Miss Travel is both Lame and Prostitution

I found the worst thing.

Gary Arndt, the blogger at Everything Everywhere, posted about a new site called Miss Travel.


So, as you see, attractive women are paid by rich (mostly married, it seems) men to be “companions” during travel.

I’m tired, so I’m going to let you all think about this and come to your own snarky conclusions.

The site was founded by Brandon Wade, who founded the similarly designed and also terrible whatsyourprice.com.

So obviously, I signed up for the site (which was free) so I could look more into it. The process itself was unsettling – I guess it’s just because I’ve never signed up for a dating site before. It was eerie when they asked my eye and hair color, but then when I saw the options for “relationship status,”

Adventures in creating a fake dating website profile

I remembered that this was a dating website. Very odd. Also, the displayed option of having an internet-sanctioned marital affair was a weird thing to see. I guess I just haven’t had many internet affairs.

So once I filled out – with not a small amount of shame – my fake account, I went and looked at some of the featured “Generous donors”. Jezebel was right – a large amount of married men, most of them (at least reportedly) millionaires (I didn’t even KNOW that there were that many millionaires in the world). Their profiles ranged from the obvious (photos in front of expensive cars – and one that was just a helicopter) to the sort of sad (a 34-year-old, “little bit on the shy side with women. but confident when working,” whose profile photo was just him in an empty white room taking a picture with his iPhone in a mirror) to the amusing (“Want to travel the world before 12/21/12 … all the girls I know have jobs and arent willing to quit there jobs”).

The relationship-seeking options on MissTravel.com

And yes, people are looking for sex. I mean, I’m not surprised – people are often looking for sex. But the sex-looking is just so official and thinly veiled. One Generous traveler, under his description of his desired “Attractive traveler”, wrote “I hope my companion is also sensual and affectionate.”.

There is also the option for Generous travelers to just gift frequent flier miles to Attractive travelers – the dubiousness of the “gift” nature of this is described tactfully: “So why would a Travel Sponsor give you miles? For many reasons. Some may want an online friend.” The lesson is: pictures of your boobs (which most of the profile pictures of Attractive travelers are anyways) will be rewarded.

One odd aside is that MissTravel.com linked the Jezebel article under their media coverage, which is called The Dating Website Where Rich People Take Pretty People on Fancy Vacations, Which Is 100% Definitely Not Prostitutey at All. I guess any publicity is good publicity and all that. But really – the article described the site as having “a F***TON of gross married dudes.”

Also, Gary Arndt was wrong about one thing: he said that “Most of the women in the system seem like very normal women.” If normal women pose in bikinis on their knees on their beds in front of cheap webcams and use profile pictures that cut off their heads so to better display their cleavage, then yes, most of the women on Miss Travel are very normal women.

So, for your weekend meditation, I ask you to consider the impressive ability of the internet to bring all of the bad ideas and unscrupulous people into one place.

9 responses to “Miss Travel is both Lame and Prostitution

  1. Just here to say that this is the same on EVERY dating site out there, it is the norm. The only thing seemingly special about this one is that the looking for sex option is quiet thickly veiled compared to the other sites (seriously) and that the men have a lot of money. If you want a real shock try looking at some of the other popular free ones!
    All the best! 🙂

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  3. deareme,

    You are totally right. After looking around a bit more I realized that I really only revealed how very inexperienced I am when it comes to dating sites. It makes me embarrassed, and a little sad. My opinion about the site stands – it’s just not a very original one.

