Hi, I’m Annika and I like online dating.

There I said it. Over the years I have come to realize that there is something about online dating that I really enjoy as a traveling introvert when wanting to meet people in new places. And when it comes to dating, I like the screening process dating websites allow before I might be forced to sit through an uncomfortable drink and a half. Mind you, often there is still a lot of digging through profiles of frogs and I rather wish I had a personal matchmaker.

What is the Inner Circle?

The Inner Circle is an app and a website for people looking for love, a fling, a date and anything in between.

And what’s the difference between this and a good old regular dating site? Glad you asked! To put it bluntly – fewer weirdos. While horrible first dates make for great stories with your girlfriends, they are not so great while you have to actually sit through a cocktail and a starter with said weirdo.

But just like a good matchmaker, the Inner Circle does the initial screening for you to limit that chance. You can sign up for free, but before you can proceed you will need to be pre-approved. While that sounds intimidating, it actually means that you will match with people you are truly interested in and who share common interests with you once you are in. In addition, you can invite or be invited by like-minded friends, making it easier to get pre-approved.

How does it work?

Once you are in, you set up your profile with pictures plus a little description and add things like favorite hang-outs in your city, hobbies, and interests. For now, the Inner Circle has members in 10 European cities as well as New York, Singapore and Sydney. In addition, you can find people on the road with their travel function.

After that, getting in touch with people is as simple as sending a little message to someone who tickles your fancy. There is no swiping or waiting to be swiped. Send a hello, send a wink and off you go to finding everlasting happiness or at least a Friday night date that is not your cat.
Alternatively, you can sit back and wait for the Inner Circle cupids to send you some matches made in digital heaven.

Getting real

If you prefer to meet people the good old fashioned way, the Inner Circle may still be for you – just join one of their monthly events which are hosted in the different cities! From after work drinks to apres-ski parties, private dinners and cocktail nights, there is something for everyone and it definitely ain’t your average singles mixer. Events are exclusively organized for members which means you will meet like-minded individuals and not random strangers. The shy introverts will be glad to hear that you can still bring your trusted sidekick for a bit of moral support, though.

Do I love it and will you?

You bet! The Inner Circle is like having a friend who knows you well and offers to set you up – whether you prefer writing cute notes first or meeting in person during an event. While even the Inner Circle can’t guarantee that you will find everlasting love, you will definitely meet a lot more princes than frogs here – and who knows, maybe someone to become the next couple who travels & blogs with.


You can sign up for free to become part of the Inner Circle here!

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This post was done in cooperation with The Inner Circle.

This post was written by Annika Ziehen who was a Travelette until 2019. Originally from Germany, Annika has lived in New York and Cape Town and now travels the world full time. She considers herself a very hungry mermaid and writes about her adventures, scuba diving and food on her blog The Midnight Blue Elephant. You can also find her on Instagram here!