Tinder: Swipe Right & Save!
Who knew Tinder could save you money?
Everyone knows what Tinder is, an app used primarily to meet up with other attractive individuals in hopes to get laid. My two friends and I decided to use Tinder differently. We weren’t primarily focused on getting laid, but rather we were looking for a roof over our heads and hopefully a bed to sleep on for free instead of paying the $25-$75 per person per night fee to stay in a hostel. While traveling in Australia by van, you will find that many places will ticket you on the east coast for sleeping in your car, a total cost of up to $175 on your first offense.
Luckily for us Tinder Social had just launched in Australia, where you put your friends and yourself in a group and match with other groups of friends. It seemed like the perfect compromise. We arrived in Newcastle, snuck into the nearby hostel for a shower and tindered until we had a few matches to work with. We found a winner, George, who happened to be at his high rise apartment right around the corner. George owned 2 sex stores in the area, just to give you a bit of background. We were served alcoholic beverages of our choice and chatted until we fell asleep in our lush beds in his apartment. Little did we know this wouldn't be the last time Tinder saved us some money!
We tindered for a place to stay in Airlie beach after being 110% desperate for a comfy bed and shower before we got on the Clipper boat. With one lucky swipe, I matched with Adam who lived at a nearby resort in a 3 bedroom, whole floor suite overlooking the beach. He had no intention of getting to know us, but had no problem sharing his 5 star amenities with three strangers.
One of my favorite tinder experiences was with a man called Cake Boy in Byron Bay. Natasha successfully found us a ride to the bars with this swipe and that led us to staying at his house for the four days with a built in tour guide, ALL FOR FREE. Cake Boy & his roommates were better than we could have imagined. He showed us to the blue lagoon, brought us to a footy game, fed us alcohol and food while entertaining us for nights on end. We let the locals take us to the bars on a nightly basis, enjoying the live music and the small beach town vibes.
When my younger sister was visiting Lala and I on our way back down the coast in Surfer's Paradise, we swiped right in search for a shower which was successful in finding us free dinner, free drinks, a free place to sleep & get cleaned up and even ended with waking up to an almond milk latte delivered by our new friend Willy.
I decided to save the best for last... In Gerringong, just south of Sydney, I thankfully was doing heaps of swiping and hit the jackpot when Jerry matched with me. Lala and I were simply looking for a place to sleep, but Jerry turned out to be a brilliant mechanic. Jerry got his hands dirty. He pressure washed our engine, changed the oil, and managed to get us a roadworthy certificate which we thought was going to be impossible. Jerry toured us around Gerringong and even housed me two more times while in Australia. He was the Tinder Winner for sure. Beautiful soul, always down for a good time & willing to lend a helping hand in anyway possible.
What I am trying to say is Tinder is not utilized by individuals in the right way. We met so many lovely people who had no problem opening their homes and showing us around their hometowns. Over the four months we used Tinder to find accommodation we saved over $3000 each and met amazing Australian locals who knew what to do and what to see when in the area. I highly recommend using this tool when traveling around the east coast in Australia.
Don’t be afraid to swipe right, you never know where that next swipe may take you!