A group of single flyers has taken part in a unique speed-dating event, mid-flight, at 35,000ft.
Travel website Expedia and dating website doingsomething.co.uk launched the flight as part of a campaign to promote and highlight the link between love and travel. For the challenge, 60 men and women boarded a chartered flight to Venice from London, taking part in 21 micro-dates during the flight in an attempt to meet their perfect travel partner. The event, dubbed the “Holidate” also includes further “dating challenges” for the group of participants, in London and Venice.
The event set a world record for “highest speed-dating event”, with Guinness World Records confirming its crown. Andy Washington, managing director of Expedia in the UK and Ireland, said, “one of the great things about travel is the way it brings people together, so we’re thrilled to have been able to set a world record doing just that.”
A recent survey, conducted by Expedia, found that travel was the most popular topic of conversation on first dates, with 44 per cent of survey respondents mentioning it. It also seems that some of us are prepared to exaggerate travel experiences in order to impress that special person during a date, with one in 10 respondents admitting that they would adopt this approach. Interestingly, a quarter of respondents claimed they would be “turned off” by an inexperienced traveller.
So it seems that travel and love really are the perfect match, although whether any of the Holidate participants met that special someone mid-flight, remains to be seen.