The Dating Apps Single Travelers Should Download
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 any 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.
Ventoura Matching System ($0)
Ventoura is a great app for those solo travelers who really want to share their experience with someone else. You can download the app and start connecting with people at your final destination before you leave. The app has a messaging feature that allows you to chat with fellow adventurers going to the same place at the same time. Locals can also connect with travelers in their hometown and host a unique tour. If you're interested, Ventoura has a list of featured locals you can connect with.
If the name Miss Travel sounds familiar then you'd be right. The travel dating website has been available in the U.S. since 2012 but it launched an app version of the site last year to help connect single travelers with a single swipe. The difference with this app is the ability to offer trips. Members can choose to invite someone to join them on their upcoming holiday. Other apps use GPS locators to connect people while they are already on holiday, but Miss Travel helps you establish a connection with someone so your vacation becomes your first date. Whether you're looking to travel with someone, show them around, or visit them in their hometown, Miss Travel offers it all.
You never know who you'll meet while traveling, but you will with Tripr on your phone. The digital matchmaking app lets you make friends ahead of time by connecting you with other travelers or locals before your trip. Just say you were planning a trip to Glastonbury Festival but everyone at home bailed on you, well Tripr can help you find out who's going and help you meet up with them when you're there. This app takes the solitude out of travel and is specifically targeted at backpackers looking for friends to explore together. Simply download the app, add all your upcoming trips, and start finding others who will be there too. Who you match up with or not is entirely up to you. Once you accept, you can chat within the app and start making plans.
Tourbar is like the Tinder for travel. This widely popular app helps lonely travellers find companions. Head out together for a meal, go dancing at the local hot spot, have a drink at the coolest pub downtown, or just tour the local area. There are literally thousands of people all over the world on Tourbar from the USA to Europe, Asia, and India, so swipe and see what travellers are up for a bit of fun in your city.
Long-haul flights are pretty terrible, especially if you run out of movies to watch or books to read. But now you can start making friends mid-air thanks to the social networking app for the skies. The MileHi Messenger app connects you with fellow flyers. Download the app and create a profile, then enter your flight details to see other MileHi users on your plane or similar flights to your destination. Like most dating apps, you can browse other people's profiles and choose who you'd like to socialize with. Fun and commitment free.
As one of the world's largest apps for meeting new people, Skout can join you with millions of people around the world. You can connect with anyone, anywhere using this app. This is especially handy when you're on the other side of the world and you want to explore the neighborhood but can't speak the language. Skout brings people together, whether it's a concert in New York, a hike in Hawaii, or a local bar in Barcelona.
If you're a fan of MileHi Messenger app, then you'll love Wingman. They stand by their motto that "flying sucks, but people don't" and have made it their mission to make your flight more interesting. The app connects you “with attractive people on your flight, all before you touch down.” The app is still in beta stage but the full version is expected to be here soon. The app founder, 24-year-old Gabe Whaley, told ANIMAL New York that even though the concept seems like a bit of a stretch—especially when you consider the small pool of talent on a plane—"it will make people curious, and you never know: someone might use it, and it might start a conversation that they might not have otherwise had." Similar to Tinder, users need to create a profile with their photo, first name, age, occupation, flight number, and airline. Then you can use the in-flight WiFi to see who else is on board and interested in swiping yes to chat.
Have you used a dating app to connect with other travelers? Or would you consider using one? Let us know in the comments.