She reckons it would have taken a decade to save for her trips if she’d paid her own way.
“When I first came across the site I thought it was weird but kind of cool,” says Monica, who also insists she felt no pressure to have sex.
“It’s more romantic than anything a guy back home could do for you.
Called Miss Travel, it promises to match attractive women with wealthy but lonely men who are willing to fund their dates in exotic places.The online matchmaking service has the slogan: “Who Needs Money? I’m single and I like being spoiled.” As well as paying for flights and five-star hotels in a bid to impress Natalie, suitors have showered her with designer clothes, swept her off her feet in their sports cars and welcomed her aboard their yachts.“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.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.It’s only natural that you may want to visit and soak in everything the country has to offer with someone special.
After all, what better place to fall in love, or at least go on some incredible dates, than a country that has a rich history, incredible art, and a unique culture?
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.
She had better luck on her third date, in Milan, where she fell for a wealthy 28-year-old businessman.
Beautiful People Travel the World for Free.” It’s aimed unashamedly at young women who are blessed with good looks, with the inference that the plain need not apply. Most of her dates have been wealthy older businessmen who are too busy to find love.
Natalie, from Canterbury in Kent, estimates that her jet-setting over the past two years would have cost £60,000. Natalie says they have all been “perfect gentlemen” and while she doesn’t feel under pressure to sleep with them she “doesn’t rule it out”.
“It’s just like any other dating website but with the bonus of travel.” Like any date there’s always the chance that it turns out to be an excruciating disaster.