We’re in to TropOut: Five things we love about Phuket’s gay festival

Thailand's premiere gay beach festival.
We’re best known for ambitious and luxurious adventures that are low-key and perhaps intellectual. But sometimes even we want to blow our hair back. That’s why we’re sending an Out Adventures delegation to TropOut next spring. Taking place on Phuket, Thailand’s island of iniquity, this is one party week you should consider for your calendar.

Below are five things you’ll love about TropOut.

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How to Pack for Iceland: Anthony Nove’s advice to prepare for a volatile climate

Gay Travel; Gay Iceland; Gay Adventure
Make sure you wear layers, and always have a hat, gloves and scarf handy. Image courtesy of Bryon Williams and Steve Ellingson

Written by Out Adventurer, Anthony Nove.

Iceland’s climate is full of extremes, which is why I personally love its slogan The Land of Fire and Ice. The name speaks to the obvious of course; there are over 130 active volcanoes, and over 11% of the country is covered by glaciers.

Below are a few practical items you’ll need to be resilient and comfortable for Out Adventures’ Iceland Winter Weekend.

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Our Five Favourite Airports to Endure a Lengthy Layover

Changi International Airport
Photo courtesy of Changi International Airport.

Quick: what’s the connection between the world’s tallest indoor slide, a Bavarian brewery, the Christkindl market, Korean Joseon theatre performances and an 18-hole golf course?! They’re all amenities in the world’s best airports for a layover, of course.

Scroll down for Out Adventures’ favourite airports to enjoy a layover.
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Farm-to-Terminal: The 5 best airport restaurants by Food Network stars

Plane food appetizers by Gordon Ramsay
Plane food appetizers by Gordon Ramsay

It’s come to Out Adventures’ attention Food Network stars are opening restaurants in every airport from LAX to DXB. How or why the trend began is neither here nor there as we’re just happy to toss aside McD’s fish fillet for Cat Cora’s catch-of-the-day cod crudo down by Gate B23. We’ll gladly say goodbye to Subway’s steak and cheese footlong, and hello to Gordon Ramsay’s 48-day dry aged rib eye just left of Duty Free.

Scroll down for five celebrity chef’s who’ve opened restaurants in airports around the globe.

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Just the Tips: Luang Prabang

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Where the majority of Southeast Asia has become a bustling tourist mecca, Laos has maintained a quiet – and dare we say more traditional – way of life.

Your best bet to experience the Laos lifestyle is in the Northern suburb, Luang Prabang, where buses and noisy cars are forbidden, monks still participate in the daily ritual of Alms Giving, and the city has implemented a strict midnight curfew.

Here’s our Just the Tips to best enjoy the calming culture of Luang Prabang.

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To Book…or Boycott? 5 points to ponder over not-so gay-friendly destinations.

Morocco

Out Adventures loves to bring you the most diverse gay tours on Earth, and we’ve done so for nearly ten years. But some journeys bring travellers to nations less gay-welcoming than others.

When we tweeted about our Morocco Souks and Sand adventure, one follower replied, “Morocco? With serious anti-LGBTQ laws? Are you kidding me?”

On Facebook, another user asked, “Why would you go to a place…where you are against the law? Out Adventures should be ashamed promoting this…locals are sent to prison,” then went on to list the government’s anti-LGBT legislation.

A boycott may seem obvious, with homosexuality still illegal in 74 countries,  but it may only hurt the people you’re rallying behind.

Consider these five questions to decide whether any land is worth a visit.

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Stays that Slay: Morocco

Hotel Le DogeOur Morocco Souks & Sand tour is an overwhelming escape that warrants serene nights in comfortable quarters. To keep the Moroccan mystique, we’ve named our Starting & Finishing point hotels…the rest await on this jubilant journey that departs in September and April.

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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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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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