When Chicago resident Mark Porter realized he needed an extensive and pricey amount of dental work, he didn’t hesitate. He booked a flight to Mexico. “I saved thousands of dollars on the procedures, and the savings basically paid for a wonderful vacation in Guadalajara,” he said.
Indeed, the idea of combining travel with medical and wellness procedures has become an increasingly appealing concept for many travelers. LGBTQ+ globetrotters are no exception, and they’ll find an array of welcoming options in a surprisingly diverse number of destinations.
The treatments available are equally varied — whether it’s dental work in Mexico, LGBTQ+-specific care services at A-P Medical Group in Las Vegas or more extensive surgical operations at facilities like Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok. A writeup in the San Francisco Bay Times, an LGBTQ+ newspaper and website, highlighted Bumrungrad’s gay-friendly services, ranging from behavioral health to allergy treatment and joint replacement.
Also promoting its LGBTQ+-friendly positioning, Clinic Center in Turkey serves a diverse clientele from around the world. According to clinic representatives, gay men are likely to visit for treatments that include Vaser high-definition liposuction, rhinoplasty, hair transplant and zirconium crowns, while lesbians often sign up for breast augmentation and liposuction. Transgender visitors often go to Clinic Center, meanwhile, for breast and facial surgeries.
Choosing an appropriate facility for any procedure requires research, of course, and this is even more important for LGBTQ+ travelers looking for a safe and welcoming environment. Earlier this year, two organizations — Medical Spheres and Spheres Media — announced the launch of Gay Health News, touted as the first global gay health support platform, providing information and resources about health and medical procedures on an international level.
Word of mouth and personal recommendations are also important. “I found my dentist in Guadalajara by asking around,” said Porter. “Nowadays it’s easy to make connections in cities where you don’t live. Sometimes it’s as simple as asking a hotel concierge or the owner of an Airbnb rental who their own dentist or doctor is. Getting good recommendations can help you feel more secure. I love traveling abroad, and the benefits of getting work done when traveling makes the trips even more worthwhile.”
While thousands of patients who planned to receive medical and dental procedures abroad canceled or postponed trips due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is likely medical tourism will again thrive once travel returns.
As the vaccine rolls out and travel begins to pick up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Panama City with us.
Boca Raton Resort & Club recently announced a new partnership with Major Food Groups, creating one of the best culinary destinations in the United States. Major Food Groups is the company behind some of the hottest restaurants, including Carbone, The Grill and Parm. This partnership will launch multiple dining concepts as part of the resort's $150 million transformation.
The Franklin London Launches Afternoon Tea Inspired by Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser”
The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, launched a new afternoon tea inspired by the “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibit at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum. Diners booking the tea also have the option to book an offer including a pre-reserved ticket to the in-demand exhibition.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Pride Month is in full swing and to celebrate the community, make a colorful cocktail everyone will enjoy. These colorful ingredients will get the party started during Pride or any time of the year. Start this recipe the night before to create the rainbow ice cubes.
Hotel San Luis Obispo partners with Harmony Cellars for the SLO in Harmony offer. The offer includes 15 percent off a two-night stay Sunday–Thursday, a complimentary wine tasting for two at Harmony Cellars, club member discounts at the winery for the day and the opportunity to explore the town of Harmony, California, population of 18 and located 30 miles from San Luis Obispo. Book online.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Enjoy additional perks at Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, with the Vitamin Sea, D & Me offer. Rates begin at $130 per night, including complimentary breakfast daily, a healthy starter at Arrecifes Restaurant, one poke bowl and one drink at El Palmar Restaurant. The use of one beachside pergola per stay is also included. The offer is valid on stays through Dec. 21, and use code S5706 to book.