How Love Found Me While Abroad 💙

The topic on how my fiancé and I met comes up quite often due to the fact that he’s not here in the U.S. with me permanently just yet. So I end up going into this long story about how Love found me while I was traveling. Hence, why I decided to write this post about it. From the travel groups I’m in on Facebook, Love Abroad is a hot topic.  It’s a funny story how it all happened for me because the last thing I was looking for was love.

I was on the beautiful island of Haiti shooting a short documentary called Ansanm Nou Fo (Together We Are Strong). Ultimately the project was for a class, and I took advantage of the opportunity to shoot something overseas. Visiting Haiti had always been in my heart, and it’s so crazy how it all went down. I originally planned to shoot in the U.S., then my story fell through last minute, and with how perfect the universe works, I met the subject of my film at my dad’s church on a random Sunday I was home visiting.

I know what you might be thinking, the main character of my documentary ended up being my fiancé, nooooo. LOL. However, through shooting my main character, I met a man named Dimy Marcelin. Dimy was one of my translators that accompanied me throughout my stay in Haiti. On top of guiding me around the compound and village of Vignier, Haiti where my main character lived, he also took me to many other near by towns/ villages in Ouest (west) Haiti.

Over the course of almost a month of me filming in Haiti we grew closer. Over time after I left we talked every single day, and to this day 2.5 years later we’ve never gone a full day without talking or texting each other. Our love story is almost too perfect on the surface. Don’t get me wrong we’ve had our arguments and such, but despite that and the distance our love has prevailed. As a filmmaker, sometimes I feel like our story would make a cute little short film. Who knows.

Dimy is not only a great partner, but he’s a protector, a great friend and the BEST travel buddy I could ever ask for. He also speaks Creole, French, Spanish and English. So I’ve been in very good hands throughout all our explorations of South America. I could keep typing or I could just show you the video below. The video is probably better. It’s a good look at many (but not all) of our travels together over the past couple years.

So how did love find me abroad? It found me in the form of a wonderful man I could’ve only wished for. It found me during a time where I told everyone I was destine to be “forever alone.” I even branded Forever Alone Incorporated amongst me and some other female friends for fun. Like it was real y’all. Throughout the beginnings of our relationship I kept asking myself “is this real?” Yes, it was/is real and I’m happy I can write and share it with you all. Remember Dimy’s face, you’ll see a lot more of him as mine and our travel journeys continue!

Have you found love while traveling? Let me know about your Love (or even crush) Abroad story below!


  1. Coralie Grassin
    October 14, 2017

    What a wonderful love story… Really heart warming! It’s so comforting to know there can be a soul mate somewhere else in the world, not just in the country you are living in.

  2. Jem
    October 15, 2017

    What a lovely, heartwarming story! I am so happy you found love on your travels and I wish you all the best for the future together x

    October 15, 2017

    How romantic, this is a wonderful story for your children and grandchildren. I hope you are together all the time soon. Thank you for sharing

  4. Monica
    October 15, 2017

    Sweet story Brittany. It’s so great that you guys found a way to make it work even when you’re not both living in the same country. Loved the music on your video btw 🙂

  5. Taryn
    October 15, 2017

    Ahh! I love a love story. I’ll bet finding love while doing what you love can seem a bit surreal!

  6. Marvi
    October 15, 2017

    Awwww… Love truly works in magical and mysterious ways! Glad you have found each other! My love of travel began when my then-boyfriend (and now husband) took me to amazing places. 🙂

  7. Yesh Sewdayal
    October 16, 2017

    Such a beautiful story – Love finds you when you least expect it! It’s inspiring how two diverse people, from different backgrounds, upbringings and culture can find something in common with each other and start this wonderful journey! I wish on your relationship, an abundance of blessings!

  8. Sirena
    November 4, 2017

    Awe that is wonderful! I found Love abroad as well in Dominican Republic! My last changes in 20 days! I’m so excited bc I just knew I was gonna be single for life lol. But they say you know when you know and I am happier than I have ever been. Congratulations and continued blessings for you and your ❤️.

    1. Brittany Chenelle
      November 5, 2017

      Sirena, that’s so cool! I’m happy you understand how it feels. It’s a wonder experience and continues to be rewarding having my fiancé be from somewhere else. Continued blessings to you as well!


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