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When most people think of Orlando, Florida, they automatically think of amusement parks. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to spend some time with friends or family in some of the world’s best amusement parks, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that with just a short drive, Orlando still offers some of that amazing Florida beach coast that the sunshine state is famous for.
With its gorgeous beaches and opulent resorts, it’s easy to understand why everyone loves Maui so much, but many visitors to the island overlook some of the smaller towns in favor of better-known tourist destinations. Next time you’re on Maui, stop by some of these towns and really get to know another side of the island paradise.
There's a lot to think about when planning travel and for some — such as the hardcore go-getters out there who love to take control and do it all themselves — travel planning can actually be kind of fun. But even the most organized traveler still needs a little assistance, and luckily with today's technology, help is really just at your fingertips.
This wasn’t your typical big box hotel; instead it had more of a boutique feel to it. I did receive my warm cookie at check-in, although I was a bit disappointed that they didn’t have a nut-free option, so my companion was happy to take a second treat. The lobby was small but inviting and the overall décor was fresh, clean and modern with ocean themes but without being overly in your face beach themed.
If Southern California and Los Angeles are on the travel radar, the options for where to stay are limitless. But if it’s beach time you’re craving with the family, Los Angeles has lots of perfect sandy beaches to offer. With year round warmth and endless coastlines, the beaches of Los Angeles will make for a memorable getaway. There are extremely touristy beaches that offer anything and everything under the sun, to the more local beaches that provide that extra elbow room while trying to catch a tan.
There are two basic things you need when it comes to windsurfing; wind and water. It’s that simplistic, pretty much any destination near water can claim to be a top windsurfing spot, but it takes more than a few waves and a rental shack. The cleanliness of the water, the scenery that provides the backdrop to your adventure and the typical wind gusts should all play a factor when planning a windsurfing vacation.
The travel industry has seriously been targeting the LGBT travel market segment big time lately. I think the world has finally woken up to the fact that LGBT travelers are just like any other type of traveler, meaning, they spend money too. The realities are, the LGBT traveler often does spend more money on vacations, and tourism boards across the globe are realizing they need to reach out and get those bucks.
Sometimes overlooked by those who think Miami is everything that South Florida has to offer, Fort Lauderdale is just as welcoming an area, if not more, especially for gay travellers. Greater Fort Lauderdale is made up of multiple cities, with Fort Lauderdale being the best known, but the remaining cities and areas are part of what makes Greater Fort Lauderdale so special and unique. The weather tends to be borderline perfect, and the locals are usually pretty chill and friendly. Overall, it’s a beach town, with so much more to offer.
There are many ways to add additional activities to a vacation itinerary that allows for some cultural awareness that will leave guests of the island feeling a bit more in touch with Hawaii and it’s beautiful culture. Our list below will help immerse you more into Maui culture and will present you with a different way of seeing Maui, one that most visitors don’t take advantage of, and one that will for sure score you points with the locals.
If you are planning to head south for some much needed vacation time, South Carolina’s exclusive Hilton Head Island has been a regular go to destination for nearby neighbors and savvy golfers from all around the world, but has most recently become more mainstream with the rest of us who didn’t know too much about what Hilton Head had to offer.
When it comes to an opera dedicated to a male love story, Fellow Travelers is one of the first. But just because it’s a “gay opera” doesn’t mean it isn’t for all audiences. Composed by Gregory Spears and librettist Greg Pierce, Fellow Travelers hopes to carve a new, welcome space within the treasured art form.
Wailea in particular is my favorite area on the island which I refer to as my "happy place." There's something about the more private, upscale Wailea that calls to me. It's probably the luxury hotels, killer food scene and exclusiveness of it all. I mean, people do compare it to Beverly Hills, and in its own special way, it is, but with a more Hawaiian vibe.
Depart for Waynesville, a 40-minute drive, and when you arrive in Waynesville check into The Swag, perched 5,000 feet above the cares of the world. This bed-and-breakfast offers breathtaking views from the mountaintops complemented by luxurious accommodations, award-winning service and cuisine, and a private entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The 7th annual International Gay Polo Tournament took place at the world-renowned International Polo Club Palm Beach just the other weekend and it was hot, hot, hot! No really, the temperature was scorching, but that didn’t stop attendees from lining the sidelines with their version of a (gay) tailgate party.
Those that haven’t been in recent years might have a misconception of the Queen City, but just like many other second- and third-tier cities around the country, they are quickly catching up. Neighborhoods are diversifying, bringing more and more locals to the actual city center, which is in turn bringing more restaurants, shops, and culture to areas that might have been lacking, but were just waiting for a little TLC.