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Top 3 Travel Blogs For Lesbians

Traveling as a woman is tricky. Traveling as a queer woman is even trickier.

Whether you’re taking your first trip out of the country, setting off an eighteen-month backpacking adventure or wetting your wanderlust by planning an imaginary dream vacation, these queer female bloggers have the advice you need. They offer tips, stories, photo features, packing lists and guides to traveling on the cheap. These three bloggers are the best of the best!

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In 2013, Meg Cale dropped everything to move to South Korea and teach English. She describes herself as “a big ideas thinker, street art lover, and boundaries pusher” who wants to help other LGBT travelers have life-changing adventures.

She is an LGBT advocate and community educator. After finishing her master’s degree and graduate research focusing on LGBT urban youth policy, Meg went on to inform educational programming at three of the largest LGBT nonprofits in the US. Meg’s first nonfiction book, “Slacktivist: Using Digital Media to Create Change” will be released in 2017. Her passion lives at the intersection of travel, queer culture, and new media.

Best feature of her website: Her “Queers You Should Know” section profiles amazing LGBT advocates, artists, athletes and travelers. Worth a read – you might find a new role model!

Check out the official website.

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In 2010, Dani and her partner Jessica set off on a one-year trip…and never returned. They traveled the world together for four years and, after they separated in 2014, Dani decided to continue running the blog in order to provide an important resource for queer women.

As a couple, they traveled throughout North America, Europe, India, South East Asia, Mexico, Central America and South America. They climbed volcanoes, swam with sharks, went caving deep into sacred Mayan caves, spent time with Buddhist monks, hiked in Patagonia and lived in some of the world’s most exciting cities.

On this website, find everything from guides to traveling around Europe on the cheap to booking a houseboat in Kerala, India. You can also learn from her mistakes by reading about the time she got majorly scammed in Bangkok.

Best feature on her website: Read posts about LGBT-specific travel from Dani and other LGBT bloggers. It’s very helpful to get a wide array of opinions.

Read about how Dani quit her job to travel the world, and check out her official blog.

Lez Backpack

Melissa Langley is a “world roamer, freelance writer and social media specialist.” She’s also a “woman-supporter” and “traveling, web-savvy self-starter.”

She spent three years traveling around the world and living out of a backpack before finally settling down in Austin, Texas (for now). She writes about everything from lesbian relationship issues to adventure traveling. She also reviews the best (and worst) restaurants, bars and hotels around the world.

Best feature of the website: Her queer travel section is a must-read for lesbians traveling with their partners or hoping to meet new love interests abroad, and the Butch’s Backpack column details an often-overlooked question: How do masculine-of-center women navigate gender norms in other countries?

Start reading at the official website!

Who’s your favorite lesbian travel blogger? Leave a comment!

Destination of the Week: Buenos Aires

This week we’re headed for South America and one of Latin America’s gay capitals: Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Long before same-sex marriage was legalized in the country in 2010, the Argentine capital city had long been a magnet for gay travelers, with plenty of nightlife, culture, and the largest Pride parade you’re likely to find in South America.

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Although South America still has a very long way to go when it comes to gay rights, including Argentina as a whole, LGBT travelers will still find a welcoming vibe in Buenos Aries.

So whether you’re looking for a few authentic tango lessons, or want to check out the unique vibe of the city, here’s a look at reasons why Buenos Aires should definitely be on your travel destination list…
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Awesome Architecture and History

Argentina has a long, and sometimes sordid history, and plenty of architecture to go with it. So if you’re a fan of either…or both, then you’ll definitely find plenty to see in the city.

There are some great walking tours available that focus on the architecture of Buenos Aires. The Casa Rosada and the Teatro Colon are just a few cool buildings to check out. And if you’re into art, don’t miss the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, where you’ll not only find important works from Argentine artists, but also from European masters like Cezanne, Degas, Picasso, and Rembrandt.

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The Great Outdoors

If you’re a fan of outdoor activities, or just love being out in nature, Argentina offers a world of possibilities. So after you’ve take in all of Buenos Aires, consider a side trip in other parts of the country.

Wine lovers should check out Mendoza, an area known for producing some of the best wines in the world. And if you’re looking for adventure, head down to Patagonian, where glaciers and plenty of adventure awaits. Argentina is also home to the world’s widest waterfalls: Iguazu Falls.

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Maybe you’ve only heard of Evita from the musical, but this real life woman played an important role in shaping Argentina’s politics and history. She was even a part of the movement to help get women the right to vote!

Check out the Evita Museum for a more in depth look at this intriguing lady. You can also look for her grave in another popular tourist attraction in Buenos Aires: Cementerio de la Recoleta.

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Diverse Nightlife

There’s a little something for everyone when it comes to gay nightlife in Buenos Aires. Whether you’re looking for a lively dance club, or a more subdued and low key type of setting, you’ll definitely find something in the city.

For a more relaxed atmosphere, check out the Pride Café. It’s got a warm and welcoming vibe and not only serves coffee, but alcohol as well.

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Buenos Aires and tango are pretty much synonymous with each other, and let’s face it…watching two women tango is sexy as hell. So while you’re in Buenos Aires, you’ll definitely want to either go to a tango show (often times there are dinner and dance show options) or why not take a few tango lessons yourself? You definitely haven’t truly experienced Argentina until you’ve taken part in tango in some shape or form.

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Have you traveled to Buenos Aires and have suggestions on things to do or see? Let us know in the comments below so future travelers can make the most of their trip!

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Destination of the Week: Amsterdam

“Live and let live” is one of Amsterdam’s favorite sayings, and with an overall relaxed and tolerant attitude towards different lifestyles, who wouldn’t want to give the Netherlands’ capital city a visit?

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Not only was the Netherlands the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001, but it has a long history of fighting for gay rights.

