Adventure Bound Expeditions, Inc. – Gay Owned Tour Operator

Author: , July 20th, 2019

Adventure Bound Expeditions, Inc.

Since 1989, Adventure Bound Expeditions has designed and conducted high quality, exciting outdoor adventures tours for gay men.

We offer “trip of a lifetime” experiences to destinations throughout the world, including

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • South America
  • Central America
  • Asia
  • Australia and the South Pacific

For a truly gay tour experience, book your next trip with Adventure Bound Expeditions.

See the Adventure Bound Expeditions, Inc. Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Eco-Friendly Costa Rica is Gay Friendly Too

Author: , February 9th, 2019

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If there’s one thing Costa Ricans value above all else, it’s community. Pura vida is more than a friendly motto written on hats or T-shirts for tourists to buy at souvenir shops. Directly translated as “pure life,” it is closer to American ideas of the “simple life.” And in Costa Rica, the concept is part of their heritage and runs deep in the soil. The phrase is a reminder to not sweat the small stuff and instead focus on things that matter: friends, family, and most importantly, love.

In a country that’s home to five million people and nearly a thousand species of birds—including two of my favorites, the keelbilled toucan and the scarlet macaw — pura vida permeates through every experience you have. Whether you’re staying at a fancy resort or hiking on a crowded trail, you’ll find pura vida is a shared human language that transcends differences and unites those who embrace it.

For many LGBTQ people living in Costa Rica, social norms have noticeably shifted in recent years, thanks to wider visibility in smaller communities. While the country is widely known for its environmental efforts (embracing eco-tourism early) and lack of an army (the nation instead chooses to invest its money in agriculture) and Catholic traditions, citizens are still hungry for social progress.

By David Artavia – Full Story at the Advocate

Costa Rica Gay Travel Resources

 

Cenotes Near Cancun – 2TravelDads

Author: , August 24th, 2018

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The Yucatan Peninsula is full of unique experiences from Mayan ruins and swimming with sea turtles to jumping into enormous natural swimming pools: cenotes. Cenotes are really a highlight to any Cancun vacation or road trip around the Yucatan and we’ve chosen our favorites, the best cenotes to visit in Mexico.

This handy how-to guide is also full of information about what you need to bring for a day in the cenotes, what to expect with the many types of cenotes, and our top tips for photographing cenotes and all the fun you can have.

What is a cenote and how do I visit?

Cenotes are a type of cave or sinkhole. They are typically formed in the same manner as caves with fresh water percolating through the earth and meeting up with the aquifer, or underground river. This erosion creates small and large holes in the earth’s surface and gives access to the beautiful, crystal clear waters of the aquifer.

What to expect at different cenotes

Because each cenote is different from the next, you’ll have totally different experiences. The cenotes near Cancun and Playa del Carmen are more built up around the exterior to make it easier for tourists to visit, but then as you go inland you’ll find cenotes that are much more rugged and surrounded by jungle.

One cenote near Playa del Carmen, Cenote Azul, is very open with many different fresh water pools surrounding a large one, yet Cenote Dos Ojos near Tulum are very dark caves with a slow flowing river moving you through the caverns. Some cenotes have fish in them and bats flying overhead and others are just a grand bubbling spring like you might find in Florida.

Nude At The Bottom of the Grand Canyon – Nude Raft Trips

Author: , December 19th, 2016

Nude At The Bottom of the Grand Canyon – Nude Raft Trips

By Beverly B. Price for GayTravelersMagazine

Grand – and magnificent, splendid, glorious, superb, impressive, awe-inspiring, majestic.   It is impossible to be in the depths of the Grand Canyon and believe that the word “grand” says it all. 

I have traveled with other nude passengers all 280 miles of Colorado River from Lee’s Ferry to Lake Mead.  I have been in the majority of the stunning (and all different) side canyons.  I have also made shorter trips to be hauled out by chopper at Whitmore Wash.  Each trip is unique.

The rafts splash through numerous rapids.  The water is cold and deep and swift.  Or they float along in serenely where only the descending call of the canyon wren can be heard.  Or they pull up to a campsite for the night next to the warm water of a side stream.

The canyon bighorn sheep are unafraid of the rafts. The stars are endless.  It is a spiritual experience and one that should not be adulterated.

Teddy Roosevelt perhaps said it best on January 11, 1908, when he stated, “Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.”

If you would like to experience the great wonder of nature – and do so naturally – there are nude raft trips planned.  Simply send a message to bbprice@aol.com  and ask for information.  Please put “Grand Canyon Raft Trip” in the subject line.

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We have visited multiple AANR member locations including Cypress Cove Nudist Resort, and Lake Como Family Nudist Resort and Community and we have enjoyed Florida’s Haulover Beach for years. As a gay, married couple, we have always felt accepted. There truly is something liberating, tranquil and very social about nudism and naturism.

