Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and a surprisingly wonderful destination for LGTBQ+ travelers. A vibrant atmosphere, welcoming community and an incredible culture that constantly pays homage to the city’s seafaring history make it one of the best locales in the country.
Rotterdam boasts its own gay neighborhood, known as the gay triangle, centered around the communities of Churchillplein, Westblaak, Mauritsweg and van Oldebarneveldtstraat. Here you’ll find a variety of LGBTQ+ bars and venues. Strano is the most popular spot among young locals and tourists and offers an excellent place to dance, along with Cafe Keerweer. Loge ‘90 offers a slightly more relaxed atmosphere for the older crowd.
When it comes to dining both FERRY and Nostra are popular restaurants that cater to an LGBTQ+ clientele while also offering excellent food. If you’re lucky enough to be in town on the first Tuesday of the month, you’ll find LGBTQ+ cinema selections at the famous LantarenVenster. Other places of interest around the city include the SS Rotterdam, a spectacular cruise ship in the dock with great views; the Euromast, a tower that is one of the largest buildings in the city; and The Markthal, a covered food market boasting traditional dishes. Be sure to take a stroll through Historical Delfshaven while you’re in town to enjoy some of the city’s breathtaking architecture.
Rotterdam might not offer the glitz and glamour of more popular European cities, but it’s beautiful landscape and friendly locales more than make it worth the trip.
Along Guyana’s Rupununi River, Karanambu Lodge is an oasis of comfort and compassion in a largely wild region undisturbed by commercial tourism. Guyana is a land rich in biodiversity and Karanambu is dedicated to its conservation, operating as both an eco-tourist lodge and a charitable trust devoted to the preservation of the Rupununi, savannah and waters.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
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.
Renting a car is one of the best ways to see and familiarize yourself with a destination, but after adding extras like insurance, car seats and taxes, the price can really add up. In order to lessen the potential monetary burden of a rental car, arrive at the rental car counter armed with the tips below.