Travel Tips

Everything you need to gay up your vacation.

Halloween Fit for a Queen: LGBT Parties, Festivals, and Happy Haunts Across the U.S.

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Halloween is next week! So, this can mean only one thing — it’s time to grab your costume and head out on the town to celebrate. However skimpy or politically driven your disguise portrays, make sure you plan to show off your spirit. There are plenty of events from coast-to-coast and here are a few to get you in the mood.

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Key West: Fantasy Now, Always

 

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Ernest Hemingway wrote, “Everyone behaves badly — given the chance.” Yes, old Ernie knew Key West.

The southernmost island of everyone’s favorite archipelago lures travelers year-round. A come-as-you-are spirit, tropical atmosphere, beautiful landscaping, crystal water and clothing-optional attitude — what’s not to love? Key West means happiness.

Always ready for a party, Cuba’s tiny neighbor amps it up during Fantasy Fest, a 10-day, no-holds-barred fête filled with costumes, body paint, drinking, dancing, life loving and skin aplenty. I consider it a high holy day (lowercase; no offense here!) and fly south for it every year, meticulously planned outfits in tow. The celebration — themed “Political VooDoo & Ballot Box Barbarians” for 2016 — is going down right now.

Headed to the bash? Here are the highlights. Wish you were going? Keep scrolling down to the anytime suggestions for your off-Fest getaway.

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Seven Easy Halloween Costumes to Show Your Wanderlust

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You guys, Halloween is right around the corner and if you plan on just reverting back to an old costume idea, think again. There are plenty of spooky, gory, fun and even sexy disguises that are easy to complete on a time (or money) crunch. If you take any advice, please just leave the “Sexy Ken Bone” costume to the more basic party-goers. Here are some travel-inspired wears:

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Hit the Road, Jack: California Colors

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All this month, we’re taking you on a road trip. Bid your city and your stresses adieu. Grab some friends, jump in the car and take the scenic route with us. Find brilliant little stops, surprises tucked away, and tips to make the road trip experience complete. Do you already have a favorite road trip that you took? Let us know!

Hard to believe it but fall is here! Hot and steamy summer nights make way for colorful days and cozy evenings.

Fall follows summer, meaning beach memories and tan lines remain fresh, but you’re ready for vineyard tours, bonfires, and foliage drives with your special someone. Now’s the perfect time to plan a long weekend or week — you deserve it! — exploring a gay-friendly city and its surrounding Technicolor countryside towns.

Destination:

California dreamin’ in color.

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Hurricane Matthew Airline, Train and Bus Travel Updates

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If you’ve got any hope of traveling into or out of the southeast during Hurricane Matthew, jot down your airline/bus/train information and stay closely tuned to their updates through these channels:

American Airlines: Website and Twitter

Delta: Website and Twitter

Frontier: Website and Twitter

JetBlue: Website and Twitter

Southwest: Website and Twitter

Spirit: Website and Twitter

United: Website and Twitter

 

Amtrak: Website and Twitter

 

BoltBus: Website and Twitter

Greyhound: Website and Twitter

MegaBus: Website and Twitter


Hit the Road, Jack: Making a Run from the Border to the Desert

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All this month, we’re taking you on a road trip. Bid your city and your stresses adieu. Grab some friends, jump in the car and take the scenic route with us. Find brilliant little stops, surprises tucked away, and tips to make the road trip experience complete. Do you already have a favorite road trip that you took? Let us know!

Hard to believe it but fall is here! Hot and steamy summer nights make way for colorful days and cozy evenings.

Fall follows summer, meaning beach memories and tan lines remain fresh, but you’re ready for vineyard tours, bonfires, and foliage drives with your special someone. Now’s the perfect time to plan a long weekend or week — you deserve it! — exploring a gay-friendly city and its surrounding Technicolor countryside towns.

Destination:

Southern California, specifically Palm Springs. And let’s face it, Palm Spring is HOT! But, as they say, it’s a dry heat. (And with minimal humidity, you really never have a bad hair day. Score!)

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Drive Out of Your Comfort Zone: Road Trip Through the Mid-Atlantic

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All this month, we’re taking you on a road trip. Bid your city and your stresses adieu. Grab some friends, jump in the car and take the scenic route with us. Find brilliant little stops, surprises tucked away, and tips to make the road trip experience complete. Do you already have a favorite road trip that you took? Let us know!

Hard to believe it but fall is here! Hot and steamy summer nights make way for colorful days and cozy evenings.

Fall follows summer, meaning beach memories and tan lines remain fresh, but you’re ready for vineyard tours, bonfires, and foliage drives with your special someone. Now’s the perfect time to plan a long weekend or week — you deserve it! — exploring a gay-friendly city and its surrounding Technicolor countryside towns.

Destination:

Southeastern PA: Philadelphia, Bucks County, New Hope, Kennett Square

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Hit the Road, Jack: Road Trip Through Midwest

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All this month, we’re taking you on a road trip. Bid your city and your stresses adieu. Grab some friends, jump in the car and take the scenic route with us. Find brilliant little stops, surprises tucked away, and tips to make the road trip experience complete. Do you already have a favorite road trip that you took? Let us know!

Hard to believe it but fall is here! Hot and steamy summer nights make way for colorful days and cozy evenings.

Fall follows summer, meaning beach memories and tan lines remain fresh, but you’re ready for vineyard tours, bonfires, and foliage drives with your special someone. Now’s the perfect time to plan a long weekend or week — you deserve it! — exploring a gay-friendly city and its surrounding Technicolor countryside towns.

Destination:

Midwest! In this part of the country, Chicago is “the city,” but one that largely puts aside those big-city rules. In dating terms, the Midwest doesn’t wait two days to call you back after a date. Friendly and inviting, this part of the country forgot that Americans are supposed to have an attitude.

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Drive Out of Your Comfort Zone: If Dolly Can do It, So Can We!

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All this month, we’re taking you on a road trip. Bid your city and your stresses adieu. Grab some friends, jump in the car and take the scenic route with us. Find brilliant little stops, surprises tucked away, and tips to make the road trip experience complete. Do you already have a favorite road trip that you took? Let us know!

Hard to believe it but fall is here! Hot and steamy summer nights make way for colorful days and cozy evenings.

Fall follows summer, meaning beach memories and tan lines remain fresh, but you’re ready for vineyard tours, bonfires, and foliage drives with your special someone. Now’s the perfect time to plan a long weekend or week — you deserve it! — exploring a gay-friendly city and its surrounding Technicolor countryside towns.

Destination:

There’s something about crooning cowboys that makes us swoon. America’s South features incredible country and folk acts every night in venues all around — especially around Dolly Partons neck-of-the-woods!

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Drive Out of Your Comfort Zone: Road Trip Through Northern California

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All this month, we’re taking you on a road trip. Bid your city and your stresses adieu. Grab some friends, jump in the car and take the scenic route with us. Find brilliant little stops, surprises tucked away, and tips to make the road trip experience complete. Do you already have a favorite road trip that you took? Let us know!

Hard to believe it but fall is here! Hot and steamy summer nights make way for colorful days and cozy evenings.

Fall follows summer, meaning beach memories and tan lines remain fresh, but you’re ready for vineyard tours, bonfires, and foliage drives with your special someone. Now’s the perfect time to plan a long weekend or week — you deserve it! — exploring a gay-friendly city and its surrounding Technicolor countryside towns.

Destination:

NorCal — the area north of San Francisco around Napa and Sonoma Counties — Westward Ho!

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