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Bumble Travel Mode: What is it and how to use it?

Bumble Travel Mode: What is it and how to use it?

Whether you’re on a vacation or a workation, Bumble’s travel mode lets you change your location before or during the trip to let locals know that you’re in town for a short time.

Your profile shows a ‘Travel’ indicator letting other bumble users know that you are using Travel mode, helping you find the right connections.

Here is, as usual, the list of topics we are going to cover! We take you step by step through everything you need to know about the travel mode, but feel free to skip some bits you may already know!

  1. Introduction
  2. What is travel mode on Bumble?
  3. How to use Bumble travel in the app?
  4. Bumble travel mode vs. Tinder passport: Which is better?
  5. Is the Travel Mode feature Worth it?
  6. Is it safe to use?
  7. Other Considerations
  8. FAQ
  9. Final Words

Bumble travel mode introduction


The pandemic brought the world to a halt. But now that things are returning to normalcy, one thing’s for sure - We, the human race, are rarely stationary. With domestic and international travels resuming, everyone is packing their bags and heading to destinations, whether down the road or across the ocean. And finally, Bumble understands this.

Hence, after a long time, they have finally come up with Bumble travel mode - a feature that lets premium users change their location for seven days to a place they are not physically located. Isn’t it exciting?

Hell yes! The travel mode is accessible on all three modes available on the app - dating, networking, and friends.

Everything sounds easy-peasy, right? It is.

However, if you are one of those that still haven’t figured out what Bumble travel mode is, don’t worry. This article will cover anything and everything there is to know about Bumble travel mode.

what is bumble travel mode

What is travel mode on Bumble?

In a nutshell, it is Bumble’s answer to Tinder's passport. Yes! Bumble finally caved into the user demand and provided a similar feature to the much-loved Tinder passport. The Bumble travel mode lets premium users change their location up to seven days to a different location than where they are physically present.

The profile displays a ‘traveler’ icon, notifying other bumble users that you are there for a short stay. The rest of the bumble features and how you use the Bumble app remain the same.

When you enable the travel mode, Bumble drops you off in the center of the city you’ve chosen. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to set an exact location at the moment.

PS: Make sure that you have a premium subscription; otherwise, you won’t be able to use Bumble travel mode. If you don’t have a premium subscription, you can purchase it anytime.

how to use bumble travel mode

How to use Bumble travel in the app?

If you have the Bumble premium subscription, using the Bumble travel mode is relatively straightforward.

Here’s how you can activate it on your Android or iOS device.

  1. Tap on the gear icon on the top left corner to open settings.
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  • Scroll down to location settings and tap on ‘Travel to….’

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  • Find and select the city you wish to be seen in.

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  • Once you choose a new city, Bumble will confirm it and start showing other Bumble users matching your preferences in the area.

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If you don’t have premium, the steps to use Bumble travel mode are slightly different.

  1. Tap on the gear icon on the top left corner to open settings.
  2. Scroll down to location settings and tap on ‘Travel to….’
  3. Find and select the city you wish to be seen in.
  4. You will be directed to the premium subscription purchase page.

travel mode prices bumble

  1. Select a premium plan according to your needs.
  2. After a successful purchase, you will be able to use the travel mode on the Bumble app.

The only caveat using Bumble’s travel feature is that your location will be shown in the center of the city you select, and you won’t be able to select an exact location. However, that is not a cause to worry. You can still set the ‘distance’ filter to increase your visibility and ‘match’ probability.

bumble travel vs tinder passport

Bumble travel mode vs. Tinder passport: Which is better?

Bumble travel mode and Tinder passport are pretty similar.

They both let you change your location and swipe profiles in a city where you are currently not. There is only one major difference between the two. Tinder passport lets you change cities as many times as you want. Bumble travel mode, on the other hand, allows you to change location only during seven days of travel mode.

Tinder, being the most popular between the two, will get you more visibility, likes, and matches naturally. That being said, it doesn’t hurt to try out Bumble’s counterpart to Tinder passport. You don’t know where you might end up lucky!

is travel mode worth it

Is the Travel Mode feature Worth it?

There is no clear answer to this. It depends on how you use the feature.

Some users may find and line up meetings with friends and dates but won’t be able to find the time for the same.

For such users, the travel mode feature will seem useless.

However, other bumble app users might have plenty of time at hand and can use it to swipe on potential matches, chat, and meet them after they have arrived at the location.

For them, it's a banger! A boring business trip becomes spicier with the meeting of a new date or friends.

So, it all depends on how you leverage the feature. The final call is yours.

travel mode safe to use

Is it safe to use?

Yes, the feature is safe to use, similar to how safe the app is in general. The feature does nothing extraordinary; it just allows you to match with new people in advance. Just follow safe dating and meeting practices, and there’s nothing to worry about.

travel mode bumble other considerations

Other Considerations

When you use Bumble travel, your profile shows a badge notifying other users that you are a ‘traveler.’ This can play spoilsport as certain users might not be interested in connecting and meeting with a person who is not from their city.

We hope that Bumble gives users the option to hide the traveler badge, like Tinder, to increase the chances of connecting with new people.

A good tip to avoid issues: specify in your profile that you are traveling and when! Reassures big time, super-efficient.

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To wrap things up, here is a little FAQ  around the traveling mode.

bumble travel mode FAQ


Can you use the travel mode for free?

No, travel mode comes bundled with the Bumble premium subscription. Therefore, you will need to purchase the Bumble premium subscription. However, there is a workaround for this. You can use VPNs to change your mobile’s GPS location to use the travel mode for free.

Can you change the location more than once while using travel mode?

Yes, you can change the location at any time you want during the seven days you have the travel mode on for.

How long does travel mode last?

The Bumble travel mode lasts for seven days. You can, however, increase the duration if you want, depending on your stay.

Can you hide the Bumble travel mode status?

Unfortunately, you can’t hide the Bumble travel mode status. It will be shown on your profile and will be visible to all users. This is a big letdown, but we can’t do anything about it.

Is travel mode available on Bumble web?

No, travel mode is currently not available on Bumble web. It can only be used on Android and iOS app versions.

Final Words

Bumble travel is definitely worth a trial. Before moving to a new city, you definitely would want to find friends, networks, and dates beforehand. We can look at it this way. Before traveling, we book flight/train tickets, hotel accommodations, and other things. If we can plan these things to ensure a hassle-free trip, why can’t we plan dates and friend meetups beforehand as well? It seems logical, right?

So, go ahead, use the Bumble travel mode, and reserve dates even before you set foot in the city you are traveling to. Have you used the travel mode on Bumble? We would love to hear about your experiences with it.

Write them down in the comments below!