Saturday, July 26, 2008

Asia and drugs

If you are travelling to Asia a recent blog on Brave New Traveler is worth a read:

5 Ways Travelers Can Avoid Being Caught With Drugs

What a lot of travellers don't realise is that the penalties for the possession of drugs in most Asian countries is extremely high for even minimal quantities and the death penalty exists in a lot of Asian countries for drug trafficking. Strict penalties also apply to most countries - though penalties aren't as severe - but countries such as New Zealand and Australian routinely screen all luggage due to strict quarantine restrictions so the odds of been caught are high.

The recent arrest of Peter Lloyd in Singapore highlights the predicament you could find yourself in for even using small amounts of drugs in countries such as Singapore.

If you are travelling with any medication - take quantities that you need for your trip and a copy of your pescription. If you are on HIV medication be aware of those countries that deny entry to HIV+ travellers including the USA. (Though this is hopefully going to change shortly). If you have any concerns about any medication check with the customs website for the countries you are visiting including countries you are travelling through.

Dancing Around the World

My long-time tour guide friend Susan just returned from a too-fast reunion trip to OZ, and upon her return she found this video that reminds us all that travel should be fun and not to forget mingling with locals for memorable experiences.

The star of this vignette is shown in both Australia, New Zealand and many other ports of call that are on my list. How about your travel to do list?

PS I captured this stunning sunset in a remote jungle in Costa Rica while staying at Las Aguas Jungle Lodge.
It is known for its 5 waterfalls on the property, which make it well worth the off-the-beaten path trip. I haven't seen a sunset as spectacular and long-lasting since 1975 on the equator off Colombia!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sunshine Coast Pride Fair - 19 October 2008

The Queensland Association for Healthy Communities will be hosting the first Sunshine Coast Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Fair on Sunday 19th October at Millwell Road Community Centre, Maroochydore.

The aim of the Pride Fair is to bring the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and their friends and family together in a fun and supportive environment to celebrate the community’s diversity. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness of local gay friendly health services, performers and businesses and to allow the LGBT community to gain access to information on health, sexuality and support services.

More details will be online shortly at

For great accommodation check out the Sunshine Coast region and feel free to contact the Rainbow Tourism Concierge for assistance.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Spring Fling Gayway - Cairns - New Packages



The organisers of the first Spring Fling, have announced a new shortened package to cater for those guests who were unable to attend for the full 3-Night program.

Announcing the new offer, Tim Fifield from OnQ said “We were hearing from some guests to say they would benefit from a shorter package based on their business commitments, so we have released a new 2-Night deal in conjunction with the great 3-Night full package.”

Starting from just $1299, the new 2-Night, 3-Day package includes all the great benefits of the full 3-Night package with full details on the website and on line registration.

Stressing the need to book sooner rather than later, the organisers confirmed that places at this first Spring Fling are limited. “Both Virgin and Jetstar have some amazing airfare prices to Cairns from all major cities, depending on when you’re travelling, so now is the time to book before they sell out.” Said Tim.

The first Spring Fling will be held at the 5-Star Shangri La The Marina Cairns from Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 August (2-Night Package, Friday to Sunday). Couples, friends and singles are welcome at this exclusive 3 Night Gayaway boasting spectacular events, entertainment and activities.

Entertainers include: DJ Buck Naked, DJ Sandi Hotrod, Percussionist Rob Morrish, Courtney Act Australia’s Most Glamorous Diva, Chanel Cole & Spook and Diva Katrina Barry.

We have plenty of secrets up our sleeve, including great Celeb guests, surprises, prizes and gifts. It will be a special weekend that allows our guests to party and play in a tropical paradise and establishes the reputation for Spring Fling events now and in the future.” said Fifield.

Info: All details and registration link are available on the website –

For travel and other assistance contact the Rainbow Tourism Concierge.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Cairns Tropical Pride Festival

The Cairns Tropical Pride Festival is an opportunity for our entire community to celebrate its diversity and its connection to the wider community.

With community awards, festival parade and party and fair day it will be a weekend to join with the gay and lesbian community in Cairns and the wider Tropical North Queensland.

So why not head up to Cairns and enjoy the festival. Rainbow Tourism can offer you some great deals for Cairns. Contact the Rainbow Tourism concierge for assistance.

What: The Cairns Tropical Pride Festival
When: 19 to 21 September 2008
Where: Cairns, Tropical North Queensland, Australia

Saturday, July 05, 2008 merges with

Guest post from Mike Owen

I am pleased to annouce a new partnership and merger with the GLBT directory, and its parent company,, an Australia- based Gay Travel Service, which specializes in travel to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

The PinkPagesNet directory originally started in 1995 to provide an online resource for New Zealand. Over the years it expanded it’s reach to include Australia and other regions.

Under the arrangements of this partnership, the owners of sites currently listed in the PinkPagesNet directory will be encouraged to add their sites to the BQueer Database, or if already listed, to update their site and contact information. In a phased progression, all traffic from the Pink Pages Directory will be redirected to the BQueer site.

I would like to welcome the clients and visitors of and to BQueer! As a Canadian-based Gay and Lesbian directory with a global presence, I am excited by the opportunity to increase the relevance and exposure of BQueer in your part of the world!

If anyone has questions, concerns, or feedback about this merger / partnership, please contact either myself or Mark at Rainbow Tourism.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Spring Fling Gayway - Cairns

The Inagural Spring Fling will be held at the 5-Star Shangri La The Marina Cairns in Queensland from Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 August 2008. The exclusive 3 Night Gayaway will bring together guys from all over Australia and potentially NZ, in an exclusive and exciting long weekend of spectacular events, entertainment and activities. The organisers are welcoming couples, friends and singles, and have a flexible and easy on line registration on their website.

Spring Fling promises to be a sensational, exclusive 3 Night / 4 Day ‘Gayaway’ for our guests. You will enjoy a complete package vacation with sensational 5-star accommodation, entertainment, parties, food and drinks.

Four days of themed events await – you will become Earthborne, Waterborne, Fireborne and Airborne as you meet and mingle with new friends, local guys and enjoy our fabulous program.

You’ll be wowed at the parties by the entertainment styles of Courtney Act: Australia’s Most Glamorous Diva, DJ Sandi Hotrod, DJ Bucknaked, Percussionist Rob Morrish, Australian Idol Top Five Finalist 2004, Chanel Cole, to name a few. Make sure you check out our Spring Pad and learn more about our first featured performer, Katrina Barry, as we introduce you to acts we know you’ll love.

So contact Rainbow Tourism for your airfares and to register for the Spring Fling Gayaway. Let us know any other things you might to do in Cairns or if you want pre or post accommodation at some of the great resorts in Tropical North Queensland.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Gay Pride Parades Are Travel Must Do's

If you've never been to the Big Apple, a good excuse to get there is the annual Gay Pride Parade. THis year's made "the cover"of Yahoo News, which also ran a slideshow of 150 photos soon after the event concluded.
Sitting at my desk in San Jose CR, I was thrilled to see the images with some of my friends in the march.
Naturally, the rainbow picture caught my eye right off, and brought back memories of when I paraded for the 25th Anniversary of Stonewall and carried the flag down Park Avenue!