To search for American Association for Nude Recreation clubs, visit http://www.aanr.com/places-to-go/aanr-clubs

To learn more about the American Association for Nude Recreation clubs, visit http://www.aanr.com/
 
Beverly B. Price is the President of the American Association for Nude Recreation.


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Exploring Svalbard: Norway’s High Arctic

Author: , February 25th, 2016

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Through a dense haze my boat follows the sounds of Ivory gulls, rhythmically squawking in a language all their own. I’m nearly dangling off the rail of the MS Nordstjernen, trying to make sense of my new surroundings. The wind is so strong and the air so cold that my tears nearly solidify and glue my eye to my Nikon. My perma-smile attracts the attention of a group of older Germans who wave from the inside lounge and raise their piping-hot coffees in solidarity. Three gulls fly along the railing, and seemingly give me the side-eye as they barely make headway against the strong winds. They suspiciously inspect the goings-on aboard our ship, curious as to what kind of creature we are. I look curiously back and try my best to capture their Arctic distinctiveness, but with one click of my shutter they tilt their left wings down and, like superheroes, dart into the dark mist. I too, with my bright-red survival suit, camera, and parochial wonder set a course for the 80th parallel in Svalbard, Norway and enter off into the dark mist.

Traveling to the northernmost settlement in the world, with a population of around 2,400, is surprisingly simple. Thanks to it being administratively part of Norway, flights from Tromso, Norway to the northernmost airport in the world with public flights, Svalbard Airport, is a short trip (around two hours), and its location is a cheap and quick bus ride into Longyearbyen. Although there are many chartered airlines that make the flight, Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian Charter are the only companies to offer year-round flights.

I land and find myself face to face with a polar bear, literally. A stuffed bear greets visitors as he stands guard over the baggage carousel. My sneakers are already slipping on the tile floor, and as I regain my footing I look up at the parka-wearing crowd who are pulling tons of outdoor equipment off the belt. A handsome man standing in the corner waves to me, and I instantly recognize him as one half of a blog duo based out of Longyearbyen, The Arctic Husbands. The travel industry brought Stian Kristiansen to Longyearbyen, and he and his husband, Jorge Kristiansen, who is originally from Venezuela, took the (Arctic) plunge North and have been enjoying their adventures throughout Svalbard ever since.

Full Story at Passport Magazine

Norway Gay Travel Resources

Puerto Vallarta Mexico for the LGBT Eco Traveler

Author: , May 31st, 2015

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The LGBT traveler meets nature in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Our  beyond gay friendly destination is an ecotourism wonderland. It is here the Sierra Madre mountains join the Pacific ocean and lush jungle to form a natural wonderland paradise. Puerto Vallarta offers more gay and gay friendly activities  than any other Mexican destination. Cool refreshing rains arrive in June bringing new life to vegetation, riverbeds and jungles. It is a great opportunity to experience our exotic destination.

Although the “rainy season” arrives in June many LGBT travelers mistakenly think this is a time to avoid travel to Puerto Vallarta. Nothing could not be further from the truth. Most often the rain, indeed hard at times, is at night bringing a refreshing cool next morning perfect for a trip to the gay friendly Botanical Gardens (www.vbgardens.org) or the Vallarta Zoo (www.zoologicodevallarta.com). Rains that arrive in the day are most often followed by the returning sun allowing for a perfect day at the luxury gay friendly beach club Mantamar (www.mantamarvallarta.com). It s also a great opportunity to experience horseback riding, atv jungle trek or zip line with Go Gay Vallarta’s jungle adventure.

As cooling refreshing rains bring new life to the town, so has the gay Romantic Zone experienced new life thru recent redevelopment. The center of gay life in Puerto Vallarta is the Romantic Zone with its many gay bars and clubs. La Noche Bar, one of Puerto Vallarta’s top night spots, has completed 3 floors including a new roof top terrace with a fantastic view of the city. Across the street, Spartacus Spa has also added a rooftop terrace taking advantage of the open air view of the city. CC Slaughter’s will be adding air conditioning so LGBT travelers who have not visited the city recently will be pleasantly surprised as to what’s in store. La Margarita and La Fiesta  are great spots to enjoy a drink and meet new friends.

Why should LGBT travelers visit Puerto Vallarta in June? It a great time to take advantage of summer savings at restaurants, hotels, and businesses. Many hotels, like Casa Cupula (www.casacupula.com), begin the summer saving season. Visit www.gaypv.mx/deals for great savings and discounts of all the businesses in one place. Puerto Vallarta has much to offer the LGBT traveler. It’s time to visit the new Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and see how beyond gay friendly Puerto Vallarta can be.

Red Chair Travels Arrives in Oregon

Author: , February 9th, 2015
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How sweet! The staff chair is in holding the umbrella for it.

