A love-struck woman revealed how she flew 5,000 miles round the world – to meet her Tinder crush.
Veronika Dolezelova, 24, matched American Bryan Davis, 43, while he was on holiday near her home in Prague, Czech Republic in March.
But Bryan had just a few hours before he caught the transatlantic 12 hour flight back to his home in Denver, Colorado, and didn’t have time to see Veronika.
The pair ‘cyber-separated’ and thought they would never meet again – but they carried on chatting when Bryan reached home.
Three months later Veronika used savings to make the trip to the U.S. where the smitten couple finally met in person for the first time.
Veronika said: ‘With eight hours time difference and entire ocean between us, at first it seemed like there was really little chance that both of us could ever meet.
‘But we chatted every day and soon we started to plan my trip.
‘But my dad was furious. He thought the worst – that Bryan wasn’t real, that he was a bad guy trying to take advantage of some poor naive girl .
‘There are some horror stories about people who fly round the world to see people who they have met online.
‘He thought it would be like a scene from the Taken movie with Liam Neeson. My family thought I could be raped, or just disappear.
‘Bryan’s family were nervous, too. For them I was just some strange girl from eastern Europe that wanted to take advantage of their son – marry him, get a green card, stay in the U.S., and after that get rid of him.’
Veronika first began chatting with Bryan in March after they both swiped right on the casual dating app.
It links people who are located near each other.
But within a few minutes of talking, Bryan, a patient recruitment manager , told her that he was about to catch a plane for the 12 hour flight back to Denver.
Despite only having a brief Tinder conversation, they continued chatting once Bryan had returned home – falling in love with online video calls.
Veronika’s father tried to stop her from talking with Bryan – and was so worried even made her store pictures of her tattoos in case he needed to identify her dead body.
But within days of landing in America for her three-week trip, his fears were allayed as the couple struck up a ‘match made in heaven’.
They visited the Rocky Mountains and dated for the first time at local bars and restaurants.
Veronika added: ‘I still can’t describe in words how happy I am to have made the trip to meet Bryan after talking online for so long.
‘I can’t believe that I’ve met my dating app crush in person. It has changed my life and I’m already saving up to go back again.’