Working, working and working might earn you that income which you need to live, but it won’t do you any favors if it leaves you frustrated, stressed and exhausted. So, why don’t you give yourself
Working, working and working might earn you that income which you need to live, but it won’t do you any favors if it leaves you frustrated, stressed and exhausted. So, why don’t you give yourself a break and jump on a nice vacation?
Beautiful sandy beaches, sunset swims, beach outfits and merriment with friends…we all dream of such vacations. However, the wretched reality is that travel for the gay community remains somewhat complicated, particularly when visiting more conservative areas.
However, this article will shed some light on how a gay person can have a safe trip while having a good time.
#1. Arrange for a Gay-Friendly Travel
Did you know that today there are a lot of travel companies specializing in group tours for the LGBTQ+ community? These organizations have the necessary expertise and understanding of how to serve the diverse population that makes up the Rainbow Nation. As a result, you can be confident that they understand how to ensure your safety while you have a great time.
You could be forgiven for being cynical and thinking that these types of tours are nothing more than a marketing ploy if you haven’t experienced them before, but trust me when I tell you that you’ll find these types of tours more comfortable. For example, the guides are frequently gay themselves and are familiar with all of the best spots that cater to your tastes and needs. Additionally, booking with LGBT travel specialists ensures that you will not have to deal with any awkward situations in more conservative establishments.
#2. Look Out for Anti-gay Laws
Unfortunately, some popular tourist destinations around the world, such as Dubai, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia, still have anti-gay laws that are archaic. I strongly advise you to exercise extreme caution when visiting these locations for your own safety.
#3. Join the Local LGBT Community
If you’re planning your trip on your own, it’s a good idea to do some research on the local gay scene and try to connect with a few members of the gay community. This is not only a great way to meet new people, but you’ll also learn about local customs, the best places to visit, and even when the best time to visit is. Also, you’ll have company when you visit the local watering holes and, hopefully, you won’t be charged tourist prices.
#4. Book Your Visit During Pride Festivals
It might be a good idea to plan your trip around gay pride festivals. For those who are unfamiliar, a gay pride parade is an outdoor event that celebrates gays’ social and self-acceptance, achievements, and legal rights. Typically, they include LGBT film festivals, pride marches, and music concerts.
#5. Want to Have Fun With Sex Toys?
Let’s face it: there’s something about being abroad that makes us feel especially naughty. Whether you’re traveling with a partner or on your own, chances are you’ll want to get your hands dirty at some point during your trip. That’s fine, but before you pack your dildos, vibrators, lubes, and other gear, double-check that they’re legal to bring into the country.
This may surprise you, but traveling with sex paraphernalia can be used as proof of sex work in some countries. When you combine that with the less tolerant attitudes that some countries have toward the LGBTQ+ community, it’s easy to see how failing to conduct research can come back to bite you in the rear.
#6. Travel Insurance
This is a general tip, but it is worth repeating. Nowadays, travel insurance is required because most airlines do not provide adequate compensation for delayed flights, lost luggage, and other inconveniences. That doesn’t even take into account other things that could go wrong, such as becoming ill while traveling or misplacing your belongings. Don’t cut corners by opting for low-cost insurance; many of these policies have very limited coverage and high premiums, rendering them practically worthless.