Next 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.”
How 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!
U.S. State Department appoints Special Envoy for LGBT Rights around the World
“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?
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.
Handy Mobile Apps for Traveling
From translating a language to translating a currency; or getting yourself from A to B; or even just simple but essential things like weather and time — here are a handful of handy mobile apps for your smartphone or tablet to help you along during your travels. There are many, many more travel apps than what you’ll see here — but these are the basics. Happy travels!
More Airlines Beefing Up Their Premium Economy Seating
On those long trans-oceanic flights more and more airlines are giving attention to Premium Economy seating — an experience somewhere between Business and Economy classes. These airlines have done a pretty good job with this. Even a little bit more “cush” goes a long way — when you’re flying a long way! Check out this slideshow from Conde Nast Traveler.