Gay Travel Guide Question…What Does a Gay Vacation Mean to You?


It can mean different things to different people.  Some gays like to travel in June to Gay Pride’s around the world every year. While some gays  prefer Circuit Parties or Gay Cruises. Some LGBT folks go to very  LGBT towns like Provincetown  and San Francisco, while others are choosing  Las Vegas  and New York . Some gays don’t care if there is anything gay going on at all –  they make their own fun and blend in with the locals.

I was at a conference recently and a lady, who I presume was heterosexual, said to me, “I don’t understand why you run gay travel sites.  We  don’t  run heterosexual travel sites…” – uh,  that’s because MOST of the world is geared towards heterosexuals!

Gay men and women often feel as though they are out of place when they go on vacation. They want to enjoy their time away from home without having to deal with any ignorant attitudes. Sometimes this can be hard. As much as I would love to see Dubai …I don’t think I am rushing there anytime soon.  

 Today with so many gay vacations available to book onto gay men and women can vacation without encountering prejudice. But what can you expect on gay vacations ?

 These vacations can offer people who are gay the chance to take a break without facing the usual prejudices they may experience in everyday life. It can be very upsetting to have to deal with non-friendly behaviour and that is one of the reasons why these vacations are so popular. So if you want to take a vacation with likeminded people, you want to plan smart and do your research or have someone help you plan your trip.

You might be surprised to learn that there is a large and growing  choice of tourist destinations to visit. As more travel operators realise that they should cater for a more diverse customer base, more destinations are added worldwide that welcome the gay dollar. This means that you will not have a limited choice when it comes to booking your vacation.

As well as being able to choose from many different destinations there are plenty of types of gay vacation  to go on. Twenty years ago this choice was very limited. But things have changed. Today however there are package holidays to beach side destinations, adventure vacations and even all gay cruises. So if you were thinking that your vacation would have to be quite dull, think again, you can go on the type of vacation you love.

At certain times of the year various countries hold gay Pride events and these are some of the highlights of the year. Vacations can be taken to coincide with these events and are really great fun to meet lots of new people. So if there is an event you would like to attend, why not incorporate it into your next vacation?

For those of you who like to feel as though they are in the lap of luxury while on vacations there are some great all inclusive deals. Here you can eat and drink as much as you like when you like. Not only that but the majority of all inclusive hotels are 4 or 5 star, so they are such a pleasure to stay in.

If you are single or coupled and want to go on a vacation aimed at gay people you will have lots to choose from. You can go alone or in a group of friends, the choice is yours. The one thing that you can be sure of is that you will have a fantastic time!

Howie Holben runs Spirit Journeys , a gay vacations company that concentrates on personal growth tours. Howie has travelled the world learning from indigenous peoples. You can read  more about Howie, his work and gay tours with a spiritual flavor at Spirit Journeys website.