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.

Full Story at Our Taste for Life

Asia Gay Travel Resources

 

Gay in Iran – The Globetrotter Guys Boys

Author: , June 24th, 2019

Gay Iran - The Globetrotter Guys

We have never been to Iran and in all honesty know very little about it. Speaking to friends, they would say the same.

Iran is ruled under Sharia Law which to say the least is very anti LGBT and as a gay couple, this often deters us from visiting a country like Iran. Safety comes first after all.

As such, we were very intrigued when speaking with one of our followers on Instagram, Pouya and his boyfriend Sobhan, who are a gay couple living in Iran.

With such little information out there about the day to day life of a gay Iranian we wanted to ask some questions to learn more about gay Iran, give these guys a platform and share their responses with you.

If anything, perhaps someone reading this from Iran or a similar country may take comfort in this interview and know they have people in their country that support them!

Anyway, over to Sobhan and Pouya to learn about being gay in Iran:

Hi guys, thank you so much for speaking with us! Please introduce yourself to our readers!

Pouya: Hi Sion, Ben and everyone reading this!

We are so glad to know you both and wish to see you one day here in Iran or somewhere else.

My name is Pouya, I am 30 years old and M.S. at Energy Engineering. I am working at an energy management company and still live at my parent’s home.

Me and Sobhan have been in a relationship for 1.5 years and we are planning to live together soon.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at Globetrotter Guys

 

Gay Puerto Vallarta – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , June 14th, 2019

Gay Puerto Vallarta - The Nomadic Boys

Puerto Vallarta in Mexico is one of the hottest gay destinations. Over the past few decades it has become a popular draw for gay men, particularly expats from the US and Canada. It has tons of bars, clubs, boutique shops, beach parties and events happening throughout the year.

We came for the exciting gay Puerto Vallarta Pride which takes place every May. It was absolutely awesome and the reason why we regard it as one of the best Pride events in Latin America.

Whether you visit Puerto Vallarta for Pride or at another time of the year, the city always seems to ooze a feeling of acceptance, tolerance and outright fabulousness!

This is our comprehensive gay guide to Puerto Vallarta featuring all the best gay places to hangout, hotels to stay, events, things to do and loads more.

Gay rights in Puerto Vallarta

Mexico has some pretty progressive LGBTQ laws. Homosexuality was decriminalised as early as 1871 during its brief French occupation, and a wide range of anti-discrimination laws were introduced in 2003. It’s also slowly heading towards full gay marriage equality.

In relation to the Jalisco Province, where Puerto Vallarta is based, gay marriage was legalised in March 2016 following an unanimous decision by the Supreme Court of Mexico that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. As a result, the offending law was quickly revoked and as of 20 April 2016, gay weddings were allowed to take place.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

Gay Puerto Vallarta Travel Resources

 

Glynn House Inn – Gay Friendly Ashland, New Hampshire Inn

Author: , May 31st, 2019

Glynn House Inn - Gay Friendly Ashland, New Hampshire Inn

The romantic Glynn House Inn is situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Region. The historic – circa 1895 – Inn is the perfect choice for romance, recreation and relaxation. You and your partner will experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, modern amenities, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality.

Guests can select from 12 spacious, tastefully decorated guest rooms that include queen size beds, private baths, romantic fireplaces, central air, DIRECTV, DVD players, WiFi, iPod radios, luxurious bathrobes & deluxe Eco-friendly amenities. Seven of the rooms are deluxe suites, which also offer bubbling double whirlpool tubs, some with separate sitting rooms.

See the Glynn House Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

New Hampshire Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

 

Kanaka Kai – Gay Vacation Rental Condo in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Author: , May 25th, 2019

Kanaka Kai - Gay Vacation Rental Condo in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Kanaka Kai is located on one of Hawaii’s most beautiful beaches. World renowned for its stretches of white sandy beach and deep aqua water, Keawakapu beach faces due west delivering full sun throughout the year, all day, and the most spectacular West facing sunsets found anywhere in the South Pacific.The Hawaiian “Heiau” which is a stone circle in the ocean in front of our condo was originally reserved for the “Alli’i” or the sacred gathering place for Hawaiian royalty because the under-water lay-lines were considered so powerful. The grounds were thought to restore visionary and ruling energy.

See the Kanaka Kai Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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

Whale Watching in Provincetown

Author: , May 3rd, 2019

A whale watch tour is ranked as one of the top activities for Cape Cod and Provincetown.  As you depart traveling along the National Seashore you will view the beaches, lighthouses and the very tip of Cape Cod.  A naturalist accompanies every cruise to serve as an interpretive guide to the ecology and natural history of Cape Cod and Massachusetts Bays with emphasis on whales, other marine life and marine birds that passengers are likely to see.  The tours last from 3 to 4 hours.  Each boat has a sundeck, centrally heated /air conditioned cabin and viewing platform on the bow. It can be cool on the water this time of year so be sure to bring warm clothing.

‘Perfect Day’, ‘Great Trip’, and ‘Got a lifetime experience to cherish’ are some of the reviews of the whale watching tours.  This is one Provincetown activity you  can’t miss.  Every guest from our B&B that has taken the tour brings back rave reviews.

