Gay Langkawi, Malaysia – The Nomadic Boys

Lankawi, Malaysia - Deposit Photos

Langkawi is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, located in the state of Kedah, 30km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia near the Thai border. For years, Langkawi has developed a reputation of being more liberal and relaxed than mainland Malaysia, thanks largely to its status as a duty-free haven…a win for tourism in Malaysia!

We visited Malaysia for 2 weeks, trying out the different hotels and bars on the island, which we summarise in this detailed gay guide to the island. Whilst the island maintains a more relaxed approach compared to mainlanders, this is still very much part of an extremely conservative country, with all the anti-gay sentiments that compliment it. We explore this in more detail below, but our big takeaway tip for LGBTQ travellers to gay Langkawi is that you will have an awesome time here, but we recommend avoiding any PDAs to be on the safe side.

Is Gay Langkawi Safe?

Yes, but…!

On the one side, it’s easy to dismiss Langkawi as a dangerous place you shouldn’t set foot on – it is after all part of a country that criminalises homosexuality and had a local newspaper publishing a ridiculous article about how to “spot” gay people! (In case you’re wondering, if you’ve got a beard, abs and wear branded clothes, then you’re bound for gay jail!)

Yet on the other side, Langkawi is well known for not only being more relaxed than mainland Malaysia, but thanks to tourism, the island is very international. There are many people from all around the world living/working in Langkawi, a large proportion of who are members of the LGBTQ community. Islanders are therefore used to seeing people from all walks of life.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Malaysia Gay Travel Resources

Singapore’s SuperTrees – Keep Calm and Wander

Singapore's SuperTrees - Keep Calm and Wander

The SuperTree Grove at Gardens by the Bay is one of a kind tourist attraction in Singapore. Such a concept is, perhaps, a pioneer in the world on how we see trees. It’s not just a man-made tree but there’s more to that.

Singapore’s SuperTrees

There are 18 super trees in the garden. Standing at 25-20 meters, they look like strange trees when they’re lit up at night.

Yes, they look strange for a first-time visitor, but they’re spectacular to look at!

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Get Out! – Gay Owned Travel Agent & Tour Operator in Silver Spring, Massachusetts

Get Out! - Gay Owned Travel Agent & Tour Operator in Silver Spring, Massachusetts

COMBINING LUXURY AND PASSION

At GET OUT! Excursions, we focus on creating custom group and individual tours. Whether you want to explore new places and see new things on your own, or want to escape your daily lives as a couple for some quiet R&R, we can help. We also put together tours for groups of friends or family who want to see the world together.

Get Out! Excursions has an extensive network of local, on-the-ground tour operators, which allows us to take your ideas and desires and run with them, creating something unique and special for you and your vacation companion(s).

What’s on your bucket list? We can help you check off your list, anticipating your travel needs and desires.

We also put together our own unique tours to places and events that we feel are “must sees” for today’s travelers.

See the Get Out! Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Nature’s Edge Boutique Hotel – Gay Owned Hotel in Uvita, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Nature's Edge Boutique Hotel - Gay Owned Hotel in Uvita, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

JUNGLE CANOPY BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Pura Vida! Welcome to Paradise!

Nature’s Edge Boutique Hotel sits on a the gorgeous ridgeline of Uvita Mountain in Costa Rica’s well-known Southern Pacific Region. Our Costa Rica retreat’s jungle oasis paradise offers an escape from your everyday life, and offers amazing vistas and chic accommodations in an intimate boutique resort.

Our adults-only Costa Rican retreat was created with tranquility and relaxation in mind. We’re just minutes from Uvita and the famous Whales Tail National Park, surrounded natural beauty – rivers and waterfalls, beaches and jungles.

There are so many things to see and do here:

* Ocean water sports: surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding
* Nature hikes
* Horse-back and ATV rides
* Ziplining
* Mangrove river tours

You can also spend the day at the resort relaxing poolside, practicing yoga, or enjoying an in-room massage. We can even arrange a private chef to give you a cooking demonstration.

See the Nature’s Edge Boutique Hotel Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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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

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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

New Zealand Awaits logo

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

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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

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