3 Asian Travel Tips for the LGBTQ+ Traveler

Asian Travel

Asia is a popular travel destination. Every year, it sees millions of travelers from all walks of life – including those who identify with the LGBTQ+ community.

If that’s you, you may be wondering, after hearing the so-easy-to-find horror stories about the adventures of LGBTQ+ people in Asia, if it’s safe for you to go there.

Here are 5 travel tips to keep you safe on your journey.

Adapt to local culture.

Going to a new country as an LGBTQ+ person can make you stand out – especially if the community is small in the country you’re visiting.

To help you stick out less, be sure to adapt to the local culture – try their food, adhere to their customs, and pay attention to social standards.

Scout out the local gay scene.

Most LGBTQ+ travelers will advise you to scout out the gay scene in the area that you’re going to.

Why? Well, not only are gay bars the most fun, but they’re also a safe space for LGBTQ+ travelers to hang out, be themselves, and have fun.

Most countries in Asia have some sort of gay scene, with the big cities the most likely to be open about it. In these cities, you may find exclusive gay-friendly hotels and hostels, saunas, nightvlubs, and all sorts of night time entertainment (including dragshows!).

One of the most popular gay-friendly cities is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but Bangkok is another great option.

Reach out to other LGBTQ+ locals and travelers.

Since socializing with members of the community who understand and won’t judge you is a great way to enjoy a vacation, it can be daunting to walk up to someone in a club and start a conversation.

Luckily, there is social media. Using Facebook and other popular websites, you can scout out the gay scene from behind the scenes and reach out to active individuals.

Make use of trending LGBTQ+ hashtags, groups, and online city-specific forums. Even conducting a simple internet search can yield great results.

Don’t limit yourself to who you can talk to – reach out to both locals and other travelers.

Research your chosen country’s laws regarding sexuality.

As you probably know, Asia and other countries in that half of the world have a reputation for being intolerant of diverse sexuality.

So, as a rule of thumb, it’s always a good idea to research the laws regarding sexual preference in the country you’re planning on going to. This being said, obsessing over them won’t help, so don’t go too crazy.

Often, the laws regarding sexuality only apply to locals and not to travelers who are just passing through or taking a two week vacation. Some laws only condemn relationships between certain genders, or public displays of affection between a same-sex couple.

If you aren’t sure about the laws and cannot find adequate information, air on the side of caution and try to avoid PDA if you’re traveling with a same sex partner.

Telework: how, where and when

Exercise an activity, as an employee or a collaborator, without the physical movement of the person employed and with greater flexibility in terms of working time. This is how we can define teleworking , not yet widespread in our country, but consolidated in many economies of industrialized countries . There are many activities that can be done in telework , both as public employees, both as hired or collaborators of private companies . This is a form of work that offers delocalization in the face of time and money saving both by the company or the body, and by the workersame. In recent years, teleworking, although a patchy leopard, is also spreading in the Public Administration , as well as many private companies with the formula of teleworkinghave often carried out plans for reorganization and rationalization of the workforce with benefits of medium and long period.

To find companies that take on the formula of telework , even if they are not many, just contact the employment centers. On the other hand, the telework offers offered by private companies can be found by visiting the specialized portals of the sector. When we talk about teleworking , and therefore working at a distance, we are not referring to unrequent jobs , and often fraudulent ones, such as those linked to chains and pyramidal systems, but to activities that are normally linked to data processing, to information technology , to manage databases remotely and so on.

If the form of teleworking is framed by the company with a “standard” contract, then all the rights of an employee are acquired without any particular differences . But there is still to say that predominantly the employment in telework is almost always referable to a self-employed , in possession of VAT , or that is paid with the “classic” occasional payment withholding tax . In this case, therefore, we talk about compensation and agreements that clearly, even if the work is remote, must always be “crystallized” through the signature between the parts of a specialprivate writing .

How to find a telework

Looking for a new telework? Do you need to work from home and would you like to embark on such a career? Here’s what to do.

Today everyone loves telework as it offers great flexibility and also allows companies to save costs. But how to find a new opportunity to work comfortably in a house? Here are some methods to succeed in this enterprise.

First, take a look at the new job advertisements , starting a search in the local newspapers . Internet then offers a great quantity of offers but they must be carefully studied to avoid the many online scams that today abound on the Internet.

Inserting your own curriculum vitae online can help, especially if you have certain skills and qualifications. Another advantage of being on LinkedIn or on websites like Hotjobs, for example, is that they can be easily found by employers who need new employees in the company.

A fourth option is to open the phone book and to call companies operating in their area of ​​reference to see if they need new staff, then contacting them one by one to receive an answer. 

Finally, the fifth way to become a teleworker is to create an opportunity : for example, instead of trying to be hired as a home-based employee, you can consider starting your own business as a virtual assistant. You can offer your services to many companies.