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

 

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.

Our Gay Group Tour of Bhutan Just Added

Gay group tour of BhutanWe’ve now the set the dates for our new trip to Bhutan: October 10-19, 2015. You can read about this wonderful and exotic adventure here and learn more about this unique, tucked-away destination! This will be our second group tour to this fascinating, remote land. Bhutan is truly out of the ordinary with its beautiful, warm people; intriguing culture; and stunning scenery. Our tour leader is gay, has led some 20 trips to Bhutan over the past decade, and he will introduce us to some members of the Bhutanese gay community along the way.

Last Week for Promotional Pricing on our Gay Japan Tour

gay Japan tour groupJanuary 15 is the deadline to enroll on our gay Japan tour at the current promotional pricing. In recent weeks the value of the Japanese Yen has fallen significantly against the U.S. dollar so we’ve passed along our reduced costs to the price of the tour itself.

In order to take advantage of the greatly reduced pricing (a reduction of $400 to $500 per person) your trip enrollment form has to be received by Friday, January 16, and both the first and second deposits must be made at that time (a total deposit of $1,419 per person).

If you’re thinking of doing this fascinating trip this is the time to act to lock in the savings! If you’d like references we can put you in touch with previous travelers who’ve done this very tour.

Cape Town, South Africa on the “15 Places You Must Visit” List

gay travel tours Cape Town South AfricaNice to see Cape Town, South Africa make it onto the list of Conde Nast Traveler‘s 15 Places You Must Visit in 2015. We’ve long been an admirer of this beautiful — and gay-friendly — city at the bottom of the African continent. When we started running tours in 1998 Cape Town was in our first batch of gay tours. And we’ve been back with several more groups since then. This year we’ll be there yet again as we kick off our ever-popular Southern Africa Trifecta tour from July 27 to August 6. This trip is a splendid combination of the Cape Town environs; a superb wildlife safari in Botswana; and stunning Victoria Falls.

Should gay travelers visit “hostile” destinations?

African wildlife safari for gay group travelersWe’re re-posting this article from mid-2014 as it’s got a lot of food for thought as the gay travel population considers its international options. We at Venture Out, not surprisingly, are of the opinion that it’s better — in general — not to shut out so many countries just because they haven’t progressed as much as the U.S. and other Western and developed nations. If you simply go by the laws on the books you’ll be missing much of the world. We think it’s better to be visible, to be representatives, a diplomatic corps of sorts to help progress happen across the world. Gay travelers staying out of sight and out of mind in these places does nothing to make advances.

Obviously we need to be careful about the specific destination (if it’s particularly hostile for example), and there’s always a manner of comportment that is called for in these places (whether you’re gay or not gay). For instance, open displays of affection, regardless of your sexual orientation, are just a no-no in so many places across the globe.

So get out there — and happy travels in 2015!