Frenchie, then don't look for anybody outside of your local community.
Keep in mind, that 50 mile drive for the first date might seem like no big deal, but imagine doing that multiple times a week if things got serious.
This ensures that when you do run into the inevitable creep online, you remain anonymous and safe. So it helps prepare yourself if you remember that going into the online dating process.
Be Realistic Prince (or Princess) Charming may very well indeed be waiting for you online, but you should also set your expectations just a little bit lower. Don't believe that everyone who shows interest in you is worth your time.
Instead, ask for theirs and remember to put in the code for blocking caller ID before making the call.
There's no need to be paranoid about your privacy, but at the same time, it is wise to take simple precautions that will ensure you remain safe until you are completely comfortable.
Ask for a photo (if they didn't provide one in their profile) so that you can be assured of meeting the right person.
It's to find someone you're most compatible with, which means being yourself.
So while it may sound romantic to agree to fly off to the Bahamas on a moment's notice with someone you barely know, it isn't very good common sense to do so. Proceed Slowly and Listen to Your Instinct As I wrote above, you need to take things slowly, even when it seems or feels right immediately, or the other person is pressuring you into meeting more fast than you are comfortable with. If the other person is a good match for you, then they will not only understand your pace, but will often mirror it!
Always talk to the other person by telephone at least once before agreeing to meet for your first date.
Finally, setup a first date when the time is right.
Don't agree to do something just because it sounds like fun or exciting if it's really not you.