In 2014, there were 50 million users on Tinder alone, and as the popularity of dating apps continues to rise, the stigma surrounding them has declined dramatically. So much so that dating apps are being used for more than just the traditional date. Solo travelers are swiping left and right to connect with like-minded adventurers or in-the-know locals who can show them a good time off the beaten path in their hometown.
Demand has spawned a wave of dating apps targeted at travelers. It’s like having your very own (good-looking) tour guide who knows where all the cool bars, hot spots, and must-see tourist attractions are. Cool, right? For those who wish to keep things platonic and avoid romantic expectations, just be straightforward and honest from the beginning about your intentions. The same safety rules that you follow at home apply overseas. Always meet in a public place and never do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing.
Interested in testing one out on your next trip?Scroll down to read more about the next crop of digital matchmakers for travelers.
Have you used a dating app to connect with other travelers? Or would you consider using one? Let us know in the comments.
This story was originally published on January 12, 2016, and has since been updated.