Lucia Khabzi, aged 24, is very well travelled. She has been to some 22 different countries. Mind you, she has not been there visiting the countries, Lucia has been there on dates. During a year long backpacking trip she joined ‘Miss Travel’ which is a dating style app. Lucia says that her dates cost at least $10,000 and she stays in five star hotels, with business class flights and adventurous activities being part of them.
Lucia, a forensics graduate, started her backpacking holiday with just $15,000 in her bank, but she admits that some of the hotels she stays in cost well over $1,000 a night.
“Before I started using Miss Travel, I was backpacking on a budget and was very conscious of money.”
After saving all through university for her first trip, she realised just how expensive travelling was. Being single, there was no reason why she should not join ‘Miss Travel’.
“Mostly I use the site because I enjoy meeting new people. If those people want to pay for me to explore a new place with them, that’s a bonus.”
“Miss Travel has been a great tool for connecting with new people. If they let me chat to girls, I would but the app doesn’t work that way.”
“The first trip I went on, I was flown business class to Dubai and picked up from the airport in a Jaguar.”
“I was then chauffeured to the Rixos hotel at The Palm, and my date didn’t even turn up because of work commitments.”
“Instead, I got to spend a whole week exploring a place I would never have travelled to normally, in complete luxury.”
“From then on, I knew Miss Travel was something I wanted to use more to explore the world and experience new things.”
“‘I’ve always wanted to travel, so I had to save all through university to go on my trip once I graduated.”
“Quite quickly, I realised just how expensive travelling was and was having to do things like hitch-hiking to get by. That’s why I decided to give Miss Travel a go.”
“After all, I was single so why not? Plus, if I found love along the way it would be the perfect scenario.”
It is important to establish a friendship first, says Lucia, and if love blossoms, then she is prepared to take it from there. That has not happened yet, although she says that all the men she has dated have been very kind and treated her really well. She is still friends with most of them, and shares pictures of places she visits with them.
“For me, I was always going travelling, but meeting the guys I’ve met on the app has just meant I’ve been able to travel in a different style.”
“The guys I’ve met have all been well respected business men and I’ve made it clear before we met up, that there was no guarantee anything would blossom between us.”
“I think it’s important to establish a friendship. If anything else develops, it would be a bonus.”
“Unfortunately, love hasn’t developed between any of the men I’ve met. I’ve not even kissed any of my dates. Regardless, they’ve all treated me well and we’ve had a great time.”
At first her family were somewhat concerned with her dating ventures, but given that she has always been outgoing, and enjoyed meeting people, it was not really a surprise that she wanted to do this.
“My parents were a bit concerned initially, but mostly no one was surprised. I’ve always loved meeting new people.”
“This is just a new, fun way of doing it and I’m happy to keep dating strangers and letting them share their lives and travel experiences with me whilst I’m still single.”
Lucia is at pains to say that makes it very clear at the start that something may or may not happen, and she has to date never kissed one of her dates.
WHERE HAS LUCIA BEEN ON DATES?
- June 16 – Iran – hitch hiked through country on budget
- Aug 16 – Was flown business class to Dubai, stayed in 5* hotel
- Sep – Dec- Backpacked through Europe, visiting 23 countries and dating men in local cities who paid for fancy dinners and tours. Countries included Italy, Greece, Spain, Iceland and the UK.
- Jan 17 – Morocco, Turkey, Israel, Palestine – Dated Miss Travel users who whisked her away on sunset tours, camel rides and desert adventures
- Feb 17 India – Flown business to meet hotel owner. Stayed in 5* accommodation for free for a month
- Nepal – Visited with another Miss Travel date met in India
- Egypt – Paid for upcoming trip in March 17 by Miss Travel date, includes chauffeur pick up from airport
- Dubai – Another planned trip to visit date who has covered all expenses to date, including flights
Source: Daily Mail