Gay Travel Destinations

People act like “being gay” just started 10 years ago.  As persecution for being open and comfortable with your same sex partner dies down, gay travel destinations have gone UP!  Once upon a time, there were only a few places that a same sex couple could steal away to for a romantic vacation.  But now things are different.  Realistically, this should not be an article, the WORLD should be your travel destination without boundaries and restrictions on sexual orientation.  We are not there yet but there are many locations that are great!

1. Canada.  Canada is one of the most open countries to LGBT.   From Vancouver to Montreal to Toronto, Canada is WAY more open than the U.S. and way more advance for LGBT rights.

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2. Thailand.  Thailand is very open with LGBT.  In fact, transgenders are considered more beautiful than straight women.  Walking Street in Pattaya has a huge following for gay men and transgender entertainers. There are many gay prostitute out on the streets and the Pattaya beach roads. Thai people are very polite and not judgemental when it comes to sexuality. Gender is not a big issue there as long as the tourist are nice and respect Thai culture. Thailand also has a bunch of clinics for sex change surgeries.

http://www.theinvestigativefund.org/blog/1852/global_medical_tourism_and_sex_reassignment_surgery/

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3. Portugal.  It is one of the countries that has allowed same sex marriage.  It began in 2010. It is open and accepts LGBT relationships. However, gay couples are not allowed to adopt children.

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4. Spain.  The country has a lot to offer for shopping, nightlife and attractions. It is also one of the top list of countries that had legalized same sex marriage. Gran Canaria island and Sitges are two of the hottest destinations.

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5. France.  Whenever I heard of France before I automatically thought it was untra-conservative and close minded but the truth is they are pretty open.  In fact, their openness toward LGBT has made the same sex marriage possible.  

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6. Philippines.  The Philippines is also another country that is pretty accepting of LGBT lifestyle. You may get looks out of curiosity but people won’t really point out or criticize you for being gay.  A transgender man is treated like woman.  Cross-dressing is common to see. Gays are respected in the Philippines as they are very talented, smart and very skillful.  There is definitely no beauty salon in the Philippines without a gay employee. Gays are accepted in the society.

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7. Japan.  Japan is another country that are open to different sexual orientations.  Gender is not an issue but public affection like kissing, hugging and intimate actions may be strange at some more conservative places in the Japan.  In the 90’s many filipino LGBT would fly to Japan to achieve that physical beauty of a ‘Woman’.

http://www.japan-guide.com/forum/quereadisplay.html?0+71126

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8. Israel.  It is know as is known as the one of the world’s most friendly and most open country for gay travelers. They also celebrate an annual gay and lesbian film festival and LGBT Pride Festival.

                                                http://www.gaytlvguide.com/

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9. Greece.  Greece offers an island especially for gay travel with its own restaurants, spa, hotels  and clubs. An island called Mykonos is the top gay destination in Greece.

                                          http://www.nighttours.com/mykonos/

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10. Peru.  It was one of the 54 states to support the UN resolution against sexual orientation discrimination in 2006.  Peru’s openness allows things like tours especially for LGBT such as  Out Adventures and Gay Peru Tours.

http://gayperutours.com/

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Countries that have Legalized Gay Marriage:

  • Netherlands -has legalized same sex marriage on year  2001
  • Canada  -2005
  • Norway – 2009
  • Belgium  – 2003
  • Spain – 2005
  • South Africa  -2006
  • Stockholm Sweden -2009  will feel like home as they are very fine with gay/lesbian society and is like its own city. Being gay is not a big deal. People are very open minded about it. They also have ‘Pride festival’ held every july.
  • Argentina – 2010
  • Iceland – 2010
  • France – 2013
  • Denmark- 2012
  • Portugal -2010
  • Brazil – 2013

References:

wikipedia.org

http://www.chron.com/news/us/article/AP-PHOTOS-Gay-pride-celebrations-around-the-world-5588151.php#photo-6532379

 

denver places to visit

 Here are a few Denver places to visit (that are worth your time)

During our trip to denver, my husband and I visited some beautiful places.  Colorado Springs and Boulder are great, but Denver is the main hub of business in the state of Colorado with more restaurant options of things to do for tourists and locals alike.  We have listed some tourist attractions that you might like.

