Out Adventures’ fearless leader Rob first fell for Ljubljana when he visited Slovenia last May. He’d heard rumours about the country’s rising popularity and wanted to visit it himself, checking off all the major attractions from the Dalmatian Coast to Lake Bled and of course Ljubljana.
Between excursions he’d shoot us lovingly long-winded messages about the pristine river running through the city, the 13th century castle at its heart, the car-free city-centre and the country’s cuisine (“…the *expletive* best I’ve ever had!”).
After returning to Canada, Rob launched Out Adventures’ Sensational Slovenia tour for August 2017. The event was a hit and immediately renewed for this coming July.
It was between the late 40s and early 50s when the gay literati of the time began flocking to Tangier, Morocco to escape the conservative landscape of America. Attracted to Tangier’s tolerant approach to sexuality and drugs, some of the largest names in the crew included William S Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jean Genet and Truman Capote.
By day these beatniks and bohemians met in Grand Cafe de Paris, breaking bread and exchanging ideas. By night, they drank in excess, procured prostitutes and indulged in the country’s surplus of drugs, unfettered by disinterested law enforcement.
While Morocco’s political stance on homosexuality has taken a sharp conservative turn, the country remains an important part of queer history and tourism. Not only were Yves Saint Laurent’s ashes scattered in Marrakesh, but tourists can still visit the Grand Cafe de Paris and El Muniria (the homestay where the majority of said authors resided).
Scroll down for five quotes by the most prominent figures who got swept up in Queer Tangier.
Noel Catlett joined Out Adventures in Kathmandu last October before taking on our Nepal & Everest Base Camp Adventure. The hobby-photographer snapped a slew of sensational shots while surmounting the Mother of the Universe and was gracious enough to share them with us. Scroll through Noel’s photo-essay below, showcasing our most industrious tour to-date.
From revered restaurants to his go-to gay bars, Rob breaks down the best of Havana, Cuba in today’s Roaming with Rob.
As per usual, a number of Rob’s best-bets were left on the editing room floor. For a complete list of his recommendations as well as websites, addresses and phone numbers for those businesses mentioned, please see below.
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.
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.
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…
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.