Why Americans Need to Experience International Travel

Author: , April 19th, 2012

Gay Travel: Why Americans Need to Experience International TravelWhile showing my dad a slideshow from my recent trip to Thailand, I asked if he’d ever be interested in taking a similar trip. “No,” he replied. “For one, why would anyone want to go to a country where they don’t speak English? Second, I haven’t even seen the Grand Canyon. I should do that first.”

Truth be told, I haven’t visited the Grand Canyon either. But when I entered Thailand, the customs agent didn’t refuse my entry on those grounds. As it turns out, visiting the Grand Canyon isn’t a prerequisite for travel overseas.

I understand what my dad is trying to say. His point is that there’s a lot to do and see domestically–and so there’s no reason to go beyond the borders of the United States.
He’s certainly not alone. Only about 30% of Americans have passports. Compare that to 60% of Canadians and 75% of Brits.

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The Gayest International Getaways

Author: , March 2nd, 2011

Gay Toronto Pride ParadeThe Advocate goes international to find the best gay vacation spots. From Stockholm to Curacao, find out where to spend your next trip abroad.

Stockholm — Europe’s undiscovered gem is truly one of the world’s most distinctive cities, perched on 14 islands on the southeast coast of Sweden. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo craze may have put Stockholm on the map, but gay tourists would be wise to move Stockholm to the top of their list of must-visit destinations in Europe. The first country in the world to deem that homosexuality is not an illness (way back in 1944), Sweden has become a pioneering force for gay rights throughout Europe. In fact, being gay is such a nonissue in Sweden, Stockholm doesn’t really have a gay area – the gay clubs are everywhere, and gay restaurants and coffee shops dispersed throughout downtown, old town and even the burbs. For a truly unique experience, party on the Lady Patricia, a gay dance club built on a boat. And for some uniquely gay culture, check out Millesgarden, a sculpture garden named for Carl Milles that boasts a number of homoerotic (and some downright gay) pieces.

Toronto — First-time visitors to this eclectic, gay-friendly metropolitan melting pot often remark on its cleanliness, comparing it to a tidier New York or London. Besides its famed film festival each fall, first-rate theatrical productions, and world-class museums, Toronto is noted for its all-embracing Gay Village, located at Church and Wellesley streets, full of bustling bars and bistros plus LGBT-owned restaurants and shops.

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