Gay Varanasi, India – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 25th, 2019

Gay Varanasi, India - The Nomadic Boys

Varanasi: a city where you see every facet of life before your very eyes! From intense worshipping by pilgrims along the River Ganges to open-casket funerals along the ghats, it’s full of life going on everywhere you look!

For us, gay Varanasi was the most fascinating and interesting place in India. It’s so real here! As you walk along the many “ghats” running along the riverbed, you’ll see people doing their laundry in the Ganges, bathing in it, shitting in it, cremating their dead in it, taking pilgrim boat rides in it and so much more. At night the ghats are lit up by many different types of light ceremonies taking place creating a very unique and quite intense atmosphere. In this article, we’ve put together our experience of what it was like travelling in Varanasi as a gay couple.

Where is Varanasi?

Varanasi is located in Northeast India in the state of Uttar Pradesh. As far as Indian cities go, it’s on the smaller end with a population of 1.2 million.

Varanasi is considered one of the holiest places in India for Hindus and is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world – since around 11th or 12th century BC.

The other important thing to note about Varanasi is the Ganges River, which runs through the city. What seems like a dirty and polluted river to us (no seriously it is, read this to get an idea!), the Ganges is considered extremely sacred to Hindus. It personifies the goddess “Ganga”, so ritual bathing in the sacred river is regarded as an important part of Hindu pilgrimage. This is also why funerals are so popular here – the ashes of the cremated bodies can be spread across into the holy river, giving them a noble passageway into the afterlife.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Best Spain Gay Pride Events – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 18th, 2019

Best Spain Gay Pride Events - The Nomadic Boys

Shirtless men dancing on floats. Drag queens lip-syncing for their lives. Friends running through the streets with faces smeared in glitter and dressed in rainbow colours!

Pride is as much a party as it is a protest. Often used to highlight issues where LGBTQ citizens are not granted the same rights as their straight peers, such as blood donation, the existence of conversion therapy, or loose discrimination laws, the Pride march is a fantastic way to get society to listen up, and address the issues at hand.

Spain is home to some of the best Pride events in the world. With progressive laws, tolerant citizens, sexy guys everywhere and gorgeous weather, each Pride in Spain is truly, a glorious celebration and we love them all!

Here are our 5 favourite Spain gay Pride events that you need to check out.

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1. Madrid Pride

You cannot be a self-respecting gay in this world and not have attended Madrid Pride at least once in your life. The first time we experienced Madrid Pride, we were blown away by the sheer scale of it. Everyone in the whole city gets involved. It’s so inspiring to be a part of.

Madrid is not only the largest Pride in Spain but one of the biggest Pride events in the world. The week leading up to it sees exciting parties (both indoor and out), music performances, artistic showcases, LGBTQ walking tours and tons of drag-gy brunches!

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Hiking the Inca Trail – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 16th, 2019

Hiking the Inca Trail - The Nomadic Boys

We made it! A magical memory from our Nomadic Boys journey we will share forever. This was what was going through our minds, whilst sat atop Wayna Picchu mountain, peering down at the Inca world wonder beneath us.

After an intense 4 days trek along the acclaimed Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley in the Peruvian Andes, we finally reached the climax point.

Machu Picchu is the highlight of most people’s itineraries to not only Peru, but also to the entire continent. It receives over 1.2 million visitors annually, most of who come by train as part of a day trip from Cusco. To really get a feel of what the Sacred Valley and the Inca culture is all about, the Inca Trail is a must. This is, after all, the famous route of pilgrimage the Incas used to take to reach Machu Picchu.

This is our personal experience trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, including tips on which gay friendly tour company to choose and dates for upcoming group tours to Machu Picchu.

What is the Inca Trail?

As well as being one of the most famous treks in the world, this 44km (27 miles) trail was initially part of a highly advanced network of around 40,000 trails built by the Incas to connect the distant corners of their kingdom.

This particular trail is the most popular because it had religious and ceremonial importance to the Incas. It was part of their route of pilgrimage to Machu Picchu and included rituals to honour the mountains.

The famous Inca site is 2,430 metres (7,970 feet) above sea level. The name Machu Picchu means old mountain in the Quechua language and was initially built in around 1450 at the climax of the Inca Empire. It was then abandoned in 1572 when the Spanish invaded, until 1911 when it was discovered by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.

