Visiting Dubai for a Desert Safari

Author: , September 19th, 2014

If you are taking a desert safari in Dubai, there are a number of activities that you can enjoy. The main one that all safaris include is dune bashing. This involves driving around sand dunes in a sport utility vehicle. While the vehicle is zipping along the side of the dune, it may seem to be almost tipping over, but it is perfectly safe since the drivers involved are skilled and have significant experience in this activity.

Dune bashing is a must for excitement junkies but may not be for everybody. If you are the kind who is easily nauseated, you should probably think twice before going dune bashing.

Dubai Desert Safari

However, there are a variety of other activities that can be offered by the safari. These include:

Camel Riding

Camels are the traditional form of transportation in the desert since these beasts of burden have evolved to be able to endure the harsh conditions. While riding a camel can initially be bumpy, it is easy to get accustomed to. If you can ride a horse, you can get used to riding a camel. If you get an opportunity to ride a camel as part of your safari, you should take it since it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Sand Surfing

Also known as sandboarding, this activity involves riding down a dune on a board. The board usually has bindings so you can strap your feet to avoid falling off the board. More daring sandboarders, however, will use boards without restraints so they can test their skill against the dunes. Not every safari will provide this but if it is offered, you might want to try it just for fun, although you should be careful.

Quad Biking

A quad bike is a type of all-terrain vehicle that is essentially a motorcycle with four wheels. Quad biking along the dunes can be exciting, but is probably not for everybody since it takes a certain level of skill to ride one of these bikes. If the safari offers quad biking as one of the activities, you should receive a safety briefing beforehand.

You will likely not have the time to enjoy all of these activities during the safari since the time provided is limited so you should decide beforehand which one you want to do. Or better yet, go back and take another safari if you can afford it so that you can enjoy another activity or repeat one that you have particularly enjoyed.

Post provided by Book Dubai Trip, a Desert Safari Company from Dubai.

Full Monty: Sep 19 – 21

Author: , September 18th, 2014

Spying on their wives during a ‘Girls Night Out’, the husbands realize the male strippers provided a sense of joy for their wives they had neverPalace Theatre witnessed.  Unemployed, jealous, and feeling emasculated the husbands come up with a plan to win back their wives and some quick cash.  With its contagious melodies and toe tapping tunes “The Full Monty” http://glynnhouse.com/events/ will leave you with plenty of hilarious laughter with situations that can only seem imaginable!

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, “tax free” shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Martin and Lewis Tribute Show: Sep 21

Author: , September 18th, 2014

Spend an evening revisiting the wonderful years of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis http://glynnhouse.com/events/. Both of these flying-monkeyincredible performers have each had amazing success on their own. Tony spent the last 27 years performing in Australia and created a name for himself as the quintessential “Jerry Lewis Tribute Artist”. Since his 1st appearance at the annual Dean Martin Festival in 1998, Tom Stevens has earned his title as “Best Dean Martin Tribute Artist.”

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, “tax free” shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

What is Gay Friendly Travel?

Author: , September 18th, 2014

Gay Pride Flag San FranciscoI think we can all agree that the term “gay-friendly” and the increase in its usage is a good thing. It’s wonderful to see businesses that openly support and welcome LGBT customers. Unfortunately, bigotry is still pervasive and pops up every day in places you’d never expect. So a rainbow sticker or flag in a window can go a long way in making people feel safe.

But, what exactly does the term “gay-friendly” mean when it comes to travel? Does throwing the term into your hotel or resort listing mean that every member of your staff understands what that means in practice? Should you differentiate between gay-owned and gay-friendly? Where’s the line between marketing and philosophy?

As a brand new hotel owner, these are a few of the questions that have been on my mind lately and that I thought should be answered.

By Jay Deratany – Full Story at On Top Magazine

Sonoma Valley: Going Gay Among the Vines

Author: , September 18th, 2014

Grapes, WineryIt’s harvest time among the vines of Sonoma County, just outside San Francisco. And ripening alongside the grapes is a new concept that embraces the LGBTI loves of fine living, travel and, to be honest, drinking – Out in the Vineyard.

Gary Saperstein and Mark Vogler are drawing tourists and locals out of gay mecca and over the Golden Gate Bridge to spend some time in the birthplace of the Californian wine industry.

It takes a while to clear the city’s sprawling suburbs but soon enough field after field of pristinely-kept vines line the road. They twinkle like diamonds and rubies, thanks to the tinselly ribbons tied to them to keep small birds off the grapes. But that’s not enough to scare flocks of turkey vultures who wheel around in a great blue sky, seeking out the small critters who are the vintners’ other enemy.

By Tris Reid-Smith – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sonoma County Gay Travel Resources

Our Last Day in the Dolomites

Author: , September 18th, 2014

Dolomites - DollyGood evening, all,

Yes, I am almost packed and ready to leave in the morning….physically, that is. Emotionally, not nearly ready to leave this gorgeous area. I find the Dolomites to be so majestic, yet so relaxing to be here. I think I said this last year, also, that I know my blood pressure is so much lower when I am up here. My thoughts are clearer, I feel healthier, and every trail I see I want to be on it.