In fact, homosexuality was decriminalized in Amsterdam all the way back in 1811! How’s that for being a pioneer in the LGBT movement! Here in the present day, Amsterdam continues to be one of the world’s top destinations for gay and lesbian travelers. With its vibrant gay nightlife and one of the most renowned Pride celebrations worldwide, it’s time to think about a trip to Amsterdam.

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Here’s a look at some of the top reasons why the city should be on your LGBT travel destination list…

It’s so darn picturesque

No matter where you go in the city, it looks like one of those beautiful scenery post cards you send off to friends and family. With its 400 year old canals criss-crossed with a number of bridges, it’s like the Dutch version of Venice in Amsterdam. Along connecting canals and streets, you’ll find the quintessential cafes, shops, and galleries.

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And if you visit in the winter, the canals provide an icy playground for some ice-skating fun. Although it’s definitely a modern city, you still get that vintage European feel while roaming around and discovering the sights.

The bicycles

Amsterdam is the most bicycle-friendly city. In fact, more people ride a bike to get where they need to go than any other form of transportation. Not only is it more convenient (with the city’s relatively small size, many streets are closed to cars), but it helps keep Amsterdam a lot less polluted than most urban settings.

One of the best ways for visitors to discover the city is by bike. It’s relatively safe and bicycle group tours are available. It’s definitely a unique way to see the sights and take in the Dutch capital from a new perspective!

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Awesome art scene

First of all, there’s the Van Gogh Museum, which houses 200 paintings and 500 drawings by the famous Dutch artist. You’ll also find Japanese paintings there as well as works by Van Gogh one-time collaborator, Gauguin. Art lovers should also check out the Stedelijk Museum, where you’ll find an amazing collection of 20th and 21st century artists. Works by Chagall, Matisse, Cezanne, and Picasso can be found here.

You can also take a look at post-1945 artists like De Kooning, Lichtenstein, Judd, Stella, and Warhol. Lovers of modern art should plan a trip to the Jordaan district, where you’ll find about 40 specialist galleries occupying former shops or homes.

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It’s one of the largest (and arguable best) Pride celebrations worldwide and attracts more than 350,000 participants. You’ll definitely find plenty to do at the festivities, including film screenings, dance parties, sporting events, exhibitions, and debates. In fact, there are usually over 170 events to check out. And…you can’t miss the world-famous Canal Parade!

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Plenty of Nightlife

Amsterdam’s gay and lesbian bars and clubs have a little something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to lounge around with friends for some good conversation at a low key bar, or are looking to dance the night away, you’ll definitely find no shortage of the gay nightlife in the city.

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Have you been to Amsterdam and have some travel tips our sights to recommend? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Great Wedding Destinations for Lesbian Couples

Are you and your partner considering a destination wedding? With more and more countries finally coming to their senses by making same-sex marriage legal, it might be the perfect opportunity to travel to a place you two have always wanted to go while getting married at the same time.

Whether you’re looking for an exotic wedding destination or one that’s a bit more off the beaten path, here’s a look at 5 destinations that could make your nuptials all the more special…


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Same-sex marriage became legal on this tropical paradise island in 2013. Known for its romantic setting with thatched roofed huts dotting the blue-green lagoons, it’s the perfect place to get hitched if you’re looking for a tropical wedding destination.


Who wouldn’t want to walk hand in hand with their new wife along the chalk-white sands as you enjoy the views from your island bungalow, right?


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It’s pretty much the complete opposite from Tahiti, but just as beautiful with some pretty much amazing scenery. Iceland has a thriving LGBT community, and same-sex marriage was legalized in 2010, making it a great wedding destination.

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And with the numerous thermal pools, hot springs, active volcanoes, and snow-covered glaciers, you and your new wife will have plenty of great outdoor adventures to and sights to see after the wedding.

Cape Town, South Africa


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It’s known as Africa’s gayest city, which is saying a lot since quite a lot of the African continent is still very homophobic. Same-sex marriage was legalized in this South African country in 2006, so they definitely know how to roll out the gay-friendly red carpet.

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Not to mention, the city is very beautiful and picturesque. From the flat-topped mountains, sculpture-lined parks, golden beaches, and eccentric mix of cultures, you’ll find plenty to do here. And don’t forget about taking your new wife on a safari or penguin spotting outing!

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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It’s one of Latin America’s gayest capital cities, and also one of the most tolerant. Same-sex marriage was legalized in Argentina in 2006, making it one of the few South American countries that allow it.

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There’s definitely plenty of culture here. Whether you’re looking to take a wine-tasting tour to sample some of the famous Malbec wine and other varieties, or want to visit the grave of the iconic Evita, the city is full of vibrant history and sights to see. And don’t forget those tango lessons. What a better way to celebrate your marriage than with a sultry tango with your new wife!

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Queenstown, New Zealand

If you and your partner are all about adventure, then you should definitely consider a wedding in this picturesque city. It’s a popular resort area, and is known for its daredevil sports. So after you say “I do,” you and your wife can do a little whitewater rafting, skydiving, bungee jumping, and jet boating.

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Same sex marriage was legalized in New Zealand in 2013, so don’t miss out on getting married in this beautiful country, especially if you both love the outdoors!

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Ten Tips For The Eco-Friendly Traveler

With global warming on the rise and more and more people making travel plans, now more than ever it’s important to think about what sort of footprint we’re leaving when we take those vacations and business trips. The effects on travel on local communities can leave a lasting impact, so here’s what we can do to help…one eco-traveler at a time…

Avoid Plastic Bags

With more and more cities worldwide enforcing plastic bag bans, it only makes sense to make the switch to reusable or biodegradable bags. Canvas bags and even though reusable bags you can buy at the local market or department stores are great for travel too. Not only are the lightweight and sensible, but these days they are even being made trendy with many colors and designs to choose from.

