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Transgender Travel Safety Tips: Travel with Confidence Across the World

pride marchTransgender Travel Risks and Challenges: Plan Ahead

Traveling as a transgender person comes with unique challenges that most would never experience. Something as simple as checking in for a flight or heading through airport security can be a highly uncomfortable experience for a transgender traveler. Simple airport screening could result in many questions and awkward interactions that unfortunately come with being part of the LGBTQ+ community. Transgender travel ultimately requires some additional planning, patience, a keen sense of awareness, and a few extra steps to ensure that leisure travel is entirely focused on just that, leisure, and no other complications along the way.

Anyone who identifies as transgender or gender-nonconforming has every right to enjoy leisure or corporate travel; these simple steps will help make your trip as smooth as possible.

Transgender Travel and Airport Security: Potential Issues

Airport security can sometimes be an uncomfortable experience for the LGBTQ+ and trans community. While many airport security professionals are trained on screening transgender passengers, there can still be unpleasant reactions, awkward questions and pat-downs, and other concerns when going through the screening process. In some instances, transgender people might attract attention from airport security, questioning the individual’s choice of garments. In the event that this does happen, be as straightforward as possible, informing them that certain clothing choices are part of your gender identity. Do your best to be as polite and respectful as possible to airport security, and request to speak with an agent in private if that is your preference.

One way to avoid some of these challenges with airport security is to partake in a TSA PreCheck if you are traveling in the United States. The TSA promises a smoother experience, and anyone can apply online ahead of their flight. This precheck typically doesn’t include removing clothes, belts, or shoes but instead opts for a quick fingerprinting and background check. The process itself is less invasive and can make the experience of domestic travel more relaxed and comfortable, regardless of if you identify with the LGBTQ+ community or not.

medicationTransgender Travel: Carrying Medications and Other Prescriptions Through Airport Security

The trans community faces a multitude of challenges every day, and travel could compound some of those issues. Go to great lengths to ensure you have proper documentation for any medications you might be carrying during your trip. Bundle all your medications into your carry-on bag, and make sure all prescriptions are clearly visible on each bottle.

Hormone therapy might require the use of syringes, and you could be required to show documentation from your doctor. Anyone is who is part of the LGBTQ+ community has rights that are detailed online on the TFSA website, and carrying a TSA notification card can help streamline the process of going through airport security. Be prepared to explain medications with proper documentation and request a private discussion with a TSA supervisor if that is considered more comfortable.

Transgender Travel: Complications with Government Identification and Bookings

Further, transgender travelers might experience issues with booking hotels, car rentals, and presenting identification. Before your trip, it might be beneficial to update all photo IDs to ensure they are consistent. Should a transgender traveler have legally changed their name, all further travel documents will need to be updated as well, including driver licenses, passports, and any other government-issued identification.

Reservations will need to be made with current legal names, along with a second piece of identification. Should forms of identification not match, transgender travelers might run into extensive complications, including being denied on board a flight or refused service for hotels or car reservations.

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Every traveler is encouraged to perform additional research when traveling to exotic locations. Those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community are best to research the desired destination’s local customs and perceptions prior to their arrival. For example, in some places, local laws might criminalize same-sex partnerships and public displays of affection, or locals may react negatively to a member of the trans community. Online forums are a great way to learn about the travel experiences of other people within the community. They can help you make more informed travel decisions, ultimately keeping members of the trans and LGBTQ+ community safe. View the Travel Tips for Transgender, Genderqueer and Non-Binary Wanderlusters blog on the IGLTA website.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. CAP also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

LGBTQ+ Travel With CAP, Powered by FocusPoint

FocusPoint International has partnered with IGLTA (International LGBTQ+ Travel Association) to offer a CAP Medical and Security Travel Assist Plan to the attendees of the upcoming IGLTA convention. The IGLTA website is an exceptional resource for LGBTQ+ travelers that can identify travel advisors & providers that are LGBTQ+ welcoming.

The IGLTA Global Convention is the world’s premier educational and networking travel trade event for LGBTQ+ tourism professionals and allies. In addition to being the world’s largest LGBTQ+ travel trade convention, it is also the longest-running of its kind (the first edition was held in San Francisco in 1984). For more information visit igltaconvention.org.

Is Malta the Safest LGBTQ+ Travel Destination in Europe?

