Safe Travel for Women in Costa Rica

Author: , February 15th, 2014

Woman TravelerIn my travels, I have come across single women around the world who say, “I’d like to travel, but I don’t have anyone to go with.” Having traveled alone, I asked what was stopping them. What I found was a mixture of fears and concerns:

Blending In

Amanda Heckart from California shared, “My biggest fear is looking like a tourist because it seems to lend itself to safety issues. Will I get mugged because I look like I don’t belong? If I get lost, will I be able to find someone approachable for help? Do I have adequate resources or access to resources if I need them?”

In my experience, blending in is helpful, but not required. Looking like a backpacker, for example, does not make you a target, as long as you travel modestly, without jewelry and name brand everything. Backpackers in general travel with little money or valuable belongings, therefore, pose no threat in this role. Don’t wear diamonds, or other expensive jewelry or watches. Also, be careful about flashing iPhones, iPads, or other expensive electronics. In certain countries, those devices, if stolen, could feed a family for a year. Don’t tempt them.

Authored By Shannon Enete – See the Full Story at the Costa Rica Star

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Travel in India a Dangerous Prospect for Women

Author: , October 20th, 2013

Rose Chasm - Journey With JanelleRecently, a friend posted a link to a story written by a young woman who traveled abroad in India. I was intrigued by the title, India: The Story You Don’t Want to Hear. I had this gut reaction that the girl in the photo was going to be speaking some truth I could relate to.

In her story, Rose Chasm, a student from Chicago shares the conundrum often faced when young Caucasian women travel to this beautiful, yet dangerous country: I knew that as a white woman I would be seen as a promiscuous being and a sexual prize. I was prepared to follow the University of Chicago’s advice to women, to dress conservatively, to not smile in the streets. And I was prepared for the curiosity my red hair, fair skin and blue eyes would arouse. But I wasn’t prepared.

I was not a student of South Asian Studies like Rose, but I had just spent a month living in nearby Nepal and thought that would have prepared me. It did not. My best friend and I often remarked about the stares that men threw our direction. Women would literally hand us their babies and beg to take pictures with us. We often described our experience traveling there as “walking around with a neon sign above our head.” The attention was overwhelming and we often felt unsafe.

Authored By Janelle K. Eagle – See the Full Story at Journey With Janelle

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How Safe is Cape Town?

Author: , February 6th, 2013

Vape Town - Robert Schrader“I’m sorry,” I said to the young, blonde woman who was selling frozen drinks at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. “But can you tell me what flavor this is?”

“Blueberry,” she answered quickly. Then, she correct herself. “Actually, it’s raspberry bubble gum – I think.”

I laughed. “Either way, it probably just tastes like sugar. I’ll take one. How much?”

“12 rand,” she said and came out from behind the stall to prepare the drink for me. “Where are you from?”

Authored By Robert Schrader – See the Full Story at Leave Your Daily Hell

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Davey Wavey – Now is the Time to Travel

Author: , June 27th, 2012

Gay Travel SafetyDon’t let the images you see on TV or in the newspaper overly color your perception of the world–or prevent you from doing the things you want to do or taking the trips you want to take. The world has never been more peaceful–and there’s never been a better time to travel!

I’ll admit that, if you watch cable news networks or read the paper, you might be inclined to think that we all live in a terrible, ultra-violent world wherein wars are raging, massacres are common and rape is the norm. When you turn on the TV, examples of these violent acts are everywhere–from the war in Afghanistan to the uprisings in the Middle East to the Jerry Sandusky trial.

Our world can look pretty sick and twisted–and it’s obvious to see why so many people are terrified to travel the world. These cautious individuals stick close to home because it’s what they know. Venturing out seems far too risky.

Full Story from GayTravel.com

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Being Safe When You Travel

Author: , June 11th, 2012

Gay TravelThe recent incident of a gay couple on a cruise ship in a foreign port who were accused of public sex on the balcony of their stateroom reminds us to research the laws and customs of other countries, and to be very aware of our actions that might be misconstrued. Here are some important points to consider when you travel – along with some tips to help prevent crooks from taking advantage of you.

Learn as much as you can about your travel destination and points in between. Are there laws that support and protect LGBT persons? In many areas of the world, laws and customs demonize and criminalize homosexuals. Remember that rural areas in most countries are likely to be more conservative and less tolerant. Hotels there may not accept bookings from same-sex couples. Exercise discretion everywhere. Unfortunately, it is best to avoid excessive physical shows of affection.

Find out about the situation from local LGBT groups or a trusted and savvy travel agent or tour operator. They know the attitudes and issues of the country or city. Be especially careful if you intend to frequent cruising areas or Internet chat rooms. Police in some countries have been known to carry out entrapment campaigns.

Full Story from SDGLN

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Sun and Safety for Gay Travelers

Author: , April 28th, 2012

Barcelona Gay TravelTHE QUESTION: Can you recommend sunny destinations that are safe for gays and lesbians?

Feeling welcome and at ease to be yourself are essential elements of travel. And for LGBT travellers in some parts of the world, that just doesn’t happen.

“It’s illegal to be gay or for men to show affection in most of the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East,” says Liz Devine, president of Thomas Cook Rainbow Travel in Toronto.

“Many countries in these regions have laws prohibiting homosexual activity, imposing prison or, in some cases, death sentences for people identified as gay.”

Full Story from The Globe and Mail

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Safety is Key for Women Travelers

Author: , October 27th, 2011

Lesbian TravelersA few months ago I wrote about “gay business travel” and the fact that it is a substantial enough demographic for the hospitality industry to track it. Little wonder, then, that there also are people mulling “female business travel.”

Judi Brownell, a professor in the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, published a paper over the summer in which she concluded that men and women travel for business differently – different wants, goals and expectations – especially when it comes to hotels.

“Managers should focus on how best to generate key emotional responses through a holistic approach rather than seeking to identify any one specific service, amenity or facility that all women business travellers prefer,” Brownell wrote.

Full Story from the Montreal Gazette

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