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The trip begins in London

Getting off the plane I arrive at the UK border.  The border guard was helpful, unlike my experience entering the US.  I’ve been to the UK several times, the last time in 2014 but it has been a very long time since I spent any time in Londonn.   London is a wonderful city.
Cevent Garden was originally a flower market.

Covent Garden, known for its concert hall, is really a farmers market and crafts fair.  There are buskers and many places to eat.

Why Travel?

by Rob Woodman

I am about to set off on a two week trip to England and Spain.  As I get ready to travel I realize that it is a lot of work.  It is not just the packing for the trip.  That is pretty easy since I’m taking the minimum.  There are so many things to tie up or at least to tie in place until I get back.  Inevitably I’ll forget something and need to hustle at the last minute or make some arrangement to take care of my as yet unknown forgotten thing.  I don’t hate airports like some people do but between hanging out in the airport and sitting for endless hours on a plane, it is exhausting.  And then the time change.  In other words, travel isn’t all that easy.  So why travel?

It can be to see new places, places I’ve always heard about but never seen or at best have seen only in photos.  The truth is that man has made some remarkable things, mostly buildings, that delight the eye and other senses.  Beaches and mountains around the world make me feel at one with the universe and I love to get lost in sunsets.  But there are buildings and beaches and mountains everywhere.  I don’t need to travel to England or Spain just for that.  So why travel?

For me, travel is about people.  I want to not just visit a place but experience the place from the perspective of a local.  I want to be with the people and know how life is in other places.  Gay Hopper gives me the best chance of doing that.  I can meet a host who will show me around and with whom I might even stay.  I’ll be with other Gay people without event trying because you only find Gay people on Gay Hopper.   I’ll have instant contact with the community.  And these friendships can last forever.

Here’s my question.  Why do you travel?

Why Traveling Is Good for Your Health


Traveling is one of the best things that you can do for your health. It helps your physical and mental health, with many travelers saying that it’s also excellent for the soul.

Sure, there are some stressful and worrying moments. But overall, when you get out on the road and visit new countries you gain in far more ways. This isn’t about just international travel, either. Traveling your own country and being a tourist in your own town can be so beneficially at the same time.

There are no limits when it comes to traveling, except for what you can afford. You can sight-see around some of your most dreamed about countries or choose exotic adventures. Go by rails, car, or even by boat. There are just so many options, and they will all help you in ways that you have never imagined.

It’s time to save up and plan your next vacation (before you check your rehab report). Get out the itinerary and start enjoying your life in ways so many travelers do. Here are eight reasons traveling is so good for the health, both mentally and physically.

You’re Able to Get Moving

The biggest benefit of traveling is the amount of movement that you will do. You will constantly be on the go, even if you are taking a trip on a cruise. There are sights to see and things to do!

You know just how important constant movement is, right? You know that this is the best way to improve your health. Not only will you help yourself lose weight, but you’re creating a healthier heart and healthier lungs. Your whole cardiovascular system will thank you, along with your blood pressure.

The more activity you do, the more you get your heart pumping. Remember that the heart is a muscle, and it needs to be worked at constantly to grow faster. Making it work harder temporarily will build the muscle and keep it working for longer. You’ll also support your arteries, which means you lower the risk of high cholesterol problems and high blood pressure.

Walking around will help you reduce your stress levels, too. You get the release of the happy hormones, which will mean the worries and difficulties of life will go away. You’ll find other ways to deal with the stress, so it doesn’t cause as many health complications in the future. You’re at a lower risk of having a heart attack or a stroke because of your way of life.

Did you know that studies support the idea of traveling regularly? If you think that your once-a-year holiday is perfect for you, think again. Those who take more holidays in the space of a year have a healthier life. They’re less likely to suffer many of the health complications in the future because they are far more active.

It really doesn’t matter where you go for this benefit. You could spend your whole time in one country. What you really want to focus on is getting the steps in each day. If you are going to take a cruise, you’ll get the activity in when you dock and go sightseeing. Of course, you can also add in more exercise by walking around the ship’s deck and other places. Don’t use your vacation as an excuse to sit around and do nothing the whole time!

If you do take medication, you may find that you need less of it on a daily basis. The activity that you get will help you to improve your whole body’s health, as your heart grows stronger. Your normal high blood pressure reduces to the point where you no longer need to take the medication to keep it down. Your doctor will be more than happy to take off a regular prescription from your list for this reason!

There are going to be times that you need to push your activity levels. While you will have days where you tour a city on a cruise, there are other days where you will be stuck on the ship. Most of these cruises will have somewhere to go where you can exercise. There may be swimming pools up on the deck or a fitness suite with state of the art equipment. Make an effort to use them while you’re stuck on the ship for a few days. After all, you’re paying for the luxuries of the fitness equipment, so you may

Thailand’s Bustling Gay Scene

When it comes to backpacking, one of the first destinations that pop into mind (and up the search bars) is Thailand. Thailand is warm, sunny, and friendly — a place that has it all: bustling cities, exciting nature trails, and beautiful beaches. The question actually, when it comes to traveling to Thailand, is not why, it’s “why not?”


For gay travelers, specifically, Thailand is a wonderland, too.


GayHopper—Where Being Gay Is Beautiful

In a world so used to hatred and negativity, where it’s easier to dismiss and stereotype instead of understand and celebrate, how does one make a difference? How does one resist the almost-instinctual impulse to be angry, to retaliate with an equal degree of spite? How does one end a cycle of hate against hate, and begin a revolution of forgiveness, and subsequently, healing, especially in the LGBTQ community—a community that is only beginning to be understood, whose members’ voices are only beginning to be heard?