How to change your Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge locations while traveling

Travel is a great way to explore new foods, try new experiences — and meet new people. The local dating pool can start to feel shallow once you’ve done a few laps, so checking out local talent while traveling can be exciting. Dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge make it easy, letting you scour your vacation destination for potential matches.

Of course, it’s still important to be cautious and take safety measures when dating online, no matter where you are in the world. You should also be responsible and indicate whether you are looking for a one-night stand, a short-term fling, or if you are willing to invest in a long-distance romance after you return home. Carelessly leaving a trail of broken hearts across Europe may sound romantic, but it’s not as glamorous as it sounds.

But if you’re careful and open about your intentions, using dating apps while traveling can be a fun way to meet new people. As an additional travel hack, they’ll know lots of great local spots to check out that aren’t in the tourist brochures.

Here’s how to change your location on dating apps including Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge.

See also:

The best free dating apps and sites for singles on a budget

How to change your Tinder location

Tinder automatically detects your location to show you potential partners nearby. That way, you won’t have to fiddle with any settings on the go, although you can tap Settings and scroll to Discovery to adjust Tinder’s search radius.

Alternatively, if you’re the type of traveler who likes to arrange potential hookups before you arrive, you can do so by getting a paid Tinder subscription. Paying customers on Tinder get access to the app’s Passport feature, which enables them to search different locations for matches without actually being there.

Once you’ve subscribed to Tinder Plus, Tinder Gold, or Tinder Platinum, here’s how to change your location:

  1. Open Tinder.

  2. Tap your profile icon in the top left corner.

  3. Tap “Settings”.

  4. Scroll down to Search Settings and tap “Location.”

  5. Tap “Add New Location” and enter your destination.

(And if you don’t need this feature after you’re back home, here’s how to cancel Tinder Gold.)

How to change your Bumble location

Like Tinder, Bumble uses your phone’s GPS to determine where you are, and thus your local dating options. The app also locks its Travel Mode feature after subscription, meaning you’ll have to pay for Bumble Premium to change your location and match people in other countries.

If you have a Bumble Premium subscription, here’s how you can change your location:

  1. Open Bumble.

  2. Tap your profile icon in the bottom left corner.

  3. Tap the Settings cog icon in the top right corner.

  4. Scroll down to a location and tap “Travel to…”

  5. Search for your destination and select it.

How to change your Hinge location

Unlike Tinder and Bumble, Hinge lets you change your location without a paid subscription, because love is free and knows no boundaries. Hinge also doesn’t track your location, which is a plus for privacy but can be a little irritating for flirty singles on the move.

Fortunately, changing your location on Hinge is not complicated.

  1. Open the hinge.

  2. Tap your profile icon in the bottom right corner.

  3. Tap on “Dating Preferences”.

  4. Under Basic Preferences, tap on “My Neighborhood.”

  5. Position the map until the cursor is at your destination.

Hinge doesn’t provide any indication to your potential suitors that you’re not actually local to the area, so you’ll have to set those expectations yourself. Don’t forget to change your position after returning home. That is, if you don’t meet someone who prompts you to delete Hinge altogether.

If you want to go all out, you can also try downloading dating apps that are more popular with locals in your destination. For example, Lovoo is a popular dating app in Germany, while singles in South Korea use Amanda. Just keep in mind that you may need to overcome language barriers with any potential partners.

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