Buy Local Products

Some of the most unique souvenirs tend to come from local artisans. So not only will you be contributing to the local economy, but you’ll also be helping to reduce the carbon footprint by avoiding those mass-produced souvenirs that are made in and shipped from international companies.

Chose Eco-Friendly Lodging

Before you travel, do your research to see what accommodations adhere to eco-friendly policies. You’ll find more and more hotels and other types of local accommodations are switching to a more environmentally friendly structure, such as offering you the option of reusing your towels to save water.

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Walk and Use Mass Transit

Take advantage of the public transportation options available in your travel destination. Instead of renting a car, opt for the bus, train, or subway. Not only will it help cut back on greenhouse gases, but it saves you the hassle of trying to find tourist destinations on your own, plus it gives you the chance to interact with locals. And if you’re visiting a city that is pedestrian friendly (especially ones that offer walking tours), don’t be afraid to us your feet or rent a bicycle. Sometimes the best way to see a city or the countryside is by foot or bike…and it’s pretty much the most environmentally friendly way to travel!

Use re-chargeable batteries

Disposable batteries are one of the major culprits when it comes to leaching toxic chemicals into the earth in landfills. So when it comes to your electronics, opt for re-chargeable batteries instead. Look for a charger that has a “quick charge” feature. That way you won’t still be waiting on them to be fully charge in the morning.

Stay on marked trails

They are marked for a reason…so that we can enjoy nature with as little impact to the surrounding environment as possible. So when you’re out hiking the great outdoors or following a local footpath, don’t be tempted to take a “shortcut” or go out exploring on your own. You may do more damage than you realize.

If you’re interesting in finding local companies that are eco-friendly, check out EcoBusiness it’s a great resource for researching eco-friendly companies worldwide.

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Destination Of The Week: Copenhagen

This week’s LGBT travel destination takes us a to a city that was given the honor of being the number one most gay-friendly place on the planet by the popular travel publication “Lonely Planet: Copenhagen.

Located in the small Scandinavian country of Denmark, Copenhagen is known for its eclectic cultural scene, great food, and of course, being welcoming to the LGBT crowd. And it’s not only the city that’s a great gay-friendly destination, Denmark itself was actually the first country in the world to recognize legal partnership status for same-sex couples.

Copenhagen’s laid back vibe carried over into the open-minded attitude towards…well everyone, not to mention it’s also a beautiful city with plenty of vibrant nightlife.

So let’s take a look at why Copenhagen should be high on your list of LGBT-friendly travel destinations…

Being Gay in Denmark Just Isn’t a Big Deal

The Danish have a very relaxed attitude when it comes to the LGBT population. Being gay just isn’t a big deal to them. Often times you’ll hear about open gay celebrities being praised for being role models for the LGBT community. Danes are pretty humble and reserved and tend to go about their lives with their famous laid back attitude, so you’re not going to have to worry about being singled out for being gay during your travels.

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Great Cultural and Historic Options

If you’re a traveler who loves hitting up all of the museums when you visit a new city, or are just into history and culture, Copenhagen has plenty of great options to check out. The National Museum of Denmark is a must for history buffs, with exhibits from a whole range of periods including the Stone Age, Viking Age, and Modern Danish History. And if it’s art you’re looking for, you’ll find plenty in the city as well. You’ll also find the Open Air Museum…the oldest and largest open air museum in the world. So there’s definitely plenty of culture and history to soak up in this Danish city.

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…the Kronborg Castle, to be exact. You know…the one where Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” takes place. Okay, it’s not exactly located in Copenhagen, but it’s only a forty-five minute drive north…a drive that will definitely be worth it. This castle is huge and has a whole lot of history behind it. It’s a must see if you’re a fan of art, architecture, and history. The castle grounds are equally beautiful, so it’s well worth taking a day trip to Kronborg if you’re looking for a break from the city.

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Food, Food…Food!

Foodie travelers…you most definitely have to schedule a trip to Copenhagen…and everyone else who just loves to eat! Danish cuisine has come a long way and is now a top sought after dining destination in Europe. Not only that, but you’ll also find the famous restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, which has been named as the world’s best restaurant several times. There are also plenty of cafes and bistros, as well as plenty of tasty options to fit almost any dining budget.

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Vibrant Nightlife

Copenhagen has a wide range of nightlife options for the gay and lesbian crowd. If you’re looking for an exclusively lesbian club, head for Vela. There’s always something happening there pretty much any time of the day or night. Drinking, dancing, bar games, and kissing in the corners make this nightclub the happening place to check out. They also host cultural events at the club too like poetry and literature evening, live music, and speed-dating.

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Copenhagen definitely has plenty to offer the LGBT traveler, and with so much history and culture mixed with a very accepting attitude, it’s a great place to visit and enjoy yourself. Have you traveled to the Danish capital? Tell us about your experience or any tips you have for making the most of a Copenhagen travel destination.

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The Space-Savvy Traveler: 5 Tips for Packing Light

What should I pack in my suitcase? It’s an age old question that probably every traveler has asked at some point in their travel experiences. And unless you’re a seasoned traveler, the dilemma of figuring out what to pack most likely comes up every time you’re ready to go somewhere. But don’t worry, here are some tips for the rest of us to help get those suitcases ready to go (without having to sit on them to get them zipped).

Make a List… Then Check it Twice

You’ll be less likely to forget something if you make a list of the things you’ll need for your trip. Are you traveling for a business meeting? You don’t want to wake up the morning of and realize you forgot to pack a dressy shirt. Making a list will also help you realize the things you really need versus the things you think you may need. By prioritizing items you need to pack, you’ll be less likely to just throw in a bunch of extras stuff that will only clutter your suitcase anyway.

