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Once every four years, the world is blessed with the biggest sporting event on the planet. Wars stop, political differences are set aside, and people stand to support their respective nations. Football can change individual lives and bring entire countries together both on and off the field with moments that will last forever. You will always remember where you were when your team scored the game-saving goal. The feelings of elation and joy shared by the players to their fans can also transcend off the field and outside of the stadium, sometimes in the form of sex. Below are some birth rate patterns that, coincidentally, occur about the World Cup.

Vuvuzelas and Baby Boys

South Africa became the first African country in history to host the World Cup in 2010. For the nation, this was a prestigious honor and a momentous milestone, and they did not disappoint in their hosting duties. Some may call South African native Siphiwe Tshabalala’s goal against Mexico the highlight of the tournament that year. He performed one v. one breakaway that he scorched the upper 90 with. As hosts, the country did an excellent job with the tournament. No one in attendance or who watched at home will ever forget the noise of the vuvuzelas, which they made infamous. Buzzing around the stadium like a swarm of hornets, the sound has become associated with South Africa. With all the excitement surrounding the tournament and that comes with being the host nation, an interesting figure occured nine months after the tournament. 1,088 boys were born in South Africa at that time, majorly disrupting the trend of male to female births. Researchers pointed at the World Cup as being the reason behind the change.

The Viking-Thunder Clap

Iceland is the newest country to take the football world by storm. They are entering into their first World Cup ever next week, and many eyes will be on this nation which has the smallest population of any that qualified for this year’s tournament. Iceland’s team is famous for its long last names and unique celebration, known as the Viking-Thunder Clap. Whereas they do not have an increase in birth rates from a World Cup (yet), their famous victory over England on June 27 in the 2016 Euro created a baby boom. Nine months after that win, doctors reported having given the most epidurals at the hospital for a weekend. With Croatia, Nigeria, and World Cup favorite Argentina, standing in their way at the tournament, it will be exciting to see what moments they have on the field to create a new baby boom.

Going Head To Head

In the end, all of these nations will be competing on the field. However, we want to take a moment to discuss the competition off the field. Much like the odds of winning the Cup are different among each team given their abilities, average penis size varies different from country to country. Colombia will be hoisting the trophy this year, and Japan will be packing up early and heading home. The average size of all nations combined would come to be 5.79 inches. The United States, who failed to qualify this year and broke the hearts of many fans, fell below average, much like in the actual tournament, at 5 inches. As you gear up to watch the World Cup this year, if you want to be able to perform off the field and gain more confidence, check out Hims for information on all your personal men’s health needs.

Looking to have a lads weekend in Europe, but want to experience something different from endless nights of drinking and debauchery? Consider visiting Italy. On the surface, it might not seem like an ideal spot to visit with your mates, but dig a little deeper and find a whole range of activities to keep you occupied. Whether you want to go rafting at Marmore Falls and stay in one of the villas in Umbria with a private pool or head to the bigger cities, Italy makes a surprisingly good destination for a weekend away.

The Weather is Always Good

Visit in the summer and expect to be bathed in sunshine and balmy temperatures. Days often hover in the low 30s, and you’re almost guaranteed a sunny day. If you’re planning a getaway later in the year, head to Southern Italy where the weather remains warm and pleasant in the winter. It doesn’t matter what you want to get up to on your lads getaway, having good weather is always an advantage.

Watch a Game of Football

Ask anyone to name a football team from Italy, and most will give you an answer. Head to South America and Asia and find the youth sporting Italian football shirts and discussing AC Milan’s latest result. The country is a huge footballing nation with extremely passionate fans. Rather than watch the big game in the pub back at home, why not get a ticket and cheer on from the stands?

Italy is Easy to Reach

If you’re in Europe, you can fly to cities in Italy for next to nothing on one of the many budget airlines. Passengers can reach the country on a direct flight that takes less than two hours from most European destinations with ultra-cheap trips available from the UK, Ireland, Germany, and France. Some of you might want to spend a little bit longer than a weekend and have plans to visit other spots on the continent. No problem; hop online, and you’ll probably be able to get a last minute flight for less than a train ticket back at home.

