Raising HIV Awareness, One Summit at a Time

I Am HIV
Machu Picchu, Peru

Ferdinand Garcia marked his tenth year living with HIV by surmounting the Peruvian Andes on Out Adventures’ 2013 The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu tour.

Overlooking Machu Picchu, Ferdinand posed for a photo holding a simple sign that read, “I Am HIV”. It was the first of many such international photos he’s taken to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS.

Almost five years later, Ferdinand is now training for Out Adventures’ Nepal & Everest Base Camp Adventure. This time to mark his fifteenth year living a full, active life with HIV.

We rang Ferdinand to learn about his “I Am HIV” campaign and find out how his training is coming along.

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3 Airports to Get Excited About

 

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We fly a LOT.

Between the four of us in Out Adventures’ tiny Toronto office we collect Air Miles, SkyMiles and Island Miles. We’re part of the AAdvantage Program, we have a Fly Away Rewards card and up in Canada we’re part of both the Aeroplan and VIPorter program. We’ve touched down in every continent and have flown most airlines. Sooo you’ll have to forgive us for being avid about aviation.

Two weeks ago, the four of us crowded around Rob’s desktop Google imaging Mexico City’s upcoming airport NAICM. It was between our Oohs and Ahhs Rob exclaimed, “Hey, can we blog about the best airports being built right now?!”.

And here we are, a few weeks later with three airports we can’t help but gush over. Starting with – you guessed it – NAICM.

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Introducing our Thailand Guide: Tony

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Jaturaporn Tepkom – or simply Tony to those lacking a tongue for Thai – is Out Adventures’ local Thailand guide. His bubbly personality is infections and he’s become a key aspect of our guests’ experience while travelling the South-East Asian country. In fact, most of our guests have come to consider him a friend rather than a guide.

With three upcoming Thailand tours, we wanted to give Tony a chance to introduce himself and tell you in his own words why The Land of Smiles is a must-see destination.

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Just the Tips: Colombo

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Out Adventures’ Sri Lanka Serendipity tour ends in the country’s capital, Colombo. The city boasts nifty neighbourhoods, superb sites and renowned restaurants.

Scroll through our tips on how to best experience what was once coined the Garden City of the East.

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In Focus: Iceland Winter Weekend P.2

Hiking Iceland in winter

In the second of Bryon Williams and Steve Ellingsons’ two-part photo series, the pair feature Iceland’s awe-inspiring countryside. This edition really defines why the country is known as “The Land of Fire and Ice”. Their photos showcase the volcanic highlands, the cascading waterfalls and the vast, tumultuous coastline. The snow flurries, frosted flora and Icelandic horses only add to the series’ ethereal essence.

If you didn’t see the pair’s first edition featuring the world’s most Northern capital Reykjavik, use this link to jump over now. If you’re keen to experience Iceland first hand, Out Adventures hosts both an August Iceland Pride Adventure and a March Iceland Winter Weekend annually.

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In Focus: Iceland Winter Weekend P.1

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Partners Bryon Williams and Steve Ellingson consider themselves hobby photographers. But their modest self-description doesn’t do their work justice. The duo travelled with Out Adventures on the 2017 Iceland Winter Weekend and captured the country’s crisp, clean aesthetic with as much style as any professional.

In the first of a two-part series, Bryon and Steve showcase Reykjavik’s cosmopolitan cityscape; from it’s modern architecture such as the Lutheran Church ‘Hallgrímskirkja’ to its simplistic, Scandinavian housing. Take your time browsing their photos and be sure to come back Monday for the second part of the series focusing on Iceland’s unique countryside.

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Stays that Slay: India

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Among its many other mandates, our Holi Festival Foray is meant to make you feel like royalty. And we can’t think of anything more important to a princely state of mind than where you slumber. That’s why we’ve selected exceedingly opulent hotels for the journey. Feast your eyes below, your highness…

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Spilling Tea with Miss C.

Co-hostesses Miss Conception and Rob Sharp spill tea in anticipation of Out Adventures’ Vietnam & Cambodia Mekong River Cruise. Click play to get a feel for the duo and find out what’s tickling their fancy in South East Asia.

Out Adventures’ Vietnam & Cambodia Mekong River Cruise sets sail in Siem Reap on January 3, 2018 and ends January 15. Be sure to consider the optional Hanoi and Ha Long Bay trip extension to allow 5 extra days to explore Vietnam. 

Our Most Anticipated 2018 Tours!

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The itineraries are sorted, entertainment is booked and rooms have already begun filling up. With only a few details in need of a tweak or two, we’re excited to show-off our most anticipated 2018 gay tours!

For Out Adventures’ complete 2018 calendar, head over to our website!

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What to Read on Your Next Long-Haul

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Whether hardcover or soft, audio- or e-book, a good read is essential for some long haul fliers. That’s why we reached out to some team members and Friends with Benefits (aka previous Out Adventurers) to share their favourite gay literature. Read on to see what they chose and then…read on!

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