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Today, planning a lesbian trip has gotten much easier since then.
Still, if you are not traveling to a lesbian or Pride festival, planning an LGBT-friendly trip can be daunting and overwhelming. How to go about finding queer-friendly destinations and meeting other gay travelers?
I don’t know how many times my partner and I were shown a room with two beds after explicitly booking a double bed.
Most receptionists simply assume that two girls traveling together are friends or sisters; rarely do they assume that they are a couple.
I do remember situations in which I wasn’t sure if it was appropriate to ask (in Malaysia, for example, where LGBT rights are largely unrecognized).
If you’re confident enough, you can ask for a room with one bed instead, which is what I started doing after I got tired of squeezing into a single bed with my girlfriend.
Similar to Purple Roofs, you can type in your destination and be shown a listing of all TAG Approved® hotels there.
While Purple Roofs focuses on small, independent businesses, TAG features mostly bigger hotel corporations.
Both the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), a nonprofit human rights group in Geneva, and the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) are excellent resources.
Moreover, Puerto Vallarta is the “gay capital” of Mexico, and along with the nearby beaches of the Riviera Nayarit, it makes for an easy getaway from the US — where you can be out without worrying about how you may be perceived.
The IGLTA has a comprehensive list of all of its official partners, which include companies like Delta, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, United, Orbitz, Hotels.com, and Expedia.
The advantage of TAG is that it features many hotels that are members of travel reward programs, so if you are into travel hacking and looking to use points in a lesbian-friendly hotel, the TAG website will be more useful for you.
Another option is Gay Travel Net, which is operated by the ILGTA and also features a number of gay- and lesbian-friendly accommodation options around the world.It covers LGBT travel, culture, adventure and style — the perfect go-to if you’re looking for some lesbian travel inspiration.If this is your first trip abroad, and you don’t want to travel too far from the US, I recommend Costa Rica, which is very LGBT friendly.Over 4,800 bed & breakfasts, hotels, vacation rentals, and other properties are listed.