cent of respondents think that travellers are sexy compared to their non-travelling counterparts. The study found that extreme sports and adventure travelers were the sexiest at 23 percent of the votes, off-the-beaten-path travelers ranked high as well with 22 percent , whilst culture buffs were a lukewarm third at 16 percent.

But while it may be studly and macho to be a wild adventurer, it’s better to take some simple measures to ensure that there are less tears the morning after, especially in the cold light of day. It would be prudent to pay attention to your health especially if you are on long term travels, because the last thing you want to do, is end up in a pickle, so many miles from home, and far from a health care system that you are familiar with. Some South East Asia clinics or hospitals lack the level of healthcare that more affluent countries are blessed with.

According to the World Health Organisation, every year an estimated 333 million episodes of curable sexually transmitted infections occur throughout the world. These are a major cause of infertility, illness and death, and a significant proportion result from international travel. HIV and hepatitis B are more prevalent in some parts of the world than others, but the risk is always there, especially if you are having sex with someone who has multiple partners. The thing is, who actually knows? You could be having sex with the 10,000 though you are only just sleeping with one handsome dude or that one hot chick you met at the bar.

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To safe you some tears at a later stage, here are 10 tips for safe sex when on your travels:

1. Flee

If you are unsure, or undecided, flee from the situation. Whether you’re a chick or a dude, get out of there ASAP and don’t look back. Don’t do anything you don’t want to do. Trust me, you will have the last laugh in the morning.

2. The Mighty Condom

A condom is the best protection you can provide yourself. It not only protects you from unwanted pregnancies, but also from STDs , some of which like HIV/AIDS can be deadly. Also, use only one condom at a time, which will more than suffice, and oh, wearing two condoms together is actually totally bollocks .. a myth, so don’t do it.

3. Don’t Do it Wasted

Drug use or alcohol abuse interferes with decision-making, which can lead to date rape, forgetting to use contraceptives or contracting an STDs. The lowering of inhibitions that often accompanies alcohol use might make you think you’ll enjoy sex more, but in fact, for a variety of biochemical reasons, too much alcohol actually makes sex less enjoyable for both men and women.

4. Get Vaccinated

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that you can get from having sex with someone who has the infection. The causes of STDs are bacteria, parasites and viruses. There are more than 20 types of STDs, including:

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
Chlamydia
Gonorrhea
Hepatitis, Viral
Herpes, Genital
HIV/AIDS & STDs
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Syphilis
Trichomoniasis
Other STDs

If you know you’re the sort who just cannot stay away from the action, then get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B as well as the human papilloma virus (HPV) which causes genital warts and cancer.

5. Use the buddy system

If you go to a party or a bar, go with friends and keep an eye out for each other. Agree that you won’t leave with another person without telling someone. Sometimes a friend’s second opinion, or slap in the face, as I like to call it, could help prevent you from making decisions that you might regret later.

6. Put a condom where your mouth is

Oral sex can lead to HIV infections – especially for the person giving oral sex. The best way to protect yourself is by using a condom. If the idea of all that lubrication on the condom turns you off, a good option for oral sex is a non-lubricated, flavoured one!

7. Carry extra condoms

This is just common sense – in case one breaks or tears while it’s being put on, it’s best to have an extra one around.

8. Super up with Supplements

Traveling long term, and frequent weekends of lust and debauchery will eventually take its toll. Taking supplements can help to boost the immune system and keep you from being susceptible to bacteria and viruses, which could otherwise make you fall ill, easily.

9. Make sexual health a priority

Whether you are having sex or not, both men and women need to have regular check-ups to make sure they are sexually healthy.

10. Work it off
If you’re feeling lonely from long term travel, casual sex is not the answer. Go for a run, or find a gym to pump some iron and sweat it out. There’s more to life than sex. Especially bad sex.. Working out is always satisfying and way more healthy and fulfilling than a one night stand!

About this week’s GuestWriter:

P2024671Cikipedia is about Ciki, a 30-something pharmacist, who looks like a 20-something (Don’t believe us? Ask her friends!) Though she studied conventional medicine, she has a keen interest in alternative forms of treatment and medication that she believes are essential to the well-being of the human body. We cannot reverse time, but we sure as hell can slow down the aging process! Cikipedia is a health, fitness and travel blog. Follow this blog and learn Ciki’s personal routines on how she stays fit, energetic and young at heart. Follow her on Twitter too!

In her spare time, Ciki writes for her Food and Travel blog too, CCFoodTravel.