Today was a bit cloudy, the mountains wanted to retain their mantle of clouds, so we stayed down in the valley. We took a bus up to the village of St. Ulrich, or Ortesei (either name is correct) and I am not quite sure whether Val Gardena is also the same village, but if not, it is very close. There will be World Cup skiing competition in Val Gardena in December of this year, so I will watch for that.

Ortesei is indeed a lovely town, bigger than Castelrotto and more touristy, but the buildings are beautifully kept up. Some building date back to the 1500’s, another was from 1745. Amazing.

So, now that I have to leave, I will give you a photo to remember the peaceful, lovely countryside near Castelrotto and I will hope to return here very soon.

Now, tomorrow we are going to Bologna and will do the fantastic Italian Food Experience on Friday. We will visit a Parmigiano -Reggiano factory, the balsamico factory and the prosciutto factory, all in Modena, near Bologna. Look for posts from there.

I will close on that note, and wish everyone a Buona Notte. (Anyway it is my bedtime, if not yours.)

Ciao for now,

Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels | Trentino Alto Adige Gay Travel Resources

Must See Fall Foliage Getaways – Gaycation Magazine

Author: , September 17th, 2014

It is not too late for travelers to book their fall getaway and see autumn in its full glory. Here are HomeAway’s top places across the U.S. to take in this season’s best fall foliage with stays at vacation rentals ideally located near state parks known for their vibrant color displays.

Owls Head Village Post Office

Northeast

New England is one of the best-known regions for dazzling foliage displays set amid bucolic backdrops.
Peak time: Late September to Mid-October

Maine – Travel from Rockland to Augusta up Route 17 for the best views.
Stay:  Owls Head Village Post Office (converted)
Sleeps 6 / Bedrooms 2 – Starting at $140 nightly
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p152137

Luxurious Historic Barn

Vermont  Take routes 100, 107, 12 and 106 through Gaysville, Barnard, Woodstock and Ludlow to see the dazzling display.
Stay: Luxurious Historic Barn
Sleeps 8 / Bedrooms 2 – Starting at $200 nightly
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3003186

NOTE:  This is an excerpt from the original post found at Gaycation Magazine – Must See Fall Foliage Getaways.

 

Five Amazing National Parks for Fall Colors

Author: , September 17th, 2014

Gay Travel: Time for a New England Road Trip!If you want to catch our nation’s deciduous trees taking on a vibrant palette of yellows, reds, and oranges, now’s the time to plan a road trip. Naturally, some of the best drives for fall foliage wind through our beautiful national parks. Here are five trails for unbeatable views.

1. Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park & Blacktail Plateau Drive in Yellowstone National Park

Brilliant yellow aspens burn brightly against the backdrop of the Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park. For the best views, stick to the Teton Park Road and stop at Oxbow Bend and Snake River Overlook for great photo opps. Keep an eye out for wildlife — if you’re lucky, you may see elk sparring or black bear and moose nibbling on berries. To make the most of your trip, you can continue to Yellowstone National Park, which is less than an hour away. If you have a car that can handle an unpaved road, opt for the one-way Blacktail Plateau Drive, a turn off just before Phantom Lake, for amazing fall views and wildlife.

By Teresa Bitler – Full Story at Shermans Travel

Still More to Do To Make Fort Lauderdale Trans Traveler Friendly

Author: , September 17th, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Gay TourismBroward County’s tourism bureau has been marketing to the LGBT community since 1996, but results of a survey released Monday show extra effort is needed to attract more transgender travelers.

In August, some 700 members of the transgender community across 48 states participated in the online survey conducted by Community Marketing & Insights, a San Francisco-based specialty marketing and research firm.

Only 10 percent of participants perceived Fort Lauderdale to be very trans-friendly, the study revealed. Nearly half (48 percent) of respondents polled perceived Fort Lauderdale as not being transgender-friendly, while 43 percent said it was somewhat trans-friendly, according to the study commissioned by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

By Arlene Satchell – Full Story at The Sun Sentinel | Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Resources

Queenstown Rocks in the Snow

Author: , September 17th, 2014

Queenstown Gay Ski WeekIt is hard to imagine a more beautiful place than Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand, and it is hard to imagine a better time to visit than during Gay Ski Week.

Situated on the stunning Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by snow capped mountains, there was a real buzz of excitement as gays and lesbians from around the world arrived into town for days of skiing in perfect conditions, and nights out on the town.

Gay Ski Week is a big deal on the Queenstown calendar. The streets were festooned with gay ski week rainbow barriers. The local shops were all involved in a competition as to who could create the best Gay Ski Week window display. ‘The business association here in Queenstown has always been incredibly supportive,’ explained Gay Ski Week organizer Sally Whitewoods.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | Queenstown Gay Travel Resources