A British adventurer has revealed why she decided to travel to Thailand with her Hinge match after only one date – and brushed off critics who say the couple won’t last.
Summer Fox, 24, was bored in London and had just been made redundant from her job when she met with Canadian tourist Matt Giffen, who was due to travel back to his hometown a few days later.
The pair met on the dating app and hit it off right away, going on one date in the British capital, before deciding to travel to Manchester – and then the world together, the Londoner told the Daily Star.
After three weeks where they sorted out the details of their grand journey, the pair flew to Bangkok from their respective sides of the globe and reunited in Thailand, where they have been staying for a month.
Summer and Matt’s love story has gone viral on TikTok, where she counts more than 118,500 followers. While most have been supportive of her romance, others have trolled the couple, saying their story won’t last and even that Matt will cheat.
Summer Fox, 24, was bored in London and had just been made redundant from her job when she met with Canadian tourist Matt Giffen, who was due to travel back to his country a few days later. The pair met on the dating app Hinge, went for a date, and decided to travel to Thailand together shortly after
Summer said making spontaneous decisions like this is not out of character for her, and that her parents were not shocked when she decided to leave for Thailand
Summer revealed that the couple’s bond has become stronger since moving to Southeast Asia.
‘The way our relationship has developed throughout, we spend 24/7 together and instead of grating on each other, we fall more in love everyday. It’s also just great to be in love again after four years of being single and picky,’ she said.
Not everyone has taken kindly to Summer and Matt’s whirlwind romance, and the London has had to deal with a few mean-spirited messages.
‘[I’ve got ] a couple of bitter comments saying they hope he cheats on me, saying it won’t work out etc cause we’re from different countries,’ she said.
Summer has been in Thailand with Matt for a month and the couple want to go to Cambodia, Vietnam and Bali next
The 24-year-old said the couple’s bond has only grown stronger since spending 24 hours a day, seven days a week together
But the 24-year-old, who admitted she loves spontaneity and is a self-described thrill seeker, said her parents were not shocked with her decision, because she had been miserable and these sort of spontaneous plans were not out of her character.
She explained losing her job during a wave of redundancies had been a blessing in disguise, as she had been bored with her role, adding it had started to take a toll on her mental health.
She met Matt a day after losing her job and explained she couldn’t have met him if she was still employed, because they met during what used to be her working hours.
The couple have been getting to know each other miles away from home in Thailand and have gathered thousands of fans on social media
She said she felt free when she lost her job, after years of thinking she was wasting the prime of her life in a job and city she didn’t like.
Sparks flew when the couple met for their first date, and after a successful first meeting, they travelled to Manchester, where they spent a few days.
They talked about their wish to travel, and soon realise they did not want to part.
With Matt due to return to Canada a few days later, the pair had to work something out to see each other again.
Summer has been making an extra income with brand collaborations on social media, which have funded her travels
Summer and Matt shortly after arriving in Bangkok. They spent three weeks apart from each other while they planned their trip
That’s when they decided to travel to Thailand, with the next few weeks turning into a race to sort out all their travelling details.
Sharing updates on her love story on TikTok, Summer soon caught the attention of brands like Shein.
The 24-year-old said she’s funded her trip thanks to paid collaborations with brands and added she’s now made more money thanks to the advertisement than what her travels cost.
The couple have been staying in Thailand for the past month, befriending other tourists and locals. The adventure is not over for Summer and Matt, who plan to travel to Cambodia, Vietnam and Bali.
Lovestruck Summer added she might end up following Matt to Canada after their travels.
Summer admitted she felt she was wasting the prime of her life in London and dreamt of traveling the world