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Tinder Travel Guide, Swipe Your Way Around the World

By John O'Sullivan

Tinder Travel Guide

While many single (and not so single) people around the world are using Tinder with the intention of finding some loving, it has other uses too. While I’ve heard some weird things about people using Uber to find romance (seriously) Tinder holds plenty of possibilities to be taken advantage of while abroad. These are our top tips, whether you’re travelling alone, looking for a tour guide or maybe even need somewhere to stay – Tinder has your back.

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1. Tour Guide

This is the obvious one, you’ve arrived in a new place, maybe alone, maybe with friends and you need a quick recommendation for the best restaurant, nightclub or museum within 20 minutes of your hotel. I’ve a friend who upon arriving in Paris, had organised a guide via Tinder for her and her friends to take her to one of the best underground clubs in the city within about 40 minutes of stepping off the plane. He wasn’t sleazy and it was one of their best nights in Paris, this is what the App is made for, start up a conversation and find a dozen people willing to name their favourite restaurants and a few who actually want to take you there. Find roads less travelled and get tips on how to skip queues and find the cheapest drink deals on a Tuesday night in Finland. Tinder Nomad tip – meet in public and let a friend know where you’re going that night, even if they’re halfway across the world.  

Tinder Travel Tips


2. Translator

If like me you struggle to speak English fluently, and when struggling with a simple “Bonjour” sound like Joey in the episode of Friends when he learns French, then Tinder could have a solution. I’d suggest using the passport feature which you can access for something like €2, this way you can swipe in your next destination while still on home turf and start talking to potential travel buddy’s willing to translate and show you the sites straight away. Many people are willing and ready to take you out locally and will see it as a great opportunity to practise their English, even if it’s as much as translating a menu for you, having a companion fluent in the local language can be a major benefit! 

Tinder Travel Guide


3. Travel Companion

Face it, travelling alone can get lonely and there are only so many games of Colour Switch you can play on your phone. Tinder is a great way to find new company on your way around the world, and sure your new friends are going to be attractive members of the opposite sex, but that’s just another small plus. You may even find yourself crossing paths with another lonely backpacker to share your journey with and all you need for this to work is your best chat up line.

Tinder Travel Guide


4. A Place to Stay

This one is for the very brave, and the idea came to me after reading an article on two men who travelled through Europe banking on Tinder for places to stay, ways to eat and things to see. Definitely something I would not recommend to do when travelling alone, but worth a go when you’re in a group, if you find yourself getting on with one of your matches, save yourself the hotel room and cheekily ask to sleep on their couch. You’ll be surprised by how people will respond and this is actually not uncommon as you think although it can lead to a pretty abrupt end to a conversation if taken badly, but if couch surfing’s your thing then it’s worth a shot!

Tinder Travel Tips


5. Love at First Swipe

Here it is, what Tinder is actually intended for – while couch surfing, tour guides and travel buddies are all well and good, Tinder is still a dating app at the end of the day. A whirlwind holiday romance mightn’t be your intentions when swiping right but if you approach things with an open mind you could be pleasantly surprised. Who’s to say that Norwegian IT consultant who took you for coffee isn’t the one? Or well, maybe not.

Tinder Travel Tips

Up your tinder game and take your profile international, next time you’re travelling try something new and get yourself out there. You might meet a new friend, the love of your life or simply see some interesting local sites you might have missed otherwise. And if things go wrong for the Travelling Tinderella, the best thing is you never have to see them again. 

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