And truth be told, I thought the same thing.
For those who may not know, travel dating is kind of like Tinder, but instead of swiping right and left, you scroll through profiles — which also include photos and quick bios — and search by trip. From there, you can match with and message other users based on how interested you are in jetting off with that person. Naturally, I now consider myself a low-key expert in travel dating.
Some are deed to help you connect with locals while exploring a new city; others are good for finding fellow vagabonds to sync up with on your next adventure. Your call. Yes, heading off on a vacation with someone is a way bigger commitment than dinner and drinks.
And no, unfortunately many of these apps do not verify users. But think of it in these terms: How often do you get to watch your date stroll through a metal detector or get a pat-down from the TSA? Just trust your gut, stick to hanging out in public areas, and ask a friend to track your location from their phone maybe spring for a temporary Wi-Fi pass or roaming cell phone plan as well.
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A lot of travel dating sites were initially created for sugar daddy types to find young, hot business trip companions, which has given the whole concept a bit of a bad rap. But fret not — more and more millennials are ing these sites and apps; according to MissTravel, more thanto year-olds have ed its site in the last two years alone.
The very socially awkward side of me was panicking before my trips. Like, breaking-out-in-a-stress-rash level panicking.
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And knowing you have 48 hours to fill gives you a steady stream of topics to cover as you plan your next move — i. Should we spend the next few hours strolling through markets, or checking out a few museums?
That said, Josh and Peter might tell you a different story here. Both of my dates involved adjusting my internal clock the first was Boston to San Francisco; the second Boston to Londonand I did a terrible job.
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As in, I fell asleep and drooled on Peter a few times and aggressively insisted on taking naps. Thankfully, both dates saw the merits of this especially after the drooling.
Keep that in mind when choosing a destination. Turning a trip into a first date or visa versa also gives you the chance to experience different travel styles.
I typically travel solo, end up getting lost down random side streets, and spend an inordinate amount of time filling notebooks with my thoughts on a city. And Peter — well, Peter and I were pretty much drunk for two days straight and somehow ended up on a boat.
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Modern dating is so focused on strategy and scheming, balancing "hard to get" with "I'm definitely interested in you. Hold hands and mess with his hair! Knock back tequila shots and check out a burlesque club! Get lost in Shoreditch, London, at two in the morning! Who knows, you might hit things off and find a new lover.
By Genevieve Wheeler. You've Got Options.