While preparing to step back into the world of travel, LGBTQ+ couples and singles can rely on these community-owned and -operated travel companies to help make their vacation dreams a reality.
A trusted name for LGBTQ+ travel since 2002, Zoom Vacations can suggest, plan and facilitate an incredible vacation, anywhere from South Africa and Egypt to Israel, the Maldives, Norway, Thailand, China, Laos and Peru, to name a few. Whether a private event, independent vacation or group travel experience, Zoom Vacations can help.
Founded by Judy Dlugacz, the record label creator (Olivia Records) combined her passions for music and travel into one LGBTQ+-focused vacation provider, Olivia Lesbian Travel. Guests sail on luxury getaways, enjoy group travels with like-minded vacationers or celebrate sisterhood.
With a team of travel and adventure experts as your guide, Detours Travel provides incredible experiences in unbelievable destinations, by and for gay travelers. Spend 12 days immersed in wildlife, adventure experiences in the rainforests of Costa Rica, or spend a day floating in the Dead Sea on an eight-day trip to Israel.
Spend your days soaking up the sun, culture and cuisine of the Mediterranean with OUTstanding Travel. Offering primarily Mediterranean experiences for gay travelers, guests can sign up for can’t miss group tours to Tel Aviv Pride 2021 or a music festival in Greece. Or, trips can be completely customized.
HE Travel caters to all walks of the LGBTQ+ community. With destinations spanning sea to shining sea, HE Travel takes guests everywhere, from 10-day cruises of the Antarctic Peninsula to expertly curated wine-tasting tours through New Zealand.
Founded by an LGBTQ+ couple from Australia, TropOut is a travel agency offering everything the modern couple could look for, including beachside parties, private yacht excursions, cultural experiences and incredible group trips — they’re heading to Phuket, Thailand. next year.
When you want a little more history, culture and refinement in your vacation, Oscar Wilde Tours can help. With tours dedicated to Gay Gods and Heroes in Europe (combining itineraries in Greece and Italy) and LGBTQ+ tours dedicated to history and exploration in New York and Boston, singles, couples and groups have their pick of fun and interesting excursions.
Wearing sunscreen at the beach is a given, especially for little ones running in and out of the water — and anyone who forgets that usually regrets it with a vengeance the next day. One aspect of sunscreen I admittedly didn’t think about until just a few years ago is how detrimental its impact is on marine life and reefs. Oxybenzone is a chemical found in most mainstream sunscreens — it works to prevent sun damage, but is also carcinogenic and harmful to coral. The chemical makes coral more susceptible to bleaching and damages its DNA, interfering with reproduction and killing dependent marine life in the process.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
An interesting and accidental beneficial side effect of recent travel bans is that large swaths of the world affected by over-tourism are beginning to heal themselves. Major cities from Los Angeles to London and Beijing are reporting their best air quality in years with less nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide emitted by cars and industry. The canals in Venice are so clear, schools of fish and even a dolphin were easily spotted by locals — all of this and more taking place before Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in April.
When you want to get away without getting behind the wheel, Amtrak has news for you — and budget-friendly news, at that. Enjoy the ride this summer to your next destinations from the comfort of a private Roomette room on Amtrak with a two-for-one deal on select one-way routes.
PLANNING A VACATION TO FRENCH POLYNESIA, the Cook Islands or Fiji? Lucky you! While you really can’t go wrong with any of these exotic locales that beckon with white-sand beaches, mornings spent listening to soothing water lapping your bungalow, and immersion excursions with some of the world’s most amazing flora and fauna, not all islands are created equally.