Technology is changing the way we travel – and it’s helping us connect with people we wouldn’t otherwise have met. While you may not feel comfortable chatting someone up in a bar for recommendations on what to see while away or ask strangers to accompany you on your journey as your travel buddy, apps designed for these kinds of purposes make the process much easier. Here are 5 of our favourites:
Jetzy is the tinder for travel. The geo-location based app connects travellers with other travellers or locals based on interests, not looks. Chat in real time to get recommendations, share photos, and make friends around the world. There’s even a reward program to earn JetPoints for dinner, spa treatments, and travel perks.
Foodies will love Bon Appetour, a website that lets you find and book authentic culinary experiences in destination at a local’s home. From eating pasta on Roman rooftops to learning to make paella in Barcelona, choose among dining experiences in the world’s top cities. Search by city and date to connect with home chefs, browse the menu, and exchange details and payment.
PARTY WITH A LOCAL
If you travel for nightlife and want to avoid a case of FOMO, Party with a Local lets you discover, join, and share events you want to go to. Find friends for a night of dancing, craft beer drinking, festivals, or whatever suits your fancy. Whether you’re travelling solo or have boring travel partners (we’ve all been there), this app lets you find a crew from over 100,000 registered users in 150 countries.
MEET N GREET ME
Meet & Greet Me connects travellers to locals offering personal assistance and concierge services. Choose your city from over 160 cities around the world, hire a MeetnGreeter for any of the 45 services offered, and enjoy. Day-to-day travel needs like car rentals, drivers, translators, personal tours, restaurant reservations, personal shopping, business etiquette coaching, and more are available.
Not only does Miss Travel find you a travel partner so you don’t have to travel alone, it matches you with someone you may have a romantic connection with. There’s nothing like a vacation as a first date, right? This travel dating site is free for women and has a membership fee for men. Create a trip: Travel with me, Come to me, or Show me your town. Then choose a payment option: I’ll pay for you, Pay for me, or 50/50.