With so many opportunities for travel, work and study, so many people are now entering into intercultural relationships. When two people from different backgrounds come together in the name of love, it can be overwhelming! Here are 5 tips to make the transition a lot easier!
- Speak to your family before introducing your new partner so they know what to expect and to avoid uncertainty and confusion. Be cautious and considerate in your approach as some may still hold certain traditional beliefs that may cause them discomfort in light of your new relationship.
- Respect your partner’s culture and lifestyle even when you do not agree, understand or like it. Be accommodating and willing to compromise. It is crucial that you agree about how much of something you will accept and how much you are willing to let go of, for the sake of the relationship.
- There’s always something new to learn. Travel together, learn about your lover’s culture and celebrate diversity. Teach your partner about your culture too and enjoy the mind opening adventure!
- Have self-confidence and self-belief, it will come in handy in a society that may not share your views on love. To be able to stand firm in what you want and who you love is more important than social approval or acceptance.
- Intercultural relationships do not mean that you instantly solve prejudices. They are simply about love. When you merge into a relationship, there is no domineering or submissive one; you create your own culture, your own family and ultimately a new nation!