GERMANY: The German publisher of gay travel information and guidebooks, Spartacus, released its annual Gay Travel Index with a detailed ranking of 202 (+5 countries) countries worldwide and their LGBTQ+ and gay-friendliness.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! The time of year has come, when love, peace, and togetherness are defining our days together with family, friends and each other. Next to all the presents and arrangements, time is the most valuable gift we can give to each other. Once a year, we all have that in common. We try to time for Christmas. This year was fascinating, spectacular and full of love. We would like to thank each and everyone of you for your support, likes and feedback. We really do appreciate every single word. The last days of the year are meant to be with our families in the Netherlands and Germany. We hope you can find your time together with the people you love. Merry Christmas and happy holidays. Karl & Daan. ❤️
Our Top 10 Gay Travel Christmas Gifts – It is time for the fourth edition of our annual list of top list of Gay Travel Christmas Presents 2020. In our last year’s list of gay travel presents, we found some great gifts like wooden bow ties and clothing made of eco materials that support our intentions for 2020 to find and promote sustainability in gay travel, an environmentally friendly restart of our travel plans. This year, we are focussing on gay travel gifts that you can buy or book online and are therefore great last-minute Christmas presents for 2020. And it is a great alternative to do that instead of going into the busy stores, especially now during these unprecedented times. We from Couple of Men wish you a wonderful pre-Christmas time with baking cookies, Christmas game nights, and happy evenings on Gay Christmas markets!
Our Gay Couple Travel Gay Beach Ibiza Town Spain – Ibiza was on our gay travel bucket list for Spain as largest Balearic Islands already for a while. During our first Gay Cruise with La Demence with had the chance to spend a whole day on the Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea. Our shore leave of The Cruise around southern Spain started at noon with a bus trip to Ibiza Gay Beach where we were able to enjoy the turquoise blue sea, sexy bearded gay men, and a delicious lunch at Chiringay Restaurant. On our way back, we had enough time to explore the old core of Ibiza Town during sunset with an incredible view over the city, Ibiza Port as UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the wide Sea.
USA: Tips and highlights for a gay city weekend in New York City during World Pride 2019, the biggest gay pride event ever to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in 1969. A Weekend in New York City – We must admit that this has been on our gay travel to-do list for a long time. But there is hardly a better year to plan a visit to New York than the anniversary year of the LGBTQ+ community’s first uprisings at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street. And so we follow in the footsteps of LGBTQ+ activists around the city of New York, visiting various gayborhoods, lesbian and gay bars and transform our city break New York into a small exploration trip on the eve of the World Pride event on the last weekend of June 2019.
Top list of the best LGBTQ* and gay travel bloggers for 2021 – You have no idea where to go on vacation this year? You want to know in which country you can hold hands and enjoy the best time of the year? You want to be up-to-date about the newest events, hidden gems, and hot spots of the LGBTQ+ and gay community? Finally: You need to get inspired which places around the globe are safe, LGBTQ+ and gay-friendly? Knowing about the colorful and sometimes very difficult history of the LGBTQ+ community and equal rights movement, we want to make it easier for you!
Is this all real? What happened to the colorful, lively, and gay travel plans for 2020? How far ahead can we actually plan for the rest of the year? Or are we all just actors in one of those movies about end-time scenarios where we all will turn into zombies and will start taking over the world? No. We are living in a new reality facing a global threat, a microscopical one. It is April, still in the year 2020, and people all around the world have to adjust to a, for many of us, totally unknown situation. From one day to the other we were all not allowed to leave our own homes (just for necessary reasons), to see our own families and friends, and of course, to not being able to travel anymore.
Karl’s gay travels to Kathmandu, Nepal in 2008 before the earthquake – Yes, it is already quite a while ago since I was backpacking in India and Nepal. But the fascinating country in the Himalayas left a deep mark in my memories being so different, lovely and disturbing at the same time. When I was packing my backpack for my trip to India for a month, I was always having one eye on the mystically country in the highest mountain range in the world. Correctly, as I was experiencing it firsthand, not only while I was flying around the Mount Everest with Yeti Airlines.
CAMBODIA: In addition to the two genders, male and female, Cambodia’s national language Khmer also knows the third gender kteuy, which describes a person who has the physical characteristics of one gender but the behavior of the other. However, the linguistics here is already much further than the situation for LGBT people in the country. Although a gay pride has been taking place regularly in the capital Phnom Penh since 2003, Prime Minister Hun Sen also made negative headlines because he rejected his lesbian adoptive daughter in 2007.
VIETNAM: The fact that there was visibly little budget for the production really didn’t seem to have bothered anyone when the My Best Gay Friends series started on YouTube in 2013. The series reaches millions of views within a very short time. Even though homosexuality was still described as a social evil by a national television broadcaster in 2002, comparable to prostitution and illegal gambling. To understand how the situation for the LGBT community in Vietnam has improved, take a look at the neighboring countries in South East Asia.