LGBT Travel in Asia – Our Taste for Life

Author: , July 19th, 2019

LGBT Travel in Asia

Oh, Asia. A vibrant, diverse, and energetic place to travel. But is Asia a gay-friendly travel destination? It’s one of the most commonly asked questions we receive, and one we are super happy to finally be addressing. In this LGBT Travel Guide, we will delve into the LGBT rights in Asia, as well as how to prepare as an LGBT traveller.

After spending 18 months travelling throughout this colourful continent, we can tell you that it hasn’t always been fun and rainbows. Coming from the UK where, for the most part, we can be completely open about our sexuality; it was peculiar to suddenly visit countries where homosexuality was a taboo; or worse, against the law.

Many ask us how we deal with this. Why would we want to travel to these countries if we can’t be ourselves? We look at it this way. ALL cultures have beliefs and traditions. Do we agree with all of them? Of course not. That doesn’t mean that we boycott those countries completely. At the end of the day, we travel to open our minds, and appreciating that there are other ways of life is the first step.

With this in mind, we have now spent almost two consecutive years in Asia. In that time, we have visited gay-friendly cities; travelled off the beaten path; and spent time in countries where homosexuality is criminalised. Guess what? We had a great time in all of them.

Full Story at Our Taste for Life

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Maples Inn – Gay Friendly Bar Harbor, Maine Bed & Breakfast

Author: , July 5th, 2019

Maples Inn

The Maples Inn Bed & Breakfast takes you back to the turn-of-the-century in Bar Harbor, Maine – come stay with us for a taste of the simple life, and let go of the real world and all the stress of modern times.

Our Mount Desert Island bed and breakfast was originally built in 1903, as a retreat for well-to-do summer visitors. The inn sits on a quiet, tree-lined street in a residential neighborhood, within easy walking distance of Bar Harbor’s quaint boutique shops, great restaurants, and the nearby ocean.

We’re also just five minutes away from Acadia National Park, where you can find outdoor adventures thw whole year through – watch the sun set from Cadillac Mountain or see the waves crash against Schooner Head.

Acadia National Park also has more than a hundred of hiking trails, including easy walks and more difficult hikes. There are also forty miles of carriage roads, ideal for walking and bike riding.

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Go Girlfriend’s Arizona Getaway List – Lesbian Sedona

Author: , July 5th, 2019

Lesbian Sedona - Scott

Thinking on the destination of lesbian Sedona, Az, my mind floats to a small-town, new-age artsy community nestled as a cross-roads between the dry flats of the hot desert and the stunning red rock mountainsides that surround it. It is a charming long-weekend getaway destination to get you out of the city and surrounded by an unprecedented natural beauty – think girls getaway relaxing with wine on the patio as the sun sets on the mountainsides that just pop deep shades of reds and greys, or a more adventurous let’s-get-out-and-hike-these-mountains-and-see-the-views kinda weekend. Either way, Sedona has got to be on your getaway list!!

Whether you arrive in from Phoenix in the south (2 hours) and drive through the Sonoran desert into the Tonto National Forest area before encountering the rim of red rocks around Oak Creek, or you arrive to Sedona from Flagstaff (1 hour) in the north via the canyonous Highway 89, the drive will make you “ooo and aaah” at the spectacular sights.

Whether you arrive in from Phoenix in the south (2 hours) and drive through the Sonoran desert into the Tonto National Forest area before encountering the rim of red rocks around Oak Creek, or you arrive to Sedona from Flagstaff (1 hour) in the north via the canyonous Highway 89, the drive will make you “ooo and aaah” at the spectacular sights.

What makes the red rocks of Sedona so unique?

The Sedona area was the bottom of an ocean 300+ million years ago. Natural iron oxide infused the limestone base that was created as the waters receded. The picturesque sandstone formations were created from the layering of ancient dunes in such amazing geology and landscape the area that with continued water and wind erosion over the millennia sculpted the harder formations into some of the most fascinating and locally iconic landmarks we know today – Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Courthouse Butte.

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Lesbian Amsterdam – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , June 20th, 2019

Lesbian Amsterdam - Once Upon a Journey

The gay capital of Europe, Amsterdam, is the perfect city to go to as a lesbian traveller. Or well, Amsterdam doesn’t carry that title anymore officially, but the city is still very liberal, tolerant, welcoming and diverse. The city is perfect for your lesbian vacation or short city trip! You can truly be yourselves and enjoy all the beauty it has to offer. It’s a city where our love story began, so Amsterdam has a special place in our hearts. Continue reading for the ultimate travel guide to lesbian Amsterdam. Including our best insider tips and spots!

Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands and it’s most famous for its beautiful canals, gingerbread houses, coffee shops (not for coffee!), the infamous red light district and lots of bicycles. Amsterdam has a lot more to offer; there is something for everyone.

LGBT rights in the Netherlands

First, we will tell you a bit about LGBT rights in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is seen as one of the most LGBT friendly destinations in the world. Therefore it isn’t weird that LGBT rights in the Netherlands have been some of the most progressive in the world. Homosexuality was decriminalised in 1811, and in 2001 the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Yes, we are very proud of that! The first gay bar opened in Amsterdam in 1911.

By Maartje and Roxanne – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

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Hotel Villa Verde – Merida Gay Owned Bed and Breakfast

Author: , June 14th, 2019

Hotel Villa Verde

Come visit us at Merida’s Hotel Villa Verde – a lovely, restored 250 year-old colonial mansion and grounds in Merida’s “Centro” district. We’re close to everything!

