The main difference between an academic and a practical person is their approach to life.
The academic takes on a more theoretical way of handling situations whilst a practical person tends to take on a more hands on approach.
So think about what type of person you are.
Differences between you both isn’t necessarily a bad thing but be aware of it. Someone who is practical is more likely to be okay with a similar practical person than an academic, similarly someone academic may prefer another academic.
Talk it out and judge this question’s importance to you. How will your differences affect the relationship?