Pick a Consistent Color Scheme

When your travel wardrobe consist of matching items, that means you can easily mix and match to make different outfits without having to pack your entire closet. This will also save you from having to pack matching belts, shoes, and accessories for every outfit too. So go with a color scheme when packing. It will also save you the hassle of trying to figure out what shirt you can put with what pants when you get to your destination if everything you’ve packed goes together.

Leave Your Shoe Collection Behind

Not only do shoes take up a lot of room in your suitcase, but they can also add extra weight. And you definitely don’t want to get to the airport to learn you have to pay extra for your overweight luggage. Typically, a pair of sneakers and flip-flops will do the trick if you’re going on vacation. Wear the sneakers to the airport and pack the flip-flops. If you’re going to need dressy shoes, stick with only one pair that will match all of your outfits.

Leave out the Toiletries

Most hotels provide you with the basics of shampoo, conditioner, and soap. Many even offer accessories for your personal use like hair dryers, irons, and hangers. Keep those toiletries out of your suitcase. Not only will they added unnecessary weight to your luggage, but you run the risk of having something spill all over your clothes too.

Pack a Bit of Detergent

Who says you can’t take a quick 10 minutes to wash your socks and underwear…and even fast drying shirts in your hotel room? Not only does that mean you can pack less, but you’ll also have less laundry to do when you return from your trip. Pack a little dry detergent in your suitcase. It definitely will take up a lot less space than trying to cram extra shirts and underwear into your luggage!

Destination of the Week: San Francisco

This week’s LGBT destination pick takes travelers to the “Gay Mecca” of the U.S. …also known as San Francisco. It’s been called the world’s most gay-friendly city and has been known for its liberal, laid-back, and alternative lifestyles. So it’s no wonder this northern California city has long been a welcoming place for the LGBT crowd.

From the famous Castro district to more than sixty gay bars and clubs, there’s definitely plenty for the LGBT crown to discover in San Francisco. So if you’re looking for a great gay-friendly destination in a city with plenty of history, culture, and awesome scenery, it’s time to plan a trip to the City by the Bay.

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Here’s a look at why San Francisco should definitely be on your LGBT destination radar…

Iconic Landmarks

Of course there’s the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Fisherman’s Wharf to check out while you’re there. But aside from these famous iconic landmarks, there are plenty of other great sights to check out while in the city too. Check out the historic Fairmont hotel, which was one of the only buildings to survive the devastating 1906 earthquake. There’s also the Castro Theater in heart of the city’s gay neighborhood. It’s one of only a handful of 1920s era movie theaters still in operation. And don’t forget to check out one of the major icons of San Francisco…the cable cars!

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Awesome Scenery

Because the city is so hilly, there are plenty of great views to be seen, especially of the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay. Take the time to explore the city on foot. You never know what kind of great views you might come across. Check out Coit Tower for some incredible views of the city, Lands End Lookout for some amazing scenic vistas and the Golden Gate Bridge, and Twin Peaks Summit for a great view of the city on a clear day…just to name a few.

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Eclectic Nightlife Choices

When it comes to nightlife in San Francisco, this city pretty much has it all. From gay and lesbian bars to disco diva dance clubs and drag shows…there’s definitely something for everyone in the LGBT crowd here. So don’t be afraid to let loose and dance the night away while you’re there.

The Castro

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This historic neighborhood is an LGBT tourist attraction in itself because of its long standing gay identity. If you decide to visit in late October, you’ll find the city’s longest running street fair (founded by Harvey Milk), with plenty of crafts, drag shows, great music, food, and drink. And it wouldn’t be the Castro without a pride celebration. During pride month, the Castro comes even more alive (if that’s even possible) with plenty of display of LGBT power. There are also plenty of nightlife choices to experience in the neighborhood too.

Great Foodie Destination

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You name it, and it can probably be found in one of the wealth of restaurants in the city. Whether you’re into global cuisine, trying new things, or are looking for local specialties, the foodie traveler will definitely find themselves stuffed before running out of food options. The LGBT crowd will also find plenty of gay-friendly restaurants, cafes, and other eateries as well, so when you come to San Francisco, be sure to come with an appetite!

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There’s no doubt that San Francisco has plenty to offer the LGBT traveler. Have you been to San Francisco? Let us know what your favorite thing to do there are in the comments below!

Celebrate Your Pride With These 5 Pride Celebration Destinations

Whether you’ve already been to your fair share of Pride celebrations or you’re entertaining the thought of attending one for the very first time, there’s no doubt that you’re in for a fabulous time.

And there are definitely many exciting destinations to choose from, each celebrating the LGBT population in their own unique way.

With some celebrations only lasting the weekend and others holding non-stop parties for an entire week or sometimes even longer, there’s plenty of Pride partying to be had.

So if you’re looking to make your next Pride celebration a destination trip, here’s a look at some of the top locations you shouldn’t miss out on…

Pride Toronto (Canada)

It’s one of the largest Pride events in the world, with an estimated attendance reaching 1.2 million. Toronto is known for celebrating diversity, including its LGBT population. Pride festivities include glitzy, colorful costumes and dancers, just to name a few and lasts or 10 days.
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Sao Paulo Pride (Brazil)

Not to be outdone by Toronto, the Sao Paulo Pride became the largest Pride celebration according to the Guinness Book of World Records and typically sees upwards of over 2.5 million people attending. With plenty of color, culture, and music, you’re definitely in for a memorable Pride celebration in Sao Paulo.

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San Francisco Pride (USA)

As one of the world’s leaders of the Pride movement, this long time gay-friendly city in Northern California knows how to put on a Pride celebration. You’ll find hundreds of exhibitors and at least twenty community-run stages and venues throughout the celebration. The parade also passes through some historic areas known for its LGBT activist activity.

