We all have lonely people, people who have sacrificed their personal lives for their careers, have gone through a separation or divorce, but they do not want to go to dating sites. It is a reality nowadays, not a stigma, I draw the attention of the Alegria Travel agency from Cluj, who have also found a solution for this “niche”: Travel Dating, a project in which groups of single people start on their journeys. the opportunity to get to know each other better and maybe to start relationships.
The travel agency that launched the new project has been operating for about 7 years, but the Travel Dating page was only launched for a few days.
The project is described here as “an opportunity to visit places and countries and to meet new people” addressed to “people not involved in stable relationships at the time”.
“We have always sought to come up with new ideas. I can only tell you that we were the first ones from Cluj to start chartering Montenegro by bus, this summer we did some flights by plane to the Amalfi coast, which what no one does very much, i don’t understand why big agencies don’t do it. All the time we thought about something new. Besides, lately i have noticed among friends that there is this problem, of loneliness. There are many young people alone, you are divorced, separated, and there is no alternative. It is very difficult to find a partner in the conditions in which you always turn in the same circles, “said Claudiu Radu, agency director at Alegria Travel, in which he created the project.
The Travel Dating filmmakers didn’t set out when they opened the page to necessarily help people get married.
“It is very difficult to meet a new man who will meet your expectations, especially if you have not found him after many years of searching. Then, we have thought, from our years of experience, that trips are a real possibility to meet. new people. Not necessarily to find a life partner, but you meet new people and, during the trip, for a few days, you can get to know them better. The clubs do not think they are an alternative, and other sources do not exist. “, he adds.
It all started from the idea of visiting, of having some specific activities within a tourist package that includes transportation, accommodation, visits, guide, to them adding others, specifically, that allow people to interact.
“Maybe we can arrange a visit to a chocolate factory, a special evening in a local country or abroad. Outside there would be city break trips, a few days in a city like Prague or Dresden, so that an atmosphere can be created. We did not intend to impose a strict program that we would have to go through. We want it to be something natural, to get to know people, to laugh, to feel good, “said Radu.
The director wanted to emphasize that there is nothing promising in this whole process.
“There is nothing indecent. There is no rule, we are just looking for the number of boys and girls to be approximately equal. We have many friends and clients who are over 30 years old and are alone. They have dedicated themselves to careers, working from morning till evening. and they cannot register on dating sites. Some have a certain position and they do not want to do it. Then, this would be an alternative, but it does not imply anything indecent. We expect to have problems with the number of boys who – they sign up. The girls gather quickly, they are more open to it, while the boys are a little more reluctant, “explained the director.
A first such departure could take place in January in Dubai, with four nights of accommodation, flight from Cluj, with a program of visits and shopping.
“In other countries there is a concept called Single Tourism, which provides the obligation for everyone to take their own room, but for our incomes it would entail too high costs. If two friends come, for example, it is ok to take one the room with two places is cheaper. The whole idea is to meet new people. I have noticed over the years that in trips people are much more relaxed, otherwise than in everyday life, much more open to communicate. we have managed to function like this over the years, “explained the director.
There is no pressure even to find your half.
“Nobody is forcing you to go half-way on these trips. There are people who might want to come up with the idea of expanding their group of friends, changing the environment. Today, when life is so busy dynamics, everyone wants something new, change things from day to day. It would be common sense, we said, for those who come not to be involved in a stable relationship. We trust that they are open to work. this and they do not come for other purposes. If a married person comes out who removes his or her wedding ring, it is something that goes beyond us, we cannot control, “he said.
The only constraints would be on the proportion of men and women on a trip, as well as their age.
In terms of prices, a two-night bus trip to Maramures could cost around 250 lei. A trip to Prague would be 150 euros. A Budapest-Vienna trip is 135 euros.
“It seems appropriate for Dubai, even Rome would be a good idea. We have these offers anyway and we have been doing them for years, trips to Barcelona, London, Paris, Rome. We look forward to seeing the feed-back from the people, we have already received calls from other agencies in Cluj, they all have lonely people around. It’s a reality, we don’t have to hide. There is nothing negative in this perspective, except that we, the Romanians, are more conservative, “said Claudiu Radu.