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Summer 2011 Gaycation Guide

While people are marching down the streets in ass-less leather chaps in cities around the world, the summer travel season has more to offer than just Pride festivals. From gay camps to cruises and other themed vacations, there’s no doubt that queers love vacations. Here’s just a smattering of some of the upcoming summer events.

RSVP Vacations

This cruise group is mainly for gay men and is well-known for sexy guys, a slightly older crowd and a well-relaxed vibe. While there is still eye-candy galore and plenty of partying until dawn, the crowds are generally older and more professional. RSVP Vacations books an entire cruise ship and picks a variety of destinations. It’s a terrific way to cruise in style with other gay people. For more information and a complete list of upcoming events, go to RSVPVacations.com.

Upcoming cruise
Mediterranean Cruise
July 9-16

Atlantis Events
Grab your glow sticks and your sexiest underwear because it’s going to be a wild time with the Atlantis Cruises.  Cruise with more than 2,000 other gays, lesbians and allies on one of the most famous party lines ever. While the crowds vary widely, expect to see a younger, more active and party-centric crowd than with the RSVP Cruises. Each year in January, Atlantis hosts the largest gay cruise in the world on the largest cruise ship in the world. For more information and a complete list of upcoming events, go to AtlantisEvents.com.

Upcoming cruises
Mexican Cruise from San Diego
Oct. 15-22

Caribbean Cruise
Jan. 29-Feb. 5

Olivia Cruises

The premier lesbian get-away tour company hosts cruises and other exclusive events. This year’s vacations include all-inclusive resorts, European cruises and a trip to China. For more information, go to Olivia.com.

Upcoming events
Enchanted Hawaii Resort
Oct. 29-Nov. 4

Galapagos Adventure
Oct. 22-31

‘Camp’ Camp

Located just outside of Portland, Maine, ‘Camp’ Camp is a chance to relive the early camp experiences with other queer folk. Complete with boondoggle, campfires, canoeing, swimming and all the other activities you might expect at a summer camp, this is the place to go to relive your youth. The crowd is mixed nearly 50 percent women and men. For more information, go to CampCamp.com. This summer’s festivities take place Aug. 21-28.

Out Adventures

Take the road less traveled and see some of the more remote destinations of the world with other like-minded people. From Costa Rica to Thailand, Out Adventures sponsors adventure tours that take you off the beaten and resort path. For more information, go to Out-Adventures.com.

Lucky Bear Weekend

No fees, registration or rules to follow this particular weekend in Las Vegas for hairy men and those who admire them. While the gay Blue Moon Resort plays host to many activities and events, the local bars and bear hotspots will be crawling with big furry men. This year’s festivities take place from Sep. 30 to Oct. 3. For more information, go to LuckyBearWeekend.com.

Body Boyz United

The celebration of the male physique, complete with fashion events, underwear parties and pool parties, will take place July 1-4 in Las Vegas. There are a number of venues for the different parties and classes, and some of the sexiest men in the world will be gathering in the party town for an entire weekend. For more information, go to BodyBoyzUnited.com.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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