Are you planning to visit someone overseas you met online? Here are 5 things to do before meeting someone online from a different country.
Flying abroad to meet your online lover in person can be dangerous. A vast number of people have been raped, killed, robbed, and some were sold into sex slavery as a result of ignorance. But today, I’m going to list out the important things to consider before travelling to another country to meet your online crush.
Online dating has become so vast that everyone can now find love at the comfort of their desk. All you need is to create a dating profile and you will get matched with your compatible partner within some seconds. But everything that has an advantage also has a disadvantage.
Internet dating still works, but you have to take precautions. Below are the necessary things to do before travelling to another country to see someone you met online in person.
5 Tips for safely meeting someone online from a different country
Below are the important things to do before travelling for love.
1. Let your family and friends know where you are travelling to.
A lot of people make this costly mistake. For your own safety, try and inform your family members and your friends about the country you are travelling to, and how long you intend to stay there. This will help them keep in touch with you, should in case you fail to return at the stipulated time.
Never assume you have grown up and have the ability to take proper care of yourself. You are going to a strange land, and it is very necessary to notify your family and friends, should in case something happens to you.
Ask your online crush or lover to forward you their national ID card. You can print it out and give some copies to your family members or friends for security purposes. And make sure you register with your embassy and foreign affairs department before flying out. For US Citizens, you can enrol here.
2. Be sure you have known your online crush well enough to meet them in person.
Falling in love with someone from another country can be so tempting. But do not be blinded by love.
Be sure you trust the person you are trying to visit abroad. If you think they are some secrets he or she is hiding from you, then it may be a red flag that there is danger ahead.
So, before flying to another country to meet someone for the first time, make sure you’ve known a lot about them, and the country you are visiting.
Read also: Online dating tips for a successful date.
3. Meet them in the public, not in their home
To avoid endangering your life, do not visit someone you’re just seeing for the first time, at home, but meet them in an open place.
Remember, you are meeting someone in a country with a different culture. They can decide to harm you, rape you, or do anything to you.
On your arrival, book a hotel room for yourself. After you have finally met them, do not be in a haste to show them where you reside. Make sure you have known them well, and you are sure of the type of person they are before showing them your apartment if necessary.
4. Avoid excessive intake of alcohol on your first date
Drinking too much on your first date is risky. You can end up having unwanted sex with the guy on your first meeting with them, simply because you are under the influence of alcohol.
5. Avoid late-night date
All countries are not the same. Maybe in your country, you can stay up to 2 am before returning home from a date. But remember, you are in a different state or country. And they may not have the same high level of security as your country.
Therefore, avoid late-night dates, or returning late at night, for your own safety.
In summary, here are the 5 things you should do before meeting someone overseas.
- Let your family and friends know where you are travelling to.
- Be sure you have known your online crush well enough to meet them in person.
- Meet them in the public, not in their home
- Avoid excessive intake of alcohol on your first date
- Avoid late-night date
Wait up to 3 to 5 months before you meet someone you met online. By then you have known them enough to meet them in person.