What is love? A question most of us asked ourselves at least once in our lifetime… My wife Anđela and I, as a newly married couple from Croatia, decided to turn our own honeymoon into a year-long exploration of possible answers to this question. On this journey, we talked to more than 200 people in 30 countries on 6 continents. And after coming home, we transformed this inspiring experience into a documentary and a book showing all the complexity of love in the 21st century.

As two experienced world travelers, we met thanks to our joint passion. Deciding to marry after three years of being together, it only made sense for us to spend their honeymoon doing what we love the most – traveling. For a whole year we traveled the world interviewing different couples on the meaning of love. We visited fresh couples as well as those who celebrated their diamond anniversary, we visited same-sex couples and heterosexual couples, we visited people in traditional polygamous and those in modern polyamory relationships. We talked to people who married themselves, people who have divorced, people whose spouses had died and those who are still searching for that special someone. And all of them were asked a similar set of questions – how they met, how they felt in the beginning of their relationship, how they would describe their feelings now, what they expect from their partners, what are their strengths, what are their weaknesses, how they approach problems and fights, and finally – what love means to them. On our way, we also talked to scientists who research love in different fields, such as neuroscience, biology, psychology, sociology, and anthropology.

After our journey, Anđela and I presented this inspirational experience in a book and a film which show all the complexity of love in the 21st century.

Book 'Love Around the World'

Have you ever wondered why we fall in love? What is the background of the human ability and need for love? Is love something stronger than cultural norms or something entirely shaped by society?

An intimate essay, a travel diary and an ethnographic study – all in one, this book presents an inspirational exploration that takes readers on a passionate journey through different aspects of the meanings that love has in today’s world. Through interviews with leading world scientists, various theories and perspectives of love are presented. This book offers a unique view on the evolution, the origin and the development of the concept of love throughout history. Narrating intriguing personal stories, these scientific theories gain shape and become confirmed or challenged.

This is a truly magnificent book—packed with touching and fascinating stories of love around the world. The people, the settings, their words: it’s elegant, authentic, charming and hopeful. And what an astonished achievement by the authors–to capture romance in so many corners of the globe.

– Dr. Helen Fisher

The book ‘Love Around the World’ has sold in over 13.000 copies in its first year and was the No. 1 bestseller in Croatia in 2021!

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Film 'Love Around the World'

THE MOST WATCHED CROATIAN FILM IN THEATRES IN 2021!

From deep within the Amazonian forests and remote villages in the Himalayas to the world’s largest metropolises, this stunning documentary shows us 33 different stories about love and marriage, challenges and struggles, highs and lows, creating one big love story that reminds us how love can never be simple, but at the same time how just a few things on Earth are as simple as love. It follows all the stages of their relationships – from the moment they met or had their first date, through their decision to get married or move in together and their subsequent fights and challenges, all the way to the present moment and their plans for the future.

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