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Many LGBTQ+ North Americans are patiently awaiting the reopening of European borders to experience gay travel once again. For those considering a summer or fall vacation, Malta stands out as one of the top destinations that cater to LGBTQ+ travelers from across the world. Here, gay travelers can experience sun, sand, and vibrant culture and heritage, bringing old school Catholicism and new age progressiveness into one community.

In fact, the international LGBTQ+ community widely considers Malta as one of the safest places for gay travelers to visit in the world. It maintains a population that is so incredibly accepting and positive; many gay tourists never want to leave.

Malta Offers an Incredibly Progressive Take on Gay Travel, Culture, and Acceptance

Located south of Italy and locked between North Africa and the Caribbean Ocean, Malta is an isolated paradise steeped in rich history with fortresses, temples, and underground burial chambers that reflect the times of well over 4,000 years ago. While its roots are planted in conservative Catholicism, in recent years, Malta has emerged as one of the most progressive countries in the world.

LGBTQ+ travelers will be happy to know that Malta’s gay citizens have some of the most progressive liberties in the world. Malta’s government has adjusted its constitution to offer LGBTQ+ citizens equal rights, banned gay conversation therapy back in 2016, and joined groups led by the United Nations that actively fight against violence and other discrimination towards gay and LGBTQ+ people across the world.

Many LGBTQ+ rights groups and travel safety councils have identified Malta as an example for the rest of the world to follow as a place that promotes a more progressive and accepting society of people from all walks of life.

MaltaGay Travel in Malta: Expect a Remarkably Positive LGBTQ+ Friendly Atmosphere

Malta doesn’t have one or two gay neighborhoods for LGBTQ+ travelers to seek out. In fact, many gay travelers have reported feeling comfortable with their partners across the entire country, so much so that public displays of affection haven’t been of an issue. Simple handholding or other displays of affection are not a problem as the local culture is highly accepting.

The people of Malta have been recognized as being incredibly friendly to gay travelers, with many bars and clubs proudly showcasing rainbow flags at their doorstep. The positive attitudes of the Maltese mean that gay travelers can explore the city safely, experience its culture, and take advantage of the many hotels, bars, and restaurants that embrace gay tourism. The Thirsty Barber is regarded as one of the top gay-friendly bars, serving up specialty cocktails and mixed drinks, with Michelangelo’s close by in St. Julian’s neighborhood, where gay travelers can spend the evening mingling with locals and dancing late into the night.

Gay Travel in Malta: Top Bars, Tourist Destinations, and Beaches For LGBTQ+ Travelers

Aside from food and drink, Malta comes with beautiful sunshine and palm trees, scenic hilltops, and quirky fishing villages that blend its North African and Catholic influence.

The Palazzo Ferreri is a must-visit destination that reflects the country’s Catholic heritage and stunning architecture. St. John’s Co-Cathedral will leave travelers with their jaws dropped from its gorgeous marble ceilings and masterful construction.

For travelers who want to experience a little sand and sun, Malta offers endless beaches to take advantage of that are just a short trip from the city of Valletta. Take a trip to the island of Gozo, or head to the north end of Malta and enjoy the gay-friendly atmosphere and turquoise waters of Mellieħa Bay.

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While Malta is one of the safest places in the world for gay travel, not every destination in Europe embraces gay travelers the same way. LGBTQ+ travelers often experience unfortunate reactions from hotels, restaurants, and the general public, where locals are less accepting of these lifestyles. Wherever you go this summer, ensure that you are properly prepared for any unexpected incident with CAP and feel as safe as possible on your next European vacation.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. CAP also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

The Complications of LGBTQ+ Corporate Travel and Duty of Care Obligations

businessmanLGBTQ+ Corporate Travel: an Ongoing and Evolving Challenge for Many Corporations

Corporate travel across the globe is expected to surge throughout the tail end of summer and into fall. As businesses prepare to get back to normalcy as it relates to corporate travel, many experts are suggesting that there is still much work to be done when it comes to safe and secure LGBTQ+ corporate travel.

Many reports have concluded that close to 100% of all LGBTQ+ travelers conceal their sexual orientation while partaking in corporate travel. The reason being that even during simple business trips, LGBTQ+ corporate travelers remain concerned about their safety during international trips. For the businesses and senior executives that have a duty of care obligation to their staff, it might be time to rethink safe travel in the corporate sector and find solutions that speak directly to the needs of their staff who are part of the LGBTQ+ community.