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Tel Aviv Pride Week (Israel)

Drag shows, great music, and the Tel Aviv Pride Parade are just a few of the over 50 events you’ll experience at Tel Aviv’s Pride Celebration. It doesn’t get much better than a week long Pride party…except maybe for the famous beach party at Gordon Beach to mark the end of the festivities.

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Amsterdam Gay Pride (Netherlands)

Amsterdam is famous for its laid back lifestyle and LGBT-friendly openness, so there’s no doubt the Dutch really know how to throw a Pride party. Expect all kinds of awesome festivities like the Drag Queen Olympics. The celebration is also known for its Canal Parade, where over 75 decorate boats sail along the city’s canal. It’s definitely a spectacle not to be missed!

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Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York are a few more great US Pride Celebrations destinations to consider, along with Madrid in Europe. Do you have your go to destination to celebrate your Pride? Let us know in the comments section and share with us why it’s a great place for celebrating all things LGBT!

Destination of the Week: Stockholm

We’re staring up a new segment in Travel called “Destination of the Week” to help give you some great travel options when it comes to cities around the world that are LGBT-friendly and are not only welcoming, but have plenty of great sights to see and things to do.

Are you planning to travel soon? Where will your next destination be?

This week’s LGBT destination of the week is Stockholm, Sweden. This Scandinavian city has emerged as a top gay and lesbian destination over the years and is only getting better.

Stockholm Pride (July-August) has grown into the largest Pride celebration in Scandinavia, and the city is known for being very open with gay-friendly establishments found throughout the city.

So why head for Stockholm on your next getaway? Aside from its welcoming LGBT persona, there’s also plenty of great tourist sites, gay nightlife, and popular restaurants.

Not convinced yet? Here’s a look at some of the top reasons to check off Stockholm on your LGBT destinations list…


Beautiful Scenery

Stockholm is full of historic buildings, including grand palaces, ancient churches, and even a medieval old town. Not only that, but the city sits on 14 small islands joined by bridges crossing various bays and narrow channels, so there’s going to be some amazingly picturesque scenery all around you.

Intriguing History and Culture

Stockholm is home so some of the best museums in Scandinavia, including the Vasa, where you can check out a restored (not to mention huge) 17th century Viking ship. You can also explore the Royal Palace, which has 600 rooms and offers year round tours as well as a museum. And let’s not forget about ABBA.

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Fans of the Swedish band can visit the ABBA Museum located in the Music Hall of Fame. And if you’re a Greta Garbo fan, you can pay homage to the Swedish lesbian icon at Skogskyrko garden, a UNESCO World Heritage cemetery and her final resting place.

Vibrant Lesbian Nightlife Scene

Of course the lesbian girls are welcome to join any party going on in the city, but if you’re looking for a true “girl’s night out,” there are also plenty of places to choose from.

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Check out the weekly lesbian parties like Jungle Jane at the popular King Kong gay bar where you can mingle with the ladies and dance every Friday night. Moxy is also a popular lesbian hangout with special parties held throughout the year.

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They are also known for their awesome DJs, so make sure to put on your dancing shoes and mix it up with the great crowd there. There’s also the “Tjejfesten” which means girl party in Swedish. This affair is held once a month on Fridays with parties that can draw hundreds of girls. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a “girl party,” right?

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Great Food and Hotels

Stockholm is known for being a culinary destination with its wide variety of fresh traditional as well as modern cuisine. And if you’re a fan of seafood, you’ll definitely love dining out in the city. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes that attract a nice gay following as well, so your options are going to be plentiful.

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As far as accommodations in Stockholm, you’ll find a wide array of options from 5-star splurges to quaint bed and breakfasts. There’s definitely something for everyone’s budget when it comes to food and hotels in Stockholm.

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Stockholm offers lesbian travelers plenty of abundant culture and idyllic surroundings with plenty to do and see. Not only that, but its LGBT vibe is truly open and refreshing. Have you been to Stockholm and have travel tips or destinations in the city to share?

Let us know and comment so our future Stockholm travelers can make the most of their trip!


After The Wedding: Tips For Planning An Amazing Honeymoon

Congratulations, newlyweds! Now that you and your wife are officially married, it’s time to kick back, relax, and enjoy each other on your honeymoon. Wait…you did plan a honeymoon, right?

Some couples get so caught up in the wedding… from the planning to the budget, that they may either be too tired to even think about planning a honeymoon, or think they just don’t have the money.

Or maybe you and your new wife just aren’t into the clichéd tropical beach honeymoon. Whatever it may be, planning a honeymoon doesn’t have to be a drag. In fact, it should be fun and give you something to look forward to after finally making your love official.

Here’s a look at some helpful honeymoon planning tips that should make the idea of traveling and enjoying your new life together as wife and wife something special…

Plan a Honeymoon

Yeah, seriously…do it. Don’t put it off as something you’ll do later, because life will most likely get in the way and you’ll never end up going. Even if you’re working with a limited budget, there’s always a way to get out and do something together, even if it’s just a short weekend trip to hotel for some quality rest and relaxation. The two of you deserve it. So plan that honeymoon!

Think LGBT-friendly

If you are planning a trip abroad, make sure you do your research. The last thing you want to happen is for you and your wife to be sharing newlywed kiss only to find out you’re in a place that isn’t so keep on the gay lifestyle. There are plenty of gay-friendly destinations, so make sure yours is one of them.

Have a Romantic Splurge

Schedule a couple’s massage or make reservations for dinner at a fancy restaurant. You’re honeymoon is all about being romantic…and doing romantic things with each other.

Think Outside the Box

There’s no written rule that says you have to go to an exotic tropical island for your honeymoon. Think of somewhere you’ve both always wanted to go together, or an activity that you both enjoy doing. Center your honeymoon around that instead and you’ll end up with something really memorable!

