The Great Wall of China in Winter

Author: , December 12th, 2013

Great Wall of China - winter - The SojournerWe all have seen what the Great Wall looks like when the weather is nice, especially in summer. But, I’m sure only few of US have conquered this world wonder when it’s covered in snow.

The Great Wall in winter in slippery; thus, dangerous to trek. Even if you try, you won’t go that far. That’s why I only have taken few photos from our daring climb. It’s cold and in steep threads, you’ll be wriggling on all fours. Once you slip, you’re adventurous life ends.

Authored By Alain – See the Full Story at The Sojourner

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Getting Ready for Going SOUTH For the Winter

Author: , September 29th, 2013
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Fort Lauderdale BeachIt is time to start thinking about winter traveling for those of us who are retired or have the time and money to go south for a few weeks this winter. In the United States unfortunately we have few options however there are always new and exciting places to go. Ft. Lauderdale is still the #1 favorite for gays in the United States as well as Canada. When we winter in Ft. Lauderdale we are always running into dozens of Canadians.

Monthly rentals are found everywhere down there and with all of the gay resorts you are sure to find whatever you are looking for. Our favorite is the Grand Resort and Spa, www.grandresort.net and we have been staying there for a dozen years. Greater Ft. Lauderdale really offers anything and everything that any gay person would want including fine dining, fabulous beaches, a huge variety of gay bars and wonderful shopping.

grand courtyardAlways check on www.purpleroofs.com to find dozens of listings for South Florida. Accommodations in South Florida do book up early, so it is time to begin your bookings now.

South Florida is much warmer than the middle or upper Florida and after all, we all go down there for the warmth don’t we? Two of our other favorite areas in Florida are St. Petersburg and Daytona. They both have a very heavy gay population. Both have great beaches. We always enjoy visiting both of these cities in the winter.

grand pool  twoWe enjoy the Gay St. Pete’s Guest House in St. Petersburg, http://www.gaystpetehouse.com/ and in Daytona we enjoy the VILLA INN, http://www.thevillabb.com/

You might want to venture on down to Key West which is always busy in the winter time. South Beach (Miami) is also a very hot spot for gays. Some gays go only as far down as the panhandle of Florida where they do have nice beaches however the weather is not as warm.

South Texas is another place where gays winter, down by South Padre Island as well as Houston and Galveston. There seems to be a lot of gays that travel down there in their RV’s. Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona has nice weather for those who are living on the west coast. There are a large variety of gay places to stay in either city and they both offer a lot of nightlife activities for gays.

resort photoSan Diego and Palm Springs are always great places to winter on the west coast. Palm Springs especially is full of gay accommodations and lots of nightlife. Las Vegas is yet another great place to winter. And yes, even though they have a lot of real ‘high end’ restaurants in the city, there are still dozens of very inexpensive places to dine off the strip.

Whether you are going south for just one week, or a couple of weeks or a month or two or three months, there are a lot of fun places. We were talking with some Canadian friends of ours and they spend one month in Palm Springs, California and then one month in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

On another subject, there seems to be a lot more scams and disgruntled travelers concerning accommodations. We still cannot imagine booking an accommodation online from a third party like Expedia or Hotwire. You never know what you are getting into and yet you pay upfront with no recourse if the property is not what you were expecting.

This really seems to happen to a lot of travelers when they want to rent an apartment or a condo for a month or two. If you stay in a regular Bed and Breakfast, resort, hotel or motel, you can always check out after the first night and find another place to stay. However if you pay the entire amount of your stay upfront then you are in for a very bad situation. On Christopher Elliott’s national blog, he is always getting dozens of people trying to get their money back to no avail.

Another thing one has to look out for when traveling by auto is at the gas pumps. They will have a huge sign up posting their price per gallon. Then when you get to the pumps and start putting in your gas, you will see in very small print (cash price). So if you are paying by a credit card, the price is much higher.

