How adventure travel can help both the sober and gay communities.

Out Adventures; Spiritual Adrenaline; Gay Travel; Gay Vacation; Sober; Sober Travel

Tom Shanahan has been sober since 2012.

The New York attorney credits nutrition, fitness and spirituality for his continued success. So much so, he authored a science and fact-based guide on the subject called Spiritual Adrenaline: A Lifestyle Plan to Nourish and Strengthen Your Recovery. While writing the book, he’s launched a website, blog and Facebook Page.

Today, the adventure seeker has partnered with Out Adventures to launch a series of sober adventures in the Canadian Rockies and through the Peruvian Andes. He’s also off to the Azores Islands in Portugal with Body Roots. While they’re not exclusive to the gay community, the three travel experiences will focus on adventure, sobriety, meditation, nutrition/fitness and components of the 12-Step Program.

We skyped Tom to learn about the growing Spiritual Adrenaline community, discuss substance abuse in the gay community, and get all the details on his upcoming adventures.
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Behind the Beverage Cart: Insights from our in-house flight attendant

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To you, Gilles Bourque may be a peppy part-time sales & marketing coordinator. But his main gig is at an international airline where he’s been a flight attendant for over 7 years.

It was a slow social media day, so Carl distracted Gilles for tips to take note of between takeoff and touchdown. You’ll find snapshots from their conversation below.
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When Lesbians Join Gay Group Tours

Gay Travel; Gay Vacation; Lesbian Travel; Lesbian Vacation; Gay Cruise; Lesbian Cruise; Out Adventures.

We may be a gay tour company, but we are hardly exclusive: lesbians have been known to travel with us. Most recently, Danielle and Cindy Mezera were on our Mekong River cruise. They live in Nashville, have been together nine years, and are avid travelers. We asked them to share their experience so other lesbians (and straight people) know what to expect.
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Take a shine to Alastair, our local Scottish guide

Gay Travel; Gay Adventure; Scotland; Gay Scotland; Highlands; Gay Hiking; Out AdventuresAlastair Goodridge is the Scotsman charged with shepherding our tenacious trekkers through the rolling highlands and across the mesmerizing isles of his homeland. We reached out to find out why he’s so chuffed to lead our Scottish Highland Hikes tour this August.
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Why yoga’s great for gay men. And other answers from our resident yogi.

Adam Bolton; Gay Travel; Out Adventures; Yoga Retreat; Gay Canada; Big Gay Cottage GetawayAdam Bolton has 12 years of experience teaching yoga and is one-third of Men’s Retreats, a company specializing in yoga and surfing getaways for gay men. We’re excited to announce this charming yogi will be joining us on our Big Gay Cottage Getaway to help wake up your chakras and improve your pranayama.

Scroll down to learn about Adam, his personal practice and its specific benefits for gay men.

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Meet one of our favourite local guides: Alejandrina from Peru.

Out Adventures; Out In Peru; Gay Travel; Gay Peru
Alejandrina, better known as Ale. Photo by Kevin Robitaille.

Alejandrina, or Ale (pronounced Alley) guided our second-ever tour in 2009 and has been with us ever since. In fact, this mother-of-two may be why Peru is our number-one destination. Everybody raves about her passion for her country.

We rang Ale in Cusco so she could introduce herself to you.

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Meet Scott Furman, Out Adventures new cover boy, er, man.

Scott Furman; Out Adventures; Out in Croatia; Gay Cruise; Gay Travel; Gay Tour; Gay Croatia; Gay Zagreb; LGBT

Out Adventures teamed up with Bulldog Productions in Croatia to shoot our 2018 Never Lose Your Sense of Adventure campaign, premiering this coming Friday on the Out Adventures Blog.

Before the premiere, we wanted to introduce the campaign’s charismatic cover man, Scott Furman. To no one’s surprise, our digital marketing coordinator Carl Hiehn volunteered to connect with the dapper Daddy in L.A. via Skype.

Scroll down to read the full Q&A, including Scott’s take on charming Croatia, his personal approach to travel and how the campaign slogan Never Lose Your Sense of Adventure resonated with him. As an added bonus, Scott agreed to share some of his personal travel photos.

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Raising HIV Awareness, One Summit at a Time

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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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Introducing our Thailand Guide: Tony

Jaturporn Tepkom

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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