Traveling for free is all good and fun… until someone gets hurt. There will always be a concern for personal safety with Internet dating, especially on MissTravel, where your first date could occur on the other side of the planet.
In order to have the best possible experience on your MissTravel trip, you need to be cautious, prepared and calculated. Here are some easy ways to help make sure you don’t get taken while traveling abroad.. or even in your own city.
We screen all profiles and members in-house, to prevent nefarious use of our site. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be cautious while getting to know your potential date. We will soon be offering background checks and verified profiles, but in the meantime, please take advantage of your own resources. Do not accept a trip with someone you are uncomfortable with, trust your gut. The desire to travel should never overshadow your value on personal safety. Insist on a background check. Add them to Facebook. Skype. Call. Text. BEFORE YOU LEAVE. If possible, meet up in the U.S. before you meet up on another continent.
If you’re out of your element and unfamiliar with your surroundings, be prepared. Plan your itinerary ahead of time and don’t depend on your iPhone/iPad/smart phone to get you where you need to go. Consult a physical map, or write directions on your hand and walk confidently through the streets. Learn local phrases for distress like “Stop”, “No”, “Help”, “Police”, etc. and when traveling abroad always know where your foreign consulate/embassies are located. Be aware of any potential security risks in the location you are traveling to, and how to spot suspicious activity.
Don’t be the damsel in distress, someone may be more interested in taking advantage of, rather than saving you. Blend in with the locals, and don’t walk the streets with your Michael Kors watch or your Louis clutch. A thief will judge you by your outer appearance and determine if you’re worth mugging or not. Never take the stairs at night, or cross a sparsely populated parking garage alone. Make it a habit to only frequent areas that are busy and populated when alone, and never provide personal information to strangers.
If you do become a victim, chances are, Liam Neeson is not going to be there to save you. If you can’t prevent something from happening, you need to be able to take control of the situation. So just in case you do get taken…. you might want to read our next blog.
What other advice would you give to stay safe abroad?