Florida Keys Kayaking Adventure – 2TravelDads

Florida Keys Kayaking - The Globetrotter Guys

Florida Keys Kayaking was one of our favorite parts of our road trip from Miami to Key West (mmm, key lime pie!). The best places to kayak in Southern Florida are spread out between the many islands, and they aren’t all where you’d expect. This is our guide to kayaking with kids in the Florida Keys, and any of these spots are great as an adult too.

As we go through the many kayaking spots in the Keys, you’ll see that some of the launch sites are in state parks and others are public access via beaches or boat ramps. Wherever you’re putting in, and whether it’s a kayak, canoe, or standup paddleboard, always be aware of wildlife, underwater obstacles, and other boats. Remember, safety first in all things if you want to have an amazing Caribbean vacation!

Best Places for Florida Keys Kayaking

Kayaking through the backcountry waters of the Keys, and you’ll see one of the world’s most diverse marine life ecosystems. The quiet, shallow backwater region of flats and mangrove islands has inspired many naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts to combine environmental tourism with the sport of sea kayaking. The opportunity to explore such serene, untouched areas is very special.

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OUT in Colombia – Colombia LGBT Tours

OUT in Colombia - Colombia LGBT Tours

OUT in Colombia curates personalized cultural experiences in South America for LGBT+ travelers that are entertaining and impactful for both gay travelers and the local community.

Whether you’re a shameless foodie, a luxury bon vivant, or a fearless adventure seeker, we can create a one-of-a-kind experience for you.

Looking for Colombia LGBT tours? Send us an email or contact via our website us!

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Colombia LGBT Tours, Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Kayaking Arizona Rivers – 2TravelDads

Kayaking Arizona - 2TravelDads

Arizona offers rivers and lakes in the low deserts, as well as the high deserts and the mountains, for a variety of kayaking and paddling experiences year-round. These are some of the best places for kayaking Arizona, no matter your skill level, from kayaking spots near Sedona to rafting adventures just outside of Phoenix.

Whether you’re venturing far into the wilderness or staying close to your kayak launch site, always be prepared. Riding the rivers is amazing, but it can also be fierce with hot sun and strong winds. Pay attention to conditions and remember, safety first. As you plan out your paddling places in AZ, feel confident booking guided tours where available, as professional, local knowledge can really make for a great experience.

Also, these boat trips often can lead you to wonderful trail heads for hikes. Some of the best places to go hiking in the state are very nearby our suggestions, so enjoy the full AZ outdoors experience!

Kayaking Arizona (Northern)

Northern Arizona is famous for its otherworldly canyons and red sandstone formations. This is where Arizona meets Utah, so think Grand Canyon meets Zion National Park. Here you’ll find the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon. This is also the gateway to the Grand Canyon. There are several amazing National Parks and BLM sites to explore in this part of the state, and some of the best places to kayak in the state! If you’re doing a road trip to the Grand Canyon and beyond, add this kayaking Arizona spot to your travel plan!

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Meet Massive Manta Rays – Everything To Sea

While most of us like to think our own one-eyed monster is the largest creature of the deep blue sea, the reality is our entire physique shrinks compared to massive manta rays. But do not be intimidated, these gentle giants simply spend their lives gliding through the surf. Manta rays are a common sight within the waters surrounding the many islands of Indonesia. 

Size Queens

These ocean giants can weigh well over 2,404 kg (5,300 lbs) and span up to 8.8 meters (29 feet) from tip to tip. Manta rays are easily some of the largest fish in the world’s oceans. Their large size might deceive you into believing their meals are equally proportioned. But the reality is, much like the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, manta rays specialize in eating tiny plankton. With their mouths wide open, they filter feed as they swim. You might have noticed those large mustache like-appendages (oooh, Zaddy!) They’re not just for looking foxy – the flaps help direct food into their mouths. 

No fish for brains here! Manta rays have some of the biggest and brightest brains of any fish species. Studies have shown they are capable of recognizing themselves in a mirror, and even creating mental maps of their environment – an indicator of a highly developed long-term memory. 

