LGBT Travel in Asia – Our Taste for Life

Author: , July 19th, 2019

LGBT Travel in Asia

Oh, Asia. A vibrant, diverse, and energetic place to travel. But is Asia a gay-friendly travel destination? It’s one of the most commonly asked questions we receive, and one we are super happy to finally be addressing. In this LGBT Travel Guide, we will delve into the LGBT rights in Asia, as well as how to prepare as an LGBT traveller.

After spending 18 months travelling throughout this colourful continent, we can tell you that it hasn’t always been fun and rainbows. Coming from the UK where, for the most part, we can be completely open about our sexuality; it was peculiar to suddenly visit countries where homosexuality was a taboo; or worse, against the law.

Many ask us how we deal with this. Why would we want to travel to these countries if we can’t be ourselves? We look at it this way. ALL cultures have beliefs and traditions. Do we agree with all of them? Of course not. That doesn’t mean that we boycott those countries completely. At the end of the day, we travel to open our minds, and appreciating that there are other ways of life is the first step.

With this in mind, we have now spent almost two consecutive years in Asia. In that time, we have visited gay-friendly cities; travelled off the beaten path; and spent time in countries where homosexuality is criminalised. Guess what? We had a great time in all of them.

Full Story at Our Taste for Life

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Exploring the Dutch Tulip Fields in a VW Bus – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , July 8th, 2019

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Can you believe we never visited the tulip fields in the Netherlands?! As a Dutchie, that’s pretty weird since the tulip fields are becoming increasingly popular every year, especially because of Instagram. We decide to go on a little trip in style: with an old VW bus named Miss Peach. Miss Peach can be rented from Oldtimer huren for a fun day trip or for a special event: a wedding for example! Talking about weddings, during our little trip to the tulip fields we do a special shoot with some gorgeous dresses…

Tulips are for old people?!

When we were younger our moms and grandmas visited the tulip fields. So in our minds, it was something old people did (equals boring). Instagram has definitely changed our minds, because wow, these fields are far from boring: colours everywhere! Last year we were sad to miss tulip season so we promised each other 2019 would be the year. And we’re sharing the fun: my sister Denise joins us on our day trip. Denise is a beautician so she can help us look extra pretty. Usually, we never wear any make-up, but this is a special occasion…

Hit the Road with a Volkswagen Bus!

We pick-up Miss Peach in Nieuwegein at the garage. Before we hit the road I need to get the hang of driving an oldtimer. VW buses are old and therefore drive very differently than modern cars. Luckily it doesn’t take too long before I can enjoy riding this beautiful bus. So funny to see so many people looking at you while driving such a beauty!

By Maartje and Roxanne – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

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Go Girlfriend’s Arizona Getaway List – Lesbian Sedona

Author: , July 5th, 2019

Lesbian Sedona - Scott

Thinking on the destination of lesbian Sedona, Az, my mind floats to a small-town, new-age artsy community nestled as a cross-roads between the dry flats of the hot desert and the stunning red rock mountainsides that surround it. It is a charming long-weekend getaway destination to get you out of the city and surrounded by an unprecedented natural beauty – think girls getaway relaxing with wine on the patio as the sun sets on the mountainsides that just pop deep shades of reds and greys, or a more adventurous let’s-get-out-and-hike-these-mountains-and-see-the-views kinda weekend. Either way, Sedona has got to be on your getaway list!!

Whether you arrive in from Phoenix in the south (2 hours) and drive through the Sonoran desert into the Tonto National Forest area before encountering the rim of red rocks around Oak Creek, or you arrive to Sedona from Flagstaff (1 hour) in the north via the canyonous Highway 89, the drive will make you “ooo and aaah” at the spectacular sights.

Whether you arrive in from Phoenix in the south (2 hours) and drive through the Sonoran desert into the Tonto National Forest area before encountering the rim of red rocks around Oak Creek, or you arrive to Sedona from Flagstaff (1 hour) in the north via the canyonous Highway 89, the drive will make you “ooo and aaah” at the spectacular sights.

What makes the red rocks of Sedona so unique?

The Sedona area was the bottom of an ocean 300+ million years ago. Natural iron oxide infused the limestone base that was created as the waters receded. The picturesque sandstone formations were created from the layering of ancient dunes in such amazing geology and landscape the area that with continued water and wind erosion over the millennia sculpted the harder formations into some of the most fascinating and locally iconic landmarks we know today – Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Courthouse Butte.

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT – THIS HAVEN IS A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN THAT WELCOMES LGBTQ GUESTS

Author: , July 3rd, 2019
HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT – This haven is a little piece of heaven that welcomes LGBTQ guests

By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

If we could build the perfect resort in the perfect location with the perfect atmosphere, HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT would be it. The brand new $100 million oceanfront peaceful sanctuary made us feel like a sliver of Mexico coastline had been reserved just for us.

HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort located between Cancun and Riviera Maya. This isn’t your standard party hotel, HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT is a peaceful, luxurious hideaway. This haven is a little piece of heaven.

We were invited to experience this amazing Mexican resort just seven months after it opened. We have been to the Mexican Riviera many times and have explored Mayan sites, nightlife areas and other hotels but we have never experienced a resort so stylish, welcoming and relaxing. We never felt the desire to leave the property!

Mauricio Levya the Mexico and Latin America Director told us, “We call our design Mexico Modern. Other resorts have someone with a microphone announcing things all day. We create a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. We have a large, private beach. We have 333 suites. All of our dining and entertainment venues are in one area, not spread all over. We welcome all adult guests. We have many gay guests and gay employees. We welcome gay weddings. We offer the perfect wedding venue.”

Ernesto Luna the Managing Director told us, “I think we have an excellent product for the LGBTQ market. In just six months, we have hosted multiple gay weddings.”

As a gay, married couple ourselves, we can testify that HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT is LGBTQ welcoming and celebrating. We met at least a dozen LGBTQ couples during our stay and had wonderful experiences with hetero couples as well. HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT seems to generate an atmosphere of peace, joy and relaxation.

It’s not all about relaxation though. The Haven pool is for relaxing but the main pool has a DJ and is more energetic. Several times, musicians came out onto risers in the pool and performed! There are four restaurants, a café, six bars, 2 swim-up bars and a nightclub!

Moon’s Cabaret & Lounge Is everything you could hope for in a nightclub. The female vocalist from the Dominican Republic flawlessly covered Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera note for note along with songs from Burlesque, The Greatest Showman, Chicago and more.

There are also 3 outdoor pools, a hot tub, yoga classes, a tennis court, plus a spa.

Jelena Ilic the Haven Spa Director told us, “My Senses Spa is here to bring you relaxation, peace and a bit of heaven at Haven! Our services help replace and flush the bad from your body and allow the good to come in.”

Jelena led us through a world-class hydro-therapy routine, ice plunges, saunas and massages that invigorated us from head to toe.

We were happy to try the fabulous dining venues and bars at HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT ranging from fine dining experiences to toes-in-the-sand hot dogs and burgers!

FLAVOURS
Get ready to be “wowed” by Flavours at Haven. Here, you’ll find an endless array of delectable dishes in a casual, unique and comfortable setting. It’s a social gathering spot; a place to relax and to enjoy your favorite foods, including a wide variety of artisan and local fare, all presented in distinctive culinary stations.

AGUA BENDITA
A contemporary blend of traditional Mexican cuisine and hospitality with a classic steak house. Modern décor fused with the deep traditions of Mexico. Visually stimulating yet incredibly comfortable.

OLIOS
Our Mediterranean restaurant is about fine dining at its best. Here our master chefs have curated an outstanding culinary experience based on the flavors and ingredients of the land and the sea. The restaurant features an exciting à la carte menu with each incredible meal complimented by an exceptional selection of wines, liqueurs, coffees and infusions. Nothing is overlooked.

VORA MAR
Drenched in beautiful ocean views, Vora Mar is a visual and gastronomic experience. As you enter you’ll be met by a pair of imposing cooking stations — a Basque charcoal grill — where the fish of the day and other delicacies are cooked to perfection.

SATSU
A multi-sensory culinary experience, our Asian Fusion restaurant is truly a memorable dining experience in an open kitchen format featuring distinct approaches to Asian cuisine. Enjoy your favorite sushi and sashimi, prepared fresh to order by expert chefs using the freshest of ingredients. Or try our Robata Grill where you’ll indulge in delectable charcoal-grilled small plates. Our traditional Teppanyaki stations highlight the art and show of Japanese food. Finally, choose from a range of individually prepared meals using classic cooking techniques from various gastronomic regions of Asia.

VISTAS SNACK BAR
Whatever your pleasure, you’re never more than a few steps (or a quick swim) away from satisfying those cravings at our Vistas Snack Bar. A convenient alternative for a casual poolside meal, featuring contemporary small plates. Serenity Club guests can also enjoy à la carte breakfast in a prefect open-air ambience.

MISTRAL
Soaking in the sun on the beach or relaxing by the pool? You’re never more than a few steps away from a great bite or refreshing drink. Mistral is the casual, fun place to eat, drink and enjoy the Mexican Caribbean.

MOONS
The hub of nightly entertainment, Moons brings  glitz and glamour to Haven. This is where you will want to enjoy after-dinner cocktails, socialize with other guests and be entertained in a vibrant, neon-infused, lounge setting. This cabaret comes alive with exciting stage shows, comedians, live bands, performance art, magicians to name a few.

