25 leading LGBTQ welcoming and inclusive winners selected from over a hundred finalists.

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GayTravel.com a trusted resource for LGBTQ travelers across the globe — today announced the winners of the 2018 Gay Travel Awards.

The mission of the Gay Travel Awards is to recognize and promote select LGBTQ welcoming properties, events, destinations and travel-related companies around the globe. These distinguished organizations lead by example and help to inspire other companies and brands around the world to follow their spirit of inclusiveness and acceptance.

This year, the 25 winners were selected from over 100 nominees.

“The Gay Travel Awards support and promote LGBTQ travel and tourism by identifying and rewarding select organizations which exemplify a spirit of inclusiveness, acceptance, exemplary customer service and hospitality excellence,” We are delighted to reveal all of this year’s winners” said Stephen Prisco, Vice President of GayTravel.com. …


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Navigating Your First Out-Of-The-Closet Family Holiday Experience

For many folks, this is “the most wonderful time of the year”; however, for some of us, this highly anticipated season is anything but a sequence of “holiday greetings and gay happy meetings.” In fact, for those of us who actually are gay (or fall somewhere on the broad LGBT spectrum), the weeks spanning Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve are often overshadowed by a looming sense of dread and nervousness, especially if we just crossed the threshold of the infamous closet a month or two before. As liberating as coming out may be, the thought of returning home for the holidays can be an intimidating prospect. From supportive relatives who express their allegiance with a bombardment of well-intentioned yet completely intrusive and sometimes highly inappropriate questions to those blatantly unsupportive family members, navigating the holiday season as a new out ’n proud person can be an overwhelming experience. …


Pull up your long underwear and zipper up that down jacket, it’s time to hit the slopes!

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At GayTravel.com, we know how to make the most of those sub-zero temperatures. Set that cup of hot cocoa aside, bundle up and take a trip with us to our favorite wintry ski destinations!

Stowe, Vermont

Snuggled amidst two prominent New England mountains, Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak, Stowe Mountain Resort is a skiers sanctuary. Between its variety of inclines and drops, which span up to 2,360 feet, and its 333 inches of annual snowfall, an adventure to Stowe is absolutely worthwhile.

Featuring over 116 trails and 39 miles of skiing terrain, the resort is also the home of Stowe Mountain Lodge, a 312-room hotel and spa. With over ten on-site restaurants and amenities such as dog sledding (Mush! Mush!), there is a lot to take in at Stowe! …


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I met her 24 years ago, and talking to Lynne Hocking this week reminded me how much I admire her. Lynne Hocking played an important role in making the LGBT travel experience better. She pushed, she shoved, she smiled, she screamed, she sat stone-faced surrounded by armed guards. And most importantly, she never ever gave up. She has contributed so much to LGBT travel that it would be impossible to cover it all in just one article, so what I have tried to do is highlight her 26 years as an out lesbian champion. …


5 Tips for Staying Safe While Traveling and Using Social Dating Apps

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One of the most exhilarating prospects of traveling, whether at home or around the globe, is the thought of meeting new and exciting people in new and exciting places. And while there is still plenty of opportunity to foster relationships the old-fashioned way (You know, at a bar a hotel lobby, or by taking a seat next to a stranger on a plane.), many of us can’t resist the temptation presented to us by the worldwide web. Nor should we! Since its conception, the internet has had a strange way of connecting and reconnecting people. From current BFFs to old high school classmates to that girl you met at a conference over a year ago and wondered if that thing with her sick three-legged Chihuahua ever worked out, the internet plays an integral role in both forming and maintaining relationships — even intimate ones. Now, with one touch of the thumb, we have the ability to either find the love of our life or . . . or . . . whatever else we may be seeking at the moment, if you catch my drift. And although this can prove to be a fun and thrilling experience, we must — we MUST, we MUST, we MUST — remember safety first! So, before you swipe right or respond to that inbox message from the talking torso with no face (My fellow gay boys, you know what I am talking about.), …


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I was 18 years old when I was lucky enough to first visit Paris. Having seen images of the Eiffel Tower so many times during six years of French classes I thought seeing the real thing would not move me that much — it did. We asked trusted travelers what their favorite “ooh la la” things to do in Paris are. We also have asked our longtime good Parisian friends what they love to do and for some special insider tips that just may not show up in the guide books. I will never tire of this city and every time I go I discover new things. …


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When it comes to booking flights (and scoring cheap seats), we’re typically told the earlier the better. But there is one instance in which planning super far in advance might actually hurt you — end-of-the-year travel.

Yup, it turns out that waiting until a certain week can actually save you money. According to data collected and analyzed by Expedia, the money-saving sweet spot is between November 26 and December 5, when travelers saved about five percent on flights. This may not seem like much, but the data also showed that those who bought their tickets way in advance, before September 27, paid roughly ten percent more than the average, or 15 percent more than those savvy procrastinators who waited until after Thanksgiving to book.

It looks like the early bird doesn’t always get window seat, after all.


A personal story about conquering prejudice through travel

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I was raised by Fear. Being the most prominent and influential presence in my life, she taught me to be skeptical of the world, rearing me to be afraid of anything or anyone who was different — anyone or anything who questioned the normal way of life, or at least that way of life which someone somewhere, once upon a time, deemed to be normal. She told me to never question anything — never to ask the “Whos?”, “Whats?”, “Whys?”, “Whens?”, or “Hows?” that fueled my curiosity. She killed my curiosity, in fact . . . or at least she tried to. But her efforts were in vain. For in attempting to prohibit my mind’s wandering, she instigated something far worse (Well, something far worse for her.). By diverting my eyes from the “dirty,” “dangerous” world, she forced me into a deeper, darker place than even she could ever fathom. …


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Does being gay affect the way you should travel? Some might find the question ludicrous. After all, being a member of the LGBT community doesn’t mean you’re any less game for the joys of travel than anyone else. And on what planet does who you’re sharing your bedroom time with impact your interest in a lovely hike around the waterfalls of Maui? Or wherever.

But the thing is, your identity, sexual or otherwise, does come into play when you move about the world visiting other cultures and customs.

How Your Sexual Identity Can Affect Your Gaycation

One area where gay travelers are particularly impacted is PDA. Not everywhere is gay-friendly, so gay couples should educate themselves about the political and cultural climate of their travel destination before displaying any PDA — even hand-holding can be taboo in some cultures. …


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Dear Sam,

I know what you are thinking: Brian is cute and maybe a little bit curious about boys too. After all, he’s as entrenched in the theatre world as you are and you are as gay as Dorothy’s red high heels. Well, I hate to break it to you, but he is straight and stereotypes are reductive. The sooner you let go of those, as well as every other straight crush you develop and weird bias you have, the happier you will be. There is no use barking up that tree; there are no fruit on those limbs. …

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