Woman & Home South Africa

We started AGAIN

‘The trip conÿrmed what I already knew – I loved Jeff’

CHARLOTTE WARD, 40, is a freelance journalist and author who moved across the world to settle with her husband Jeff in South Carolina, USA.

“Staring out of the bus window, I felt tears welling. I’d lived in the same place for seven years, and although I was doing well professionally, the same could not be said of my personal life. The city was filled with the ghosts of failed relationships, and I’d lost my zest for living. I knew I needed a change, to get out of my comfort zone and do something brave to find myself again.

Going straight from university into journalism, I hadn’t done the ‘travelling’ thing like friends had, so at 33, I rented out my two-bedroom flat and bought a plane ticket to Sydney, Australia.

Before I left, I took a last glance at my online dating profile. I was automatically matched with men who lived in my city, which seemed futile now. So just for fun, I took off my location settings to see my best match anywhere in the world.

A profile caught my eye – a 29-year-old American named Jeff. He lived in St Louis, Missouri. His profile was eerily similar to

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