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chatillion 71M
2263 posts
12/14/2019 6:21 am
Going abroad to meet a broad...

Dating sites always have questions about traveling other countries meet a possible mate.

Long distance relationships have their risks at any level.
I have known lots of people who have traveled domestically a few hundred miles only be disappointed...
Would traveling ten thousand miles increase your odds of finding love? Of course not.

My suggestion is be sensible in your decisions and planning. Know what you want accomplish and make a back up plan in case your first plan gets changed.

It is a good thing if you speak English going an English speaking country. If not, you could have barriers, especially as many customs officers only know a handful of words in English. Large cities often cater to tourists. Taxi and hotel support often speak English. Make sure you have an idea of the route as some taxi drivers will circle you around the city or take the long way adding minutes to the drive that raises the fare.

Currency... do not exchange at the airport, they have the highest fees. Do your transactions at a bank.
You may find someone hanging around the front of the bank offering better than the bank. Consider the you receive could be counterfeit. I would not consider risking it. I also would not consider doing a transaction on the street as you could be robbed or arrested as the police in some countries do not allow private exchange.

Do as much research as you can... be comfortable with laws as many places do not allow photography in public, so that perfect sunset between some statues could get your video equipment confiscated... or worse.

If they drive on the opposite side of the road than your country forget renting a vehicle. Going to Italy? Forget driving there as every driver on the road is a Mario Andretti. Also, if the car in front constantly speeds up and slows down and is totally annoying DO NOT PASS HIM. Many do this as a ploy to videotape you and send it to the authorities. They make commission for turning you in. Their gain and your loss.

chatillion 71M
1572 posts
12/14/2019 6:22 am

I know a guy who married a woman who was born in the Philippines. She was living the United States for many years (long before they met) and they decided to travel to her country for a vacation. Family there told her BE ESPECIALLY CAREFUL if someone bumps you at the airport. They have been known to drop a bullet into the pocket of your clothing that will be detected at the metal detector and you will be arrested on the spot, searched and have to pay thousands for an attorney to get you out. It's a high level scam they do to unsuspecting tourists.

beyondfantasy3 113M
4740 posts
12/14/2019 5:03 pm

good points to consider...

chatillion 71M
1572 posts
12/15/2019 7:24 am


Also selfie sticks are often confiscated if you try to use them in public tourist places.