Queer Tangier: What you didn’t know about Morocco’s gay phase

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Peter Orlovsky (left), Jack Kerouac (centre) and William S Burroughs (clothed, bottom right) on a beach in Tangier, Morocco.

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.

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In Focus: Nepal & Everest Base Camp Adventure

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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.

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Roaming with Rob: Toronto

In a very special edition of Roaming with Rob, our fearless leader offers his tips on how to best enjoy one of the gayest cities in the world and Out Adventures’ homebase, Toronto. We’ll spend two full days in Toronto before heading to The Hamptons of the North on our Big Gay Cottage Getaway tour this coming July.

Scroll down for all of Rob’s recommendations, including a few tips he couldn’t fit into the video

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Along the Mekong; 5 memorable experiences

Mekong Gay River Cruise
Out Adventures’ Vietnam & Cambodia Mekong River Cruise sets sail towards the river’s basin on January 3, 2018. While we’ve already given you a taste of the luxurious  vessel we’ll call home and introduced you to our hosts, Rob Sharp and Miss Conception, we also wanted to showcase the sites and experiences you’ll enjoy along this treasured river system. Check out our five favourite experiences below before giving us a call to book your cabin.

Note: if you are thinking of joining us, consider booking before October 16, 2017 to receive $300-off!
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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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Americans Visiting Cuba: 5 Things To Know

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On June 16, 2017, Donald Trump announced a number of changes to Obama’s relaxed engagement with Cuba.

“Effective immediately, I am cancelling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba,” said Trump in Miami, Florida. He stated Americans, “will not be silent in the face of communist oppression any longer,” then signed a document sanctioning Americans from conducting business with Cuban military-owned or -operated organizations amongst other changes.

After the announcement, The Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, released an online FAQ guide highlighting the restrictions expected to change. We’ve compiled the five biggest takeaways from this document, as they pertain to American passport holders who want to visit Cuba.

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Roaming with Rob: Bangkok, Thailand

Rob dishes on Bangkok in his latest  Roaming with Rob update.

Although he crammed a lot into the vid’, there were a few tips that were either forgotten or left on the editing room floor. For his full list as well as websites, addresses and phone numbers for those businesses mentioned, please see below.

If you’re looking for a list of Out Adventures’ current Thai tours, click here.

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Training for Everest Base Camp

Mt. Everest Trek

OUT Adventures is hiking to the base of the world’s tallest mountain this October. That may sound overly ambitious to some, but if you’d like to join us, you’ve got plenty of time to shape up with our 12-Week Program.

Admittedly, it will feel more like boot camp than your typical holiday prep (there’s no tanning booths in the regimen). However, if you follow our tips, your little jaunt towards Mt Everest will be as leisurely as a schlep through one of the world’s most unforgiving corners can be.

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