LIMES
An American-style bar, Limes is a place for everyone. Choose from wide variety of international and local beers, wines and spirits, watch your favorite team on centrally located televisions and snack on contemporary finger food. This bar features indoor and outdoor seating and is located next to the Agua Bendita Restaurant.

HAVENS LOUNGE
The perfect place to start your evening or take a break from the midday sun, Havens Lounge serves refreshing beverages throughout the day and evening with a choice of comfortable indoor or outdoor seating.

MOCACCINO
Located in the main lobby, Mocaccino is a great place to enjoy your favorite specialty coffee drinks, teas and an assortment of pastry specialties and baked goods anytime throughout the day.

DOCKS POOL BAR
Featuring ocean views, our pool and wet bar serves up a tasty array of international and local drinks, Margaritas, cocktails and more.

VISTAS POOL BAR
Located at the resort’s expansive Havens Pool, our Vistas Pool Bar features swim-up seating as well as shaded outdoor seating and serves refreshing drinks, beer and wine. With spectacular ocean views, Vistas is a perfect cooling off respite while enjoying a sun-drenched day by the pool.

Our suite was luxurious and comfortable with an amazing ocean view.  They call it “an ultra-luxury fusion of sophisticated design with the five-star amenities and personalized service expected from the world’s best all-inclusive resorts. Within each of our 333 suites, the splendor of our oceanfront setting is reflected in upscale Mexican décor, ocean or garden views and indulgences like whirlpool tubs, aromatherapy menus and plush King beds with personal pillow menus. “

And…we had our own butler!

WEDDING & ROMANCE PACKAGES

 We cannot imagine a better choice for a destination wedding. HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT is such high quality in every area that their weddings are equally amazing.  Mauricio Levya the Mexico and Latin America Director took us to the photography office where we viewed wedding videos and photos. They were spectacular! One of their photographers won several nationwide contests. They have “crafted three unique wedding packages that will make your special day a truly memorable event. Choose the package that best suits your style and taste and leave the rest to our experienced wedding coordinator.“ https://www.havenresorts.com/weddings.html
HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORTis located at Ctra. Federal 307, Chetumal – Pto. Juarez, ​​Km 335, Puerto Morelos, Cancún – Q. Roo 77569 Mexico
Phone: +52 998 889 9600 | Reservations: +52 998 889 9600

For more information, visit https://www.havenresorts.com/

 HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT is the ideal vacation resort with a tremendous, welcoming staff, delicious dining and extraordinary amenities.If we could build the perfect resort in the perfect location with the perfect atmosphere, HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT would be it. This haven is a little piece of heaven.
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Article by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
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Lesbian Taiwan – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , June 27th, 2019

Lesbian Taiwan - Once Upon a Journey

Taiwan, to us, is on top of the list of countries in Asia that have surprised us the most. Frankly, we didn’t know much about Taiwan, and odds are: so do you (except the fact they just legalised same-sex marriage). And that has to change! Lesbian Taiwan is AMAZING and definitely the most progressive place in Asia, in my opinion, arguably the world (yes, Dutchie speaking!). Are you ready to be surprised by how gay Taiwan is?!

Taiwan Gay Marriage: Asia’s First

In 2017, the Constitutional Court of Taiwan ruled that the definition of marriage as one man and one woman in the law was unconstitutional. The Court requested a change of legislation, by either adjusting existing laws or creating new ones, within a time frame of two years.

On International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2019 – May 17 – same-sex marriage was officially legalised. Over 500 couples have already registered today (the day the law went into effect). Legalising gay marriage wasn’t without controversy and there will be some limitations. The new law offers similar legal protections as heterosexual marriage, but it’s a separate law. Same-sex couples will only be allowed to adopt children biologically related to at least one of them.

While the entire world seems to be setting steps backwards (abortion is up for discussion again? Seriously?!), Taiwan is setting a big step forward. Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage.

By AUTHOR – Full Story at SOURCE

Beauport Inn – Lesbian Owned Ogunquit Bed & Breakfast

Author: , June 22nd, 2019

Beauport Inn

The Beauport Inn is a unique stone English Manor located just 1/2 a mile from Route 1 and the center of Ogunquit, Maine.

This gorgeous property is set on nine acres of fields and woods which border the Josias River. With three large guest rooms, a two-room suite, and a fully-equipped apartment, this intimate setting is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, a relaxing escape, or an extended Maine vacation.

See the Beauport Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Lesbian Amsterdam – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , June 20th, 2019

Lesbian Amsterdam - Once Upon a Journey

The gay capital of Europe, Amsterdam, is the perfect city to go to as a lesbian traveller. Or well, Amsterdam doesn’t carry that title anymore officially, but the city is still very liberal, tolerant, welcoming and diverse. The city is perfect for your lesbian vacation or short city trip! You can truly be yourselves and enjoy all the beauty it has to offer. It’s a city where our love story began, so Amsterdam has a special place in our hearts. Continue reading for the ultimate travel guide to lesbian Amsterdam. Including our best insider tips and spots!

Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands and it’s most famous for its beautiful canals, gingerbread houses, coffee shops (not for coffee!), the infamous red light district and lots of bicycles. Amsterdam has a lot more to offer; there is something for everyone.

LGBT rights in the Netherlands

First, we will tell you a bit about LGBT rights in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is seen as one of the most LGBT friendly destinations in the world. Therefore it isn’t weird that LGBT rights in the Netherlands have been some of the most progressive in the world. Homosexuality was decriminalised in 1811, and in 2001 the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Yes, we are very proud of that! The first gay bar opened in Amsterdam in 1911.

By Maartje and Roxanne – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

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Lesbian Europe – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , June 14th, 2019

Lesbian Europe - Once Upon a Journey

We know, as a couple, that lesbian travel isn’t always as easy as packing your bags and go. There’s much more think about, regarding safety for example. For a holiday it’s important you can truly be yourself, don’t have to worry about safety and simply feel comfortable. Europe has been leading the way for LGBT travellers for the past decades. It has some of the most open and welcoming countries in the world and is, therefore, the perfect continent for your lesbian holidays. It has so much to offer: from stunning beaches to picturesque cities and much more. Europe is diverse, each European country has its charms, and there’s something for everybody. But which destination to pick?! Let’s dive into the best lesbian holiday destinations Europe has to offer.

Greece

For stunning beaches, you need to go to Greece! Greece has 6000 islands so it’s the perfect destination for some island hopping, tropical vibes and relaxing on the beach. The island Lesbos (also known as Lesvos) is, for us lesbians, a special one. More about that later on! Greece is one of the most liberal countries in South East Europe and it’s making great steps forward the past years. Homosexuality has been legal since 1951 and in 2015, civil unions were legalised for same-sex couples. Greece is a friendly destination for LGBT travellers. Mykonos especially is well-known under the male gay travellers as one of the best gay destinations in Europe. And of course, lesbians are also very welcome on the island, though you will find many men there. While Mykonos is great for parties, Santorini is the perfect island for your romantic holiday or a honeymoon.

By Maartje and Roxanne – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

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One Day in Helsinki – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , June 13th, 2019

Helsinki - Once Upon a Journey

Surprisingly, Scandinavian capital Helsinki (Finland) is often overlooked. It seems like quite some people visit or pass through the city but then forgets about it. We have no clue why; on our city trip to Helsinki we had a great time! The Finnish capital city has many things to offer but within a day you can already catch the highlights. So it’s perfect to go to Helsinki for a day trip from Tallinn, during a long layover or on a cruise of the Baltic Sea. Enjoy the sauna, one of many museums, some delicious Finnish food and coffee: all during your one day in Helsinki! Of course, you can spend as many days as you want to explore the city, but we will share the best places to visit in Helsinki with you.

Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

When we were telling people about our Helsinki-travel-plans everyone said: go to Suomenlinna island. Every local told us the same thing. But what’s so special about Suomenlinna? It’s the ultimate dream island of the Helsinki locals. When we think about a dream island something tropical comes to mind, but for the Finnish, it’s a different story. Suomenlinna is located only 15 minutes away from Helsinki. It’s surrounded by water and nature and the island isn’t reachable by bridge, only by ferry. So it’s located close to the big city but when you are on the island it doesn’t feel like that at all! 800 ‘lucky’ people live on the island.

By Maartje & Roxanne – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

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Arizona Road Trip – Go Girlfriend

Author: , May 30th, 2019

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Who doesn’t love a good Americana road trip? While dropping into Phoenix for a few days, one of my daytrip adventures was a 400 mile, 9-hour road trip from Phoenix through Sedona to Flagstaff, on to Meteor Crater, via Route 66 to Winslow and back cross-country to Phoenix. Just me, a Mustang convertible and a wide open road ahead … Perfect!

Full disclosure: this post is for road trips junkies who and enjoy stopping at sights along the way. Join me as I journey along highway 87 with stops at Tonto’s Land Bridge, the Eagles famous “Standin on the Corner” in Winslow Arizona on Route 66, the Posada hotel and the Meteor Crater impact zone.

Heading north on Highway 87 about an hour out of Phoenix (near Payson) is the Tonto Land Bridge. This breath-taking natural rock formation sits 400 feet across the top and 185 feet high and is one of the largest land bridges in the world. With a natural spring flowing over the edge creating a small waterfall, it’s not just any land bridge. Easy to access and well worth the stopover on your adventure. For strollers or those with special needs, the National Park has lots of parking options close to the bridge or walk the trails to get a good view of the area. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for youths and it’s open 10-4pm. Arrive early and allow yourself ample time to explore before the gates close.

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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