Maintaining a long distance relationship as an expat in Belgium

Hello everyone,

Moving to Belgium without your significant other can be quite difficult, especially since your partner is an undeniable source of support. This kind of move may require some adjustments from both parties in order to make it a successful one.

What is challenging about being in a long distance relationship in Belgium?

How to maintain an adequate level of communication considering differing schedules and time zones?

How often would you travel to each other’s location to meet?

How do you manage to still have a social life in Belgium?

What hurdles need to be considered if you have left behind children who are under the sole care of your partner?

Thanks for sharing your experience,
Bhavna

Good morning Bhavna,

In fact, the problem is the same everywhere. It is difficult and can even lead to divorce in some cases.

The psychological pressure is higher or lower depending on the depth of feelings between the expatriate and the person who remains. As well as between the expat (e) e and children if there are any.

Both will forge new relationships each on their own. The couple must speak freely and completely without hiding anything. Because automatically a hint of jealousy will be created in everyone's mind.

Mainly many men who still consider that in their absence their wives are not allowed to leave the house to have fun ...

From the first day of our story with my partner, I was expat, so she knew what to do. Despite his knowledge of my situation, this brought friction.

For me, the hardest psychologically is not the absence with my girlfriend but with my children. Because even if there are almost daily discussions via Messenger / Whatsapp / ...

In frustrations, there is also when something is broken at home / when there is an accident / when someone is sick / ... And you are at the other end of the world without being able to do anything.

Apart from communication and sharing, there is no real advice to give for this to work.

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