744 - ENCORE-Bravo Javier Munoz

Welcome to Gay Travel Today! I’m Teraj and I’ll be your guide as we explore, engage and indulge in the world of LGBTQ+ travel today.

As of today, June 12, Broadway has officially been closed for three months. Although there is talk about reopening the arts and theatre district sometime this month, a lot still remains uncertain. While the lights may still technically be down on stage, that hasn’t dulled the spirit of Broadway any less. With New York as the epicenter for the U.S. COVID-19 spread, many people in the arts district have been without work. Recognizing this, Javier Munoz, most known for his role in Hamilton, has worked with a number of other actors and directors to co-create the Broadway Relief Project. This initiative has helped Broadway seamstresses, actors and other artists get back to work by creating surgical gowns and other personal protective equipment like face masks. To date, the Broadway Relief Project has recruited more than 600 volunteers statewide. We hope to see Broadway return soon, but until then, it’s incredible to see how this community has banded together to help others when they need it most. I look forward to getting back to Broadway soon! How about you? What show is on your bucket list once Broadway opens up? Share it with us by using the hashtag #GayTravelToday and #Sagitravel

Also follow me on Instagram at @teraj08 and also follow the provider of this awesome content, @sagitravelfriendly and remember to use the Gay Travel Skill to book your next destination and also get those much needed up-to-the-date travel advisories. All you have to do is enable Gay Travel Skill on your favorite voice assistant and tell it to simply “open gay travel.” I’ll catch you tomorrow, so bon voyage wherever you are!

743 - ENCORE-Bucket List Addition: Zurich

Welcome to Gay Travel Today! I’m Teraj and I’ll be your guide as we explore, engage and indulge in the world of LGBTQ+ travel today.

I’ve got another quintessential destination spot to add to your post-pandemic travel list! Zurich, Switzerland, packs a punch with its cuisine, hospitality and liberal-minded LGBTQ+ scene. Not only is it the home to one of the largest annual pride festivals, but Zurich is also home to numerous lively LGBTQ+ friendly bars and cafés – one of them being Europe’s oldest gay bar, Barfüsser, which is now a hip sushi lounge hot spot. Be sure to check out the Bürkliplatz flea market and indie Arthouse Movie Theatres during the day. Not to miss during the evening is the glamorous 40s-esque burlesque artist, Minouche von Marabou. Have you been to Zurich, Switzerland? Share your pictures with using the hashtags #GayTravelToday and #Sagitravel

Also follow me on Instagram at @teraj08 and also follow the provider of this awesome content, @sagitravelfriendly and remember to use the Gay Travel Skill to book your next destination and also get those much needed up-to-the-date travel advisories. All you have to do is enable Gay Travel Skill on your favorite voice assistant and tell it to simply “open gay travel.” I’ll catch you tomorrow, so bon voyage wherever you are!

742 - ENCORE-GagaOOLaLa Your Way Through Asia

Welcome to Gay Travel Today! I’m Teraj and I’ll be your guide as we explore, engage and indulge in the world of LGBTQ+ travel today.

Let’s go to Asia today! All you need is a streaming platform to binge-watch some of the most beautiful sights and storylines the continent has to offer and you can find it at G-A-G-A-O-O-L-A-L-A dot com. GagaOOLala, queer Asia’s first LGBTQ+ streaming service and is now available to audiences outside of the region so grab a friend and cocktail and start watching! GagaOOLala was founded in Taiwan with co-founder, Jay Lin who helped start Taiwan’s International Queer Film Festival. The platform was created to have LGBTQ+ media celebrated and accessible all the time, rather than just once a year at a film festival. The service offers a collection of award-winning feature films, short films and, varying in genre and location. You can journey to Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, China and the Philippines for just $6.99 a month and that includes the subtitles. I heard, “The Teacher” is a must-see, but if you have any other show or movie recommendations, let us know by using the hashtags #GayTravelToday and #Sagitravel

Also follow me on Instagram at @teraj08 and also follow the provider of this awesome content, @sagitravelfriendly and remember to use the Gay Travel Skill to book your next destination and also get those much needed up-to-the-date travel advisories. All you have to do is enable Gay Travel Skill on your favorite voice assistant and tell it to simply “open gay travel.” I’ll catch you tomorrow, so bon voyage wherever you are!

741 - ENCORE-Book It For A First Responder

Welcome to Gay Travel Today! I’m Teraj and I’ll be your guide as we explore, engage and indulge in the world of LGBTQ+ travel today.

I know COVID is weighing heavy on all of our minds. Our world is ever-changing as a result of this pandemic. It’s obvious that the way we interact, travel and commute will have major changes from here on out. Having a safe space to talk about our anxieties and concerns is really important. Fortunately, The Center, a LGBT community center in New York, is hosting weekly virtual support groups that are open to all. Every day at varying times, you can take part in the “Center Community Support: Virtual Space” to discuss our concerns about the pandemic, its effect on our lives and how we can come out of this stronger and better as individuals and as a community. Be sure to check out their calendar of events for support groups and topics of discussion at GayCenter.org/calendar and share with us about your biggest concerns post-pandemic when it comes to traveling by using the hashtag #GayTravelToday and #Sagitravel

Also follow me on Instagram at @teraj08 and also follow the provider of this awesome content, @sagitravelfriendly and remember to use the Gay Travel Skill to book your next destination and also get those much needed up-to-the-date travel advisories. All you have to do is enable Gay Travel Skill on your favorite voice assistant and tell it to simply “open gay travel.” I’ll catch you tomorrow, so bon voyage wherever you are!

740 - ENCORE-Help for LGBTQ+ Hotel Workers

Welcome to Gay Travel Today! I’m Teraj and I’ll be your guide as we explore, engage and indulge in the world of LGBTQ+ travel today.

With travels slowing down, hotels and their employees are really hurting. Seven out of 10 direct hotel employees have been furloughed or laid off, and around 3.9 million jobs have been eliminated in the hospitality and hotel industry. In spite of such terrible hits, there are many things you and I can be doing to help hotel workers right now! Some of these include planning and booking vacations now for future rather than later, being mindful of which hotels you decide to stay at and doing so at hotels that are working to keep you and their employees safe and accommodated during this time and last but not least purchasing travel gift cards to get much-needed funds to workers now. These little efforts can make all of the difference, so continue planning and organizing. Think about how spending on your future vacation can help see employees through during these difficult times right now! Please tell us how you are going to help out the LGBTQ+ community in the hotel industry and if we missed some tips, please be sure to share them with us using the Gay Travel Today and Sagitravel hashtags!

Also follow me on Instagram at @teraj08 and also follow the provider of this awesome content, @sagitravelfriendly and remember to use the Gay Travel Skill to book your next destination and also get those much needed up-to-the-date travel advisories. All you have to do is enable Gay Travel Skill on your favorite voice assistant and tell it to simply “open gay travel.” I’ll catch you tomorrow, so bon voyage wherever you are!