Today is the first day of Oktoberfest. I briefly attended this beer festival in the early 1990s but don’t remember ever seeing someone like Kris Evans there otherwise I’m certain I would’ve made it a point to get back to Munich. This year Oktoberfest runs through Tuesday, October 3rd.
Earlier this summer another European discount airline announced it will offer nonstop service between Boston and London. Flights will start on Saturday, May 19, 2018, leaving from London Stansted. Although I’ve never heard of Stansted, according to the airport website there is a train called the Stansted Express that can be taken. Trains leave 7-days a week every 15 minutes (and every 30 minutes for early and late trains). The trains get you into the heart of London in approximately 45 minutes.
Introductory fares are now available for < $100 each way
Primera Air is a Scandanavian discount airline best known for short haul flights in Europe, but for these transatlantic flights to Boston and Newark they will be using the Airbus A 321. One would presume if they can break into this competitive market they will expand to more airports in the United States and offer more destinations in Europe for budget-conscious travelers.
London Stansted – Boston
Flight PF043 Depart London Stansted 17:00 – Arrive Boston 20:10 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)
Flight PF044 Depart Boston 21:40 – London Stansted 09:30 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)
Earlier this week Delta Airlines announced two new nonstop routes to Pittsburgh and New Orleans. Flights to Pittsburgh will begin October 1st with two daily round-trip flights. New Orleans service will be seasonal, on Saturdays and Sundays from February 10 – April 1.
By October, Delta will be offering 103 peak-day departures from Boston (20 more departures from a year ago). You can read more about Delta’s new routes by visiting yesterday’s story in USA Today, here.
Photo courtesy of Esja Travel which caters to LGBT travelers
Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) wants to hear from you. They have a new online survey about LGBTQ hotel and travel preferences. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete.
Everyone who completes the survey can be entered into a drawing to win one of twenty US $50, or if you win you can select a charity to receive the $50.
CMI’s Hotel and Travel Preferences LGBTQ Survey
One survey question asks what (if any) blogs are travel resources for you. Any shout out to BosGuy blog is certainly appreciated.
Last month The Travel Channel posted a quick read on tips to help you book cheap flights, which you can read here. I have included a few of their suggestions and combined them with some of my travel tips. I hope you find these helpful.
1 – Book your flights on Tuesday afternoons between 2PM – 3PM. Rick Sweeney, CEO and co-founder of Farecompare explains that airfares are filed in the evenings each Monday, which allows competing airlines on Tuesday at 10AM to see what fares are being filed and they are given the option of “matching” competitor airfares. This matching process takes a bit of time and that is how / why shopping on Tuesdays (ideally at 2:30PM) is so economical. For more on this watch this video of Rick Sweeney on Business Insider.
2- Shop for flights incognito. Outsmart the internet by searching for airline tickets in private browsing mode or incognito. Since cookies are used when you’re searching regularly in your browser, airline sites can see you repeatedly searched routes and increase the price it quotes you.
3 – Check out Google Flights. I think this is the best search tool if you are looking to get away but not necessarily married to any specific destination. For example, if you want to go to Western Europe in the Summer or perhaps the Caribbean in the Fall you can select a part of the world and Google Flights will show you airfares for all the airports in that area. You can also refine the search to look by specific airline alliances.
Do you enjoy camping? Did you know there is a local group that regularly plans camping trips around New England for gay men only? This group of nearly 500 members recently created a Facebook page that I would like to encourage you to visit and like: www.facebook.com/GayMenCamping.
Gay Men Camping is a social outdoor adventure group for gay men of all ages including singles, couples and friends who appreciate nature, hiking, backpacking and have a passion for exploring the outdoors. This is a non-sexual social group to make new friends of every age. A get-together for singles to meet other singles, for events to do with your gay male friends and for couples looking for a social getaway. No worries if you are a camping novice. All are welcome.
Upcoming camping trips include:
Friday, July 28th: Wompatuck State Park 🌳 Hingham, MA
Friday, August 18th: Harold Parker State Forest 🌳 Andover, MA
Sunday, August 27th: Private Island 🎣 Royalston, MA
Having recently returned from Washington, D.C. for their pride celebration, I thought I’d share findings from Generali Global Assistance which says two-thirds of Americans plan to travel this summer (up 5% from last summer).
Will you be taking time off from work this summer?
Share your destination in the comments section of this post.
The findings from Generali Global Assistance are not LGBTQ-specific and I looked back at CMI’s 21st Annual LGBT Tourism & Hospitality Survey to see if they shared any insight into travel this year as compared to last but didn’t see that information. My hunch is that lesbian and gay singles and couples who don’t have children probably travel more than the general population and the percentage of LGBTQ travelers in general would be higher than Generali Global Assistance findings.