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Whether it's cooking in the private home of a famous Brazilian chef, getting blessed by a real Inka shaman in a temple of Machu Picchu, or entering a private African Party on the banks of the Zambezi River by elephant back, Zoom Vacations® brings unmatched experiences, showing our travelers more than just a good time.
Zoom creates global vacations that feed the hearts, souls, and minds of our travelers.
Our travelers truly live the destination, while enjoying multi-sensory over-the-top events and excursions. Anyone can hop on a plane and visit the typical tourist attractions. That's not how we do things.
Our travelers join our tours because they want something more than the typical trip. They want to be inspired.
And of course, we research each aspect of our vacation packages to insure that every hotel, meal, excursion, and tour we provide is something that truly energizes and expands the imaginations of our guests, while providing camaraderie and connection to the destination and those around them.
In addition to providing gay group and independent tours around the world, Zoom Vacations keeps our travelers up-to-date on the latest trends and developments in the gay travel world with our blog. Check out our most recent post below.
Meditation for Your Vacation
As you talk to people about meditation, you may notice that they seem to fall into one of two camps: those who think it is "new age" "woo-woo" or "weird", and those who believe it is one of the best ways to keep yourself happy, healthy, sane, optimistic, and focused. It is also a huge stress reliever. However, again, many people don't do it because of various connotations that they have with the word, "meditation." I have one thing to say to these people: You're doing it already.
Most of us (and I really want to say, "all of us") from time to time slip into the negative thought spiral. You know what I am talking about. It's when you start thinking about something negative, usually a worry or concern, and your mind begins to ruminate on this negative thought, building momentum and spiraling downwards as new negative thoughts are added. This can last several minutes or several hours, and this "monkey mind" is a form of meditation, just not the kind that helps you.
Meditation is the art of focusing your attention in one area. Sometimes our worries and concerns build at such a rate that it feels impossible to turn them off, but active meditation practice can do just that. So what does all of this have to do with travel and vacationing?
One of the greatest causes of stress, doubt, and worry is uncertainty, and it is often when we travel that we feel the greatest sense of uncertainty. Vacationing puts us in unfamiliar surroundings and off of our routine. We may worry about flight delays, hotels, money, and myriad other things. Just as with real life stresses back home, meditation can help, but meditation practice is ironically one of the things that suffers when we're away from home. It is a pity, because some of the most incredible meditative moments can happen while we are traveling. For instance, I think the most at-peace and centered I have ever felt was while meditating below the Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan. I didn't set out to meditate that day, but once I found myself in this idyllic setting, it just seemed like it would be perfect, and it was. There was no one around, I was feeling energized by an incredible hike, and I was able to focus on the clean, gentle breezes of the Himalayas.
I cannot emphasize enough how finding these magical moments to meditate can transform your entire vacation and maybe even your life. However, meditation can be done almost anywhere, and even 10 or 15 minutes can be enough to feel its benefits. But like many things in life, longer is often better. And don't wait until you are feeling stressed to meditate. One of the best times is first thing in the morning, after you wake up, and before breakfast. Simply find a comfortable place in your hotel room. It can be the perfect way to start a busy day of touring, or a day of pampering by the beach. Get your mind healthy and balanced, and you may be amazed by where the day will take you.
Hopefully the following tips will remove some of the mental mediation hurdles you may experience, especially if you are a beginner. I am by no means a meditation expert, and I definitely could meditate more than I do currently, but I also believe that sometimes novices give the most useful, realistic tips and advice, so here goes.
1. Focus on your breathing. If there was one common element of all meditation, this would probably be it. Take deep breaths, and focus on the feeling this creates in your body as well as the sounds made by your breathing.
2. Do not get bogged down by "correct" postures or positions. Yes, there are positions for meditation that are supposed to be better than others. For me, I noticed that many of these positions just weren't comfortable, and adhering too much to them only led to my feeling discouraged.
3. You may want to start your day with an intention or an idea, such as, "I embrace wherever the day may take me". Repeat this idea to yourself as you meditate.
4. If thoughts pop into your head, let them pass through as effortlessly as they arrived. If concerns or worries start to build up, rather than trying not to think about them, attempt instead to proactively replace them with positive thoughts or your positive intention. Or, bring the focus to your breathing and your body. Feel every muscle, and see if you can feel the energy moving through your limbs.
5. There are many guided meditation apps and recordings that can be really useful. When you find one you like, make sure that you always have it with you.
So remember meditation while on your vacation. It makes no sense to spend hours packing your luggage without spending even ten minutes a day to clear out your mental baggage.
Gay travel has seen remarkable changes and growth in the past decade. As a gay tour operator, this change has led to amazing opportunities in the kinds of lesbian and gay vacations that we are able to provide. For instance, lesbian and gay travel is now embraced in destinations and hotels where it wasn't just 10 years ago. All gay group tours and vacations can now offer the same (or perhaps even better) quality and breadth of experiences as our straight counterparts.
Zoom Vacations® offers fun, luxurious, affordable lesbian and all gay tours to the hottest destinations in the world. We understand that successful gay tours must entail personalized, sincere attention at every step of the journey, and getting to know our travelers is one of our favorite aspects of what we do. While we use the phrase gay vacations throughout this site, it may be more accurate to say that we provide gay-friendly travel (specifically gay-friendly tours). We encourage the friends and families of our gay travelers to come along, and we are always happy to assist gay-friendly travelers in any way we can.
As global prejudice continues to fall, lesbian and gay travel, and certainly travel in general, is evolving in exciting, powerful ways. Zoom Vacations® is poised to meet this evolution, providing the most modern, fun, stylish gay and lesbian vacations possible.
Our travelers say our trips are "over-the-top", "magical" and "the best trip I ever had". We create experiences unique to Zoom Vacations® that you simply won't find any place else. It's as if you are traveling with a best friend who lives in the destination you are visiting, and who is inviting you to the hottest events, taking you on the most incredible excursions, and introducing you to the best restaurants. When you travel with Zoom Vacations®, you leave all prior notions of touring behind, and prepare yourself for something truly magical.
A Few Testimonials from Some of Our Travelers
Each trip was packed full with a variety of experiences that exceeded our expectations. They were very different trips, and we came away with friends we still keep in touch with today and memories to last a lifetime.
James and Mark, Dallas, TX
I have to say, this was the best time I have ever had in my life. Every day was a new adventure.
Troy, Washington, DC
I've been traveling alone for the past couple of years; it was delightful to meet new people and make good friends. It was a trip of a lifetime.
Antay, Minneapolis, MN
We are definitely hooked on Zoom Vacations®......We had the opportunity to come in contact with a fascinating culture, food and an extremely harmonious group of people. For all of that and more, THANK YOU. We can't wait to book another trip, the problem is deciding where... Decision, Decisions..... Thanks again
Leonel and Adrian, San Bernardino, CA
After several weeks I still feel every part of this trip was worth every dime. And it truly did change me.
Patrick, N. Minneapolis, MN
In a world where so many companies over-promise and under-deliver, it is refreshing to find one that greatly over-delivers. Thank you so much for all the extra work you put in to make this vacation special for all of us.
Chad, Chicago, IL
Top ten reasons why I miss Zoom Vacations®
#1 I'm working full time again
#2 Nobody is waiting on me hand and foot at home
#3 The food is not as good back home
#4 The sun doesn't shine everyday
#5 They speak the same language in Jersey
#6 I need a new necklace
#7 Seeing my friends in the hot tub :)~
#8 I've only been on 8 trips
#9 I miss my friends
#10 I love the cab rides :) (private joke)