The Reason You Absolutely Must Tinder While Traveling
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If you’re among the millions of people who use the dating app Tinder, I don’t have to tell you that it’s incredibly addictive. Or that it can be the catalyst for everything from one-night stands to marriage proposals.
So it seems only logical to take that show on the road. I know a woman who opens the app as soon as her flight lands, before she checks her texts or emails. It’s not me, but I usually don’t wait too much longer. (My name isn’t really Siena, either. But while millions of us Tinder enthusiastically, we aren’t always so enthusiastic about discussing it.)
Tinder is a great way to sample the local dating pool in the city you’re visiting. (Photo: Thinkstock)
For me, it fills a number of functions. First, there’s curiosity: I know how the New York dating pool looks, but what if I lived in L.A.? Or Athens? Or Nicaragua or Brazzaville?
Then there’s insight into the local culture and a chance to be shown the places where guys in Sydney or Rio go to impress girls. Overseas Tinder dates have introduced me to insider finds I never would have found on my own. My standard opening line to a new Tinder friend is: “I’m here until [whenever]. Wanna play tour guide?”
Local Tinder users are often open to playing tour guide to fun-seeking travelers. (Screengrab: Siena)