Love beyond borders
How lucky are we that we live in a day and age where you can date anyone from literally anywhere? All you need is a computer and a passport, and you can find love from halfway across the world. It is truly the most amazing effect of modern technology.
However, just because it is easy to meet and start relationships with foreigners, it doesn’t mean it’s easy to sustain them. If anything, the distance, language barriers, and cultural differences make it super hard. This means that you cannot apply the same old dating tips you are used to with your close-proximity and same-nationality partners.
Here are a few tips that will come in handy if you choose to take this path.
Make use of online dating apps
So you have decided that you want to date a Latina beauty or an exotic Asian damsel. That’s pretty cool but where exactly will you find one? Online dating apps exist to solve this problem by providing you with direct access to whatever nationality, race or cultural background that interests you.
Master the art of long-distance dating
More often than not, dating a foreigner involves getting into a long distance relationship. To make it work, you will need to put in a little extra effort. It means regular phone calls, surprise internationally-delivered gifts, and even virtual dates. That way, it is like you are in the very same country.
Learn the language
The language barrier is one of the greatest challenges you will have to face when dating a foreigner. Fortunately, these days we have direct translate services that make it very easy to communicate via text and emails. However, these will only take you so far as they do not help much with verbal communication. In this case, you might want to consider learning your partner’s language, teaching them yours, or both.
Show interest in each other’s cultures
If you are from different countries chances are that the culture will be different as well. If you do not take your time to understand the variation and respect it, there will be problems in your relationship. Make sure to ask questions and do your research. Showing interest is also a sign that you have a sincere interest which goes a long way towards helping the relationship grow.
Take your passport out of storage
You will have to do some traveling. Online correspondence, video calls, and letters will only keep things going for a while. If you are serious about turning your relationship into something long term, you will have to invest in regular visits between both countries. It is also a great opportunity to take in the culture first hand and experience all that your significant other has been praising about their country.
Do your homework
As with any other kind of online dating, it is important that you look into your partner’s life. The reason for doing this is to ensure that you do not end up getting scammed which is a significant risk when it comes to dating foreigners. If you are using an online dating service, make sure only to correspond and focus on people whose profiles have been verified as being authentic. That will save you a whole lot of trouble.
Appreciate the value of reciprocity
Do not be the kind of person who gives and gives and never gets in the relationship. Giving too much is common when dating foreigners where there is a tendency to have one person focus too much on input; especially financially. If you feel like you are being used as a long distance ATM, you might want to kick rocks.
Open up your heart – and your eyes
While it is important to be open and vulnerable in these situations, you also need to make sure that you look out for any red flags. Do not be so blinded by love that you miss obvious signs that something is wrong with the relationship. It is particularly important as the distance involved may help shady partners hide their shady ways.
Dating internationally definitely has its perks. You get to learn about new cultures and regions of the world, and if you are lucky, you may get to experience it all first-hand. These eight tips will come in handy to ensure that your relationship runs as smoothly as possible. That way, whether it is someone who speaks a different language or views love and romance in a completely new light, you will have an idea of how to get things right.