“Solo travel is a surprisingly brilliant way to meet a potential partner as it presents an ideal opportunity to bond over shared interests,” said Barnett. “For those planning to travel alone, the TourBar app is excellent as it allows members to find others who share similar interests and are also planning to visit the same destination.”
The new TourBar app allows its one million global members to sign up for free and register their solo travel plans and interests in order to meet up with a like-minded companion on their trip. For those who have no immediate travel plans of their own, the website and app also offers users the option to register as a Guide to host incoming travellers in their home city.
Barnett added: “For those who feel nervous at the thought of travelling unaccompanied, meeting up with a verified member who has registered as a Guide can be a great confidence boost and is a wonderful way to make long-lasting friendships or relationships, whilst also exploring hidden areas of a destination popular with the locals.”
With the improved TourBar app, getting to know your travel partner is now easier than ever. The upgraded chat feature lets members to chat for free after each member has mutually ‘liked’ each other’s photo, encouraging users to familiarise themselves with their travel companion and discuss sightseeing plans instantly prior to meeting.
For those concerned about personal safety whilst using dating apps, TourBar operates a unique three-stage member verification process. This guarantees that all travel buddies have passed a series of strict security checks before being granted ‘verified member’ status.
The majority (33%) of TourBar’s one million global members are aged between 25-33 years old. Other age groups vary, with 23% of members aged between 35-44 years old, 18% between 45-54 years old, 14% between 18-24 years old and 9% between 55-64 years old.
It would seem that TourBar is increasingly popular in Europe, since 17% of users reside on the continent of which 16% are based in the UK.
TourBar’s Public Relations Manager, Anastasia Zolotova, added: “We are pleased TourBar is being recognised for the valuable contribution it can make to our members’ social lives. For our one million users who love to travel alone, it is now easier than ever to meet a travel companion with the improved TourBar app. The upgraded chat features allow users to chat for free and make travel plans for their upcoming trips.”
TourBar Fast Facts
- TourBar was launched on 13 March 2014 by CEO Andrew Bronetsky
- TourBar is headquartered in London, United Kingdom and Moscow, Russia
- TourBar is currently the largest travel dating project, with its travel community including representatives from 190 unique countries and more than 5,000 different cities and towns
- The TourBar team is made up of 22 people originating from Russia, the UK and China
- The TourBar app and website is currently available in 25 different languages
- TourBar’s top market is India, followed by Turkey, the USA, Russia and Italy