Have you wished you had a special someone to explore the world with? You might want to check out MissTravel.com, an online dating site for travelers.
Headquartered in Las Vegas, MissTravel is among the new wave of dating sites that cater to specific lifestyles. Entrepreneur Brandon Wade founded the site in 2012 and serves as chief executive officer.
RewardExpert spoke with Hannah Dela Cruz, MissTravel’s public relations manager, about the site’s offer to add an extra dash of romance to your travels.
How Global Dating Works
“You can ask someone to travel with you around the world,” says Dela Cruz. As they do on other dating sites, users register on MissTravel, fill out a profile and browse profiles. The big difference is that dates can be set up far from home, even overseas.
Everything is coordinated through an online app, which is available on the website in iPhone or Android versions.
MissTravel has about 600,000 users in 135 countries. People who use the site are adventurous and eager to meet new people, says Dela Cruz.
“People use the site in different ways. They may go on activity dates or connect based on interests, such as meeting for snorkeling or a ski trip,” Dela Cruz says.
“We have users from around the world, including students and professionals,” says Dela Cruz. The ability to travel isn’t a requirement to join the site. Some use the site to find dates locally.
Who foots the bill on a long-distance first date? MissTravel gives members the option to offer to pay for both people, to split the costs, or to ask the other person to pay. According to Dela Cruz, the costs most often fall on men. Most men (80% on the site) are willing to foot the bill. Most of the women (70%) agree: he can pay.
Basic membership in MissTravel costs nothing, but men pay an extra $39.99 per month for premium features such as messaging. For women, premium features are free.
Dela Cruz says that successful matches have lasted longer than the trip. While user information is kept strictly confidential, she tells a story about a woman from Canada who traveled to South America to meet a date. Their initial spark has turned into a relationship that’s still going strong two years later.
“I’ve recommended it to my friends,” Dela Cruz says. “They love the experience. Actually, one of my friends met someone while on a trip to California.”
A web series, Love at First Flight, engages those who are curious about MissTravel. The episodes follow pairs of travelers in destinations such as Costa Rica, Cabo San Lucas and Las Vegas. For the series, MissTravel recruited men who are well known social media stars and paired them with women who were actual users of the website, says Dela Cruz.
Safety of Blind Dates Abroad
Paying airfare and lodging to entertain a stranger seems like a big risk. The couple may click, but naturally, there are concerns about safety.
One of these concerns is “catfishing,” where someone puts up a misleading profile on a dating site. MissTravel encourages users to get to know each other and recommends having an online video chat before buying any plane tickets.
MissTravel’s 24-hour support team monitors the site, but Dela Cruz also praises the website community, which is self-policing. Users can flag inappropriate language, pictures or behavior.
Travel Mileage or Points Offers
MissTravel knows the gifting of frequent flyer miles can happen among members. However, the site is focused on making love connections, not travel arrangements. If users want to share their miles or use partner coupons, MissTravel advises that they consult with their airline loyalty or rewards program for rules and fees.
Any time you travel, you have a chance to find something you’re looking for. MissTravel just might improve your odds if love is on your list.