Thursday 22 July 2021

So you've Fallen in Love with Someone in Another Country. Now What?

{Collaborative Content} When you picture falling in love, you typically imagine that it will be with somebody who lives in the same country as you. But love can be really annoying. You never quite know when or where it’s going to pop up. It just happens, and then you're stuck with the practical matter of making it work - something that can be challenging if your lover is in another country. 

Don’t feel bad, though. Falling for somebody abroad is something that happens to a lot of people. The trick is knowing how to deal with it. 

Prepare Yourself For Fights

Crossing cultures can be a challenge. People have different expectations from relationships. It’s critical, therefore, to prepare yourself for fights. Things will likely go quite wrong at the start. 

Don’t let this put you off though. Even if things are challenging to start, these are typically teething pains. Things improve over time in most relationships as each person gets to know the other better. 

Being Together For Most Of The Year Can Be A Challenge

Being with somebody from another country for most of the year can be a challenge. Usually, there are strict limits on how long either of you can stay in any particular country. You may need to speak with immigration solicitors if you want your lover to stay by your side for longer. 

It’s Going To Be More Interesting

Dating and being with somebody from another culture can be a lot of fun. Because their life experiences are so different from yours, it can make for interesting dinner time conversations. You never quite know what’s going to come out of their mouth next. 

People May Judge Your Country Based On How You Behave

How you conduct yourself is important whenever you are in a foreign land. The way you behave matters because people will judge not only you individually, but also your entire culture. It shouldn’t happen, but it does. 

You’ll Be The Center Of Attention

If you travel to the country in which your lover lives, expect to be the center of attention for the duration of your visit. You’ll probably stand out quite a lot so people will want to get to know you more, particularly your date’s friends and family.

It’s a good idea knowing that going in so that you can prepare yourself. If in doubt, smile and wave. 

Be Prepared For The Stereotypes

Even in today’s international society, there are still stereotypes surrounding international relationships. People have certain preconceived notions that they can’t shake. Often, this can lead to negativity. Mostly, these stereotypes won’t apply to you. You’ll just be in love with your partner. But it might not seem like that to the outside world. 

Try To Learn The Local Language

Learning the local language is important for anyone wanting to go to a different country. You don’t need to become fluent, but just a few minutes practice every day will help you and your partner to bond more closely. You can often make tremendous progress in a short space of time.

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