Mexico’s Coba Ruins – 2TravelDads

Mexico's Coba Ruins - 2TravelDads

We love all things history and nature. And Mexico. Although we spend the most time in Baja California Sur there’s something truly unique and wonderful about the Yucatan Peninsula and the state of Quintana Roo. In addition to the pristine waters, wildlife and cenotes, the magical attraction of the Yucatan is the concentration of Mayan ruins, and visiting the Coba Ruins is really a special experience, but you need to know how to visit.

The Coba Ruins are by no means the most famous or most popular ruins on the Yucatan, but they are the most awesome to explore, especially the site called Nohoch Mul, the great pyramid. A visit to the Coba Ruins is a lesson in history, an incredible demonstration in nature, and an intense workout. Of the several sites I’ve visited for Mayan Ruins on the Yucatan, the Coba Ruins was, hands down, the best.

Which is Better, the Tulum or Coba Ruins?

More people visit Tulum which is much more famous than are found visiting the Coba Ruins, but it is not better. In terms of the quality of the site and access to the many ruins, both sites are very similar.

By Chris and Rob – Full Story at the 2TravelDads

Yucatan Gay Travel Resources

Sabina Tour – Gay Friendly Tour Operator in Mindo, Ecuador

Sabina Tour

SABINA TOUR – CUSTOM TOURS IN MINDO, ECUADOR

Greetings from the Ecuadorian cloud forest! SabinaTour Operator is local, family-run tour operator dedicated to conserving the Andean Choco Biosphere through sustainable tourism by offering fabulous cloud forest tours for all types of travellers. We are Tour Cert Certified and follow very rigorous international standards to make sure each and every tour we operate directly supports the local community and local conservation efforts. If you are looking for naturalist, adventure, birdwatching, family or photography tours run by a professional, safe and sustainable company – you found us!

See the Sabina Tour Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Ecuador Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Victoria for Gay Families – 2TravelDads

Victoria for Gay Families - 2TravelDads

Victoria BC is our go-to destination for fun and easy weekend trips around the holidays and in spring when the weather is getting nice. Yes, we go to Victoria often, but it’s because we love it so much! We’ve figured out our top favorite activities and tips for visiting Victoria with kids and get ready, because we’ve got 18+ things for you to do to have an unforgettable trip.

Victoria for Gay Families – Locale

Victoria BC is on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, just north of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and just west of Vancouver, BC. It’s a fairly large city and is situated on a harbor, the Inner Harbour, and then stretches out to its suburbs of Saanich, Sidney, and Sooke. Getting there is fairly easy and doable on nearly any budget.

We have written about Victoria before and have a lot of details around transportation to the city here, in our article highlighting a great 3 Day Victoria itinerary. Here’s a recap though and top tips for getting to Victoria with kids. By ferry, you can depart for Vancouver Island from either Vancouver (Tsawwassen terminal) or Port Angeles. Both sailings are approximately 1.5 hours so which you choose depends on your starting point, travel schedule and budget. Check out the map to see which makes sense for you. You can also take the passenger-only Victoria Clipper from Seattle, which is a great option for those adding Victoria with kids to their family trip to Washington.

By Chris and Rob – Full Story at the 2TravelDads

Victoria Gay Travel Resources

New Zealand Awaits – Lesbian Owned Tour Operator

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OUR HOME, YOUR JOURNEY

New Zealand Awaits is New Zealand’s LGBT travel specialist proudly taking care of LGBT travellers to New Zealand. As the only New Zealand company offering men’s, women’s, and LGBT small group tours, you know you’ll travel in great company.

We also provide private guides for your own group (of 1+), and design itineraries for travellers who want local, expert advice for their self-drive trip.

As avid global travellers ourselves, we believe that travel can be transformative if it allows for exploration, excitement, awe, and shared connections with both nature and locals. We ensure these elements by connecting you to our trusted locals who are committed to providing authentic, “Kiwi” experiences and who are eager to welcome our LGBT clients. Most of our partners are small, local owner/operators with deep community roots and share our values of sustainability, social responsibility, and exceptional service.

New Zealand is rated one of the gay-friendliest countries by Lonely Planet. Combined with stunning scenery, world class food and wine, unique Maori culture, super-friendly people, and endless activities to choose from, it’s one of the best travel destinations in the world. Let us show you our home. Come home with us!

