“It has been a life changing experience,” says Monica.“It’s more romantic than anything a guy back home could do for you.Before flying home she’s lining up a side-trip to the Bahamas for yet another tryst.“I would love to meet and marry an international businessman,” she says, but she is careful to check out her dates’ backgrounds before packing her bags and passport. “Most dating websites have been focused on people dating locally but one of the things we noticed, especially catering to the successful and wealthy category, is that people are willing to fly and travel to meet each other.That’s bad enough if you are only a taxi ride from home but making your excuses while on the other side of the world is an entirely different ball game.Monica’s first date, who whisked her off to Barbados for a week of pampering, paid for the entire trip and lavished gifts on her. “We had fun but there was no connection,” she adds.Questions have been raised about the safety and morality of Miss Travel, which is promoted by a photo of a leggy brunette sitting on a suitcase, but its American owner denies there’s anything seedy. “It’s a whole lot easier for people to fall in love or be romantic on a trip, usually in an exotic place.” He points out that escorts are banned from using the website, sex is never mentioned and that no money changes hands.
And with so many men willing to foot the bill for their jet-setting why should the likes of Natalie and Monica be in any hurry to settle down?However, an attractive young woman can post details of her dream trip anywhere in the world, then simply sit back and wait.Last year Monica Lynn, 25, from Alabama, told how she travelled to nine different countries including Italy, Barbados, Mexico and China, without spending a dime.The former financial adviser was bombarded with invitations from rich suitors.She reckons it would have taken a decade to save for her trips if she’d paid her own way.