International dating is becoming more and more common as people travel abroad on foreign placements and young singles travel the world.
Meeting and mixing with someone in a foreign country can really enhance your experiences of local culture and give you a wonderful insight into local life that many other foreigners miss out on.
Some people have a planned approach to meeting a foreign match and trawl international dating sites and services online, in the hope of meeting an exotic foreign partner who will provide a ticket to the West. In many cases the difference in cultural expectations regarding gender roles leads to a harmonious domestic situation sought by some British men.
By the same token, starting an international relationship can be fraught with problems. Language can be a real obstacle to true communication and although the first few months of sweet and her quirky use of grammar may be endearing, it might turn into real frustration in the heat of an argument or the intensity of daily life.
You can also get caught up in the legalities of working and living in a foreign country. Perhaps you or your partner has a visa that is running out or legal status that is a little less than clear. These thing can place an enormous strain on a relationship as work becomes difficult to find without the right papers and holidays across any national border become a thing of the past.
A hasty and ill-conceived marriage to legalise the paperwork can be disastrous. It may have been the object of the whole exercise from the start and your partner may quietly disappear leaving you heartbroken or with an empty bank account. Even if he or she sticks around you may find as you get to know each other better that marriage may not have been the best idea as a quick fix to a legal problem.
International dating can be a wonderful experience and may broaden your horizons and turn into a life-long love affair with a foreign country. However, make sure you do it for the right reasons, and if you're hoping to set up an international date online be extremely cautious about the whole process.
There are plenty of scammers out there running sophisticated cons that reel you in with multiple letters from your new date and sob stories about life in the poor old country and 'please just send my airfare and I'll be yours forever'.
Don't fall for it, many foreign dating agencies don't exist, many of their supposed clients don't exist and any fees you pay often go to line the pockets of smart, letter-writing con men with a series of multiple personalities.