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HOW DOES TRAVEL AFFECT CLIMATE CHANGE?

8% of the world’s carbon emission comes from airplanes. As world travelers, we believe that not only is it important to inspire people to travel, but also is necessary to inspire people to be conscious travelers. For that reason we spoke with Blake Lawrence, he is the Marketing Manager of Cool Effect, a global recognized non-profit platform that is mitigating climate change by reducing green house emissions. Cool Effect has removed over a million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and counting. We asked Blake how travel affects our environment and what we can do to be more conscious travelers. The truth is a slap in the face of any traveler who cares about the environment. 8% of all carbon emissions originate from airplanes and so far there is no solution to completely solve this problem on commercial aviation. So what can we do to help? Blake – There are a number…

WHERE THE LOCALS GO – COSTA RICA

Before traveling to a destination, we always try to connect to a local. Besides the fact that they know the best spots and hidden gems, creating the possibility to make new friends and hangout, it’s very cool because it allows us to see the local culture from a completely different perspective.  For that reason we interviewed Carlos, he spends his weekends exploring Costa Rica natural beauties as he creates inspiring content on Instagram.  From scenic hikes to breathtaking  waterfalls, Costa Rica has it all.  Carlos is passionate about nature and adventure, he shared with us some of  his favorites spots in San José and other destinations around Costa Rica. PLACES TO VISIT IN Costa Rica Well, although Costa Rica is a really small country I have a big list of day trips. Many of these places you will want to stay longer than one day because there are so many…

WHERE THE LOCALS GO – BANGKOK

For us, traveling is all about connecting to people. It is a completely different experience when you hangout with a local or simply have a piece of travel advice from somebody that understands the local culture in a deeper level. It will save you a lot of time and open up your eyes to appreciate the true colors of a place that many times are hidden in between tourist traps. For this reason we interviewed Matthew, he is a pole dancer passionate about dance and travel living in Bangkok. Pole dancing has actually opened me up to this international community of loving, dedicated and extra people all across the globe. Now I meet new friends passing by Bangkok and in every city, I visit, I try to take a class at the local pole studio. Everyone should try it once in their life. He shared some of his favorite things…

WHERE THE LOCALS GO – GAY LISBON

Portugal was such a nice surprise for us. As virgins to the country, we landed in Lisbon not knowing what to expect. We knew we would have a lot of things in common like the same language for example,  which helped us to dive deeper into the culture. What we didn’t realize until we arrived is that visiting Portugal was a way cooler experience than we thought it would be. Besides having the most delicious food, we felt very safe and welcomed by the Portuguese people during Gay Pride Lisbon. Also I think it is fair to give credit to  Portugal for becoming one of the first countries in the world to win the battle against drugs. If you’ve never been to Lisbon, there has never been a better time to go. There are a lot of exciting things happening in Portugal, for that reason we interviewed Nelson Farrim to…

WHERE THE LOCALS GO – NEW YORK CITY

We don’t even think about it, but we spend hours and hours planning our trips. Although we love to be free spirits and go to with the flow, planning is always necessary and we know what it takes to put together a fun-filled itinerary. We’ve learned an important lesson that changed the way we travel – locals with similar interest have the most reliable source of information and can save you a lot of time.  Thinking of that we interviewed Angel and Jose. They live in NYC and besides being the cutest couple, they also are world travelers and inspire us everyday sharing their adventures around the world. Together we travel, learn, and want to share all of our experiences as a married couple with the rest of the world. Here is what they have to say: WHERE TO STAY In our opinion, there are a couple of gay-friendly places…

TRAVEL ADVICE FROM A GAY LOCAL – IBIZA

After traveling the whole world we learned a very important lesson that completely changed the way we travel: seek advice from the locals. They know better and you will have a greater time. It’s a completely different experience hanging out with somebody that lives in the city you are visiting.  With this in mind, we interviewed Joel to give us smart travel advice and share the essentials gay travelers need to know before one goes to Ibiza. He is very passionate about photography and shared with us his favorite spots in the island. WHERE TO STAY The gay scene in Ibiza is all mixed up, so it doesn’t really matter where you stay . The places are all gay friendly there so the gays are welcomed everywhere.  Of course location wise the best neighborhood for a gay guy to stay is in Ibiza. Specifically, stay near the port area because…

TRAVEL ADVICE FROM THE LOCALS – IOANNINA GREECE

For us, traveling is all about connecting to people. It is a completely different experience when you hangout with a local or simply have a piece of travel advice from somebody that understands the local culture in a deeper level. It will save you a lot of time and open up your eyes to appreciate the true colors of a place that many times are hidden in between tourist traps. For this reason we interviewed Mark, he lives in Ioannina, Greece. He is a writer, world explorer and very passionate about his hometown. This is what Mark has to say about his city. WHERE TO STAY The main attraction of the town I live in is the lake. So, any hotel near the lake front has amazing views to wake up to. At one side across the lake you’ve got a majestic mountain swallowing you whole with its enormous size…

TRAVEL ADVICE FROM A GAY LOCAL BERLIN

There is no doubt Berlin is the city of secret spots and underground culture. For this reason, the best way to dive deeper and find the hidden gems that the city has to offer is to seek advice from the locals. With this in mind we interviewed David, he is a Berliner, world traveler, and shared with us his favorite spots in town. David knows what it takes to grasp different cultures, he is a true world explorer. He and his partner Patrick have been traveling all over the world and share their inspiring journeys on Instagram, from around the globe. WHERE TO STAY In my opinion, the best area to stay and experience the real Berlin would be Kreuzberg, Neukölln or Friedrichshain. The most typically gay neighbourhood in Berlin would be Schöneberg, however the gay scene you find there is more stereotypical.  In Mitte you have the main tourist…

TRAVEL ADVICE FROM A GAY LOCAL – VANCOUVER

We don’t even think about it, but we spend hours and hours planning our trips. Although we love to be free spirits and go to with the flow, planning is always necessary and we know what it takes to put together a fun filled itinerary. We’ve learned an important lesson that changed completely the way we travel – locals with similar interest  have the most reliable source of information and can save you a lot of time.  Thinking of that we interviewed Josh Rimer that besides being a world traveler, he also is Mister Gay Canada 2019, TV host and LGBTQ activist and travel vlogger. He shared with us his favorites hot spots in Vancouver. Here is what he has to say. WHERE TO STAY The West End is considered the gayborhood, but everywhere in downtown Vancouver is easy to get to, from there, so staying in Yaletown, Coal Harbour, or Gastown are…

REAL TALK WITH A GAY LOCAL IN BRUNEI

Happy is a gay local that lives in Brunei, he was born and raised there and shared with us how the situation is since the country  adopted a new penal code allowing stoning punishment for gay sex and adultery. He agreed to give us an interview if we kept his identity anonymous for his safety.  We chose the name Happy because although he is living in what we would consider a suppressed society, to us he came across very Happy.   You can’t say anything negative about this country or about its government or “sovereignty”.Just to put your voice out there you have to be smart about the way you say things because it can sound like you are against the government. It’s a tabu and possibly even illegal to criticize the government. It’s not normal what is happening and Happy is very aware of the situation. But there are…