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Gay Japan – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 12th, 2019

Gay Japan - The Nomadic Boys

Japan is an incredible country. Everything is so advanced, done with such careful precision, immaculate attention to detail – and always with a smile. The Japanese culture itself is rich with tradition, dating back thousands of years and manifests itself in the way the people behave with each other, the many beautiful temples and even in the delicious Japanese food.

Most importantly of all, Japan is very gay friendly, especially for foreigners. We certainly rate it as one of the most gay friendly countries in Asia. Whilst there is a lot of work that needs to be done for the LGBTQ community of Japan, by Asian standards, Japan is way ahead of the pack.

This is our gay travel itinerary to Japan for first-timers to discover the best the country has to offer. It can be done in 10 days or two weeks, the latter allowing more time to enjoy the sights.

Our gay itinerary to Japan is a cultural journey through one of our favourite countries in the world, taking in the big bustling capital city, the Japanese countryside around Takayama, the rich culture of Kyoto and an important educational visit to Hiroshima. One big tip before heading off, you may want to consider pre-ordering a pocket WiFi router to use throughout your trip to save you a lot of money on your roaming fees. We tried this out for our trip and loved that we could both always use our phones when on the move.

Side note: for more Japan inspiration further afield from the traditional tourist route we set out in this itinerary, check out the incredible Yaeyama Islands for some of the best nature, jungle life and diving opportunities.

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Gay Friendly Montreal Restaurants – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 12th, 2019

Gay Friendly Montreal Restaurants - The Nomadic Boys

Our chips-loving Frenchman Seby was dying to try the famous poutine when we visited Montreal. And he wasn’t disappointed. After a night out exploring the gay scene of Montreal, this gravy-cheese-curd-fries concoction is the perfect hangover food your body needs!

Over the past few centuries, Montreal has experienced many culinary influences as a result of the large waves of immigration, particularly from Europe and Asia. These have all merged together to form a pretty unique set of delicious bucket list items to try. These are our 10 favourite gay friendly restaurants in Montreal, which we tried, loved and think everyone should check out when they visit.

Le Saloon Bis

This is one of the best gay brunch spots in Montreal in our opinion, and the place for fresh faces to the city to try a Bloody Caesar cocktail.

The Bloody Caesar is Canada’s famous cocktail, similar to the Bloody Mary but infused with clam broth. It tastes a lot better than it sounds!

This Canadian cocktail was invented at the Westin Hotel in Calgary in 1969 and has since spread massively in popularity across the entire country. A typical Bloody Caesar contains vodka mixed with clam-infused tomato juice (Clamato), lime, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce.

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Gay Uruguay – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 4th, 2019

Gay Uruguay - The Nomadic Boys

Uruguay is a country you cannot afford to skip from your Latin America itinerary. It has so much to offer, whether it’s surfing beaches, good wine, stunning scenery, delicious steaks and of course marijuana.

Uruguay is one of the most progressive countries in the world and certainly the most gay friendly in Latin America. It was one of the first in the continent to allow gay marriages, legalise abortions in 2012 and established a welfare state in 1903.

And of course the marijuana which it’s so famous for: since December 2013, Uruguay legalised the cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana for recreational use.

Most will add on Uruguay as part of their Latin America trip to Argentina or South Brazil, so we set out a variety of options to hit the main highlights the country has to offer. Our Uruguay gay travel itinerary can be done in 1 or 2 weeks, depending if you like to travel at a slow pace like we do.

We also assume that you will be taking the boat from Buenos Aires to Colónia as your entry point, but you can also fly in to Montevideo and start from there.

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Gay Yaeyama Islands – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 3rd, 2019

Gay Yaeyama Islands - The Nomadic Boys

The Yaeyama islands make up the southernmost inhabited archipelago of Japan, some 2,000 kilometres (1,242 miles) from Tokyo. This group of untouched islands offer a total change of scenery in a subtropical climate.

We first heard about it amongst the diving community, who raved about the stunning coral reefs around the Yaeyama Islands, which put it straight to the top of our bucket list.

We loved our holiday to the Yaeyama Islands and can certainly attest to the world-class diving here. However, don’t come here expecting a gay scene, as there is none! We recommend staying in Tokyo for that or even heading to Taiwan, which is not that far away. The Yaeyama Islands is a destination for gay travellers in Japan to come to unwind, whilst also experiencing the natural beauty of the Japanese jungle, unspoiled beaches and pristine reefs.