Fast Manta Ray Facts:

  • Manta rays are famous for their acrobatics, known to barrel roll and somersault when feeding. These moves help them to create a cyclone effect, trapping food in a spiral.
  • Manta rays are quite hygienic and will make regular stops to cleaning stations. Literally areas within a coral reef where sea creatures pause to be cleaned by smaller animals, who remove dead skin and parasites. 
  • “Manta” means blanket or cloak in Spanish, accurately named for their large, flat, diamond-shaped bodies.
  • They typically give birth to just one pup every two to three years. Manta rays have one of the slowest birth rates of any fish species. They’re known to live long lives, spanning anywhere from 40-50 years. 
  • These creatures are very sociable and have known to playfully interact with snorkelers.

Until as recently as 2008, scientists learned there are in fact two different subspecies of manta rays: the giant manta ray and the reef manta ray. Cruising the clear waters of Indonesia are mainly the smaller reef manta rays. But don’t let that comparison fool you, this subspecies can have a wingspan of up to 3.3 meters wide. 

Disappearing Manta Rays

Alas, both sub-species of manta ray are considered vulnerable to extinction. Overfishing poses the greatest threat. Demand for their meat and even more so their gill plates, has driven this decline. Each year, thousands of manta rays are killed for their gill plates. With a slow reproductive rate, they’re unable to survive this rate of overfishing and soon might disappear from our world’s oceans. 

Thankfully in 2014, Indonesia banned the fishing of these creatures. Instead, the government identified an even more lucrative and sustainable approach: tourism. Studies have estimated that eco-tour operations generate so much revenue for local economies that one single manta ray in a tourist hotspot can generate up to one million dollars in its lifetime—but is worth a mere $500 dead.

Full Story at Everything To Sea.

Everything To Sea runs all-male, clothing-optional trips on traditional wooden yachts in the calm seas of Indonesia. As a travel operator, they specialize in excursions for men of all orientations, that center around freedom, camaraderie, friendship, and honesty. 

Since January 2019, Everything To Sea has been exploring natural environments and giving guys one-of-a-kind, life-changing experiences. Trips range from private journeys for individuals to small-group departures for up to 12 men. Their ships are also available for existing men’s groups, such as yoga or tantric communities, who are seeking unforgettable journeys.

The Largest Lizard on the Planet – Everything To Sea

If you were to search the words “bucket list” and “Komodo dragon” you’ll find many travel enthusiasts that discuss their desire to “someday” see the great Komodo dragon.

If you were to search the words “bucket list” and “Komodo dragon” you’ll find many travel enthusiasts that discuss their desire to “someday” see the great Komodo dragon.

The dragons are found on the islands of the Indonesian archipelago – Komodo, Rinca, Gili Motang, and the island of Flores.

Here are five amazing facts about the dragon according to Earthnworld.com:

  1. They are the largest species of lizards, and can grow up to 10 feet in length and weigh approximately 200 pounds.
  2. The carnivorous species love to eat pigs, deer, snakes, fish, and water buffalos. However, adult Komodo dragons are cannibals that can eat their own species. Roughly 10% of their diet is made of newly hatched Komodo dragon babies.
  3. The animal’s species has a forked tongue just like snakes, which help them in locating their prey, usually by smell. They are capable of smelling carrion from up to five miles away, by first using their flickering forked tongues.  In doing so, they pick up microscopic taste particles, literally tasting the air.
  4. The Komodo dragons prefer to hunt during the day because they aren’t able to see clearly at night. They also have a poor sense of hearing.
  5. The lifespan of the animal species is 30 years in the wild and only a few years in captivity.

By Eddie Rahadian – Full Story at Everything To Sea.

Everything To Sea runs all-male, clothing-optional trips on traditional wooden yachts in the calm seas of Indonesia. As a travel operator, they specialize in excursions for men of all orientations, that center around freedom, camaraderie, friendship, and honesty. 

Since January 2019, Everything To Sea has been exploring natural environments and giving guys one-of-a-kind, life-changing experiences. Trips range from private journeys for individuals to small-group departures for up to 12 men. Their ships are also available for existing men’s groups, such as yoga or tantric communities, who are seeking unforgettable journeys.

