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Top experiences in Australia!
Hug the coast when you visit Australia to explore of some of the world's top beaches and cities offering the finest in dining, entertainment and architecture. Head inland to the vast Outback, the country's lonely heart, for ecological wonders, breathtaking vistas and ancient Aborigine rock drawings. With 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef, LGBTQ-welcoming Australia is a destination like no other whether you're a city slicker or a nature lover. But don't expect to see it all on one trip unless you plan to stay awhile. Remember you're visiting not just a country but a continent.


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Did you know that there are over 150 LGBT camping resorts in the US?

The LGBTQ community has long relished heading to woodsy campgrounds to explore the great outdoors and de-stress among kindred souls. In the early 1980s, camping was in its infancy. Now around 150 properties thrive in the US, some requiring memberships, often a nominal fee. Gay Camping USA offers a "Friends with Privileges" discount membership program for affiliated camps. In northern climes, campgrounds are seasonal, but it's year-round fun and adventure travel in the south and west. Most offer a spread of accommodations from basic tenting to RV hookups to rustic cabins and even lodges, but each is a unique experience. Why not sample a few or pick your favorite for a same-time-next-year holiday?

#gaycamping #gaytravel #familycamping #lesbiancamping #lgbtcamping #lesbianvacation #camping #lesbiantravel #lgbt #lgbtq #queertravel #queer

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When it gets cold outside, the party heats up in some of the biggest ski destinations around the world with fun-packed après-skis, indoor pool parties and live shows after a day of cruising the slopes, all in grand winter pride style. Here's a list of the hottest gay and lesbian ski weeks (and some weekends) out there.


#gayski #ski #winterpride #gayskiweeks #gaypride #lesbianski #gaysnow #snowpride #gaywinter

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Discover GAY & LESBIAN friendly city BERLIN

Though the trains are still on time and a general feeling of orderliness attends even its wildest parties, Berlin has wrested a highly evolved culture of excess and sexual freedom from the last, terrible century. The metropolis has long been hospitable to non-conforming expressions of sexuality, and it has been argued that Berlin is the birthplace of "gay identity" and sexuality-activism.

All the trappings of Weimar decadence, sexual recreation, and the day-to-night-to-day party scene have survived as the city's trademarks. Unfortunately, both outsiders and insiders are not loath to turn profit off those very trappings, and at its worst Berlin trades in a cosmopolitan exuberance that can be striking in its dissonance with past cultural conflict. Since 1945 Berlin has been destroyed, divided, and then again reunited, lending itself easily to myths of reinvention. It is a city that, despite a palpable exhaustion, is always said to be finding its second wind, and then its third, and then its fourth.

But despite or because of its perpetual discontent, Berlin continues to be the destination for the creatives and the queers, for the techno-apostles and the Marx-thumpers. Few cities invite you, like this one does, to stake out a wild identity, make what you want to make, and party as long as you are physically capable. Everything in Berlin, from your coffee to your dance club to your sex life is full of potential and community-building. And yet, the city remains remarkably permeable. Even the foreign traveler (at least the one who is in the know and stands in line wearing the right shoes), can take part in its endless rising from the ashes.

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Welcome to LGBT travel in CHINA

Since the days of Marco Polo and the Silk Road, China has beckoned with its centuries of culture, exquisite artistic heritage, delicate cuisine, landscapes ranging from arid deserts to tropical islands and the Great Wall of China, so impressive that it can be seen from Outer Space.

Today the People's Republic of China, the most populous country on earth with possibly the world's largest LGTBQ population, is an economic powerhouse and market mover. It is #1 in the world for Internet users although the network is highly regulated and outside providers often barred. It is #1 in mall construction, getting more upscale all the time. The rubber-stamp Mao look, which inspired some of Warhol's greatest art, has been replaced by a unique Chinese chic as can be seen all over the world as the Chinese have overtaken the U.S. and Germany tourists in traveling abroad and given new meaning to the term "Overseas Chinese."

Overall, China is a sexually conservative society, but the LGBTQ community has made some strides since 1997 when homosexuality was decriminalized (and the more liberal Hong Kong and Macau were returned to China as special administrative regions with their own regulations). Pressures from parents to carry on the family name when the nation practiced the just-ended one-child policy forced many LGBTQ people to marry only to procreate. A practice called Xinghun, "fake" marriages contracted between lesbians and gays to satisfy family expectations has flourished. Chinese websites and apps have been created to help in the matchmaking with one, ChinaGayLes.com, having over 380,000 users.

Unlike in Hong Kong and Macau, the LGBTQ community is mostly underground on the mainland although you can find a few gay bars in every major city. The country's first gay sitcom, available only on the Internet, was launched in 2014 with more than 3 million viewers (LGBTQ and straight) in the first season. The gay market has yet to be tapped in China although estimates put the population somewhere between 17 million and 30 million.

For now, many mainlanders travel to Hong Kong where an annual Gay Pride and other organized activities take place and where they can be openly gay.

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LGBT Travel to China!

Since the days of Marco Polo and the Silk Road, China has beckoned with its centuries of culture, exquisite artistic heritage, delicate cuisine, landscapes ranging from arid deserts to tropical islands and the Great Wall of China, so impressive that it can be seen from Outer Space.

