When a Travel Writer Can’t Travel – Dolly Travels

Dolly Travels

This past year I have not kept in touch with all of you, my friends, like I should have done. My excuse is that I am a travel writer and since I have not been traveling, I really did not have anything much to write about. Today, though, I want to say Hello again and recap some of my favorite memories of travel.

If you have followed my blog for the past eleven years, you will know that every year since 2008, I have gone to Italy for extended periods of time. Italy is my favorite country and I truly have gone through withdrawal, not having gone there this past year. I have learned so much about the country and its marvelous people in the travels I have done there, as I travel independently and as Rick Steves says, I try to become a temporary local.

In 2014, I was conducting tours of Italy for some of my friends. Florence was our home base, but as you can see, my friends and I covered quite a bit of the country. One of my favorite things to do in Florence was go to the mercati. This is inside Mercato Centrale. My friends and I would buy fruit and vegetables in season, choosing what caught our eyes on any particular day. From the butcher, we would select meat to go with our vegetables. Then we would go back to our apartments and cook. Everyone helped and we truly enjoyed our meals at home. It was so good to come back to our apartment after a day of sightseeing and make a homemade dinner.

Full Story From Dolly Travels

Bacchus Inn B&B – Cape May Gay Friendly B&B

Bacchus Inn B&B - Cape May Gay Friendly B&B

John & Lisa Matusiak welcome you to their charming seaside Bed & Breakfast.

The Bacchus Inn is a Cape May gay friendly B&B, and is located in the primary historic district of town. We’re just a shortwalk to shops, restaurants, and the beach.

Looking for a great place to stay in our beautiful seaside town? Come stay with us at the Bacchus Inn.

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Our Favorite Laos Street Foods – The Nomadic Boys

Our Favorite Laos Street Foods - The Nomadic Boys

Imagine rows and rows of mouthwatering sizzling barbecued meats, fresh salads, salted fish, and yummy coconut pancakes…

Our Favorite Laos Street Foods

When it comes to eating out in Laos, the food markets are a treat! Whether you’re visiting the gorgeous Luang Prabang, the capital, Vientiane, or adventure hub, Vang Vieng, we guarantee there’ll be several excellent local street food stalls that you need to check out. Not to mention the fact that it’s an inexpensive way to dine.

Generally, the whole street food scene in Southeast Asia is a thing we highly recommend all travelers immerse themselves into – particularly in Thailand, Vietnam, and of course, Laos! In this article, we run through some of the best Laos street foods that made us super happy during our trip here and needs to be on that culinary Bucket List of yours!

Barbecued Meats

There are many stalls selling barbecued meats. But unlike elsewhere in the country, the street food in Luang Prabang has been adapted for foreigners. In Laos, every part of the animal is eaten, so eating in a more local restaurant was hard for us – congealed pig’s bl00d in your noodle soup, anyone? Or chunks of pork fat or other insides…?

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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Japanese Gay Life – The Nomadic Boys

Japanese Gay Life - The Nomadic Boys

Our gay friend Shintaro from Tokyo tells us what Japanese gay life is like from his perspective in this fascinating interview. We love Japan. We’ve been fortunate to visit several times. Each time we leave, we say sayonara with a strong thirst to return for more!

As a gay couple traveling in Japan, we’ve always felt extremely welcome, everywhere, never receiving any judgment or raised eyebrows. To our foreign eyes, Japan feels like you’ve taken a time machine into the future. Everything is so much more advanced here, so clean, so impeccable, where trains arrive/leave on time, correct to the second!

And the Japanese themselves? Well, they’re just the icing on top – you couldn’t ask for a more welcoming and respectful nation. Everything is well received with a sweet, warm smile and a humble bow.

All About Japanese Gay Life

As we said, that’s through our superficial perspective as queer travelers visiting. What’s the reality like for the Japanese LGBTQ community? We often hear that whilst the Japanese are very welcoming to gay foreigners, on a local level, the country is very conservative when it comes to LGBTQ rights.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Athens Gay Beaches – The Globetrotter Guys

Athens Gay Beaches - The Globetrotter Guys

Athens is one of our top hotspots in Greece and like many gay friendly capital cities around Europe, attracts many LGBTQ+ travelers. As a result, if you head to the nearest coast you can find some unofficial Athens gay beaches, which are especially popular in summer. Read on to find out how to get there…

Athens Gay Beaches – Limanakia B

Limanakia B nudist beach (in Vouliagmeni) is the most popular beach near Athens for gay locals and travelers alike. Like most of the nearby coast, the beach is relatively rocky but as a result you are granted beautiful clear waters to swim in which may be welcome after spending time in the hot city itself!

