A model uses men to travel around the world – and doesn’t pay for a thing.
Instead of going for a drink for a first date Alyssa Ramos goes on HOLIDAY.
The 20-year old goes away almost every weekend since signing up to a Tinder-style website five months ago.
The model from Madison, Wisconsin, has travelled to Ibiza, London, Cancun, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dubai and Florida – all thanks to her travel dates.
Since signing up to Tinder-for-travel website MissTravel.com , Alyssa has gone on over five luxurious holidays – and has already planned future trips to the Bahamas and Greece.
Alyssa said: “It makes me feel like a princess. It’s awesome. It’s really fun. It’s nice because I’m getting to experience the world so young. I know people in their 30s who haven’t even gotten out of their state.”
As well as getting her flights and accommodation paid for, Alyssa hasn’t had to put her hand in her own pocket on any of the dates.
She said: “I have never spent a dime on Miss Travel. Getting everything paid for feels pretty good. I think a lot of girls can take it too far – I’m the kind of person who is thankful for what they get no matter what.
“Every guy I have seen have paid for everything. I mean, if I were to offer they’re always like ‘no, no, no. Let me pay.’ They are gentlemen about it.”
The lingerie and bikini model admits she uses the site primarily to travel for free rather than to find romance.
Alyssa said: “You can definitely meet someone in a romantic way. You can fall in love with someone very easily. I know I could easily have a relationship but I’m personally not looking for a relationship right now.”
Living in Madison – a town of just 250,000 residents – prior to signing up with the website, Alyssa hadn’t even travelled outside of the US. The highlight of her summer vacation were her family’s annual camping trip.
Alyssa said: “The vacations I had were road trips north-west with my family, hiking in Montana. I’m really big into hiking and stuff like that – it’s really cool, it’s really fun but that was basically it – I’d never been anywhere tropical.”
On her all-expenses paid vacations Alyssa has shared rooms with her dates – but in separate beds and is adamant she won’t sleep with them.
She said: “I always make myself very clear even before we buy plane tickets. When I go to stay with a guy we either have spare rooms or separate beds. There are definitely guys on the site who have intentions to sleep with me but those are the guys I have avoided.
“I have kissed the guys and hugged them but I make it clear I’m not going to sleep with them.”
When challenged if there are any parallels between her holiday hook-ups and escort services or prostitution, Alyssa has very clear views.
“It’s not prostitution at all. It’s completely different. You’re not sleeping with anybody. You’re going out to a dinner and having a good time,” she said.
“I’m fine with escorting. I mean I have gotten paid a $1,000 to go out on a dinner date. And that was it. I just had to show up for a dinner date. I have done that plenty of times. But no I’ll never go home with a guy – that’s just too much for me.”
Alyssa came across the travel dating website online, which connects ‘travel-seeking-singles’ together, and decided to sign up after her previous two-year relationship with a 48-year-old man ended.
She said: “I was always interested in older guys and I always wanted to travel too. So, it was a win-win.
“I honestly don’t see myself with someone of my own age. I always see myself with older guys. They’re classy. I like men in a suit and you don’t see that with guys my age.
“I’d rather go out on a date with a guy who wants to take me out to dinner and is classy than a guy who wants to Netflix and chill.”
Initially Alyssa kept her travel dating a secret from her parents but after jetting off most weekends she decided to tell them what she was doing.
She said: “I didn’t tell my family what I was doing at first because obviously they weren’t going to be happy about it. But they actually know now and they’re okay with it and have grown to like it.”
Alyssa’s dad even gets her to take a photo of her with her date as soon as they meet and send it to him along with a full address so he can be sure she is safe.
“My dad’s like over the top. But it’s smart. There is nothing wrong with that,” she added.
In the five months Alyssa has travel dated, she has only gone out with five different men, going on holiday with them multiple times. Her latest date is Oliver Wright, a 36-year old lawyer from LA who she met up with for the first time in New York.
Alyssa said: “I had a great time with Oliver. I definitely want to travel with him again.
“The best travel date I have been to was probably in LA. It was my first time in California and my date was awesome. He was super funny, I felt like I’d known him forever. He was one of those personalities where you click instantly and I thought it was awesome so, that made the trip really.
“There have been people I haven’t clicked with all that great but I still have fun – I got to go to Disney World and Disney Land and Universal Studio, for the first time ever.
“Everybody always did that as a kid and that’s something I never got to do.
“I do eventually want to settle down just not right now. I’d rather be travelling right now just living life. I don’t want someone holding me down.”