MissTravel.com sounds like it’s made just for us. Many of us are misses. Many of us like to travel. Nice deal.

But the premise of the online dating community is actually a bit more complicated. Its purpose is to “match Generous travelers who hate to travel alone with Attractive travelers who would love the opportunity to travel the world for free.” In other words, (mainly) women sign up as “Attractives” and are matched with “Generous” men who promise to show them the world on their dime. I see.

The site also features an incentive program that awards Attractives with points for future use:

“The website provides an incentive system that allows Generous members the ability to gift frequent flyer points to Attractive members (hence gifting them the gift of travel). Attractive members who accumulates enough frequent flyer points may redeem them for free airline tickets and hotel rooms, allowing them the opportunity to travel the world for free.”

Online dating incentives in general sound pretty cool since most such sites lack any incentive besides the hope of finding the man of your dreams and the pleasure of dealing with weirdoes at arm’s length instead of face-to-face. But aren’t there other ways to earn flights and hotel stays besides offering up your company (and your personal safety)? Brandon Wade, the site’s founder, is also the brains behind SeekingArrangement.com, SeekingMillionaire.com and WhatsYourPrice.com, services whose URLs toe the line between booty-for-hire and rich-man-seeking and blatantly ask men to indicate their wealth and encourage women to focus on the almighty dollar as a means of finding love. Again…I see.

Although the site specifies “no escorts” and asks members to use “common sense” in accepting invitations to leave the country with complete strangers interested in female companionship while touring foreign lands, how is this not a brand of prostitution at best and a potentially dangerous adventure at worst? Sex work is technically illegal, but it’s also the world’s oldest profession and nothing to be shocked by in the proper context. There are also probably plenty of good, honest, guys out there with piles of money lying around waiting to finance your next trip, and plenty of women who can hold their own in sticky situations. But to me, “common sense” says that thinking you’re still in control after accepting an invitation to a foreign country with someone who thinks he can pay his way into your affections is a recipe for disaster.

*spotted at Jezebel.com

What do you think?

  • Jaslene

    I thimk its a great idea but would be afraid I would end up like the girls in Hostel 2. I’ll check out the website and see.

  • QueenofNew

    Just don’t get pregnant. Do what you want but don’t involve children.

  • Dreaming

    Just seems like another way for women to be perceived as things, rather than people.

  • MsQuita

    Just…… NO. We might not ever see you again….

  • http://www.widediary.com alanc230

    On the one hand, this makes some sense…if there was some way to vet each party for safety and sanity…but on the other hand, I find it really skeevy.

  • Wow!

    The lack of romance is troubling for some, I’m sure, but isn’t this what dating is without all of the things that make us feel better?

  • 2cents

    I know plenty of people who hate traveling alone and would like companionship. I have a problem with only wanting “attractive” people. To me that suggest the “generous” person wants more-otherwise why does it matter if you’re attractive or not.

  • QueenofNew

    …or a way for men to be perceived as ATMs.

  • 2cents

    I just visited the site and there’s nothing but boobs and booty. It’s prostitution.

  • Pat

    A recipe for disaster indeed. You might just end up missing like Robyn Gardner. A woman who accompanied a man(rich millionaire) to Aruba and now she is missing. Robyn had no romantic connection this man(she left her boyfriend back in Maryland for this free trip). People also need to understand the complicated political wheel that comes into play if anything goes down in a foreign country. Remember you don’t know these people from Adam, nor may have a clue what they are involved in. This website makes me feel like its a cover-up for human traffickers and that my friend is a scary situation to be in.

  • Pat

    Women there are all sorts of scams online today. Don’t become a victim, protect yourselves. Traveling abroad/ or a date is not worth my life, nor should it yours.

  • Dreaming

    I visited the site, too. I was immediately turned off by their slogan.

  • Simone

    I would never do anything like that. All I read from this is disappearances, rapes, never to be seen or heard from again… I’m not saying it would happen to everyone but I definitely feel it safe to say it will happen without a doubt.

  • stellaxo

    this is a quote from their terms of use…

    “We are not involved in any actual communication between Members. As a result, we have no control over the quality, safety, or legality of the information or profiles posted, the truth or accuracy of the information. You agree you are solely responsible for your interactions with other MissTravel.com Members. MissTravel.com, Inc. reserves the right, but has no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other Members. This includes, but is not limited to, conversations via regular email, dates, relationships, phone calls, meetings, he said/she said accusations or any other correspondance or interaction that occur outside of the scope of this Website. The website is a tool for providing the initial contact between members, anything beyond that is not in our control and is done so at the their own risk.”

    scary! :(
    but to be honest, when i first read this article, i thought it was a cool/fun idea…

    ..another quote….
    ” If you provide untrue information about yourself, please note that you could be guilty of fraud and subject to civil and criminal penalties under U.S. federal and state law (or similar laws in the country of your residence). For example, Title 18, Section 1343 of the U.S. Code authorizes fines of up to $250,000 and jail sentences of up to five years for each offense. MissTravel.com reserves the right to report violators to appropriate law enforcement authorities and seek prosecution or civil redress to the fullest extent of the law.”

    CRAZY world we live in!
    where fraud is worse than any violation, theft, etc that can occur between two people.
    its ridiculous that companies like this even exist- the founder should be ashamed, for real.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    there are no black people there. why even discuss it?

  • chanela

    Exactly. my god people are so damn stupid. then people wanna cry when they go missing or get Raped. i hate people!

  • H

    Is this what relationships in the West are turning into? It’s funny how feminists fought for women to be able to compete and have the same rights as men, but many young women have demonstrated time and time again that they actually like to be objectified and don’t want to get an education. If you’re a beautiful woman, you don’t really need an education. You simply have to find a man that is willing be your ATM.

    Self-objectification makes them feel empowered. I guess when people gaze upon you like the object that you present yourself as, you feel empowered from the all the attention.

  • O. Naomi

    This is how women get snatched up and end up on Nancy Grace.
    Thanks but no thanks :)

  • pat

    +1

  • Anista

    I love the idea of traveling with a nice guy. But for a girl it’s not so easy and you should really know a person very good to decide to meet. That’s why I am always extremely suspicious to all dating sites. Usually I face several problems like guys think you are escort or they think you are fake. While us girls we have even more reasons to be alert. Anyways this site I guess its still new http://www.globogirls.com but they have lots of ways to learn each other without giving personal contact till you really can trust a person. And they have enough of handsome and charismatic guys. I tried video and audio chat, it’s pretty fast and good.

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