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About the Blog
We started this blog as a resource for LGBT+ travelers featuring international gay-friendly destinations, festivals and events. We aim to inspire LGBT+ people to explore the world wherever they might want to go, while offering advice we've picked up from 60+ countries after 10 years on the road. You can find travel tips as well as insider guides featuring recommendations on dining, gay nightlife, hotels, tours, sightseeing and more.
How it Started
The idea of our travel adventure started in 2009 with a decision to leave our home in Chicago and relocate to California. Upon leaving, we knew we would have to find new jobs after arriving on the west coast. That’s what sparked the thought: what was the hurry to move and find new jobs immediately? Then in 2012 after three years of planning and saving, we set off on a one-year adventure that took us across five continents and to more than 35 countries. After the trip of a lifetime, we never returned to the US, but instead landed in Spain and have been here ever since.
We're David and Auston, but you can call us Two Bad Tourists. We met in 2006 at Arizona State University. In 2008, we got married while living in Chicago and in 2013 moved to Madrid after spending one year on a round-the-world trip. In 2018, we made the difficult decision to end our relationship as a couple but we continue to be best friends. After 12 years together, we formed an unbreakable bond and will continue to be a family, albeit unconventional. We still share a passion for travel and take many trips together, so Two Bad Tourists lives on and we continue to encourage others to explore the world.
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