Single LGBT Travel with R Family Vacations

By Gregory Kiep, Protravel International Luxury LGBT Travel Agent

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went on my first R Family [a luxury LGBT travel supplier I use for my clients] trip as a single gay guy. I booked their all-inclusive vacation to the Club Med resort in Ixtapa this past summer—all set to travel alone, meet new friends, and see where the week took me. Wow, did the week ever take me! To a wonderful place that I could not have even expected to experience.

Entertainment for People of All Ages

When I arrived at the resort, the entire R Family/Olivia team was there to greet me, hug me, and explain what to do. They outlined the different programming and shows that were available and gave me a “crash course” on the resort. I was escorted to my room—which was spacious and well-appointed—and wonderfully air-conditioned! I unpacked and decided it was time for a cocktail.

Within 5 minutes of being at the bar, I was in conversation with a group of people who could not have been friendlier. This openness permeated my entire time at the resort. I have been on a lot of gay vacations, but never felt such an instant sense of community and acceptance as I did with this group.

Each night, there were performances by a LGBT entertainer, including singers and comedians that definitely did not disappoint. The crowds for the shows were amazing; everyone really got into the productions and you could tell the entertainers loved being there. The first and last nights’ shows included performances by many of the team members, guests, and entertainers in a variety hour that was one of the best and emotional things I have experienced on a gay trip.

During the day, I spent most of my time lounging in the pool chatting with friends. The kids have their own programming during the day (which they seemed to love based on their excitement afterward.) As a single guy that doesn’t have kids, I was honestly not sure how I would feel, but the interaction with them was all positive and a welcome addition to the trip. It was amazing to hear the stories of the teens who have gone through unique experiences having gay parents or dealing with their own sexual identity. The support and love of the group made the environment comfortable and a safe place for them to share their stories.

An Amazing LGBT Experience

When I got home from my trip, all of my friends were curious to hear my thoughts about this new experience. It was almost hard to put into words the impact and unbelievable time that I had at the resort over that week. But, if I had to sum it up, I would say that I felt an incredible amount of love. The experience embodies the gay community in a way that we all speak of but rarely ever experience.

Even in times of uncertain political climates, environmental chaos, and an overall sense of sadness about many aspects of our world, the gay community struggles to truly band together and give support to each other at times. My R Family experience was the complete opposite of this: a feeling of community, support, and love that made me leave feeling appreciated, confident, and ready for my next chance to see this amazing group of people again.

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