Keep Fit While Traveling – Nomadic Boys

Author: , December 9th, 2016

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We love our food. A lot! The first thing we do in each new destination we visit is set out to discover all the local flavours. The delicious cuisine of Japan and yummy curries of Sri Lanka are stand out favourites. Some cuisines are not only delicious but also quite heavy, like Russian food and those Argentinian steaks.

With all these new culinary discoveries everywhere we go, we have to keep an eye on the physique, otherwise the Nomadic Boys would quickly become the Nomadic Blobs! Of course, we work hard to prevent this from happening.

SO HOW DO WE KEEP FIT WHEN TRAVELLING?

The starting point is your mentality. This may sound obvious, but if you want to keep fit, then you’re already half way there. For us, fitness is super important. We prioritise it and make it part of our daily schedule. It not only does wonders for self esteem and confidence, it allows us to pull off those vain speedo shots…

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Traveling With Pets

Author: , January 23rd, 2016

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When making travel decisions, choose what is safest and most comfortable to you pet. For instance, unless you’ll be able to spend a lot of time with your dog, he’ll probably be happier at home than tagging along on your trip. As a rule, cats are almost always better off in their own home. But if you have decided it’s best to bring your pet along, follow our tips for a safe and low-stress trip.

pet in cageThe safest way for your dog to travel in the car is in a crate that has been anchored to the vehicle using a seatbelt or other secure means. Dog restraints or seat belts are useful for preventing your dog from roaming around the car and being a distraction to the driver, but they haven’t been reliably shown to protect dogs during a crash. Most cats aren’t comfortable traveling in cars, so for their safety as well as yours, keep them in a carrier. It’s important to restrain these carriers in the car so that they don’t bounce around and hurt your cat. Do this by securing a seat belt around the front of the carrier.

Keep your pet in the back seat of the car. If an airbag deploys while your pet is in the passenger seat (even in a crate), it might injure your pet. Dogs and cats should always be kept safely inside the car. Pets who are allowed to stick their heads out the window can be injured by particles of debris or made sick by having cold air forced into their lungs.

pet travel oneNever transport a pet in the back of an open pickup truck. A quick pit stop may feel like no time at all to you, but it’s too long to leave your pet in a car by himself. One hazard is heat: When it’s 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 116 degrees within an hour. On an 85-degree day, even with the windows slightly open, the temperature inside your car can reach 102 degrees in just 10 minutes. If you’re held up for 30 minutes, you may return to a car that’s 120 degrees inside and a pet who is suffering irreversible organ damage or death.

Taking your pet on a plane is very difficult. Be aware of the dangers of flying your pet in a cargo hold.

Animals flown in the cargo area of airplanes are killed, injured or lost on commercial flights each year. Excessively hot or old temperatures, poor ventilation and rough handling are often to blame. Many hotels, motels and resorts either do not allow pets on their properties or if they do, they charge a hefty charge for having your pet stay in your room.

Everyone loves their pets however when traveling, think about leaving them at home and let them have a ‘vacation’ from us as well. Consider all the alternatives to flying. If you plan to bring your pet on vacation, driving is usually a better option. If you can’t travel by car, your pet will probably be healthier and happier if you leave her behind under the care of a pet sitter or boarding kennel.

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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Why I Love Traveling for Festivals

Author: , June 28th, 2014

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Tell me: do you love festivals? From multi-day music festivals to gay pride events, film festivals, cultural events and art shows — festivals are a pervasive part of the European summer experience. Whether you’re camping on-site or it’s happening downtown during daytime, Europe has more than a few festivals. Berlin (obviously one of my favorite European cities) hosts countless festivals during the summer.

And if you must visit, make sure you visit when there’s a festival on. Yes, the travel experience will be slightly different than on any other occasion. But there’s something special when traveling for festivals. The atmosphere is different, the people are friendlier, the destination somehow feels more alive, more energetic, more…fun.

I love traveling for festivals. Here’s why:

1. Something special is happening.

Every festival has that special hook to bring in visitors. Maybe it’s a food festival with a star chef, or a music festival with a favorite band. I think even the world’s most boring festivals must be loved by someone!

2. Locals are more sociable.

If you’re visiting a city during festival season, I think you’ll find the whole city (regardless of who’s attending the festival and who’s not) a bit more friendly. When Berlin hosts its annual film festival, the whole city comes alive with red carpets. It’s a festival that even the locals love and I think it shows. The city comes alive for those two weeks in winter and everyone is just that much more happy and friendly.

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

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Traveling While Gay

Author: , March 1st, 2014

Rainbow FlagIn the middle of last year, on assignment for a newspaper, I found myself sitting next to a Maasai woman in Samburu National Park, Kenya, watching an elephant on the banks of Ewaso Ngiro. Everlyn was my minder from Nairobi. She was also a refutation of the canard that women in traditional Africa are powerless to help themselves: After escaping an abusive, polygamous marriage in her village, Everlyn secured an enviable government job, put her brother through medical school, and now made a habit of visiting remote communities to spread education about AIDS prevention. I liked her tremendously. We were chatting over gin and tonics, talking about her life, and then suddenly she wrinkled her nose and asked me an unexpected question: “Do you have when a man and a man go together in your home?”

I froze. “In Kenya, it is bad, I think. In Nairobi you see the clubs and lesbians,” she said. “I think it is a new thing, this choice people are making. We never used to have these people in Kenya.” If “these people” had appeared in her old village they would have been beaten, she explained; she also struggled to accept a colleague who had come out as a lesbian. “If my daughter told me she was choosing this I would be …” She puffed out her cheeks and let out a nervous laugh.

