Bellatrix – Lesbian Owned Bed & Breakfast in Castletownbere, Ireland

Author: , January 12th, 2019

Bellatrix

Bellatrix is a bed and breakfast exclusively for women on The Beara Peninsula, West Cork, Ireland. It’s the place where women from all over the world can meet and relax in Ireland’s stunning Wild Atlantic scenery. Bellatrix is a nature lovers paradise on The Beara Way.

We specialise in walking and hiking holidays. A short walk through the forest will take you to a beautiful little cove which is safe for swimming. Bellatrix is set in mature gardens with a super view of Gour Mountain. Rita who is a Mountaineer offers great advice on local hikes and also offers guided hikes to suit all levels of ability. We are an Eco friendly b and b and your shower is powered by the sun.

We have a variety of room options to choose from, all suitable for women travelers of every description.

There is lots to see and do on The Beara Peninsula. Try some cycling, horse riding, kayaking… We are about a ten minute drive from the Tibetan Buddhist Centre, Dzogchen Beara. A must visit and stunning location.

See the Bellatrix Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Lesbian Belize: Adventure and Magic – The Seattle Lesbian

Author: , January 7th, 2019

lesbian Belize

The howler monkey with her baby lazily laid on the branches high above us. They weren’t moving. It looked like I wasn’t going to see one up close that day. I was standing beneath the shade of the tree tilting my head upward peering through the broad leaves at the black face of the sleepy mother as the baby played hide and seek behind the trunk of the tree for about 20 minutes.

However, the tour guide Geraldine Fremin, was an expert. She got a banana and coaxed the mother down the tree calling to her in a series of grunts and howls, the sounds the monkeys use to talk to each other. The mother slowly and cautiously made her way down the tree to a branch in front of me where she ate her banana and modeled perfect images right out of National Geographic.

Geraldine has been with the local women-run nonprofit sanctuary, the Community Baboon Sanctuary, what the local Creole people call the black howler monkeys, protecting the monkeys for 18-years. Started in 1981, the sanctuary has been a model for saving the nearly extinct monkeys, that were estimated to be around a population of 400 at the time, and for private/public partnerships working toward sustainable tourism. The population increased to an estimated 4,500 monkeys by 2003, she said. The sanctuary is currently in the process of surveying the monkey population to get an updated monkey census.

By Heather Cassell – Full Story at The Seattle Lesbian

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Pink Iceland – Iceland Gay Tour Operator

Author: , January 3rd, 2019

Pink Iceland

Pink Iceland was founded in 2011 by Eva Maria and Birna who shortly thereafter asked one of their friends, Hannes (a.k.a. Sasi) to join the company. Their tiny start-up is now the first and foremost Queer travel, event and wedding planner in Iceland.

Now, having succeeded in their mission Pink Iceland employs seven full time members of staff as well as a few freelance tour guides at any given time. Many things have changed since those first years, not least the clientele which now sees many straight allies of the LGBTQI+ community seeking Pink Iceland’s help with planning their nuptials and/or travels in Iceland. This despite having never lost their queer focus. As Eva (Pink Mama) puts it: “We are proud of who we are and the community we serve. If anyone has a problem with that, we wouldn’t really want to work with them anyway!

We believe in creating unforgettable experiences and lasting memories. We will always try to match, or beat, online prices for accommodation, activities and services, while still offering 24/7 access to a real human being, ready willing and able to assist you with all your needs.

See the Pink Iceland Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

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Greek Magic on the Aegean Sea – Gay City News

Author: , January 3rd, 2019

Greek Magic

On our last day in Greece, we found the sweetest spot. I was there with my spouse, Denise, floating in the crescent bay of historic Monemvasia. The sky was pure blue, and the warm water so clear we could see the rounded stones lining the sea floor.

We returned to the beach, where we’d left our things at a café table perched a few feet from the calm, rolling waves. We sipped Greek wine and ate olives and herbed tzatziki, and asked ourselves the question that bookends every magical trip: Why can’t we stay here forever?

Enchantment in travel often comes from expectations exceeded. For me, Greece has been on my to-do list for as long as I can remember. Enraptured by mythology and ancient tales, I had visions of this land and Aegean waters that I’d probably idealized. I envisioned dreamy light and air, and imagined delicacies involving phyllo dough and figs, served with house-made wines and ouzo. It all seemed so tantalizing that I made myself tamp down projections to let Greece reveal itself, without my eager idealizations.