Classy Nights Out

Italians are known for their style, elegance, and class. And pretty much every city and most towns have bars and lounges to suit the patrons. Rather than DJs and 20-something-year-olds drinking and vomiting all over the place, you can expect a higher level of sophistication when you hit the town. Not everyone wants to spend every second of their trip drinking as much as they can humanly hold.

Milan’s Nightclubs

But if you do want to hit the clubs and party the night away, you’ll find Milan to be a haven for exclusivity. The city is known for its fashion, and there’s a massive presence of the world’s rich and famous. Many of these will spend their nights in one of the hundreds of clubs in the city. Instead of being crammed inside a dark and crowded club like back at home, you might be rubbing shoulders with celebrities and football players.

A Night Out on Italian Beer

We’ve all had a bottle or Peroni or Birra Moretti at some point, and most of us enjoy drinking it. Italian beer might not be as famous as other nations, but they do offer an excellent selection of local brews. You can order a glass or bottle from the bar and unwind on a warm sunny evening. Or head to one of the growing numbers of bars selling craft beer. Anyone looking to enjoy a few will appreciate the selection that’s on offer.

Italian Food

While coming to Italy for the food can be a reason for anyone to visit the country, it deserves a special mention. Nothing can be better than a pizza straight out the oven with a bottle of Peroni. You don’t have to go out and pay for fine dining. Leave that for when you come back with your girlfriend or wife. Instead, head to the smaller spots along the streets that cook up fast meals at decent prices. And almost every place will have a fridge full of Italian beer.

Italy is a Perfect Destination for a Road Trip

Look at the map of Italy, and you’ll immediately understand why it makes an ideal place for a road trip. The country stretches for almost 1000 kilometers from the northern border with Switzerland to the southern tip of its ‘boot.’ Several towns and cities can be easily reached by driving or taking the train from one spot to the next. Or, if you’re looking for a real adventure, why not get your bikes out and cycle along the Eurovelo to Brindisi  

Fight Like a Gladiator in Rome

And finally, one of the more unique experiences you can have in Italy is to take a gladiator class in Rome at the Colosseum. You can learn from a pro the different techniques and moves before giving a go for yourself. Nothing can compare to the fun most have when they spend a few hours learning to fight. Expect lots of laughs, adrenaline, and testosterone. If you’re planning your weekend away as part of a stag do, this will make the perfect activity.

Italy Makes a Great Spot for a Lad’s Weekend

Forget the candlelit dinners, strolling along Venice’s canals or visiting churches in Florence, come to Italy with your mates for the beer, adrenaline, and laughs. Not only will you have the time of your lives but you’ll also be able to have a getaway with a little less chaos than some of Europe’s others spots.

Americans love horses in a country that boasts a rich equestrian culture. The culture is gradually gaining international recognition as breeders have produced some of the best thoroughbreds that have become champions. Tourists who want to set their adrenaline flowing by indulging in sports that are more exciting than just engaging in the odd calculation of horseracing. Tourists can have a taste of horse riding on trips to these places that have earned the reputation of equestrian destinations of the US. They can even educate themselves about horse racing during the journey.

Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky is the torchbearer of the equestrian culture in the United States. The city is home to the famous Kentucky Derby, that had the privilege of having the Queen of England as a revered visitor. The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing (AKA the Triple Crown), consisting of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes titles, takes place at the track of Churchill Downs.  The venue has also hosted the Breeder’s Cup eight times. Besides watching horses race in the stadium, visitors can peruse the nearby Kentucky Derby Museum to learn more about equestrian history. If you visit Churchill Downs at times other than Derby season, you can get a feel for things by watching simulcast racing that simulates the famous racing event.

