For the record, you don’t have to be looking for love (or sex, for that matter) in order to take advantage of Tinder.
The dating app’s year-old Passport feature — used by more than 1 million Tinder Plus subscribers — is especially useful for solo travelers eager to connect with locals. By dropping a pin on a map, people across the globe can “meet” residents before arriving in their destination.
Imagine a week, or even a month, prior to a trip, swiping right and getting to know locals with the same love of intimate wine bars or rowdy beer halls. Your match-made friends abroad can even help you pick up the local slang, avoid the overrated tourist traps, and tip you off to neighborhood events.
As many as 26 million matches are made every day on Tinder, so your chances of finding a companion is pretty high. And for solo travelers, this is a great way to ensure you’ll interact with plenty of locals.
In the past year, certain destinations have seen a huge boost in Tinder Passport activity. Ahead of the Olympics, interest in people from Rio de Janeiro has increased 10 percent. Swipes in Toronto have increased 44 percent, and the Indonesian island of Bali has seen interest grow by a whopping 60 percent.
The service is best for a fun day or two with locals, but hey, if you happen to meet your soul mate on vacation, that's pretty great too. So which destinations have had the most Tinder Passport activity? Reports say that if you’re headed to one of these 15 cities, you’ll have no trouble swiping right.