What’s a passport, brother? TikTokers spark debate as they travel the world to date women

Published: 2023-06-23T11:58:01

updated: 06/23/2023T11:58:14

A group of men on TikTok calling themselves “Passport Bros” are documenting their travels on the platform, which aims to meet and date women around the world – and viewers have mixed feelings about it.

Since restrictions were lifted as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, more people than ever are exploring the nomadic lifestyle. With borders finally reopening, some people have jumped at the opportunity to travel and find love at the same time.

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A TikTok posted by self-proclaimed passport brother Austin Abeyta is dividing users with his lifestyle choices. In that video he said, “Passport brothers are right; Dating abroad is easier for a number of reasons.”

“A lot of young men in America are frustrated with the dating scene there. I’m a firm believer in a free market that allows for the best outcomes for everyone involved,” Austin told Insider.

In his video, Austin listed the top three reasons he believed dating abroad was easier compared to the US. These included: local women who see passport brothers as “exotic” people with accents, people who love to flaunt their country on dates, and the stereotype that all Americans are rich.

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“It’s sort of true because our currency is sort of the world currency,” Austin said. “If you’re making $60,000 a year, you can pretty comfortably live like you’re making $120,000 a year.”

What is a “passport brother”?

According to Urban Dictionary, passbros are men who have decided to seek out foreign women, typically from other countries, for a relationship.

The description states, “They believe that Western women have been influenced by cultural and societal coercion to behave in certain ways, and that by seeking out foreign women they can find a more authentic, fulfilling, and harmonious relationship.” This is seen as one possibility to restore the natural balance between masculine and feminine energies and avoid the “wickedness” of Western women.”

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This unconventional way of dating often leads to a lot of hatred towards the group, mostly because people wonder what’s going on with the women in the countries they come from.

Viewers can’t decide what to think of the Pass Brothers

With the hashtag #passportbros getting nearly 420 million views on TikTok, viewers can’t decide what to make of men who are living this alternative lifestyle.

Since several videos have been created on this topic arguing that the Passbros’ lifestyle is “wrong”, some people also argue that they did “the right thing” to leave the US to explore the area.

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In a comment on one of Austin’s videos, one person wrote, “US people are so ignorant…they automatically assume that when American men go out outside of the US…men continue to pay/exploit women to this day.”

Another argued: “Dating aside, the cost of living is lower in these places. If you’re a digital worker, it makes sense to move there. They have a better quality of life.”

“Being a tall white guy who also has little money was the biggest cheat code in Peru dude,” said a third person.

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However, some were still unconvinced by the lifestyle, with one arguing, “I find it funny just going to another country, especially the poorer ones, just to get your American wives.”

“How is that different from a mail order bride?” asked another.

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