Planning a vacation is considered to be a daunting task. There are hundreds of things you need to keep in mind while organizing a trip and keeping an account of each of them is not easy and may require a lot of time and effort. The situation gets even more difficult when the trip includes gay travelers.
As a matter of fact, there are very limited resources when it comes to organizing a trip someone in the LGBT community. It should be understood that the culture and mindset of every country can be very different. While some countries welcome gay travelers with pleasure and humility, others may not be so keen! Nevertheless, there are many exclusive beaches, cruises, spas and resorts that offer gay-friendly environments for the LGBT community. So, if you are planning a trip with your gay friends, it is always better to opt for places that are gay-friendly and safe.
As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of considerations one must keep in mind when planning a vacation. In this post, we'll discuss some basic, yet effective tips that gay travelers can follow before making reservations and packing bags.
It is imperative to ask all the right and relevant questions before deciding on a particular tour package. True, the right travel agent will do this for you, asking questions and listening to your responses in order to build the best vacation for you but if you decide to go it alone, using one of the many online mega agencies, you need to make sure you call the tour company, hotel or tourism board to make sure all expectations are properly met.
If you are using a travel agent, it is important that ask your agent about his or her past experience organizing gay travels. Does the hotel he recommended have any past experience dealing with gay travelers? Does the tour company have any special tours available for gay travel? The basic idea behind asking all these questions is to ensure that you don't reach a destination where people with alternate lifestyles are not welcomed. If you think your current travel agent doesn't have appropriate experience, you'd be better off going to a professional agency who specializes in LGBT travel.
Budget and Time
Budget and time are some of the major constraints of modern living that often become a restriction to great travel ideas. In short, decide how much money and time you can spend on your vacation.
For instance: If you are looking for a budgeted vacation, then weekend getaway trips can be your take. Weekend trips can be planned in less than an hour and don't need much funding. On the other hand, there are number of gay cruises and international getaways you can consider if you are ready to spend a few extra dollars from your pocket for a peaceful and rejuvenating travelling experience.
Decide Your Ride
How do you visualize your holiday? Do you see yourself playing in the sand or taking a pleasant walk on a cruise's deck? How would you like to travel? Would you consider traveling by car, plane or train? All these considerations will help you plan your trip well. For instance: if you want to travel by car, then you'll likely want to limit your list of destinations to places that are within several hundred miles of your current place of residence.
Anticipate Medical Needs
If you suffering from any kind of chronic disease, make sure you consult your doctor before planning a vacation. Also, do not forget to pack your medications in bulk. This way, even if you miss your flight back home, you'll have the required stock of medication to keep your condition under control. Lastly, keep two lots of medicine in different areas of your baggage. It is better to keep one box in your suitcase and one in your carry-on. That way, you have a backup if either of them gets misplaced.
Make sure you are familiar with the local customs of the place you're heading to. A lot of countries do not entertain public display of affection, which is also applicable for heterosexual couples. Thus, it is always best to explore the destination well and fit in appropriately. Find out places where you can be yourself. There are a lot of pubs and night clubs that organize gay events. You can do a bit of Google search to look for such places.
Lastly, always remember that a travel agent who specializes in organizing and managing gay travel can be the best resource. Consulting an experienced travel agent will help you get all the necessary information on popular gay-friendly vacation sites you can explore. Most travel consultants can also help you make all the arrangements and bookings including hotels, cruises, transportation and even event tickets and dinner reservations.
If you're looking for a travel agent who not only specializes in gay travel but who happens to be gay and experienced in the world of travel, contact Steven Talbott at Vacation Side Travel. He can be reached toll free (855) 822-8747, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or on the web via http://www.vacationside.com. He's also working on a new website dedicated to gay travel which is scheduled to launch soon: http://www.WonderGay.com.