When it's time to get away from it all, popping out to the neighborhood watering hole doesn't always cut it. Sometimes you really need to get away to somewhere new and exciting. So pick a gay-friendly destination, break free of your tethers, and explore the previously unknown. Taking an LGBT city tour can be a great way to try something new, whether you're LGBT or not. Here's why...
Getting away from the norm is one thing. Having to pretend you are something you're not is something else entirely. Go somewhere that assures you can be you. Keep in mind that visiting cities or establishments that are gay-friendly does not mean they are gay exclusive. Booking trips and tours through sites like Cruising With Pride (catering to both gay men and women) assures that you and your travel partner (if you choose to bring one along) will be free to live your life in the style and manner in which you feel most comfortable. There's no sense traveling somewhere only to be subjected to ridicule or discrimination.
Gay tours and tour guides can show you all the best places to go for a gay old time. No surprise there. No need to search for where you can access gay-friendly venues and other gay points of interest. Guides give you a sense of the do's and don'ts specific to the area in which you are traveling. This can range from customs and clothing to actual laws. Helpful hint: before you arrive, do your research. If there is a foreign language involved, learn a few words like please, thank you, where's the bathroom, do you speak English, and so on.
A gay history tour can provide a better understanding of the gay struggle in certain areas. This can assist you in having your finger on the pulse of the gay plight as it once was and as it currently exists. And though there are places in which the LGBT community dare not move about freely, there are areas at the other end of the rainbow that wholeheartedly embrace an open way of life. Tour guides will know the difference. There are a number of LGBT history tours including Oscar Wilde Tours in New York City, Piers and Queers in Brighton (UK), or Out and About Tours in Los Angeles.
Whether you take a tour that is primarily geared toward LGBT exclusive sights and venues, or just take a one-size-fits-all tour with a gay tour guide, finding a brother or sister in an unfamiliar place can have an uplifting effect on your entire outlook. Taking an LGBT city tour can give you insights into history, nightlife, general sightseeing, culture, food, etc. - all points of interest for the LGBT traveler. Above all else, these tours and travel guides take the trouble and bother out of the equation and allow you to do what it is you set out to do: relax, enjoy, explore, and experience! So queer traveler... Enjoy! You may never pass this way again.
Have you ever taken an LGBT city tour during your travels? Where would you like to take one?
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Auston grew up in Phoenix before escaping to Chicago in 2008. After 4 years working as an engineer, he sold his belongings and embarked on a round-the-world trip. After traveling non-stop for a year, he finally settled in Spain with his husband where he now calls home. When he's not traveling or writing guides about events, festivals or the best LGBT destinations, he enjoys the long sunny days and nightlife of Madrid. Read Auston's blog at Two Bad Tourists, or follow him on Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.
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