Keep it Simple and Enjoy Each Other

That’s what a honeymoon is for after all, isn’t it? Enjoy your time away together and keep the trip small and intimate. It doesn’t have to be an all-inclusive, break the bank type of trip. It’s the little things that count…you, your new wife…a bottle of wine…and a little time away to celebrate being newlyweds.

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Planning a Caribbean Getaway? Try These 6 LBGT-Friendly Destinations

Are you looking for a warm, tropical vacation destination this winter? With its “fun in the sun,” laid back attitude, the Caribbean is always a top choice for travelers looking for the ideal beach getaway.

Unfortunately, a lot of areas there are not exactly known for being LGBT-friendly. However, there are still some destinations you and your partner can still consider.

Here’s a look at 6 destinations in the Caribbean that are welcoming when it comes to LGBT travelers:



This island has been the most welcoming publicly when it comes to LGBT travelers. In fact, they encourage gay tourism with gay-friendly hotels and attractions. Their tourist board even using marketing campaigning to invite LGBT couples to come “live and let live” in their laid back tropical paradise.



This tiny island is known for its awesome outdoor activities like hiking and diving, and it’s quickly gaining momentum with its reputation of being LGBT-friendly. In fact, it’s currently the only place in the Caribbean that allows same sex marriage. There’s even a significant gay and lesbian population and many kinds of activities geared towards LGBT travelers.

U.S. Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands

This area of the Caribbean has grown into a mecca of sorts for gay and lesbian travelers, particularly on St. Croix. Check out the Sand Castle on the Beach resort in Fredericksted. The LGBT vibe here is tolerant throughout the Virgin Islands and should make for a fun and enjoyable vacation stay.

Puerto Rico

If you’re looking for a great nightlife scene, this is the place to go if you’re an LGBT traveler. On the mainland of the island as well as the island of Vieques, you’ll find plenty of gay-friendly resorts and activities. You’ll also have the protection of U.S. anti-discrimination laws as well.

St. Martin / St. Maarten

St. Maarten

Both Dutch islands have a long standing LGBT-friendly reputation. There are plenty of private villas for rent that cater to the gay and lesbian community, as well as plenty of beaches and bars where the gay and straight crowds co-mingle peacefully.

St. Barts

St. Barts

Its laid back French culture and beautiful beaches are already a huge draw. But St. Barts is also known as being very gay-friendly as well. You and your partner can relax and enjoy each other while taking a romantic stroll or swimming in the warm sea without having to worry about looking over your shoulder.

Warming the Winter Blues: 5 LGBT-Friendly Beach Destinations

Not everyone is a fan of winter and all of the cold, wind, and snow that comes with it.

But when it comes to searching for that perfect warm, tropical beach getaway, not all destinations are created equal when it comes to being LGBT-friendly.

So if you’re looking to kick back, relax, and enjoy the sand, sun, and surf, take a look at these beach destinations that will not only ward of the winter blues, but will also be welcoming to the LGBT crowd…

Cancun, Mexico

It’s a hot spring break destination, and also home to the popular gay beach Playa Delfines. Here you’ll find plenty of white sand and incredible views. There are also plenty of beach activities to check out, including taking surfing lessons.

Cancun, Mexico

Sydney, Australia

In the “Land Down Under” you’ll find not just one, but six gay-friendly beaches to chose from. Check out North Bondi Beach, Tamarama Beach, or Bronte Beach. If nude sunbathing is your thing, head for the secluded beaches of Lady Jane Beach or Obelisk Beach.

Sydney, Australia

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the few countries in the Central and South American region that tends to be LGBT-friendly. And if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, the country is a perfect destination that boasts many eco-friendly spots. La Playita (also known as Play Dulce Vida) is a popular gay-friendly beach. There are also plenty of gay-friendly hotels and vacation rentals available in the area too.

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Miami Beach, Florida

This sunny Florida city hosts an abundance of sexy men and women, as well as high-end shopping, fine dining, and plenty of nightlife. Here you’ll find plenty of gay bars and clubs as well in the South Beach Area. Don’t forget to check out the nude beach, Haulover Beach for some relaxing sunbathing.

Miami Beach, Florida

Maui, Hawaii

The LGBT-friendly “Little Beach” in Makena State Park is a hotspot for the gay scene. Located about a mile (1.6km) from the Maui Prince Hotel, this secluded beach is relaxing and picturesque. In fact, you have to hike over a lava-flow trail to access it. It’s perfect for some fun in the sun and makes for a small adventure when hiking to it.

Maui, Hawaii

Have Passport, Will Travel: 5 Things Every LGBT Traveler Needs to Know Before Heading Overseas

With more and more countries having a broader acceptance of the LGBT community or even doing away with outlawing same-sex marriages, the number of LGBT travelers is on the rise.

In fact, LGBT travel is actually flourishing, especially when it comes to travelling abroad. With the desire to travel comes the eagerness to explore diverse destination… ones that may not exactly be LGBT friendly.

So when it comes to travelling abroad, here are some important suggestions to take into consideration that will help you maximize the comfort, safely, and enjoyment of your next trip out of the country…

Be Diligent About Your Research

This is key when it comes to making sure you avoid any potentially hostile environments towards the LGBT community abroad.

As much as you may want to travel to a specific country or region, keep in mind that there are still many countries that view homosexuality as illegal and punish “offenders” accordingly.

Also be sure you research gay-friendly accommodations as well. Yes, even in this day and age, there are still some hotels that will not accept LGBT travelers.

Know the Laws in Your Destination

After you’ve done your research and have selected a potential travel destination, it’s also important to make sure you’re up to date with current laws regarding LGBT rights as well as the political climate.

It’s also important to understand the social climate as well. While the destination may advertise itself as LGBT-friendly, that doesn’t necessarily mean the citizens are widely accepting of the lifestyle.