  •  Denver Museum of Nature and Sciencedenver-places-to-visit-3Denver has a world class museum exhibiting some of the best that the natural sciences have to offer.  From sea life to the solar system and going back billions of years to the formation of the Earth, you will not be disappointed.  I was blown away by the 3D planet projection in the planetarium.  The interactive exhibits about Mar geology and space exploration stole the show for most of the kids that walked in the building.  If you are traveling to Denver with kids, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a MUST.  The museum also has REAL Egyptian mummies, an exhaustive dinosaur wing and a stunning display of precious metals, gems and mineral deposits.  It was an amazing experience overall and it is so worth it. You see a lot more than what you paid for. denver-nature-and-science-museumAdmission fee is $12 per person. http://www.dmns.org/ 
  • Denver Botanic Gardens.denver-places-to-visit-10Denver Botanic Gardens has a variety of plants and a spectacular glass exhibit by the famous American sculptor, Dale Chihully (that ended last November 30, 2014). The botanic garden has plenty of species of plants but it is not so lively if you go during cold season.  Some of the plants are dead or dormant in winter. It is best to go during summer. The garden is a popular attraction in Denver so expect a crowd on the weekends. The parking lot is tight so it will take time to get a parking spot. They also conduct special events such as weddings. Denver Botanic Gardens website prices of tickets is not updated as it says $12.50 (adults). Maybe it changes by season or if there are exhibits.denver-places-to-visit-5Admission fee is $15.00 for adults. http://www.botanicgardens.org/
  •  Downtown Aquarium. 
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    Denver downtown aquarium features an impressive array of sea creatures and habitats that will be pretty hard to find anywhere else in the Rocky Mountains. They also offer a dining experience where you eat a delicious meal while watching a mermaid show. Its fun and exciting to see! Food is expensive with very little options.  Like the museums, the aquarium also gives military and senior discounts as well as free parking after 6 pm when you dine in the restaurant. Ticket price for adults (12-64) is $ 17.99, didn’t know a 12 yrs old is already an adult. lol!

    http://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumdenver/exhibits.asp

  •  Elitch Gardens Theme Park.
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    If you are looking for thrills, then Elitch Gardens is the place to go.  It’s great for families. It consists of 70 acres of land with all kinds of rides for small kids, teens and adults.  Tickets ranges from $31.99/per person and above and can also be purchased online before the day of your adventure. Within the theme park you can expect to have decent dining, expensive shopping, concerts and special events.                   http://www.elitchgardens.com/plan-a-visit/tickets/

  •  Downtown bars.
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    Looking for a cool place to chill out and have a Colorado brewed beer?  Go to downtown Denver at night.  What was surprising to me is that there are marijuana stores around the area.  Colorado has legalized weed so it is okay to sell it openly (with some controlled substance restrictions, of course).  Its very common to see stores that look like pharmacies except with a green cross logo and bars on the windows.  The most important thing I have learned is that my ID must be carried everywhere.  We could not go inside the bar because I forgot my ID. Too bad but better luck next time 🙂

  •  Sports Authority Field at Mile High.denver-places-to-visit-97686 If you are into sports then you might want to check out a football game.. American Football.  Its huge in Denver.  Sports Authority Field is home of the Denver Broncos.  It is a giant stadium that can accommodate thousands of people for the event.  Even if you are not into sports, its an amazing sight to see!

Denver is beautiful and there are many things to do.  Whether you are visiting just to sight see, ride roller coasters, or go to a game and drink beer, there is really something for everyone.  There are so many things we did not mention!

haneda airport map

Here are some Haneda Airport maps.  I have been through Haneda a few times as I have traveled in and out of asia.  Its one of the best, simplest and easy airports to navigate.  Its modernized with PLENTY of outlets.

Normally, if I am flying withing Japan or short trips in Asia, I go through Haneda airport.  If its very long International flights, I am going through Narita.

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haneda airport map 2011 – Cross section Map of Handed’s Security Check A/B

haneda map 2011

haneda map 2011 JR East Travel Service Center, Monorail, Terminal 1 and direction to International Terminal 2

 

haneda map 2011

haneda map 2011

Terminal 1 & 2 Map: https://www.tokyo-airport-bldg.co.jp/en/map/

Ohayuni71 Tour of Haneda Airport

Sharla in HANEDA!! OMG, BECKY!!!