About Ryan, Gay Travel Blogger
Why I Travel
Every time I go somewhere new, I build new routines, expectations, and realities. When I return home, I’m more knowledgeable, open, and capable of handling the world as it really is. It can be a fast road trip or a flight to the other side of the world – but either way, traveling forces us to start over.
It was my senior year of college – a time when many of us want to start over. I was wrapping up my journalism degree and starting the job search. At some point I asked myself, “What’s stopping me from traveling?” So I booked a trip and spent a week on the West Coast.
I slept on a nudist’s couch. I slept on the floor of someone I met on a train. I smoked weed on San Diego’s Sunset Cliffs with the two hippies. I had a fish thrown at me in San Francisco. I met scientologists in Portland. I did a few things in Seattle I don’t want to mention.
With every new place, we become a better version of ourselves: more capable of love, understanding, and inner peace.
For more on why I travel, listen to my interview on Relationsh!t. My conversation with Marko and Tony starts at 43:00.
Why I Started TheGayTripper
Travel is one of the best things we can do for ourselves. And I started TheGayTripper to help more people travel.
On this blog, I offer opinions on where to stay, what to see, and what to know before visiting. Sometimes it’s gay bars or gay safety, other times it’s what museums I think are cool. We’re all more complicated than just one part of our identity – and TheGayTripper is about more than LGBT travel. It’s travel advice with an orientation.
If you’re gay – and on Instagram – then I don’t need to tell you what #gaytraveling looks like (spoiler: hot shirtless people). You’ll get the impression six-packs are required for travel – or that first class is the only way to fly. It’s not true. Travel isn’t easy, but it should be accessible.
For more on why I started TheGayTripper, listen to my interview on Coastless. The conversation starts at 8:25.
How I Afford It
You should know, most bloggers don’t travel nearly as much as Instagram makes it look. That said – I put a lot of money and time towards it. Certainly more than most people I know.
I strive to make it look effortless, but TheGayTripper takes a lot of work. It’s a full-time job, which I balance with my career as a freelance copywriter. You can visit my professional website, Crosswalker Creative to learn more about that side of my life.