How to Pack For a Perfect Summer LGBT Road Trip

It’s summer which means that it’s time for that LGBT road trip of the year, and we cannot be more excited than that. You have probably decided on your destination, but depending on the destination that you chose, you will have to pack accordingly. Some people like to go to cold places during the summer months, such as Scandinavian countries for example, and if this is the case, make sure to pack both something warm and something for when it’s hot. However, we will focus on those who will go someplace hot where they will show plenty of skin. What to pack and what to have always in mind?

The essentials

The first things that you need to put in your bag are the essentials that you cannot travel without. These include your passport, your ID, your medical insurance, your plane tickets and the booking of your accommodation. Have these in one place and don’t forget them as you cannot buy new ones there. This is particularly important for your passport and your medical insurance. As far as the tickets and the booking confirmation are concerned, it’s always good to have them with you at all times, unless you want to run around trying to find a place to print them out. Also, have a backup copy on your phone.

Clothes

As far as clothes are concerned, make sure to have something for every single occasion. This means that you want something long-sleeved in case it gets chilly, something formal, something sporty, something sexy. It’s summer and you probably don’t need a lot of clothes, but bringing something of everything will definitely make your stay there more interesting. Also, you can bring some women’s boots if you want to have a crazy night out in drag or if that’s your cup of tea. However, make sure that the things you wear are comfortable, as comfort comes before anything else.

Something formal

Since it’s your summer holiday, there will be a time when you will go out together on a formal dinner at a good restaurant, and this is why you need to pack something that’s a bit more formal as going there in flip flops and shorts just won’t do. Now, you don’t have to pack your whole suit, but make sure that you have one pair of good pants and a shirt that accentuates all of your best features. As far as shoes are concerned, you can choose sneakers as these go well with suits and also because athleisure.

Vanity table items

Now, what about the small things that you think take no space but when you double check you see that they are taking way more than they are supposed to? We are talking about shampoos, skin care products, perfumes. First, check if there are shampoos in the hotel or apartment you will be staying at, and if yes, there is no need to bring your own. You will need some space for the sunscreen and other things that are important for the summer. Of course, don’t forget your signature perfume as you will need it every night. You don’t have to bring more than one – it’s summer and more often than not you will not be needing it. 

For sexy time

And finally, an LGBT trip is nothing without the possibility of getting between someone’s sheets, of course, if you’re single and going without a partner. If this is your case, do not forget to pack your favorite pair of underwear as you will never know when you will be needing them. Apart from that, bring condoms and lube – you might find these there, but it’s always better to bring some with you. Also, have at least one condom always with you in your wallet. 

 

Well guys, hopefully, you will have the time of your life. LGBT trips are amazing, and there are things that you will remember from every single one of them. This is why you should make this summer another summer to remember!

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.

Gay Summer Vacation Outfits and Style Tips

We love summer for so many reasons, and one of them is because we get to wear amazing summer clothes! This is even more exciting when we’re planning what to pack and bring with us when we go to our long-awaited summer vacation! No more sweaters, caps and winter shoes for a while, it’s time for something lighter and more comfortable! Check out this cool and stylish list about what’s hot this year regarding gaycation fashion! 

Classic jean jacket

You can find denim in most closets! Yet, when we’re talking about a jean jacket, not everyone can pull off this ever-classy piece of clothing in the same way, and many people don’t combine it in such a way to get the most out of the outfit. Maybe your first instinct would be to pair it with regular blue jeans. This is acceptable. However, match it with a pair of black jeans instead if you want to be even more stylish.  

A classic jean jacket is perfect for breezy summer nights or as a chic layer to get that look which is both casual and stylish at the same time. 

A lightweight hoodie

Even if you see that the temperature is going to be ideal during your stay, you should still consider packing your favorite hoodie! You might need it during the morning hours when it’s a bit colder, or to offer you a little warmth on the beach when the wind gets too cool. If you feel cold during your promenade with your partner, you won’t enjoy it as much. However, bring your lightweight hoodie and feel completely carefree!

