Sergio and I booked our first trip to Portugal at the end of summer. This visit to Portugal may be bittersweet for Sergio who’s father passed away about 16 months ago and who’s family emigrated from there to Brazil. Ever since I first met Sergio I’ve wanted to visit Portugal and I’m looking forward to spending a few days exploring Lisbon. We have the opportunity to spend 2-3 nights outside of Lisbon, but I’m torn on whether we should head north to Porto or south to some of the fantastic looking beaches.
Have you visited Portugal? Share your thoughts or tips in the comments section of my blog or by emailing me directly at email@example.com.
Boston Boys hanging out in Copenhagen
Last month SAS started the first nonstop flights between Boston and Copenhagen making it the first airline to offer such service to Scandinavia. However, starting in May there will be a bit more competition when Norwegian Air Shuttle, a low-cost European airline, starts non-stop service from Boston to both Copenhagen, Denmark and Oslo, Norway.
About Copenhagen: Slightly smaller in population than Boston, Copenhagen is Denmark’s capital and largest city with a metro population of 1.2m Danes. Copenhagen is an incredibly progressive city and if you were to travel there I would suggest you bookmark visitcopenhagen.com/gaycopenhagen.
Copenhagen Pride: Contemplating a visit to the gay-friendly capital of Denmark? Take note that their Pride festivities run from August 16 – 21, and fares are approximately $1,300 for nonstop round trip service. For more information about Copenhagen Pride like their Facebook page, here.
For nonstop service between Boston and Copenhagen contact SAS and Norwegian Air Shuttle (nonstop service starts in May 2016).
Earlier this month, Attitude Magazine shared the results of a survey they conducted with the LGBT-friendly travel service OutOfOffice.com. The annual survey was completed by more than 900 LGBT travelers.
One of the more interesting survey findings was that 61% of LGBT travelers would not not visit a destination where homosexuality is illegal. I have many friends who have traveled to countries where homosexuality is either illegal or if not technically illegal – still dangerous to visit. To date, Sergio and I have erred on the side of visiting places where we can safely travel but I’m curious what your thoughts are on the matter.
Would you travel to a destination where it is illegal to be gay?
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Tel Aviv is a modern, progressive city that has a well deserved reputation for being incredibly gay friendly. Last month The Boston Globe had an excellent article worth reading if you are interested in visiting Tel Aviv. In the article, Welcome to Tel Aviv, the gayest city on earth, the Globe journalist, Christopher Muther, paraphrases descriptions of the city that he came across in tour books, writing, “Tel Aviv as gayer than a Neil Patrick Harris pool party.”
For those who may not feel comfortable planning a trip to Israel, friends of mine who recently visited the area had rave reviews about OUTstanding Travel, a company that focuses on gay travelers. While Sergio and I currently do not have plans to visit Tel Aviv, it is on our bucket list and we hope to get there before long. Fortunately, starting last June, Israeli airline, El Al, started flying nonstop from Boston to Tel Aviv with round trip fares starting at $799.
If you are thinking of visiting this summer, keep in mind that Tel Aviv throws an amazing Pride Party in early June. This year Tel Aviv pride parade will take place June 3, 2016. Be sure to check out the official video from Tel Aviv Pride 2015.
Jesse hanging out at Praça de D. Pedro IV in Lisbon, Portugal
Nonstop service starts a week before Lisbon Pride this June
TAP Portugal has announced daily nonstop service between Boston and Lisbon will start June 11, 2016. TAP Portugal also announced a partnership with JetBlue out of Logan and JFK to help them provide more connections for passengers.
I’ve not had a chance to visit Lisbon yet, but it is on my short list of destinations to see. My friend, Jesse, shared this photo from his previous visit to Lisbon, Portugal. For those who may be contemplating a visit, Lisbon Pride parade and festival will take place on Saturday, June 18th; one week after nonstop service starts from Boston. For more information about gay life in Lisbon link here.
Want to book a flight? Check out the airlines website, TAP Portugal.
Provincetown’s Carnival celebration starts five months from today
Provincetown’s week long Carnival celebration is always a blast and every year Sergio and I try to make it a point to attend. For those unfamiliar with the popular theme week, there are multiple fun activities planned every day, but the most fun is the parade which takes place on Thursday, August 18th. Last year’s theme was Candy Land and I’ve included a video showing some of the fun to whet your appetite and encourage you to plan a visit to Ptown for Carnival 2016.
Are you contemplating a visit or do you need some help planning a trip to Provincetown? Reach out and I’d be happy to help you plan your trip to Ptown.
Disco Breakfast in Le Marais
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