I smiled to myself as we pulled up to the church of In-N-Out burger in a limousine. Another item crossed off my bucket list, another experience savored. I didn’t get to make my pilgrimage in the Rolls-Royce going into Las Vegas, so I was pleased as punch to make it happen on the way out.
A Double-Double with animal style fries and a Neapolitan milkshake in the back of a limo was the perfect way to celebrate winning the inaugural gaytravel.com Guru position, Vegas-style. The previous 36 hours were a blur, and time kept moving faster the closer I got to the deadline. Had I arrived yesterday or the day before? Did I drink beers with locals until 2am or was that a dream? Had I really swam in Le Reve’s tank at the Encore? What am I doing here again?
Looking back on the whirlwind experience of documenting my gay stay in Las Vegas, I am nostalgic. It was such a great group of people, sharing such a diverse set of perspectives. It was interesting to watch how each of us tackled the Final Challenge for the Gay Travel Guru job, whittling down the myriad activities in Vegas to showcase our own talents while highlighting the best of Sin City.
Except that there wasn’t much sin involved at all! While Vegas still maintains a decadent vibe of anything-goes fun, it has evolved to include Cirque de Soleil shows, high-end shopping, roller coasters, and enough restaurants to keep you satiated for a lifetime. It’s not defined by sin anymore, but Vegas continues to appeal to gay travelers because it is what you make of it. Las Vegas may be cheesy, but seriously: there’s something here for everyone.
My mission for the upcoming 6 months of traveling to gay-friendly destinations across North America is very similar: The professional in me says I’m excited to share a variety of experiences reflecting the diversity of LGBT travelers, from hiking to cooking classes to family-friendly activities. The honest truth is that I’m just a guy who is celebrating a big victory with a cheeseburger in a limo.
More installments of the Gay Travel Guru experience to come in the next few weeks, marking the cap of a wonderful 6-month journey!