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Traveling Light – and you didn’t think it possible…

I love the NY Times for a number of reasons, most of all for it’s practical and real world info. This article shows how Heather Poole, a flight attendant based out of Los Angeles,  packs her carry-on luggage for a ten-day (YES – YOU READ IT RIGHT – 10 DAYS!) warm weather vacation in a slideshow on their site.

These days with the airlines deciding to get you to pay extra for everything from checking in a bag to blowing your nose (no, sorry just got carried away here – but give them time, I’m sure they’ll find a way!) she saves money by not incurring additional costs paying for a checked bag and time by not having to wait in baggage claim for her bag (always supposing it turns up that is – sorry, there I go again!). Back to the topic which is REALLY GOOD – just bear with my weird sense of humor. I definitely learned a few tips like rolling everything very tightly together and toiletries go on top.

So, my Single friends, when next you trip off on your next vacation, check this out…

Here’s what Heather packs in her suitcase:

packing Carry On bag - rolled up clothes - NY Times

packing Carry On bag - rolled up clothes - NY Times

  • 3 pairs of shorts
  • 3 pairs of dress pants
  • 1 skirt
  • 3 pairs of casual pants or jeans
  • 3 nightgowns
  • 3 bathing suits
  • 1 sarong
  • 3 lightweight sweaters
  • 4 dresses
  • 10 casual shirts
  • 6 dress shirts
  • 2 pairs of shoes
  • a clutch
  • toiletries

On the day of travel, she wears the third pair of shoes and one of the sweaters and jeans. Click here to view her impressive, yet simple process.

The only query I have is – Is there a weight limit on Carry-On Bags? I thought there was but maybe it differs from country to country. Anyone know?

packed bag ready to close without sitting on it! - NY Times

packed bag ready to close without sitting on it! - NY Times

A couple of  last things – from me this time – Wear a jacket and pants with loads of pockets onto the plane. Make sure you have a fold up plastic bag or similar in one of them or even in the side compartment of your Carry – on. Why? WE don’t get weighed going on the plane (not yet anyway!). Put in any extras you want to have on your vacation that you can’t fit in your Carry-on in your assorted pockets etc and Bob’s Your Uncle, you’ll have it with you.  As soon as you get ON the plane – you can empty out your pockets into the spare bag and be comfortable for your flight.

Let’s face it we are all different weights, yet every adult pays the same  for their ticket for A seat (granted there are discount fares), so you might as well see what you can do.

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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.