Travelling the world solo is something everyone should do at least once in their lives. Setting off for several weeks or months to explore new countries and experience unfamiliar sights, sensations, and cultures.
But it can be a lonely business too. Humans are social creatures and are not designed to be isolated in a far-off land where no one speaks their language. If you don’t put yourself out there and meet people on the way, you might start to long for the familiar comforts of home.
Dating is particularly difficult on the road. Back at home, it’s easy to meet people through work, friends, or even hitting up your local nightclub. Everyone speaks the same language as you, lives nearby, and most likely has a lot in common with you. The same can’t be said when you’re halfway around the world.
But whether you’re looking for love or just a fleeting holiday romance, there are ways you can meet people no matter where you are in the world. You just have to get creative and use a little initiative. To get you started on the international dating scene, here are four tips for finding love when traveling.
1. Use dating apps
From Tinder to Bumble to Grindr to Hinge, there are so many dating apps out there to suit anyone’s needs. Just download the one that suits you, create a profile, set your location, and start talking to anyone who catches your eye. Before long, you’ll be arranging to meet up for your first date.
2. Take a tour
Some travelers shun tours because they feel they’re too touristy and not authentic experiences. However, if you’re all alone in a new place, they can be a great way to meet people who speak the same language. Book yourself on a sightseeing tour of the city in which you’re staying and get chatting to the other members of the group. You’ll be surprised how quickly the conversation could turn from the weather to discussing first date ideas in Melbourne. It might help to find a tour with a more specific niche that aligns with your passions, such as foodie or a nightlife tour.
3. Visit an ex-pat bar
Most big cities in foreign countries will have a bar catered to English-speaking travelers. Although it’s a great way to experience a new culture, an ex-pat bar is a fantastic place to meet people. Most of the patrons will be feeling isolated and homesick, so you’re guaranteed to make some new friends.
4. Follow a routine
If you’re staying in the same place for a while, having a routine can help you make friends with locals. Visit the same coffee shop every morning or have lunch in a particular restaurant each day. Before long, you’ll be on a first-name basis with everyone and will soon meet the man or woman of your dreams. Just remember to bring a book or a laptop so it doesn’t look like you’re specifically looking for a hook-up.
Travelling can be lonely, and a little romance can really enhance the enjoyment of your trip. Follow these four tips and you’ll be bound to find love in no time at all.
What other ways can you find love while travelling? Let me know in the comments below!