DATING WEBSITES AND APPS ARE OK, BUT VACATIONING IS WHERE ITS AT
We’ve all been on the dating websites and apps, being able to find a potential date theoretically has never been easier, technically. We are more digitally connected than ever, but more and more people may be jumping on a new dating trend to find a different kind of connection: Vacationing. Solo travel is up 15% overall since 2013 and up to 37 percent for first-time travelers. Single explorers have caught the eye of the travel industry and sparked a new wave of ‘singles’ travel packages designed to help connect singles.
HOTELS HELP SINGLES FIND FUN AND PARTNERS
More and more hotels are finding ways to help solo travelers have great experiences, for instance, many independent hotels offer group activities like walking tours that solo travelers can join a group of similar-minded travelers. Happy hours, group games and other communal spaces offer easy ways to meet other singles. The Wyndham Grand Rio invites those traveling alone to meet with other guests beachside at the Ocean Bar’s daily happy hour. The Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa offers each solo hotel guest access to a personal guide throughout his or her stay who suggests fun social activities on the property, like cocktail parties, communal dinners and rum tastings.
While these programs are meant for more spontaneous and casual meetings with other singles, an app named MissTravel, helps match its members around the world who are seeking travel companions. Complete strangers can organize and book trips together before ever meeting. “Just like any other dating app, our main goal is to create romantic connections between our members,” Hannahmae Dela Cruz, public relations manager for MissTravel told us. “Traveling is a great way to fall in love and a pivotal test of a relationship. When we go on holiday we’re often taken out of our comfort zone, in an unfamiliar place experiencing situations we often do not encounter. How we deal with these situations with a partner is a sure way of determining compatibility.”
SAME SEX, NO PROBLEM, BROKE, YOU CAN PAIR UP IN VERMONT
There are even tour operators who have carved out special trips for people wanting to see the world on their own. Single travel has doubled for Vermont-based Country Walkers over the past year, so they implemented a single-share program that allows some guests to avoid the single supplement fee entirely by pairing same-gender roommates for solo travelers. They also make traveling a group experience so you interact with others.
“The great thing about guided walking tours is that you’re participating in a shared activity, so there are constant opportunities to connect with like-minded people,” Timo Shaw, president of Country Walkers, said. “On our tours, all guests dine together and walk with each other every day. A walking tour allows them to truly get to know their fellow travelers in a beautiful destination while enjoying unforgettable experiences.”