Helsinki

5 surprising ports that should be atop gay travel lists. Have a travel agent book you on an itinerary that includes one of these. Taipei, anyone? Helskinki

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Some cruise ports make us feel “Been there, done that. Next!” Other ports make us want to return for more in-depth visit. We’ve been thinking lately about three cruise ports we’d especially like to re-visit

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By Don Church and Tony Schillaci, Out and Travelin’ It’s well known that gay equality now has history is on its side as witnessed by the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA and Prop 8 as well as the expanding pro-gay legislation around the world. What is less well known is that gay travel has become one of the travel industry’s most sought-after niche markets in the world, including Finland. This charming, gay-friendly Scandinavian country has laws that protect sexual orientation and gender identity, and government tourism authorities, especially in Helsinki, provide specific travel information online and in print for its LGBT visitors. Finland’s jewel-box of a capitol, Helsinki, inspired by Peter the Great’s St. Petersburg, is easy to discover on foot because it is built [&hellip

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By Don Church & Tony Schillaci, Out and Travelin’™ With a ship load of budget travel stories out there, here’s one for cruisers who do their globe-trotting regardless of cost. As a wise friend once told us, “if you’ve got deep pockets or lots of credit on your cards, you only regret the trips you didn’t take.” We highly recommend the six-star Regent Seven Sea Cruises 7- and 10-day sailings on
the dark-blue Baltic Sea while exploring its magnificent port cities. They are among the best places to visit because of Scandinavia’s long-history of legislation to protect the rights of their gay, lesbian and transgender citizens and visitors. And Regent is a gay-friendly cruise line that openly welcomes our community. In 2013, Regent has Baltic cruises [&hellip

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