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.
Young women who have signed up report being inundated with offers of all-expenses paid jaunts to places such as Hawaii, St Kitts and Hong Kong – all supposedly with no strings attached.
“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.
Now, usually, this would just be something I would read, laugh at and then forget.
But here’s the thing — I’ve been on the hunt for a secondary source of income for a while now.
Yet the 30-year-old beautician has barely had to part with a penny.
Natalie signed up to a dating agency with a difference.
Imagine this: you’re in a house by the beach, the rent is paid, and you’re lounging on a feather-stuffed futon in a silk robe.
You delicately shovel caviar into your mouth from well manicured fingertips, and sip a glass of champagne.
Your antique clock strikes seven — it’s time to meet your gentlemen friend for dinner.