Gay Bogota – New Now Next

Author: , January 15th, 2018

Gay Bogota

The latest issue of gay travel mag Elska presents the Colombian capital as a “stunning, modern, cosmopolitan, and safe city full of open and positive people.”

Each issue of Elska magazine introduces us to gay men from a different city. Past issues have focused on Brussels, Tapei, Cardiff, and even Mumbai.

But the latest issue, shot in Bogota, Colombia, is the first in Latin America—and the one editor-photographer Liam Campbell says he’s the most eager to come back to.

“I did a bit of research on LGBT rights, availability of queer spaces, and also just talked to people from the region, and Bogotá seemed to come out as the gayest city on the continent,” says Elska editor and chief photographer Liam Campbell. “So that’s why we decided to make Bogotá our first venture into the region, and it really turned out to be a great decision. It’s a stunning, modern, cosmopolitan, and safe city full of open and positive people.”

By Dan Avery – Full Story at New Now Next

Colombia Gay Travel Resources

Amsterdam in the Morning – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 15th, 2018

Amsterdam in the Morning - Keep Calm and Wander

In my previous blog post, I talked about what Amsterdam looks like without the tourists. This is part 2 of the post – and a continuation of my morning stroll. You might not like waking up early in the morning but it’s worth it. You’ll see more of Amsterdam when there are no tourists around.

Though you won’t be able to see museums and art galleries, walking around the city in the morning is far more rewarding than doing it when tourists are everywhere. Don’t worry about getting lost – enjoy being lost. It’s a small city, so you’ll always find a way to get back where you started. You might be surprised what you can find in the city’s little corners.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Amsterdam Gay Travel Resources

Lesbian Travel: Ice Hotels – Go Girlfriend

Author: , January 13th, 2018

ice hotels

When it comes to where you rest your head, how adventurous are you?

It takes more than 15,000 tons of snow and 5,000 tons of ice to build Canada’s Ice Hotel (Quebec). The Swedish ICE HOTEL in Lapland requires a colossal 30,000 tons of snow and 10,000 tons of ice. Every year both need to be completely rebuilt. An exercise in stupidity or a constantly evolving masterpiece?

Ice Hotel Quebec

More beautiful than a scene from the “Tales of Narnia,” Canada’s Ice Hotel first opened its doors in 2000, and more than 80,000 people have slept there since then – though curious gawkers come by the hundreds of thousands.

If you’re brave enough to stay the night, expect dinner and breakfast at nearby Hotel Valcartier (where you can also have a “Warm Night” experience), access to the nordic-style hot tubs and sauna, an arctic sleeping bag, blanket and pillow. You can choose between a room with a fireplace or one without, but you can’t have a door – curtains provide privacy. Room rates start at $300US per person per night.

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

Pandora Boxx on Gay Los Angeles – Gay Star News

Author: , January 13th, 2018

Pandora Box

Pandora Boxx has been one of the stars to emerge from the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race. A frequent flyer who jets around the world to perform, we recently caught up with Pandora to swap travel stories and talk wedding plans.

What would your travel tips be for someone visiting LA?

There’s so much to do in LA! Just plan enough time because traffic can be a bitch. Choose someplace either right near the places you want to visit, or someplace centrally located so it’s easier to get around.

If you love the gay scene, then the strip in West Hollywood has a bunch of gay bars all within walking distance. Downtown LA also has a great gay scene now. People should definitely check out my favourite bar in LA which is Precinct DTLA.
There’s so many choices for food here too, some of my favourites are Hugo’s, Rosa Mexicano – the fresh guacamole is the best, Quarters for Korean BBQ, and Tatsu Ramen.

There’s also so many brunches to choose from, but I’m a queen so I have to recommend checking out a drag queen brunch. A lot of my LA gal pals host a drag queen brunch, so make sure to check out where Jasmine Masters, Ongina, Mayhem Miller, Wendy Ho, Allusia Alusia, Misty Violet, and Vicky Vox will be. They know where the party is at!

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

Los Angeles Gay Travel Resources

Lancaster B&B – Gay Lancaster Bed & Breakfast

Author: , January 11th, 2018

Lancaster B&B

The Lancaster is a fine old house built in the 1912 Dutch Colonial style. A craftsmen-cottage sense of place and tasteful, inviting decor welcomes our guests to relax and rejuvenate at their own pace.At the inn, all rooms offer stocked private baths, bathrobes, and electric fireplaces. Satellite television/dvd players, wi-fi throughout the property, complimentary refreshments and cozy common spaces keep you connected and entertained when staying in, and extensive maps, brochures, and our in-step local knowledge keep you informed when you choose to explore.

Situated on the perimeter of the vibrant, creative downtown of Lancaster city, where cool shops, great galleries, quality theatre, and wow-factor restaurants and pubs are all close by, The Lancaster bed and breakfast is only minutes away from the inspiring Amish countryside. The fascinating and friendly Amish and Mennonite cultures pepper the farmland, ready to educate, inspire, and charm you with handsome homesteads and businesses of produce, preserves, quilts, and crafts.

And of course, the marvelous full gourmet breakfasts at The Lancaster will please all palettes, as your innkeepers, Brad and Keith, pride themselves on graciously accommodating the tastes and needs of their guests. You will not leave hungry but you will leave enriched.

See the Lancaster B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Lancaster Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Bocas del Toro: Safe for Gay Couples? – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , January 11th, 2018

Bocas del Toro - Nomadic Boys

Two gay boys hanging out on Bluff beach with no one around, except a few friendly Golden Retrievers, the palm trees and the gorgeous backdrop of the Caribbean.

