While my focus is not exclusively LGBT travel, I do belong to the community and can share my experiences traveling as a person who identifies as LGBT. We all know this can be tricky in some countries. I can share with you my strategies I use to connect with the community while on my travels.
Trekking & hiking
In addition to walking the Camino de Santiago twice, I am an avid backpacker and hiker with a focus on lightweight backpacking. I have explored many areas in the US and Canada, with Nepal on my list for this fall 2014. I am a Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador and can help you with finding the right gear and equipment for any trek or hike you might be thinking of taking on.
I usually travel on a tight budget but this does not limit the fun in any way. I can help you with finding affordable transportation, teach you how to save money on food while still trying local cuisine and how to find low-cost activities in most areas.
I have spent time in Portugal, mostly walking on the Camino Portuguese from Porto to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The two main cities I can give advice on are Porto and Lisbon.
I live in the Pacific NW of the US, but have traveled all over the US, Canada and Mexico. My area of expertise is a combination of great outdoor adventures (hiking/backpacking) and seeing the sights in larger towns and cities.
I have traveled solo as a woman in Israel, as well as Palestine. I have also traveled on a group tour in Israel. Two different experiences which allow me a unique perspective on trip planning for this amazing country. I know locals who are involved in the tourism industry, specifically the Jesus Trail and the Abraham Path (in Jordan). I am familiar with the religious and cultural significance of this area and can give travelers ideas on unique things to do based on their interest.
I have spent a considerable amount of time in Spain. My main area of expertise is walking the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain on the Camino Frances. I have spent extended periods of time in Madrid, Barcelona and Galicia. I know of some really cool off-the-beaten path things to do in Galicia, especially. You'll never see these experiences in guidebooks.