LGBTQ+ Corporate Travel: Difficult Conversations Between Staff and HR Professionals

There remains an embedded problem with corporate travel for LGBTQ+ employees since many professionals are unable to choose the destination their employer wishes to send them. It’s not an easy conversation to have either, as some employees might find it difficult to bring up their sexual orientation and travel concerns to HR. For managers wishing to send their workforces to exotic international locations, they might be unknowingly sending a staff member to a place that could put their safety in jeopardy.

When it comes to leisure travel, LGBTQ+ travelers have the option to pick and choose the destination they travel to. Many travelers do quite a bit of research before they get onto a flight, using resources like IGLTA to identify LGBTQ+ welcoming travel providers and travel advisors that cater specifically to the community. Many destinations around the world remain unfriendly to LGBTQ+ travelers, and sending staff across the globe could put some travelers in a situation where their sexual orientation can result in ridicule, verbal harassment, assault, and in some circumstances, arrest and detainment.

Working on ComputerLGBTQ+ Corporate Travel is a Challenge That Travel Managers Can’t Overlook

It’s important for business owners to understand that corporate travel is fundamentally different from leisure travel as sending workers to international destinations is not just fun and games. Many LGBTQ+ travelers could face incredible risks during an international business trip, including criminal charges related to their sexual orientation or gender assignment. When a corporation needs to conduct work internationally, managers might be unknowingly sending their staff into an uncomfortable and unsafe situation, especially if these types of decisions are made quickly.

Local laws and customs could place LGBTQ+ business travelers in unsafe situations where border security or law enforcement could question travelers regarding their gender assignment or sexual orientation. In some instances, a simple photograph of a traveler and their partner back home or the presence of LGBTQ+ dating apps on a smartphone could spark wrongful detainment, verbal harassment, or violent assaults.

Corporations will have to go above and beyond to ensure all members of their workforce can experience business travel safely while addressing their duty of care obligations regardless of their staff’s sexual orientation or gender assignment. LGBTQ+ business travelers should have the confidence that wherever they are sent, they can focus on work rather than their safety. Business owners must ensure their staff is protected while at work. With the inevitable corporate travel boom expected this summer and fall season, business travel managers and owners will have to step up to ensure their staff are comfortable and safe wherever they go.

Successful LGBTQ+ Corporate Travel Requires a Corporate Culture of Inclusivity

LGBTQ+ corporate travel can be an uncomfortable experience for many, as dinners and business meetings often come with increased social interactions where some of your employees might face awkward questions. The unfortunate result is that these experiences could leave staff isolated, hurt, and ultimately reduce their productivity.

Human resource professionals have an important role to play in ensuring that inclusion and diversity make their way into a company’s business travel practices. Support networks, innovative technology, and inclusive practices that allow employees to voice their concerns without harming their reputation within the company are paramount. Senior executives who embrace such practices can promote a safe and inclusive corporate travel culture that allows anyone to be themselves at work while protecting the human resources that drive a company towards new heights.

pride flagLGBTQ+ Corporate Travel and Duty of Care Obligations Addressed by CAP

Address your duty of care obligations related to LGBTQ+ and transgender corporate or business travel.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. The CAP plan also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Contact us directly to learn more about the available duty of care solutions for corporations of all sizes.

LGBTQ+ Travel With CAP, Powered by FocusPoint

FocusPoint International has partnered with IGLTA (International LGBTQ+ Travel Association) to offer a CAP Medical and Security Travel Assist Plan to the convention attendees. The IGLTA website is an exceptional resource for LGBTQ+ travelers that can identify travel advisors & providers that are LGBTQ+ welcoming.

The IGLTA Global Convention is the world’s premier educational and networking travel trade event for LGBTQ+ tourism professionals and allies. In addition to being the world’s largest LGBTQ+ travel trade convention, it is also the longest-running of its kind (the first edition was held in San Francisco in 1984). For more information visit igltaconvention.org.

LGBTQ+ Travelers Might Be Celebrating the Return to Travel Well Beyond Summer

LGBTQ+ FlagLeisure and LGBTQ+ Travel Offerings Expand to Meet Surging Demand

LGBTQ+ travelers are expected to be the trendsetters this summer season, blending work and play into what might feel like an endless summer vacation. Pent-up demand for leisure travel along with a slew of deals and opportunities is shaping 2021 into a perfect storm for travelers to make the most of the summer and fall travel season. A recent study by the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) shows that 73% of respondents plan to take their next major vacation before the end of 2021.

