The red flags to avoid
Is your profile giving away too much?
While it's great to be authentic on dates, it's important to stay safe. Don't reveal too much on your dating profile - avoid provocative images, sharing where you're staying or key identification details that can place you in a compromising position with a stranger over the internet. When you do meet, ensure you keep your passport and other documents safe and keep your guard up for anything out of the ordinary. Some travelers suggest matching with someone who appears friendly rather than "too hot" or provocative. This way you can travel and date at the same time.
Go where the locals are
While the romance of empty places may pique your interest, it's best avoided. Choose to meet at a public place. Research the location so you can escape a sticky situation if you have to. Avoid drinking too much and soak in the sights instead to have a worry-free date. And if things do get steamy, make sure you stay safe even in the bedroom.
Leave the mystery to the novels
Make sure to keep a copy of your plans on the messenger of the dating app. This allows people to trace you in case things don't go as planned. You can also use a tracking device and keep your GPS on, on your phone. It's easy to switch to private chat services like Whatsapp once you exchange numbers with your match, but share your plans with friends just to be safe.
Let's talk dirty, or not!
Figure out what's appropriate in the destination. Being culturally inappropriate can be a huge turn off or worse, illegal. For example in some countries homosexuality isn't yet openly accepted. To understand the destination better, try to discuss the local dating, social and family culture with your date. Attempt to speak a few local phrases to break the ice and don't be afraid to discover new places together. But saying 'no' in case you're uncomfortable is acceptable no matter where you are in the world.
After my conversation with fellow travelers, it's clear that dating apps can turn your holiday into a great adventure! Most globetrotters I spoke to said it's important to trust your instinct while pursuing matches. No matter the circumstance it always leads to a great time.
That being said, Bumble a popular dating app where women can make the first move, recently went public as a listed company. While this isn't specific to travel, it clearly shows dating apps are growing in popularity.
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