Gay Varanasi, India – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 25th, 2019

Gay Varanasi, India - The Nomadic Boys

Varanasi: a city where you see every facet of life before your very eyes! From intense worshipping by pilgrims along the River Ganges to open-casket funerals along the ghats, it’s full of life going on everywhere you look!

For us, gay Varanasi was the most fascinating and interesting place in India. It’s so real here! As you walk along the many “ghats” running along the riverbed, you’ll see people doing their laundry in the Ganges, bathing in it, shitting in it, cremating their dead in it, taking pilgrim boat rides in it and so much more. At night the ghats are lit up by many different types of light ceremonies taking place creating a very unique and quite intense atmosphere. In this article, we’ve put together our experience of what it was like travelling in Varanasi as a gay couple.

Where is Varanasi?

Varanasi is located in Northeast India in the state of Uttar Pradesh. As far as Indian cities go, it’s on the smaller end with a population of 1.2 million.

Varanasi is considered one of the holiest places in India for Hindus and is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world – since around 11th or 12th century BC.

The other important thing to note about Varanasi is the Ganges River, which runs through the city. What seems like a dirty and polluted river to us (no seriously it is, read this to get an idea!), the Ganges is considered extremely sacred to Hindus. It personifies the goddess “Ganga”, so ritual bathing in the sacred river is regarded as an important part of Hindu pilgrimage. This is also why funerals are so popular here – the ashes of the cremated bodies can be spread across into the holy river, giving them a noble passageway into the afterlife.

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Best Spain Gay Pride Events – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 18th, 2019

Best Spain Gay Pride Events - The Nomadic Boys

Shirtless men dancing on floats. Drag queens lip-syncing for their lives. Friends running through the streets with faces smeared in glitter and dressed in rainbow colours!

Pride is as much a party as it is a protest. Often used to highlight issues where LGBTQ citizens are not granted the same rights as their straight peers, such as blood donation, the existence of conversion therapy, or loose discrimination laws, the Pride march is a fantastic way to get society to listen up, and address the issues at hand.

Spain is home to some of the best Pride events in the world. With progressive laws, tolerant citizens, sexy guys everywhere and gorgeous weather, each Pride in Spain is truly, a glorious celebration and we love them all!

Here are our 5 favourite Spain gay Pride events that you need to check out.

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1. Madrid Pride

You cannot be a self-respecting gay in this world and not have attended Madrid Pride at least once in your life. The first time we experienced Madrid Pride, we were blown away by the sheer scale of it. Everyone in the whole city gets involved. It’s so inspiring to be a part of.

Madrid is not only the largest Pride in Spain but one of the biggest Pride events in the world. The week leading up to it sees exciting parties (both indoor and out), music performances, artistic showcases, LGBTQ walking tours and tons of drag-gy brunches!

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Hiking the Inca Trail – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 16th, 2019

Hiking the Inca Trail - The Nomadic Boys

We made it! A magical memory from our Nomadic Boys journey we will share forever. This was what was going through our minds, whilst sat atop Wayna Picchu mountain, peering down at the Inca world wonder beneath us.

After an intense 4 days trek along the acclaimed Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley in the Peruvian Andes, we finally reached the climax point.

Machu Picchu is the highlight of most people’s itineraries to not only Peru, but also to the entire continent. It receives over 1.2 million visitors annually, most of who come by train as part of a day trip from Cusco. To really get a feel of what the Sacred Valley and the Inca culture is all about, the Inca Trail is a must. This is, after all, the famous route of pilgrimage the Incas used to take to reach Machu Picchu.

This is our personal experience trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, including tips on which gay friendly tour company to choose and dates for upcoming group tours to Machu Picchu.

What is the Inca Trail?

As well as being one of the most famous treks in the world, this 44km (27 miles) trail was initially part of a highly advanced network of around 40,000 trails built by the Incas to connect the distant corners of their kingdom.

This particular trail is the most popular because it had religious and ceremonial importance to the Incas. It was part of their route of pilgrimage to Machu Picchu and included rituals to honour the mountains.

The famous Inca site is 2,430 metres (7,970 feet) above sea level. The name Machu Picchu means old mountain in the Quechua language and was initially built in around 1450 at the climax of the Inca Empire. It was then abandoned in 1572 when the Spanish invaded, until 1911 when it was discovered by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.

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Theotron, the Ultimate Gay Club – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 11th, 2019

Theotron, the Ultimate Gay Club - The Nomadic Boys

5,000 Colombian gay boys partying away in the same club? What’s not to love…!

