75+ Amazing LGBTQIA+ Travel Resources, Discounts, & Helpful Sites

With Pride events happening at destinations across the globe, cruise ships boarding for your dream queer vacation, and new LGBTQIA+-friendly (meaning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and more) spots popping up in even the most remote locations, the world of travel for queer and transgender people is constantly expanding. And, LGBTQIA+ folks love to travel — a 2017 survey from Community Marketing Inc. found that the average LGBTQIA+ person had taken 3.2 vacations in the last 12 months since taking their survey. Still, travel in and outside the US can be a tricky thing for LGBTQIA+ folks. A recent survey from the UK government noted that over two-thirds of people in same-gender couples avoided holding hands in public for safety reasons. There are still 72 countries around the world where homosexuality is illegal, and likely many more where being transgender is as well. And, in the US, at least sixteen states have considered laws that wou...

10 Sites to Book Local Tours, Experiences & Activities Online: Airbnb vs. Viator & Others

Passport? Check! Suntan lotion? Check! Bikini? Check! Stress-free tour and experience booking guide? Hmm... Are you planning a vacation or quick getaway? If you're like us, your time away from work is precious, and you want to spend it doing exactly what you enjoy most. For vacations, that used to mean calling a travel agency or paging through multitudes of planning guides to create the optimal tour and activity schedule. But no longer! Now there are websites brimming with the best of each region's tours, activities and experiences, waiting for travelers to scroll through and book their own favorites from the convenience of their laptop, tablet, or even their phone. Take a look at some of the most popular ones we found before you dial up that expensive travel agent.ViatorFounded in 1999, Viator is a TripAdvisor company which advertises activities, tours, and regional events through an extensive network of partners and sites.In giving travelers direct access to booking...

Empty Leg Flights Might Be Your Ticket to Flying Private for Cheap: 7 Accessible Private Jet Subscription Services

Wish you could fly in the lap of luxury? Your chances are getting better — if you opt for an empty leg flight, that is. How much does it cost to fly private? It ranges significantly, but to charter a jet typically costs anywhere from $1,200 - $8,500... per hour.You can see, then, why most regular folk don't even consider a discussion on the subject — it simply isn't realistic for most budgets. Well, at least it hasn't been until now. With companies like Jettly popping up, the private jet travel world is opening up to those who may never have dreamt they'd set foot on a luxury jet! Enter: empty leg flights.What is an empty leg flight? Also known as deadhead flights, dead legs, empty sectors, or one-way transients, empty leg flights are flights that occur when a private jet has dropped off a client and the aircraft is headed for its next destination — with no one on board. This empty plane flying without passengers is consid...

The 9 Best Vacation Rental Sites for Renting Cabins

Looking to rent a cabin for an upcoming getaway? You're one of many like-minded others — so many, in fact, that some predict vacation rental homes/cabins will knock the hotel business out completely by 2020. We know they're great alternatives, but where should you start your search?While extremely popular in general, some guests prefer not only to rent a cabin from a vacation rental site, but to rent it from the actual cabin owners themselves — think Airbnb. This allows them to have direct communication and often much better prices. We compared the top vacation rental sites to find which were owner-hosted, and which were otherwise best for cabin rentals. From what we've seen so far, we've determined that the best sites for the following categories are:Largest selection of cabin rentals: AirbnbBest for diversity/inclusiveness: InnclusiveBest for smaller rental units, i.e. apartments or rooms: WimduWorld's largest overall travel website: TripAdvi...

Uber Alternatives: 9 Other Ridesharing Apps for Getting Around in Your City

Had enough of Uber and Lyft? Turns out, there are many alternatives in the ridesharing space, depending on where you live and where you need to go. But which ones are the safest, and which ones are worth your time and money? We've broken down the 9 best ridesharing alternatives to Uber and Lyft, and which cities each one operates in.JunoWith an app founded by entrepreneur Talmon Marco, Juno is a ridesharing service alternative to Uber focused on providing drivers a fair wage. Juno charges drivers a 30-40% lower commission than similar services, and will eventually offer their long-term drivers restricted stock units (RSUs), allowing them to own part of the company.Juno riders can choose 3 types of rides: QuickStylishSUV-style, for large groups The app lets you know approximately how much each fare will be based on the type of ride you select, and gives you an estimated arrival time — then, when you’re ready to hit the road, nearby vehicles are called...