Davey Wavey – Now is the Time to Travel

Author: , June 27th, 2012

Gay Travel SafetyDon’t let the images you see on TV or in the newspaper overly color your perception of the world–or prevent you from doing the things you want to do or taking the trips you want to take. The world has never been more peaceful–and there’s never been a better time to travel!

I’ll admit that, if you watch cable news networks or read the paper, you might be inclined to think that we all live in a terrible, ultra-violent world wherein wars are raging, massacres are common and rape is the norm. When you turn on the TV, examples of these violent acts are everywhere–from the war in Afghanistan to the uprisings in the Middle East to the Jerry Sandusky trial.

Our world can look pretty sick and twisted–and it’s obvious to see why so many people are terrified to travel the world. These cautious individuals stick close to home because it’s what they know. Venturing out seems far too risky.

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Davey Wavey – How to Stay Cool in Palm Springs

Author: , June 20th, 2012

Palm Springs Gay TravelLast week, I decided to take a mini-vacation to Palm Springs. I’ve visited Palm Springs before–but never during the spring or summer heat. And hot, it was. With daytime temperatures upwards of 109 degrees Fahrenheit, I was sweating like a priest in a playground.

Interestingly, the high temperatures bring in a different crowd. Instead of attracting the usual crowd from San Diego and Los Angeles, many of the tourists were from Eastern Europe. For the international visitors, discounted hotel rooms and hot weather are a huge draw–and much of Europe closes down later in the summer. It’s why the Palm Springs locals affectionately refer to the summer months as “Foreskin Season.”

This trip, I stayed at INNdulge–a clothing-optional resort for gay men. Though there is no shortage of clothing-optional or gay hotels in Palm Springs, INNdulge is different. The owners of INNdulge, Sandy and Jon, go out of their way to build a real sense of community. Each evening, for example, the owners hold a social hour to let the guests mix and mingle. It’s a great way to connect with other visitors and to make new friends.

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Davey Wavey Flies the Unfriendly Skies

Author: , May 31st, 2012

Unfriendly SkiesWhen my luggage weighed in at 62 pounds–some 12 pounds over the limit–on a recent trip to San Diego, I knew that I was in trouble.

Like many people who travel frequently, I’ve come to dread flying. The thing is, it doesn’t need to be that way. It almost seems like the airlines go out of their way to make the experience as unpleasant as possible.

When my luggage weighed in at 62 pounds–some 12 pounds over the limit–on a recent trip to San Diego, I knew that I was in trouble. I understood that there would be a fee–but I was shocked when the ticketing agent charged me $125 for the bag. I wouldn’t be surprised if, in the not-so-distant-future, airlines starts charging overweight passengers a fee for transporting their excess weight. After all, it takes additional jet fuel to transport all that mass.

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Thailand: Davey Wavey Rides an Elephant

Author: , May 9th, 2012

Thailand: Davey Wavey Rides an ElephantSpotted: The infamous YouTuber like you’ve never seen him before–with his shirt on!

We ran into the oft-shirtless Davey Wavey at the most unlikely of places: the Golden Triangle region in Asia, where Thailand, Laos and Burma meet. Davey spent a couple of nights at the Four Seasons Golden Triangle reporting for GayTravel.com. The resort’s tents, or should we say safari-themed luxury condos, rest high in the mountain and are isolated by several feet of jungle: The only way guests can reach the Four Seasons is by cruising across a river in a speed boat.

The camp is home to four elephants, and guests get the opportunity to get up close and personal with the gentle giants by riding them through the terrain, feeding them tons of bananas and bathing them in the river.

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Ten Tips for Fun But Cheap Travel

Author: , April 27th, 2012

Gay Travel: Ten Tips for Fun But Cheap TravelThis past week, my boyfriend and I wanted to embark on a fun, easy and cheap getaway. Since I live in Rhode Island, we were sold on the idea of a short drive out to Provincetown, MA–right on the tip of Cape Cod. We gave ourselves a budget of just $150 for the 24-hour adventure–and even with gas at $4.00 per gallon, we made it happen!

Here’s how we did it:

1. Call motels and inns directly. While booking online is super convenient, it’s always helpful to talk to a real person directly. They will also know of any last-minute cancellations or special discounts–which will increase your chance of finding a room in your budget.

2. Travel off-peak. Our motel room was just $87 on a Thursday night. Come Friday–during the Memorial Day holiday–that same room goes for $150. We saved $63 by taking our trip on an off-peak travel day.

