The Shanghai gay bar scene is a burgeoning affair. While the city boasts a number of LGBT venues, it’s surprisingly few considering Shanghai’s gargantuan population of 25 million people.
We learned about being gay in Japan from our interview with Issei, a gay student from Osaka, who lives in Tokyo. He was our gracious CouchSurfing host and loves travels as much as we do.
Traveling in Tokyo can be expensive and confusing. It has one of the busiest, most extensive rapid transit systems in the world and while English is seen and spoken often enough, the language barrier is bound to cause a problem at some point. But when you have someone who knows the city helping you out, it becomes much more navigable so you can make the most of your trip. This is why we felt very lucky to have been invited to stay with Issei, a 20 year old Japanese student (on hiatus) living in Tokyo, through CouchSurfing.org.
The bustling city of Bogota is the capital of Colombia and is centrally located within the country. It's the largest city and has a population just above 7 million. It was a well established gay scene, particularly around Carrera 9, which is in the neighborhood called Chapinero. Some of the most popular gay bars are Color House Café Bar, El Recreo de Adan, Estacion and Brokeback Mountain. Of course the main gay nightlife attraction of Bogota is the megaclub called Theatron, which is the largest gay dance club in all of Latin America. The drag scene in Bogota is also quite popular and the city hosts many drag events throughout the year.
One of the highlights of my visit to Finland was the food tour I took on the last day I spent in Helsinki, the country's capital and most populous city. Food tours are one of our favorite activities while traveling. You get to experience some of the city’s best restaurants, cafes and markets as recommended by the locals without having to do much planning yourself. While it’s true we’re not huge fans of traditional walking tours, we jump at the opportunity to take a food tour.
It’s a place where cultures collide: Jews, Arabs, Christians, atheists, artists, scientists, locals, foreigners, young, old, gay and straight – they all share this rather secular city in such a religious country. But somehow this diversity and tolerance of one another has created an ambience in Tel Aviv rarely found in other cities throughout the world.
We've been using misterb&b now for years and it's a great option for renting affordable places in cities around the world. It's similar to AirBnB except you're guaranteed to have a gay or gay friendly host. No awkward encounters when traveling with your partner or boyfriend and almost all tend to be gay themselves and can help you navigate a city’s gay scene. misterb&b is a great option to rent a whole apartment or a private room in a shared apartment so it's perfect for all budgets. They currently have hosts in more than 135 countries with more than 80,000 total listings. You can even list your own room or apartment to earn cash from gay travelers in your city.
In today’s age of technology, travel has become available to more people than ever before. We’ve come up with a list of 5 different mobile apps that can help improve your travel experience – some LGBT specific and some mainstream, but all with the focus giving you travel inspiration and helping you to make the most of your trip.
Last summer we got a little caught up in Europe’s gay pride events. With so many great festivals celebrated in so many unique cultures, how could we not? This summer will be no different as we begin planning some trips! We're ready to pack for gay pride with our suitcase full of glitter, rainbows and pride flags. Here’s some of the events we plan to attend as well as a comprehensive list of all the Gay pride events around Europe this summer.
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Madrid is without a doubt our favorite place in the world. On a recent trip back to the states, we had the pleasure to attend a World Pride Madrid pre-party with amazing hosts (yes drag queens!), fabulous guests and a particularly Spanish flare not often found in New York City. The event was intended to introduce Madrid and World Pride to the US audience, who for reasons we can't quite figure out, don't fully know about Madrid and it's reputation as a gay friendly destination.