Oh you beautiful people you. So used to having it easy, what with the free drinks and line cutting and all that. But travel for free? Seriously? Apparently so, if you sign up with MissTravel.com.
With "Who needs money, beautiful people travel free!" as its tag line, the website claims to be a travel dating site for "generous and attractive people."
How does it work? The minute-long video narrated by a seductive female voice tells us that on MissTravel.com, there are thousands of generous travelers (athletes, millionaires, doctors, bankers, lawyers, executives and entrepreneurs) who "hate to travel alone and are looking to travel with an attractive person like you. Best of all, they have the money and are willing to spend it on you."
The site does beg the question: Is this a dating site or an escort service?
Founder Brandon Wade seems to have romantic notion of what his site can accomplish. He told the International Business Times, "I have this notion that if people can travel to Paris together or see the sunset in the Caribbean, the chances that they will fall in love are much stronger. It's a great way for people to share experiences in a setting that is new to both of them."
Keep in mind, however, Wade is also the founder of "elite sugar daddy dating site" SeekingArrangement.com and WhatsYourPrice.com where members can bid on first dates with either rich or beautiful people.
The site does have a disclaimer that states "Absolutely no escorts," and notes its intention to be used only as a dating site. But the trips it's promising don't involve food from a street cart and a stay at the Red Roof Inn. It promises stays at "five-star resorts and dine at top-rated restaurants."
Miss Travel quietly launched on April 9 and Wade claims it amassed 11,500 users in just two weeks, according to IBT. Ninety-nine percent of the "generous" members are men.
- Travel & Tourism