Life really is best when it can be enjoyed with others, whether that be new friends or romance adventures, sharing memories is one of the special parts about travel.

If you are keen to explore the world, and meet other people technology has come to the rescue with the advent of new websites and apps which make meeting new people easier than ever.

These are some of the apps that you can use to meet new people, make new friends, potentially meet a new partner and also have a lot of fun when on the road.


Top Rated Social Apps

These social apps have been created to help you make new friends and enjoy exciting experiences:

1. Meetup

Meetup is one of our top recommendations as it connects you to people and events all around the world. You can find interests, connect with people and join groups. From learing a new language to just generally meeting up, it is a great way to meet other people.

You can message other people on the app or type a location and it will display all up and coming events. Meetup gives you lots of ideas for things to do you probably didn't even realise were happening. It's a great app if you are travelling, or are living abroad and would like to meet other people.


2. Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is a huge community worldwide which you might not have heard of before. This idea behind the original website was to let travellers stay with you for free and now millions of people are part of Couchsurfing!

You can find people in 200,000+ cities around the world and request to stay with them. Couchsurfing now has an app which makes every easier, this is a great way to meet new people, make new friends and also get to stay somewhere for free - bonus! 


3. Nearify

Nearify is similar to Meetup and allows you to find events and things which are happening where you are. You can choose from entertainment, classes, workshops or any other popular social events and see who is going. This is a great way to meet others and find people with similar interests.


4. World Packers

World Packers is a life changing travel experiences app where you can travel the world, meet other travellers and stay with local hosts. You will get to exchange your skills for accommodation and join a community of 1.000.000+ travelers and hosts worldwide.



FLIP the TRIP is a new app which allows you to find other travellers worldwide. Choose the destination you are going to and find other people who are going to be there at the same time, or who currently live there. You can get in touch with people and arrange to get together.


6. PartyWith

Looking to meet new people and have a good time? PartyWith is a mobile application for iOS and Android. It's a free app with the aim of connecting people who want to party.


7. Eatwith

Eatwith is an app for people who love food. You can find culinary experiences with locals in 130+ countries. Enjoy dinner parties, cooking classes and more in beautiful homes and exclusive venues.


8. WithLocals

WithLocals connects travelers with locals through food and experiences. This is one of the best apps for unique travel experiences with real locals.


9. Backpackr

Whether you're travelling solo or in a group, Backpackr is a great way to meet nearby travellers as you can find other people who are going to be in the same destinations as you are. You can make contact before then meet up.


Dating Apps

Single and keen to meet that special someone of the road? Or currently in a relationship but unhappy? There are so many apps which can help you to meet someone new no matter where you are in the world. 

These are some of the best apps to use to find romance whilst travelling:


1. Miss Travel

Miss Travel is the leading online dating site for those with a passion for travel. You can sign up, create a profile and upload your photos. In just a few minutes, join one of the largest online travel dating communities and connect with millions of members and connect with your ideal travel companion.


2. Tinder

Everyone has heard of Tinder right? This is one of the most popular dating apps in the world and allows a quick fire way to potential find romance. Easy to use, and with millions of users, you can search your interests in terms of people, age and location and see if you have any matches. There are lots of sucess stories too.


3. Bumble

This app is specifically designed for people looking to find love. This app is quite unique and different to generic dating apps as only female users can make the first move (unless you are in a same-sex match then either person can send a message first. 


4. happn

happn is a dating app with more than 50 million users which allows you to easily find the people you've crossed paths in life.


5. Plenty of Fish

Plenty of Fish is a free online dating and matchmaking service for singles. There are over 3,000,000 daily users to the website and app!


6. Once

Launched in October 2015, Once is a slow dating app that focuses on quality over quantity by picking the perfect matches for you every day at noon! There are 4 million users and 20 million matches per month.


7. MeetMe

MeetMe helps you find new people nearby who share your interests and want to chat. It's fun, friendly, and free!


Hopefully our list of apps for meeting other travellers will help you to make new friends or find love on your next trip. Another great way to travel and meet others is on an organised group tour. You might also like to check out our guide to essential travel apps you should download.