  4. i’ve joined the site because I want to travel and I’d be thrilled if I got along with the men enough to have something more.. there’s very little difference between the internet and real.. I’ve been on a date were men want a BJ but won’t buy you a drink… there’s plenty of dating sites for escort style romance etc…
    perhaps someone with little internet ‘date site’ experience shouldn’t be judging… I’ve been on plenty and this is very nice, I’m not in to married men and I still have plenty of men to choose from…

    It’s sad that women can judge other women and then draw a line between dating and prostitution… marriage can be considered as prostitution with a contract.

    try not to judge. I love to travel and I have plenty of money… I’m single and I’m not looking for anything serious.. I have 4 week AL a year and I want some of that time to be PDA overseas…. wow that’s prostitution??? get a fkn life, it’s bitchy to judge

  5. In fact the idea of this is GREAT and very HONEST and SINCERE. I am a member and I do think guy MUST pay for spending time with a beautiful women and THIS shows either he is a GENTLEMAN or NOT. The problem I am having with a website is OPPOSITE to what Brendon says. I am young ( 28) gorgeous model (professional model who appear in magazines)and yes, there are many guys who write to me and I write to them too. First I found out about this site half a year ago. I WAS NOT at any of the travelings.I don’t know why but HUGE amount of guys who go there ( I would say around 99%) are men who either do not have money or extremely greedy and their way of thinking goes this way: OK, I HAVE REGISTERED IN THAT WEBSITE, NOW I IMAGINE MYSELF A MILLIONAIRE AND PLAY THIS GAME WITH MYSELF.SO I WILL PLAY AN IDIOT AND EXPECT WOMEN TO TREAT ME LIKE A KING, COME TO ME SPENDING THEIR OWN AND WILL DO EVERYTHING BASICALLY JUST TO GET MY ATTENTION. That is in fact how it UNFORTUNATELY REALLY IS. You will meet there students, then broke guys with mental problems who can not even get ANY girl in their city at all, married players, who is not determined of what they want till the end, they have wives and they want sex, but they are not willing pay any cent even for anything and if they decide to buy you a ticket for a week, then they expect whole 24/7 sex with you for FREE of course.There really were some businessmen there -not totally broke dreamers guys who want to feel themselves a millionaire at least in the internet, but after I stated very clear that they CAN NOT count on sex with me just because they pay for tickets, all of them disappear. How about excluding THOSE guys from the website?????I hope my comment will be read by Brandon and he will improve the website, untill it will go to the higher level and really include the individuals who are serious about the website and not those who use it just to play around. I would recommend him to RAISE the price for membership or create the website where month of membership would cost at least 300 bucks and chose really good looking women there.
    Thanks everyone for reading my comment.

  6. Tl;dr

    What self respecting guy risks his backside when if lil princess doesn’t make her flight home or disappears off the face of the earth…the po-po come after him as he’s the last person she was last known to be with?

  7. So I checked that globogirls.com site it was a strange concept in the beginning but checking around I found out that it’s actually a normal thing, lots of people travel around and wherever you go you might want to hook up with a nice girl wherever you go, they got this social travel network thing with articles where you can tag yourself as interested person to visit that place, I met 2 girls in a trip to east Europe and we got along now we meet once in a while when we can visit each other’s town, all in all good site just you have to be realistic I guess, you must be interested yourself or have interesting ideas for girls (like invitation to show your town).

  8. Hi guys,
    So I found this cool website, globogirls.com, by chance and I loved it. It’s a whole a new idea of Internet dating. It depends on having a large database of destinations where you can tag yourself as interested in visiting and find girls who are interested in visiting the same places as you or you might find a local girl in the place you intend to visit. The website also helps you plan your trip and gives you great traveling tips.

  9. Been subscribed on the website 2 months now. Paid for points and all. My impression after talking with several girls is that this website is a hugely packed with fake profiles. You keep receiving winks, once you open conversation and tell the women you are interested they stop all communication. They send you messages so you pay to talk to them and again they never reply after message one. The ones that do reply write just 1 or 2 sentences. Just have a look at the EU websites, most Romanian or Polish girls have profiles written in advanced English. Once you talk to them they dont even understand the basics.
    Its a complete rip off, aimed only to make you pay for points to start conversations. For USA maybe there are more real profiles, but for EU 90% are fake.

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