Long Distance Meeting Tips
- Stay at a hotel
- Taxi from the airport
- Don't disclose your location
- Stay in touch with home
- Read up on where you're going
- Trust your instincts
- Enjoy yourself!
Forget bungee jumping and sky diving, traveling long distances to meet your online dating partner is the most exciting holiday you could have! However, just like extreme sports, heading across the country or around the world to meet someone is a generally safe activity with a bad name due to a handful of unfortunate events. People jump out of planes all the time with no trouble, so long as they've checked their parachutes. Similarly you'll have a safe, successful and exhilarating time if you read our dating tips for long distance meetings.
Stay at a hotel when first visiting someone you've met through an online dating service, do not stay at the other person's home. If you can't afford a hotel, don't go. Safe dating is successful dating, don't rush things.
Always take a taxi to and from the airport. Wanting to see the other person as soon as you get off the plane is natural but keep your safety in mind. Meet them at the airport by all means but do not get into a private vehicle with them or let them transport your luggage in a private vehicle.
Keep the name and exact location of your hotel to yourself until you are completely sure of the other person's intentions. Arrange public meeting places until you're comfortable in each other's company.
Before departing give your friends and family a detailed itinerary and the contact details of both your hotel and the other person. Stay in constant touch with people back home through emails and phone calls. Make sure the other person is aware that friends and family know where you are, what you're doing and when you plan to return.
Research where you're going and familiarize yourself with local customs, traditions and dangers. You are, of course, expecting a guided tour but collecting some useful knowledge will show not only that you're interested but that you're sensible and well prepared. Always take out comprehensive travel insurance and travel with reputable companies.
Long distance and overseas travel can be exciting, confronting and confounding but there's a difference between getting outside your comfort zone and being uncomfortable. Always trust your instincts and act responsibly.