What is digital nomad dating like?

#1

Hi everyone,

I am planning to start living a semi-nomadic lifestyle from the beginning of next year, probably spending around half my time on the road and half my time at home (but keeping an open mind).

I was just wondering what dating is like as a digital nomad? This is important to me. I am looking for a committed relationship, somebody to have adventures with. Monogamy is a must, but no rush for marriage, children etc.

In your experience, is this something lots of nomads are doing/ looking for? Or is it just a lot of casual sex and “locationships”?

Looking forward to hearing all about your experiences! Thank you everyone :slight_smile:

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#2

Interesting thread. Can you expand a bit on the definition of “locationships”?

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#3

Well from my expirience and what I know of a lot of full time nomads, monogamy is a must…not. Especially if they aren’t in a place for too long. I think it just depends from person to person and how much time you have to give to dating. I know from personal experience that long distance relationships can be very trying and even more so when there’s a time difference or limited connection due to traveling.

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#4

Thanks for your reply :slight_smile:
I’m sure there are various definitions, but to me a locationship is when you’re in an exclusive relationship with somebody while you’re in a specific place that you won’t be in for long e.g. working on contract abroad, or on an extended holiday. It would look and feel much like a “conventional” relationship but as soon as one or both of you leave it’s over.
e.g. You’re going to be living in London for 6 months. You meet somebody you really like the first week you’re there, so you see them and only them for the 6 months. Then you leave London and the relationship ends there.

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#5

Thanks for your reply :slight_smile:
Good information to know!

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#8

I’ve never heard this term or definition, but I love the explanation!

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#9

Speaking in generalities, we’ve already left our family and friends behind to travel, we’re the unattached type. This probably means that we’re less likely to let relationships bind us to a specific location.

But in the end, the question is on the wrong track. You probably won’t be dating other nomads. Your choices are typically dating a local, dating a vacationer, or dating an expat who has settled in. Nomad’s will probably be in the minority of your options. So it is up to you to decide how it plays out.

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#10

Hi Suzanne -
I’d say I share much of your same preferences. I recently started my nomad journey without an intention to be dating as I didnt think I’d find someone who shared my same preferences and values. However, i happened to have met someone I’m really enjoying. I though it would be a “locationship” as he lacked certain qualities i would look for in a long term partner but we are taking everything one day at a time for now. So to be continued I suppose…

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#11

Can’t see anything wrong with locationships, if you like spending time together then why not do it, even if you know it’s for a limited time only. In the end if you will find “the one” then it won’t be a problem because both of you will figure out a way to be together. Just my opinion.

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#12

The lighter forms of internet finding a partner (e.g. Tinder) have worked well for me. I’m open on my profile about how I am only here for 6 months so people know ahead of time when the end will come. I’ve had several “locationships” and so far it’d worked like a normal lover relationship, but with a known end date. Maybe if you’re fortunate you will meet someone who has the traveling spark in them and will uproot to have a lifestyle like yours, or you can meet someone who’s worth rooting yourself for. Either way there is a lot of flexibility (as long as there’s open communication) which is really nice!

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