Nautical striped knit shirt

This is one of those items of clothing that look good on whoever wears them. If you want to be complimented on your perfect getup, know that this piece, which is a combination of navy and white, and is also known as a French sailor shirt, goes perfectly with blue or black jeans. 

Cotton short-sleeved shirt with buttons

This is something everyone has, probably more than one. If you do not own anything like this, it’s time you go shopping and buy more of them, each in a different color! It’s dressier than other items on this list, and it requires a pair of nice-looking quality shoes. You can wear this if you want to go out, since it’s perfect for a club or maybe if you’re having a dinner with your partner. If you want to experiment a bit, try a floral pattern or maybe a checkered one. It’s audacious and people will notice you for sure!

Branded underwear

Whenever you want to invest in quality branded men’s underwear, know that you can’t make a mistake. While fashion keeps changing every once in a while, good old branded underwear is always in! It doesn’t matter that no one can see it but yourself (if we are not including your significant other), when you know you’re wearing underwear of the highest quality, you simply feel better and more stylish! You deserve the best, and if you already pay attention to wearing only trendy clothes, underwear should be included here undoubtedly! 

Hopefully, you’ll find this stylish list helpful and inspiring. You can always check out pictures in magazines and on the internet to see how famous people have combined these items. You’ll find a lot of amazing looks and you’ll want to copy them for sure. However, if you don’t want to be a copycat, you can always experiment and do things differently. Be creative and unique and have fun as others stare at you in amazement on your vacation.

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.

5 Ways to Stay Healthy on a Summer Vacation

We were doing our best to stay fit and healthy for the summer, and now that it’s here, what now? Well, it seems that we definitely need to keep going and pay attention to all the things that we eat, drink, do, just in order to stay healthy during our summer vacation. Imagine working so hard to get that damn booty so well-rounded or your abs picture-perfect just so that you get sick and stay in bed the whole summer vacation. Awful, indeed. So, take a look at a couple of ways in which you can make sure that you stay completely healthy this summer!

Healthy snacks, always

Summer is probably the season when we don’t actually get hungry that often. Could it be because of the heat, or perhaps we have so much fun in the sun that we forget about hunger, it’s not known. But it’s true. So, in order to make the best out of this situation, it’s important not to snack on junk food, as it will never do you any good. Not for your body, and not for your health. This is why you should stack yourself with healthy snacks, such as healthy nuts, high-protein nutrition bars, or fruit. The latter is always a great option for the beach for example, as it’s not only healthy but incredibly refreshing as well. 

Take your vitamins

Sometimes, we don’t actually get all the vitamins that our body needs. Summer is even worse in this case, as we, as already mentioned, forget to eat and are constantly trying to find new ways to have fun and enjoy the sun. Due to the fact that we don’t eat regularly or simply eat whatever comes to hand, we should make sure we’re taking all the important vitamins and nutrients our body needs. Apart from the regular magnesium, vitamin D or iron, we should take something for our heart and cardiovascular health, such as the CoQ10 pills that will also help with the oxidation of our system. Remember that your health is the most important thing that you own, and you really want to keep special attention to it during summertime. You definitely don’t want to get crazy right now!

Your face matters

Skincare is also a form of being healthy, so it doesn’t matter that this is not your first association upon hearing the word “healthy”, but sunscreen is definitely something you always need to have with you, especially during summertime. Even though not many people know that it’s important to use sunscreen in winter as well, most of us know that the summer sun is quite dangerous, and that the UV sunrays are quite harmful. Choosing a good sunscreen will definitely help your face skin and health. 