Hotel Villa Verde features just five guest rooms to ensure your tranquility and comfort during your stay here in Merida. Your guest room features a private bath, premium linens and towels, upscale amenity products, free Wi-Fi access, flat screen TV, safe, iPod/iPad charger, blow dryer, and much more.

We serve a complimentary breakfast each morning and have an honor bar filled with wines, beers and soda is available anytime.

Love to swim? Hotel Villa Verde has a large, sexy waterfall pool surrounded by sunny and shady areas and a private upper sun deck.

You can relax in our front portico courtyard, with five trickling fountains or our large tropical garden in the rear of the property.

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Glynn House Inn – Gay Friendly Ashland, New Hampshire Inn

Author: , May 31st, 2019

Glynn House Inn - Gay Friendly Ashland, New Hampshire Inn

The romantic Glynn House Inn is situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Region. The historic – circa 1895 – Inn is the perfect choice for romance, recreation and relaxation. You and your partner will experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, modern amenities, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality.

Guests can select from 12 spacious, tastefully decorated guest rooms that include queen size beds, private baths, romantic fireplaces, central air, DIRECTV, DVD players, WiFi, iPod radios, luxurious bathrobes & deluxe Eco-friendly amenities. Seven of the rooms are deluxe suites, which also offer bubbling double whirlpool tubs, some with separate sitting rooms.

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Lesbian Bangkok: Off the Beaten Path – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , May 31st, 2019

Lesbian Bangkok

Bangkok is one of our favourite cities in Asia and we keep coming back to it. There’s so much to see and do in Bangkok. But while most people visit famous places like the Grand Palace, Khao San Road, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, there are so many other great lesser known places to visit. We already discussed the best things to do in Bangkok and all Instagram worthy spots in Bangkok, but we love to tell you about Bangkok off the beaten path! This is our top five hidden gems around Bangkok.

Wat Samphran aka Dragon Temple

Wat Samphran is a unique temple you won’t find elsewhere in the world. By accident, we found out about this place and couldn’t believe our eyes. A pink building with a dragon? Why aren’t people talking about this place? It’s not mentioned in the travel books and therefore not many tourists know about it yet. The temple is 17 floors high and you can walk through the body of the dragon to reach the top.

The top makes for a great view. Not only the dragon temple itself is worth visiting, but there are also other beautiful structures around the complex. For example a giant bronze Buddha and animal statues like a giant turtle and elephant. We recommend taking at least two hours to explore the complex. Wat Samphran is a temple, so make sure to dress properly.

By Roxanne & Maartje – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

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Paraiso de los Angeles – Gay friendly Oaxaca Vacation Rental

Author: , May 13th, 2019

Paraiso de los Angeles

El Paraiso de Los Angeles sits on Mexico’s southern Pacific coast, in the state of Oaxaca. We offer a taste of the real Mexico, far from crowded tourist destinations, near the fishing village of Puerto Angel and the mythic sites of Zipolite and Mazunte. El Paraiso de los Angeles is the location of the film “A thing of Beauty”, a Jake Jaxson production (Cockyboys)

Our Oaxacan oceanside villas offer a stunning combination of modern beach holiday and immersion with nature: you’ll hear the waves crashing against the shore from your villa, and see dolphins and whales jumping in the sea at the right time of year.

We offer three Mexican vacation rental villas facing the sea, along with a swimming pool and a magnificent, front-row view of the shimmering Pacific Ocean. Our Oaxaca vacation rental villas face south, allowing guests to watch the sun to rise and set (winter time) daily.

The nearest airports are Huatulco (40 kilometers) or Puerto Escondido (70 kilometers).

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Carl’s Guest House – Gay Provincetown Bed and Breakfast

Author: , May 10th, 2019

Carl's Guest House - Gay Provincetown Bed and Breakfast

Looking for a relaxed, comfortable, reasonably priced and friendly place to stay in Provincetown? Carl’s Guest House is hard to beat.

Decorated in a clean, simple manner ideal for a beach vacation home, Carl’s is just a short walk from all the most popular places in P-town.

We offer fourteen guestrooms of varying sizes and amenities – from large rooms with private bathrooms, refrigerators, microwaves, a/c and more to simpler comfortable rooms with shared single occupancy bathrooms. All of our guestrooms are completely private, clean and comfortable.

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Maple Hill Manor B&B – Gay Owned Springfield, Kentucky B&B

Author: , May 9th, 2019

Maple Hill Manor B&B

Voted Kentucky’s Best B&B, #1 in the U.S. as the B&B with the Most Historic Charm, Best Breakfast in the Southeast, AND “Best B&B in the South, USA TODAY Top 10 B&B Farmstay for a Haycation, Voted Top 10 Innkeepers in the U.S, Top B&B in Kentucky for Hospitality and Service, and Best Breakfast Recipe in the World Contest.

Just minutes from Bardstown – less than an hour’s drive from Lexington or Louisville AND Two hour’s drive from Cincinnati or Nashville.

Thomas Irvine McElroy built this beautiful Greek Revival Plantation Home on 949 acres and presented it as a Wedding Gift to his young bride, Sarah Jane Maxwell.

Lavished with numerous architectural features, it is accented with Italianate detail, spans over 7,000 sq. ft., with 14′ ceilings, 12′ doorways, 9′ windows, 13 original rooms – most are 20′ x 20′ with some even larger, and a grand cherry floating spiral staircase.

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