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Stop tindering, start travelling

A couple standing in front of a church at night, embracing the moment.

The 21st century modern romance has become a world consumed by online dating. Bumble, Plenty of Fish, Tinder, Grinder,, Jswipe – the options are endless. With an average of 77 minutes a day spent on apps like Tinder, online dating is the go-to for singletons. Yet despite this timely dedication, one-third of active online daters have never actually been on a date with someone they’ve met online. Surely there’s a simpler way to find love?

THERE IS! Get out there and live! Here’s 6 reasons why travel beats tinder every dam time:

You don’t waste your time

Dating apps often involve hours upon hours of mundane, open ended conversations, resulting in a whole lot of nothing – All this can be eliminated when travelling. Yes, you still have a load of potential dating options, meeting new people constantly. BUT with travel the elimination process is instant – no spark, no date. And BAM that’s 77 minutes of your day back.

You meet people you’d never come across in daily life

It’s easy to get into the rut of being attracted to or attracting the same types of people – be it similar jobs, backgrounds or interests. We’re all culprits of subconsciously having the dating app tick list. But maybe that’s the exact reason we’re all still on these dating apps? Travel gives you the opportunity to interact with people from all different walks of life and backgrounds who you may normally dismiss on the screen. Yes they might not be your perfect match on paper, but as the old saying goes, opposites do attract.

You don’t have any preconceived expectations

After spending days of chatting, analysing filtered profile pictures and stalking on every form of social media possible, it’s likely you’ve formed your own picturesque idea of who this person is. And more often than not, you’re let down by the reality, right? Meeting people organically eliminates this issue of never being satisfied. No preconceived fantasies, no disappointment – simple.

You’re not left wanting something more

To all you avid Tinder users I’m sure you can relate to this one. Online dating provides us with so many accessible options right at our fingertips. So even if we’ve had a great date, we’re left thinking is there someone better just a few swipes away? Putting down the phone and focusing on the present pushes us to give things a proper go. More often than not, we don’t know we’ve met our further partner after one date. Having this digital disconnection from the real world and travelling is a great way to actually focus on the present, without being distracted by other potential options.

Open mind, open heart

I’m sure anyone who’s travelled before can vouch for this one – escaping from the daily stresses of life enables you to relax, feel a sense of freedom and just be yourself. Without even realising it, you don’t only open your mind to the world around you, but also your heart. And having the opportunity to just be you can eliminate a whole load of time when it comes to breaking down walls and building relationships. This, of course is often the reason why people form stronger bonds in shorter amounts of time when travelling.

Translation: less spenny dates to impress – more money saved!

You actually get to know someone

When you do finally get over the hurdles of online dating chat, it’s then time to find a time you’re both around to meet up and assess if there is something worth pursuing. But between busy lives, work commitments, friends & family functions, it’s often difficult to find the time to properly get to know someone. And that initial time is PRIME before one of you loses interest and reverts to other options. Not an issue when travelling. You can really invest your time into someone without any restraints. 2 weeks of spending time with someone travelling can translate to a few months of erratic dates back home.