I’m hardly the first person to be blind-sided in this fashion. David Smith, the Guardian’s Africa correspondent, put it well when he noted recently that “anyone who has spent a fair amount of time on the continent is likely to encounter a warm, friendly, decent human being who will stop them short with an outburst of homophobic prejudice.” Everlyn was a good person; but how to navigate this sudden hostility, springing unseen from the grass?

Authored By Lance Richardson – See the Full Story at Slate

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The Things I Learned While Traveling for Love

Author: , April 10th, 2013

Robert SchraderAs you’ll know if you’ve been reading this week’s posts, I did something last week that I’ve never done before: I boarded a flight exclusively for the purpose of pursuing romance. After landing in Las Vegas, you might remember, I hopped in a car with my Indian-Australian lover (and his two roommates) and traveled northwest through California, hitting up Death Valley and Yosemite National Parks, before ending up in San Francisco.

Nearly a week after my return to Texas, many things are still unclear. For example, although we both have strong feelings for each other, we’ve never spent time together outside of a “vacation” context. Not to mention, we base ourselves literally a world away – and I’m pretty sure neither of us wants to move anytime soon!

Regardless of how things turn out between us, I learned many priceless lessons about traveling with a love interest during my (mostly) romantic road trip through California. Do you have any to add?

Authored By Robert Schrader – See the Full Story at Leave Your Daily Hell

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Saving Money on Water When You Travel

Author: , March 18th, 2013

Depending on where you travel, buying bottled water can get really expensive. Sherman’s Travel has some tips:

In Fiji, drinking bottled water is a necessity. Of course, you’ve probably purchased (or at least seen) a square bottle of FIJI brand water retailing at around a dollar or two. Putting two and two together, I assumed that FIJI water would be exceptionally cheap in Fiji, but I couldn’t have been more incorrect. A one liter bottle was nearly $4 (U.S.), and buying in bulk was hardly a savings. It certainly rubbed me the wrong way that citizens and tourists alike were being asked to pay such prices in a place where clean water is already at a premium, but it encouraged me to consider a few alternatives when traveling to nations where purified water purchases are a must.

One idea:

SteriPEN: This $50 device is highly portable, and unlike powders and capsules, manages to kill the vast majority of viruses in water as soon as the beam is emitted. For avid travelers, I’d recommend carrying along a couple of extra batteries, and perhaps a second pen altogether in the event that it breaks.

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Traveling by Auto

Author: , April 1st, 2012
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Even though gasoline prices are at an all time high, it’s still cheaper to travel by auto than by airplane. Especially if more than just one person is traveling. Plus you get to see so much more as you travel by auto.

FlexcarCar rental agencies are scrambling for your business right now. We didn’t want to take out own auto to Colorado and explore the mountains earlier this month so we rented a car from a major car rental agency and only had to pay $96.00 a week including unlimited mileage! Now THAT is a bargain. Why put all that mileage on your own auto for that price and especially with all the extra wear and tear driving in the mountains.

Just always be sure to take photos of your rental car before you leave the agency and again when you take it back. We are hearing way too many horror stories of agencies trying to charge customers for dents, broken windows, etc that they did not do themselves.

Car Rental FleetMost of the major rental car agencies do not charge for an extra driver if the second person is married to the driver or if it their “significant other” or in a same-sex relationship. Speak up! It will save you a lot of money.

Concerning their wanting to charge you extra for daily insurance, 99% of the time your own auto insurance will cover your rental car and also if you pay with gold or platinum credit cards, your card company covers the insurance.

MustangIf at all possible do not rent a car at an airport since they charge extra fees for that. Check around town to get your best price. Some cities charge as high as $5.00 a day extra in fees for car rentals. In that case, drive to the suburbs and rent a car there. It is YOUR money and spend it wisely.

GPS systems are a wonderful idea when traveling by auto. We have one that can be used in any auto so if we are renting a car we just take it with us.

They really are an invaluable item to have especially when driving in areas that you are not accustomed to. It especially comes in handy when finding hotels and motels as well as restaurants and gas stations. Anymore, they’re certainly not a luxury but a needed necessity to have when traveling by auto. All car rental agencies of course are more than happy to rent you one for your trip.

traveling by autoConcerning car rentals, always book on-line since that is the cheapest way to rent. And always rent the lowest grade of auto as they most usually never have that grade in stock when you go there and they give you a free upgrade anyway. They all love to play their little games. A wise consumer is a good consumer and gets to take advantage of this little ploy of theirs.

Needless to say when traveling by auto ALWAYS place everything in your trunk and leave nothing out open in the back seat. Way too many people out there who are always lurking around and a window is a very easy thing to break.

At night when staying at a motel/hotel we always bring everything into the room. One really just cannot trust anyone.

We have had some bad episodes with valet services even thou in our own auto we do have a valet key which prohibits attendants from opening your glove compartment or your trunk. However if you are renting a car that has no valet key, then be sure and take everything out of your car before handing over the keys to anyone.

Another thing about traveling by auto is your choice of dining options especially at lunch time. We often stop by a supermarket deli and purchase items to go and then find a nice picnic area along the highway to have a nice quiet lunch.

On the Road

It is so much better than fighting the lunch hour crowds at a local restaurant and you don’t ever know what the food or service is going to be like. Traveling is supposed to be fun, interesting, educational and entertaining.

Is flying on an airplane anymore any of those things? We are afraid that the answer to that question is a big NO. Many years ago flying was a great way to travel however like lots of other things in the world, sadly to say, things are just not what they used to be so one needs to find new ways to travel.

With two people driving it is not unreasonable to travel 500 or 600 miles a day especially on the Interstates. In two days one can go a thousand or twelve hundreds miles.

Fortunately for us we live right in the center of the country so it is fairly simple for us to drive to both coasts in a couple of days unless we decided to stop along the way to enjoy the sights and sounds of that particular area.

Just be sure and always fasten your seatbelts.

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

Donald and RayTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/