How to Stay Fit on Your Gaycation

Going on a vacation is a joyous occasion that will help you relax and take your mind off everyday stress. However, if you’re an active person who loves nothing more than staying in shape, you can’t spend your time doing nothing but eating all day long. You need to keep your body fit, lose some weight, and boost your strength, even though you’re supposed to be taking it easy. So, if you too are part of the gay community and wish to stay fit on your vacation, here’s what you need to do.

Eat healthy food

No matter what kind of vacation you’re going on – a cruise, a road trip, a visit to a foreign country, or something else – eating healthy food is essential. You can prepare your food yourself or rely on local restaurants, but insisting on eating three healthy meals a day is what’s ultimately going to make you fitter than ever.

This might not be easy, especially if you’re surrounded by tasty street food options people generally love when they’re far away from home, but it’s still doable. You just have to get organized, know when your meals are and what you’re going to eat – keep in mind that eating healthy food means you can try out new recipes and ingredients you don’t usually use, and as long as you stick to healthy food, you can eat as much as you want.

Hit the gym

Yes, being on vacation means you’re supposed to relax and do something you don’t usually do at home, but that doesn’t prevent you from hitting the gym every once in a while. Most modern hotels are equipped with a gym, and you usually don’t have to pay for it if you’re staying in there, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do that.

Taking an hour or two out of your busy vacation schedule might mean more than you can imagine, and this is an idea that really goes a long way, especially if you already have an established gym routine and know what you’re doing. Just a few exercises and thirty minutes on the treadmill will be enough, and then you can go back to enjoying your time away from home.

Try out new exercises

Working out in a new gym and a new environment means you can try out new exercises and routines you don’t have time for back home. Even if you’re the biggest fan of working out in the world, there must be a few things you haven’t tried yet, and hitting the gym on your vacation might be the perfect opportunity to do that. Whether it’s lifting weights, trying out new cardio equipment, or pushing your boundaries further than before, just stop thinking about it and start actually doing it!

Of course, you’re going to need some help, so talk to personal trainers in your hotel gym and ask them to give you a hand, show you around, and help you reach your full potential. If you’re planning on lifting weights, for instance, you might want to consider packing some comfortable bodybuilding clothing that will help you look good and give you that extra push you’re looking for. You need to do this beforehand, though, so start packing as soon as possible.

Go for a run

Running is probably the healthiest and easiest way to stay in shape, not just at home, but on your vacation as well. Therefore, you need to find time for a quick run in the morning or evening, and you won’t believe how much this will help you stay in shape.

Running in an unknown town could seem strange at first, but it’s one of the best ways to check out the place you’re visiting and get familiar with its parks, beaches, forests, and other outdoor locations suitable for running. In the end, this will get you energized and pumped up, and you’re going to enjoy your vacation more than ever before.

Staying fit on your gaycation isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible either. All you need to do is get organized, stay active and find ways to eat healthy food – these are the things that won’t just prevent you from gaining weight, but will actually help you lose some in the process as well.

Peter Minkoff is a gay travel and lifestyle writer. Besides writing, he worked as a travel journalist for many publications in Australia and the UK. Follow Peter on Facebook and Twitter for more tips.

Peter Minkoff ist ein schwuler Reise- und Lifestyle-Autor. Er arbeitete als Reisejournalist für viele Publikationen in Australien und Großbritannien. Folge Peter auf Facebook und Twitter für weitere Tipps.

How to Plan a Perfect LGBT Honeymoon

No matter if you’re a sucker for weddings or not, we can all agree that the honeymoon is the best part of any wedding. This is the time to make the best memories, relax and start your marriage on the right foot. However, without ample planning, your trip can end up being a total bust. So, here are a few practical tips on how to plan a perfect LGBT honeymoon.

Plan well

All the best honeymoons are planned while both parties are on the same page. So, make sure to talk it over before you start contacting travel agents! Do you want to unwind and relax or have a wild adventure that will fill you with adrenaline? Do you prefer bright lights of the city or the quiet of the beach and nature? You must know what you want as a couple and what you prefer as travelers. This will allow you to plan the best honeymoon to mark the beginning of your life together.

Research your destination

Here’s the harsh truth, it’s still illegal to be LGBT in over 80 countries and in 13 you can be sentenced to death for being gay. However, traveling as a gay person can be risky no matter where you go. This is not scaremongering, but even ultra-liberal destinations like NYC, London and Amsterdam have instances of anti-LGBT violence. Now, you can’t miss your honeymoon because you’re scared! But, what you can do is pick a more gay-friendly destination—we just want you to be safe, alright!

Choose LGBT-friendly accommodation

Not every destination has obviously gay resorts and hotels, so make sure to do your research. When in doubt, check with Ebab or go through Fodor’s and Frommer’s selections. You’ll get to find all sorts of LGBT sections, area-specific tips and no-nos for gay romance.

Pack well

If you’re going to a tropical island or anywhere where you’re planning to spend the majority of your time at the beach, you don’t need much. However, you still want to be stylish and even maybe show off your love. For instance, lesbian couples can check out one piece swimwear online and grab matching swimwear. You’ll look so fabulous together (you might look like walking lesbian stereotypes, but who cares!). However, if you’re planning to have fancy dinners in the city, you’ll need something more formal, preferably with sleeves. Additionally, don’t forget to pack all your sex toys and gear. You might get a chance to renew your collection at your destination, but who knows whether they sell anything. You just can’t risk it.

Organize something special

Just because you tied the knot, that doesn’t mean you can leave romance and grand gestures behind you! Take time to surprise your spouse with something very exciting and show just how much you love them. Use your knowledge of their preferences to come up with something amazing that will surely make them happy. If you have a hopeless romantic for a husband, plan a private evening with bubbly, roses and a lot of cuddling. On the other hand, if your wife loves adventure, a field trip to nature will make her feel over the moon.  

Don’t forget why you’re doing this

The most important thing about honeymoons is the feeling of doing something together, as a couple. So, no matter how much you hate organizing stuff, make sure to stay engaged and give your feedback. This planning time will not only allow you to grow as a couple but also bring you closer together. If you plan it together, it will make your honeymoon even more perfect. So, don’t forget why you’re doing this—to celebrate your beautiful love and your victory over haters!

Sure, planning a perfect honeymoon is not something you can do in one afternoon, but if you stay focused and do your homework, you’ll end up in real LGBT heaven!

Peter Minkoff is a gay travel and lifestyle writer. Besides writing, he worked as a travel journalist for many publications in Australia and the UK. Follow Peter on Facebook and Twitter for more tips.

Peter Minkoff ist ein schwuler Reise- und Lifestyle-Autor. Er arbeitete als Reisejournalist für viele Publikationen in Australien und Großbritannien. Folge Peter auf Facebook und Twitter für weitere Tipps.