Travel Experts: My Normal Gay Life
you have a favorite spot on earth? JRH: Alright, so my travel experience is rather small compared to many of my fellow travel bloggers as of now…mostly because I never put much effort into heading out to too many new locations. But that is about to change. My husband and I have agreed the blog is something worth pursuing so starting next year I am upping my travel game. As of now, I’ve traveled extensively though the US (it’s a huge country) having visited just about all 50 states. I’ve also been to Mexico (Puerto Vallarta and Monterrey as well as some border towns), Canada (Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Banff), Italy (Rome, Vatican City), France ( Paris and Grenoble), Switzerland (Geneva, Zurich), Ireland (Road tripped across the country), Spain (Canary Islands & Barcelona)…My favorite cities so far are Barcelona and Zurich.
CM: Where do you call home? JRH: Home for me is Raleigh, NC. I love living here… so affordable and great weather. CM: As a gay traveler, what is the most important piece of advice for other gay travelers? JRH: Some gay people and some gay bloggers might disagree, but I think it’s important to be yourself no matter what. However, you have to do this within reason. When we travel, we are visiting someone else’s home and we must abide by their rules whether we believe in those rules or not. That being said, safety is key. Local laws and customs can be against LGBT people in many countries, but that’s no reason to not experience that culture. Just be reasonable…and careful. CM: Do you prefer to travel alone or with others? JRH: I feel like it’s a little of both. When I travel alone, I have more time to think and sometimes that’s not necessarily a good thing. But I also can explore the way I’d like to explore and not worry about what anyone else wants to do. That’s always fun. The mind has the time to really process things without
too many distractions and being alone can offer a whole different perspective. However, traveling with other people is pretty great because you look out for one another and share in the adventure. My favorite person to travel with is my husband. We just have a pretty good dynamic when we head out into the world together. Traveling with a larger group can be fun too because it’s like a big party! CM: Besides your passport, what is the one thing you always take with you on your adventures? JRH: My phone. I’m a blogger and I need to have my phone on me to be able to instantly update all my social media accounts like SnapChat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. My phone also provides me with a camera, quick translation and information look up, the ability to call for help and has a tracker on it, a notebook…ya know, normal phone stuff these days. It’s invaluable. But the next thing I always take with me on adventures is my Nikon. CM: Is there anywhere you would like to visit, that you haven’t yet had a chance to visit? JRH: There is an entire world out there and I think it’s all worth exploring. We are about to visit the Galapagos Islands which is pretty high up on our travel list. Other than that, if I have to specific, I REALLY want to visit Mongolia. CM: If you couldn’t travel what would you do? JRH: If I were not currently blogging, I would probably work for the UN or the Department of State. That’s what my education has trained me to do. I would work for an NGO such USAID or UNICEF; the UN for the World Food Program, International Fund for Agricultural Development, or the Food and Agriculture Organization; or the Department of State. Connext with My Normal Gay Life: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Snapchat: @MyNormalGayLife
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