Venture Out – Gay Owned Tour Operator in San Francisco, California

Venture Out - Gay Owned Tour Operator in San Francisco, California

SMALL-GROUP ESCORTED GAY TOURS WORLDWIDE

Welcome to Venture Out – we’ve been creating small, custom LGBTQ+ tours worldwide since 1998. Our gay travel audience is very loyal, and more than half of them have taken at least three tours with us.

We offer upscale, small-group, guided trips for LGBTQ+ travelers (and occasionally their friends and family). We find unique accommodations and great dining on each of our tours.

Upcoming trips (2021-22) include Japan, Spain, Italy, a luxury yacht cruise in the Adriatic (Croatia), Greece, Chile, and an African safari. Each year we plan a new batch of gay tours — places we’ve never gone before as well as popular vacations from our 23-year history!

Our groups are small – usually 15 participants at the most. Each group is accompanied by a Venture Out tour manager, and that person is often the owner. We also work with professional tour guides in each destination country for our guided sightseeing.

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SF Bay Area Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Big Pines Mountain House – Gay Friendly Motel in South Lake Tahoe, California

Big Pines Mountain House - Gay Friendly Motel in South Lake Tahoe, California

ENJOY BEAUTIFUL LAKE TAHOE!

Big Pines Mountain House reinvents Hotels, offering our guests the option to “consume better”. For a very reasonable price, you’ll get your guest room, all-you-can-eat continental breakfast, free wifi internet connection, and a bunch of little extras for no extra fee.

More Than Just a Hotel:

The Big Pines creative, friendly concept offers clean, comfortable, charming rooms that won’t break the bank. Our South Lake Tahoe hotel is a medium-size property with seventy-two rooms in the heart of town, making it easy to get to everything.

Quality Plus Personality:

Big Pines Mountain House is a budget friendly Hotel that is truly unique, offering great value and fantastic customer service yearround at a very affordable price.

Our Mission:

We are committed to exceeding your expectations, creating a friendly environment and giving our customers the best value for their money.

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South Lake Tahoe Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Caverns of the Marble Mountains – Keep Calm and Wander

Caverns of the Marble Mountains - Keep Calm and Wander

Exploring the caves at the Marble Mountains in Da Nang can be really confusing. There are just so many of them and you don’t even know where to start – even if you follow the map. Going to one direction would mean either you will miss a cave or you will have to go back on the same route to reach the other caves in the opposite direction. There are no shortcuts here. I ditched the map they gave me. I just followed the signs.

The Marble Mountains

The Marble Mountains is a collective name for 5 groups of mountains named after five elements. They are Hoa Son (Fire), Kim Son (Metal), Tho Son (Earth), Thuy Son (Water), and Moc Son (Wood).

As the name suggests, the mountain is popular because of its marbles and limestones. Climbing these mountains is just one of the few things to do in Da Nang. Aside from its beaches, I think this is the city’s most visited tourist attraction.

There are not only caves to see here but there are also pilgrimage sites, tunnels, and a revolutionary base used during the Vietnam War.

Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Vietnam Gay Travel Resources

Hoyt House Bed and Breakfast – Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Fernandina Beach, Florida

Hoyt House Bed and Breakfast - Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Fernandina Beach, Florida

LUXE AMEILA ISLAND HOSPITALITY, COMFORT

Welcome to Amelia Island’s 1905 Hoyt House Bed and Breakfast Inn, an exclusive Ferdinanda Beach boutique hotel blending romance, elegance, comfort and fantastic service.

Come relax with us for a weekend (or a week) at our beautiful Amelia Island Inn, in the heart of Ferdinanda Beach’s Historic District. We’re close to a number of fantastic restaurants, wonderful shopping, and all kinds of antiques. Amelia Island is a great place to get away from your normal life, refresh, relax, and recharge.

Now’s the perfect time to visit Amelia Island and to stay at the 1905 Hoyt House B&B. Hoyt House is ideal for a romantic weekend getaway, an unforgettable honeymoon, or for celebrating a special occasion with your partner.

We offer elegant guest rooms and wonderful gourmet breakfasts. We’re more than just a Bed & Breakfast – we’re a unique boutique hotel on a very unique island.

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Ferdinanda Beach Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Gay Santiago – The Nomadic Boys

Gay Santiago - The Nomadic Boys

Fresh out of Santiago’s International Airport, excited to practise our Spanish which we’d spent months perfecting, only to encounter…Chilean Spanish…

As our sweet smiley taxi pickup driver tried to welcome us in Spanish we both looked at each other wondering if we’d arrived at the right place…What was this strange language?!