Following our trip, this is our gay travel guide to the Yaeyama islands featuring the best things to do and gay friendly hotels to stay that we tried out and felt welcome at as a gay couple.

Where are the Yaeyama Islands?

The Yaeyama Islands are located in the southernmost inhabited archipelago of Japan. They are around 2,000 kilometres (1,242 miles) south of Tokyo, forming part of the Okinawa Prefecture.

This is the most remote part of Japan, offering a total change of scenery from the mainland in a subtropical climate.

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Best Gay Theatre Festivals – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , September 26th, 2019

Best Gay Theatre Festivals

‘The theatre’s so obsessed
With dramas so depressed
It’s hard to sell a ticket on Broadway
Shows should be more pretty
Shows should be more witty
Shows should be more…
What’s the word?
Gay…?’

These words were sung by the character of Roger in the Broadway show, ‘The Producers’, and we couldn’t agree more. When it comes to seeing a show, it needs a dash of campy flair that only gay people can bring.

What is it about the theatre that gay people love? Is it the costumes? The actors? The stories?

With both of us being big drama fanatics (both inside and outside the theatre house), we’ve particularly found theatre to be a much more inclusive and open-minded mode of entertainment than film or TV.

With the pink wave riding across the world, and more countries polishing up their LGBTQ rights records, queer representation is at a crucial point to help push those lawmakers over the rainbow picket line.

This is why we feel that gay theatre festivals are super important for the cause. They help increase visibility for our community, not just for heterosexuals, but for ourselves as well. There are many different kinds of people in the community that have different experiences or have varying privileges. Whilst we, as gay men, undergo certain challenges that our straight peers don’t have to think about, our struggles differ from those who are trans, disabled or queer. Gay theatre festivals bring all of our stories into the light and can be quite a harrowing experience for all who attend.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best gay theatre festivals from across the world.

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Gay Cartagena – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , September 12th, 2019

Gay Cartagena

Lonely Planet calls Cartagena the undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast…well that was before these two queens sashayed their way into Colombia’s most touristic city!

The fifth-largest city in Colombia, Cartagena’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We adored the city’s mix of old and new architectural design. A sprawling maze of cobblestone alleys, colourful colonial-style buildings, and vines of shrubs climbing down the sides of ancient walls could be found on one side. Towering silver skyscrapers and industrial catwalks can be seen on the other.

Rich in appearance, and rich in history, Cartagena still harbours the shadows of multiple pirate attacks from its days of being a port city. Having shipped out boatloads of gold to places like Spain, the city made itself vulnerable to all sorts of invasion. Luckily, it was well equipped to withstand such a thing, and the protective forts can still be seen today.

Yet, it’s going to take more than a fort to keep us away – for when we touched down in the city, we were prepared to take over by any means necessary.

We found the gay scene to be rather small, but definitely worth checking out. There were lots of great spots to eat and drink with incredibly romantic sunset views. Hotel staff were more than accommodating and made our stay super comfy.

With fantastic sites and incredible nightlife, we’ve put down all our discoveries into this travel guide to gay Cartagena!

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Best London Drag Clubs – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , August 29th, 2019

Best London Drag Clubs - The Nomadic Boys

What makes a good drag club, you ask?

Well, we feel that if you leave a drag show feeling confident, self-assured, and completely in love with yourself…then we’re sorry, but the drag queens did NOT do their job.

“At a good drag show, you are going to be insulted. You are going to be offended. You are going to question your self-worth – and you’re going to lap it all up.”

In all seriousness, drag shows are a lot of fun – and we’ve rarely come across a bad drag act, due to the fact that you can’t define drag as just one thing. There are so many different kinds of drag acts, such as drag queens, drag kings, bioqueens, genderf**k drag acts, and celebrity impersonators! There are fishy queens, butch queens, glamour queens, fashion queens, campy queens, and honey, that barely scratches the surface!

London is bursting with drag talent – and we’ve had the good fortune of seeing a lot of it. There is such a diverse and cultured drag scene, so if you see one drag show that wasn’t your cup of tea, then sweetie, try a different pot because there is something out there that is right for you.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best drag bars/shows in the city, and we hope it will give you the inspiration to go out and see a show!

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