Some people are still deciding whether or not it is a good idea to marry an OFW or overseas Filipino worker. There’s financial stability as they earn dollars. There is also a risk of unstable relationships emanating from the fact that husband and wife are likely far apart for a significant amount of time.
Thousands have had better experiences by choosing a spouse away from home. Here are some reasons to marry an OFW.
Let’s look at the obvious and face it. OFWs earn in dollars or currencies that have a higher value when converted to Philippine peso than those working in the Philippines. You can expect more significant savings and be able to afford the necessities and more such as a house, car, and holiday vacations. Compared to someone who works in the Philippines whose salary isn’t enough to provide the comforts of life, this reason is a reliable indicator you should marry an overseas Filipino worker.
More time for yourself (and the kids)
Since your spouse will only be home for a few weeks over one to 3 years, you have a lot of free time to take care of yourself or indulge in work or studies. Some couples credit their long and happy marriage to being able to stay independent of their spouses. As the spouse is away making a living for the family, the one left at home takes care of the well-being of the family: focus on kids’ studies, help manage finances and other things that require attention.
Opportunity to learn a new language
OFWs will learn several words or even the full expression of the foreign place where they’re working. You have the chance to improve your language skills, making you highly versatile. Later on, you can apply for work abroad and be more qualified compared to other applicants without an OFW spouse.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, according to many spouses of OFWs. Since you only get to see and be with your loved one a few short times, marriage becomes more blissful and passionate. It also means fewer quarrels and problems in managing the household. What’s important is how couples maintain relationships despite the distance.
Having one spouse working abroad means one less head to feed and take care of. The hardworking member of the family elsewhere has to handle his own needs independently. The budget is then allocated to the remaining members back in the Philippines.
Vacation opportunities abroad
Your spouse can also take you on vacation to the country where he or she is situated. It will be easier to get a visa, depending on the base country. You don’t have to worry about accommodations, transportation, and food. An OFW spouse will take care of you.
Opportunity to work abroad too
Some couples decide to work overseas together after a few years. You can transfer and bring the entire family to the new country and migrate permanently. This means a more financially stable family, a time to bond together after years of being far apart and open more opportunities for each member in the long term.
Marrying an overseas Filipino worker can be quite challenging, but many people realize that the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages.