It's deliriously entertaining programming. One guy, Paul, who's never left the country, takes a two-day cruise down the Amazon to meet the love of his life who speaks no English, and with whom he can only communicate through a translating app.
Then there's Larry, a Florida McDonald's manager who used part of his 401-k to travel to the Philippines to meet Jenny, a woman he met on FilipinoCupid.com. Speaking over the phone to Men's Health, Larry shared a few things he learned when he travelled overseas to meet his partner for the very first time.
Lesson #1: Propose somewhere that's meaningful to your partner–even if it's a grave.
Larry had intended to propose to Jenny at an old church in a beautiful park, but on the way, they came across the grave of her favorite Filipino martyr. She rushed over, excited to see it, and Larry decided to whip out the ring early. Surely not all of us would like to get engaged while pondering our personal hero's gruesome death, but if your partner's into it, we say go for it.
"She's like, I love it that you're different," Larry says now. "She's like, who had ever thought to ask someone to marry them–as she always says–in front of the grave?"
Lesson #2: If you're meeting your partner's family for the first time, you sure as hell better eat the food they spend five hours preparing.
Jenny's family went above and beyond preparing for Larry's visit to the Philippines, including shelling out for lechon, a pricey pork dish they hadn't had since Jenny was a little kid. But Larry's stomach was a little off. And Larry wouldn't eat the lechon. And everyone was very mad at Larry. Guys, don't do what Larry did.
"I could have just sucked it up and ate it and dealt with it," Larry says now. "That probably would have been the better choice, instead of going through all that drama."
"The best thing would have been to just eat it, and if I didn't feel well–oh well, that's life," he adds. "I think that maybe I would have been, like a superstar."
Lesson #3: You and your partner may be different on the outside–but it's the deeper stuff that really matters.