I grew up all over the world and I know a lot of happy international couples. Jammie and I are one of them. Often people wonder where to start. How do you get a date with someone from a different country. Here are four steps:
1) Go to where the people are – If you want to start dating in-person (as opposed to online), go to where the people are. If you are interested in dating someone of a certain nationality or culture, go to where you’ll find high concentrations of them – certain parts of town, specific restaurants, cultural centers, cultural fairs, churches, temples, etc. Mix and mingle. Don’t just go once. Become a known entity. You might even want to volunteer for a service project or sign up for a class so that you get a lot of exposure to the right groups of people. It is easier to get a date when you are a known, appreciated entity than when you are walking up cold to someone in a coffee shop.
2) Hop online – Prefer online? That works too. But be sure to craft an honest, attractive personal profile on the reputable dating site / social media platform that you use. Avoid anyone that asks for money and set up a Skype chat as soon as possible to make sure the person is real and that they are interesting to talk to.
3) Do some basic cultural recon – Know the basics about your future date’s culture. You want to avoid obvious mistakes and rack up any brownie points.
4) Ask for the date! – If you are a guy, you don’t want to delay forever. Ask for the date and seal the deal. If you are a woman, find out what might be culturally appropriate. You can always find clues that signal that you are available.
5) Follow up – Once you land your date, follow up. Give it a few days but don’t be lame. A quick “thank you” call won’t hurt. It might even set you up for date #2.