Canada’s Trans Community Calls for Change in Travel Regulations

Author: , May 18th, 2017

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Jennifer McCreath has a fear of flying of a different sort: a fear she won’t be allowed on board. McCreath, a 43-year-old transgender woman in St. John’s, N.L., takes issue with a federal regulation that prohibits airlines from transporting anyone who “does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification presented.”

Doing away with the regulation is a cause the federal NDP has been pushing for five years, and one for which Justin Trudeau expressed support before becoming prime minister. It’s also one the federal Liberal government should be all over, given its self-proclaimed reputation as the party of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, McCreath said in an interview Wednesday.

“It all comes back to the notion of equality,” said McCreath, who described having to wait for two hours in a holding area before a flight to the United States in 2011, when she was in the process of changing the gender on her birth certificate. The Canadian regulation, she said, gives officials too much power in cases where someone doesn’t look like the gender indicated on their identification.

By Kristy Kirkup – Full Story at RD News Now

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The Apple Watch for Travelers

Author: , April 26th, 2015

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With Apple Watch shipping to consumers later this month (April 24th, to be exact), it’s fair to say that the smartwatch revolution is officially underway. Even in Apple’s promotional keynote, it leaned heavily on travel-related examples to prove the product’s value. Many have questioned whether or not you truly need wearable tech like this — particularly if you’re already a savvy smartphone user — but there are indeed useful amenities that make it worth considering for road warriors and leisure travelers alike.

Of course, the Apple Watch starts at $349, placing it well outside of impulse buy territory. And at launch, limitations do still exist. First and foremost, it’s not a standalone product — it’s meant to be paired with, not replace, your smartphone (at least for now.) Moreover, you’ll have to bring a charger along for anything more involved than a day trip, since the battery won’t get you beyond the 24-hour mark.

Still, the groundwork here is impressive. It might not be perfect right now, and apps are still limited, but developers everywhere are working overtime to publish Watch functionality. And we’re guessing it won’t be long before foreign language dictionaries will speak aloud for you in a restaurant and hotel room doors unlock as you approach — without you having to dig around in your pockets and take out your phone.

By Darren Murph – Full Story at Shermans Travel

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: What Some Guests Say About B&B’s

Author: , August 29th, 2014
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Our last travel column dealt with some of the complaints that owners of Bed and Breakfasts had with a very small percentage of the guests staying with them. They all said that 95% of their guests were very wonderful people who they would love to have them stay with them again.

It is just the 5% that are the problem. We have stayed at over 65 Bed and Breakfasts from coast to coast and we often ask other guests what they like and or dislike about the Bed and Breakfast. 95% of the time the guests give glowing reviews of their stay at the Inn. The most often things that we hear are how friendly and nice the owners are.

The personality of the owners after all is one of the most important things that a Bed and Breakfast is known for. Of course the Inn has to be very clean, great breakfast, lovely location and a very nice ambiance. A few years ago it seems as though almost all Inns were filled with antiques however in today’s world, they are decorated in all types of decor and themes. We have stayed in Inns with western decor, leather decor, retro and Art Deco decor as well as rustic and chrome and mirrors.

As for the complaints that we have heard from guests are that the owners are never there. Others complain that the owners are not friendly and seem not to care if they are staying there or not.

Sometimes linens and towels are not kept fresh and have ravelings. Yep, we have stayed one or two Inns like that. NOT a pleasant situation! Some Inns only change linens every 3rd day and this is a MAJOR complaint with guests!

It is nice for there to be some information about the Inn and the city in each room however we stayed in one Inn that actually had an 18 page booklet about the do’s and don’t’s about the Inn. Who wants to spend that much time reading things like that?

We were staying at in Inn a couple of years ago and a guest came down for breakfast and asked the owners about the bus line to go downtown. Rather than tell them, they told them that it was in their booklet upstairs and they needed to read it there. That Bed and Breakfast is no longer in business!

Some guests are returning guests and love staying at their favorite Inn however sometimes they notice little things like the Inn has lowered costs by changing their breakfast selections. No one wants to stay at an Inn and be served coffee in paper cups or try to unwrap a muffin from a cellophane wrapper.

If an Inn offers bathroom amenities, keep them coming. Don’t drop things like that as guests will notice.

Happy hour is very special at a lot of Inns. Don’t drop things like that either.

We realize that owning an Inn is a 24 hour job. The owners just HAVE to get away sometimes. Often they can hire a “Inn sitter” to take over but sometimes they just need to get away for a few hours. They just always need to give each guest their cell phones in case of an emergency.

We have stayed in Inns where the doors wouldn’t close to each room and the shared baths were not clean. If an Inn does have shared baths, they need to be sure and check them out often especially in the mornings. Not all guests are that clean nor that considerate of others, which is sad to say.

All in all, 95% of all Inns are operated in a very professional and friendly way. One major complaint that guests have is that when they email an Inn for reservations or even just a general question, it might take days for them to get a response. Rather than to call, they usually just book another Inn.

95% of the Inns where we have stayed are marvelous. One thing that owners do complain about is guests who are always leaving things behind and then expect the owners to ship the item to them free of charge.

We love Bed and Breakfasts and will continue to stay at them forever.

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

Donald and RayTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

Are Grindr Users Also Big Travelers?

Author: , January 6th, 2012

Grindr and Gay TravelGrindr users are a well-traveled and highly sought-after global community, according to the latest travel survey of more than 5,400 international Grindr users participating in a special Mobile Version of Community Marketing Inc.’s Annual Gay & Lesbian Tourism Survey. The survey reveals travel consumption habits and preferences with more than 42 percent having traveled to another continent in the past year and almost 30 percent surveyed identify themselves as luxury travelers.

Furthermore, almost 40 percent of Grindr users have increased their travels this year and nearly 15 percent of respondents have taken ten or more trips in the past twelve months. The survey also indicates 54 percent of Grindr users travel for business and while on business, 23 percent choose to stay in luxury hotels. While on vacation, 48 percent prefer to stay in a mid-range hotel, but 28 percent indicated that on their most recent vacation they opted for plushier accommodations offered by luxury hotels.

“The survey results show that our Grindr community has tremendous buying power to experience new destinations both domestically and internationally year-after-year, and are incredibly tech-savvy by using smartphones to plan and share their trips,” said Serge Gojkovich, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Grindr. “With a global community of more than three million users, Grindr helps gay men connect to the world via their smartphones, especially when traveling.”

Full Story from PR Newswire

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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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