Tinder seems to be the new thing among travellers. Not only does every second person state that they are into travelling, but you will also swipe through a significant amount of people, who are using Tinder while travelling. It looks like Tinder has long outgrown its reputation as a simple dating app. It’s a place where people connect on different levels. Some because they are looking for a romantic adventure, others simply because they need a friend in a foreign country. In fact, you see so many travellers on Tinder, that I have started to identify distinct profiles of the different types. Here is my list of 5 different types of travellers you will find on Tinder:
P.S. Sorry boys, this post is about you…
1. The show-off
The show-off is a world nomad and he wants you to know that. The 46 flags in his bio show off all the countries he has been to. Sometimes he will even add a few more to show you where he is going next. To underline his love for travelling, he chose pictures from 5 different continents:
1. Trekking in the Himalayas
2. Playing with kids in Nigeria
3. Surfing in Peru
4. Standing in front of the Eifel Tower
5. Diving in Australia
What is he doing on Tinder? No one really knows. He can’t be looking for anything serious but he usually doesn’t come across as a player either. Is he really just on Tinder to connect with people from the current location he is in? I don’t know. Maybe if you swipe right he will finally find a reason to stay in one place.
2. The cheater
The cheater is a sneaky weasel. He is usually in town for a boy’s weekend with everything that goes along with it. And of course, he is looking to hook up with a nice local girl. If you match with him, you can be sure he will be the one to write first and it usually doesn’t take much for him to want to meet you either. The catch? He actually has a girlfriend back home but he wants to use his weekend getaway for a little adventure. How do we know this? Because the cheater is not only a cheater, he is also a little bit stupid. Or does he really think we believe him that the girl on his Instagram pictures is his sister?
3. The whiner
This is definately my least favourite type of traveller on Tinder. His description reads something like “I have been living here for a year and I don’t have any friends. I am on Tinder to meet people…” Really? Is this the way you want to present yourself to women? The first thing that crosses my mind in such cases is always: Why doesn’t he have any friends? Is something wrong with him? No question, I will swipe left here, no matter how good looking he is.
4. The exchange student
This type of traveller on Tinder is pretty harmless. Of course, he wants to meet people but he already has his group of friends, mostly other exchange students. Typically, he will have a picture of himself with friends from across the world, drinking beer in a bar. Usually they used a selfie stick to take the picture. His main interest is to expand his circle of acquaintances. It’s all about the network when building a career, right?
5. The genuine
The genuine is only in town for a short while and his description says something like “I am in town till Tuesday. Looking for cool people to hang out and show me around.” And he actually means it. Of course, he wouldn’t mind having a hot romance for a few days but he is also just happy to meet locals and hang out. It seems a significant amount of travellers are using Tinder to connect with people during their travels, not exclusively because they want to hook up but also because this is an easy way to get in touch with locals. What’s wrong with that? Nothing really but I am not sure I would ever swipe right, just to show a stranger around town.