Theatron makes theatre out of a clubbing experience. From the castle-like architecture to the epic dancefloor production, Theatron grabs its patrons by the throat and thrusts them into an experience they’ll never forget. It’s where all the gay folk of Bogota end their Saturday evening and serves as the ultimate finale to a night out.

There are plenty of rooms to wander between, each with a different style, different decor, different music, and different kinds of people. Perhaps you’re a chameleon, and you’ll find yourself seamlessly blending into each setting. Or you’ll pick a favourite, and snuggle in there for the whole night. Either way, you should definitely throw a quick look into each section, before deciding how to proceed. Be sure to also check out our comprehensive gay guide to Bogota for more tips on exploring the Colombian capital.

So, what is Theatron?

Theatron is the largest, and in our opinion, the best gay club in Latin America. We’d happily go back in a heartbeat to Bogota just to party there.

Theatron is housed in a former theatre hall, hence the name.

It was converted into the beloved gay club complex way back in 2002 and has since evolved into a favourite amongst the LGBTQ scene in Colombia. With a total of 13 different club rooms, spread over 5 different floors, you might want to hold on tight to your friend’s hands, as you can easily lose yourself within the sheer scale and spectacle that is – Theatron.

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Gay Uruguay – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 4th, 2019

Gay Uruguay - The Nomadic Boys

Uruguay is a country you cannot afford to skip from your Latin America itinerary. It has so much to offer, whether it’s surfing beaches, good wine, stunning scenery, delicious steaks and of course marijuana.

Uruguay is one of the most progressive countries in the world and certainly the most gay friendly in Latin America. It was one of the first in the continent to allow gay marriages, legalise abortions in 2012 and established a welfare state in 1903.

And of course the marijuana which it’s so famous for: since December 2013, Uruguay legalised the cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana for recreational use.

Most will add on Uruguay as part of their Latin America trip to Argentina or South Brazil, so we set out a variety of options to hit the main highlights the country has to offer. Our Uruguay gay travel itinerary can be done in 1 or 2 weeks, depending if you like to travel at a slow pace like we do.

We also assume that you will be taking the boat from Buenos Aires to Colónia as your entry point, but you can also fly in to Montevideo and start from there.

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Gay Yaeyama Islands – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 3rd, 2019

Gay Yaeyama Islands - The Nomadic Boys

The Yaeyama islands make up the southernmost inhabited archipelago of Japan, some 2,000 kilometres (1,242 miles) from Tokyo. This group of untouched islands offer a total change of scenery in a subtropical climate.

We first heard about it amongst the diving community, who raved about the stunning coral reefs around the Yaeyama Islands, which put it straight to the top of our bucket list.

We loved our holiday to the Yaeyama Islands and can certainly attest to the world-class diving here. However, don’t come here expecting a gay scene, as there is none! We recommend staying in Tokyo for that or even heading to Taiwan, which is not that far away. The Yaeyama Islands is a destination for gay travellers in Japan to come to unwind, whilst also experiencing the natural beauty of the Japanese jungle, unspoiled beaches and pristine reefs.

Following our trip, this is our gay travel guide to the Yaeyama islands featuring the best things to do and gay friendly hotels to stay that we tried out and felt welcome at as a gay couple.

Where are the Yaeyama Islands?

The Yaeyama Islands are located in the southernmost inhabited archipelago of Japan. They are around 2,000 kilometres (1,242 miles) south of Tokyo, forming part of the Okinawa Prefecture.

This is the most remote part of Japan, offering a total change of scenery from the mainland in a subtropical climate.

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Gay Bogota – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , September 19th, 2019

Gay Bogota - The Nomadic Boys

Ever been to a club with 5,000 other gay boys with 13 rooms spread across 5 floors?

Neither had we until we went to the huge Theatron gay club in Colombia’s capital city, Bogota. The gay scene here is all about this infamous mega-club, which is the largest in Latin America. It’s like no other place we’ve ever been to and is certainly the largest gay club we’ve visited.

There is of course more to this city than Theatron club, with many different gay places to hang out as well as an exciting foodie scene and beautiful hotels. The historic Old Quarter is a delightful area to see the Spanish colonial influences and explore some of the most interesting museums.

We’ve put together our detailed guide to our favourite gay bars and clubs in Bogota, the best gay friendly places to stay or eat, as well as our favourite sightseeing things to do in this vibrant city.

Is Bogota safe for gay travellers?

