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Safety First: Precautions to Take on your First Date

by Hawaya Team

“I’m scared to go meet him, what do I do?” 

“What are the best places to go for a first date?” 

“I don’t feel safe when meeting someone I don’t know for the first time… what do I do?” 

 

These are some of the most common questions we receive from our community from women worried about their first meeting with a match. Today, we’re here to share with you some key insights on staying safe and confident on your first date! 

 

Once we’ve established a real connection with someone who we’re comfortable with, many of us will feel the need to meet them in person. More often than not, we need this to happen before any serious steps are taken like an official proposal, engagement, or marriage. 

 

The Place 

The first thing you need to think of is location, location, location! 

 

The best option is for it to be an open, public place…. a café or restaurant for example. Try to make this your first pick so that the both of you have a real chance to talk and get to know one another in a peaceful and secure environment. 

 

Try to avoid places where you wouldn’t be able to talk comfortably, like the cinema or the theater. Important: Always avoid private locations like his house or office, for example. 

 

Stay Safe 

What can you do to make yourself feel safe when you’re out for the first time with someone you met on Hawaya? 

 

Let a trusted friend or family member know who you’re meeting and where the date will be. It can also be helpful to set a time for them to call and check up on you during the outing. 

 

Try to choose a place that is close to your home, or in a neighborhood that you know well so that you feel comfortable throughout the date and you’re not worried about how to get home. 

 

Daytime dates can also help to make you feel more comfortable and secure. Try to avoid meeting very late at night, when it may be more of a hassle to get home safely.  

 

Oh, and make sure you arrange a way to go home by yourself, regardless of the other person’s plans.

 

Avoid sharing any sensitive information about yourself with the other person, including your bank information. 

 

If you ever feel unease or discomfort at any point during your outing, or if you begin to sense that the other person has inappropriate or unsafe intentions, calmly excuse yourself and leave. 

 

Remember: As long as you practice some smart safety measures throughout your journey, you’ll feel empowered to meet any match you find compatible, with no fear! The first date is always the very first sign of whether or not you’ll be able to continue getting to know this other person or not. This is the only way you can truly tell whether you’re as compatible as you initially thought, or if you two are different people. 

 

#HawayaSays: Try to find out as much as possible about the person you’re meeting before setting up a date to meet them. This will help you grow even more comfortable during your date. 

 

Hawaya is with you from before the match to when forever begins. We’ll here to support you every step of the way. Remember, you're never alone. Find some helpful information here and contact us if you ever need any support on your journey.