Solo Travel and Dating - Do They Mix?
I still haven't read it.
It's nothing against the book - I'm sure it's lovely, and someday, I will probably read it and love it as much as the person who gave it to me loved it. My problem is, I can't get past the inscription - "May you find inspiration in your travels and be led to the love of your life, too!"
Maybe it's the vibration I give off, but I've never been one to date during my solo trips. Unlike Ms. Cox, if I asked every person I knew if they knew of one person to set me up with, I'd get a lot of blank stares, and probably end up with a list of maybe 10 potential bachelors, which wouldn't get me out of the United States, let alone around the rest of the globe. I could easily sign on to an online dating service and look up men in the areas where I travel most, but is that the smart thing to do?
I've given it a great deal of thought, and I think there are some balanced pros and cons.
On the pro side, if the date was going badly, I could always say "I have an early flight" and it probably would be accurate. I would probably never have to worry about the guy showing up unannounced at my front door, and if things went well, meeting the family would take weeks of planning - thus giving me ample preparation time.
On the con side, however, and slightly more serious - I would always, always, always be worried about date safety. Whenever I have a blind or first date, I always keep in touch with a friend via text, take my own car, and - most importantly - I know my way around the area. Not having a safety net with a trusted friend close by makes me nervous. And also not knowing my way around as well as I know my hometown adds to a feeling of trepidation - should something go really wrong.
Solo travel and dating my way around the world - or even the Northwest - probably isn't something that I'll add to my list of "must do's" for this year. I know it works for some people, so maybe the universe will prove me wrong.
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