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Perhaps even more important than the big day itself is the honeymoon destination. That’s why we asked Simon Forrester, co-founder of Further Afield – a service which helps gay and lesbian travellers find welcoming hotels, B&Bs and holiday homes – to give us his top tips...

Probably the single most important factor in deciding where to honeymoon is finding the right environment where romance can flourish. Finding somewhere beautiful to stay is one thing, but we know that most gay honeymooners also want to feel relaxed enough to be able to express their romantic feelings, without worrying or thinking twice. If you don’t feel you can spontaneously hold hands or cuddle, then it’s not going to be a great honeymoon.

“Welcome” is a word that’s overused in travel, but for gay couples who might be anxious about how they’ll be received, it’s crucial. There’s training out there to help hotels and their staff avoid the wrong language and questions. While this may help, it’s really the ethos of the people who own and run the hotel that’s critical. At Further Afield, where we’ve slowly built a collection of 300 places to stay in 23 countries, we’re looking to be sure that the welcome for gay guests is genuine. We avoid anywhere that’s simply box-ticking with an eye on the pink pound and look to see that they’re genuinely mindful of the concerns that might be passing through a gay guest’s mind on arrival.

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Two things: it’s the October issue. October, you say? Better start on that Christmas list then! Second: it’s been 20 years since Hollyoaks launched on UK TV. Where has the time gone you ask? We’re not sure either but to celebrate the passing of this year (and the last twenty), we’ve pulled off a blinder and got you not one, two or even three Hollyoaks hotties but a quartet of soapland studs. You’ll instantly recognize both Kieron Richardson and James Sutton – both veterans of GT - having racked up no less than 3 covers and countless in-mag appearance between them; for good reason. Let us also introduce Parry Glasspool and Ross Adams for those of you who aren't yet familiar. Ross is a proper gent in real life but since hitting our screens back in April his character - Scott Drinkwell – has already helped kidnap a baby, lied about his HIV status and tried to come between lovebirds Ste and John Paul (played by Kieron and James). Tsk tsk. We’d say it’s time to stop and catch your breath but before you come up for air, take note: Parry Glasspool. Page 42. GT October. S’all we are saying. Also in this issue – wait there’s more? Yep… We met up with Dannii Minogue backstage before her gig at this year’s Manchester Pride for an exclusive chat. Exclusive means you won’t find it anywhere else, so we’ll leave this here and let you read the full interview, only in this month’s GT. And... Connor Franta Christos Tsiolkas Empire Cuffs Lauren Harries does Sweetie, Darling? Debate: Gay characters Analysis: Heroes: Ben Bradshaw MP Domestic Violence Gay Lego fans James Bond got gay Galantis Also, all stuff you know and love: GT Fitty - Sam Bird Michelle Visage Benjamin Cohen Mikey Walsh Michael Alig The Guyliner Positive Luke PJ Brennan Fit with Chris Jones 2 Lovely Gays Edd Kimber Gastro Gays Edd Kimber Modern Family That should be enough to keep you going for the next four weeks. Enjoy!

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