FARGO — Dating can be quite difficult in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, but one NDSU graduate is not letting the virus get in the way of his journey to find love.
In fact, he quit his job and hopped in his truck to go on 50 dates across all 50 sates.
The idea all started on the dating app Tinder.
"I was doing my thing swiping through and a notification popped up and it said that you could put your location anywhere in the U.S. for free, and obviously I was in North Dakota at the time so I was like, 'Lets see who's in L.A., let's see who's in Dallas and New York,'" Matthew Wurnig said.
The NDSU grad started to ask his matches on Zoom dates since they couldn't go on dates in person due to COVID-19. He posted the videos on TikTok, and it took off from there.
He found girls from each state to be his date, and quickly gained the attention of thousands watching his journey as the TikTok bachelor.
Once he finished all of the virtual dates, his over 166,000 TikTok followers started to ask what was next.
"Everybody's like, 'Whats next, what's next, what's next,'" he said. So, he quit his job, got his truck wrapped with his "50 Dates 50 States" logo and hit the road to meet all of his virtual dates in person.
One of his videos said, "All right you guys so I am taking this truck and I'm traveling across America to go on a date with a girl in every single state."
All of the lucky ladies are tasked with planning the date for their state. "We've gone on bike rides, I've gone go-karting, I've gone on hikes," Wurnig said.
And luckily he has a few sponsors, the TikTok Creator Fund and even a "50 Dates 50 States" merchandise store to help finance his journey.
He's been on 10 dates so far and he said the plan is to make it across the county in about four to five months. Wurning added the goal is just to travel and meet new people — not to find love. But who knows, he still has about 40 girls left to meet.
Wurnig said he is taking all of the necessary COVID-19 precautions while traveling state-to-state.
You can find links to Wurnig's website and social media accounts to follow along with his journey by visiting 50Dates50States.com.