I read an article about "Millennial Travelers" who supposedly hate the idea of being considered "tourists." Born well before the millennium, I, too, think of myself as a traveler, not a tourist.
If you aren't sure which one you are, answer these questions:
Are you the kind of visitor that explores a destination, seeking real and authentic experiences?
Do you like your memory-making experiences to be educational, fun or entertaining?
How about immersive, interactive and hands on?
Thought so. No cookie-cutter tour for you - no matter your age.
I like to think it's our attitude, not our age, that makes us travelers. Once upon a time we planned our holidays around hotels, destinations or events that catered to our kind and offered a safe haven. Today, we're more mainstream, even when we travel for LGBTQ activities, so looking for the "gay friendly" symbol is less important than booking a brand-name hotel where their gay welcoming packages let you mix comfortably.
If you're unsure, look at respected LGBTQ-owned online resources such as iglta.org.
In my opinion (based on being in the gay-niche travel industry for more than 30 years), LGBTQ travelers today have similar aspirations about travel and differ only in the devices they carry.
Back when the IGLTA was in its infancy, we sent postcards and developed our photos when we got home. Today we upload our photos to Instagram and simultaneously share them with our social network - no matter if we were born before or after the 21st Century.
Speaking of event travel, we're events calendar mad at Gaycation Magazine. There's sure to be an upcoming event to match your non-touristy style.