I have been a user of Tinder for years. In fact, when I first downloaded Tinder there were about 10 people in a 50 mile radius from where I live (slim pickings.) Tinder has been with me through thick and through thin. I've swiped until my fingertips have turned red and my wrists have become sore. I have gotten matches who are musicians in Malta and professional divers in Costa Rica. Yet, despite my long history with the infamous app I have never actually met up with a potential match. "So why bother using it?" you may be pondering in frustration right now. Easy, for practical travel purposes, of course.

I am a firm believer that when in a new country the best way to explore is with the advice of a local. Although walking the streets and stopping every pedestrian asking "hey, what's nice to see around here?" is a possibility, people at times become frustrated with you when it's seven in the morning and everyone is trying to get to work. Luckily, the internet exists and you can easily ask dozens of locals (handsome ones at that) where to go, what to see, and when to see it.

Tinder brought me to a nightclub on a remote island where I jumped off of a trampoline into the ocean. Tinder also brought me to a rooftop restaurant on the Costa del Sol of Spain where I drank the best wine of my life. Tinder has its purpose romantically (or lustfully) and there is nothing wrong with it being used for this. But when you travel and are as restless as I am, you need to get creative. So log on and start swiping, because you don't know what meaningful places can be discovered from a seemingly-mindless app.

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Published by Jenna Finnis