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Why Americans Need to Experience International Travel

Author: , April 19th, 2012

Gay Travel: Why Americans Need to Experience International TravelWhile showing my dad a slideshow from my recent trip to Thailand, I asked if he’d ever be interested in taking a similar trip. “No,” he replied. “For one, why would anyone want to go to a country where they don’t speak English? Second, I haven’t even seen the Grand Canyon. I should do that first.”

Truth be told, I haven’t visited the Grand Canyon either. But when I entered Thailand, the customs agent didn’t refuse my entry on those grounds. As it turns out, visiting the Grand Canyon isn’t a prerequisite for travel overseas.

I understand what my dad is trying to say. His point is that there’s a lot to do and see domestically–and so there’s no reason to go beyond the borders of the United States.
He’s certainly not alone. Only about 30% of Americans have passports. Compare that to 60% of Canadians and 75% of Brits.

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Seven Things Davey Wavey Loves About Thailand

Author: , April 11th, 2012

Gay Travel in ThailandThere’s so much to love about the so-called “Land of Smiles.” I just got back from my first trip to Thailand–and, the truth is, there’s so much to love about the so-called “Land of Smiles.” Though I could go on for days, I’ve narrowed this list down to my top seven favorite things about the country:

1. Gay friendly. Because Thailand is so steeped in tradition and old-world culture, I was surprised to learn that the Thai people–by and large–are extremely gay-friendly. Most Thai people are Buddhists and Buddha didn’t have much to say about homosexuality. Buddhism is about the pursuit of truth–and so being gay is really irrelevant to the religion. Moreover, the virtue of non-judgment is highly regarded. All in all, it makes for a very gay-friendly environment.

2. Delicious food. No surprise here, but Thai food is delicious. The food is also unprocessed, whole and extremely spicy. One waiter explained to me that when Westerners ask for spicy food, it’s the Thai equivalent of mild. In other words, the dishes are prepared differently if a Westerner is ordering it. The flavors are truly extraordinary and, in and of itself, worth the long flight.

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Davey Wavey’s Guide to Surviving a Long Flight

Author: , March 29th, 2012

Long FlightA few days ago, I didn’t just survive a 15-hour flight from Toronto to Hong Kong (on my way to Thailand)—I thrived. While most people approach long flights with dread and fear, I recommend looking on the bright side. In a world where we’re always rushing from commitment to commitment, I like to think of flying as a chance to unwind, relax and spend some quality time with myself.

To make the most of long flights, I always put together a survival kit of activities, food and entertainment to help make the most of my flying time. Here’s what my kit includes:

1. Audiobooks. If you have a smartphone or iPad, treat yourself to an entertaining or interesting audiobook. While paper books are a decent fallback, they take up valuable carryon space—and I find that audiobooks are better on planes because it’s a chance to rest your eyes. If you’re looking for something light and enjoyable—and a bit gay—I recommend any of David Sedaris’ essay collections. Each essay stands on its own, and so it’s easy to follow along in between distractions or naps.

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Davey Wavey in the Golden Triangle

Author: , March 28th, 2012

Davey Wavey in ThailandIn my last check in, I was enjoying life in Chang Mai. A lot has happened since! Earlier today, we packed up our luggage and headed on a 4-hour journey to an area called the Golden Triangle. It’s a geographical three-way formed by the intersection of Burma, Thailand and Laos. On our way, we stopped at a few villages, temples and shops.

I’m staying at the Four Seasons Tented Camp in Golden Triangle, which is actually quite famous for being one of the world’s best hotel experiences. To get here, we had to ride in a boat and then climb a steep stairway into the 15-tent resort.

Of course, using the word “tent” is a bit misleading. I’ve had apartments smaller than this tent, and it’s complete with an oversize bathtub, outdoor rain shower, WiFi and air conditioning. Each tent is spread out along the hillside, overlooking the river. It’s pretty incredible.

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Davey Wavey in Thailand

Author: , March 28th, 2012

Davey Wavey, ThailandIt’s the third full day of my Thailand trip. I’m still in Bangkok and doing some reporting for gaytravel.com, and we’ve seen so much of this incredible city.

When I first arrived, I mentioned how surprisingly western things seemed to be. And indeed, the hotel in which I’m staying could hold its own in New York or London. But when we left the confines of our accommodations, it was a whole other world.

On our first day, we went to a flower market and then visited a few different temples. I’ve never seen so many Buddhas in my life. There must be more temples in Bangkok than Starbucks in Manhattan. The reclining Buddha is in a temple called Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan (yes, that’s really its name) and measures some 141 feet long. That’s a lot of Buddha.

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