I have met numerous people from online in real life- some of them turned out to be rather scary, some became very good friends, and I met my husband through online before I ever allowed him to call me (we exchanged email addresses through a mutual friend). I'm glad you're excited, but please PLEASE be careful. Anonymity is a friend to all of us when we're online, and it is so easy to lie about even the most minute details to convince someone else of something. You mentioned that you were going to meet a guy, and you mustn't forget that there are people out there (lots of them!) who prey on innocent people. Don't become a statistic. I'm wary that you're driving FIVE hours to meet him- that's awfully far away. It is good that you're not meeting him near your own home, but you could disappear from the earth nd no one would even know because you're ALREADY five hours away from all the people who konw you. If you're definitely going to do this, do it as smart as possible. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOUSE without giving EXACT directions, phone number, name, etc. to at LEAST one person that you trust at home (mom, best friend, etc.). I would suggest giving that info to two people, to be safer. Type up an email and send it to yourself with all of that information in it- the guy's name, email address, home address if you have it, any phone numbers you have, any personal details you know about him, a picture or description of him physically if you have it, etc. as well as where you're planning to meet, what time, what day, and the exact directions you're using to get there and get back home. In the email, type when you expect to be back home. Make sure someone has your email address. I know this sounds like a lot, but it will take less than ten minutes to do and send it to yourself, and if something, God forbid, does happen to you, the police could get access to your email and find all this information, which could save your life. Include what you're going to be wearing as well. Less than ten minutes and it's well worth it. Best case scenario, you don't need it at all. Worst case...well, you know. If you have a cell phone, bring it with you and make sure it's charged. Bring some mace if you have it and keep it handy. If you feel even the least bit uncomfortable when you get there, TURN AROUND and go home. Go with your gut instinct. Don't go off alone with this person, don't get in their car. Even if you've talked to him for three months, you could meet him for dinner and think, oh, he's safe, and he could be just waiting for a moment to get you alone. I know this may sound paranoid, but I'm just a bit worried that no one but one person who has responded so far has really stressed how dangerous this can be. As I said, I've met some really wonderful people from online, but you have to be careful. Leave a trail. ;>) Good luck! Do you have to drive all that way by yourself? If you have a friend who could go with you, I'd suggest that. Honestly, I'd try to verify SOMETHING before I even left, like does he really work where he says he does, etc. Good luck! I hope it turns out wonderfully for you!