This Belize beach view could be yours soon enough. (Photo: Thinkstock)
In perhaps one of the most 2015 moves of 2015, the entire country of Belize is on Tinder — and it’s swiping right. Seriously. The Belize Tourism Board announced this week that it was giving away free trips to three single (and lucky!) people on the popular dating app. Each trip includes a five-night stay for two, including flights, hotels, and meals. And get this: To be considered for this absurd and amazing deal, all people have to do is ooze a Belize vibe: “Belize is swiping right based on how well the people’s personalities align with the country,” according to the press release. That is all.
So, how exactly do you ooze a Belize vibe, aka qualify for the best free offer of all time? The country, which lists its age as 33 on Tinder, is swiping through loads of users in search of four qualities: people who like to travel, people who like good food, people who look like they have a fun sense of humor, and people who like adventure. Not surprisingly, Belize itself exudes all four of those characteristics, as it reveals in its profile: “Some days I just like to chill on the beach, and when I’m feeling more spontaneous, I do exciting stuff like cave tubing and scuba diving. I’m also into animals, cooking, and dancing. I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking about spending this Valentine’s Day by the ocean. Swipe right if you’re friendly and adventurous … or like to travel.”
We question the judgment of anyone who swipes left when they see Belize on Tinder. (Photo: Tinder)
So far, the Belize Tourism Board has selected one lucky winner named Marsha, who, understandably, thought the tourism board people were kidding when they first chatted. After they wrote to her saying, “We want to give you a free trip to Belize!” she wrote back, dumbfounded, “Seriously?”
Yes, Marsha, seriously. Dreams really DO come true. (Photo: Tinder)
The dating app plans to choose two more lucky winners before Valentine’s Day. One will be from L.A., and the other from NYC; both cities offer direct flights to Belize. And for those of you who want to emulate Marsha’s profile before V-Day in the hope that “Belize” will see the same thing in you that they saw in her, a) good thinking, and b) here’s her profile. You’re welcome.
As a “firm believer in karma,” Marsha may be onto something. (Photo: Tinder)