Ok, I’m exaggerating a bit, but Chilean Spanish is the hardest Spanish dialect to pick up. Even native Spanish speakers have trouble understanding Chileans. For example, they cut off the end of every other word, connect words together so you don’t know when one word starts/finishes, and they speak at such a rapid pace… Then there are the Chilean slang words thrown in to confuse you even more, especially “weón” – randomly placed in every other sentence! It’s actually quite a beautiful sing-songy dialect to listen to. 

Santiago is certainly the perfect base to get your head around this quirky dialect. The gay scene here is massive, particularly in the Bellavista neighbourhood – probably the largest in all of South America outside of Sao Paolo. The city is also home to an exciting wine culture with world-class wineries to visit, lots of impressive city street art to awe at, tons of outdoor adventures like paragliding to try out, and natural hot springs to relax in – remember the city has the Andes mountains right on its doorstep.

And then there are the boys! Smokin’ Hot gorgeous Latino looking Chilean studs everywhere you look…

Trust us when we say you WILL have a fantastic time in Santiago! 

And we’ve got you covered right here with our detailed gay guide to Chile’s capital city. We’ve put together all our practical tips from our firsthand experience travelling in Santiago as a gay couple, including the latest info on the best gay hotels, bars, clubs, parties and events, which we always keep updated thanks to the help of our local gay friends in Santiago.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Chile Gay Travel Resources

Gay Hanoi – Keep Calm and Wander

Gay Hanoi - Keep Calm and Wander

Here are 20 things to do and see in gay Hanoi (Vietnam). If you are into Vietnamese food, this list won’t help you much. I’m not including the names of restaurants because when you are in Hanoi, you can eat everywhere, especially in the Old Quarter. The locals love their food so much that it’s no wonder food stalls and restaurants are ubiquitous in the city. The list below is mostly tourist attractions in the city which you can pretty much read in travel guides.

How to get around Hanoi

You can all do the sightseeing by yourself with no problem. However, Hanoi is huge, and walking from one attraction to another can be tiring. So, you better consult your Google map where to start first and where to end. Also, the fastest and the cheapest way to go around is by hailing a Grab bike/scooter. Another option is to rent a motorbike daily or weekly.

Tourist Attractions in Hanoi

Let’s start from the area where you can walk from one place to another. The first six attractions on this list are within walking distance from each other. 

1. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

This is a heavily-guarded place where tall guards in white uniforms are freakin’ good-looking. Really! Zoom in your camera and you’d know I’m not exaggerating. Unfortunately, the mausoleum is not open to the public. All you can do is walk from the entrance to the main square and to the exit. Just in case you are wondering who Ho Chi Minh is – he was once the president of Vietnam and a well-respected revolutionary leader.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Hanoi, Vietnam Gay Travel Resources

Gay Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia – The Nomadic Boys

Gay Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - The Nomadic Boys

Kool-krazy-kat-Kota-Kinabalu, the capital and gateway of Malaysia’s Sabah region on Borneo island. This is the city where treks up to Borneo’s highest mountain (Mount Kinabalu) begin, the tropical waters of the Gaya islands are right on your doorstep, lots of different magnificent experiences can be found, and, the coolest nickname ever for a city: KK!

Whilst most travellers will skip out KK, using it just as a transport hub to enter/leave Sabah, we think you should spend a few nights here. We visited KK during our trip around Malaysia and loved it. It’s a relaxed, modern place that offers so much. It also has a large LGBTQ community and sometimes even a gay bar – ie it closes/reopens a lot (more on this below)!

We’ve put together all our findings from our trip in and around gay Kota Kinabalu in this article. We’ve included important practical safety tips for LGBTQ travellers, gay friendly hotels we tried/loved, queer friendly hangouts and some of our favourite things to do which we hope inspires you.

Is Kota Kinabalu safe for gay travellers?

On the whole, yes, but as long as you’re careful to avoid PDAs. Malaysia is not on par with some of the places in the Middle East, but it’s obviously no Bangkok here!

