With the rise in apps like Tinder, Hinge and Bumble, online dating while you’re travelling is becoming incredibly popular.
Not only does it give a chance to have a quick chat before you meet up with someone, but it also gives you the opportunity to meet lots of new and interesting people on your travels. From holidays with the girls to long term travel, you need to be as safe as possible.
Although I haven’t been dating while travelling for a number of years now, I’ve definitely picked up some tips along the way. From watching my friends dare to my old single days, there are a few tricks of the trade that everyone should know when it comes to safety.
Here are some of my top tips:
Be Wary Of What Apps You Use
Although you may need to use new apps when you’re travelling to a place you’ve never visited, it’s important you’re doing research into which apps/websites are the safest. For example, if you’re travelling in Gloucestershire, you may want to use Gloucestershire dating sites.
If you’re unsure which apps are best, a quick Google search will let you know everything you need to know! Either that or chat with the locals!
Look Out For Red Flags
When you’re talking with people, you need to be even more aware of red flags. From being overly eager to meet you to asking for personal details about your life, be on edge whenever you’re chatting to someone new.
Always Let A Friend Know Where You’re Going
If you have made plans to meet up with someone you have met online, make sure you’re telling a couple of your friends where you’re going. If you can, use the ‘share location’ function on your phone, as this will alert your friends as to whether or not you have suddenly changed locations. Of course, if your plans change and you decide to go somewhere else, make sure you let them know as soon as you can.
For a guide to using the share location feature on your phone, you can visit this site here!
Consider Taking Someone With You
If you’re still nervous about going to meet someone alone, consider taking someone with you. Even if they’re just there for the first hour or so, you may feel a little more at ease knowing you have someone you trust by your side.
Don’t Put Your Exact Location On Your Dating Profiles
When you’re setting up your dating profile, it’s best not to include your exact location at the time. Similarly, you should post exactly where you are on Instagram or Snapchat until you have left.
Make Sure You Meet Somewhere Public
One of the best tips I can give you is to meet somewhere that is going to be public. Although you may not be familiar with the area as you’re travelling, it’s best to Google the place they have suggested to see whether or not it’s going to be a busy area. The more people that are going to be around, the better.
Don’t Let Them Know Where Your Hotel Is
Finally, you need to be sure you’re not letting them know where your hotel (or accommodation is). While the chances of meeting someone who will turn up at your hotel unannounced are low, this is something you want to avoid if you can. If the date doesn’t go as planned, you don’t want them showing up afterwards.
Having a bit of fun while travelling is essential, as long as you’re doing all that you can to stay safe! Did I miss any tips and tricks off of the list? Let me know!