When you date someone from another country, it can be just as confusing and complicated as it is exciting and eye-opening. You learn a lot about yourself, the world and, most importantly, you discover how much fun falling in love with someone from a different culture can be. After 2 years of being in a relationship with someone from a different country than mine, I’ve personally come across some situations you only deal within these types of commitments.
Here are some of them:
People are REALLY interested in the way you met
When you tell them you’re dating someone from a different country, friends and family automatically assume you met them in a crazy way. And, to be fair, you probably have! In my case, I met my partner through a dating app when I was traveling abroad for a week. We met on my last day in that city and from then onwards, we started texting every single day even if we were miles away. A month later, I went to visit her for our second date and made our relationship official.
I know someone who met his current girlfriend after he booked an escort service with her. They first became really good friends and after a couple of months of hanging out, they started going out. It’s really easy to meet people this way, especially if you’re on holiday or on a business trip and you want to have some fun. You can book a call girl in Mumbai, for example, or any other exotic place in the world for an opportunity to meet an interesting and like-minded local!
Communication is difficult, even if you both speak the same language
Even if you both share the same mother tongue, there’s going to be expressions and particular words (specific from a culture) that you don’t understand and that is going to be frustrating for the both of you. In some situations, one will have had to make the effort to learn and speak the other person’s language in order to communicate, and it can be discouraging for them when they do not know how to say something or they are not understood because of their strong accent. Patience, therefore, will be key in the relationship.
You become less ignorant and more open-minded
When you’re going out with someone from a different country, you’re both going to bring your own traditions, beliefs and norms to the table. Even if some of their traditions match or are quite similar to yours, a lot of things are going to seem foreign and strange to you. For that reason, you become more open-minded as you discover there are other ways of thinking, doing things and completely different perspectives on life that are equally as valid as yours. You also become less ignorant and oblivious as you’re getting to deeply know a culture (with its traditions and festivities) that you didn’t know anything about before.
One of you has had to move/will have to move countries eventually
In many cases, these types of relationships start when someone is studying abroad or on holiday and is planning to essentially move back to their country. Inevitably, and if you want your relationship to work in the long run, one of you will have to move to the other person’s home country and start a new life there. This is probably the toughest part of dating someone from another country because even if the idea of moving abroad excites you, starting a new job, making new friends and being away from your family is extremely daunting and nerve-wracking.