Be Aware of Local Customs and Perspectives

No matter where you plan to visit, adapting to a new culture can be a challenge. While you’re planning your trip, be sure to take note of the destinations culture as well as the general behavior and mannerisms towards the LGBT community.

This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be in the closet during your trip, but it does mean you should be respectful and aware of what the people believe and practice.

Remember, you are a visitor in their country, so always be sure to understand local sensitivities and practices.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

If you’ve done your proper research, then you’ll probably be aware of places and destinations that will be LGBT-friendly upon your arrival.

Make sure you are always aware of your surroundings when it comes to neighborhoods, restaurants, and tourists hot spots as well. Roaming into the wrong neighborhood or bar could result in a potentially dangerous situation, especially if the area is not known for being LGBT-friendly.

Pay attention to your surroundings and you should be just fine.

Seek Out LGBT Locals

This will not only help you understand the local culture better, but it’s also a great way to meet new people and network as well.

Look for social or professional groups in the area or look for LGBT-friendly tour guides that can help you make the most of your trip while staying safe.

When it comes to traveling abroad as an LGBT traveler, be smart, safe, and definitely do your research…and don’t forget to enjoy your trip too!

Are We There Yet? 5 Tips for Surviving a Long Flight

Let’s face it, who really looks forward to those long international flights?

The idea of spending hours upon hours (upon even more hours) cooped up inside an airplane where you’re likely to get little to no sleep and are subjected to less than tasty airline food it definitely not an appealing thought.

But if you’re going to be embarking on one of those far away destinations, you may as well make the best of it.

Take a look at these helpful tips for getting you through that long flight that you can reach your destination feeling less like a zombie and more like an eager traveler ready to take on your destination…

Wear Comfortable Clothes

Think of the most comfortable outfit you own and go with it. What’s the point of worrying about how you look while enduring a long flight? It’s all about the comfort here. Plus there’s always the opportunity to look more presentable when you land.

Bring Your Own Entertainment

Don’t rely on the prospect of in-flight movies and programming. Chances are the choices are going to be less than ideal, or you’ll end up being the lucky one whose headset or screen isn’t even functioning. Whether it’s a tablet loaded with e-books, actual books (yes, those still exist), crossword puzzles, or an MP3 player full of your favorite tunes, definitely bring plenty of your favorites along.

Get Up and Move Around

Not only is this important for your sense of sanity, but it’s also beneficial to your health. Sitting for a long period of time brings the risk of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots forming in your legs). Whether it’s simply getting up to stretch your legs for a bit or taking plenty of trips to the bathroom, just be sure to get up and move every once in a while.

Bring and Extra Blanket or Sweatshirt

Those flights can really get cold, and although blankets are usually handed out, they are often times very thing. Also let’s face it, who knows where all they’ve been. Bring along your favorite hoodie or a nice and cozy fleece blanket. That way you’ll be prepared when the temperatures seem to drop to sub-zero freezing mode.

Stay Hydrated

And by that…stay away from the caffeine and alcohol. Stick with drinking plenty of water during your flight. Yes, that may mean more frequent trips to the bathroom, but look at the bright side…you’ll also be getting in your stretching at the same time.

Can’t Get Away? Try These Tips For Planning A Successful ‘Staycation’

Traveling the world definitely isn’t for everyone. And when it comes to travel, let’s face it, there really isn’t much of a grey area when it comes to liking it.

You either love it and want to see as many destinations as you can in your lifetime, or you’d much rather stay in the comfort of your own home and learn about exotic places while munching on some potato chips and watching the Travel Channel.

So how can you tell if you’re a lover or hater of travel? Well aside from the obvious signs of dreading getting on an airplane and cramping your style by having to stay at a hotel with no cable versus jumping for joy at choosing your seat on the plane and looking forward to checking out that hip new hostel that everyone on travel blogs has been raving about.

here’s a look at a five signs you may have indeed caught the travel bug and are destined to roam the globe…

Your Bucket List is Full of Travel Destinations

Most people might have one or two exotic destination to see before they die, but not you. Your entire list (or the majority of it) is full of places you want to travel to. Not only that, but it’s most likely that your list is continually getting longer.

From the exotic allure of a secluded Southeast Asian Island to the adventure of trekking through Patagonia…your bucket list will leave no stone unturned (or no destination unexplored).

You “Window Shop” Travel Agencies

Where most girls love to window shop the department stores and shoe stores, you’re more interested in the latest travel packages your local travel agency has to offer.

Who needs a sale on loafers when you can get a great deal on an all-inclusive yoga retreat in Bali?

You Can’t Wait for that Next Passport Stamp

Those not infected with the travel bug can’t wait for the next great French lesbian movie, a sale on Converse sneakers, or the latest Radclyffe novel, you’re itching to get that next stamp in your passport.

Yes, you’re wondering what that South African visitor’s visa stamp will look like next to your Brazilian exit stamp.

Your “selfie” Includes an Airplane Wing

Forget taking a “selfie” while you’re dining at the newest sushi restaurant that includes everything you’re eating. Your “selfies” have you, the airplane wing, and a bird’s eye view of the newest destination where you’ll be landing at.

You’re Always in Trip-Planning Mode

It doesn’t matter if you’ve just returned from a trip or not, you’re always ahead of the game when it comes to figuring out where you’ll be travelling to next.

Who has time for jet lag? When you’ve got the travel bug, you must heed the call. Plan on, girlfriend, plan on.

Budget Travel: How to Plan a Trip Without Breaking the Bank

When it comes to traveling, there tends to be a big misconception about it only being for those who have a lot of money. And while travel can get costly if it’s not planned properly, taking a trip doesn’t necessarily have to drain your savings account.

Here’s a look at five helpful tips to help you save money and get you well on your way to taking that next trip while getting the most for that hard earned money…

Plan Ahead

Don’t expect to be saving any money by planning your trip at the last minute. Not only will airfare be more expensive the closer it gets to your departure date, hotel reservations will be harder to come by and there may not even be any vacancies.

