Places to Go in 2016

gay tours of Andalusia, SpainGay tours of CroatiaNice to see two of our destinations on this list of places to go in 2016: Andalusia (Southern Spain) and Croatia! And two from our 2015 adventures as well (Scotland and Bhutan).

Here’s a link to our tour in Spain and to the Croatia page.

Gay Travel Tours: Our 2015 Year-in-Review Video!

A lovely little slideshow recapping Venture Out’s 18th year of operating distinctive gay tour-group vacations around the world in a small-group, upscale format. See where we went and what we did — and what we ate! Images here come from our travels in France, Scotland, Italy, Southern Africa, and Japan.

Gay Tourists in Spain Ask Locals to Translate Homophobic Letter

What happens when a couple of gay American tourists ask people on the street in Spain to translate a letter that they received from a homophobic hostel they intended to stay at? Watch this video.

 

Spain has made remarkable progress in gay rights in such a short period of time. And we’re delighted to continue our very popular tour “Andalucia — Soulful Southern Spain” in April 2016. This region of Spain oozes charm and beauty and culture, and some would avow enthusiastically that Andalucia exudes the true soul of Spain.

W Hotels Takes Stand on Same-Sex Marriage

102687793-467043552.530x298Good on W Hotels for doing this. They’re joining forces with Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and celebrities like Jennifer Hudson to promote marriage equality.

Read the story here:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102687550

 

Travel Tips for LGBT Parents

adventurous-moms-london-300x1881Traveling with kids certainly has its challenges. Traveling as same-sex parents with kids adds another layer of considerations.

5 Travel Tips for LGBT Parents

Ireland Same-Sex Marriage Vote Next Week

imageNext week Ireland could be the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote nationwide. Polls are strong in favor, but are the “No” voters holding back in the polls?

Our Bhutan tour features one of the “Unique Lodges of the World.”

gay Bhutan tourHow nice to see one of the hotels we use on our Bhutan tour has been included in National Geographic’s list of Unique Lodges of the World — Best Places to Get Immersed in Another Culture.
Our Bhutan tour runs from October 10 to 19. Join us for an exploration of this most fascinating of countries!

Gay Tours to Bhutan with Venture Out

 

gay group toursWe’re so excited that Bhutan is back on our calendar this year!! The trip dates are October 10 to 19 — an excellent time of year to visit this intriguing and beautiful little country in the Himalayas and its warm and lovely people. You can read more about this special trip here.

 

 

Here are some photos from our last tour. (Click to enlarge.)

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U.S. State Department appoints Special Envoy for LGBT Rights around the World

451623030_wide-a3d7562ad896e86d298d6127ec913f65826ef244-s800-c85“For the first time ever, the United States has appointed a Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons . . . “

This is a commendable move. While great progress has been made in the U.S. and many other countries, there are unfortunately many places in the world where being openly gay is difficult, even dangerous. As an operator of escorted tours for LGBT travelers around the globe for 18 years we too are doing our part to act as ambassadors.

What’s Behind that French Waiter’s Facade?

Illustration: Vincent Mahé

If you enjoy traveling to Paris — or are still intending to get yourself there! — we found this article in the Wall Street Journal about Parisian waiters insightful and très intéressant. American tourists tend to find the waiters snooty, aloof, and cold compared to their counterparts in America . . . But have a read, and you might develop an understanding and appreciation of where they’re coming from. The piece also suggests five great places for “waiter watching” as well as a dozen excellent Do’s and Don’ts to prepare you for your next encounter in a French restaurant. Bon Appétit!

We’re planning a new tour in France for 2016, and we think you’ll find this a fun, informative, and helpful article for your travels.