Gay Family Travel Basics

Advice specific to gay family travel, and general family travel topics addressed from a gay perspective

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Gay Family Travel in the First Three Years

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I was recently remembering when my wife Lisa and I took our two-year old daughter to Colombia, South America. We were squished into a tram with about 20 other people, suspended 8,000 feet above sea level (with about 2,000 more to go), and what does my two-year old want to do? Breastfeed, of course! And […]

Catalina Sofia and family in Columbia
Catalina Sofia and family in Colombia, South America
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    My dad and I enjoying the view
    My dad and I enjoying the view

    Family Travel Tips I Learned From My Dad

    Surviving Two Weeks and Two Thousand Miles With Five Kids

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    Since my parents were both teachers, they often had more time than money available for vacations during school breaks. This is especially true given that they needed to feed and clothe five kids, and save for our college tuition. Consequently, they made a smart investment when they bought an International Harvester Travelall (precursor to the […]

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    One happy brown and yellow family!
    One happy brown and yellow family!

    One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

    Travel Anecdotes from an Interracial Gay Family

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    At nearly five, our daughter Sabrina is old enough to realize we’re not a family that’s all the same color. It’s a given that an interracial gay couple with a child is going to stand out in most places, but kids have an amazing ability to normalize their situations, and Sabrina is no exception.  It […]

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    Celebrating Mother's Day on Assateague Island
    Celebrating Mother's Day on Assateague Island

    A Mother’s Day Tradition Born Out of Necessity

    Two Gay Moms Travel To Celebrate Motherhood and Family

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    Just after my daughter Elliesofia was born, my wife Lisa and I decided that the best way for us to celebrate our first Mother’s Day would be to go back to where we first committed to becoming a family and celebrate the birth of our new baby. Elliesofia had spent a month in the neonatal […]

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    Jeff & family cruise the Mediterranean
    Jeff & family in the Mediterranean

    Gay Family Cruising

    A Chat with Travel Agent Jeff Henderson

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    Oftentimes, LGBT parents leave the kids with family or friends when they sail off on one of the popular gay cruises, such as Atlantis, Olivia and RSVP. Sure, it’s fun to have an adult-oriented break from the kids, but what if you want to take the kids along? What are our best cruise options for […]

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    Gay dads with their kids on a Disney cruise

    Finding A Gay-Friendly, Family-Friendly Travel Agent

    Five Keys to Locking in the Right Agent for Your Family

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    You’re thinking about booking that big African safari, that Outback adventure or a rail trip across Canada with your family. You’re aware that you don’t know enough about the particulars and have decided that a travel agent is the way to go. But where do you start? Do you choose a gay travel agent or […]

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    A gay family-friendly wedding celebration

    A Gay Family Destination Wedding!

    Q&A with Same-Sex Wedding Planner Bernadette Coveney Smith

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    Engaged LGBT couples in 33 states have a couple of choices: wait for legislation to get passed in their home state making it legal for them to marry, or travel to one of the seventeen states (plus the District of Columbia) where it’s legal now. GayFamilyTrips.com reached out to same-sex wedding planner Bernadette Coveney Smith […]

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    Bobby's daughter is ready for the feast!
    Bobby's daughter is ready for the feast!

    The Turkey Has Landed

    Stay Home for the Holidays and Create Your Own Family Traditions

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    We have a very large extended family, many of which live here in Arizona. While we love gatherings, during the holidays everyone wants to host something. And we don’t always want to travel over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s/sister’s/cousin’s house every holiday. We’ve found that keeping Thanksgiving as our own family celebration […]

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    Paul and his partner Lance
    Paul and his partner Lance

    First Family Trip With The New Partner

    The Excitement—And Terror—Of Our First Trip Together

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    I had been dating Lance about six months when it occurred to me that my planned summer vacation with my sons (Matthew, age 6, and Joshua, age 12) was quickly approaching. I’d booked the hotel reservations a year in advance for our stay in Montana’s Glacier National Park, but it was time to start working […]

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    Balta & Andrew with Granddad and Grandmary
    Balta & Andrew with Granddad and Grandmary

    Meet The Grandparents

    Making The First Long-Distance Visits To Relatives

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    My partner Carmine and I became dads while living in Los Angeles, very far away from both of our respective “home bases.” Carmine’s siblings all live close to his parents in the Boston area.  And while my siblings were a bit more dispersed around the country, they usually flocked to visit my mom and dad […]

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