Planning well in advance means you’ll also have more of an opportunity to take advantage of early bird deals, sales, and discounts on travel packages.

Consider Traveling Off-Peak

Not only will this save you a lot of money, but it will also spare you from having to deal with the annoying tourist crowds.

Do your research and look into when the peak seasons are for your intended destination. It’s always a good idea to avoid the spring break and high traffic summer seasons as well as major holidays, as airfare and pretty much everything else from hotels to restaurants will charge more so they can cash in on the busy season.

Travel Light

More and more airlines seem to be jumping on the charging for checked luggage bandwagon, especially for domestic flights.

Check with the airlines you’re looking into and see if they have and extra charge for a checked bag. If so, consider traveling light and only taking a carry-on. Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll have less laundry to worry about when you return…it’s a double bonus.

Pick a Hotel Alternative

There are actually some really great options to choose aside from the typical hotel. Check into accommodation alternatives to the big chain hotels. You may be surprised at what’s available for a fraction of the cost. Bed and breakfasts and hostels are always great bargain options.

Sometimes you’ll also run across condo and apartments for rent by locals who cater to tourists and offer some affordable options as well.

Look Into Free Attractions

While taking in the typical tourist attractions typically always going to be on your “to do” travel itinerary, don’t forget that there are usually some great free options to check out as well. Often times you can find obscure museums and exhibits that don’t charge an admission fee. There are often times great parks and outdoor venues to explore as well for free.

So take a day off from doing the touristy thing and see what you can find to do that costs absolutely nothing!

Where to Next? 5 Signs You’ve Caught The Travel Bug

Traveling the world definitely isn’t for everyone. And when it comes to travel, let’s face it, there really isn’t much of a grey area when it comes to liking it. You either love it and want to see as many destinations as you can in your lifetime, or you’d much rather stay in the comfort of your own home and learn about exotic places while munching on some potato chips and watching the Travel Channel.

So how can you tell if you’re a lover or hater of travel?

Well aside from the obvious signs of dreading getting on an airplane and cramping your style by having to stay at a hotel with no cable versus jumping for joy at choosing your seat on the plane and looking forward to checking out that hip new hostel that everyone on travel blogs has been raving about…

Here’s a look at a five signs you may have indeed caught the travel bug and are destined to roam the globe.

Your Bucket List is Full of Travel Destinations: Most people might have one or two exotic destination to see before they die, but not you. Your entire list (or the majority of it) is full of places you want to travel to. Not only that, but it’s most likely that your list is continually getting longer. From the exotic allure of a secluded Southeast Asian Island to the adventure of trekking through Patagonia…your bucket list will leave no stone unturned (or no destination unexplored).

You “Window Shop” Travel Agencies: Where most girls love to window shop the department stores and shoe stores, you’re more interested in the latest travel packages your local travel agency has to offer. Who needs a sale on stilettos when you can get a great deal on an all-inclusive yoga retreat in Bali?

You Can’t Wait for that Next Passport Stamp: Those not infected with the travel bug can’t wait for the next great French lesbian movie, a sale on Converse sneakers, or the latest Radclyffe novel, you’re itching to get that next stamp in your passport. Yes, you’re wondering what that South African visitor’s visa stamp will look like next to your Brazilian exit stamp.

Your “selfie” Includes an Airplane Wing: Forget taking a “selfie” while you’re dining at the newest sushi restaurant that includes everything you’re eating. Your “selfies” have you, the airplane wing, and a bird’s eye view of the newest destination where you’ll be landing at.

You’re Always in Trip-Planning Mode: It doesn’t matter if you’ve just returned from a trip or not, you’re always ahead of the game when it comes to figuring out where you’ll be travelling to next. Who has time for jet lag? When you’ve got the travel bug, you must heed the call. Plan on, girlfriend, plan on.

LGBT Travellers Remain Cautious Following UK’s Same-Sex Marriage Laws

Back in 2013, England and Wales ushered in brand new legislation that finally made same-sex marriage legal across the two countries. By March, 2014 the first same-sex marriages were taking place and same-sex couples who had previously gotten civil partnerships were able to upgrade to ‘married’ status, being able to call each other husband or wife and have it validated, legally.

In January, Prime Minister David Cameron even called marriage equality one of the biggest achievements of his time in office and he mentioned that he’d received many wedding invitations and thank you letters from same-sex couples. But has marriage equality really helped people be treated better? Or is it just a plaster on a more concerning problem?

UK LGBT charity Stonewall recently warned LGBT voters on ‘complacency’ in parliament, saying that more things need to be done until LGBT people stop being discriminated against. And in a new survey from gay-friendly accommodation website Further Afield supports that argument, with many gay and lesbian travellers across the UK still being cautious about travelling in England and Wales, despite the monumental marriage decision.

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In the snap survey conducted by the site, over 90% of its gay and lesbian respondents said that they would not feel comfortable kissing or even cuddling in England and Wales. Further Afield says that much still needs to be done to change social attitudes and make LGBT people feel welcome in England and Wales.

Further Afield also says that the actions need to go beyond basic training. Training can help staff at hotels and B&Bs avoid incorrect language and offensive questions but an inclusive environment is also down to “the ethos of the people who own, run and manage the hotel” and that instead of “box-ticking with an eye on the pink pound” these owners need to be “genuinely mindful of their guests’ possible concerns on arrival”.

This is an important concern for the government as although they made a great decision in legalising same-sex marriage, this will have been for nothing if people don’t actually feel comfortable celebrating and honeymooning in England and Wales. Not only do the countries not want to be seen as not welcoming but the economic ramifications of same-sex couples avoiding them when it comes to choosing a honeymoon destination could also be quite serious.