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ciki August 19, 2012 at 5:15 am

Honored to be featured, thanks Sam;)

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Nomadic Samuel August 20, 2012 at 12:46 am

Thanks Ciki! Really appreciate the post :)

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memographer August 19, 2012 at 5:38 am

Good points.

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Nomadic Samuel August 20, 2012 at 12:47 am

Indeed, they are :)

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ciki August 20, 2012 at 1:25 am

thank’s memographer!

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Waegook Tom August 19, 2012 at 10:20 am

Sam, I thought you were getting all sexual on us then I realised it was Ciki at the end haha! Gotta say, great tips…although the oral one…seriously I don’t know anybody that does that with a condom. But hey, it does pay to be safe – nobody wants to pick up anything nasty on the road, that’s for sure.

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Spanish translator @latinAbroad August 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Hahaha, this is exactly what I was thinking Tom :P Which is why, back when I was single, I just avoided oral sex at all costs. I just can’t bring myself to…taste latex…bahh even the flavored ones are nasty :P

- Maria Alexandra

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Nomadic Samuel August 20, 2012 at 12:48 am

Hahahaha, you guys were definitely fooled :P I learned a few things from Ciki here as well :)

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ciki August 20, 2012 at 1:28 am

Maria.. tastes nasty I agree :P hahaha

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ciki August 20, 2012 at 1:27 am

Hi Tom.. I guess.. LOL!! Either that or get tested before you do the deed but that kinda defeats the purpose of a one night stand right?! :p LOL. Or just avoid it like @latinAbroad says :P

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Shalu Sharma August 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Very interesting article. Its not a good idea to engage in sex with someone when travelling. Its better to be safe then sorry. But as you say, sex is an integral part of travelling.

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Nomadic Samuel August 20, 2012 at 12:48 am

It definitely plays out better to be safe but I’m sure most of us have done some crazy stuff on the road :P

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ciki August 20, 2012 at 1:30 am

Hi Shalu.. better safe than sorry, that’s for sure. After 5 rounds of black label and half a dozen shots.. anybody could look hot :P haha

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Traveling Ted August 20, 2012 at 4:00 am

When I participated in Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago, they gave us chocolate flavored condoms. I could see a great pick up line coming out of that.

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ciki August 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Really Ted.. care the share..? mwuahahha…

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Traveling Ted August 21, 2012 at 12:35 am

I would like to share, but I do not want to tarnish the high reputation of Nomadic Samuel’s site with my depraved mind.

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Nomadic Samuel August 24, 2012 at 5:58 am

Hahahaha, anything ‘chocolate flavoured’ would be worth exploring :P

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Traveling Ted August 24, 2012 at 11:14 am

That’s what she said :)

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Doc Wends August 21, 2012 at 4:17 am

this is by far the best travel sex tips I have read online and I say, this are darn useful. :)

One night of happiness with an unsure partner ends up a lifetime of sickness so to speak.

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Nomadic Samuel August 24, 2012 at 5:59 am

That’s very true Doc!

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Leif August 22, 2012 at 12:51 am

If I had only known about these vaccinations lol ;).

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Nomadic Samuel August 24, 2012 at 5:58 am
EDGYMIX-TRAVEL FOR FASHION August 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm

This is an awesome post Samuel..ahahaha. It’s so true! I also find travelers more sexy than people that ARE NOT! Also, it’s easier for people to feel more sexual while they are traveling cus people are more relax I guess!!! Thanks for the tips:P…

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Jeremy August 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Haha, if you’re feeling lonely, don’t do it, go for a run! love it

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Margyle August 28, 2012 at 2:38 am

Great post… brings new meaning to ‘catching the travel bug’… *shudders*

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Loz in Transit August 28, 2012 at 7:43 am

“Travel Bug”, ha clever. An interesting euphemism to explain how you contracted hepatitis while abroad.

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Roger September 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm

#2 – myth.
there is no such thing as 100% protection, you still catch things even with a condom.
and you can get pregnant too, just ask around.
I like the buddy system, smart moves there. Unless they are more intoxicated than you are, which has happened. lol

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Antoinette | love.antoinette September 14, 2012 at 5:50 am

#6: you can’t catch the heebee jeevees with casual oral sex; that’s a total myth (I only know about this because I had to do research for school) – HOWEVER with open sores and cuts, you definitely can. Great way to catch the “travel bug” ha ha!

I do like the running/exercise option – however, intense sexual attraction and passion is undeniable, and at most times, unavoidable therefore throwing inhibitions out the window in no time.

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