Twelve Surprising Gay Friendly Destinations

Author: , April 5th, 2014

Stockholm, SwedenThe gay travel industry is booming, in large part because of the increased worldwide acceptance of the LGBT community. From LGBT travel associations like Alt and the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), to LGBT cruise lines like Atlantis, Olivia and R Family Vacations, the gay and lesbian communities are becoming highly prized markets for the travel industry.

According to Merryn Johns, travel writer and Curve Magazine’s editor-in-chief, “[G]ay men and lesbians take at least four leisure trips per year, which is higher than their heterosexual counterparts, and fewer than 10% of LGBTs take organized trips of any kind. This makes gays and lesbians more frequent and more adventurous travelers than straight people.”

But LGBT travelers also seek different comforts. “Romance, seclusion and nature are important to lesbians when they travel, whereas gay men often seek out a scene or bars and clubs. While safety is important to lesbians when they travel, they … seek romance, outdoor adventure, culture and value for money,” she said in an interview with PolicyMic. “Not to mention some great beaches, which means they may seek out more exotic and far-flung destinations than other travelers.”

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Taipei, Taiwan Two Ways

Author: , March 6th, 2014

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As one of our favorite under-rated cities in Asia, Taipei has only recently started to get mainstream attention. (Case in point: The New York Times chose it as one of the 52 Places to Go in 2014). If you’re considering a trip, here are some popular highlights, including where to eat, where to shop, what to do, and where to stay. Plus we’ve included our favorite places where you’ll find fewer tourists and lots of locals.

EAT & SHOP

Popular Eats: Shilin Night Market is one of the most widely known – and therefore most tourist-packed – night market in the city. Since the relocation of most its food vendors into one building close to the main network of shops, it’s become even more of a tourist trap. To go where the locals go…

Under-the-Radar Eats: Raohe Night Market is more far-flung among the city’s night markets, but it’s arguably the best for food. Any of the typical dishes found here – stinky tofu, oyster omelettes, crispy chicken – make it worth the trek. If it’s browsing that interests you, try the less-crowded Tonghua Night Market (also known as Linjiang Night Market, because it’s located on Linjiang Street). There, enjoy Korean imports galore alongside cheap but delicious teppanyaki.

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Corporations Support Taiwan Pride

Author: , October 28th, 2013

taiwanFortune 500 companies welcomed Taipei Pride as a sign of Asia’s progress on LGBT rights.

Gay Star News reported an overwhelming show of support for the Taiwanese LGBT community this weekend. An estimated 60,000 attendees took to Taipei’s streets to celebrate what is being called Asia’s biggest gay pride event.

Now global companies join local community representatives who endorsed the pride parade saying it shows a growing ‘LGBT inclusiveness’ in Taiwan. Taiwan’s representative for the Mr Gay World 2013 Darien Chen told Gay Star News: ‘Taiwan Pride is the biggest in Asia because of our accepting social atmosphere.’

Authored By Jean Paul Zapata – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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Tantalizing Taipei, Taiwan

Author: , April 1st, 2013

taiwanPlanning a trip to Taiwan, China’s island cousin? Passport Magazine has you covered, with details on visiting this Asian nation for gay travelers:

Bears lumber in packs down the streets of Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city. I watch from a sidewalk, snapping away with my trusty PowerShot camera. One of those bears, wearing a Hollister T-shirt, waves a furry paw at me, while with the other he clasps the hand of a grinning, lanky monkey.

Perhaps I should clarify what’s going on here. Despite Taiwan’s glorious greenery and nature, which cozies up against parts of the city, these are not real animals, this is the annual Taiwan LGBT Pride march, and “bears” are the dominant sub-species lately. Like most Asian gays today, they favor Hollister and Abercrombie. Similar to green handkerchiefs in Oscar Wilde’s era, these brands have become code for “I’m gay!” Bears maintain stocky, worked-out physiques with a belly, and as much facial hair as they can muster that’s neatly styled. As for “monkeys,” those are non-bears (e.g. twinks, gym bunnies, etc.) that admire bears.

Who knew they had Bears in Taiwan?

Five Great Asian Travel Destinations

Author: , June 17th, 2012

Japan Gay TravelAre you looking for an unforgettable gaycation in the Far East? From beautiful landscapes to incredible nightlife, these five destinations won’t disappoint.

5. Seoul, South Korea: Modern, cosmopolitan and fabulous, there’s no city like gay Seoul. Voted by Chinese, Japanese and Thai tourists as the top travel destination, you’ll find a few different gayborhoods. Itaewon is where you’ll find the hottest gay clubs, restaurants and boutiques.

