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 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 App ($0)
Ventoura is a great app for solo travelers who really want to share their experiences 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.
Miss Travel App ($0)
If the name Miss Travel sounds familiar, 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.
Tripr App ($0)
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. 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 App ($0)
Tourbar is like the Tinder for travel. This widely popular app helps lonely travelers 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 who's up for a bit of fun in your city.
MileHi Messenger App ($0)
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.
Skout App ($0)
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.
As you're meeting people on your travels IRL, you'll need a way to keep in touch without using tons of data. Enter WhatsApp, a free messaging and calling service that's used all over the world. All you need is an internet connection—you'll then be able to chat with your international beau and even drop pins so it's easy for you to meet up at the local café.
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.