Written by: Jaclyn Popola
In this day and age, it is important for gay and lesbian individuals, couples and families, to have access to travel destinations they can enjoy, as well as feel safe and accepted. Because of this, more and more companies are appearing that cater to the needs of the GLBT community when it comes to making travel arrangements. Orbitz.com/gaytravel
offers special discounts and promotions from May through October, during which the wildly popular Gay Pride events take place. What sets them apart from other gay travel companies is their dedication to GLBT families. With gay-friendly travel destinations and resorts growing in popularity, and gay family weeks blossoming in Provincetown and Disney World, Orbitz.com has certainly grown with the times and proved they are committed to helping gays and lesbians with children make affordable travel arrangements. Orbitz also offers an instant $100 discount for families booking a hotel for five or more nights, or a $40 savings on any 3-4 night hotel accommodations.
If you're the type who likes to adventure through the Swiss Alps or go whitewater rafting rather than relax on the beach and sip margaritas, then AlysonAdventures.com
is the travel company for you! Specializing in biking, mountain climbing, hiking, rafting, canyoning and scuba diving across the globe, Alyson Adventures guarantees an experience you won't soon forget. Destinations include Europe, Australia, Antarctica, Brazil, Galapagos, Mexico, New Zealand, Thailand, Switzerland, The Caribbean and many more.
R Family Vacations
, launched by Rose O'Donnell in 2004, is the leader in travel for gay families. "R Family" cruises (on which children are absolutely welcome, though are not a requirement in order for adults to attend) offer all-inclusive prices covering accommodations, entertainment, a kid's program for children ages 2-17, and food served 24 hours a day. Cruises to Mexico, the Caribbean, Alaska, as well as other destinations, typically last seven days and feature musical entertainment, dance parties, cabaret shows and comedians. Family cruises such as these are an invaluable source for children of gay parents to meet others like them who have similar structure.
If you were watching "The L Word" during season 2, you'll be familiar with the lesbian owned and operated Olivia Cruises & Resorts
based out of San Francisco, CA. Although famous for their women-oriented cruises, Olivia also offers passage to Cancun resorts, India and Australia adventures, and will soon be featuring their own family vacations section as well. Olivia's 7-day cruise package prices to destinations like Russia, Alaska and the Mexican Rivera include the entertainment of bands like the Indigo Girls and entertainers such as Lily Tomlin and Kate Clinton.
If you're looking for a place to book your next vacation, GayTravel.com
offers worldwide destinations, including a plethora of hand-picked tours, adventures, cruises and romantic getaways throughout the year. The best thing about their site is the Hot Deals section, where you will find savings of up to $2,000 off gay cruises and standard airline tickets and other special package rates.