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Travel Options for the GLBT Community

SHI Symbol features all sorts of travel opportunities in the Emag. We’ve been asked in particular for information relating to travel options for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities. Thanks to Sarah Harris for this informative post.

What do you want out of your travel experience?  Are you looking for all inclusive?  A cruise?  Alone or with others?  Are you specifically looking for a gay vacation?  Do you just want to know what some gay friendly options are?

Here are several sites that can get you started:
Check out “Camp” Camp, a summer camp for GLBT adults!  Operating since 1997, it’s that sleep-away camp experience from your childhood.  With sports, outdoor activities, arts and crafts, and evening social events, this camp in Maine is a great alternative vacation option.  With cabins like you remember, but food you don’t (there are chefs not lunch ladies) you’ll find all kinds of things to do, friends to make, and fun to be had.  Truly, this is a community and friend making experience.

·   Purple Roofs is a great travel planning tool.  A GLBT travel directory, it can clue you into destinations all over the world.  The listings are either gay-owned or gay friendly.  Did you ever want to see a particular country?  This is your chance to know you’re going to have a gay friendly experience when you do.

Bike the Nile Alyson Adventures gay lesbian  communities

Bike the Nile Alyson Adventures gay lesbian

·      Alyson Adventures is a leading the way in creating adventure travel and active vacations for the gay community.  In business since 1995, they create unique adventure tours for the GLBT community as well as their friends and family.  They have destinations wide flung over the world such as France, Australia, Vietnam – even Antarctica.   Their philosophy: “to enhance travel for gay men, lesbians and friends with an emphasis on activities, small groups and expanding the experience by getting closer to the environment.”

·     Lesbians can enjoy great cruise, resort, and luxury vacations at Olivia. Olivia Companies originally started as a women’s record label back in 1973.  The company has evolved into a leader in lesbian travel.  The San Francisco based company offers cruise, resort, ecotour, and luxury vacations.  They charter whole ships, resorts, and tours – from small gatherings to cruises of 2000 women.  With a strong online presence, they have created a great community of women around the world.

· RSVP Vacations, the originator of the gay and lesbian cruise concept, has been around since 1985.  The new idea at that time was to provide a safe, tailor-made vacation for gays and lesbians.  With cruises to international locations, over 35,000 travelers have enjoyed their destinations.

It doesn’t matter where you want to go; you can probably find fantastic GLBT friendly destination, tour, cruise, adventure, vacation… You name it and you’re on your way.  Check these sites out, do a little research, and you’ll have the best vacation you’ve ever had.  Bon Voyage!

Sarah Harris is the Marketing Manager for Adiamor, a diamond jewelry website. Adiamor offers a large selection of engagement rings, loose diamonds, and other fine diamond jewelry at affordable prices.

And please, if you have a favorite GLBT travel company, do please let us know where it is, what they specialise in eg adventure travel, romantic interludes etc and why it is your favorite. SHI Symbol would love to pass the word on for everyone’s sake.


Sydney Mardi Gras – see you there?

Sydney Mardi Gras

Sydney Mardi Gras

One of those must do things – go to a Sydney Mardi Gras. It’s been going since 1978 and this year it runs from February 19th to March 6th (the big parade takes place Saturday the 27th of February).  

The theme for 2010 is historical moments in Mardi Gras history and it’s bound to be as exciting and even more fabulous than ever; Kelly Rowland is rumoured to be performing so with parties selling out fast this is your last opportunity to party at the Sydney Mardi Gras!  

Sydney Mardi Gras party time

Sydney Mardi Gras party time

Are you ready to party and dance the night away? I am. Have you got your tickets yet?  

I see that the official Mardi Gras airline is Virgin Blue. How appropriate! What are you waiting for! Book now and don’t forget to check out for super specials on all sorts of things from accommodation to tours that you can tap into also.  

SHI SYmbol guys

SHI Symbol guys

And remember with every Solid Sterling Silver SHI Symbol Pendant you receive a FREE Top Travel Club membership – a saving of $99 already! You can order your Heterosexual, Gay or Lesbian SHI Symbol pendant at  

SHI Symbol girls

SHI Symbol girls

See you at the Sydney Mardi Gras. 

Gay, Lesbian and Heterosexual SHI Symbols

Gay, Lesbian and Heterosexual SHI Symbols