4. Singapore: Chinatown is where you’ll find the most popular gay bars, which is easily accessible by public transportation. Backstage Bar is one of the hottest clubs catering to queer patrons. For a change of scenery, head to Tanjong Beach in Sentosa, one of Singapore’s most popular gay beaches.

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Taiwan’s Exotic Outer Islands

Author: , May 31st, 2012

Taiwan's Outer IslandsTaiwan’s best kept secret from worldwide travelers is its unique small outer islands surrounding the mainland. Lonely Planet described them as “opportunities for those intrepid enough to make the trip.”

The four islands, Green, Guishan, Lanyu and Penghu, because of limited transportation, have remained exclusively private, well-preserved and almost unknown to the international travel spotlight for years. But with the recent discovery by foreign adventurers seeking for bold and fearless type of fun for their leisure, these islands are quickly becoming the best hidden gems of Asia.

Taiwan’s fourth largest island, Green (Ludao) Island, is located off-shore of Taitung, Southeast of Taiwan. The island is surrounded by coral reefs comprised of various colorful and vibrant species that makes it a snorkelers’ ultimate paradise.

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Taiwan’s Tasty Charms

Author: , April 6th, 2012

We once had an elderly friend who made the first of his many visits to China way back in 1939 – and who routinely, repeatedly, shared with us that “once you see China, once you have visited the culture, your perspective on life on this planet will be forever altered.” Mark my words, ducky. Or as the ancient Chinese proverb has it, “Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.”

Seeing is believing, as the Portuguese explorers determined in 1544 – and their first sighting of Taiwan caused them to re-christen the island “Formosa” for “beautiful island.” A tropical paradise with its own indigenous culture and cuisine, Taiwan, much like Hawaii, retains a special place in the heart of those who visit.

Centrally located in East Asia, less than 75 miles off the eastern coast of mainland China, Taiwan (also known as Republic of China, which is not to be confused with mainland People’s Republic of China) attracted more than six million visitors in 2011 (an increase of more than 100% over the past decade).

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Eco-Tourism in Taiwan

Author: , February 26th, 2012

With lush-green mountains towering over 13,000 feet and a sub-tropical climate, Taiwan offers a variety of incredible natural resources. Recently named by Lonely Planet as one of the “Top 10 Best Countries to Visit in 2012,” the island is progressively transforming itself into a “Nature Wonderland” for international travelers to enjoy.

In March, Taiwan will host two popular green events; the International Orchid Show in Tainan from March 3 – 12, and Yilan Green Exposition in Yilan from March 31 – May 20, to demonstrate its commitment to eco-tourism.

“Taiwan’s mission to provide green sustainable living has been recognized by our international peers,” said Trust Lin, Director of Taiwan Tourism Bureau Los Angeles. “Our island is considered a ‘green trendsetter’ because of our continuous effort to develop impactful events focusing on green living. To us, this style of living is the only way to preserve Taiwan’s natural treasures, and a healthy sustainable environment for our people and travelers.”

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Taiwan for New Year’s Eve

Author: , December 21st, 2011

Instead of spending another holiday season stressed out about where to go to completely unwind, visit Taiwan – a tropical oasis full of relaxing and fun activities. The island’s countdown to 2012 New Year celebration includes a variety of European and Asian infused gourmet and street food tasting events, traditional folklore performances by aboriginal tribes, relaxing concert series by the lake, shopping at famous night markets, and view spectacular fireworks at iconic buildings and skyscrapers.

“A series of exciting countdown celebrations to 2012 New Year have been scheduled throughout the island starting this December,” said Trust Lin, Director of Taiwan Tourism Bureau in Los Angeles Office. “The specialized events designed in Taipei, Sun Moon Lake and Alishan will offer eye-opening experiences for families looking for an exotic relaxing holiday season in Asia.”

Taipei 101, the world’s second tallest skyscraper, is known around the world for its annual spectacular New Year fireworks. In 2011, the fireworks gained worldwide recognition when international explosive expert and controversial modern artist Cai Guo-Qiang took the night sky as his open canvas to celebrate ROC’s (Taiwan) centennial.

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Taiwan’s Gay Pride Parade Calls for End to Discrimination

Author: , October 29th, 2011

Taiwan Gay PrideMore than 50,000 people shouted “LGBT fight back! Discrimination get out!” to voice their support for gay and lesbian rights at a parade in Taipei Saturday, one of the largest of its kind in Asia.

Members of over 100 student, human rights, and gay and lesbian groups marched and chanted the parade’s slogan “Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people fight back! Discrimination get out!” to call for an end to gender and sexuality discrimination.

Colorful flags, expressive signs and people dressed in fanciful costumes dominated the streets as the annual carnival event kicked off. The groups were divided into seven teams to represent the seven colors of a rainbow, a symbol of diversity and acceptance in the LGBT community.

Full Story from Taiwan News

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