In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

BAHRAIN:
King Fahd Causeway – Connecting Saudi and Bahrain (Keep Calm and Wander)
King Fahd Causeway in Manama is a structure that connects two countries by the Arabian Gulf—Saudi and Bahrain.
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BARBADOS:
Caribbean Beaches Guide – Bathsheba Beach, Barbados (Go Girlfriend)
Northeast of Barbados’s Capital City, Bridgetown. Home to the international surfing sweet spot known as the “Soup Bowl,” you’ll find this beach on the bucket list of any competitive surfer, whether from Barbados or afar.
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CUBA:
Is Cuba Safe for Gay Travellers? (Daily Xtra)
This year, the country’s tourism offices began offering LGBT-focused press trips, flying in journalists from mainstream gay travel magazines so they could see for themselves just how welcoming the country had become.
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Cuba - Sydney
Photo by Sydney Coatsworth

EUROPE:
Calling All Snow Bunnies: Get Your European Gay Ski Week 2016 Deets Here (Gay Star News)
Better get your skates (or skis) on – this year’s European Gay Ski Week is just four months away.
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SPAIN:
Smart & Sexy Locals Tell You Where To Hang Out In Madrid & Barcelona (Queerty)
Planning a trip to Spain in the new year? Let these savvy local experts guide you to their favorite hangouts in Madrid and Barcelona.
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SPAIN:
Photos: Beards Are An Absolute MUST At Madrid’s Biggest Bear Party (Gay Vities)
Bearbie is a weekly bear party that takes place every weekend in the heart of Plaza de Pedro Zerolo in Madrid.
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Bearbie

USA, FLORIDA:
Miami to Host First-Ever Gay8 Festival (Watermark)
On Jan. 17, Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood will host the first annual Gay8 (pronounced “GayOcho”) Festival, a Latino LGBT event with art, music and food.
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Gay8 Festival

USA, NEW MEXICO:
Experience Albuquerque & Santa Fe in One Trip (Sherman’s Travel)
It’s been a slow start to winter this year, but the temperatures are bound to dip at some point. When it does, it’ll be the perfect time to escape to the Southwestern U.S. and experience the region’s classics: beautiful red rocks and outdoor adventure, mountain cuisine and handmade crafts, Native American heritage, and organic Adobe architecture.
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Old Town Albuquerque/Christine Wei

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