One of the biggest advantages for people who do move abroad alone is the opportunity to live life to the full in their host country. Quite often this involves expat dating and having a new country full of dating prospects can be a real bonus for expat singletons. Here's an overview of expat dating and the inherent implications.
One of the most pertinent issues you should consider before relocating as a singleton is whether you are prepared to engage in a relationship with someone from a different culture, who has a lifestyle and social values that contrast with your own. While this may seem exciting and exotic at first, partaking in a cross-cultural relationship can be extremely challenging and you will need to invest significant time and effort into making it work. Some of the areas that will require focus and attention include the following-
As an expat dating a local you will also need to be prepared for the occasional imbalance in the relationship that will arise from your own lack of familiarity with the culture and local environment as compared with your partners own familiarity and comfort within it.
For more information and a detailed look at the psychology of cross-cultural dating, Margaret Malewski’s book GenXpat: The Young Professional's Guide To Making A Successful Life Abroad is a must read. It contains a comprehensive view of dating across cultures and how you can give any cross-cultural relationship the best possible start.
There are many ways in which you can search for love as an expatriate living abroad and these will mostly correspond with the methods that are in place in your home country. Common platforms are the following-
Expat dating really isn't too dissimilar from dating at home, just remember that you are in a foreign country and should be slightly more aware of your safety!
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