Then we arrived, boarded a clipper ship, and discovered a mixture of sights and scenes that inspired and delighted us at every port.

By Kelsy Chauvin – Full Story at Gay City News

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Get Naked in Florida – Go Girlfriend

Author: , January 2nd, 2019

naked in Florida

It seems only natural to celebrate the wonderfulness of getting naked in Florida! Take its hundreds of miles of sand and surf opportunities, add it’s mostly hot and sun-kissed southerness and you have the ingredients to enjoy ample opportunity to bare it all and enjoy life au naturel.

As with any new experience, we suggest you start your nudist experience with a step you can be comfortable with. Maybe you and your partner begin with a nude beach or a day access to one of the resorts below – just to explore being naked together and see how things feel. All the options below promote body acceptance and welcome you into the experience at your own rate. I guarantee once you’ve begun your own naked journey, you will celebrate this newfound freedom for the rest of your life!

Forget the mindset of nudist resorts as a rustic, commune-style backwoods campsites only for hippies. Both Cypress Cove Nudist Resort and Caliente Club and Resort offer modern, upscale, multigenerational nudist experience that brings nudism to the modern age. Their facilities deliver modern amenities, grounds and facilities to impress and entertainment options to find your groove just as well as similar clothed resorts throughout North America. The difference is life can be enjoyed au naturel … and once the sun kisses your skin and you’ve settled into the reality that hardly anyone has that ideal body type; the bliss of this newfound freedom is a treasure to enjoy!

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Ethical, Eco-Friendly Travel – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , December 26th, 2018

Eco Friendly Travel

Especially while travelling it’s difficult to be environmentally cautious, as taking off by plane is by definition not eco-friendly. And have you ever realised everything ‘travel’ comes in plastic? Small plastic travel shampoos, deodorants, toothpaste and other stuff.

But plastic isn’t the only problem: sunscreen ruins coral, Western values may endanger local cultures and let’s not even speak about animal tourism. BUT no need to cry and think the world is doomed because of your travels! I’m going to tell you exactly how to travel greener: sustainably, responsibly & ethnically.

Expressed simply by The World Tourism Organization, sustainable tourism can be defined as:

“Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities”

In other words: to travel sustainable means you have to protect and enhance places for the future – everywhere you go. On an economic, cultural & environmental level, so generations after you can enjoy the same (no wait: better) experiences in those places. Minimising the negative impact of tourism, by helping to make a positive impact. So let’s dive into that!

SAY NO TO PLASTIC

Plastic pollution is such a big deal. It becomes even clearer when you travel to Asia and find beaches full of it. Not so fun fact: there are no more beaches on earth untouched by plastic pollution (even the unexplored ones on uninhabited islands). We looked up some plastic pollution statistics and it’s so incredibly shocking.

By Maartje Hensen – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

Hiking the Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon – Free Wheel Drive

Author: , December 23rd, 2018

Bryce Canyon Hoodoos - Free Wheel Drive

A hop and skip distance away from Zion is Bryce Canyon. Well, just under a two hour drive time. And it’s our second park of the Mighty Five.

A short two hour drive East we find ourselves in a dramatically different landscape. At a much higher elevation the nightly temperatures were well below freezing. Sick and tired of shivering at night and dealing with frozen food we caved in and spent a night in a motel before heading into the park. Only our second time crashing in a motel on our entire trip. After a night of lazy TV watching we made our way to the entrance of Bryce Canyon. Here the landscape is unlike anything we’ve encountered yet.

Bryce Canyon is not even a canyon, but a series of natural amphitheaters that have these crazy looking rock features called Hoodoos. These Hoodoo rock features were created not by a river, but by ice cracking the rocks apart and exposing the colorful sedimentary rocks underneath. Hoodoo type formations can be found all over the world. Another famous area with Hoodoos is in the Cappadocia region of Turkey where people carved houses into the rock formations.

When you arrive in Bryce Canyon you are on top of the Paunsaugunt Plateau looking East where the land descends in a series of steps known as the Grand Staircase. The Grand Staircase steps down through Zion, Vermilion Cliffs, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and finally The Grand Canyon.

