With so many people on Travamigos, user safety is a priority. We understand that meeting someone for the first time whether online, through an acquaintance or whilst travelling is intriguing and exciting. However, your safety is very important, and because you are in control of your Travamigos experience, there are certain safety steps that you should follow while meeting people both online and offline.
We ask you to read the tips and information below, and strongly urge you to follow these guidelines in the interest of your personal safety and well-being.
You are always the best judge of your own safety however, and these guidelines are not intended to be a substitute for your own judgment.
Protect Your Finances & Never Send Money or Financial Information
Never respond to any request to send money, especially overseas or via electronic transfer, even if the person claims to be in an emergency. Transferring money is like sending cash: the sender has no protections against loss and it’s nearly impossible to reverse the transaction or trace the money. For more information, please see: https://www.rd.com/advice/relationships/how-to-avoid-online-dating-scams/
Protect Your Personal Information
Never give personal information, such as: your social security number, credit card number or bank information, or your work or home address to people you don’t know or haven’t met in person.
Note: Travamigos will never send you an email asking for your username and password information. Any such communication should be reported immediately.
Be Web Wise
Block and report suspicious users. You can block and report concerns about any suspicious user anonymously at any time on Travamigos. Keep conversations on the platform. Suspicious characters will try to move the conversation to text, personal email or phone conversations.
Report All Suspicious Behaviour
- Asks you for money or donations
- Requesting additional photographs
- Minors using the platform
- Users sending harassing or offensive messages
- Users behaving inappropriately after meeting in person
- Fraudulent registration or profiles
- Spam or solicitation, such as invitations to call premium phone numbers or attempts to sell products or service
Get to Know the Other Person
Keep your communications limited to the platform and really get to know users online/using the app before meeting them in person. Suspicious characters often push people to communicate off the platform immediately. It’s up to you to research and do your due diligence.
Always Meet and Stay in Public
Meet for the first time in a populated, public place – never in private or remote locations, and never at your home.
Tell Your Friends and Family Members of Your Plans
Inform a friend or family member of your plans and when and where you’re going. Make sure you have your cell phone charged and with you at all times.
Transport Yourself to and from the Meeting
You need to be independent and in control of your own transportation, especially in case things don’t work out.
Consumption of alcohol and/or other drugs can impair your judgment and potentially put you in danger. It’s important to keep a clear mind and avoid anything that might place you at risk. Be aware that suspicious characters might try to take advantage of you by altering your beverage(s) with synthetic substances.
Travamigos welcomes everyone and empowers our community of users to create and cultivate relationships. An important aspect of any healthy relationship though – whether formed on Travamigos or otherwise – is ensuring proper sexual health and safety. And as a member of the Travamigos community it is your responsibility to make sure you do the following, if you choose to engage in sexual activity.
You and your partner should use proper protection. Condoms and other mechanisms can significantly reduce the risk of contracting or passing on an STI, such as HIV. To be effective, however, protective measures must be used consistently. Please keep in mind, you can still get certain STIs, like herpes or HPV from contact with your partner’s skin even when using a condom.
The risk of contracting some STIs can be reduced through vaccination. Talk to your doctor or a professional at a sexual health clinic to learn more.
Know Your Status
Know your status. Some STIs don’t show symptoms. Regular testing is critical to staying on top of your health and helping prevent the spread of STIs. After testing, always ask for a copy of your test results so you are sure of your status. There are many free, quick and confidential testing options – find the best locations near you using Healthvana’s free HIV and STD testing locator.
For Further Help, Support or Advice
Contact the local authorities in the case of an emergency and in the case of situations including a threat of violence or sexual violence, an act of violence or sexual violence or if your health or someone else’s is in danger.
If something has happened and you’re in need of help, support or advice pertaining to physical or sexual assault, please call the below 24hr hotlines.