Benin has a rough history when it comes to gay rights and civil rights in general. The country was steeped in slavery for much of its existence and still retains a conservative viewpoint that can be detrimental to LGBTQ citizens and visitors. Homosexuality, while technically legal, is still seen as “unnatural” throughout the country.
Because of this it’s important to take precautions when booking a trip to Benin if you truly want to visit. The country has a vibrant culture and the capital city of Cotonou, with a population of 700,000, is vibrant and fun. Unfortunately, open displays of affection between members of the same sex can be met with vitriol. Like most countries, the capital city is where you’ll find the largest LGBTQ community, though no gay bars openly exist. For this reason, many gay and lesbian citizens of Benin hop the border into Ghana, where it’s more widely accepted.
Beautiful beaches covered in coconut palms, stunning lagoons and the mountains of Atakora make Benin an incredibly beautiful country nestled in West Africa. Whether or not this fact makes it worthwhile to visit for members of the LGBTQ community is questionable, but if you’re willing to avoid outward displays of affection while in public it makes for quite a unique trip.
Everyone who travels is intimately familiar with the sensation of pressure changes in airplane cabins as aircraft take off and land. Many travelers have their own methods to deal with the pain. Remedies range from swallowing to chewing gum to bringing along specialized goods to combat pressure changes.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
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