The Tom of Finland Experience: Our Sexiest Walking Tour Ever

The official Finnish Tom of Finland stamp featuring a military clad hunk smoking a cigarette.

By Lino DiNallo

We’ve just launched our Finland Winter Expedition, where we’ll frolic in the Scandinavian snow and slumber under the Northern Lights. But once we get to Helsinki things will heat up hotter than the backroom of a San Francisco leather bar in the 1970s – metaphorically speaking at least. That’s when we’ll take a walking tour devoted to both notorious and celebrated homoerotic illustrator Touko Valio Laaksonen. You’d know him as Tom of Finland and this city was his home. Despite the gay and often overtly sexual tableaus of his later work he’s the country’s most famous artist. Talk about a claim to fame. Read on as we cast a cruisey eye on his legacy.

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Just The Facts: The Canadian Apology

The Great Canadian Apology

Though we reside right next to the United States, the Canadian conscience tends to be less individualistic and more concerned with keeping the peace. Many think it has to do with our awkward, introverted British roots. So while an American would never deign to apologize for something that wasn’t their fault (yes, we’re generalizing here), Canadians clamour over each other to be the most contrite. As Out Adventures prepares to lead a group of gays on a journey from Calgary to Vancouver through the Rocky Mountains, let’s look at how the Canadian apology impacts our home and native land.

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Just the Facts: Camels

Morocco; Gay Travel; Out Adventures; Camels; Humps; Desert; Sahara; Berber

Despite Morocco’s conservative nature, everybody is guaranteed a hump or two on our Souks & Sand tour. That is to say, riding camelback through the Sahara.

We’ll saddle up a caravan of these magnificent beasts and ride towards an authentic Berber campsite. The haunting desert sunset to follow will be the pomegranate on top of this unique experience.

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Just the Facts: Morning Alms

Alms Giving; Sai Bat; Luang Prabang; Laos; Monks; Saffron Monks; Out Adventures; Gay Travel; Gay Lao; Gay Adventure

Luang Prabang is a highlight of our Laos and Cambodia Buddhist Sites & City Nights tour. While the city’s Indochina villas, ancient wats and unique cuisine will enchant and mesmerize, it’s the daily ritual of Sai Bat (Morning Alms) you won’t soon forget. Hundreds of saffron-clad monks calmly file through the streets at sunrise, collecting small offerings of sticky rice, snacks or candies and the odd personal hygiene product. The food collected is all the monks will eat that day.

Below are five fast facts about Morning Alms.
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Just the Facts: Reykjavik Pride

Kiki Bar.

Iceland was the first nation with a lesbian head of state. So it should come as no surprise their Pride celebration is pretty fun. That’s why it’s the grand finale of our Iceland Countryside & Reykjavik Pride. Read on to find out what we love about one of the biggest little gay-labrations in the world.

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Just the Facts: Tibetan Prayer Flags

Gay Travel; Gay Adventure; Gay Vacation; Tibetan Prayer Flags; Nepal; Gay Nepal

Tibetan Prayer Flags are a common sight on our Nepal & Everest Base Camp Adventure.

Himalayan Buddhists believe the colourful rectangular cloths printed with mantras such as “Om Mani Padme Hum”, carry goodwill. Flying them can cure pride, jealousy, ignorance, greed and aggression. The flags can be strung horizantally (lung dar) or vertically (dar cho or dar chen).

Below are five fast facts about these iconic flags.
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