My Tinder profile is a lie! It is a lie for numerous reasons. Firstly, in it, I am almost thirty, thirty! Secondly, my bio has the following words; “I  have really deep African roots. Currently living intensely in Spain.” I always update the last bit depending on where I’d love to travel to mentally. None of these aspects is true, not even a single one. See how much my profile issa lie?Who puts up real stuff on Tinder anyway? Moreover, my display photograph is a really cute face of me,with beards of course and with an Adam’s Apple. (I seem to have perfected the art of taking really good selfies at good angles that bring out these goodness, just saying!) In my other three photographs, I have posed with the king of the jungle in Nairobi,Kenya, I am at the Great Pyramids of Giza  in Egypt in the other and I am somewhere on the roofs in Cologne, Germany in my last photograph.

SO, WHAT IS TINDER?

Generally, my audience comprises people who know what Tinder is but if at all you stumble upon this piece and you do not know what it is, then Tinder  is just how people meet. It is like real life, but better. ( lol ) I hope this helps!

Boy on Tinder

I have been swiping across many cities of the world, without a doubt, but there are some that are quite unique and interesting to me! To be fair, I never swipe left at all because I am a good person. I believe that everyone should be given a chance, always.  I tell you though, Tinder  has had a massive impact on my experiences while travelling.

LIE MORE, SCORE MORE: NAIROBI, KENYA

Nairobi, Kenya

Tindering in Nairobi city has been a favourite for the sole reason that I get very many matches. In Nairobi, when you lie more, you score more! “My friend downloaded this app for me as she somehow thought it would be a good idea for me to get out and meet someone, so I am just trying it out.” Many ladies in Nairobi on Tinder tell me this when I ask why they are there. This statement always gives me every reason not to believe them. Don’t be ashamed that you are on Tinder baby girl. It is a good thing!

Nairobi also has ladies on Tinder who are there to make money. They toil only as harlots and Tinder has made it much easier for them.

Generally, in my own experience in Nairobi, the more honest you are here, the less chances you have of scoring.

TWO MONTHS, TWO MATCHES : CAIRO, EGYPT

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo was interesting. I got ONLY two matches in my two months of swiping right there. The problem might have been me,yes, but it was also the same case for a Brazilian friend that I stayed with during my entire stay in Cairo. I sought to find out why and found out that the people in Cairo are rather conservative and have staunch religious beliefs. Stigmas associated with Tinder here still run high.

YES EXPECTATIONS, NO DISAPPOINTMENTS: DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The Tinder trend here is in full motion with many people leaving the traditional ways and embracing it. Dar es Salaam had people interested in genuine friendship. The few people I engaged with were warm just as I expected. Much like Nairobi however, it had a bunch of harlots in it.

WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS:  COLOGNE, GERMANY

Cologne, Germany

” We can tell our children we met on Tinder. ” I texted Merlin. She never replied to this text to date. Maybe I just suck at pick up lines.

Cologne also made me meet Jojo, a beautiful girl with blonde hair but nagging. She still texts so much to date and made me regret why I took the trouble to text her first.

STAIRWAY TO FRIENDSHIP: STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg was interesting in its own way. I met a French lady who was a street photographer. I learnt a lot about the French from her. She offered to help me hunt down cool spaces to shoot from and showed me around town. We are great friends to date. I  came to the realisation in Strasbourg that should you accept the flaws of the app and use it the right way, it is a pretty decent way to make great friends.

TO SUM IT ALL UP.

So, should you Tinder when travelling? What are your experiences on the app? Share if you can. Let’s get tinderized!

Get Tinderized!