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 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).

According to Orbitz, Louisville, Ky., is one of the top-five hottest LGBT travel destinations in the world this year. The reasons and many and worthy, but they might not all be the ones you think of first.

(There’s never enough time on a first visit to a city to see everything. One place we sadly decided to wait for a second-trip visit is the Muhammad Ali Center (alicenter.org/). We had just been back one week when The Greatest passed on to the next level. Champ, we will return and honor you properly soon.)

Has anyone seen Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump?

He calls Palm Beach, Fla., home at his ritzy Mar-A-Lago club and mansion. Trump sightings are the buzz in this South Florida getaway, especially when the Trump Jet is parked at Palm Beach International Airport.

Spring Break, here we come! There are so many great choices for a gay springtime getaway — from Purple Party in Dallas to the White Party in Palm Springs. Key West is always a hot spot and Fort Lauderdale is a perennial favorite. But how about a change of pace with the change of season?

When we think of travel, we usually think about going somewhere. But how about staying right here in Philadelphia? There are some great new hotels — and who doesn’t want someone else to make your bed or bring you breakfast in bed?

Aspen Gay Ski Week (AGSW) is the oldest annual, weeklong gay ski event in the United States. The ultra-luxury ski destination starts its 39th year this weekend in Aspen, Col. What is now among the most popular ski weeks in the world according to organizers, the event started as fun and games but ultimately championed a civil-rights movement where snow bunnies became snow civil-rights warriors. This weekend, 5,000 revelers ascend to the highest peaks of beautiful mountains and lounge at social events in luxury lodges. To see what you are missing, check out gay-skiweek.com.

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