"I don't pay for anything," 24-year-old Heidy Pandora says about her lifestyle. The young woman, who resides in Orlando, Fla., is unemployed, yet travels all over the world with wealthy (and often married) men. Pandora considers herself a "full-time traveler," and not a gold digger, as many would assume.
The traveler explains that just two years ago, she was depressed, low on money and at a crossroads. "I told myself, 'If today was my last day, what would I want to do?'" The answer, of course, was travel, but Pandora didn't have enough money to jet set to an island or resort. Instead, she found Miss Travel, a travel dating site that connects those with the travel bug to members across the world, looking for similar excursions. "I kind of became addicted to it," she said. "I still suffer from depression, but it’s not as severe, and traveling keeps me alive.”
Three years later, Pandora has hit more than 20 countries, including Morocco, Dubai and Thailand. Of course, all of this travel comes with a price. Though not guaranteed, many of the men on the dating site are looking for a physical exchange – one that Pandora says she doesn't feel "pressured" to engage in. “If we connect, things happen. But if we don’t connect, then we just have fun on the trip or I just come back," she explains. Some connections are made, however, with men who are already in relationships, which isn't an issue for the traveler. “I don’t see it as such a big deal to have sex with married men," Pandora says. "If they’re married and looking somewhere else, they’re not happy. Some of them don’t have any sexual relationship with their wives anymore.”
The 24-year-old has received both positive and negative reactions to her lifestlye. Surprisingly enough, her family is on board. "All my family know I do this. My mom is actually really happy for me because she’s always wanted to see the world," she explains. As for the rest of society, there are some who aren't too pleased, and make their opinions known on her Facebook page, according to the New York Post. “I do not care about anybody’s opinion," she says. "Who doesn’t want to see the world? The people that probably judge me have maybe envy and jealousy."
And though she, herself, isn't in it for the sex, she does say she hopes to "find the one" soon – but until then, it's all about the travel