Gay Varanasi, India – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 25th, 2019

Gay Varanasi, India - The Nomadic Boys

Varanasi: a city where you see every facet of life before your very eyes! From intense worshipping by pilgrims along the River Ganges to open-casket funerals along the ghats, it’s full of life going on everywhere you look!

For us, gay Varanasi was the most fascinating and interesting place in India. It’s so real here! As you walk along the many “ghats” running along the riverbed, you’ll see people doing their laundry in the Ganges, bathing in it, shitting in it, cremating their dead in it, taking pilgrim boat rides in it and so much more. At night the ghats are lit up by many different types of light ceremonies taking place creating a very unique and quite intense atmosphere. In this article, we’ve put together our experience of what it was like travelling in Varanasi as a gay couple.

Where is Varanasi?

Varanasi is located in Northeast India in the state of Uttar Pradesh. As far as Indian cities go, it’s on the smaller end with a population of 1.2 million.

Varanasi is considered one of the holiest places in India for Hindus and is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world – since around 11th or 12th century BC.

The other important thing to note about Varanasi is the Ganges River, which runs through the city. What seems like a dirty and polluted river to us (no seriously it is, read this to get an idea!), the Ganges is considered extremely sacred to Hindus. It personifies the goddess “Ganga”, so ritual bathing in the sacred river is regarded as an important part of Hindu pilgrimage. This is also why funerals are so popular here – the ashes of the cremated bodies can be spread across into the holy river, giving them a noble passageway into the afterlife.

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Gay Japan – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 12th, 2019

Gay Japan - The Nomadic Boys

Japan is an incredible country. Everything is so advanced, done with such careful precision, immaculate attention to detail – and always with a smile. The Japanese culture itself is rich with tradition, dating back thousands of years and manifests itself in the way the people behave with each other, the many beautiful temples and even in the delicious Japanese food.

Most importantly of all, Japan is very gay friendly, especially for foreigners. We certainly rate it as one of the most gay friendly countries in Asia. Whilst there is a lot of work that needs to be done for the LGBTQ community of Japan, by Asian standards, Japan is way ahead of the pack.

This is our gay travel itinerary to Japan for first-timers to discover the best the country has to offer. It can be done in 10 days or two weeks, the latter allowing more time to enjoy the sights.

Our gay itinerary to Japan is a cultural journey through one of our favourite countries in the world, taking in the big bustling capital city, the Japanese countryside around Takayama, the rich culture of Kyoto and an important educational visit to Hiroshima. One big tip before heading off, you may want to consider pre-ordering a pocket WiFi router to use throughout your trip to save you a lot of money on your roaming fees. We tried this out for our trip and loved that we could both always use our phones when on the move.

Side note: for more Japan inspiration further afield from the traditional tourist route we set out in this itinerary, check out the incredible Yaeyama Islands for some of the best nature, jungle life and diving opportunities.

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India’s Golden Triangle – Our Taste for Life

Author: , October 3rd, 2019

India's Golden Triangle - Our Taste for Life

The Golden Triangle Itinerary in India, otherwise known as the Delhi-Agra-Jaipur circuit, is one of the most common travel routes in the country. If you only have a short time in India, it’s the perfect route to get a taste for what this wild country is all about.

This route is particularly popular among travellers visiting India for the first time. On the Golden Triangle Itinerary, you’ll get to experience some of the countries architectural wonders (I’m looking at you, Taj Mahal). And you’ll immerse in the rich and vibrant Indian culture.

We spent over One Month in India last year. And it has to be said that these three cities are some of the most challenging places to travel. They can be hectic, busy, and overwhelming; however, they are all significant in the Indian culture. And you’ll be rewarded with some of the most awe-inspiring sites in all of the country.

In this Golden Triangle Itinerary & Guide, we share all of the best places to see in each city, information of Golden Triangle Tours, as well as our top tips and recommendations. So let’s get to it.

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Gay Yaeyama Islands – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 3rd, 2019

Gay Yaeyama Islands - The Nomadic Boys

The Yaeyama islands make up the southernmost inhabited archipelago of Japan, some 2,000 kilometres (1,242 miles) from Tokyo. This group of untouched islands offer a total change of scenery in a subtropical climate.

