You’ve met this great guy online và feel like it’s time to meet. It’s exciting và exhilarating but slow down! Meeting someone online has never been easier however it’s time khổng lồ proceed with caution. Meeting someone overseas is a big step.

Online dating is one of the most popular ways lớn meet a partner và it’s opened up the world in a way that nothing else ever has.This also means being exposed to a lot more danger than ever before. Bad things can happen anywhere but it’s important khổng lồ take steps to protect yourself physically và financially.

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I get countless emails from women who have met Moroccan (and sometimes from other Arab countries) men và want me lớn weigh in on the validity of their relationships. I refuse to vì this because I don’t personally know either of them.

But, 99% of the time my brain is screaming RUN! There are so many bad scenarios and situations that people find themselves in, hoping that it’s simply cultural differences that will later be resolved.

This is most often not the case & both people are left having had a bad experience & judging all men by the same yardstick. The reality is THERE ARE men who simply want khổng lồ scam women for money, residency or a way out of the country. There are also men who are insanely genuine; unfortunately the bad often outweigh the good.

So, if you find yourself in a situation where you’ve met someone overseas, what should you do?

Should I travel to meet a guy I met online? (or girl)

Falling in love with someone online from another country has many hurdles to lớn overcome. There’s no simple answer to lớn the question of whether you should fly khổng lồ another country lớn meet someone & there are many variables to take into consideration. Not so long ago it was very strange to lớn meet a potential partner online. Today however falling in love with someone online is much more common.

Where people tend to lớn get nervous is when the other partner lives in another country và there may be some travel involved. No matter how long or how well you think you know someone, it’s quite easy to portray one thing online and another in person.

Before taking this step, it’s important lớn take steps to protect yourself.

Consider these six things as you walk this road.


Your Heart is Great But… Use Your Head

I did my chia sẻ of crazy. Many people would say that what I did after I met MarocBaba was insane, và maybe it was. I know personally of a lot of women meeting men online in other countries and then uprooting their entire lives khổng lồ move to said country & start a life together. Sometimes it works, but a lot of times it ends up leading to big problems.

Things aren’t always what they seem. When considering a relationship it’s fine to let your heart lead you but use your head too.

If something seems off, trust your instinct.

Listen to your gut. Vì chưng not allow yourself to lớn get so wrapped up in romance or the idea of something that you ignore everything else. Use the same yardstick you would with a man from your own culture, don’t play off things simply because “he’s from a different culture.”

If you really can’t stand a certain trait don’t assume it will ever change.You also may want lớn read this post about the good, the bad, & the ugly of meeting someone overseas.


Leave a Record of Where You Will Be

Before meeting someone, và especially when traveling overseas lớn meet someone, you should leave a clear record of where you will be. This is not the time lớn evasive or elusive.

What information khổng lồ leave should include copies of your passport, travel documents, addresses where you will be staying, & who you will be with. If this changes while you are traveling, update someone at home with the information.

If you will be meeting someone new, get as much of their information as possible. Where they live (address), their full name, birthday, parents names, really just any và everything you can and document it. You might even ask them for a copy of their national ID card so you can verify their identity và have it just in case.

If they don’t want to giới thiệu this information it should be considered a red flag. Protect yourself first and foremost & don’t let their hesitation to lớn provide you with information that could help keep you safe guilt you into feeling bad.

Set Check-In Times with a Trusted Friend

Talk with your friends & family before you travel to lớn give them a rough timeline of your plans. Let them know how often you will try to kiểm tra in. Then create a plan with them on what they should vày if they don’t hear from you within a determined time period.

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This is one of the conversations people do not want khổng lồ have because they feel like if they admit they have concerns or want khổng lồ have a plan their loved ones might be less supportive. Having a plan just in case does not mean something will for sure happen. It’s simply making sure there are next steps khổng lồ follow.

If you don’t feel lượt thích a parent or sibling is supportive và receptive then choose a close friend that can be your check-in person. Most importantly be sure that you stick to the plan or you alert if you will be deviating. Your check-in buddy should also be ready and prepared lớn take the next step if you miss your check-in time & not just shrug it off.


Take Steps to lớn Protect Yourself

Do NOT trust someone at face value. You should vì chưng some research lớn know not only who the person you are meeting is but learn about the place you are going. Make sure you have the numbers for your embassy or foreign mission.

You also should research ahead of time so that you know how to reach them, not only by phone but physically. Is there a bus route? vày you need a taxi? Make sure that you have money available to do this.

If you are meeting someone new it is advisable that you book a hotel room or private accommodation. This gives you time to lớn meet up but also space in case things do not go as planned. “Dating” when you first arrive is a good way lớn break the ice, get lớn know the person, và decide if your online feelings translate offline.

If you bởi vì decide to lớn stay with the person you are meeting, have enough money and resources available lớn leave if you need to. Keep your identifying documents và financial resources near or on your person at all times.

Register with Your Embassy & Foreign Affairs Department

Most countries have a program in place for citizens to lớn register when they are traveling abroad. Vì it and keep the information updated. If your family is unsure where you are or if you are in need of assistance, your government needs khổng lồ have as much information about you as possible to help find you.

This is also important if there is a natural disaster or other emergencies in the country you are visiting. Embassies work to identify where their citizens are, và if they have been affected. If you don’t let them know where you are, they won’t know where khổng lồ look for you.

If you’re a US Citizen this is where you would register – STEP Enrollment.

Sound Too Good khổng lồ Be True? It Probably Is…

If I had a penny for all of the stories I have heard men tell women about how they’re going to wine and dine và sweep them off their feet I would own a privateisland by now.

The bottom line is, if something sounds too good to lớn be true, it probably is.

Don’t let your emotions or your desire for it to be true, overcome the reality of what it is.

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I truly believe that most people in the world are good, but I also know that there are people who are not.This post isn’t meant to lớn scare people out of visiting other countries (because bad things happen everywhere) but are some practical tips that should be kept in mind to stay safe when traveling.

Looking for more help navigating a new cross-cultural relationship?

So many people have requested help with this so I put together an ebook that you can use khổng lồ assess your situation. It provides insight on what khổng lồ look for & also questions khổng lồ ask before meeting in person, discussion questions, & an activity for you và your partner.