As travellers in gay Bogota, we felt safe and we found it to be a welcoming city. We didn’t have any problems sleeping in double beds in the hotels we stayed at and never felt like we had to hide who we were. In terms of public displays of affection, we only felt comfortable walking hand in hand in some parts of Chapinero, where most of the gay scene is located. As with most big cities in the world, there are areas you need to be cautious of whether you’re straight or gay, so keep an eye out on your belongings wherever you are.

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Gay Puerto Vallarta – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , June 14th, 2019

Gay Puerto Vallarta - The Nomadic Boys

Puerto Vallarta in Mexico is one of the hottest gay destinations. Over the past few decades it has become a popular draw for gay men, particularly expats from the US and Canada. It has tons of bars, clubs, boutique shops, beach parties and events happening throughout the year.

We came for the exciting gay Puerto Vallarta Pride which takes place every May. It was absolutely awesome and the reason why we regard it as one of the best Pride events in Latin America.

Whether you visit Puerto Vallarta for Pride or at another time of the year, the city always seems to ooze a feeling of acceptance, tolerance and outright fabulousness!

This is our comprehensive gay guide to Puerto Vallarta featuring all the best gay places to hangout, hotels to stay, events, things to do and loads more.

Gay rights in Puerto Vallarta

Mexico has some pretty progressive LGBTQ laws. Homosexuality was decriminalised as early as 1871 during its brief French occupation, and a wide range of anti-discrimination laws were introduced in 2003. It’s also slowly heading towards full gay marriage equality.

In relation to the Jalisco Province, where Puerto Vallarta is based, gay marriage was legalised in March 2016 following an unanimous decision by the Supreme Court of Mexico that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. As a result, the offending law was quickly revoked and as of 20 April 2016, gay weddings were allowed to take place.

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Taiwan Gay Life – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , May 29th, 2019

Taiwan Gay Life - The Nomadic Boys

Taiwan has become one of the most gay friendly places in Asia. On a continent famous for not having the most progressive LGBTQ rights, Taiwan is proudly paving the way forward. It has long been a gay trailblazer, famous for having progressive LGBTQ laws, the largest pride in Asia and even a God devoted to homosexual love with his own temple in New Taipei City.

In May 2019, Taiwan made history by becoming the first nation in Asia to implement gay marriages. This is immense!

Nowhere else in Asia comes close to this achievement. For example, whilst other gay friendly places in Asia like Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, Hong Kong, Nepal and the Philippines may have started discussing the implementation of gay civil union laws (if at all!), no one else has even touched the realm of recognising same sex marriages. Except Taiwan!

Of course the same sex marriage laws of Taiwan are not without difficulties, having had quite a bumpy road to get to where they are. Despite this, it is an incredible achievement not only for Taiwan’s gay community, but also for the entire LGBTQ community across Asia.

So what is it about Taiwan that makes it so gay friendly? We met with local boy Po-Hung from Kaohsiung who was also Mr Gay Taiwan 2018. Po-Hung gave us the full lowdown about Taiwan gay life, what it’s like growing up gay here and other invaluable local tips.

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Five Gay Friendly Cordoba Hotels – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , May 11th, 2019

Cordoba Gay Friendly Hotels - The Nomadic Boys

Are you wondering where the best place in Argentina is to find young, gay Argentinian boys? Well, the answer is Córdoba! The city is famous for having Argentina’s oldest university and as a result, there is a large student population which means a vibrant nightlife including a small but exciting gay scene.

As well as the nightlife, Córdoba offers plenty of beautiful architecture, particularly the many religious buildings such as the popular Cathedral of Córdoba. Another popular sight is the Jesuit Block, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which contains the old headquarters of the university, the National School of Monserrat and the Domestic Chapel.

Cordoba has a decent offering of gay friendly accommodations. Having spent a few months travelling across the country, we had ample time sampling the best places to stay in Cordoba. Here’s our roundup of our 5 favourite gay friendly Cordoba hotels, for all budgets.

Where to stay in Córdoba

Córdoba is the second most populous city in Argentina after Buenos Aires and is located on the banks of the Suquía River. There’s no metro system as of yet, but you will be able to get around the city easily using buses or trolleybuses. Here’s a quick summary to the best gay friendly neighbourhoods to stay in.

Güemes: Güemes is our favourite gay friendly neighbourhood, it’s bohemian and lively with a more alternative nightlife scene than the city centre. This is where you will find the majority of Córdoba’s gay bars, discos and clubs as well as a craft fair (The Paseo de las Artes) during the daytime. If you want to be right in the heart of the gay area in Córdoba, stay at the lovely Windsor Hotel & Tower.

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