Love, our world needs more love. For us, Valentine’s Day on February 14th is the best day to remember how important it is to show your love to the people you hold most dear. It is about love for another human being and to accept, to respect and to embrace its uniqueness. We are happy to share some of our gay love moments from our travels with you on a day that is made for love, romance and time together. If you don’t have a present for your girlfriend, boyfriend or simply the person you love, just give him or her a kiss. In our eyes, a love-kiss is the best way of sharing affection to someone on the most intimate way. Why cannot be every day as full of love as Valentine’s Day? Our plan for 2017: bring equal love to the world and celebrate it every possible moment. See you around the world and don’t forget to travel with us on Instagram #coupleofmen. Enjoy our Valentine’s Day Gay Kisses #lovewins ❤️
Amsterdam Frozen Canals: Our best photos and video of Amsterdam’s frozen canals with ice-skaters on the Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht. – Our home city Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Stunning old buildings along the canals, biker friendly for locals and tourists and, especially during really cold winter days, a winter wonderland for photographers and ice skaters. Ice skaters? Yes, you read correctly. The Netherlands is a country full of rivers, canals, lakes, and any other kind of waterways. Traditionally, the best way to use them during the cold winters in the past was to go on skates and sleighs using the ice as a street.
The famous Golden Circle Tour Iceland: Þingvellir, Geysir & Gullfoss | Part 2: The days in Iceland’s capital Reykjavik were wonderful: close to the nature with nordic architecture as a perfect starting point for our 21 days road trip around the whole island Iceland. Karl & Daan, two nature lovers going with a 4×4 Land Cruiser, a tent and all necessary equipment on a discovery trip. Huge waterfalls, a walk between the American and European tectonic plates the world famous Geysir left us simply speechless. But there is more to see during the first steps of untouched nature. The Golden Circle Tour Iceland Þingvellir Geysir Gullfoss – Let’s get started!
SOUTHERN AFRICA: It is hard to find the right words to describe our first ever Africa experience, especially because we choose a completely new way of traveling for us by boarding a train from Rovos Rail. Starting at the Namibian Atlantic coast in Walvis Bay, we traveled on railway tracks through Namibia entering South Africa on our way to Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city. Our nine-days train journey through endless no-mans land, rural inhabited savannah regions, windy sand dunes and the protected National Parks of Namibia turned out to be one of our biggest gay travel adventures ever.
Our Top Highlights Best Photos Gay Couple Travel Vietnam – a diary of our first trip together outside Europe to Asia. As tourists of the world before we started to write our gay couple travel blog, we had an exciting time in Vietnam. The country with history charged traditions starting as a part of the Chinese Empire, the French colonization, the Japanese occupation, and the two-states solution often ended up in a war inside Vietnam or with its international neighbors and allies. After the well-known Vietnam War between North and South Vietnam by involving the United States of America until 1975, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam as a still existing socialist country developed into a worldwide accepted republic with international trade and tourism. And of course, a beautiful nature, heartwarming friendly people and unique cultural treasures all over united Vietnam. With a full itinerary and two filled backpacks, we started our adventure visiting Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), the Vietnamese capital Hanoi with a 3-days luxury cruise expedition around the Halong Bay and some last days at the wide beaches of Phu Quoc.
Karl’s spiritual backpack trip to India – You have to come prepared to India, a country full of contrasts and unexpected surprises. The South Asian country that is considered to be the 7th largest country in the world by area, is a melting pot of cultural heritage, religious influences of Hinduism, Islam, Catholicism, as well as smaller percentages of Buddhism, various indigenous ethnically-bound faiths and a developing modern society of over 1.2 billion people.
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.
Keukenhof Tulip Blossom Holland – Our Day in the “Garden of Europe”. Winter time in Holland is over, Spring has finally arrived in The Netherlands and most parts of Western Europe. Birds start singing early in the morning, the days are getting longer, and the early flowering plants and trees start blossoming. Here in our home country the Netherlands, also known as the world’s largest exporter of flowers, it is time to visit the Garden of Europe Keukenhof, to see the beauty of nature with tulips, crocuses, hyacinths, and all the other colorful flowers. This Mid-April weekend it was finally time for us a gay couple travelers to visit the Dutch flower paradise in Lisse, just one hour by car away from Amsterdam. The Keukenhof, a former kitchen-garden from the 15th century is one of the most magical places in the Netherlands today where LGBT travelers can discover a huge part of the Dutch cultural heritage including a historical windmill, wide and colorful tulip fields, several flower exhibitions in different pavilions throughout the whole area and the possibility to do a boat trip around the flower fields. Enjoy our photo story of a wonderful spring day in the Netherlands and see the Keukenhof in South-Holland through a couple of men‘s eyes.
Our Gay Couple Pilgrimage Japan Kumano Kodo Part 1 – After our first days in Tokyo, we seriously wanted to go to our limits when making a Pilgrimage in Japan on the famous traditional Kumano Kodo route from Ki Tanabe to Nachi through the Wakayama mountains. Already during the preparation period back home in Amsterdam for our one-month trip Japan, the 4-days trail through Japanese nature along centuries-old hiking paths went quickly upon our Japan bucket list, quite rightly. Because it truly was one of the hardest, most intense and spiritually full filling hiking trips we ever did on our gay-travels around the world. Snakes, spiders, stunning views, and holy shrines in the middle of nowhere in the Japanese forest: the Kumano Kodo has it all. The first part of our gay couple hiking diary was all about getting in contact with nature, testing our condition and getting to know Japanese people living in the countryside. See for yourselves! Join us now on our Gay Couple Pilgrimage Kumano Kodo Japan Part 1 and see the ancient spiritual Japanese pilgrimage route through a couple of men’s eyes.
Gay artwork? Of us? On Instagram? What? Well, let us tell you a short story about our photos on our Instagram account. You know that our goal with our posts on Instagram is to inspire you to travel openly gay around the world while supporting the local LGBTQ+ community. And, of course, we aim to show you our favorite, sometimes private moments when we are just happy to be together one human loving another human being. But sometimes we just get surprised by you…