Travelers should be expecting increased flexibility for booking hotels and flights, expansive LGBTQ+ group travel offerings, along with accommodations that speak to leisure and business travel simultaneously. LGBTQ+ travelers have long since led the charge when it comes to leisure and adventure travel, often heralded as being more adventurous, open-minded, and willing to spend big money on luxury and leisure travel offerings, including lavish accommodations and exceptional summer getaways.

LGBTQ+ Travelers the Likely Trendsetters for Global Travel’s Bounce Back

Many LGBTQ+ travelers across North America are emerging from local lockdowns and travel restrictions that hindered their ability to travel for well over a year. There might be a sense that many LGBTQ+ travelers must “make up” for the time they spent at home awaiting vaccinations and travel restrictions. The result has been a splurge on travel bookings that allow travel to be both indulgent and spontaneous, with cancelation policies that let anyone opt out last minute should any complications occur.

Many travel agencies, hotel chains, and airlines are speaking to the needs of LGBTQ+ travelers, offering travel programs that allow extended stays and even accommodations for remote work. More importantly, some luxury offerings, including cruise deals, are likely more affordable than ever, and now might be the time to take advantage of luxury tours that wouldn’t otherwise be affordable. The cruise industry is expected to make a comeback alongside the return of international travel. Now might be the time to book, with flexible cancelation policies if travelers need to change their plans if unexpected challenges arise closer to the actual cruise date.

Pride ParadeLGBTQ+ Travel Options Predicted to Be Plentiful This Season

While it isn’t quite time to celebrate the end of the pandemic, many places, including Europe and Mexico, have opened their doors to fully vaccinated travelers. LGBTQ+ travelers are expected to be one of the first to indulge in leisure travel, setting the stage for a busy fall travel season. Further, many travel deals available have been adjusted to address some of the complications that are likely to arise during the tail end of the pandemic, including sudden border closure and other travel restrictions.

This means the LGBTQ+ community should take advantage of flights with generous cancelation policies, book with hotels that are incentivizing extended stays, and LGBTQ+ travel groups that include discounts on food, drink, and other local attractions, including amusement parks, clubs, and bars.

LGBTQ+ Travel Might Bring Together Corporate and Leisure Travel

To further incentivize LGBTQ+ travelers to pack their bags this travel season, many hotel chains are attempting to speak to the working professionals who want to mix work and leisure into one packaged experience. The rise of “bleisure” has gained popularity among many LGBTQ+ corporate travelers who wish to extend their stay far beyond the traditional one or two weeks. This includes options for extended stays that can be booked on short notice, along with accommodations that have office space and high-speed internet.

With remote work gaining popularity across the world, leisure and business travel have slowly begun to emerge, with many hotels adjusting their offerings accordingly.

Address the Complications and Challenges of LGBTQ+ Travel With CAP

Ensure that your travel experience is entirely focused on relaxation; stay prepared for any sort of travel mishap.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. The CAP plan also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Contact us directly to learn more about how CAP can speak to the needs of LGBTQ+ travelers to ensure their trip is as safe as possible.

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FocusPoint International has partnered with IGLTA (International LGBTQ+ Travel Association) to offer a CAP Medical and Security Travel Assist Plan to the attendees of the upcoming IGLTA convention. The IGLTA website is an exceptional resource for LGBTQ+ travelers that can identify travel advisors & providers that are LGBTQ+ welcoming.

The IGLTA Global Convention is the world’s premier educational and networking travel trade event for LGBTQ+ tourism professionals and allies. In addition to being the world’s largest LGBTQ+ travel trade convention, it is also the longest-running of its kind (the first edition was held in San Francisco in 1984). For more information visit igltaconvention.org.

Simple LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Tips for Any Same-Sex Couple

SelfieLGBTQ+ Travel Safety Tips

Gay travelers have undoubtedly experienced some unpleasant moments when traveling or vacationing. Being an openly gay person or traveling as a same-sex couple can be frowned upon by locals in certain communities, drawing unwanted attention or, much worse, actual assault.

For any gay or lesbian traveler, use these LGBTQ+ travel safety tips to ensure that you make the most of your summer vacations in 2021.

LGBTQ+ Travel Safety: Educate Yourself Before Your Arrival

Gay travelers are best to do some research before arriving at an international travel destination. While many cities and towns in North America are much more welcoming of gay and lesbian culture, other places in the world have not kept up with such advances. Some communities have unique laws on public displays of affection or same-sex relationships entirely, and gay travelers are best to stay well-informed and not be caught off guard.