H2O to the rescue

Thank God and people are finally aware of the importance of hydration! But the point is to know exactly when you need to drink water. For example, many people fail to do so during summertime, which can cause fatigue and sluggishness. What can make this worse is travelling and spending time in the sun, so it’s important to always have a bottle of water next to you. It’s still a question how much water a day you should drink, but make sure that it’s around 2 liters. Drinking plenty of water and hydration in general is not only important for your face or skin, but for your general health as well. Your organs need water in order to function normally, your metabolism will get better, and your brain will work in a better way. 

Get enough zzzs

As the final piece of advice on how to stay healthy during your summer holidays is that you always sleep as much as you need, which is, to remind you, 7 or 8 hours a night. Yes, there will be times during which you will be gaying your way through the crowd of dancing people, but make sure that you get rested afterwards, and don’t party every single night. Sometimes your body needs to recover from dancing, let alone alcohol and whatever-else-you-took, so make sure you have your alarm clock ready nearby. Or a picture of sheep if in need to count them. 

So what’s our goal this summer? Yes, have fun obviously, find a boyfriend or a crush / one-night stand. But the most important one is definitely staying healthy. Without that, we wouldn’t be able to achieve other goals!

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.

5 Best Ways to Relax After a Long Flight

Traveling is always so much fun, but if we travel to distant destinations, then we face jet lag, one of the worst feelings in the world. So it’s safe to say that with traveling long distances, you gain some, you lose some, in this case sleep. However, this is a small price to pay for a good trip, especially because there are reasons how to overcome this problem. So, if you have a long trip ahead of you, this is how you can fight off your jet lag:

Spend the day in the nature

It doesn’t matter where you went, coming back home is always difficult. However, what could make you feel slightly happier is not going straight home, but actually spending the day in nature. Exposure to daylight is a very powerful and natural tool that can definitely help you out. This is why, if you’re feeling sleepy (which is one of the main symptoms of jet lag), go outside and spend the day in the sun. Go to the closest park and spend the day with your friends there. It’s important to go somewhere that’s very light and relaxing, so local beaches or parks will do just fine. However, if the weather is not good, you might be in trouble and have to move to a different tip.

Stay active

While your initial idea after a long flight would be to relax, you can also stay active. Exercising early in the morning or late afternoon (good sex can also count as an activity, for your information!) will certainly revitalize you. However, make sure not to exercise very close to your bedtime as it can be counterproductive.

Relax in your home

Probably the first idea of any of us would be to go home and relax in the comfort of our own home. And this is generally an amazing idea, but make sure that you actually know how to relax. Go home, take off your clothes, take out your candle supplies and light them up, prepare yourself a warm bath and simply relax. A warm bath can really be incredibly powerful and will certainly revitalize you, give you that freshness that you need and wake you up or make you hit those zzzs that you’re missing.

Drink natural tea

Drinking coffee or drinks rich in caffeine will certainly keep you up for some time, but it’s not always the healthiest choice. Instead, you might opt for some more natural drinks, such as a cup of natural tea. The best drink to recharge your body and your mind is a natural brew of Yerba Mate, ginkgo biloba and ginseng. However, it might be quite difficult to prepare it yourself, so if you lack the ingredients or you cannot find an already made mixture, you can opt for a cup of chamomile, lavender or valerian tea. Also, green tea and green matcha tea are also great options that will boost your energy levels a bit.

Mind what showers you take

As far as showers are concerned, you might think that it doesn’t matter what kind of shower you should take and this is where you would be wrong. In case of jet lag, make sure to take a cold shower in the evening and a warm one in the morning. This will release melatonin, also known as the sleep-regulation hormone, as it becomes triggered in sudden temperature changes in the body.

Take a nap

If you land in the afternoon and hit straight home, the chances of you going to bed and falling asleep are very high – and if you sleep 8 hours then you will wake up somewhere in the middle of the night, and what have you done? Nothing. This is why the only way to include sleep in your anti-jet lag process is to take short naps, also known as power naps. These will help you relax for just a bit but will also give you that energy boost that you need to survive until your usual bedtime.

