Not All Second Tier Cities Are Created Equal

In the past two years I’ve spent a lot of time in second tier cities. Because in small countries they may end up feeling more like villages, I’ve had to revise my thoughts on how a second tier strategy can be used. Here are some questions you need to ask yourself before buckling down in one for more than a few days…

1. Does it have a busy center square? If a second tier city is spread out like a suburb, you’ll be at a great logistical disadvantage when it comes time to night game and dating. If you can’t get an apartment less than a mile from most of the action, you might as well be in the boonies. Living in Germantown, Maryland, almost an hour drive from DC, wasn’t that much harder to get laid than living in the “center” of Kharkiv, Ukraine, which had only one bar that was suitable for meeting women. It doesn’t matter if the second tier city has more girls if it’s hard to access them and casually bring them back to your place.

2. Is there a sharp drop off in English speakers? An acceptable threshold is about 33%, meaning one in three girls you talk to will at least be conversational in English. Once you get to 20% or below, you’re in for a tough grind, regardless of how favorable the male to female ratio is. One huge mistake I made was living in second tier Ukraine without being conversational in Russian. I got so frustrated at not finding English speakers that I just stopped trying, spending more time in front of my laptop catching up on work than chasing girls.

3. Is it safe enough where girls can walk alone at night? Second tier cities usually have less police presence and a lack of busy center, meaning less crowds on the street. If the city is a ghost town at night, and girls are scared of walking around, you’re not going to be able to run night street game, a great source of meeting girls in many countries.

In Estonia and Scandinavia, I had many late-night opportunities due to the high number of girls who felt safe walking around, but in Lithuania and Ukraine there were almost none. Common wisdom in the latter two countries was not to walk alone after sundown. Even during the day in those places, your approaches will be met with more reservation. If there are no girls walking alone after 10pm near where you live, chances are street game (day or night) is not going to be fruitful.

4. Is the infrastructure so poor that you’re discouraged from going out? Is it hard to get a taxi? Do they always seem to rip you off? Are there not enough quality night venues or coffee shops? Is the big mall over an hour away? Little negatives in a city add up to dampen your spirits. Saturday can roll around and you spend most of your time wasting away on Youtube instead of going out. A city has to provide you with enough interest that you want to walk out the door. Otherwise, you’ll stay home and have fewer opportunities.

I’ve had good luck in second tier Argentina, Brazil, Poland, and Estonia. In those places you will get as much—if not more—than first tier because the above four points work in your favor. But for a place like Lithuania and Ukraine you have to be careful because any advantage from second tier travel can be wiped out by variables that make your sex goals much harder.

For a second I thought that second tier was a cure-all, that I could just skip first tier and dive right into a better spot, but my experience in the past year says that I cannot skip the research process. I must visit both first and second tier to decide which is better. Unfortunately, there is no shortcut for finding poosy paradise.

Read More: The Benefits Of Living In Second-Tier International Cities

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