In fact, there are well over 70 countries across the globe that have criminal laws against homosexuality that could result in significant fines, penalties, and even jail time. Consider doing some digging on local laws and consult with other gay travelers before heading to an international destination that might not gel with your lifestyle choices.

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LGBTQ+ Travel Safety: Read the Room and the Locals

While some international travel destinations might not have laws against gay marriage or same-sex couples, the community and neighborhood may not feel the same way. Be proud of your relationship, but don’t antagonize locals should you receive negative attention. Confuse the locals and explain that your partner is a close friend, rather than debate and make an already negative situation much worse.

Further, if you and your partner are receiving negative attention at a local restaurant or bar, consider toning back public displays of affection just for the sake of the enjoyment of your trip. You have the right to be proud of your sexual orientation, but negative attention mixed with alcohol could lead to instances of abuse or assault. Come to an agreement with your partner on how you will handle such situations before your trip begins, and opt for a de-escalating plan should something unpleasant occur.

Pride KissLGBTQ+ Travel Safety: Seek Out LGBTQ+ Friendly Accommodations

Many gay-friendly resorts or hotels will proudly trumpet their acceptance of gay travelers, either online or in person. Do some research on your accommodations and look for signals of how friendly the hotel is to gay travelers. Online reviews are a great spot to read up on other traveler’s experiences, and some accommodations will even give discounts to the LGBTQ+ community.

One trick is to take a close examination of the travel brochures, coupon books, and magazines in a hotel lobby. If the location is gay-friendly, there will certainly be marketing materials that speak to gay travelers. If not, it might be best to search for another place to stay.

If you experience harassment or other unfair treatment at a hotel or resort because of your status as a gay traveler, it is always best to get up and leave. Do not pay, do not say anything to staff, simply leave immediately. Place your safety as a top priority and immediately leave the area should you feel uncomfortable at any time. Once you are safe, connect with management and share your experience, and request alternative accommodations.

LGBTQ+ Travel and Safety With CAP

LGBTQ+ travelers are unfortunately subject to incidents and mishaps that the traditional traveler doesn’t face, especially in exotic international locations. Avoid instances of verbal and physical abuse and travel with complete confidence, knowing that CAP travel consultants are working around the clock to ensure your safety as a gay traveler anywhere in the world.

CAP includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. CAP also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Contact us directly to learn more about available leisure travel solutions tailored to the needs of gay travelers and navigate any travel complication this summer and fall.

Real Places in the World Where LGBTQ+ Travelers Can Face Criminal Charges

Heart in HandsLGBTQ+ Travel Safety: Destinations to Avoid for Same-Sex Couples, Gay, and Lesbian Travelers

Many exotic travel destinations around the world come with unexpected challenges for LGBTQ+ travelers. While much of North America and Europe have adopted a more progressive approach to gay, lesbian, and LGBTQ+ rights, there are still places in the world that have held on to more conservative values. Everyone deserves to enjoy leisure travel, but certain cultural customs can result in unfortunate interactions with local communities.

Gay travelers visiting the following destinations might face unpleasant reactions from the general public for their sexual orientation, potentially resulting in violent crime, incidents of harassment, refusal of service, and potential criminal charges. For any gay traveler, consider avoiding these destinations when traveling this summer and fall.

LGBTQ+ Travel in Jamaica: Is it Safe for Gay Travelers to Visit This Destination?

Jamaica might come as a surprise for many gay, lesbian, and LGTBQ+ travelers for being an unsafe place that same-sex couples should avoid visiting. While Jamaica might sell itself as a “chill” destination in the Caribbean, local laws and public attitudes are anything but relaxed when it comes to gay and LGBTQ+ issues. Many resorts state that they welcome same-sex couples, but these attitudes don’t align with local laws and public perception that has been rooted in outdated and homophobic laws.

While there are no laws against being LGBTQ+ in Jamaica, the conduct that a same-sex couple might partake in is outlawed. Police in Jamaica maintain the right to arrest and charge anyone for what has been named as “gross indecency,” which could be defined as something as simple as holding hands with your same-sex partner in public. If you identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, it might be best to opt for another Caribbean destination that is far more welcoming.

Egypt PyramidsLGBTQ+ Travel in Egypt: Public Perceptions and Criminalization of Homosexuality

Visiting Egypt comes with the potential of seeing one of the great wonders of the world. For gay, lesbian, and LGBTQ+ travelers, it might be better to skip this destination altogether, as Egypt has grown a reputation for being unfriendly to gay travelers. Public laws and cultural attitudes are considered to be far less liberal in comparison to North America, and LGBTQ+ travelers should use extreme caution when visiting this destination.

