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How to Find a Gay-Friendly Vacation Destination That’s Not Totally Obnoxious

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Featured, Travel | 0 comments

How to Find a Gay-Friendly Vacation Destination That’s Not Totally Obnoxious

Gay people are known to take fun very seriously, and it’s a reputation that is well-earned. Renowned gay destinations like Fire Island, Provincetown, and Palm Springs are known as much for their gay-friendly atmospheres as they are for their non-stop party-hearty ethos, complete with overpriced cocktails, overserved revelers, and pop divas playing full-blast on a mega sound system.. And while free-flowing cocktails and throbbing dance music can get you into a carefree vacation mindset, they can just as easily lead to hangovers, headaches, and...

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An American Tourist in … NYC

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Featured, Travel | 0 comments

An American Tourist in … NYC

Observations by an excited kid in New York City — Last week, my partner and I took a week’s trip to NYC. It was a great time, and I jotted some notes. Print it off so you can read it later, or read it on your phone … while sitting on the pot, maybe. Enjoy the randomness … • “Scotty’s Bistro” on Lexington has the best salad platter one can imagine – tuna salad, potato salad, coleslaw (the best slaw ever had – beats mom’s). NY cheesecake to die for, but the piece was way too big for my appetite • “Perfect Pint Irish...

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How Not to Do Ireland in Style

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Travel | 4 comments

How Not to Do Ireland in Style

For years now, I’ve been told by the Spanish that Ireland was an incredible place, amazingly green with friendly people. On a recent trip, I somehow missed this Ireland that had been advertised, but I don’t regret my journey there. Part of the problem was a lack of time to truly get to know the island, and trying to cram in too much in a short visit. I started off by taking the bus from the Dublin airport to Cork to begin my trip. Big mistake. My precious first hours on the island were spent on a bus watching the grey skies over the ugliest...

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Basque in the Rain

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in CULTURE SAVVY, Featured, Travel | 0 comments

Basque in the Rain

Ten years ago, while reading an article about the Basque independent terrorist group ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, or Basque Country Freedom), I thought to myself, “If I ever go to Spain, I’ll never visit the Basque Country. Terrorists groups and rain. Who would want to go there?” Ten years later, I’m eating my words as I happen to call this enchanting, drizzly place home. I couldn’t be located in a more beautiful part of the Iberian Peninsula. ETA called a ceasefire in 2011 and has kept their word. The most danger I have felt while...

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Mexico City: Gay Getaway

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in CULTURE SAVVY, Featured, Travel | 0 comments

Mexico City: Gay Getaway

The Zona Rosa (“Pink Zone”) in Mexico City is almost overwhelming in gayness. Walking the tree-lined sidewalks of the tight streets, with the outdoor cafes lining the pedestrian avenues, rainbow flags flying everywhere, and the two men in front of us walking hand-in-hand, my partner and I had the sudden realization that we weren’t in Oklahoma City anymore.  The calles (Spanish for streets) of the Zona Rosa are names of world cities, such as Niza, Londres, Hamburgo, Florencia, Amberes, Liverpool, Genova, and the like. And the sophistication...

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An American in Europe

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in CULTURE SAVVY, Featured, Travel | 3 comments

An American in Europe

For years I had resisted trying a vacation in Europe for the simple reason: I hate flying. There’s more to it than the anxiety of flying over the ocean; there’s the annoying security checks, lay overs, and being stuck in a plane for 8 hours. No one said getting to Europe would be easy. My first vacation to Europe required a year of planning. And you really need to take plenty of time if you are to adequately plan financially for a trip abroad. Spending money must be saved, and hotel reservations and airfare must be purchased months in...

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Top 10 Cities for Great Cultural Experiences

Posted by on Mar 17, 2013 in CULTURE SAVVY, Travel | 0 comments

Top 10 Cities for Great Cultural Experiences

This quick snapshot of 10 cities you might want to visit is intended to whet your appetite for the world. Maybe it’s time to get up off the couch, shut off the computer, and pack a bag! Happy Travels! Presented courtesy of Transfercar, an Australian transport service. For discerning travellers, finding cities that offer mind blowing cultural experiences is often what makes their trip worthwhile.  Whether it is the range of food on offer, the museums and art galleries that can be toured, or the friendliness of the diverse...

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