How to Stay Safe on Tinder in a New Country

Couple on a date
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If you’re in a new country, one way to meet locals is, of course, dating apps. It can be a lot of fun to meet up with locals for a drink and have them show you around and tell you what it’s like to live in that area. But there’s also a lot of risk to meeting people off the internet, so here are some safety tips to keep in mind. This isn’t an exhaustive list, so be sure you’re being cautious if you decide to go on a tinder date in a new place!

Always Tell Someone Where You’re Going

It’s always a good idea to enlist your friends to keep track of you. Luckily you can send people your location so they’ll be able to follow your moves, and you can ask them to check in every so often to make sure you’re okay.

Always Meet Somewhere Public

Make sure to start your date somewhere out in the open with lots of people, so that you don’t need to worry about being alone with a stranger. Never go to their house or allow them to come to yours, and remember that you can always leave if you feel uncomfortable. 

Do Some Googling

Before you start swiping, be sure to look around online to see if there’s anything people have said to watch out for.