Today the People's Republic of China, the most populous country on earth with possibly the world's largest LGTBQ population, is an economic powerhouse and market mover. It is #1 in the world for Internet users although the network is highly regulated and outside providers often barred. It is #1 in mall construction, getting more upscale all the time. The rubber-stamp Mao look, which inspired some of Warhol's greatest art, has been replaced by a unique Chinese chic as can be seen all over the world as the Chinese have overtaken the U.S. and Germany tourists in traveling abroad and given new meaning to the term "Overseas Chinese."

Overall, China is a sexually conservative society, but the LGBTQ community has made some strides since 1997 when homosexuality was decriminalized (and the more liberal Hong Kong and Macau were returned to China as special administrative regions with their own regulations). Pressures from parents to carry on the family name when the nation practiced the just-ended one-child policy forced many LGBTQ people to marry only to procreate. A practice called Xinghun, "fake" marriages contracted between lesbians and gays to satisfy family expectations has flourished. Chinese websites and apps have been created to help in the matchmaking with one, ChinaGayLes.com, having over 380,000 users.

Unlike in Hong Kong and Macau, the LGBTQ community is mostly underground on the mainland although you can find a few gay bars in every major city. The country's first gay sitcom, available only on the Internet, was launched in 2014 with more than 3 million viewers (LGBTQ and straight) in the first season. The gay market has yet to be tapped in China although estimates put the population somewhere between 17 million and 30 million.

For now, many mainlanders travel to Hong Kong where an annual Gay Pride and other organized activities take place and where they can be openly gay.

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A Very Good List of LGBT Travel Blogs !

Have you ever dreamed of quitting your job to travel the world? That's just what some of these LGBT travel bloggers have done, sharing their adventures and misadventures with the World Wide Web as they go. Others work from a home base but make the most of their vacation days to feed their travel bugs. These are some of the most widely read blogs kept by your globetrotters, wanderers, backpackers, explorers, nomads and freedom seekers.

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Why you should go to gay Sitges !
Sitges is a popular day-trip by bus or train from Barcelona, but it is a stand-alone destination for anyone loving fun in the sun. One of the gayest of gay beaches, Sitges - a former fishing village and artists' colony - boasts 2.5 miles (4 km) of glorious beaches and at least 300 days of sun each year. Its five-day Pride celebration each June attracts more than 45,000 people. Beaches are packed with sun worshipers during the July through September summer season. Clubs and restaurants have abbreviated hours the rest of the year, but it hosts one of the world's most exuberant carnivals each spring and off-season party weekends.

Most activities are within walking distance, but the hills behind the town offer the allure of vineyards, a Buddhist monastery and hiking. The town also has an active cultural life with art galleries and museums. Sitges is one big gayborhood with many of the bars and clubs concentrated around Bonaire and Joan Tarrida Streets. Although Bassa Rodonda directly below Pic Nic Restaurant is considered the main gay beach, all beaches are gay-friendly and Las Balmins and Del Meurto are gay and mixed nudist beaches.

But the Pink Triangle, the first LGBTQ monument in Spain, reminds visitors that Sitges was not always so welcoming. It was erected in 2006, 10 years after a police crackdown of gay men on the beach at night and the murder of a gay waiter. Its inscription reads: "Sitges against homophobia - 'Never again' - October 5th 1996 - 2006."

#gay #sitges #gaysitges #bcn #gaybcn #lgbt #gayvacation #gayspain #lesbiantravel #travel #sitgesbar #sitgesparty #beach #sitgesbeach #gaybeach #gayspain #lesbianspain #gayboy #gayvacation

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Why you should go to Montreal!
On an island in the St. Lawrence River, Montreal is a rich center of culture and a cosmopolitan city of design steeped in European heritage. Today, it considered one of the world's most gay-positive cities.

The French colonists arrived in 1642, led by Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, who founded Ville-Marie, today's Old Montreal. According to the Quebec Gay Archives, there was even a gay military drummer among the first settlers convicted of committing "crimes of the worst kind," whose life was spared upon agreeing to become the colony's first executioner. Some of the earliest buildings remain including the Sulpician Seminary next to the Notre Dame Basilica and Chateau Ramezay, but the French influence can still be found throughout modern Montreal's distinct culture, mixed with the influences of subsequent arrivals from Ireland, Italy, Haiti, Greece, Lebanon and China, to name just a few. The variety of cultures is perhaps most apparent in the city's wide culinary offer, but also reflected in the overwhelmingly welcoming spirit on the island.

Gay and lesbian culture also got an early start although clandestine at first. Gay men cruised Old Montréal's military Champs de Mars, today the area behind Montréal City Hall. The first known LGBTQ-themed magazine in North America, Les Mouches Fantastiques, was published in 1918, and an established gay scene began to flourish in the 1950s, subject to raids up until 1990 when the police raided the Sex Garage loft party, regarded as Montreal's Stonewall, sparking the LGBT movement.

Not long after, the Black and Blue festival was born, with activism and pride paving the way for legal victories like same-sex marriage and the emergence of the Gay Village in Saint Catherine Street East, filled with magical pink lanterns and gay businesses. The Marche de Fierté gay pride in August is only one of over a hundred festivals including the world renown International Jazz Festival and Just for Laughs comedy festival.

#Montreal #gaymontreal #travel #partymontreal #Canada #lesbiantravel #gaytravel #gaytravelguide #gayguide #LGBT #Queertravel

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