We live in a globalized world, and it’s not just affecting the economy – it’s also changing dating for good! You can find a solid relationship with someone on the other side of the globe, and it’s becoming increasingly common to date outside of your own culture. So, here are a few things you need to know about international dating.
One thing that has been sadly linked to international dating is the possibility of a scam. However, this is relatively easy to avoid if you know what to look for. Watch out for pics that look like stock photos and any requests to send money. If you are unsure, the best solution is to do a video chat and see if the person is who they say they are. If they are real, they will probably be reassured too!
Some dating sites like Mingle2 are careful to implement precautions, but it’s still a good idea to watch out for anything suspicious in online dating.
Check out: Five Ways to Prevent Online Dating Scams
Make a plan
Once you get things going, it’s a good idea to start working on a plan, collaboratively. Can you meet in another city or country? Can you visit them or they you? What can you do to get to know each other in person? While online interactions are fun and can provide a solid idea of who you are, it is essential to meet in person in some way.
If you are flying out, consider what you can do if it goes well or if it doesn’t work out – what are your long and short-term plans? While there is some hassle involved, it can lead to something amazing.
Consider cultural differences
Different cultures play a big role in what we expect in a relationship and in many other things. It’s not always easy to identify cultural differences either.
If you are dating someone from another culture, it’s worth keeping in mind that there may be frictions and misunderstandings. Try to take few things for granted and talk through with your partner issues as they come up – how about gifts? Family holidays? Values? Money, religion, and kids? It’s worth addressing a lot, as there may be more points that differ in a cross-cultural relationship, from whether you take off your shoes when you go into someone’s home to the way in which you prepare breakfast. While most of these won’t be an issue, it is worth addressing any assumptions that might arise and talk things through.
Overall, online dating and international dating especially can be a bit complex and present their own set of challenges. But in the end, it can lead to some amazing experiences and a relationship that is likely to become exciting, fun, and lasting.