Another ploy that they are using now in some states that allow it, is that they charge you a small fee for using your credit card and that small fee can run from 35 cents up to a dollar! So one just has to be alert and be a very wise traveler.

We hope that all of you have a wonderful winter season and as we said you do need to plan ahead now.

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/

This Winter’s Top Gay Ski Events

Author: , September 26th, 2013

Gay Ski WeekThe days are getting darker and the warmth of the sun is lowering, while the mountains are preparing to go pink as gay and lesbian travelers look into their winter retreats. New Zealand is just ending it’s winter and has celebrated with the annual Gay Ski Week Queenstown that ran from 31st August to 7th September. http://www.gayskiweekqt.com/

As with most ski weeks the gay guys and gals left feeling bruised and exhausted from a week on the slopes during the day, long afternoons of apres-ski and evenings partying Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gayskiweekqt
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The rainbow winter sports in South America – Argentina for Bariloche Gay Ski Week, which is becoming a popular event in San Carlos de Bariloche lying on the banks of Lake Nahuel Huapi, surrounded by mountains and forests and a packed program of events. Regarded as “little Switzerland” – this romantic area of virgin green forests and snow-capped mountains is an ideal location for skiing, snowboarding, horseriding, yaughting and hiking.

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Gay Ski Weeks for Winter 2013-2014

Author: , August 12th, 2013

Gay Ski WeekSome people think I am crazy because I love the snow. I mean, LOVE snow. Put it this way, I live in Rhode Island, and starting as early as September I start looking at the weather forecasts for ski towns here in New England (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine).

Even if the there is a 10% chance of flurries you can bet I am in the my car heading north to experience the season’s “first snow”. Okay, maybe I AM crazy. Hmm. Nonetheless, the season’s first snow will be falling before you know it and that can only mean one thing — GAY SKI WEEKS are around the corner!

The list of gay & lesbian ski weeks continue to grow each year and understandably so!
Ski Weeks offer the perfect opportunity for the LGBT community to come together and enjoy beautiful resort towns, fantastic winter sports, special events, parties and new friendships.

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Winter in Munich

Author: , January 25th, 2013

Munich, GermanyMost people who know me know I “don’t do” winter. So, when said people found out I would be traveling to Munich, Germany for a conference at the end of January, they were understandably perplexed.

To be sure, my flight touched down in the Bavarian capital to everything I feared I would encounter: Snow, ice and abject darkness at 7:00 A.M., a full hour past the time I usually wake up. I could feel the chill creeping in through the jet bridge as I exited the plane.

As I waited in the immigration line, I mentally prepared myself for four days of my worst nightmare. Reality quickly delivered: I had to walk outside for an entire minute between the airport exit and the entrance to the S-Bahn station.

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

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Windy City’s Winter Gay Travel Picks

Author: , January 6th, 2012

Windy City's Winter Gay Travel ListLooking back at 2011? Did you travel enough? Are you carrying over vacation days to 2012 or did you lose days because you didn’t take enough time off? As you make your New Year’s resolution list, how about adding traveling more to your list?

With two long holiday weekends coming up in January and February–Martin Luther King and President’s Day–now is a fabulous time to ask for to start the New Year off right by planning a winter getaway. You can choose between a close-by or sun destination and you can customize a trip to fit any budget large or small. Here are six ideas just to get you thinking!

1. Tan in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Three days on the fabulous Fort Lauderdale beach is just the right amount of time to get that summer glow back. The Grand Resort and Spa is celebrating 11 years as the largest men’s resort and spa. The resort offers a variety of packages, including the “Quick Chill” hotel package that includes three nights and two spa services. ( http:// www.grandresort.net ) Check out the Grand’s new pool. There are many great hotels along the beach, including the Westin and W Hotels. Airfares tend to be lower earlier in the week compared to weekend travel. Be sure to shop around for great airfares. There is also last-minute availability on Atlantis Events’ Allure of the Seas cruise that departs from Fort Lauderdale Jan. 29.