By Laura and Camrin – Full Story at Free Wheel Drive

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Provincetown New Year’s Eve

Author: , December 21st, 2018

New Year’s Eve in Provincetown is rapidly approaching.  Saturday night, December 29th listen to Suede in concert.  See the fireworks over Provincetown Harbor on December 30th, grab a bight to eat and then attend the Well Strung performance in the town hall auditorium.  Listed below is a calendar to help you make your travel plans.  On New Year’s Eve attend one of the parties listed below or make your reservations at a local restaurant to ring in the new year!

12/28 – 01/01    First Light Provincetown
12/28 – 12/30    Canteen Holiday Market
12/29            Suede in Concert at Crown & Anchor
12/30            Well Strung at Town Hall
12/30            Dina Martina Christmas Show at Crown & Anchor
12/30            Fireworks over Provincetown Harbor (approximately 5:30pm)
12/31            New Year’s Eve parties at A-House, Crown & Anchor, Club Purgatory

            Well Strung in Ptown

Ptown Dan and his partner Bob own the Somerset House Inn, an award winning Provincetown Bed and Breakfast.  Named the Best Bed and Breakfast on Cape Cod for 2018 by Cape Cod Magazine the Somerset House Inn is in the perfect Commercial Street location across the street from the water and walking distance to everything.  We would love to see you in Provincetown for New Year’s Eve, join us to see Well Strung in concert.  Check our visit our web site to make your reservations.  We look forward to welcoming you to Ptown for New Years!

Eco-Friendly Gifts for Zero-Waste Travel – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , December 19th, 2018

Eco-friendly gifts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, which means: presents-time! It’s tricky to find the perfect gift for a traveller. Or maybe you are a traveller and don’t know what to list. Or maybe you want to treat yourself. But do not worry, these sustainable travel products are a must-have. Especially while travelling it’s difficult to be environmentally cautious, as almost everything ‘travel’ comes in plastic. So let’s get rid of the single-use plastic and reduce your waste to ZERO with help of these eco-friendly travel essentials and make your travels greener!

NOTE: if you decide to buy these as gifts, consider eco-friendly gift wrapping: use what you have, reuse & be creative!

ECO-FRIENDLY TOILETRIES

Let’s start our journey towards zero waste and no more single-use plastic in the toiletry bag! Because let’s be honest: all the travel-size shampoos and lotions are not sustainable at all. Refillable bottles are a little bit better, but let us suggest some greener alternatives.

SHAMPOO BAR

The best thing about shampoo bars is not even that it’s better for the environment, the bars actually last longer than any other bottle of shampoo AND you can bring it in your carry-on as it’s not liquid! There are so many great brands out there and although Lush is currently the most famous shop for it, we don’t think it’s the best one out there (our hair gets so dry at first and then quickly greasy again). We love our shampoo bar from Boobalou! The shampoo bar also comes in eco-friendly packaging and can also be used as a soap bar (or well, that’s just what we do).

By Maartje Hensen – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

 

Zion National Park – Free Wheel Drive

Author: , December 13th, 2018

Zion National Park - Free Wheel Drive

Starting our Southern Utah tour with the famous Zion National Park. We spent three full days hiking into deep canyons and up the steepest scariest trails we have ever been on. Zion is most well known for its namesake canyon, Zion Canyon. The canyon is 15 miles long and up to 2,640 ft deep! Walls of the canyon are a beautiful reddish color from the layers of Navajo Sandstone. A shuttle system takes visitors up and down the Virgin River/Canyon to several trailheads, museums, and a hotel.

The canyon area was very busy with tourists during our visit, but we found that getting to the park early and hopping on the shuttle right away helped cut down on time spent waiting in line. Once in the heart of the canyon, we never had to wait more than five minutes for a shuttle. Shuttles were implemented in the 1970s as a way to reduce traffic, smog, and noise pollution. Because of the reduced car traffic, wildlife has been able to return to the canyon floor.

A Very Brief History

Zion has a long history of Native Americans thriving along the Virgin River and exploring the nearby slot canyons further up the river. It is estimated that people lived in the area as long as 8,000 years ago. It was the Mormons who were the first white people to settle the area. Mormons petitioned the National Park Service to change the park’s name to Zion. The Latter Day Saints refer to Zion as a utopia for the righteous. Seeing how beautiful the landscape is here, it’s easy to see why people thought it could be a utopia. President Woodrow Wilson made Zion an official national park in 1919.

By Laura and Camrin – Full Story at Free Wheel Drive

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