The Somerset House Inn has made your whale watching tour even easier.  Book any three-night stay during May, including the Memorial Day Weekend, and the Somerset House Inn will give you a 50% discount on two whale watching tickets.  That’s a $53 value!  Mention ‘Whale Watch’ when making your reservations and we will assist you with your whale watch tour reservations.

Ptown Dan and his partner Bob own the Somerset House Inn, an award winning Provincetown Bed and Breakfast.  Named the Best Bed and Breakfast on Cape Cod for 2018 by Cape Cod Magazine the Somerset House Inn is in the perfect Commercial Street location across the street from the water and walking distance to everything.  Please visit the Somerset House Inn web site to make your reservations.  We look forward to welcoming you to Provincetown.

Francis Malbone House – Gay Newport, Rhode Island Inn

Author: , April 22nd, 2019

Francis Malbone House - Gay Newport, Rhode Island Inn

Come visit us in Newport at Francis Malbone House – and experience the city’s most luxurious bed and breakfast. The Francis Malbone House is located on Newport’s downtown harborfront, and is Newport’s only Five Star Diamond award-winning B&B.

We offer twenty luxurious rooms, from elegant queen and king rooms with working fireplaces, to spacious master suites and even our separate colonial home, the Benjamin Mason House. Our Newport accommodations offer private garden patios, double jacuzzis and gas fireplaces. Returning guests often ask for ‘their’ room by name – maybe you’ll find you have a favorite, too!

See the Francis Malbone House Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Rhode Island Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

 

Ten Gay Friendly Tokyo Hotels – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 18th, 2019

Gay Friendly Tokyo Hotels - The Nomadic Boys

Tokyo is a lot of fun! Each time we’ve visited, we’ve always had a hilarious time partying in the gay bars of Shinjuku. The city is notorious for having over 300 tiny bars crammed together into a small space centred around Shinjuku’s Ni-chōme (Area 2).

In terms of finding a place to stay, Tokyo has an array of gay friendly hotels to choose from. But be warned, whilst Tokyo is not as expensive as it used to be, hotels are not the cheapest here. Despite this, we’ve also managed to find a few gay friendly budget options to include in this list.

Please note that while many of these hotels have lovely swimming pools and on-site spa and sauna areas, all travellers to Japan should be aware that if you have tattoos you may not be permitted in public bathing areas. While it’s not likely that pools in hotels are being ‘policed’, it’s something to be mindful of and if you are really looking forward to swimming, maybe check the specific policy of the hotel before your trip.

These are the 10 best gay friendly Tokyo hotels that we loved, where we had no problems getting a double bed, and where we felt welcomed as a gay couple.

Tokyo is a massive city so it can be daunting to try and figure out the best areas to stay, especially if it’s your first time. These are our thoughts on the best neighbourhoods to stay in Tokyo for gay travellers.

Shinjuku: Shinjuku is our favourite part of Tokyo because it is the gay hub of the city! It’s also a good area for tourists as there are lots of options for accommodation, shopping and entertainment. Being near the Shinjuku train station is especially handy since this is one of the busiest stations in the world, which means you will easily be able to get to other parts of the city from here. Our favourite gay friendly hotel to stay in Shinjuku is Keio Plaza.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

 

Kemble Inn – Berkshires Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , February 27th, 2019

Kemble Inn - Berkshires Gay Bed & Breakfast

A casually luxurious boutique hotel set in an historic mansion and tastefully decorated with Ralph Lauren contemporary design, the Kemble Inn has been under gay-ownership since 2010. We are changing the scene in Lenox and the Berkshires with choice lodging, dining, and entertainment options for year-round visitors. We regularly update and renovate we prepare for an ultimate re-branding of the product to be known as The Frederick.

In the meantime, though, we offer quality services and comfort-oriented experiences in the world-class destination of Lenox, Massachusetts, which is easily reachable from the Boston and New York areas either by a short drive or by public transportation.

From our veranda, patio, and dining room guests can enjoy an every-day all-season panoramic view of the Berkshire Hills on Western Massachusetts. On summer evenings when fireworks are light the sky after a Tanglewood concert we have the ultimate view looking down the hill to the Stockbridge Bowl where they take place.

See the Kemble Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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

At Journey’s End B&B – St. Augustine Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , February 20th, 2019

At Journey's End B&B

At Journeys End offers guests a relaxing and romantic getway they won’t soon forget. Originally built in the late 1800’s, the beautiful building still holds its victorican charm while providing updated rooms and amenities.

‘A Victorian Inn with a Contemporary Feel’ – An intimate 5-room contemporary Inn that is located on a quiet tree-lined one-way street in the famous historic district. It is just steps away from fabulous restaurants, museums, art galleries, shopping and a romantic stroll along the Bayfront. Come and explore the rich history of America’s Oldest City… the Castillo de San Marcos, the newly re-opened Colonial Quarter, Flagler College and the Bridge of Lions.

Each of the beautiful guest rooms are themed after a famous explorer. They are meticulously clean and decorated with authentic period pieces and original art. Some rooms have their own private balcony. Each room offers either a Queen/King bed, free high-speed Wi-Fi, 40-inch 4K Smart cable TV. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and extras include bathrobes, free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is a large sun deck and ample on-site parking. We offer complimentary port, sherry, beer, wine, soda, tea, coffee and baked goods. Our goal is for you to enjoy the sophistication of a Bed & Breakfast with the comforts of home!

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