Got Wanderlust? Singles Apply Within

published on 3. Apr 2015

match uk offers dream job for one lucky single – get paid to travel the globe going on dates

  To mark its 20th anniversary, today launched a search for one lucky single to help shape the future of dating in the UK.

To celebrate twenty years of creating more dates and relationships than any other dating site, match is offering a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for one single Brit to travel and experience dating around the globe – and get paid for doing it! match’s chosen ‘Date Explorer’ will jet off on an all-expenses-paid, around-the-world trip to gather dating tips and expertise from five foreign cultures, bringing back with them the secrets that will make Britain a nation of better daters

The search has been launched after research from match found that Brits need to improve their dating game and still have something to learn from their foreign counterparts. Almost half (49 per cent) of British singles think that dating should be more fun, while just 26 per cent think we Brits are good daters compared to other nationalities.

More than 40% of those quizzed believed Britain is stuck in a dating rut and could do more to spice up their dating lives. Although 52 per cent of those quizzed said they would be open to more adventurous pursuits, more than 80% of Britain’s dates stick to a very tried-and-tested formula, comprising either a drink in a bar (32 per cent), a meal (29 per cent) or a coffee (21 per cent). Asking someone out on a date also seems to be an issue for many Brits, with 42 per cent of women and a fifth (20 per cent) of men saying they would never do so!

To help Britons date better, match’s Date Explorer will be tasked simply with going on dates and gathering dating advice from five foreign cities known for their vibrant and varied dating scenes: New York, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Paris and Stockholm. The lucky candidate simply needs to be single, outgoing, have a passion for travel and an insatiable appetite for meeting new people. From salsa dancing to saunas, café culture to cocktail bars, the Date Explorer will find out what makes daters around the world tick and then bring their pearls of wisdom back to the UK.

During June and July of this year, the winning candidate will spend six weeks on the road sampling the dating delights of some of the world’s greatest cities, before reporting back their findings upon their return to Britain.

Kate Taylor, dating and relationship expert at, comments: Kate Taylor, dating and relationship expert at, comments: “We are already hugely influenced by other nations in all areas of life, from what we eat and drink, to how we spend our leisure time, so it makes sense for the next generation of daters to gather international tips on enjoying great dates. I’m hoping the chosen Date Explorer and their followers will be inspired by the savvy, no-nonsense approach of New Yorkers, the passion of Romans, and the Parisians’ ability to confidently charm their date. So don’t hesitate – apply! Taking a detour out of your daily routine is the first step towards finding your match”

Some of the key issues which the Date Explorer will be tasked with solving include:

  • The best way to ask someone out? – with just under a third of singles (32 per cent) saying they’d never ask someone out, the Date Explorer will make it their mission to find out the best tactics for asking someone out
  • Girls (and boys) just want to have fun – Almost half (49 per cent) say they want their dates to be more fun, while 46 per cent want more excitement, therefore the Date Explorer will report back on the best and most interesting settings for a first date
  • Exuding confidence – according to the research, Brits think the quality they lack the most is confidence (47 per cent), meaning the winning applicant will be required to find out the best tips and tricks to ooze confidence and win over a date
  • The charm offensive – for some people the thought of an awkward silence on a date can be a big worry, so much so that 56 per cent of Brits prepare talking points ahead of time. Following their travels, the Date Explorer will bring back a host of talking points to keep dates interested
  • Making a polite exit – on the rare occasion that they end up on a really bad date, half of singles (50 per cent) say they wouldn’t ever cut it short as they feel too rude. This can be one of the biggest worries when on a date, so the explorer will be finding out how other nations do it and the most polite ways to do so

To apply visit Applications open on 2rd April and close at 23.59 on 30th April.

 Notes to editors:

About the research

The research was carried out by One Poll, surveying 2,000 UK singles aged 23+, between 16th – 19th March 2015.

The Job Description – Date Explorer

Candidate must-haves:

  • Single
  • British
  • Valid passport
  • Confident
  • Friendly
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • An adventurous attitude
  • Willingness to try new things
  • Love to travel
  • Interested in human psychology
  • Video editing skills
  • Camera – stills and film skills
  • Ability to produce at least one form of content: written, video, and/or photographic

Candidate nice to haves:

  • Language skills
  • Writing skills

About match:

Founded in 1995, is the original dating website and pioneer of the online dating industry. 20 years later, match is responsible for more dates, relationships and marriages than any other website. pioneered and helped shape the online dating industry into the phenomenon it is today and continues to innovate and offer members more ways to meet, including singles events in 21 cities and the UK’s number one downloaded iOS and Android app by revenue in 2014.*

As a founding member of the Online Dating Association (ODA), is committed to providing a safe and confidential community for its members.

*App Annie Index: 2014 Retrospective


About Match Launched in 1995, Match is a leading online dating brand in the UK, offering a wide array of features and services.
Through the Match app, singles have all the means to meet other singles ready for a real relationship, via Live and Audio discovery features, or IRL Singles Events. Combining technological innovation, efficiency, support (during LiveCoaching sessions) and Customer Care, Match continually offers new services to spark real connections.
As a founding member of the Online Dating Association (ODA), Match is committed to providing a safe and confidential community for its members.

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