Planning a vacation can be stressful for anyone, but it is even more daunting for the LGBTQ community. There’s so much to consider, for instance, gay-friendly locations where you can be yourself in comfort. However, this is not a good enough reason to shy away from some fun. If there’s anything that the LGBTQ community is well known for, it’s letting their hair down and having some wild fun. Although hosting your friends is a good bonding opportunity, there are some factors you need to consider beforehand.
1. Set A Budget
Every perfect boating trip starts with a budget. After all, doesn’t everything have a price tag? You need to determine the size and cost of the housing boat to hire, the number of guests, food and drinks, entertainers, time of the year, and vacation hot spots to visit. Consider the amount of money that you are willing to set apart for the vacation and work everything else around the budget. You can seek the wise counsel of an event planner to help you land the best deals, hence saving money.
2. Pick A Spot
Just because this is a boating trip doesn’t mean that you guys will spend the entire time on the boat. Safety is key in this case. The spots that you choose should be gay-friendly to rule out the risk of harassment from other travelers and locals. You may need to consult gay-friendly tourist agencies for this. You can even go beforehand and talk to the locals about how well a gay boating trip would be accepted in the area.
3. Pick The Date And Duration Of The Trip
Your guests wouldn’t mind vacationing for the rest of their lives, but we know that all good things eventually come to an end. Your budget will determine the duration of the trip. Renting a houseboat during holidays and peak seasons will cost more than on other dates.
4. Create A List Of Invited Guests
Now let’s dive into the fun part. After determining the number of people to host, take your time in compiling a list of invited guests. Resist the temptation to bring in more people than the boat can accommodate. Consider the tight living quarters on the boat. Everyone on your list should be comfortable and willing to get along with each other for a few days. Putting people who have grudges against each other in the same cabin is a recipe for disaster.
5. Plan What To Bring
In order to make room on the boat, you can ask your guests to bring a specific number of bags. Foods such as burgers, fries, wine, beer, sandwiches, nuts, and chips are a better choice as they are easier to prepare. If this is a one day trip, the potluck idea is best. This is whereby every guest brings a dish and everyone gets to share and bond over the feast.
Entertainment is key for gay boating trips so bring the music system, a pack of cards, board games, a karaoke machine, etc. You can also ask your guests to each bring a game or suggest a form of entertainment.
Although it’s all fun, games, and adventure on gay boating trips, safety is key. Ensure that the boat has an updated first aid kit, fire extinguisher, life jackets and a number to call in case of emergency. After all the preparations, it’s pure party time!