See the New Zealand Awaits Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

New Zealand Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

2 Cranes Inn Zion – Rockville, Utah

2 Cranes Inn Zion - Rockville, Utah

A WHIMSICAL ECO-CONSCIOUS INN

2 Cranes Inn Zion – Zion took flight as the desert heart and vision of two San Francisco Bay Area natives, Lisa and Lizette, who both moved to Zion Canyon in 2015.

Between them, they brought a broad range of professional, academic, and life experiences to the venue. These include tech development and design, fine arts, music, parenthood, meditation instruction/Buddhist chaplaincy, environmental and sustainability education, mindful running, and professional Integral Coaching.

Within a year, the inn unfolded as the contemplative, creative, eco-conscious home-like sanctuary we would want to land in during our own travels.

We offer four cozy, distinctive, themed bedrooms, each with attached full private bathrooms, keyed entry, cliff and garden views, and a communal kitchen waiting downstairs for you to brew fresh ground coffee or tea, or prepare your favorite breakfast, all on your own schedule. We are located in the pastural oasis town of Rockville – quaint but quietly artsy, and just a 5-minute drive from the more bustling gateway town of Springdale at Zion National Park’s South Gate.

See the 2 Cranes Inn Zion Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Utah Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Gay Galapagos Cruises – The Nomadic Boys

Sea lions, iguanas and tortoises – oh my! 

Visiting the Galapagos Islands is very high up on the bucket list for most travellers. If you love island hopping and spotting wildlife, you’ve probably dreamt of one day visiting these incredible volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean.

The ideal way to explore the Galapagos Islands is aboard one of the many excellent gay cruises on offer. Not only is exploring these unique islands with a like-minded fabulous bunch of gays heaps of fun, but it also allows you to visit the more remote islands, thereby getting a deeper experience.

We’ve led our own branded Nomadic Boys cruise to the Galapagos with Ishpingo Tours – a local gay-owned/operated tour company based in Quito. In addition, there are several other gay cruises to the Galapagos to choose from, whether it’s a large group leaving on a fixed date, or aboard a private gay charter. In this article, we’ve rounded them all up so you can choose the best one for you.

OUT ADVENTURES GALAPAGOS GAY CRUISE

Out Adventures is one of the best gay tour companies out there that organises exclusive trips for LGBTQ travellers. They provide a luxury cruise around the Galapagos Islands aboard their private yacht, The Grand Queen Beatriz, and oh boy she sure is absolutely grand!  Amenities include sundecks, a hot tub, bar and very spacious bedrooms, some with private balconies.

Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

Ecuador Gay Travel Resources

Spotlight: Sabina Tour – Mindo, Ecuador

Sabina Tour

Greetings from the Ecuadorian cloud forest! Sabina Tour Operator is local, family-run tour operator dedicated to conserving the Andean Choco Biosphere through sustainable tourism by offering fabulous cloud forest tours for all types of travellers.

We are Tour Cert Certified and follow very rigorous international standards to make sure each and every tour we operate directly supports the local community and local conservation efforts. If you are looking for naturalist, adventure, birdwatching, family or photography tours run by a professional, safe and sustainable company – you found us!

See the Sabina Tour Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Ecuador Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Eco Travel – Our Taste for Life

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If you travel, whether it be short-haul or long-haul, Eco-Travel or Responsible Travel, should be at the forefront of your mind. Even if you don’t travel at all, you should consider the points in this article to help protect where you live – your home.

But what exactly is Eco-Travel?

Read moreEco Travel – Our Taste for Life

Arts, Culture and Nature for the LGBTQ Traveler Puerto Vallarta

puerto vallarta arts culture

Puerto Vallarta is well known for its vibrant gay bar and club scene. It is Mexico’s #1 gay bar and club scene. So what about the LGBTQ traveler looking for Arts, Culture and Nature? Puerto Vallarta does not disappoint. From November until April, the every other week Southside Shuffle on the cobblestone streets of Basilio Badillo in the Romantic Zone feature street music, food and drinks, and artists showing their work in the local art galleries. Also the Centro Historic Artwalk draws a large crowd to the center of town every Wednesday to galleries open until 10 pm.

For the rest of the art, culture and nature found in Puerto Vallarta visit this story.

Low Impact Tourism – 2TravelDads

Low Impact Tourism

Keeping sustainability in mind with travel has become paramount to ensuring our kids are able to experience the world as we have, or better. Considering climate change, cultural pillaging, and plastic pollutants there are many ways travelers, particularly families, can make small changes for a maximum impact. Low impact tourism needs to become the way of the future and here is how YOU can be a part of the solution.