Same-sex couples or LGBTQ+ people can face imprisonment, massive fines, or even execution for a long list of reasons related to their identity. Even flying a pride flag could result in an arrest, with citizens who partake in same-sex marriage could be imprisoned and potentially tortured. Further, public opinion in Egypt is heavily swayed against same-sex rights, and locals show little tolerance for public displays of affection amongst same-sex couples. Visiting this destination comes with a high potential for verbal harassment or even assault from the local police or the community itself.

LGBTQ+ Travel Tanzania: Is East Africa Safe for Same-Sex Couples and Gay Travelers?

Tanzania has long since been known for its incredible safaris, stunning landscapes, and amazing displays of wildlife. A simple online search would suggest that Tanzania might be a great destination to experience East-African culture, but further research would argue that gay and lesbian travelers may run into issues during their trip.

Tanzania passed an anti-LGBTQ+ law in 1998, effectively criminalizing homosexuality altogether, which is still in place today. The Sexual Offences Special Provisions Act punishes gay men and women up to 30 years for being part of the LGBTQ+ community. This, of course, is extremely problematic for gay travelers as simple public displays of affection could result in imprisonment. Further, local Africans might react negatively to a gay traveler, and same-sex couples with the same surname might be questioned about their sexuality by immigration officers upon arrival. Should gay travelers decide to visit this destination, they will need to pay careful attention to cues from the general public and do their best to avoid harassment from locals.

MorroccoLGBTQ+ Travel Safety in Morocco

Morocco presents itself as a once-in-lifetime travel experience that brings together culture, food, and stunning beaches. While much of this country’s economy is reliant on tourism, its attitudes towards gay and same-sex tourists have presented themselves to be largely unfriendly to the LGBTQ+ community. Despite Morocco being incredibly close to Europe, this country has fallen behind regarding its attitudes towards gay marriage from a political standpoint.

Same-sex couples can face criminal prosecution for being married in Morocco resulting in up to three years in prison. This destination has an incredibly conservative perception of public displays of affection as well, even for heterosexual couples. A simple kiss in a busy market can stir up a commotion from the locals, resulting in unfortunate incidents of harassment. Public perceptions of gay culture can vary from city to city as well, and those visiting this country should pay careful attention to local customs and traditions. Even revealing clothing on women could result in negative reactions from the general public, and travelers from all walks of life are encouraged to exercise caution when visiting this country.

Experience International LGBTQ+ Travel With CAP

The LGBTQ+ community faces unique challenges when traveling internationally. Local laws might criminalize public displays of affection, while public perceptions and attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community might result in adverse reactions, including verbal harassment and, in some instances, violent assault. Regardless of where you travel this summer, ensure that you are prepared for anything as an LGBTQ+ traveler and make the most of your leisure travel experience. View the Marriage Equality Guide Around the Globe link on the IGLTA website.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. CAP also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

LGBTQ+ Travel With CAP, Powered by FocusPoint

FocusPoint International has partnered with IGLTA (International LGBTQ+ Travel Association) to offer a CAP Medical and Security Travel Assist Plan to the attendees of the upcoming IGLTA convention. The IGLTA website is an exceptional resource for LGBTQ+ travelers that can identify travel advisors & providers that are LGBTQ+ welcoming.

The IGLTA Global Convention is the world’s premier educational and networking travel trade event for LGBTQ+ tourism professionals and allies. In addition to being the world’s largest LGBTQ+ travel trade convention, it is also the longest-running of its kind (the first edition was held in San Francisco in 1984). For more information visit igltaconvention.org.

Nice, France Embraces LGBTQ+ Travelers from Across the World

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LGBTQ+ Travelers Should Be Looking to Visit Nice This Summer

Nice, France has been a long-overlooked hotspot for gay, lesbian, and LGBTQ travel. The Mediterranean vibe of this destination is a hidden gem and is often considered one of the most gay-friendly destinations in Europe. For any LGBTQ+ looking to make the most of their first vacation post-COVID, Nice is set to be one of the best destinations to visit this summer and fall.

With the announcement that travel restrictions for vaccinated Americans will be eased in June, gay travelers should consider heading to Nice, France, to experience sun, sand, and incredible French culture all in one place.

LGBTQ+ Travel: Gay-Friendly Beaches in Nice, France

Nice offers stunning beaches along the coast of the Bay of Angels that are sure to please any traveler, gay or straight. The city itself has multiple beaches with both quiet and party atmospheres that are a thrill to explore during the summer months. Some beaches are just a short drive along the coastline and make for the perfect day trip.

