Outward Bound

Outward Bound is not your ordinary travel column. It contains vital tips and information on traveling better and smarter. Written by an travel industry expert, Outward Bound not only inspires you on travel but gives you the "know how" to travel better and — in many cases — fabulously. Don’t you wish you knew how to maximize the points system? Or to choose between cruise lines and why? Looking for ideas on your next LGBT trip? Outward Bound has the insider info for LGBT travelers. Jeff Guaracino is a worldwide expert on LGBT travel. Author and recognized industry thought-leader, Guaracino shares his “Best Ofs” to help you too travel like a queen!


The busiest travel season of the year is upon us. Are you ready? In the rush of the season, don’t forget the basics of fabulous travel. Here are my top-five tips to keep you happy and safe during your holiday travels.

The prime minister of Curaçao, Eugene Rhuggenaath, opened the fifth anniversary of Curaçao Pride by citing key phrases of the Declaration of Independence to announce his support for LGBT equality in his country. The prime minister’s remarks come at the same time that equality-rights activists here are working on potentially groundbreaking new LGBT legislation, which is expected to be introduced in Parliament before the end of the year as part of a pathway to equality for all citizens.

September kicks off the fall-travel season — one of the best seasons of the year to take advantage of terrific travel values in great places. With the summertime crowds gone, travel becomes more affordable post-Labor Day. While Provincetown, Mass., is magical any time of the year, fall is a perfect time to visit the LGBT-centric town.

Berlin has been a pioneering force in the LGBT-rights movement ever since Magnus Hirschfeld founded the world’s first homosexual advocacy group — the Scientific Humanitarian Committee — in 1897. What may be astonishing to anyone visiting Berlin for the first time is that, for such an old city, its history is abundantly defined by modern times.

Travel is about discovery. This year, hot destinations Outward Bound will feature include Berlin, Paris, St. Lucia, Cuba, New York City, Ft. Lauderdale, Key West and many other destinations. No matter where you go in 2017, LGBT travel is about being welcomed for who you are and making the best of your trip with tips from a travel expert.

The LGBT community loves to travel in fall.

You can usually find terrific travel deals coming off the summer high season, and then there is Halloween! Of course, our community loves to dress up and party. There are iconic Halloween events close to home and around the country for Halloween fans, voyeurs and devotees.

The eyes of the world have been on Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games 2016. Countries compete to host the Olympics, in part, to bolster the country’s international reputation and boost tourism. Rio might be as famous for its Copacabana iconic beaches as its reputation for crime. This year’s Olympic Games have been plagued with reports of polluted water, crimes involving athletes and a government in chaos.

Next week, the eyes of the world turn to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. Philadelphia makes world history (again) as we host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. It was in Philadelphia in 1776 that our founding fathers proclaimed that “All men are created equal.” Now, 240 years later, the first woman will accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president of the United States. Do you want to miss this?

The Ohio River is a key component to not only current livability, but it was crucial to the establishment of Louisville. The city was founded by George Rogers Clark, fellow explorer of Meriwether Lewis and, in fact, Clark is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville (as is Colonel Harland Sanders).

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