Digital Nomad Dating Guide for 2022

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If you thought dating was tricky, try dating when you’re a digital nomad. You’re always on the move, never setting down roots, working unconventional hours, and balancing stressful clients. The digital nomad lifestyle IS amazing, but it makes finding and maintaining a meaningful relationship tough. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Your nomadic existence doesn’t have to be one of monastic celibacy: it’s possible to find love on the road. 

With the right tools, tips, and mindset, you’ll skip into the sunset with your soulmate in no time. 


Why is Digital Nomad Dating so hard?

Let’s start with a few general facts and truths:

  • Digital nomads primarily earn a living online, which means we spend a disproportionate amount of time behind the keyboard. 
  • We’re never in one spot for any great length of time (3-6 months maximum).
  • We find our work far more interesting than our ‘normal’ friends do.
  • We don’t always get weekends off because of clients and time zones.


While no single one of these is an instant disqualifier for finding love, they all compound to make romance a tricky business.

That’s the negative out of the way. How about some positives?

Technology’s a thing nowadays. Who knew? While the percentage of people who meet their partners in the workplace is still high, hovering around 20%, it’s nowhere near where it was just 10 to 15 years ago when it was an estimated 40%.

That means people are connecting in different ways, and lucky for you we’ll cover the best of them in this post.

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Meeting in Person

For those nomads who like to do it the old-fashioned way, meeting people in person is still a valid way of finding love. But, when you’re a vagabond, where do you find like-minded people?


Coworking and Coliving

Depending on your work preference, coworking spaces can be a great place to meet fellow nomads. Keep in mind while looking for a suitable workspace, coworking spaces vary wildly.

Some are as dull as dishwater, while others lean too far toward the networking side of things. You’ll need to find a balance between networking events and the ability to actually get work done.

Reach out to relevant Facebook groups, Reddit threads, or Discord channels. Find where like-minded people are working and head there. That won’t guarantee you’ll find a romantic connection, but it’s easier to find love when surrounded by people who get you.

Coliving differs from co-housing or flat-sharing. Coliving apartments are community-driven spaces where people with similar interests, goals, and ambitions live together. You have your individual rooms, but share spaces to network, connect, and socialize. 

As well as communal areas like built-in gyms, pools, and games rooms, some also house coworking spaces: Think of a cool hostel, but for grown-up professionals. As a digital nomad, you’ve got everything you need under one roof. 

This also means you’ll be spending much more time with the other residents, which leaves time for building genuine connections. 

For remote workers living the nomadic lifestyle, these connections can be golden. 

But, if real-life meetings seem a little scary, and you want to vet your romantic partners before actually meeting them, online dating may be your thing.



What are the Best Dating Apps for Digital Nomads?

Dating apps are a divisive subject, but they can be effective for digital nomads looking for love. If you’re looking for a deeper connection, move past popular dating apps like Tinder and Happen. There are a few Nomad-specific apps that make dating for digital nomads a little easier.


Fairytrail

Specifically designed for digital nomads, remote workers, and location-independent folk. Fairytrail was founded, “on the belief that the world’s cultures, people, and places should be explored.

Matchmaking is based on travel interests, so you’ll need to be as specific as possible. To deter scammers and fake profiles, there’s a $2.99 ‘entrance fee’. This grants you 5 free profile likes, although to interact or go on ‘virtual adventures’, you’ll need to pay additional fees ranging from $13.99 to $49.99 per month.

As with all dating apps, there’s a gamification element. Once you find a suitable connection, you’ll both see a list of 12 adventures, of which you can choose 5 (For free. There’s an additional charge for extra picks). If you both choose at least one matching adventure, the messaging and video chat functions will be unlocked. Well done!

If you find an appropriate match, conversations go well and you decide to travel with them, Fairytrail also offers all manner of paid background checks. An interesting basis for a relationship, checking their global wish-list status, but you can’t be too safe these days.


Nomadlist

Not specifically a digital nomad dating app, but it’s certainly a hotspot for nomads and single travelers. If you’re unaware of Nomadlist, it “finds you the best places in the world to live, work and travel as a remote worker.”