See below for our top beach destinations in Nice.

Hi Beach is a very popular beach suitable for singles and families and is divided accordingly into separate parts. Here you can mingle with other gay vacationers, enjoy a wide variety of bars, restaurants, and take part in some reservable seating that can be booked in advance and even comes with Wi-Fi.

Coco Beach is one of the city’s most popular public nude beaches and is a popular hotspot for gay travelers. It’s just a short walk east of the Port of Nice and offers chill vibes for anyone looking to relax in the sun.

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St. Laurent-Eze is widely considered Nice’s best and busiest nude beach and is just a short drive east of the city’s downtown core. The beach’s pebble facade is a unique experience that is not as busy as some other beaches around the city. Enjoy a day trip to this beach and dip your toes into something a little different.

LGBTQ+ Travel and Gay-Friendly Nightlife in Nice, France

The neighborhoods of Old Nice and Jean-Médecin are home to some of the world’s best gay bars and are reason enough to visit this incredible city. Head out for a night of fun and dancing with French locals. Attitudes towards LGBTQ+ travelers are very positive, and travelers should have little to no concern from the public.

Le Six has multiple floors of dancing, designated smoking rooms, and is known to stay open until the early morning hours. Head out to this bar for all-night dancing with gay locals and travelers alike.

Le Glam is widely considered the best gay bar and club within Nice. It has incredible food and drinks, with top-40 dance music being blasted late into the night. This is the pinnacle of nightlife in Nice, and maybe even France.

Coco Vin offers a balance of great music, drink, and atmosphere, gaining a reputation for affordability and exceptional service. With a more relaxed tone and vibe, this bar is considered a chill spot with an incredible street view of the neighborhood.

H2: LGBTQ+ Travel: Explore Nice and Appreciate This City’s Stunning Architecture

If the beaches, bars, and restaurants weren’t enough reason to visit Nice, the city itself is rich with history reflected in its scenic architecture. Nice is the perfect location to get lost in and take in some of the city’s incredible culture, with buildings that are exclusive to Nice and intended to reflect an “art deco style.”

Le Vieux Port is one of the city’s most photographed locations, reflecting the city’s iconic red rooftops and exceptional style. With charming buildings circling the harbor, this destination is a must-visit and the perfect photo opportunity for any traveler.

The Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Basilica offers a new take on gothic churches found around France, with incredible stained-glass artistry that rivals some of the most iconic churches in Europe. At night, this church is lit up in colors that reflect the gay-friendly culture of the neighborhood.

La Place Masséna is the city-center red painted square that is home to multiple art installations, including sculptures from Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. This neighborhood is known for its small local festivals and carnival atmosphere and is considered a great meeting place or spot to mingle with locals.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many travelers, and variants could still pose risks to gay travelers visiting Europe. Lockdowns and border closures can happen quickly, with remaining high levels of uncertainty during the upcoming travel season.

Before you go, consider purchasing a travel product that goes far beyond traditional travel insurance and speaks to the needs of gay travelers across the world.

FocusPoint International’s CAP plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. CAP also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Contact us directly to learn more about available leisure travel solutions tailored to the needs of gay travelers and navigate any travel complication this summer.

Female Empowerment the Latest Trend in Luxury Travel

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Women Continue to Lead the Charge in Solo Luxury Travel This Summer

Solo travel is an incredible experience that offers endless learning opportunities. Whether it’s acquainting yourself with a new culture, navigating a complicated subway system in a foreign country, or making new friends from across the world, the rewards of adventuring on your own can leave you with memories that can last a lifetime. Women, in particular, have been leading the charge in this growing trend of solo luxury travel, with female empowerment at the center of it all.

Now more than ever, women are more powerful, independent, and stronger, able to navigate the world and leave behind many of their normal day-to-day responsibilities. Traveling alone or connecting with female-focused group travel offerings ultimately allows women to let go, even if it is just for a short time, and just be who they are.

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Of course, solo travel comes with its ups and downs. At times, traveling on your own might feel isolating, but ultimately, it gives you the freedom to do anything you want, whenever you want. Exploring the world without anyone else offers a unique experience that allows anyone to march at the beat of their own drum and experience travel and luxury completely at their own pace. Solo travel has no restrictions, and many women are catching on to the idea that it might be one of the best ways to experience the world. Luxury solo travel often encourages socialization and whimsical exploration that can help promote a deeper sense of connection with the destinations you choose to visit.