Wellington, Florida

Florida has close connections to horses as it hosts some top-notch polo and equestrian events such as the Gold Cup, the US Cup, and the Whitney Cup.  The Winter Equestrian Festival and the National Horse Show both take place in Florida that attracts nothing less than 250,000 equestrian enthusiasts who crowd the city every year. The climate of Florida is perfect for horse riding that takes place for seven months out of each year. The geographic location of Wellington is ideal for equestrian sports. If if you are a horse lover who wants to get a taste of top-class riding, Wellington is the place to be.

Woodside, California

The people of Woodside, California, especially the community closely attached to horses, have a long history of patronizing equestrian sports since 1800. Horseback riding is one of the favorite pastimes for the most affluent and prosperous, which makes sense as Woodside is the wealthiest small town in the United States. The community has been committed to nurturing and promoting equestrian sports by framing equine-friendly policies and connecting equestrian facilities and horse farms to each other by an elaborate riding trail system.

Aspen, Colorado

For those interested in riding through mountains and rough terrains, Aspen in Colorado is the place to visit. Aspen is well-known for its spectacular scenic beauty that you can enjoy while riding horses and coaxing your adventurous spirit. However, the remaining eight months provide an enjoyable climate, ideal for horse riding.

Make sure that you include these places when planning your equestrian tour itinerary.

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As life changing as it might be to travel alone, it is important that you remain cognizant of the fact that there is no one around to watch your back. For this reason, you need to pay more attention to everything around you. Many of the travel tips that I came across before I took my own journey around the world were geared towards families, women, and children. There is nothing wrong with this, in fact, I applaud it, but I also wanted to make sure that men have a handy little traveling list that they could refer to in order to keep safe when they travel alone. There are lists for things that every man needs in their lives, but there aren’t many travel tips made for men. So without further ado, here are 10 safety tips geared towards men who travel alone.

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 1.Purchase Travel Insurance

 

Travel Insurance is beneficial to you if your connecting flight is canceled, or if you lose your valuables at the airport during your flight. It will also come in handy if you happen to injure yourself during your trip, as it will help mitigate the cost of healthcare in a foreign country. No matter the type of unlikely circumstance that life throws your way while you are on a solo trip, having travel insurance in your corner will make it much more bearable.

 

It is very easy for most men to brush things off as unnecessary, but trust me when I say that not getting travel insurance really sucks if it turns out that you need it. Purchasing travel insurance also gives you a chance to learn about any restrictions that you might have while flying. It may also inform you of some of the health and safety risks that the area you are visiting has.

 2.Let People Know Where You Are

It might not sound fun to always keep someone updated on your location, trust me I know. It is very exciting to get lost in another country and go completely off the map, but it isn’t always a safe option. The simple act of letting people know where you are allows you to develop a pattern, and thus your friends and family will already be on alert for your safety if you do not check in with them.

Also, it makes it easier for authorities to track your movements and find you in the event that you go missing (worst case scenario). Needless to say, it is important that when you travel alone, you do not just vanish off the face of the earth (unless that is your intention). Leave some breadcrumbs in your wake so that people can find you if need be, but like I said if you’re traveling to hide then ignore this section.

 3.Don’t Advertise That You’re Traveling Alone

Some men have the natural compulsion to brag, and this compulsion intensifies while they travel. However, it is important that you do not get sucked into the false sense of camaraderie that foreign soil can breed. This is not to say that every beautiful person you meet while you are traveling is your enemy, but it is simply a call for you to be cautious about whom you hang around and what you say to them. Regardless of how you feel about the people that you meet on your journey, do not divulge that you are traveling alone (no matter how beautiful or gorgeous they may be).

Advertising that you are traveling alone puts you at risk and makes you a prime target for criminals and burglars who are looking for easy marks. Have you seen the movie Taken (the original)? If you haven’t, I suggest that you take the time to watch it before you travel. It might sound paranoid, but it will no doubt keep you safer and out of harm’s way.

