The Scoop: Singles who love to travel the world and meet new people have likely found 2020 even more challenging due to their limited options. Until they can hop on a flight without worrying about the pandemic, singles can connect with potential travel partners through YourTravelMates. The social platform and dating app is designed to connect fellow adventurers who share common interests, no matter where they live. For helping travelers find compatible partners for travel and romance, YourTravelMates has earned our Editors’ Choice Award.

People have dealt with plenty of adversity in 2020, but it’s been especially challenging for those who love to travel. The year feels much longer without trips to plan for, luggage to pack, or flights to catch.

Many of those are singles who enjoy traveling alone to experience new cultures, foods, entertainment, and, of course, meet new people along the way.

According to a 2020 survey of nearly 3,000 travelers by Solo Travel World, more than 60% of respondents said they want to see the world but don’t have anyone to travel with them. Nearly 50% responded that once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, they plan to travel even more than they did in the past.

In the meantime, travel-loving singles may spend their free time dreaming of their next destination and researching experiences they want to have. YourTravelMates is a social platform and dating app that allows singles to connect with like-minded travelers to plan adventures together.

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YourTravelMates connects adventure-loving singles around the world.

“The people we meet and the conversations we have often make trips even more special. That’s why we wanted to help people focus on that experience — to connect travel fans around the world before they go, so they can share their life experiences, travel knowledge, and mutual interests,” said Richard Sears, a member of the YourTravelMates team. “Then, if people take a trip, they may already know someone in the destination they plan to visit.”

With plenty of interactive features to keep travelers chatting until their next adventure, YourTravelMates is a preferred destination for singles who love to travel.

For its commitment to connecting single adventurers worldwide, even during challenging times, YourTravelMates has earned our Editors’ Choice Award.

The Platform Has Members in More Than 70 Countries

Members who create a profile on YourTravelMates all have one thing in common: a love of travel. Richard said the global platform has members from more than 70 countries, with most of those living in Europe and the United States.

Most users range in age from 18 to 45, and they want to learn more about different parts of the world. While travel remains limited for so many, the app provides an outlet for people to experience different cultures without going anywhere.

“YourTravelMates is a dating app and website that allows users to find new people ready to discuss and share travel experiences,” he said. “We think most travelers tend to be handy with a camera and have plenty of interesting photos and selfies, so the profiles are a great way for users to express themselves.”

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YourTravelMates allows users to search for people to connect with abroad.

Users can set up a profile to share photos and personal preferences for free. They can search for travel matches and send group shout-outs to other members using the “Let’s Mingle” feature. Users can also send and receive chat requests for free.

Once singles find someone they want to connect with, they can upgrade to a membership plan to enjoy live chats, photo exchanges, video chats, and other interactive features.

“Most members just want to connect and chat with new friends in different countries and cities,” Richard said. “However, as is often the case, those who communicate may sometimes find other things along the way, such as romance, which makes us very happy.”

Team Members Share a Love of Exploring the World

Behind the scenes, the app’s team includes many passionate travelers who understand that powerful technology can make the world smaller and more accessible for singles.

“The company culture is forward-thinking, experimental, and supportive with everyone bouncing ideas off one another and helping each other out,” Richard told us. “It’s so important to encourage our great team of individuals so we can make our service even better for users. Many on our team love to travel themselves, so they understand what motivates people who use YourTravelMates.”

Many also share the frustration that so many travel-lovers have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, including restrictions on exploration. Everyone is working remotely, and they recently held a Burning Man-style virtual corporate party to keep spirits high.

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The YourTravelMates team is full of travel lovers who want to bring users great experiences.

“A platform like YourTravelMates is even more important in bringing people together at this time to maintain a sense of connectivity and optimism until we can all travel again,” Richard said.

YourTravelMates differentiates itself from other social platforms and dating sites by focusing on users’ shared travel interests. Members of the social travel community can also seek out what they want, whether that is advice, friendships, travel buddies, or lasting love.

It offers a safe way for singles to continue to enjoy some of the best parts of solo travel — meeting new people and sharing fun — while they wait for restrictions to be lifted.

“Our service aims to enrich any trip and also help users explore without traveling, which, at the moment, is something even more in demand,” Richard said.

YourTravelMates: Interactive Features Bring Singles Together

The YourTravelMates app continues to look for ways to connect users more efficiently, even after the pandemic ends. It recently added a live streaming feature to its interactive options. That means singles can share more of their world with someone who lives in another country.

“Live streaming is the perfect fit for a travel chat service because it enables users to share their lives with others online in a more natural and exciting way,” Richard said. “It seems to bring everyone closer together, so we want to make that a more central part of our service.”

In 2021, the team plans to continue improving the platform’s video chat capabilities. Virtual dating opportunities are often an essential part of getting to know someone before you meet up on an adventure together.

YourTravelMates is on a mission to help people feel inspired about the world and meet interesting people in new places. When people can connect with other adventurers wherever they travel, they’re much more likely to have an enriching and memorable experience. In today’s world, the happiness that comes from booking an amazing trip can start with a virtual introduction.

“We hope that next year the situation with the pandemic improves and everyone can get back to traveling,” he said. “This year has shown how precious travel is, and the joys will seem even greater once we can discover the world again.”