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.”

Authored By -Marcie Bianco See the Full Story at PolicyMic

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Five Places to Island-Hop

Author: , March 2nd, 2014

Oahu BeachDespite their wild and remote image, getting around these archipelagos in western Scotland can be straightforward. A few of the most accessible islands include Skye, where the geologically diverse landscape includes lochs (lakes), forests, and glens (valley) and Islay, with its whiskey distilleries. Iona has white sandy beaches, and Lewis has mysterious standing stones. Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne runs services to 22 islands, most year-round.

Visitors planning to travel extensively around the islands can purchase an Island-Hopping pass, which can save you some money. For example, one pass includes ferry rides from the mainland and to the islands of Skye, Harris, and Lewis, and back to the mainland. For car and passenger, the pass costs $30 per person in the summer ($28, or $56 total, in the winter). By comparison, the total price for a car and passenger making the same trip by buying single tickets would be $202 in the summer.

Kvarner Islands, Croatia

Getting around the well-developed and family-friendly Kvarner Islands of Croatia is cheap and easy; the most costly part will be getting to Croatia from the United States. Luckily, the island of Krk, which has a mile-long beach and a medieval walled center, also has both an airport and a port (in Rijeka), making it an ideal starting point. Even luckier, budget airline Norwegian flies direct to Rijeka from Oslo for as little as $67 each way in summer.

Authored By Karen Gardiner Dion – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Visiting Gwrych Castle in Wales

Author: , February 12th, 2014

Abergele, North Wales

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Gwrych Castle, just outside of Abergele, North Wales, has a 200 year-old history, but for the last 30 years has been left without public visitation. It is only now that proper restoration is on the brink to return this magnificent historical treasure-trove to its former glory.

Built in-between 1812 and 1822, the castle itself had many additions by important designers and architects of the time, and was finally considered complete towards the end of the 19th Century. The last heir to Gwrych Castle, Winifred Bamford-Hesketh, inherited in 1894 and it became her official residence until she died in 1924. When she became the Countess of Dundonald it was also where she raised her children. She bequeathed it to the Prince of Wales as an act of spite against her husband, who had to buy it back and ended up selling off the possessions inside. The castle itself became a house for Jewish refugees in World War II, and started a gradual decline in the 1940s, despite being opened to the public and receiving ten million visitors.

Currently the only way to gain access to the site is by asking for permission from the owners of Gwrych Castle, Edwards Property Management, who are working with Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust to restore the Castle and turn it into a luxury hotel. The Trust is currently seeking to create a Visitor’s Centre in the Melon House.

Authored By Jake Basford – See the Full Story at So So Gay

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa at Night

Author: , October 22nd, 2013

Leaning Tower of PisaLast night I was lucky enough to stay in Pisa for the night. The Tuscan city is a popular spot for day trips from Florence and I suspect many tourists don’t bother staying more than a few hours. While the city is buzzing with tourists during the day, at night, it was significantly quieter. (But don’t think it was completely quiet! There were still plenty of people milling about in the Field of Miracles.)

Like many famous monuments I’ve visited before, my first glimpse happened to be at night. And despite everyone telling me how disappointing the Leaning Tower of Pisa would be (including my tour guide!), I actually found it quite impressive. Maybe the lack of people taking silly photos, the nearly full moon and the subtle lighting added to the mystery and grandeur.

Authored By Adam – See the Full Story at Travels of Adam

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The UK’s Most Gay Friendly Cities

Author: , April 29th, 2013

LondonPlanning a trip to the United Kingdom? has a list of the top five gay friendly cities in the UK:

The UK is one of the best places to be gay thanks not only to laws protecting and promoting equality, but a fairly liberal-minded population. Saying that, there are definitely some cities that offer more for the gay traveler than others – here are five of them.

Manchester: While Queer As Folk may be over a decade old, there’s no denying that Manchester’s Canal Street is considered one of the finest places in the country for a gay night out. There really is something for everyone, with lesbian bars such as Vanilla and Coyotes, the all-male Eagle Manchester, or the very mixed and cheap as chips G-A-Y Bar. With many places to stay near the Gay Village you can party for as long as you want without having to worry about making it back to bed.

See the other four at the link above.

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More From Paris

Author: , April 20th, 2013

Our dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on the go again, this time in France. She has graciously allowed us to republish her travel blogs. Enjoy!

Paris - Dolly GoolsbyJudging from the comments I am receiving, my description of our apartment has been of the most interest to most of you. One thing we learned from our Program Directors on the cruise, is, if one needs to use a toilet, that is what one asks for. If you ask for a bathroom, you will be told, No..because the French person will think you want to take a bath. So now I know, when renting apartments, also ask for what you need…but I have also found, in all my apartment searching, that apartments with 2 bathrooms, including 2 toilets, are few and far between, and if I find them, they are very expensive. We Americans are just too spoiled…

But still, the 3 flights of stairs are difficult. I think because it is a circular staircase the climb is steeper. And we are usually carrying bags of groceries up the stairs.

Yesterday we went to the Musee d’Orsay, one of the best art museums in Paris, housed in an old train station. If you have seen the movie, “Hugo”, you will see the station as it mist have been 100 years ago. Now it houses the works of the Impressionist artists, the sculptor, Rodin, works by Van Gogh, who was Post – Impressionist. D’Orsay is a fabulous art museum. But since my brain can only handle 2 hours of any kind of museum, we arranged to meet at the cafe in the museum at the end of 2 hours. We just had a glass of wine, then headed out to find more Paris sights.

One of the bridges we crossed was the Pont de Arts, a pedestrian bridge over the Seine, where lovers have placed their locks, and tossed the key into the Seine, representing their love that can never be unlocked. However, interestingly, there are some combination locks, also…just in case someone changes their minds?

We have been doing a lot of walking, 3 to 5 hours every day…it is good, too, as we ate so well on board ship, and still seem to be doing a lot of eating and wine drinking.

No, the car was not what I wanted to photograph. Shooting pictures with the iPad is quite different from using my camera, but if you look into the distance, there is the Eiffel Tower.

Today we went north of Paris, to the suburb of Oeun, where there is the giant flea market. We looked at lots of antiques, and lots of junk, finally having lunch at Chez Louisette, where there were a couple of Edith Piaf-type singers. We then took the Metro back into Paris, up the hill to the Pantheon to see the perpetual pendulum that had been rotating continuously since 1851. But note, I said Had been. Now it is out of commission for the next 3 years, so we didn’t get to see it. But we had a nice walk back toward the river Seine. Since it is the weekend and the weather is pretty good, there are lots of people out walking about. We did manage to stay gone until 6:30 tonight, the we had one of our lovely suppers of good bread, cheese, wine, and a special treat tonight of a lovely chocolate tart. Yes, Vikki, we did find the patisserie.

Now we need to get to sleep so we can get up in time for church in the morning. I shall write more later. We only have 2 days left of our French vacation.

Au revoir.

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