It collects and publishes data points from actual travelers; Wi-Fi speeds, accommodation costs, safety, climate, etc. It’s the go-to resource when scouting out new nomad-friendly destinations.

Admittedly, it’s not sounding very romantic yet, but it has features for finding a friend or travel buddy, plus they also branched out into the realm of travel dating. While their dating app ‘Ninder’ doesn’t appear to be a thing anymore, the social community is still strong.

As discussed before, a real challenge is finding a like-minded community. Once you’re there, living and working with others living the digital nomad life, that’s when the magic happens.

Nomadlist can help you find those hotspots. 


Nomad Soulmates

It’s a new app, so not much information is available, but Nomad Soulmates is a “dating app for digital nomads and world-traveling remote workers who are seeking deeper, more meaningful connections for friendship and more.”

Crowdfunded via Indiegogo, they aim to create a soulful connection with someone who shares your nomadic lifestyle. With over 7000+ members of the community, it has potential. Time will tell if it really takes off, but what have you got to lose?

Other apps claim to be aimed specifically at digital nomads, such as Tour bar and Miss Travel, but they didn’t meet our rigorous standards, so we omitted them from the list. If you’re looking for casual relationships, there are a thousand apps and dating platforms for that.

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16 Tips for Dating as a Digital Nomad

Dating as a digital nomad isn’t easy, especially if you are new to the lifestyle. If you’re the type who wears your heart on your sleeve, it can be brutal until you get thicker skin and learn some hard truths.

We’ve collated some nuggets of wisdom, hard-earned with our own tears and laughter. 

  1. Keep your expectations realistic. If you plan to date while on the road, set your expectations accordingly. While you might meet someone while traveling, you shouldn’t expect a long-term relationship right off the bat.
  2. Be open about your plans when you’re dating. This is the time to be completely honest. If you’re missing out on your dream just to please someone else, they may not be the best partner. 
  3. Look for someone who understands and accepts your lifestyle and your nomadic tendencies. Choose someone who doesn’t mind traveling and who isn’t afraid of meeting new people.
  4. If your search for romance is interfering with your remote work, it may be time to take a step back and reevaluate your priorities.
  5. Just because you’re a nomad, doesn’t mean you can’t try conventional dating methods – speed dating terrifies me but others swear by it.
  6. Your nomad soulmate doesn’t have to be a fellow nomad. Many nomads end up dating locals who then begin their adventures together.
  7. If you’re in a relationship, you and your partner have to set boundaries for work and life. It’s tough to determine where one ends and the other starts, but setting clear breaks, e.g. Wednesday nights are date nights, regardless of circumstance, helps to keep your relationship a priority. 
  8. Don’t view a long-distance relationship as a challenge. View it as an opportunity to build a connection with your partner over different time zones and geography. Share all special moments and commit to connecting at regular times.
  9. Get to know your partner’s schedule and habits. You and your partner have to agree on your work schedule, including the time you’ll spend working each day so that neither ends up resenting the other. Set boundaries so you know when you’ll have some quality time alone as well as when you will be working.
  10. If you’re long-distance, plan your next meet-up way in advance. Discuss where you’ll meet, when, and potential activities. This adds anticipation, something to countdown towards, plus the joint planning helps with focus during hard times.
  11. Make time for each other. Your partner needs to see you as often as possible to know that you are thinking of them. This is true regardless of if you’re long distance or together. It’s easy to get caught up in your work and slowly drift apart. 
  12. Be flexible. You can’t control everything, so learn to be flexible with your partner’s plans and with your work schedule as well.
  13. Keep things interesting. As digital nomads, we travel around the world and try things others can only dream of. Take advantage of that! Plan a date that pushes you both out of your comfort zone.
  14. Take part in activities that allow you to explore each other’s personalities, such as hiking, dancing, or cooking courses. Even if you both end up hating it, that’s a shared emotion, a memory created together, and a solid bonding experience.
  15. Real life, and especially dating life, rarely goes to plan. This applies to everyone the world over. From the first date until your final days together, embrace the unexpected.
  16. And finally, don’t stress about it! Your soulmate is out there. Don’t settle for anything less than happiness, for both you and your partner. 


We hope this list will help you in your nomadic quest for love. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter for more nomad news & stories.

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