Travel diary • 05.25.12

Posted on 24 May 2012 at 7:40pm

LGBT travel agency Concierge Travel delivers the exotic with its cruise to the Greek Isles and Turkey from Aug. 25–Sept. 1. Departing from Athens, the ship spends the days at sea before visiting Kusadasi, Turkey. Greek destinations include Mykonos, Piraeus and Santorini. Staterooms start at $1,195/person.

Can you spend a week with a bunch of gay men dancing on the beach? The premier Latin gay party Caribbean Heat, pictured, is banking on that with its week-long, all-male gay dance party, Aug. 31–Sept. 7.

Yeah, you can learn a bit about the Mayan culture at the nearby archaeological sites, but the Adonis Gay Beach Resort in Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico, and party sponsors Manhunt expect you to be prepared for eight days of glorious partying on the sunny beach.

Austin offers some gay touches this summer in the form of live music. Headlining the 10th Annual Keep Austin Weird Festival and 5K is queer-centric pop rockers Semi Precious Weapons, who opened for Lady Gaga on her Monster Ball Tour. “We knew their live show would bring great energy to the Keep Austin Weird Festival,” says Michelle Graham, CEO of Bounce, the production company behind the festival. “People will appreciate the individuality that Semi Precious Weapons brings to their performance and to the stage. That individuality is what makes them a great headliner for a festival that celebrates being weird and unique.” The daylong festival comes to the Long Center June 23.

There’s still time to make the Olivia Splendor of Scandinavia and Russia cruise. More than 600 women are expected to embark on a journey of culture, history and luxury. Beginning in Stockholm, the cruise includes stops in Helsinki and St. Petersburg. Amazing stuff. The cruise runs June 20–27, so book now.

If you have a tough time sleeping in noisy planes and hotel beds,try SleepPhones. Instead of ear buds, fall asleep with this headband while listening to your favorite music which is overlaid with binaural beats to help achieve maximum sleep time. SleepPhones start at $39.95 and available through SleepPhones.com.

— Rich Lopez

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 25, 2012.

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