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Airbnb has made traveling and connecting with locals in foreign locations cheaper and easier than ever before but one man has taken app-travel to a whole new level. Anthony Botta from Brussels, Belgium traveled to eight different countries in two months and didn’t spend a single Euro on accommodations. Instead, the 26-year-old connected with women on Tinder and stayed for free. After finishing university, Botta had two months before starting his job and wanted to use the time to travel. Cash-strapped—as nearly all students are—he was desperate for a way to make his travels cheaper. Enter Tinder. Botta paid for Tinder Plus so that he could message people in different cities and asked women he matched with if they would be interested in hosting him for a few days and showing him around their area. To keep things short and sweet, he sent them a promo video explaining his situation. Botta ended up staying with 21 different women and visited Belgium, Holland, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. He told Daily Record that the experience was unique in that he got to see places that only a local could show him. His “Tindersurfing” also forced him out of his comfort zone and had him trying things he never would have otherwise. Botta says that though he’s stayed in contact with many of the women he met along the way, he didn’t find “the one.” Too bad. He also offered all his connections along the way a place to stay should they ever find themselves in Brussels. Is this a genius way to travel or a little extreme? Botta didn’t voice any safety concerns when he talked about his experience; do you think this method of travel would work as well if a woman tried it?