Perhaps the most exciting part of wooing a Russian or Ukrainian woman is travelling to her hometown to finally meet her in person. Whether you are new to international travel or a seasoned globetrotter, anticipating both the trip and a first date can be overwhelming. In your excitement, it is possible to overlook very important precautionary steps to help ensure a safe, trouble-free trip to meet your special lady. Lucky for you, we’ve listed five of the most important things to keep in mind while you’re preparing for your trip!
1. First, be sure to check the consular information sheet for your destination country. Even if you’ve travelled to the region in the past, new developments may have occurred since the last time you visited, so it is never a waste of time to check for new travel warnings or advisories. Click the links below to visit the appropriate page for US Citizens:
Russian Federation Consular Information Sheet
Ukraine Consular Information Sheet
2. U.S. citizens traveling abroad are strongly encouraged to register their travel with the Department of State to help facilitate contact in case of an emergency back home or a crisis in the region being visited. Registration is completely free and confidential at the U.S. Department of State's Travel Registration page.
3. Make two photocopies each of your passport identification page, driver’s license or state issued photo ID, and airline tickets. Leave one copy with a friend or relative, along with a copy of your itinerary in case they need to contact you in an emergency, and bring the other copy with you, packed in an area separate from the originals.
4. Leave at home any items you don’t need or would hate to lose. Refrain from bringing valuables, expensive looking jewelry or unnecessary credit cards. Don’t forget to check the items in your wallet to remove your Social Security card, library card and other items you may routinely carry that will not be needed on your trip. If you are bringing any items to present to your lady as a gift, be sure to check the customs regulations for your destination to find out what is allowed and whether taxes may be levied for its importation.
5. Avoid looking like a tourist when you travel. Pack clothing that will help you to blend in with the locals. For example, most Russian and Ukrainians dress in either formal or “business casual” style clothing. Wearing a t-shirt and jeans would immediately identify you as a foreigner and possibly draw unwanted attention. Besides, dressing sharply will help you make a great impression with your date.