has received the "Editor's Choice" award from Out and About,
the gay travel newsletter, four years in a row.
Alyson, founder of Alyson Adventures, in Thailand's Khao Sok National Park.
offers many outdoors activities in locations around the world: Biking;
Scuba diving; and MORE
some people, "vacation" means relaxing on the beach. Others
want their vacation time to be an opportunity for new experiences and
Alyson Adventures was created
for that second group though we're not adverse to an afternoon on
the beach now and
then, either! This site tells more about Thailand, a destination that
can be enjoyed more fully by travelers who understand what to expect.
Why should you trust us
with your hard-earned vacation time and dollars? And what should you
expect from us? Our name tells you more:
Founder Sasha Alyson has a long history in the gay community. In
1980, he started one of the country's earliest gay publishing companies.
Alyson Publications quickly became the leading producer of gay and
lesbian books, with an emphasis on providing books for gay teenagers
(such as Reflections of a Rock Lobster and One
Teenager in Ten) and for minorities within the gay community
(A Lotus of Another Color: The South Asian Gay and Lesbian Experience
and Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men).
His most controversial books were the Alyson Wonderland series for
children of gay and lesbian parents, which included the controversial
Heather Has Two Mommies, The Duke Who Outlawed Jelly Beans,
and Daddy's Roommate.
Sasha also founded Boston's gay newspaper, Bay Windows,
and in 1987 initiated an industry-wide program to publish the
book You Can Do Something About AIDS, which became the
most widely distributed AIDS book of the time. His varied activities
have won him awards from groups as diverse as the Human Rights Campaign,
the New England Booksellers Association, and the Greater Boston Business
As one of the country's leading gay entrepreneurs, he has been published
on the editorial pages of the New York Times; appeared
on Larry King Live; and was named to Out
magazine's "Top 100" list of influential gay men and lesbians.
Sasha sold his publishing company in 1995, and started Alyson Adventures,
to bring that same spirit of innovation to the world of gay and lesbian
travel. In 2002, Alyson Adventures merged with Hanns Ebensten Travel
in Key West, Florida, allowing Sasha to continue his involvement in
travel, while also freeing time to pursue other interests, including
the re-issue of many Alyson Wonderland books.
(More: Read "Fear
of the Rainbow", Sasha's Op-Ed piece in the New York
Times, responding to the controversy about the Alyson Wonderland
line of children's books that he published in the early 1990's.)
A boy, a wheel, and a
pig. Wake up to the crowing of a rooster, in a remote mountain village that has
no telephone, electricity, or running water, and you'll know this is no ordinary
tour in Thailand
partner, Hanns Ebensten Travel,
offers upscale, in-depth tours to unusual places, including Vietnam.
Our trips are active vacations, full of options and opportunities. We
want to interact with other people and cultures, not merely use them as a
backdrop. In the midst of Bangkok, you'll gradually come to understand
and, we hope, to love a society based on very different premises than our
own. Trekking in the misty mountains of the north, you'll probably feel
further removed from modern civilization than ever before in your life.
You'll not only have new experiences, you'll make new friends. The active nature of our trips makes it easy
to get to know others in the group and to meet people in the areas
we pass through.
When we visit Thailand, we've scheduled many activities in advance,
to make the best possible use of your time there. But we've also left
several days open, giving you the opportunity to relax when you need
to, or to fit in one more adventure if that's your preference. On
the island of Phuket, you'll have a choice one day of hiking, snorkeling,
scuba diving or merely loafing on a long sandy crescent of beach.
Find out why Out & About, the widely-respected gay
travel newsletter, has repeatedly given us their Editor's Choice
award for Gay Adventure Travel.
of names: Ours is often misspelled. We spell it: Alyson Adventures.
Don't sweat the spelling too much: We've also registered the URLs
for Allyson Adventures,
and Allison Adventures.
But right now, if you'd like to know more, you're best off going right
to the home page for Alyson