Do you have a valid passport? Can’t find a suitable life partner at home? Would you like to meet 500-2000 single women in 7-10 days? Well, here is your chance! Coco Swan takes a peek at singles tours and gives you the facts.

A report to Congress by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1999 estimated more than 200 US based businesses paired 4000-6000 US men with women from overseas seeking marriage. By 2004 this number had doubled.

A romance tour is defined as a holiday outside of the United States, with the ultimate goal of meeting foreign women interested in matrimony outside of their native country. You are provided with a guide and interpreter, if needed. Most tour groups have an average of 25-40 men in them, so not too much competition, but enough men for the ladies to want to attend the functions. Tours seem to average 7-10 nights, depending upon your destination, but some can be as long as 45 nights.

The ethical romance tour companies will escort you from a gateway city to your destination. They will also meet you at the airport at your destination, assist with check-in, and provide local getting around tours. All responsible companies will have an office open all year round in the city you are headed for. Once you have signed on to a romance vacation site you should be provided with addresses and profiles of women before you leave. You should also be able to peruse the files of the ladies and request meetings with the ones who take your fancy. Included in your holiday package should be a fiance visa kit with all pertinent information and forms.

The Fiance Visa.(K-1) You should ensure you are using a site that is licensed in your part of the States for immigration law and also licensed to work in the country you are headed for. The fiance visa (K-1) is a non-immigrant visa allowing a foreigner to enter the US for the purpose of marriage. They are normally valid for 3 months only, during which time a marriage must take place. If the marriage does not take place within this time any extension of stay will not be allowed. There are 4 main service centers to handle these petitions, according to your place of residence. These are in Nebraska, California, Vermont and Texas. It is now considered impossible for a foreign single girl to enter the States on a tourist visa and then try and stay on and marry. So save yourself a lot of time, trouble and money and get the paperwork right the first time. Most of the reputable companies offer several levels of fiance visa assistance packages ranging from self described basic, but proper, to full on liaising with your fiance and lots of after care. Children under the age of 21 years seemed to be covered in all the packages.

Social Nights. Depending on your tour, you should have the opportunity to meet somewhere between 500-2000 females. It appeared that the standard tour provided 2-3 Social Nights in your tour. 3 nights seemed the norm for Russia and 2 or 3 for Asia, Latin America and Philippines. These are averages only. It would appear that the ethical companies should provide a similar formula to this. The social night should be held somewhere like a banquet room in a hotel or private entertainment complex. The socials should be fully catered with food, drink and champagne or the like. You should not be expected to pay for the food or drink for the ladies at these particular events. You should be able to indicate any ladies who you would like to meet here. Anyone you meet who you do like, you just ask for her phone number. The ladies should all be screened at the front door. The ladies should all be different at each and every social night. The ladies should all be personal invitees and not just females invited in off the street.

Most tour packages seemed to include buffet breakfasts. Make sure your tour will provide you with a private hotel room that you will not be sharing with another client.

Take along photos to show of your family, home, town, lifestyle etc, so that any prospective fiances can obtain a better idea of the life you will be offering them.

Destinations: The most popular destinations, leaving out of the US, are the Ukraine, Russia, Latin America, Thailand and the Philippines. Males from other parts of the world are more than welcome to embark on these US based tours, although they can probably see if their own host country has sites offering the same services.

There are at least 20 cities to choose from in Russia and the Ukraine, including Kiev, St Petersburg, Ufa, Volgograd, Odessa, Crimea, Poltava and Sumy, to mention just a few. Some of the longer tours include more than one city on the one holiday. To get into Russia you need to have at least 6 months left on your passport and you will also need a visa. Amongst Russian men there is a high alcoholism rate and a high death ratio. Wives and families have become unaffordable for many Russian men due to the poor economy there. Here’s our choice for dating Russian women.

The Philippines. As English is the primary language there, no translators are needed in the Philippines. Philippino ladies apparently see the older man as more desirable and stable as life partners and fathers. The Phillipino females are often perceived as being happy to work.

In the Philippines it appeared that 3 social nights was the norm. Airport collections, breakfasts and 24 hour guidance should be provided. In the Philippines it would seem that unlimited personal introductions were being provided with about 15 minutes of staff attendance at the start of each meeting. If after the 15 minutes things are going nicely then generally you move on to a cafe or restaurant where you will be expected to pay for your date. As a rule you should be getting at the minimum, a city orientation tour by the company.

Bangkok, Thailand. The accommodation that I saw as being provided in these romance tours was astonishingly luxurious, far and away better than any other country that I saw. This is the place to go if you are looking for exhilarating nightlife. So if night clubs and swanky sophisticated accommodation are on your holiday wish list then this could be the destination for you. Buffet breakfasts were also included. You should be provided with interpreters, 24-hour guidance from staff, 2-3 social nights, a city tour and a metro tour showing you how to use the Sky Train. Your hotel should be just minutes from the nightlife. You should be entitled to unlimited introductions much as described above. The other benefits of Thailand are the great golf courses and the fact that you can have medical and dental procedures done in hospitals there for about 90% less than in the States. Imagine, new teeth and a new wife!

San Jose, Costa Rica. . Volcanoes, rain forests, beaches and surfing. Not to mention absolutely stunning looking girls. Apparently girls are raised in Costa Rica with romantic family oriented cultures. In Costa Rica you should be entitled to 2 Social nights, unlimited personal introductions, interpreters, airport pick up, and breakfast.

Colombia. Medillin, Barranquilla, Cartagena and Manizales were all featured as places to go. Again, stunning scenery and even more stunning girls were heavily featured.

Machu-Picchu, Lima, Peru and Nicaragua are all other destinations that have been opened up to the world of singles travel tours. The Latin America tours were providing up to 3 one-on-one introductions per day.

Essentially, you need to decide what style of prospective wife you are seeking, and where you would like to go for your holiday. The professional sites have 250,000 applicants on file and up to 20,000 profiles for you to select from. These women are all genuinely prepared to leave their lives and countries behind to start a fresh life with Mr. Right. Romance tours have become increasingly popular in the last decade or so with the opening up of the electronic world or courtesy of the Internet. Here’s a review on Romance Tours .

Weary of being partner less? A singles tour could be the answer. Take charge of the rest of your life right now! Grab your passport, visa and paperwork. Book yourself on a romance tour. Jump on a plane. Bring home a fiance- what a holiday souvenir! You can see inspiring romance tour stuff here.

Good Luck, Coco Swan.