We first heard about it amongst the diving community, who raved about the stunning coral reefs around the Yaeyama Islands, which put it straight to the top of our bucket list.

We loved our holiday to the Yaeyama Islands and can certainly attest to the world-class diving here. However, don’t come here expecting a gay scene, as there is none! We recommend staying in Tokyo for that or even heading to Taiwan, which is not that far away. The Yaeyama Islands is a destination for gay travellers in Japan to come to unwind, whilst also experiencing the natural beauty of the Japanese jungle, unspoiled beaches and pristine reefs.

Following our trip, this is our gay travel guide to the Yaeyama islands featuring the best things to do and gay friendly hotels to stay that we tried out and felt welcome at as a gay couple.

Where are the Yaeyama Islands?

The Yaeyama Islands are located in the southernmost inhabited archipelago of Japan. They are around 2,000 kilometres (1,242 miles) south of Tokyo, forming part of the Okinawa Prefecture.

This is the most remote part of Japan, offering a total change of scenery from the mainland in a subtropical climate.

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One Month in India – Our Taste for Life

Author: , September 27th, 2019

One Month in India - Our Taste for Life

Backpacking for one month in India and need some guidance on where to go? Don’t worry, we have got you covered. It can be a daunting task planning your route in this truly vast and diverse country. So with this in mind, we share a few different backpacking India routes, suitable for a one month trip in India. Furthermore, we will share all the best places to see in India, our top tips, where to stay, budget and more.

Backpacking India had been at the top of our bucket list for over a year before we finally worked up the courage to go. We spent that time getting some backpacker experience under our belt in South East Asia. And then one day, it was just TIME.

We planned to spend just one month in India. However, one month in India quickly became two. And still, we only just managed to scratch the surface. Nevertheless, it was enough time for us to fall head over heels in love with Mother India.

You see, India is unlike any other country we have visited. Everything about it is loud, large, and in your face. It takes a lot of patience to see the beauty amidst the madness. And you’ll probably find you have a love/hate relationship with India, like most other travellers.

But for those prepared to take the time to get to know the real India. You are in for the adventure of your lives.

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Ten Days in Bali – Our Taste for Life

Author: , September 26th, 2019

Ten Days in Bali

Ten Days in Bali is the perfect amount of time to enjoy a taste of everything the island has to offer. And to help with your trip planning, we have put together a 10 Day Bali Itinerary that will ensure you do not miss out on any of the highlights.

Steaming jungles, pristine beaches, rich culture, and smoothie bowls, are just a handful of reasons why we fell in love with Bali. Although we have to admit, this infatuation did take us by surprise. Until recently, we were guilty of believing that the island might be over touristic. When in fact we couldn’t have been more wrong.

There is no denying that the island is popular. But it’s not without good reason. The island of the gods appeals to every kind of traveller. Surfers, yogis, nature lovers, hikers, foodies, divers, hippies, backpackers, families, couples – all come here to lap up the islands magical vibe.

There is a lot to see and do in Bali. But with our help, you can spend less time planning and more time exploring. In this 10 Day Bali Itinerary & Guide, we cover all of the best places to go, where to find the best food, how to get around, and more. So let’s get to it.

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Lesbian Malaysia, A First-Timer’s Guide – Our Taste for Life

Author: , August 23rd, 2019

Malaysia, A First-Timer's Guide - Our Taste for Life

Boasting vibrant culture, rich history, delicious food, budget-friendly prices, and endless opportunity for adventure, Malaysia should be on every traveller’s bucket list. Although there are some important things to know before going to Malaysia, that will not only prepare you for your trip but will guarantee you have a truly amazing time!

When you talk about travelling in South East Asia, lesbian Malaysia isn’t a country that you hear come up very often. This intrigued us, and after spending several weeks backpacking there, we can’t help but feel it’s fiercely underrated.