There continues to be an ongoing concern for safety while traveling to exotic international destinations. Women who travel to certain parts of the world might experience some challenges along the way, which might encourage them to avoid solo travel entirely. But this sentiment is changing, and many of the destinations that solo female travelers once avoided are no longer off-limits.

Luxury travel operators are seeing a growing demand from solo female travelers who want to travel the world without the restrictions that once limited them. In fact, the numbers speak for themselves, and heading into 2021 and beyond, it’s estimated that over 70% of all solo travelers will be women. Luxury offerings continue to adjust and tailor their services to speak to this trend, offering a new menu of travel options intended to excite and motivate women to travel the world on their own.

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Luxury Tours by Women, For Women

Today, women who are considering partaking in solo luxury travel can seek out offerings that bring together women from all over the world with the same mindset. Luxury travel groups have evolved, allowing for like-minded women to come together and explore exotic locations together. Consider a meditation retreat in the far corners of the Tibetan Plateau, a group excursion deep into the Arctic without any men or children, or see the beauty of a nature safari alongside other female travelers that are literally in the same boat as you.

Now, women can explore destinations like Africa, Japan, Jordan, and Australia with tours that are entirely led by women. Now, women can see the world together, indulge in luxury alongside one another, and embrace many of the rewards that come with getting out of their comfort zone and seeing the world entirely on their own.

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This trend is ultimately showing a new willingness for women who want to explore the far reaches of the world without any limitations. Now, luxury travel has even fewer limitations than it once did, and offerings are evolving to speak to women who wish to see the world and feel empowered along the way. Luxury hotels, tour operators, and travel agencies are welcoming solo travelers with open arms, offering new services and products that are tailored specifically towards women. Whether you want to spend the day lazing around on sandy beaches or explore and connect with nature, offerings tailored to women are now more common than ever.

When you decide to explore the world on your own, there is one product that can address many of the challenges that come along with traveling on your own as a woman. Feel empowered knowing that there is a team of professionals working around the clock ensuring the safety of women traveling the globe. CAP speaks to the needs of solo female travelers allowing anyone to simultaneously feel safe and protected while indulging in the luxury that comes with visiting exotic international destinations.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. CAP also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Register Now for IGLTA’s 2021 Global Convention in Atlanta

Discounted rates available for International LGBTQ+ Travel Association’s premier educational and networking event until 30 April

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ATLANTA (16 March 2021)— The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association has opened registration for its 37th Global Convention, set for 8-11 September at the W Atlanta-Midtown. IGLTA’s premier event makes its live return in one of the most LGBTQ+ welcoming cities in the United States.

“After more than a year of webinars and connecting virtually, we’re incredibly excited to present an in-person event in Atlanta to reunite our network of LGBTQ+ welcoming tourism professionals,” says John Tanzella, IGLTA President/CEO. “We are working diligently with our meeting planners and the host hotel to ensure the safest possible experience for our attendees. With so many businesses struggling to move forward, the program will serve as an inspiration for recovery, focusing on the resilient LGBTQ+ travel segment and the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Registration includes:

  • Opening reception at the world-renowned Georgia Aquarium
  • Education sessions focused on diversity and marketing strategies
  • Daily networking opportunities
  • Media Networking Event uniting attendees with global media outlets and influencers that promote LGBTQ+ welcoming travel
  • CAP Medical and Security Assistance Plan (6-12 September 2021) at no additional charge

On 8 September, to kick off the networking, IGLTA will present a Buyer/Supplier Marketplace with 1-to-1 appointments to enhance business connections throughout the conference. On 10 September, Voyage, the IGLTA Foundation’s annual fundraiser, will take place in the Delta Flight Museum, courtesy of Delta Air Lines and the ATL Airport District CVB.

For more information about the IGLTA Annual Global Convention, please visit igltaconvention.org or email [email protected] IGLTA has a flexible cancellation policy up to 30 days before the event.

About IGLTA

The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association is the global leader in advancing LGBTQ+ travel and a proud Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. IGLTA’s mission is to provide information and resources for LGBTQ+ travelers and expand LGBTQ+ tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social and economic impact. The association also is a proud supporter of ECPAT’s Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct to prevent child exploitation. IGLTA membership includes LGBTQ+ welcoming accommodations, destinations, travel advisors, tour operators, events and travel media in 80 countries. For more information: iglta.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @iglta.

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