We celebrated Stefan’s birthday in Bocas del Toro in Panama, an area with a wide mix of people who do not care about your sexuality. We found it to be very relaxed, with an incredibly tolerant and friendly vibe. Many LGBTQ expats have even chosen Bocas as a place to live or set up a new business, so there’s a handful of gay owned places here to check out.

We absolutely loved our holiday at Bluff Beach and definitely recommend it to other LGBTQ travellers looking for a private and very romantic slice of Caribbean paradise.

Where is Bocas del Toro?

Bocas del Toro province is in northeast Panama on the Caribbean coast and next to the border with Costa Rica. It includes a chain of 9 islands, each with its own unique charm and character. Temperatures here rarely drop below 20 degrees (68 Fahrenheit), and when it rains, it’s just a quick tropical burst of showers before it quickly clears.

Bocas is the main town and transport hub into the region, located on Colon Island. You can reach it via daily flights to/from Panama City (45 mins) or overland by bus from Panama City to Almirante (around 11 hrs), followed by a boat from Almirante (30 mins).

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Panama Gay Travel Resources

A Crash Course in Spanish Paella – Tango Diva

Author: , January 11th, 2018

paella - Pixabay

They say the secret to getting to know a culture is born through a passion for its food. Spain is no exception. Paella, the country’s most well-known and celebrated dish, is a reflection of the richness and diversity of the country that created it. The bright, inviting colors and layers of intense flavor the dish is known for tell a story. They take you on a journey to a land that is steeped in tradition, history and a love for community. Whether you are planning to make your very first paella or you consider yourself a seasoned paella pro, here is some information you may find helpful on your road to paella perfection.

It is said that the Moors brought rice from northern Africa to Spain in the 10th century. And, it is agreed, what we know today as paella originated in the 18th century in Spain’s third largest city, Valencia. Like many of the world’s best recipes, it is a beautiful melding of cultures that has led to Spain’s most popular dish, now happily eaten in every corner of the globe.

You may not know that the word paella actually refers to the name of the pan used to cook the hearty rice dish. Traditionally prepared in a large metal pan with a dimpled surface, these days, cooks can opt for a dimpled or flat-bottomed pan, depending on personal preference.

By Allison Neves – Full Story at Tango Diva

Spain Gay Travel Resources

Bayfront Marin House – St. Augustine Gay Friendly B&B

Author: , January 8th, 2018

Bayfront Marin House - St. Augustine Gay Friendly B&B

If you’re looking for a laid-back, relaxing Florida getaway in lovely St. Augustine. look no further – the Bayfront Marin House offers an elegant, award-winning accommodation experience.

Our St. Augustine bed and breakfast is located directly across from the Matanzas Bay, in the heart of St. Augustine’s historic district. Our elegant hotel alternative offers the best views anywhere in the old city, from the spectacular Bridge of Lions and romantic St. Augustine lighthouse, to the playful dolphins that frolic in the Intracoastal Waterway.

If you’ve never stayed at a B&B before, you’ll love the welcoming atmosphere and personalized service we provide. And if you’re a bed and breakfast veteran, you’ll be delighted by the things that set us apart: private entrances and individual thermostats for every room, giving you the ultimate in privacy and comfort. As soon as you arrive at our richly landscaped grounds, you’ll understand why our guests have voted us the #1 Bed and Breakfast on the Bay.

The Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast Inn is just a short walk away from the city’s historic sites, museums, art galleries, boutique shops, and great restaurants. We’re directly across from the seawall, and just blocks from the historic fort, Castillo de San Marco.

If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay in St. Augustine, give us a call, and let us pamper you.

See the Bayfront Marin House Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

St. Augustine Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

2 Travel Dads Show Their Kids the World – Gay Star News

Author: , January 8th, 2018

2 Travel Dads

‘It happened the other day! It didn’t hurt! The Tooth Fairy came!’ A beautiful six-year-old with a gap-toothed smile has taken over my Skype interview with his doting dads Chris and Rob Taylor. And, of course, I can’t help but laugh. He has that adorable, squeaky accent many US kids have, straight out of a milk commercial.

Oliver shows me where his tooth used to be, as his three-year-old brother Elliott busies himself with toys nearby. It’s a typical morning in the Taylor household in Puget Sound near Seattle, in the US state of Washington.

The family’s second home, however, is the open road. After all, Chris and Rob aren’t regular dads: they’re 2 Travel Dads. ‘We have a scratch map – we scratch off the countries we’ve been to,’ explains globe-trotter Rob, age 37. ‘We’ve been to 15 or 16 so far,’ adds Chris, 41, who’s been married to Rob for five years.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

Amsterdam Without the Tourists – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 8th, 2018

Amsterdam Without Tourists - Keep Calm and Wander

Here are photos of what Amsterdam looks like without the tourists.

It is estimated that there are around 17 million tourists that visit Amsterdam every year. For a tiny city, this number is already insane! Come in summer and you might think you’re in China due to the crowd – everywhere! Your photo will always have people in the background. Unless you’d walk away far from the centre. You can’t even enjoy a very nice, quiet meal in a restaurant. Bicycle? Forget it! Biking downtown is truly a nightmare for someone who doesn’t know the city’s shortcut corners.

Go Around in the Morning. Before tourists are awake, take a stroll along the city’s canals and squares. Though it’s quiet but you’ll appreciate the city’s layout without the crowd. The canals are serene and seem to have a personality of its own. At 7:00, the locals start to go out by riding their bikes to their offices. You’ll be hearing more bike bells anywhere you go and suddenly, you feel that you’re really in Amsterdam. By 9:00 a.m., the city starts to look a lot more like Disney again.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Netherlands Gay Travel Resources