Dating abroad is another adventure on its own. Here are some important tips for dating locals while travelling abroad.
It might seem counter intuitive to date someone whose idea of home is thousands of miles away from yours. However, some travellers will confess that a short fling or relationship with a local can turn out to be a very exciting adventure. However, if you’re going to do this, there are few things to keep in mind.
1. Don’t be afraid to meet someone new
Being snobbish while on a trip abroad is like having a delicious plate of food in front of you and choosing to remain hungry. Sounds like a missed opportunity, not only for a relationship but for the other experiences with locals that you are missing. Don’t be afraid to start something just because the future is uncertain. Go out, speak to people, use a dating app if necessary and enjoy your adventure!
2. Establish clear expectations
Be realistic and make sure you both are on the same page. Is it a short fling or something serious? Let them know. According Elaina Giolando from Go Overseas, “If you’re open to something long-term, let that be known too so they don’t think you wouldn’t be willing to put the hard work in for a real relationship if it became serious.”
3. Be careful not to get lost in the exotic sauce
Dating an “exotic” person can be exciting, we get it. However, it’s important to stay clear-headed because if you over-exoticize your partner, chances are they can sense the naivety and take advantage of it. Chelsea Handy from XONecole says “it is important to treat someone you meet as a person and not a possession.”
4. It’s a relationship not a free guide
Though the person is a local and has a broad knowledge of the best places to visit and tourist sites, it’s never nice to turn him/her into a free tour guide. Make conscious efforts to spend time with them because you want to, not because you want them to show you around. Eventually, the latter will happen and you’ll find yourself balling with your partner at all the places you’ve been meaning to visit.
5. Never stop learning the culture
A genuine interest in your partner’s language and culture will ultimately make them feel closer to you. This also helps to bridge some important cultural and linguistic gaps.
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