We all love to sleep, and it seems that as we grow older, the more we appreciate sleep. However, it’s not healthy to always sleep, and this is why you should try whatever you can do to fight your jet lag. Not only is it unhealthy, but it’s also quite nerve-wracking. Try out these simple tips and you will see the difference.

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.

5 Reasons Why Sydney is a Perfect Honeymoon Destination

Sydney is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and when it comes to your perfect honeymoon it’s definitely at the top of the list as well. After all, Sydney has plenty to offer to its visitors and your romantic getaway will undoubtedly be filled with various activities and memorable experiences. If you’re still deciding where to spend this love-celebrating vacation with your spouse, check out what makes Sydney so irresistible to couples all over the world.

Nature and scenery are amazing

Also called the city of thousand beaches, Sydney can turn out to be the perfect backdrop for your romantic photos. After all, the nature and scenery of this city is breathtaking. And that doesn’t only include the marvelous sandy beaches. Sydney also features amazing parks and gardens. Its unique flora will undoubtedly leave you breathless and provide the pleasant greenery everybody needs when they’re relaxing and enjoying themselves. With the Blue Mountains surrounding the city, you won’t be missing on landscape views one bit.

Thrilling city attractions

Sydney offers the best of both worlds to its visitors. Aside from the picturesque natural scenery it also features a gorgeous cityscape with plenty of attractions to keep the couple entertained. For starters, the historical tours in The Rocks suburb are really interesting, showing you the old architecture and even a couple of mysteries of the area. Choose among various museums that will amaze you with its design and exhibitions. Visit the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Tower and Opera House. Go down to the Queen Victoria Building for a unique shopping experience. The options are endless.

Enjoy the diverse food culture

If you and your spouse appreciate the taste of excellent cuisine and wine, Sydney won’t leave you disappointed. After all, you’ll hardly find another place that offers so many diverse food and beverage options. Thanks to the cultural diversity in Sydney, you can literally find dishes from all over the world to satisfy your palate. What’s more, you have an amazing selection of smaller cafes, fancy restaurants and lovely street food stalls for different occasions. And with Australia being so big on wine culture, the options you’ll have, from unique blends to tasty organic red wine, will make every dining experience more special.

Explore the buzzing nightlife

While you may like to relax during the day, the nighttime in Sydney is where the streets and the bars come to life. And as you can imagine, there are plenty of bars that are perfect for romantic couples. If you like the noise and the crowds you’ll find your place among the Sydneysiders rather quickly. In case this is your jam definitely visit Oxford Street. But, the best part of Sydney’s night life is the ability to easily find a bar that will provide you with great cocktails and music, but also a more intimate atmosphere with less noise so that you can comfortably cuddle up and enjoy the course of the evening without having to shout at each other in order to communicate.

5. Get the feel of fun activities

As mentioned, Sydney is a city that provides its citizens and visitors with plenty to do. In that respect, the two of you won’t have time to even think about feeling bored. Cycling is one of the more popular activities for couples as it allows you to check out beaches and other areas in a more interesting manner. A jet boat ride will delight the adventurers. The two of you can also visit the Blue Mountains and explore the scenic rainforest so close to this modern city. You can also swim with the dolphins at Port Stephens. And a trip to Hunter Valley will let you taste some of the finest wines, cheeses and chocolates. There’s something to do for everyone and sharing these experiences with your loved one will only strengthen your bond.

If Sydney turns out to be your choice for the perfect honeymoon don’t hesitate to check out everything the city has to offer before you even book your tickets. After all, this will allow you to create an itinerary and find activities and attractions that you really wouldn’t want to miss, especially when you’re together on a vacation that celebrates your love.

 

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.

5 Exciting LGBT Friendly Destinations

Because of the growing LGBT population, there are so many places that are gay-friendly to visit nowadays. From smaller towns to bigger cities, wherever you go a lot of fun is guaranteed if you know how to enjoy to the fullest. There are some that are more suitable for singles, while others would be better for couples and families. Check out this list of five cool places to visit, because they are quite welcoming.