The country actually has a lot to offer. You can enjoy anything from charming heritage towns and historical cities; to tropical rain forests and pristine beaches. Furthermore, it is a country where you can experience world-class diving, encounter endangered orangutans, and sample an amalgamation of cuisines.

Whether your a nature lover or history buff, thrill-seeker or foodie, you are sure to love all that this beautiful country has to offer. So without further ado, I bring you a first timers guide to travelling in Malaysia.

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Two Weeks in Lesbian Malaysia – Our Taste for Life

Author: , August 12th, 2019

Lesbian Malaysia - Our Taste for Life

2 weeks in Malaysia is the perfect amount of time to appreciate all this beautiful country has to offer. And to help with your trip planning, we have put together a 2-week itinerary for Malaysia that ensures you do not miss out on any of the highlights.

When you talk about backpacking in South East Asia, Malaysia is not a country that you hear come up very often. Naturally, this made us even more inclined to visit, and after spending a number of weeks backpacking there, we can’t help but feel Malaysia is fiercely underrated.

One of the things we love most about Malaysia is its diversity. First, it is a cultural melting pot. The multi-ethnic influence of Malay, Indian, Chinese and European concocts a culture (and cuisine) unlike no other in the region.

Not only that, but Malaysia boasts a multitude of landscapes. From wild urban cities, charming heritage towns, sweeping rainforests, and pristine islands! Combine all this with backpacker-friendly prices and endless opportunity for adventure, you are on to an absolute winner in our eyes.

With this in mind, we have taken all of our knowledge to put together a perfect itinerary for 2 weeks in Malaysia. Not only that, but we share all of our top travel tips so you can spend less time planning, and more time enjoying your travels.

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LGBT Travel in Asia – Our Taste for Life

Author: , July 19th, 2019

LGBT Travel in Asia

Oh, Asia. A vibrant, diverse, and energetic place to travel. But is Asia a gay-friendly travel destination? It’s one of the most commonly asked questions we receive, and one we are super happy to finally be addressing. In this LGBT Travel Guide, we will delve into the LGBT rights in Asia, as well as how to prepare as an LGBT traveller.

After spending 18 months travelling throughout this colourful continent, we can tell you that it hasn’t always been fun and rainbows. Coming from the UK where, for the most part, we can be completely open about our sexuality; it was peculiar to suddenly visit countries where homosexuality was a taboo; or worse, against the law.

Many ask us how we deal with this. Why would we want to travel to these countries if we can’t be ourselves? We look at it this way. ALL cultures have beliefs and traditions. Do we agree with all of them? Of course not. That doesn’t mean that we boycott those countries completely. At the end of the day, we travel to open our minds, and appreciating that there are other ways of life is the first step.

With this in mind, we have now spent almost two consecutive years in Asia. In that time, we have visited gay-friendly cities; travelled off the beaten path; and spent time in countries where homosexuality is criminalised. Guess what? We had a great time in all of them.

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Lesbian Taiwan – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , June 27th, 2019

Lesbian Taiwan - Once Upon a Journey

Taiwan, to us, is on top of the list of countries in Asia that have surprised us the most. Frankly, we didn’t know much about Taiwan, and odds are: so do you (except the fact they just legalised same-sex marriage). And that has to change! Lesbian Taiwan is AMAZING and definitely the most progressive place in Asia, in my opinion, arguably the world (yes, Dutchie speaking!). Are you ready to be surprised by how gay Taiwan is?!

Taiwan Gay Marriage: Asia’s First

In 2017, the Constitutional Court of Taiwan ruled that the definition of marriage as one man and one woman in the law was unconstitutional. The Court requested a change of legislation, by either adjusting existing laws or creating new ones, within a time frame of two years.

On International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2019 – May 17 – same-sex marriage was officially legalised. Over 500 couples have already registered today (the day the law went into effect). Legalising gay marriage wasn’t without controversy and there will be some limitations. The new law offers similar legal protections as heterosexual marriage, but it’s a separate law. Same-sex couples will only be allowed to adopt children biologically related to at least one of them.

While the entire world seems to be setting steps backwards (abortion is up for discussion again? Seriously?!), Taiwan is setting a big step forward. Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage.

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