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Gayly Summer Travel from a Budget Queen

Summer is approaching, so it’s time to plan your next adventure! As members of the LGBTQ community, our journey of self-discovery and coming out has prepared us to step outside our comfort zones and explore new places, cultures, and people.

After spending years in a demanding corporate job, I realized the importance of work-life balance and cherishing meaningful experiences. The COVID-19 pandemic reinforced the idea that tomorrow is uncertain, making it crucial to live life on our own terms and create memories with loved ones.

Let’s dive into some unique travel recommendations that go beyond the usual tourist spots like Mykonos, P-town, and Palm Springs. Instead, consider Bali or Tulum for a tropical getaway.

While Bali offers more value for money, the time and expenses associated with traveling there from the US make Tulum a more convenient option. In Mexico, you can find picturesque scenery and photo spots within a short flight, and your dollar can stretch far in the right places. English is widely understood, and brushing up on basic Spanish will come in handy.

For party lovers, don’t miss out on Puerto Vallarta, particularly the zona romantica district. It offers a diverse and inclusive atmosphere, allowing you to comfortably enjoy the vibrant party scene and beautiful beaches in a glittery thong.

If you’re considering venturing to the eastern hemisphere, Vietnam is highly recommended for its affordability. With $15 massages, delicious street food like pho and banh mi, and a variety of cities to explore, there’s something for everyone. Research the different cities, such as Halong Bay for a scenic cruise, Hanoi for a bustling urban experience, or Ho Chi Minh City for modern vibes and nightlife. The coastal areas offer stunning beaches as well.

With numerous fantastic destinations and attractive deals available, there’s no excuse not to seize the summer and explore the world. Whether you seek sun, fun, or cultural experiences, there’s a perfect vacation waiting for you. So pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

Daniel Passariello is a chief host and lifestyle expert of The Gayly Dose, an Atlanta-based podcast hosted by an all-Queer cast. Unique in its mission and follow-on format, weekly episodes are known for their real conversations — featuring real live guests — about things that matter to the community and their listeners. Purposefully candid and brutally honest, the cast speaks on a range of topics including monogamy, body issues, coming out, dating apps, and growing up gay in the church. Listen at