 4.Know How To Contact The Authorities

I am sure many of you reading this are probably thinking, how is this a manly thing to do? The Alpha Male that lies dormant in most males (in some it’s always on the loose) will be tempted to come out and keep you company when you are traveling alone. It is important to realize that your personal safety is at a much higher risk when you are traveling alone. As such, learning how to properly contact the authorities whenever you are in a different country is an absolute must.

There are those who think they might not need to contact the police or call an ambulance for any reason, and this is probably your Alpha Male talking over you. Requiring assistance when you are in a foreign country is not something that should even remotely bother you. In fact, it is something that you should want to do because it could very well be the determining factor between having a good trip and having a horrible one.

 5.The Fewer The Gadgets, The Better

When you are traveling alone, it is advised that you keep the use of your gadgets to a minimum because it takes away from your situational awareness while simultaneously garnering unwanted attention. Any of these things would be a cause for concern on their own, but together they are truly frightening.

In addition to the points listed above, keeping your gadgets to a minimum allows you to keep better track of them while you are on the go, which reduces the chance of you misplacing something important and expensive. If you want status symbols like watches, make sure that you choose one of the more affordable watches. Same goes for any other product. The cheaper it is the less likely it is to be stolen, and the less you are going to worry about it.

 6.Hide Your Valuables

For some men, it is in our very nature to flaunt whatever we have, but when you are in unfamiliar territory, it is best to keep that to yourself. This is important in everyday life but even more so when you are traveling abroad and you are on foreign soil. As welcoming and hospitable as some countries may be, it is important to always be aware of the fact that you are at a unique disadvantage.

Even before you touch down, you should take the proper steps to secure your bags. Everything from your flight to your stay has the potential to put your valuables at risk. If you are not a local, there will be many things that you are not accustomed to, and this places you in a precarious spot. This is why you should leave the flaunting until you are back on home turf, that way you don’t incentivize anyone to take advantage of you.

 7.Make Use Of A Pocket Dictionary

Traveling is about immersing yourself in a different culture and engaging with the people around you, but sometimes this is hard to do with a language gap. A good way to get around this is to make use of a pocket dictionary (or an app with the same function). This will produce more fruitful social interaction. It will also make the locals more accessible. Trust me, you will not be meeting anyone interesting at a bar or club if you stand around sputtering and being misunderstood all the time.

 8.Don’t Binge Drink

This is the perfect time to bring up this handy safety tip since I just addressed being at a bar or a club. Now, a lot of men enjoy drinking while they are traveling, and I have nothing at all against this. However, it is important that you do not drink to the point where you are clearly drunk because that can be a problem.

Alcohol laws vary from country to country, and in some places, it is a crime to be intoxicated in public. However, this is a minor concern because being put in a cell to sober up is one of the best-case scenarios. The consumption of alcohol (in large enough quantities) leads to impaired mental faculties and impaired motor skills. This limits your response time and makes you prime for victimization.

Being drunk also makes it harder for you to keep your guard up if the need arises. In effect, this makes you a much easier target for thieves and criminals, and many of them will not hesitate to take advantage of you in your inebriated state. It is imperative that you have your wits about you when you are traveling in another country and this is hard to do when you are visibly impaired.

 9.Try To Be Open

There are some men that are naturally aggressive and dominant, and this is a trait that should take a backseat when you are abroad. The last thing you want to do is make people dislike you when you are far from your support network, and the fastest way to make people dislike you is to be abrasive and rude. It is key to your safety that you remain open to new ways of doing things and try to keep a positive outlook at all times.

This allows you to form bonds with the people that you meet, and it will make you much less of a target for burglars and criminals. Blend with the culture of the area, and try not to offend those around you through your ignorance of local customs. Be sure that you are not a pushover, either. Stand your ground, but do so politely.

