Question: Is there an organization that brings together single people who want to travel?
Answer: There are several services that match people looking for traveling partners. They all use questionnaires in which members detail information such as age, desired destinations and time of year for travel, history of trips as well as activities and cultural interests.
Odyssey Network, 118 Cedar Street, Wellesley, MA 02181, uses questionnaires to select four or five names for a member to contact. The fee for the service, which says it has around 150 members, is $50 a year. The service is a subsidiary of Charles River Travel; the agency prefers that members use it for travel arrangements.
Partners for Travel, 6080 SW 104th St., Miami, FL 33156, is a year-old service that says it has about 200 members. Members are provided with summaries of questionnaires from other members who seem compatible _ the average number is 10 _ without name, address or phone number. A member can then request fuller profiles. The service will then arrange a contact (or forward mail if one of the members wants to stay anonymous). A year's membership is $120; those who enroll before July 15 can join for $60.
Travel Companion Exchange, P.O. Box 833, Amityville, NY 11701, publishes a newsletter every two months with members' brief descriptions of themselves and their travel plans. Members can ask the organization for a longer profile that the advertisers filled out when they joined the organization. Dues are $36 for six months for those looking for travel companions of the same sex and $66 for those looking for companions of the opposite sex. Included are six back issues of the newsletter, current issues and one profile a month; additional profiles are $2 each. A sample newsletter is $4, and a one-year subscription without matching services is $36. There are about 2,000 members active at any one time, according to the service.