Margaret River in Western Australia

We know that Australia is quite awesome, and people know this small town best for its boutiques, craft breweries and wineries that surround it. If you like how all this sounds, you should also know there is a must-try craft beer in Margaret River that is worth your while. Beaches and surf breaks are beautiful and there is even a period when whales that are migratory can be seen (from June to October). You can also see two lighthouses, one on the north and another on the south of the town. It is good for peaceful long distance walks and it is both an LGBT and family friendly place that everyone likes.

Berlin, Germany

If you want to have the time of your life or a honeymoon that came right out of a dream, maybe start thinking about Europe. Berlin is a great city to visit if you are looking for open-minded people. European gay scene is definitely amazing and something everyone should experience. There are many popular gay clubs that are perfect for singles or people in a partying mood. For older gays and transgender people, or just the ones who are more interested in exploring the place’s history and classical culture, you can have tours where you can learn more about German history. It is actually pretty interesting. When it comes to hotels, Mercure Hotel Berlin City comes highly recommended, but there are also many other exquisite options.   

Koh Samui, Thailand

This is definitely for someone who prefers exotic and distant places. A magical island Koh Samui in Thailand is maybe the one that’s most worth mentioning. You can find accomodation over Ebab that is gonna fulfill all of your demands.  Look for accommodations that have a terrace that overlooks the beach and has a splendid view where you can look at the ocean. If you like swimming, you can check out the places with a great swimming pool, or the neighboring beach in order to enjoy an exotic swim in the ocean. You also have a considerable number of spas, gyms and restaurants. There is no way you get bored here!

Toronto in Ontario, Canada

Canada is known to be a very friendly country, so it is not a surprise that you can visit its cities, like Toronto in Ontario, for it has a very gay-friendly reputation. They say you can expect extremely welcoming people here and the LGBT community is pretty strong. If you like drag shows and karaoke, Crews and Tangos is a bar where you can go to have some fun. For the more sedate atmosphere, you have the Beaver for patio and bingo parties. The Pride Month in Toronto is definitely something you don’t want to miss but even if you visit it later in the years, Halloween on Church – the city’s festive Halloween celebration – has got you covered.

Guadalajara, Mexico

This is the second largest city in Mexico and you can expect a lot of gay cuties here, just like the rest of the LGBT population. It is a remarkable cultural destination that brings you mariachi and tequila, and we love both of those. For those of you on the prowl for good-looking singles, just hit some of the city’s many bars and nightclubs where you can let loose. They hold the popular Pride celebration in June.

 

No matter what your cup of tea is, there are always great LGBT friendly places to visit. Luckily, you can find both family or singles friendly ones, too. Hopefully, this list was helpful. Have a nice time wherever you choose to go!

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.

5 Summer Vacation Packing Tips for Gay Men

Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to start planning your next summer adventure. Whether you’re traveling to the farthest corner of the globe or flying across the country, you always need to pack accordingly.

Now, every trip comes with a fair share of pros and cons, so you need to think through before you start packing. Think about where you’re going, your daily activities, after-hours nightlife, the weather… all the little things you might need when you get to your destination.

Plan ahead

There are certain things you must not forget before you go on your vacation. They might be a bit tedious to go over, but there wouldn’t be a vacation without them. The most important thing is to make sure your documents are valid – if you need a visa, get one on time.

Book your accommodation on Ebab, get travelers insurance and do a bit of research on the local laws. Some exotic destinations tend to have rules and regulations that impose certain restrictions, which can get in the way of your summer vacation and that’s definitely something you do not want to happen.

Always look incredible

You don’t need to pack a gigantic suitcase to look amazing. You need to pack enough clothes to last you through the vacation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pack lightly. Your daily attire should include a couple of jeans, a few tees and shirts and a long-sleeve shirt in case of bad weather.