 10.Know Your Limits

None of the points that have been made above will keep you safe while traveling unless you are mindful of your own limits as an individual. At this point, it is common knowledge that travel of any sort can be fun if you let it be. But you have to be mindful of your surroundings, and make sure that you do not get carried away and blame it on the heat of the moment.

If you have never jumped off a cliff while you are at home, surrounded by people you know, it is not advisable to try and do it when you are off in another country. Try new things when you can, but be sure that there is someone around who may be able to assist you in the event that the worst-case scenario occurs.

Conclusion

Travelling can be fun, and it allows you discover a good deal about new places while simultaneously learning so much about yourself. The benefits of traveling often are at times mitigated by the dangers people face when they travel. Hopefully, this list of tips will help you make the most out of your next trip while simultaneously keeping you safe while exploring.

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Whether you set your foot once a year or probably are on the move throughout the year, traveling is one thing that every person likes to do. A traveler takes out time to sneak out the smallest weekend trips to the summer vacations that can be spent in exploring the different cultures of the world.

 

All you need to do is pick up your rucksack and leave to a destination lesser traveled and make memories by writing your experiences as journals.

 

Apart from just traveling and sightseeing, there are a lot of things that travel maniacs love to indulge in. If you truly are in love with traveling, these are the things that you must be doing while on your trips- both big or small.

 

Go down the less traveled road

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We all love to stay in our comfort zones while traveling newer places but an avid traveler would go down the less traveled spots to find something new that was missed out on the last time. For the first timers, you must explore places that look like they don’t get visited because they are places which help you make memories. Ask the locals, get lost and find new paths while finding destinations.

 

Opt for public transport

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Avaricious travelers believe in getting in touch with the destination’s depth by traveling in the public transports. It is one way in which you can explore the deepest lanes and spots you might not find otherwise. Trams and buses are especially the ones which help you get the grasp of the locality.

 

Collect souvenirs on the go

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What is traveling when you don’t collect memories to look back at? Well, souvenirs are the best way to keep the memories intact whenever you want to go back in time to find out what you did last summer. Pick them up from the locals, stores (not gift stores), and other places to bring the culture with them. Make sure you choose things that talk about the destination quite well. My brother went on a vacation to Miami beach when he bought me a hat and a pair of men’s swimwear as souvenirs. You too can pick up gifts for your loved ones.

 

Documentation is necessary

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We’re not asking you click selfies while doing anything and everything while traveling. Well, you can take selfies but capture the destination and document what you feel out there is important. Make a journal and put down your experiences with photos to show them to your family and friends. If you do something like this that brings alive the memories, you are truly in love with traveling. Make sure you don’t spend a lot of time on Facebook or Instagram and take note of every small and big detail that surround you.

 

Try local cuisine referred to you by the locals

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Being foodies with a great taste of trying new cuisines, travelers generally opt for food spots which are referred to them local people and not Google. Whether it is a small joint in the corner of the city or the lavish restaurant with big names, try out the delicacies and figure out which served you authentic food. That has to be the former one rather than the biggies set up there.

 

Talk to the locals and learn their language

 

It is quite easy for you to carry a language translator with you to communicate with the local people but it takes guts to start the conversation and learn that language. Nope! We’re not asking you to mug up everything and be as fluent as they are, but you must learn enough that when you come next, you won’t have to refer the translator to communicate with them.

 

Get lost and find your way back

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We know it sounds impossible to get lost with a GPS and all the technologies that man has been bestowed with, but what if you didn’t use it? Getting lost is what every traveler loves because it opens up the opportunities for them to explore places better and also make them learn a lot of things while deciphering their way back. Try it and you wouldn’t want to use maps ever again.

 

Be adventurous

 

Well the above-mentioned things definitely take a lot of guts to fulfill but if you are passionate about traveling, you wouldn’t mind doing any of them. This in respect to being adventurous calls for challenging yourself to indulge in facing your fears. For example, I was scared of heights and then I tried cliff jumping which changed me and now I love falling off from heights because I faced fear. You too should so something adventurous.

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