Have you met someone special on your travels from a different country and are not sure whether you should go for it? Even though the logistics of falling in love with someone from the other side of the world can be difficult, dating someone from another country has definite advantages, such as:
1. Accents are incredibly sexy.
It’s a fact; there is something about an accent that makes someone more attractive. I get weak at the knees when Lee pronounces words in his rough Lancashire way of speaking, such as the way “butter” turns to “buh-uh” in his mouth. Back home in Accrington he sounds like everyone else, but to my Canadian ears his voice will always be intriguing and exotic.
2. You will learn about another culture in an in depth way.
When you are dating someone from another country they will share with you their life story and from their experiences you will start to put together an understanding of their country that you could never read in a book.
I have learned so much about England from living with Lee, from the little details of how to make a proper cup of tea to the bigger societal attitudes and culture.
3. You will understand (and appreciate) your own culture better.
Like a fish is not aware of the water that it swims in, your own culture is so normal to you that you don’t even notice the little quirks of it. However, when you are dating someone from another country and your partner gets to know you visits your homeland; they will point out all of the little things which you always took for granted.
Since I grew up in rural Alberta, having deer stroll through the backyard was never really a big deal. When a doe and her fawn were in our garden last summer in Victoria, Lee ran for the camera and posted the photos straight to Facebook.
When I watched him eagerly bundle up to walk to work in a snowstorm last winter in Newfoundland, I laughed because it reminded me of when I was a kid and huge snowfalls were still exciting and fun. Through his eyes, the snow changed from an annoyance to something amazing.
4. You will gain contacts in another country.
Another great thing about dating someone from another country is that their family and friends automatically become yours too, giving you a second home in another country.
When I came back to England with Lee I was immediately accepted into his family and circle of friends. I made some great friendships in Accrington and when I walked into the local pub and everyone knew my name, it really felt like home.
These are just a few of the reasons for dating someone from another country. So if you are a single traveler, why not keep an open heart and give that cutie with the exotic accent a chance?