As for the nightlife, bring a few outfits that emphasize your body and make you feel comfortable. If you plan to spend the nights at the beach, include some party clothes as well. Also, leave a fairly large compartment for all the extracurricular activities you might end up doing. After all, you are on vacation.

Bring the essentials

Summer vacation means that, in comparison to the rest of the year, you’ll be exposed to sunlight more than you usually would. This takes a huge toll on your skin, so if you want to stay on top of skincare routine and keep that glow year round, you need to bring all the essentials with you.

After you get the sunscreen lotion (SPF of your choice), take out all the products you use and pack only the essentials – our suggestion includes a moisturizer, a cleanser and an exfoliator. If you have problems with acne, get some acne products because the situation will probably get worse during summer.

Pack your gadgets

Nowadays, phones have amazing cameras and that’s pretty much the only camera you need to carry with you. However, the battery on your phone definitely won’t make it through a day of intense use, so consider bringing a power bank or a battery case.

You certainly don’t want to forget to bring your selfie stick – how else are you going to make those groups shot memories? However, if you’re not a fan of selfie sticks you can get an Insta360 or a Moment lens. Whichever you choose, make sure it works with your phone.

Protect yourself

Once again, depending on your destination and the activities, you will need to pack accordingly. If you’re traveling alone, you will definitely end up meeting amazing people.

Now, people tend to be a bit more relaxed during vacation than usual, so if you plan to stay out, party hard, and have sex, make sure to bring enough protection. Your health should be of utmost importance.

That being said, wherever you decide to go, take some time to relax and enjoy the moment. Try to grab a sunset or two, put your phone down, forget about your insta feed and just be there. Such moments have a habit of passing by in an instance so try not to miss them.

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.

A Gay Man’s Guide to Spring Break Packing

Ah, it’s that time again. No, we’re talking about the Game of Thrones time of the year, but spring, and the time to make all the necessary plans for our spring break gaycation! Now, this year you may have chosen a killer destination such as the Bahamas, or perhaps a more authentic one like Italy, but be that as it may, you really need to pay attention to what you’re bringing with you. Spring breaks might seem as holidays which you don’t really have to think a lot about, but the truth is different. You will most likely forget something important, so in order not to experience that feeling, take a look at some of the essentials, write them down and may it serve as a checklist!

Handsome during the day

In order to be look your best in the daylight, you need to pack all the best outfits that you will rock in the streets of your destination. These don’t have to be sexy (but if they are, so what), but don’t bring any old-fashioned clothes either. So, think casual. Bring some shorts, a pair of jeans, tees and shirts. You should also make sure to bring something long-sleeved as nights can be a bit chilly out there, but of course everything depends on the destination that you opt for. Think of all the outfits in advance, imagine them and pack accordingly. You will definitely need some extra space in your suitcase.

Sexy during the night

You can play this in two ways. As far as partying is concerned, you might choose to wear your daywear options and still look super cute, but you can also go a bit bolder. Opting for body harnesses is, for example, a very interesting move, but it’s not for the faint-hearted. Bottom line – you’re visiting a new place, so wear whatever makes you feel sexy and desirable. This is why you should always be ready to dress to impress, so pack your favorite party clothes and dancing shoes.

Be prepared for anything

What is your main goal this spring break? To Grindr your days out, or to try something new? The latter one is always a great option, because after all, it would be an excellent idea to try a new activity and experience something for the first time. If you’re visiting a coastal town, check if there’s any scuba diving equipment that you need to prepare in advance, as going scuba diving is always a wonderful experience. On the other hand, if you’re going to a place where safari’s very popular, also try to see if there’s anything that you could take from home as some things might be cheaper at your current location.  

Skin is glowing

This might not be your priority for the spring break, but packing all of your skincare routine essentials is very much advisable. First of all, you’re changing locations, which means that the weather is definitely going to be different, and it can take its toll on your skin. Bring your moisturizer and your cleanser, as you should still use them on a daily basis. Next, pack the masks or other products that you use in order to make your face so damn pretty!

