If you’ve spent five minutes on a dating app, you’re probably well aware that twenty-somethings count travel as a main interest about 99.9 percent of the time. Even if they don’t say it in their bio, those selfies at Macchu Pichu or the Eiffel Tower are probably pretty good indicators that they’re of the jet-setting variety. But if you’re serious about finding a mate who will explore the world with you, there’s a dating app where you don’t just swipe right with a stranger — MissTravel actually wants you to travel with them right off the bat.
The idea behind MissTravel basically goes against everything Mom and Dad taught you growing up about stranger danger and all that fun stuff, but don’t let that deter you (unless it totally does). You start by filling out where you plan to go, what you plan to do and how long you want to go for. You can then send your itinerary to other members you’re interested in who can either reject or accept the proposals.
Also included in the proposal is who will pay. You can mention that you’d be paying for yourself, you’d like to split the costs 50/50 or you’re looking for someone to pay for you. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, considering the founder of MissTravel is also the founder of Seeking Arrangement, the controversial site that connects women with sugar daddies.
Once you become a member of the dating site, you have a couple of different options. If you’re willing to travel with a total stranger you can opt for the “Travel With Me” package, where you’re pretty much committing to a vacay with a rando.
If you’re interested in the idea but not ready to have a stranger fly you across the globe, you can opt for the “Show Me Your Town” option, which is designed to make international meet-ups easier. A solid option if you’re up for a spontaneous date while on vacay and don’t want to resort to Tinder.
The site boasts having 600,000 members, and although many are likely wealthy men looking for arm candy on their business trips, there appear to be some honest guys and gals included in the mix. Bustle’s sex and relationships editor actually tried out the service first-hand and seemed to have a great time. To help keep things a bit safer, you can filter out anyone who hasn’t been background verified.
There’s no denying it’s a pretty major gamble… especially considering drinks with a Tinder date can feel like an eternity when it’s bad. But then again, it could also make for a pretty epic meet-cute story. If you want to take a look around, the site is free for ladies but men are required to commit to a $40 a month subscription.
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