Yuletide in Europe’s Cool Capitals

Vienna, above, lights up for Christmas and New Years Originally published in GPS.OutTraveler.com From canal parades in Amsterdam to beautiful outdoor lightning installations in Vienna, Europe’s gay-friendly coolcaptial cities (Amsterdam, Antwerp, Valencia, Vienna, and Zurich) offer a tantalizing array of Christmas activities right through the new year. Amsterdam Christmas Canal Parade (December 9, 2010-January 1,Continue reading “Yuletide in Europe’s Cool Capitals”

Deal of the Week: RSVP’s Mediterranean Cruise

Originally published in GPS.OutTraveler.com RSVP is heading back to Europe next summer for the first time in four years on the new state-of-the-art ms Nieuw Amsterdam by Holland America. There are only 2,000 passengers on this ship. While it seems funny to say “only 2,000” since that would have been an unheard of number evenContinue reading “Deal of the Week: RSVP’s Mediterranean Cruise”

Ask the Expert: Nice Budget Amsterdam Hotels

I was wondering if you could recommend a hotel in Amsterdam — nice but not luxurious. — Richard, Ft. Lauderdale Try Chic and Basic on the Herengracht. It’s part of a Spanish chain. Nice and great location but not luxurious. Honestly there are lots of little hotels in Amsterdam… gay ones on the Kerkstraat likeContinue reading “Ask the Expert: Nice Budget Amsterdam Hotels”

New Hotel Deal in Venerable Gay Getaway

Story by Ivan Quintanilla and Ed Salvato; photo from 2008 Amsterdam Pride’s Canal Parade flikr/Ramon Stoppelenburg Amsterdam always has something new to celebrate. Now the Netherlands’ most popular gay destination is boasting a new designation. As of August 1, 2010, the Amsterdam canal belt has officially been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. BuiltContinue reading “New Hotel Deal in Venerable Gay Getaway”

Q&A: Cheap Gay-Friendly London Hotels

Question from a reader about finding a cheap, but nice and gay-friendly London hotel. Question I am planning a trip to London in the next few months and am having a difficult time finding information on reasonable yet clean and modern lodging. While I realize that London is one of the most expensive cities toContinue reading “Q&A: Cheap Gay-Friendly London Hotels”

Pretty in White, Antwerp Rocks Pride

Antwerp, Belgium recently began to court the LGBT travelers. A couple of years ago, the city hosted a familiarization tour with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association. This past week, they hosted the IGLTA’s annual conference. In conjunction, they invited 50 LGBT journalists from Europe and the U.S. (including yours truly) to show the worldContinue reading “Pretty in White, Antwerp Rocks Pride”

Get Your Gay on: LGBT Event Round-up

Lots of upcoming events and travel deals for gay and lesbian travelers — even armchair travelers — all over the world. Gay Travel Expo in NYC The New York City Gay Travel Expo takes place Wednesday May 12 from 4pm to 9pm. According to the event organizers: you can learn about new travel destinations, rediscoverContinue reading “Get Your Gay on: LGBT Event Round-up”

Berlin’s Annual Festivals and Celebrations in 2010

Photo courtesy Berlin Tourism German’s undivided capital presents an extensive schedule of yearly festivities, highlighted by festivals, parades, and special events. Alongside the annual mainstream events, Berlin’s tourism officials proudly promote festivities for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual visitors. Check out a few highlights here. For more information and to access the entire calendar ofContinue reading “Berlin’s Annual Festivals and Celebrations in 2010”