The funsies

Once you pack your suitcase with the cosmetics, shoes and clothes, it’s time to think about the fun things that you might need there. First of all, bring books or Bluetooth speakers – anything that will make your trip and stay there more comfortable. Next, think about your lube and condoms. Even though you might be able to buy these wherever you’re going, it’s always better to bring them from home just to be sure you have them.

And the checklist is done! As you can see, it’s not difficult to pack your essentials, but you really need to make a list beforehand just so as not to forget anything. Also, bear in mind that the first things you need to pack are your passport, plane tickets and booking confirmation. Have everything you need? Have a great trip!

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 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.

Palm Springs: A Year-Round Desert Paradise Awaits You, Part I

There’s something for everyone in this desert oasis that from the 1940s to 1960s was the favorite playground of famous Hollywood celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Doris Day and Lucille Ball, to name just a few. Located less than two hours by car from Los Angeles and San Diego, Palm Springs has long been a popular destination for Southern Californians. Its desert hiking, golfing and laid back atmosphere attract visitors from all over the world and can be conveniently reached by air from such cities as New York, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Miami and San Francisco.

There’s a very large gay population here, which some jokingly refer to as a “gay retirement village”. In fact, it’s a wonderful place to grow gay and gray, but you’ll see every age and type of person under the sun here. There are plenty of cool gay bars with mixed crowds but visitors tend to be more focused on the daytime sun and fun. This favorite gay vacation getaway in Southern California’s Mojave Desert has a large variety of gay bars, piano lounges, dance clubs, and restaurants to complement its many museums, galleries, shops and outdoor activities. There’s a reason this is the West Coast’s leading resort getaway among the LGBT set, especially from Fall through Spring, when temperatures here are mild and inviting.

Below is just a sample of the many popular events that occur each month of the year here:

#Jan. >> Palm Springs International Film Festival
#Feb. >> Modernism Week, International Bear Convergence
#Mar. >> Cathedral City LGBT Days
#Apr. >> Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival
#May. >> Palm Springs Hot Gay Rodeo
#Jun./Jul. >> Swing & Mix (gay squaredancing)
#Aug. >> Pool parties everywhere!
#Sept. >> Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival
#Oct. >> Leather Pride, Halloween
#Nov. >> Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival and Parade
#Dec. >> Christmas/New Year events galore!

Getting around is simplified by the Buzz Bus, a motorized trolley offering free transportation every 15-minutes Thursday through Sunday between North and South Palm Springs, making numerous stops throughout the downtown business and entertainment district. If love visiting tourist attractions Palm Springs won’t disappoint you…

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Ascend two-and-one-half miles from the desert floor to a pristine wilderness on Mount San Jacinto aboard the world’s largest rotating tramcar. In summer there can be as much as a 30-degree temperature difference at the top of the tramway, making this a popular destination to cool down from the summer heat. Hiking trails, gorgeous vistas and several dining options are available at the summit of this popular year-round tourist destination.

Joshua Tree National Park

Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park, located just an easy 30-minute drive north of Palm Springs. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast Southern California wilderness.

In part II of my Plam Springs blog post I’m going to write about some highly frequented gay hot spots, e.g. the Hunters Nightclub and I will recommend my favorite restaurants, e.g. the Alibi and Azul’s. So, be aware of my Palm Springs blog post part II, which will be published soon.

Some facts about me

I’m your welcoming ebab host offering two spacious guestrooms in my Palm Springs condo located one block from the south terminus of the popular Buzz Bus. My Junior Suite with king bed and private bath is ideal for one or two people, while the Master Suite with two double beds, en suite bath and private patio comfortably accommodates one to four guests.

Tim

Tim offers hospitality through ebab.com since more than 15 years. He’s a very popular host. Whether you seek summer hiking and pool parties or a warm winter vacation among sunny blue skies and palm trees, Tim is happy to be your local guide and will ensure that you have a pleasant stay.