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.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
The Rittenhouse has long stood out as one of Philadelphia’s finest hotels, centrally located in one of the city’s poshest neighborhoods. Needless to say, I knew I was in for an afternoon of luxurious pampering when I hopped in my car and headed down I-95 from my suburban home to the heart of the City of Brotherly Love. As I drove through the seemingly endless roadwork on the highway, I realized just how long it had been since I’d driven this once-familiar route into the city as a result of the pandemic. Of course I was eager for the relaxation and bliss that was in my future, but it was also a welcome feeling to head back into Philadelphia for a moment of normalcy.
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As a native of the Philadelphia region, I’m quite familiar with the drive in and out of the City of Brotherly Love. Even as the city’s skyline continually transforms, my favorite views of Philadelphia have always been along Boathouse Row, with the Philadelphia Museum of Art rising in the background, before looping around the museum to the flag-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Home to many of Philadelphia’s incredible and world-renowned museums, the Fairmount neighborhood is fittingly aesthetically pleasing and practically synonymous with fine art.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
Set to open in 2026, Rosewood San Francisco will be the last skyscraper developed in the downtown region for the foreseeable future. The projected 800-foot-tall property will host a hotel, residences, office and rental spaces. The brand’s third property in California will join Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, and Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito.