TOURING ESCORT SERIES: An interview with touring escort Lulu Valentine
Welcome to the Scarlet Blue Touring Escort Series. Dedicated to our touring escorts, this series of our guest blog provides an exciting and informative glimpse into the world of an independent touring escort.
Please welcome International touring escort Lulu Valentine.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A TOURING ESCORT?
It is hard to narrow it down to one “best” thing. One aspect of this work that I truly love is, the interactions that I get to have with so many people from diverse backgrounds, lifestyles, interests, cultures, etc, that I wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to meet - I’ve learnt so much about the people, and the world because of this. Being a touring escort just broadens the pool of peoples brains to pick, and I find people’s brains to be the parts of them that turn me on the most. I get really itchy feet if I’m in one place for too long, so, the freedom to travel with my job has always important for me, even prior to sex work.
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES?
Entering a new market and trying to figure out how to make your business work there. There are so many things that need to be considered: Where do I advertise? Will I even make any money? Where do I stay? How do I screen clients? What should my rates be? Is what I’m doing legal in this country, and if I am caught to what extent of the law will I be punished?
Also, being away from my home, my bed, and my dogs always leaves an unshakeable ache in my heart.
WHAT ARE YOUR STRATEGIES TO BE COST EFFECTIVE WHILST TOURING?
I try not so much to be cost effective, but I try to ensure that I am comfortable, so that even if I don’t make any money, I can have a good time and treat the failed tour as a holiday. Having said that though, joining and sticking to loyalty programmes for hotels and airlines really helps out, especially considering how much I travel - it means that upgrades are often available, so I don’t have to fork out heaps of extra cash for that comfort.
WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT TIPS YOU CAN OFFER OTHER TOURING ESCORTS?
The single most important tip I can offer any touring escort is: know exactly where you are going, and what you are doing.
Remember, that irrespective of whether or not prostitution is legal or not, once you work in a country where you don’t have legal working rights, you are committing a crime. Some countries have harsher penalties than others - know what is tolerated by each government. Be prepared. Find a lawyer in your home country, which you can contact incase something does go awry during your travels. Find out if there are any local sex worker organisations in the country you intend to work in - they are a great information resource, but be respectful, and thankful of any help they provide you. Don’t assume that local sex workers owe you their time or labour to help you come Into there market. Screen to the absolute best of your ability, and, if something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
DO YOU EXERCISE WHILST ON TOUR? HOW DO YOU KEEP FIT?
I have to exercise, because it gives me a reason to go outside. Being inside for too long makes me anxious. I really like to go for hikes - there are really great ones in most of the cities that I go to, so it’s also a really nice way to catch a break from such intensity, and find sanctuary amongst the green. Also, I’m a slut for yoga (especially if it’s in a hot room).
WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM ALL OF YOUR TOURS?
No story with a happy ending begins like this, but -
One time I was transiting through Dubai airport, and I had a vibrator (batteries still in it) in a bag full of condoms in my carry-on luggage. The vibrator had gone unnoticed at prior airport screenings, and I had forgotten it was even in there to begin with. When it was scanned during the transit, airport security took it out of the bag, spilled the condoms out in the process, and accidentally turned it on. Surprised, the gentleman dropped it, and I had to get on all fours to try to retrieve it - with an aircrafts full of people waiting behind me. Red faced, but otherwise unscathed, I was allowed through security and leapt like a gazelle to the gate my next flight was departing from. As soon as I got there, two men sitting across from me caught my gaze, and through fits of laughter announced, “looks like you are definitely in for a good holiday!” I eventually outlived my shame, but, it definitely was a long 3 hour wait to board.
[Note: don’t travel with condoms or sex toys, not only to avoid embarrassing situations like this one, but also because they can be used to stop you entering a country on the basis that you intend to perform sex work there.]
WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF COMING HOME?
Australian barista’s, and other less tangible familiarities. I take a deep breathe, and remind myself how clean the air is where I live - sometimes I take this for granted. I take my dogs for a big run - I just watch them, and soak up the worry-free happiness they exert. I hug my fridge (room service diet wears thin after a few days). I lay in my bed, and it’s the only time I let my dogs sleep with me - I rub their bellies, kiss their feet. The best part of coming home, is home.
Lulu Valentine is an independent escort who tours many cities throughout Australia and internationally. To find out more about Lulu, visit her profile