Summer has officially arrived which means your next vacation may be on the agenda — and there’s no better way to explore a new place like a local than with a local.
Whether you’re in Barcelona solo, hanging out in the Hamptons with your crew, or visiting family in Atlanta, swiping right on vacation can bring spontaneity. My clients find that swiping right on vacation — the one place when a relationship isn’t likely to happen — can help them find the fun in dating again when they are looking for a serious relationship and aren’t having luck otherwise. It can shift your perspective around what’s possible in your dating life.
So here’s my guide to using dating apps while you’re traveling:
What to download
If you’re willing to spend a little dough, Tinder Plus includes Tinder Passport, which allows you to swipe on matches in another city, message them, and plan dates in your destination before you land. If you’re traveling internationally, try downloading Badoo, Happn, Tinder or OkCupid since they have larger memberships abroad than some other apps. But if you’re more comfortable with the platform you already have downloaded, it will likely work in any city stateside. Your GPS should update when you land in a new locale.
What to say
Once you’ve started swiping, it’s important to be up front with your travel status. Not only will you avoid setting unrealistic expectations, but you’ll also begin attracting those who are looking for an adventure. And let’s face it, when you’re on vacation, fun should be at the top of your checklist! Try something like, “Visiting for the weekend. What’s your favorite part of the city?” Hopefully after a few messages, you’ll meet there and do something fun together.
Where to meet
No matter what you do with your match, stay safe. Don’t tell someone your hotel name or accept a ride from them to the date. As for what you do, go beyond the standby “drinks” date. You’re in a new city — go enjoy it like a local! Hopefully, your match’s recommendation will take you beyond the brochure