Before January 2015, Monica Lynn had never even left the US but a year on, she has seen nine different countries and done everything from camel trekking in Dubai to shopping sprees in Hong Kong - all apparently paid for by dates she met on the internet. Her adventure began in January, when she came across an article about dating site MissTravel, where singles can pay to bring prospective partners on holiday with them.
Miss Lynn explained: ‘This website attracts very successful men who don’t have time to date in the normal way. They’re going on trips anyway, and they can afford to bring one they like with them. Without MissTravel, it would have taken me five to 10 years of working to do all things I’ve done in this year alone. Before I found this site, I’d had never been outside the US and now my passport is starting to get full.’
Then, after joining Miss Travel the following month, she began chatting to a 31-year-old managing director. After exchanging messages back and forth, he asked her if she’d like to go on holiday with him. She said yes and in February 2015, he whisked her off to Barbados for a week.
Her date, who wishes to remain anonymous, paid for her entire holiday, including flights, a stay at a five-star resort, and even the cocktails they enjoyed on the beach.He also bought her some gifts, including silver jewellery. However, Monica stressed that there was no expectation that the pair would sleep together.
She spoke with her third partner via instant messaging, but the first time they saw each other in person was when she flew to Italy to meet him.
‘He’s Italian; he’s 28 and really gorgeous. He runs several successful online businesses, and also works in import and export,’ she said. Since they met, the pair has embarked on seven holidays together, including to Indonesia and the Philippines.