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Don’t Get Taken: Safety Tips for Travel Girls
  • Posted Sep 25, 2012
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7 years ago
Don’t Get Taken: Safety Tips for Travel Girls

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.



Get To Know Your Date

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.

Think Like a Local

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.

Be Aware

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?

 


7 Responses to “Don’t Get Taken: Safety Tips for Travel Girls”

  1. JennMT says:

    All personalities and perspectives are welcome on the blog, while personal attacks and name calling are not. It’s inevitable that there will be disagreements but let’s handle it as mature adults with class to keep the dialog constructive and respectful. Please refer to the “Blog Etiquette” http://blog.misstravel.com/blog-etiquette/ for more details. Now comment away and let’s enjoy the blog!!

  2. paul says:

    Makesure you have a open return ticket if things go wrong
    Check with airline it can’t be cancelled

  3. Gwen says:

    Perpetrators are prepared and that’s what gives them the advantage. Take a self defense class, ask many questions, request your own private accommodation, trust your instincts and follow them: leave, make your exit get away ASAP don’t worry about your possessions or what others might think. Your life is worth more than things! Also be aware that many men (not all) think that paying for your ticket gains them an all access pass to you. Don’t be naive about this factor. Be adventurous but safe;)

  4. Pooch Lucci says:

    ALWAYS LET YOUR EMBASSY KNOW THAT YOU ARE COMING BEFORE GET THERE AND HOW LONG YOURE TRAVELING. you can have the ambassador or one of the clerks give u a courtesy phone call to make sure you make your return flight.

    TRAVEL WITH A GLOBAL PHONE wifi is not as common in paradise places overseas. Its better to get a cheap pre paid “Global phone” out of the Sky mall brochure. Contact someone everyday even if you dont normally speak to them so if you are kidnapped, Your embassy will know and hopefully your family or friends will have called your phone and elevated the search process.

  5. Grace says:

    In your article, you mentioned perhaps meeting in the US before traveling elsewhere.Not every member on misstravel is from the US. But I guess what you meant was that one should meet the travel partner in their home country before flying off somwhere

  6. Generously Creepy says:

    Physically attractive people gives the illusion of nice/safe/trustworthiness and that’s what gives them the advantage. Take a counterintelli-liars class, ask many questions, test their loyalty, trust your instincts and follow them: stop, don’t buy that ticket for them. You’ve worked hard for your money and there’s always plenty tuna in the sea. Also be aware that many women (not all) think that paying for their ticket allows them to purchase their very own connecting
    -flight to an alternate destination closest to the agreed meeting place. Men, don’t be naive about this factor. Be accomodating, have fun, but beware of numerous possibilities of getting bilked.

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