Category Archives: Travel

LGBT travel survey

gay-travelCommunity Marketing Insights has another LGBT Travel survey that you may be interested in taking. It took me less than 10 minutes to fill out the online survey.

This survey is for LGBT travelers who have been to South America, Central America and The Caribbean in the past three years.  As an added incentive, CMI is offering cash prizes to twenty different people who complete the survey.

CMI LGBT Travel Survey

Gay Vermont: Rock River Preservation

Source: Frog Meadow B&B

Source: Frog Meadow B&B

With Provincetown, Ogunquit, Newport and the islands it is easy to forget about Vermont as a gay-friendly summer destination where you and someone special or a group of friends can get away and forget about life for a few days.

Gay travelers have been heading to Southern Vermont’s swimming holes at Rock River to enjoy the natural beauty and serenity that comes from spending time in the Green Mountain State.  While there are several gay friendly B&Bs in the area Frog Meadow Country B&B owned by Dave & Scott looks like it might be a fun place to base a trip if you are not into camping.

Sergio and I have put this destination on our list of places to check out since neither of us have visited before.  Have you visited Rock River or Frog Meadow B&B? Please share any tips in the comments section.

Travel rewards credit card offers

W Hotel Vieques

In 2013 we stayed at the W Retreat and Spa on Vieques Island using Starwood points

Are you shopping around for a new loyalty rewards program? I may be in short order since Starwood Hotels has agreed to be purchased by Marriott and the latter’s rewards program is nowhere near as good as Starwood IMHO.

I switched to the Starwood American Express card after returning from Australia in December 2009. I had depleted all my rewards points with my American Express card and was eager to identify a hotel chain credit card that I could rack up points on everyday purchases since I don’t travel frequently enough to accrue any status. I settled on the Starwood American Express and it has worked well for my needs ever since then. However, with the future of their loyalty program in question, I have started to look around.

Recently I stumbled upon thepointsguy.com blog post, ranking the top 10 travel rewards credit card offers for July 2016. If you read the post, keep in mind the blogger may be receiving financial compensation for this post so that could be a factor in their ranking.  You can read the full blog post here.

Do you have a loyalty reward card you really like? Do tell. My interest is in credit cards that make it easier / more affordable to travel. Getting money back at the end of the year or credit at retail stores are not of much interest to me.

Transatlantic flights from Boston are getting more affordable

travel, handsome, hunkInternational travel is getting both easier and more affordable if you live in Boston.  Logan will soon have the more low-cost trans-Atlantic flights than any other airport in the United States and industry analysts say they expect the growth of low-cost carriers in Boston to continue.

Analysts cite a confluence of global and regional forces that work in our favor, from low oil and fuel prices and Logan’s proximity to Europe to the strength of the economy of Greater Boston, which has ample supply of business travelers and younger flyers interested in seeing the world on the cheap.

For example, discount airline, Thomas Cook, is offering introductory non-stop fares from Boston to Manchester, England for $312 when they start flying to Logan Airport next week, and earlier this month AirBerlin started non-stop flights Boston to Dusseldorf, Germany for $650. Both fares are cheaper than my flight to San Francisco later this month.

Off to San Francisco

San FranciscoWork has me traveling to San Francisco this afternoon and I’ll be out that way until Saturday morning of Memorial Day Weekend.

Sadly, I’ll have little time to enjoy one of my favorite cities and to see friends who now live there, so please be patient with me if I’m slow to approve comments or miss a post or two throughout the week.

Travel to Iceland has never been easier

gay travel, travel, europeReykjavik, Iceland may not be on your bucket list but with two Icelandic airlines offering non-stop daily service from Boston the five hour flight, which can cost less than a Boston – San Francisco fare, may be a fun summer destination to consider. Both discount airlines offer travelers the opportunity to book flights with a stopover for several nights in Reykjavik to experience Iceland before continuing on to more than 30 destinations in Europe if you would rather couple your visit with a longer vacation to another European city.

Reykjavik, Travel

Photo courtesy of Esja Travel which caters to LGBT travelers

When I first floated the idea of visiting Reykjavik to Sergio several years back he looked at me like I had three heads and said something to the effect of, “Why would I want to go to a country made of ice?“, but nothing could be further from the truth if you visit in the summer when the days are at their longest.  One of the things that I definitely would like to do when we visit (someday) is check out their famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa which remains warm year round.

Exchange rates for American travelers to Iceland remain favorable with one US dollar roughly equal to 125 Icelandic Króna, which is slightly down from the end of 2015 but still incredibly advantageous for American travelers.

Reykjavik, travel

Photo courtesy of Goecco Outdoor Tours

Have you visited Iceland before? Are you thinking of traveling to Reykjavik this summer? The city’s gay pride celebration is August 2- 7, 2016. You can find out more information about Reykjavik Gay Pride on their FB page, here.

Two airlines provide daily non-stop service from Boston to Reykjavik:
IcelandAir
WOW Airlines

Discover the Azores for $500 RT from Boston

travelStarting today, Azores Airlines is offering a special “Discover the Azores” airfare of just $501 round-trip, including tax, from Boston to the Azores non-stop, but to qualify, tickets must be purchased between May 3 and 16, 2016.  The special fare is for travel from Boston Logan to the island of São Miguel in the Azores and is valid for travel from September 16, 2016, to December 16, 2016.

The Azores form an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic and are characterized by dramatic landscapes, fishing villages, green pastures and hedgerows of blue hydrangeas. For more information and reservations, contact Azores Airlines at 800-762-9995, www.AzoresAirlines.pt.