The Red Chair’s story started on Cape Cod in the spring of 2012. This lucky chair has surfed the waves off Nantucket, explored the cranberry bogs of Chatham, enjoyed the view from Nobska Light in Falmouth, watched the grist mill turn at Stony Brook in Brewster and the sun set over Menemsha.  The chair has traveled all over New England, from Maine to Rhode Island all on the kindness of America’s friendly B&B’s. At each stop, the Red Chair is introduced to all that is memorable and beautiful about the local area, with a B&B owner as the chair’s concierge. Traveling is about getting outside of the everyday and seeing the world with fresh eyes. Through the journey of the Red Chair, we are all travelers off the beaten track where true relaxation awaits. The Red Chair has traveled to over 20 states with nearly 500 innkeepers acting as concierges.  BedandBreakast.com has partnered with the Red Chair Travels to keep the journey alive!  And now the Red Chair has started its journey through Oregon and will visit more than 20 inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  Follow Red as it visits The Seven Wonders of Oregon, the Bed and Breakfasts in Oregon’s Wine Country, Mt Hood, Crater Lake and all points in between.  We know you’ll enjoy the ride and hope you are inspired to travel to the places, and inns, that Red visits.
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Eleven Incredible Out Adventures To Experience Before You Die

Author: , December 8th, 2014

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It’s that time of year. Dead of Winter is here in the West, and we’re dreaming of fantastic escapes. Not to put any extra pressure on anyone, but there are some adventures that you shouldn’t pass up forever. Some of them are specific, and some are universal. So we asked Robert Sharp of Out Adventures, one of the world’s top gay travel experts, to weigh in on some of his all-time favorite trips. Many of these can be enjoyed specifically on OutAdventures experiences, while still others are just worth doing, however you make it there (and possibly even back home).

With no further ado, here’s eleven OUT Adventures to enjoy before you die…

1. Riding the elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand -Outings involving domestic animals can be dicey, if only for the well being and rights of the animal kingdom, but if you choose the right excursion, you’ll not only be having the experience of a lifetime, but you’ll be contributing to the health and well being of the animals. Just outside Chiang Mai, Thailand, you’ll find Patara Elephant Farm. Here you’ll learn about each Asian Elephant before bathing them in a river alongside your expert guide, then the ride of a lifetime through the Thai jungle.

Full Story at GayCities

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Author: , May 14th, 2014

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Image via the Pacific Crest Trail Association

In some ways, the book (and soon-to-be-released movie) Wild serves as a what-not-to-do guide to the Pacific Crest Trail, or PCT — don’t over pack, don’t hike in untested boots, and don’t underestimate the weather. Author Cheryl Strayed certainly made some mistakes, but, by learning the hard way, she also got quite a few things right. Here’s a brief overview on how to hike the Pacific Crest Trail:

Plan before you go. The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) recommends spending six to eight months researching and preparing for your trip. Start by poring over the PCTA’s database of maps, trail conditions, water reports, and guidebook recommendations. Finance is another important factor – between $4,000 and $8,000 is usually needed for supplies if you plan to hike the entire trail.

Obtain the permits to hike. If you intend to hike 500 miles or more of the trail in a single trip, you will need a Long Distance Permit from the PCTA (free). For shorter hikes, determine your starting and ending points, and then check which permits you’ll need along the way. You may be required to obtain additional permits to hike in specific areas such as the Whitney Zone in Inyo National Forest, or to stay at certain campgrounds. When applying for permits, allow at least three weeks for the paperwork to be filed, or be prepared to purchase a permit from the local ranger station.

By Teresa Bitler – Shermans Travel

Utah’s National Parks

Author: , April 22nd, 2014

Utah National ParkEver heard of the “Mighty 5?” You will this year, if Utah’s tourism office has anything to say about it. This quintet of famous national parks – Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyon Lands, and Arches – is the focus of a massive new ad campaign run by the state. Whether you’re newly convinced to head to the rugged West, or you’ve had Utah on your travel bucket list for years, here’s our guide to help you choose where to go first…

For big groups or families…

Your kids may be glued to their iPhones throughout the flight (or car ride) to Utah, but once they spend a few minutes hiking the rose-orange dirt roads that criss-cross Capitol Reef National Park, they’ll change their tune. Mammoth, jagged-edged rock formations shoot up into the sky. These wrinkles in the earth’s surface developed tens of millions of years ago, and Google Maps doesn’t do the dazzling scene a bit of justice. Plus, if you’re on a budget, the cost of admission can’t be beat. (Admission: $5 per vehicle.)

For honeymooners or romantic types…

Pretty much every inch of Bryce Canyon’s perfectly chiseled landscape is a Kodak moment (or maybe an Instagram moment?) waiting to happen. Even if you’re not snapping photos at every turn, the vast ridges and valleys make the perfect backdrop while you inspect the indigenous plants and wildlife, or descend along narrow paths on a mule (rides $60-$80 per person). (Admission: $25 per vehicle.)

By Alex Schechter – Sherman’s Travel | Utah Gay Travel Resources