There are dozens of websites aimed at finding romance while traveling or finding partners to travel with. Some sites are more niche (like MissTravel and TravelHostDate) and some or more general (Like Bumble or Tinder+). YourTravelMates is one of the niche options.
In 2016 LOS Networks decided to cash in on the popularity of travel dating by launching YourTravelMates. However, the site hasn’t really made as big of a name for itself as some of the others on the list.
Today, we are going to find out why. This YourTravelMates review will look at the cost of the service, the usefulness of its features, and some of the shady areas of the site that may be contributing to its lack of popularity.
YourTravelMates – The Bottom Line Up Front
There are a lot of dating sites out there that claim to match travel-loving singles, and many of them are worth the cost of time and money to use. YourTravelMates is not one of those sites. The cost of credits is outlandishly high and the number of singles is padded by “partnered profiles.”
When you do find a user that is interesting and real, you have to spend your time figuring out how to communicate with them in a way that won’t waste your monthly credits, which never seem to last as long as you need them to.
At the end of the day, we recommend checking out some of the sites on our alternatives table to find a better match for you and your hard-earned money. We’ve listed some our our favorite international dating options below:
Overall YourTravelMates Rating
|Ease of Use||5.0/10.0|
Pros and Cons of the YourTravelMates Dating App
- You can easily find singles from all over the world.
- Initial messages can be sent for free.
- You can use credits to send real gifts to other users.
- Rampant with obviously fake profiles.
- Not great for finding long-term partnerships.
- The credit system can get a bit expensive.
Who YourTravelMates Is Good For
- Adventurous daters who don’t mind a little more risk.
- Those who are okay with interacting with partnered accounts that may not want actual romance.
- Niche daters seeking sugar-style relationships.
Who YourTravelMates Might Not Be Best For
- Users who want to meet singles serious about traveling while dating.
- Those wanting long-term romance.
- Users with a strict budget for their online dating expenses.
YourTravelMates Review – Table of Contents
- YourTravelMates Features Overview
- The Quality of Singles at YourTravelMates
- Price | How Much Does YourTravelMates Cost?
- Customer Support Options
Fast Facts About YourTravelMates
- Site Name: YourTravelMates.com
- Paid or Free: Paid site with a limited free trial
- Average Sign-Up Time: 2-5 minutes
- Paid Membership Pricing: Plans starting as low as $49.99 per month
- Unique YourTravelMates Facts and Figures:
- YourTravelMates is part of a dating network that was launched in 1993.
- YourTravelMates mobile was launched in 2016.
- The platform has around 80,000 members (including partnered profiles).
- The site has around 60% male users and 40% female users.
- The Android app has a 3-star rating.
- The IOS app was recently removed from the app store for unknown reasons.
YourTravelMates Features Overview
YourTravelMates has a decent selection of features, though many of them directly pertain to chatting. You might think “why do I need multiple ways to chat? Isn’t a private chat room good enough?” Well, when you look into these individual chat features and their costs, it all starts to make sense.
Live Chat is what you might think of as the standard messaging area of any other app or site. It is a private messaging area where you and your match can communicate back and forth. Where this differs on YourTravelMates is that each “live chat session” is time and users are charged 1 credit per minute. This makes it difficult to have long, meaningful conversations in the live chat room.
Email messages are a way to take your time and write out a long and meaningful message. These messages are delivered directly to your match’s email and their responses to yours. The problem is, it costs 10 credits to send or receive email messages.
Let’s Mingle Chat
One way to save money on messages is by using a “let’s mingle” chat. This feature allows you to write one message to send as many singles as the site can find that match your age criteria. It does cost over 20 credits to send a “let’s mingle,” but it is less expensive than sending individual emails to a dozen matches.
Broadcasts are livestreams users can put on or view. It costs credits to view a user’s live stream and even more credits to interact in the chat area. You can also send gifts in the chat, which costs even more credits.
Video calls can be made via the livechat zone. These calls come with a minimum time/cost, so you may as well spend at least 10 minutes in the call to get your money’s worth.
The Quality of Singles at YourTravelMates
When you first sign into YourTravelMates you are going to be floored by the dating pool. So many attractive singles with VERIFIED accounts! It seems too good to be true!
Well, that’s because it is.
If you take a closer look at these profiles you will see a little disclaimer that says “this user was curated through our partners and does not pay to use our services.” Essentially, they are attractive bait to trick you into wanting to pay for a membership.
Outside of these accounts, there are very few users, so the dating pool is actually very low quality.
Price | How Much Does YourTravelMates Cost?
|Number of Credits||Billing Cycle||First Month Cost||Monthly Cost|
|150 credits||1 Month||$19.99||$19.99*|
|600 credits||1 Month||$149.99||$149.99|
|1500 credits||1 Month||$299.99 a month||$299.99 a month|
Customer Support Options
The customer support on YourTravelMates is disappointing. We have reviewed some of the sister sites to YourTravelMates and had a pleasant experience live chatting with customer service. However, this site’s live chat feature seems to be broken. There is an option to chat through WhatsApp, but we never received a response.
There is a fairly thorough FAQ, but we’d like to see the live support get a tune-up.
Can I Find Local Singles on YourTravelMates?
If you live in a small town in the USA, it is unlikely you are going to find local singles on YourTravelMates. When we tried searching in small towns in the midwest, we did find some real accounts in nearby large cities, but nothing locally. If you are in Europe, your chances of finding a local single are much higher.
Do The Singles on YourTravelMates Want to Travel?
We didn’t find a single profile, partnered or otherwise, that mentioned a desire to travel. The name of the site seems to imply that users need to be willing to travel to meet a mate, not that the matches will want to travel with them.
Is YourTravelMates a Hookup Site?
YourTravelMates has a feature called “Today I am” where users can adjust their dating goals. This implies the site is usable for finding serious romance, hookups, and anything in between.
Can I Sign Up to Find Same-Sex Partners on YourTravelMates?
Yes, you can sign up to find same-sex partners on YourTravelMates. However, there is no way to sign up as a bisexual or pansexual user.
Is YourTravelMates a Scam?
We wouldn’t say YourTravelMates is a scam. There are some real accounts and the partnered accounts have a disclaimer stating they are a partner. While we don’t like the idea of having partnered accounts making the site look better than it is, YourTravelMates is technically a legitimate dating site.
Is It Free to Sign Up For YourTravelMates?
Yes. It is completely free to sign up on YourTravelMates. Just follow our convenient link. It only takes a few minutes of your time, a name, email, and optional profile photo to get started.
Does My YourTravelMates Account Get Me Additional Site Access?
Yes! All the websites under the LOS Networks/ Date.com umbrella are linked. If you sign up for an account on YourTravelMates and log into another of their sites, you will automatically be logged in with the same profile and credentials.