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TOWARDS TRULY LESBIAN TRAVEL
You know the feeling. You’re planning a trip: a weekend away or maybe your annual vacation with partner,
and you want it to be special. By that I mean you want your trip to go smoothly: no raised eyebrows at
the request for a double bed; no shocked looks at the embrace in the pool; no downcast eyes when room
service is delivered to you whilst wearing hotel bathrobes; and most importantly, no unwanted attention
from straight men with porn-fed fantasies about two lesbians in a hot tub needing company. We’ve all
been there: the “perhaps if I’d pretended you were my sister we would have had a better time” holiday.
But why do we continue to put up with this state of affairs?
Community Marketing Inc., a US ‘gay market research and development lab’ states: “Gay men and
lesbians travel more, spend more and have the largest amount of disposable income. Undaunted by
events in the news, gay and lesbian travellers make up 10% of the travel industry—or more. Most critically,
their travel dollars go to suppliers and destinations that recognise their unique buying preferences and offer
them differentiated value.” So really, there is no reason for LGBT holiday-makers to feel inconvenienced or
under-serviced when they travel. Far from being closeted when we leave the comforts of home we need
to make our presence felt and demand the goods and services we require. Gay and Lesbian Tourism
Australia (galta.com.au) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing gay and lesbian travellers within
Australia with information about and access to quality tourism. They work closely with the International Gay
and Lesbian Travel Association (iglta.com) helping you to find LGBT friendly travel businesses worldwide.
Increasingly, instead of trying to fit in with mainstream travellers such as heterosexual honeymooners or
suburban couples with 2.5 children, lesbians are seeking out their own kind when they travel. Lesbian
owned and operated companies such as Olivia (olivia.com), who have pioneered lesbian cruises, resorts,
adventure holidays, luxury escapes and family vacations, are reaping the rewards of catering to the
community. The 11th Annual LGBT Travel Survey conducted last month found that 76% of lesbians who
had taken a gay cruise in the last three years sailed with lesbian-only Olivia.
This month we take you behind the scenes of Olivia, the world’s most successful lesbian company, and
look at what they’re doing right. You also have the chance to win one of their luxurious cruises to the
Mexican Riviera. Turn to page 17 for more information.
Elsewhere in this issue we hear the stories of lesbians who enjoy their own or other lesbians’ company
when they globetrot: from the Kimberley Ranges to Mumbai. We note that while International Lesbian Day
events were hard to track down, Queensland was celebrating, especially at LGBT resort Turtle Cove.
New York City always
and this month we have a
pictorial featuring my current
favourite spot on the planet
– Manhattan. Here I am
standing in Times Square
with the Naked Cowgirl and
a female traffic cop! My
expat Aussie pal Jasmine
Hirst took this snap, and the
spectacle of three females
becoming bosom buddies on
a traffic island in 42nd Street
rush hour barely raised an
Whether you’re an armchair
traveller or shopping for your
next adventure, enjoy!
From left: The Naked Singing
Cowgirl; one of NYPD’s finest;
and one happy editor
Photo: Jasmine Hirst
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