Traveling is on the Horizon with the New “New Normal” – Everything To Sea

As more and more people get vaccinated worldwide, we can’t help but wonder how this will change the face of travel. Is this the new dawn of a traveling era? Everything To Sea’s Communications Specialist Eddie Rahadian has a take on it.

A couple of years ago, someone sent me a copy of Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3-to-1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life, written by American psychology professor Barbara L. Fredrickson. The book discusses Fredrickson’s research on positive psychology, which focuses on positivity and how it can transform people’s lives.

My partner dismissed the book, citing that it was all “pop psychology”… bless his heart! I, on the other hand, found the book helpful especially because I tend to focus on negativity and let myself drown into a downward spiral – something that Fredrickson said was not uncommon.

Wait… but what does this all have to do with traveling during the pandemic?

By Eddie Rahadian – Full Story at Everything To Sea.

Everything To Sea runs all-male, clothing-optional trips on traditional wooden yachts in the calm seas of Indonesia. As a travel operator, they specialize in excursions for men of all orientations, that center around freedom, camaraderie, friendship, and honesty. 

Since January 2019, Everything To Sea has been exploring natural environments and giving guys one-of-a-kind, life-changing experiences. Trips range from private journeys for individuals to small-group departures for up to 12 men. Their ships are also available for existing men’s groups, such as yoga or tantric communities, who are seeking unforgettable journeys.

Gay Cape Town, South Africa – wolfyy

gay Cape Town

There are so many reasons to make Cape Town your next gay travel destination. Abundant gay nightlife, beautiful beaches, a large gay community and stunning landscapes are just a few. A friendly LGBT community thrives here, and Cape Town continues to top the list of places gay travelers want to visit next.

Being a gay tourist in South Africa was easy. I felt quite safe as an LGBT traveler, spending almost two weeks exploring Cape Town. I loved every minute of my adventures, from making friends at the Clifton gay beach while listening to local children sing traditional songs, to enjoying the relaxed pace of life in restaurants around the city.

Homosexuality is legal South Africa, and while country-wide public approval of homosexuality is low, Cape Town differs with a more progressive and open culture. The city even has its own gay district!

Cape Town’s Gay Neighborhood

The official Cape Town gay neighborhood is called De Waterkant, located just north of the city center. In De Waterkant, you’ll find most of the city’s gay bars, nightclubs and the popular gay sauna. Many gay travelers opt to stay in this area of the city because its easily walkable and there’s quick access to many local restaurants. Other than De Waterkant, travelers also tend to book accommodations in Green Point as well as the budget-friendly City Bowl neighborhood.

Before planning your own Cape Town adventure, make sure to do some thorough research. Check out the some authentic local activities, as well as neighborhood safety, which is a large concern for first-time travelers in South Africa. Don’t forget to plan a visit to see the penguins, too!

By Louis Lafata – Full Travel Guide on wolfyy

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Amazon Gay Traveling – The Nomadic Boys

Seby took one look at the dark green colour of the Amazon River, turned to Stefan and declared:

“I am NOT swimming in there Stefan. I will NOT become piranha fish food!”

Stefan got his way in the end and managed to persuade Seb to jump in, to the joy of the staff on board the Anakonda cruise who found our bickering (and Seb’s irrational fears) highly amusing.

Irrational fears? Contrary to popular belief, swimming in the Amazon River can be quite safe. Our guides knew the spots where tourists like us could swim safely and conquer their Piranha-phobia. Piranhas are not aggressive or territorial, but more like scavengers. They will not go anywhere near you.

Despite this, Sebastien lasted a whole 7 seconds in the Amazon River before he jumped straight back into our boat…

Piranha-phobias aside, there are many options for gay travellers to explore the Amazon jungle in South America, whether as part of a gay group tour, on a luxurious cruise along the Amazon river or staying in a jungle lodge. This is our guide summarising each of these based on our first-hand experience travelling in Ecuador and Peru as a gay couple.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Adventure Bound Expeditions, Inc. – Gay Owned Tour Operator

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.

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Eco-Friendly Costa Rica is Gay Friendly Too

eco-friendly costa rica - advocate

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

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