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Niagara Chosen as a Great Place to Vacation This Winter

Author: , December 28th, 2011

Niagara FallsAlready known world-wide as a great destination for a summer escape, Niagara just received a resounding endorsement as a fantastic place to celebrate the best of winter.

Two of Niagara’s premier winter attractions – the CAA Winter Festival of Lights and the Niagara Icewine Festival – made it onto the most recent Top 10 list of Canada’s best winter festivals, which was put together by online news portal Canoe.ca.

“Niagara has really figured out how to embrace winter and make the most of the season,” says Anthony Annunziata, Vice-President of Marketing for the Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa . “Just because the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall doesn’t mean we go into hibernation mode. Both of these festivals are packed with activities and entertainment that make the most of all the cool things you can do in winter.”

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Why Visit Ft. Lauderdale This Season?

Author: , December 12th, 2011

Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Events Winter 2011This year’s winter line-up in sun-kissed Greater Fort Lauderdale offers fun-filled events and cultural activities. So pack your bikini, suntan lotion and flip flops and check out this season’s signature celebrations, parades as well as new international exhibitions. In addition, there’s 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, world-class arts and entertainment, exceptional shopping and dining options, and the following calendar listings you won’t want to miss:

1. The 24th Annual Las Olas Art Fair are free two-day events held on January 7-8 (Part I) and on March 3-4 (Part II) attracting 150,000 visitors and 280 artists. The festival features vendors from across the country selling paintings, sculptures, photography, crafted jewelry, pottery and other creations and is held in downtown Fort Lauderdale along boutique and restaurant-lined Las Olas Boulevard. Visit www.artfestival.com.

2. Want to be swept off your feet with a memorable Valentine’s Day this February 14? Why not try the ultimate trifecta – a romantic stroll along a sandy beach, followed by alfresco dining, then finish the night with tickets for you and your loved one to see Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, performing an encore Valentine’s concert again this year at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise for one night only. Other highlights on-tour this season at the Center include Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band, January 12 and comedian Jeff Dunham, February 11. Visit www.bankatlanticcenter.com.

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Cape Town Welcomes Gay Travelers for Christmas

Author: , November 9th, 2011

To a large degree, the Southern Hemisphere misses out on the, ‘Magical White Christmas’ that the Northern Hemisphere so loves about their festive season. But the Southern Hemisphere firmly believes it has the better side of the deal, enjoying baking hot end-of-years, soaking up the sun and warmth on beaches and in natural tropics.

“With New York typically peaking at a maximum of 5*C, Tokyo and Paris at highs of 7*C and London at 10*C, the holiday cheer won’t be all that warm this December. The grimace of winter will be showing its face in the North and if the cold isn’t enough to persuade you, maybe the beautiful weather and scenery of the Southern Hemisphere will,” says Chris Hattingh, Marketing Director for The Glen, a four-star gay-friendly boutique hotel nestled in Sea Point, Cape Town.

“In the warmer months, which is almost all year round, the area is comparable to the finest vacation spots in the world, both in terms of weather and scenery and it’s one of the prime reasons why the hotel was built here.”

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Gay Travel: Hitting the Ski Slopes

Author: , November 5th, 2011

Ski BumsThe Ski Bums have announced their 2012 skiing and snowboarding season and the theme this year is “It is time to power down,” a double entendre meaning it’s time to power down your gadgets and it is also time to power down a mountain.

Ski Bums president Chris French says when new members were asked last year why they joined the group, he heard a common theme. “I just wasn’t meeting the kind of people I wanted to meet.” These days with people increasingly finding each other online, the Ski Bums are hoping that gadget frustration will bring new members to the adventuresome group.

Ski Bums is the world’s largest LGBT club for skiers and snowboarders. They began hosting trips in 2005 and today have about 800 members from the United States, Canada and Europe. They are headquartered in New York with chapters spread out across the country, including one in Washington.

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