Extra Tips for Meeting a Long Distance Interest
Be sure to use all of the tips mentioned above, plus the following tips, if you plan to travel to meet your online interest:
DO NOT plan to stay at the other person's home for your visit. If you cannot afford a hotel, do not go.
If you've made hotel reservations, do not tell the other person where you're staying. There is no need for them to contact you there. You can contact them.
Let them meet you at the airport, but do not get in a car with them. They can help you with your baggage and help you hail a cab. Use cabs as your mode of transportation throughout your trip.
Be sure to keep in touch with friends and family. Have a schedule in place as to when you should call. And make sure they know where you are staying and how to reach you. Again, this is a good time to carry and use a cellular phone.
Just in case...keep your valuables in an in-room safe or with the front desk - they often have safety deposit boxes available for free or a minimal charge.
When you leave, you can meet them at the airport to say goodbye. Do not let them drive you to the airport.