Wait. Don’t go. This is not a fluff piece or a lifestyle piece. Actually, it could be a lifestyle piece in the sense that it might improve your lifestyle if you read and implement the ideas in it.
I travel a lot for business, and most of the time, I don’t know anybody in any of the places I go to, before the conference or the event. I’m not the only one. I don’t want to go to a bar all by myself most of the time because I keep getting talked to by people I’d rather not talk to.
Ladies, you know what I mean.
But I still want to relax with a drink, and I still want to be around people for a bit. What do I do?
Honestly, I had no idea how to make this stop! If I had to go to a restaurant by myself, or a bar, was forced to deal with the pickup lines, the unrequested drinks, and the worst part, the unrequested attention. Somehow, a woman sitting alone at a bar still says to some people that she wants attention, instead of just wanting a drink.
Until a few weeks ago that is! A few weeks ago I discovered VINA*! It’s an app. It’s got Tinder-like functionality, the swiping left and right, but it’s for women, and not in a romantic dating way, but in a platonic, professional let’s meet for coffee kind of way. Not a one-night stand, but a night-out, with a new friend! The way it works: you create your profile: are you more of a wine or more of a coffee drinker? Morning or evening? What are your interests? Just like a dating profile! Because yes, we want to know the people we’re about to meet, or if we’re into the same things or not. Once you’ve created your profile, you’ll select your location and see who’s around that you’d like to go grab coffee or wine with. While in a new city, you can set up your new area, and go for a coffee or a glass of wine with a new friend there. Start swiping!
Making new friends is tough after college. This is a great way to make new connections and meet new people, without the romantic dating aspect. We can be ourselves. Talk business, or tech, or comic books, or cooking, or boys, or whatever we want to talk about, and expand our understanding of the world and our view of people.
*No, this is not sponsored content. We’re just happy to share it with you, and maybe meet up the next time we’re in the same town.