Liminakia gay beach is a 30-minute drive from the city centre or you get public transport or an Uber. It known for being hot, busy and naughty during the summer.

If you are going to take public transport, you need to get the local metro (M2) to Elliniko station (red line) and upon exiting the station take a 30 minute bus (bus number 122) – keep an eye on your route using google maps to be sure where to get off the bus – the stop you want is stop ‘B Limanakia’. from here follow the road directly to the beach.

By Sion & Ben – Full Story at the Globetrotter Guys

Athens Gay Travel Resources

Captain Barter House – Boothbay Harbor Gay Vacation Rental

Captain Barter House - Boothbay Harbor Gay Vacation Rental

BOOTHBAY HARBOR GAY VACATION RENTAL
ON THE WATERFRONT

Captain Barter House is a Boothbay Harbor gay vacation rental, part of a 3-home, privately owned, rental group, all on the water and an easy walk to downtown.

Most guests park the car and walk everywhere with the exception of the local grocery store.

Town tours, dock access, kayak rentals, the botanical gardens are only a portion of what the town has to offer.

See the Captain Barter House Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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16 Facts About Argentina – The Nomadic Boys

16 Facts About Argentina - The Nomadic Boys
Following our travels in South America, we’ve rounded up our top fun and interesting facts about Argentina.

We sure did after spending half a year traveling around Argentina as a gay couple. We started our trip in the uber-cool capital of Buenos Aires and headed all the way south to Patagonia for some of the best treks we’ve ever done. Along the way, we also visited cities like Córdoba, Mendoza, Rosario, and Puerto Madryn.

Our conclusion? This is a place begging to be explored! Some of the most stunning raw natural surroundings, a rich cultural heritage that include Evita and the tango, a delicious (non-vegan friendly!) culinary journey, and arguably the hottest people on our planet who (in Marlene’s own words) throw themselves at you!

Marlene Dietrich was definitely on point when she said this. The Argentinians are an extremely passionate hot-blooded bunch with their own unique style of Spanish, spoken with strong Italian-like charisma. They will instantly embrace you into their lives and in return, you will no doubt quickly fall in love with them.

1. Argentina has the best steak in the world!

Argentinians are super passionate about their meat and it shows: their steak is world-famous! This is largely due to the abundance of cows. According to the Cattle Network, Argentina is 1 of 5 countries in the world (along with Uruguay, Brazil, New Zealand, and Australia) which has more cows than people.

Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Hiking Palm Springs, California – 2TravelDads

Hiking Palm Springs - 2TravelDads

We love to find places that everybody talks about but nobody knows the cool stuff you can do there.  One such place is Palm Springs, California.  I mean, everybody goes there for a nice weekend or a relaxing vacation, but besides golf, gay bars and swimming pools, what is there?  The ACTUAL Palm Springs!! Agua Caliente Indian Canyons is the reason for the name, and hiking here is awesome!

Have you been to Palm Springs and done the oasis hikes at Indian Canyons or out at the Coachella Preserve and know what we’re talking about?  Been thinking about a visit maybe but didn’t know what to do beyond golf and shopping?  Well, let us give you some motivation to make a weekend trip out of it or at least get you away from the pool for a few hours – try hiking Palm Springs!

Visiting Palm Springs and the Indian Canyons

A two hour drive from Los Angeles, Orange County or San Diego, PS lies to the east of the coastal cities.  You’ll have to pass through Riverside or Ontario, so plan for city traffic on your drive… or you can just take a short flight from any of the Southern California airports.  Actually, most West Coast airports have direct flights into town.

Once you’re in town, drive right through to the end and follow the signs for Agua Caliente Indian Canyons. After about ten minutes you’ll be at the park entrance. Pay your fee and pick where you’d like to begin, then enjoy hiking Palm Springs and all its glory.

Full Story at 2TravelDads

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The Dorado Getaway – Baja Sur Gay Friendly Guesthouse

The Dorado Getaway - Baja Sur Gay Friendly Guesthouse

Beautiful Private Seaside
Baja Sur Gay Friendly Guesthouse

Our Baja Sur gay friendly guesthouse is the perfect Sea Side getaway. Awesome beauty in a safe and private location at a very reasonable price. This charming home is on The Sea of Cortez and only 150 yards from the ocean. Perfect for strolls on the beach, swimming, fishing, kayaking, or just kicking back, the national hobby in Mexico.

Only 10 minutes from Santa Rosalia, the most gay friendly town in Mexico. The LGBT culture started here in the late eighteen hundreds when a French company began miming cooper just north of town. They believed that LGBT employees were more honest, harder working, friendlier and smarter than other employees.

Those employees started the queer culture that continues today. If you are a member of the LGBT community and have never been to Mexico be assured that this area is safe and welcoming.

See The Dorado Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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