In relation to progressive LGBTQ rights in Malaysia, there are none at all. There is even a horrible archaic anti-gay law which carries with it a 20-year imprisonment as well as caning, fines and/or deportation! The reality is that the anti-gay law of Malaysia is rarely ever enforced, particularly against foreigners. However, this gives you an idea of how society regards homosexuality and therefore why it’s best to avoid PDAs.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Cinq & Sept – Gay Owned Guesthouse in Roujan, Occitanie, France

Cinq & Sept - Gay Owned Guesthouse in Roujan, Occitanie, France

EUROPE’S FAVOURITE GAY GUESTHOUSE

Cinq & Sept is a gay-owned guesthouse in the Occitanie Region of the South of France.

We’re Europe’s favourite gay guesthouse resort, with nine luxurious suites with air conditioning and a large clothing-optional pool and garden where you can de-stress. 

Cinq & Sept occupies a two-hundred-year-old mansion in the heart of a traditional wine-making village.

We’re in TripAdvisor’s five-star ‘Hall of Fame’, and Mediterranean nude and gay beaches are just twenty-five minutes away.

We offer our guests a warm welcome and plenty of socialising. Join us for pool-side dinners, wine-tasting evenings and canoeing trips.

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

The Lancaster Bed and Breakfast – Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

AMISH COUNTRY WARMTH & SOPHISTICATION

The Lancaster Bed and Breakfast is a beautiful historic Lancaster home, originally built in 1912 in the Dutch Colonial style. A craftsmen-cottage sense of place and tasteful, welcoming ambiance invites you to rest, relax and rejuvenate at your own speed.

Each of our guest rooms offers:

-Well-stocked private bathrooms
-Bath robes
-Cozy electric fireplaces
-Satellite TV/DVD player
-Wifi internet access throughout

We also serve complimentary refreshments and cozy common spaces to keep you connected and entertained while staying on-property, and we can also provide extensive maps, brochures, and our vast local knowledge to help you find great things to see and explore locally.

AMISH COUNTRY WARMTH & SOPHISTICATION

The Lancaster Bed and Breakfast is a beautiful historic Lancaster home, originally built in 1912 in the Dutch Colonial style. A craftsmen-cottage sense of place and tasteful, welcoming ambiance invites you to rest, relax and rejuvenate at your own speed.

Each of our guest rooms offers:

-Well-stocked private bathrooms
-Bath robes
-Cozy electric fireplaces
-Satellite TV/DVD player
-Wifi internet access throughout

We also serve complimentary refreshments and cozy common spaces to keep you connected and entertained while staying on-property, and we can also provide extensive maps, brochures, and our vast local knowledge to help you find great things to see and explore locally.

The Lancaster B&B is at the edge of the creative downtown of Lancaster, where you’ll find great boutique shopping, art galleries, quality local live theatre, and some terrific restaurants and pubs.

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Dutch Country Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Gay Quito Travel Guide – The Nomadic Boys

Gay Quito Travel Guide - The Nomadic Boys

Panting for breath after walking just 5 steps…that was our first memory of Quito as soon as we touched down at the Mariscal Sucre airport. Standing proud at 2,850 metres (9,350ft) high, tucked away in the Andes Mountains, Quito is the second-highest official capital city in the world after La Paz in Bolivia. And bloody hell you certainly feel it!

Other than panting for breath every 5 minutes, Quito packs a punch for gay travellers. It’s not only a cultural gem with a really pretty Old Town to explore, it also has an impressive and vibrant gay scene. The capital city of Ecuador is also located right by the equator line from which it takes its name. Locals nickname Quito as “la mitad del mundo” or the middle of the world.

We spent half a year based in the middle of the world during our big trip to Latin America and fell in love with it. It’s an inexpensive place, extremely pretty, never too hot and never too cold. It’s also a very rewarding destination due to the variety of food to try and the variety of hot guys to meet!

We’ve bundled all our first-hand experiences from Quito into this comprehensive gay guide covering the best gay bars, clubs, hotels to stay, things to do and more.

Is Quito safe for gay travellers?

Quito is the touristic and LGBTQ capital of Ecuador – a country that legalised gay marriage in 2019 and was one of the first in the world to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation back in 1998. The city has a very active LGBTQ community, along with quite a diverse LGBTQ scene and a popular Pride every June that has taken place almost every year since 1998.

As a gay couple, we never had any problems in any of the hotels we stayed in. We always felt welcomed and never faced any issues when asking for a double bed. The only thing we’d say about Quito, which applies to all travellers (straight or gay), there are parts of the city which are a bit dodgy, such as the Old Town in the evening after dark.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Ecuador Gay Travel Resources