Miss Travel functions like any other dating site, in that users create profiles and message back and forth before arranging to meet if they hit it off—but rather than having your first date at a local dive bar, you have it at an all-inclusive resort in Bora Bora.In theory, it's a site for people with a disposable income who love to travel and want to add a date into the mix. And maybe sex because someone else paid to whisk you away.We exchanged stories over endless rounds of lobster and champagne, toasting to life, to my PR contact, to our good fortune.We had, as I've mentioned, a lot in common, so conversation flowed easily.But the part of me that's allergic to bullshit really admires how no-nonsense the site is, especially compared to the illusory ideals of Tinder, where the same men who feed you a feast of feminist terminology turn around and freak out when you don't want to sleep with them after your first date.In this way, there's something respectful about the candidness of Miss Travel; the act of saying "This is who I am and this is what I want," free of judgment from society at large. The PR contact responded with five candidates who were interested in going away with me—all of them were attractive, in my desired age range (27-35), and had impressive résumés.The women are equally blunt, if not more so—and most of them seem to be seeking funding for the trips of their dreams, fully aware that there's an expectation as a result.
He automatically had a strike against him because he made me schlep to a hotel bar even though I'd hinted it was inconvenient for me (and was, fun fact, a block away from his apartment).
Three weeks later I was boarding a plane to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a first date with a man I'd never met.
When E and I greeted each other at the airport, I was immediately struck by how non-awkward the whole situation was.
"This isn't Seamless for Women," I was prepared to say when I arrived.
But when I got there I ended up not having to, because he was extremely nice and normal. "I don't have the time, honestly.""So, are you like a love 'em and leave 'em type? And why the hell is he offering to take girls on all-expense-paid vacations if he isn't going to hook up with them?