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Have a safe holiday with these travel tips
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Planning a relaxing holiday? Is Aruba, Jamaica, Bermuda, Bahama,
Key Largo, Montego or even the Beach Boys’ Kokomo a place that you
have considered visiting ? Taking that special some one on an overseas
extravag anza, backpacking solo across Europe or heading somewhere with
a tour group?
Maybe you are travelling overseas to g et hitched? Many couples de cide
that they can’t wait any longer for Australian laws to change and head off
to Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium or Spain. Perfect for the wedding and
honeymoon in one!
When planning to travel, unfortunately most LGBT people have to
consider whether a place is ‘gay safe’ or not. Sometimes it’s as simple as
not being openly ‘out’ in some destinations. However, it can be difficult to
enjoy yourself when you are constantly monitoring your behaviour.
The Foreign Office offers the following tips for LGBT travellers:
• invest in a g ood guide book – many specialise in advice to LGBT
• the internet and the g ay press can also be g ood resources.
• check out the map on the ILGA’s website (ilga.org ) which highlights
potentially dangerous regions and countries.
• Use an LGBT travel ser vice.
• local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transg ender groups are often best
placed to advise you of local laws and attitudes.
And while you’re away :
avoid potentially risky situations – don’t do anything that you wouldn’t
• Excessive physical shows of affection, by both same-sex and
heterosexual couples, are often best avoided in public.
• Be wary of new-found ‘friends’- criminals sometimes exploit the
generally open and relaxed nature of the g ay scene.
• If you receive unwelcome attention or unwelcome remarks it’s usually
best to ignore them.
• You’re more likely to experience difficulties in rural areas so it’s best
to exercise discretion
• Some resorts can be quite segreg ated - when you are outside the ‘gay
neighbourhood’ expressions of sexuality may be frowned upon and
• some hotels, especially in rural areas, won’t accept bookings from
same sex couples –check before you g o
It’s not all grim though, a quick internet search and you can find multiple
websites with thousands of suggestions for gay friendly travel. There are
plenty of cruises, tours and accommodation that are all about the g ayness.
When thinking of travelling , both the stresses and excitement around
the planning , heading off and returning are numerous. The potential for
arg uments can also increase exponentially when travelling with a partner,
and that’s ok, it happens to a lot of people.
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