Lesbian travelers: Amanda and Julie from Lez Wander

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Amanda and Julie are a lesbian couple who met in Ireland.
They’ve been traveling together since 2015, and are now living in Portugal (where our own love story began more than 15 years ago!)

Their adventures are really inspiring, so we’re proud to share their story with you:
Meet the girls from “Lez Wander”:

We are Amanda and Julie, a Brazilian/French couple in our mid-twenties. Our story is linked to the world of travels since the beginning: we haven’t met in Brazil nor in France, but in Ireland. And the beautiful Dublin was the host of this starting, yet promising, relationship!

A post shared by Travel couple – Amanda & Julie (@lez_wander) on So, we grabbed our first Guinness together at The Living Room, a local pub in Dublin, chatted and chatted and chatted for hours until the pub closed its doors (and damn we know that Irish people are not the kind to go to bed early).

How did that happen exactly?

Julie arrived on September 11th, 2014, in order to attend the Dublin Business School to validate her first year of MBA. It was only on January 17th, 2015, that Amanda started her own adventure in the Green Country to take English classes. While Julie had undertaken many trips on her own by then, it was for Amanda her very first journey out of Brazil. You go girl!! And getting from a 35°C weather to -5°C didn’t even stop her.

Fortunately, we ended this period of enjoying Dublin in solo, and on January 26th, after a match on Tinder (yes, it worked!) we set up a date and went to share our first Guinness(es). Sláinte! This means Cheers in Gaelic, pronounced “Slantcha”.

A post shared by Travel couple – Amanda & Julie (@lez_wander) on Voilà! Dublin was the place where everything began. Even though we have been traveling to many other places since then, Ireland remains our most cherished destination as a lesbian couple and here’s why: Ireland (and especially Dublin) is a very welcoming country. We felt so comfortable EVERYWHERE: holding hands in the streets, kissing at the restaurant, dancing in the pubs…

Ireland is a very religious country, and yet it was the first to legalize gay marriage by popular vote. We were also lucky to be part of the manifestation for Marriage Equality in 2015. And everywhere in the streets we witnessed strong messages spreading love and equality! Nothing better to warm up your soul.

Also, we have to give a big, big Thumbs Up for the famous bar/club named The George! We loved this gay place, either to just have a drink in the evening, or partying hard all night long! You’ll never get bored with the fabulous Drags and the Karaoke or Bingo night, where there is always much to win! This place is even recommended for all type of travellers, whether you are part of the LGBTQ community or not.

To sum up, go to Ireland, go to Dublin, and also explore the magnificent countryside it has to offer! We’ve been to Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Howth and many more beautiful places… Oh, and try the Fish & Chips, you’ll never be disappointed.

A post shared by Travel couple – Amanda & Julie (@lez_wander) on As paradoxical as it can be, we did not “decide” to travel together. Some forces turned our solo experience into a couple one, and from that on we never stopped exploring together! We discovered in each other a great partner to share these adventures. And we have the same hunger for what is new!

That’s what led us to go through France, from the famous and emblematic Paris to the cold area of the Alps Mountains (Annecy, Chamonix, Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval). Without forgetting Lyon, and the Mediterranean coast (Marseille, Narbonne, Carcassonne).

The year after that, we managed to visit Brazil – well a small part of it, due to the gigantic area it represents. Our road trip brought us to São Paulo, Águas da Prata, Poços de Caldas, Curitiba, and Florianópolis. What a blast!

A post shared by Travel couple – Amanda & Julie (@lez_wander) on Together we’ve also been to Italy in Biella, and we are now living in Portugal. This latter country has been surprising us in many different ways. Even if in some of the remote villages we are given “the look” for holding hands, we find Portuguese people to be more and more acceptable.

Once established in a country, you have the opportunity to submerge in its culture, to create connections with its people, and to adapt and embrace the many differences you’ll find.

Since the first time we’ve been to Porto we fell in love with the city. It’s charming, welcoming and so, so cute! Lisbon on the other hand, has another rhythm; it’s faster, kind of colossal with all its big monuments. Portugal is also nature and diversity. From mountains to lake and sea, you will be wandering freely!

A post shared by Travel couple – Amanda & Julie (@lez_wander) on We have to say that we have been lucky during all our travels. Not once have we faced discriminatory acts or homophobic gestures towards us. We are strong believers that having a positive mindset will help bringing good vibes to wherever and with whomever we are.

Nevertheless, in a general context we always have our guards up. Not only because we are part of the LGBTQ community, but also as women. We ought to be cautious about the places we go to and the risk we might take. And as much as we love to travel, we would never put our lives at risk in exchange for an adventure.

Our social media accounts under the name of Lez_wander was born from the will to share that love is love, and that love is everywhere! We believe that representativeness is the key to educate in all matters, and we have the opportunity to do so for the LGBTQ community: we exist and we intend to stay ourselves!

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Travelers at heart, Mei and Kerstin have been roaming the world together since 2002. Expats for over a decade, they used to live in Bordeaux, Paris, Athens, and San Francisco. They recently returned to their motherland to get married, and decided to stay to re-explore Luxembourg in depth. While they both have a full time job, they continue to feed their wanderlust by traveling the world whenever they can.

15 Responses

  1. Sandy N Vyjay
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    It was fascinating reading about Amanda and Julie and how they met and their friendship blossomed into a relationship. Their relationship is so sweet and pure and it comes across with a gentle force. It is prudent on their part to exercise restraint in places where they are traveling to and not throw caution to the winds as they mention.

  2. Ami Bhat
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    Nice to read your story and glad you found your love. It is nice to see that the world is opening up to people. Cheers to you guys

  3. Paige
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    What a sweet love story! It’s amazing how many couples I know (or know of) who met on Tinder! I love that their love for travel and each other came together perfect for this beautiful life and story to share with others!

  4. Kate
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    I’m shocked and impressed that Ireland was the first to legalize gay marriage. What a beautiful story and incredible memories you’ve created together. Can’t wait to read more of your story!

    • Amanda and julie
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      Thanks for your comment !:)
      But actually Ireland was the first to legallize gay marriage BUT by popular vote system. Other countries had legallized it before but by a different system coming straight from the goverment’s leaders.

      Just to rectify and avoid any confusion 😉

      Cheers !

      Amanda and Julie

  5. Thomas Mathys
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    I love love stories, no matter how many or which gender it involves. I bet it was such a shock to get from a country with 35°C to a country with -5°C! But like often, a good story starts with a beer, so Sláinte! to you two 😀 I’m somehow not surprised about Ireland being the first country to allow gay marriage, or just marriage, how I call it. Irish people are super friendly <3 I absolutely agree with Porto, it's one of my favourite cities as well 🙂

  6. Chris
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    Great story! Many people are prejudiced towards solo travel believing that something bad will happen to them. In my experience only good things come out of it. This world would be a better place if every single person had solo traveled away from home at least once.

  7. Indrani
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    It is wise not to take unnecessary risks during travels.
    Good to read these new kind of travels taking place. The world is for all.

    • Amanda and julie
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      The world is for us ! I love this. Thanks for reading our story Indrani 🙂

  8. Brianna
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    Always great to learn about new travelers!

  9. Beverley Goodsell
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    This is a travel love story with a happy ever after, and one that we can also identify with. We have not seen many bloggers sharing their stories like this, but what really stick out and we can identify with, is the same sex couple loving to travel and sharing the experience together, that they both come from different countries and have completely different cultures and religions. Yes we completely agree that it is important to consider the safety, as unfortunately there is still prejudice all around us but also that we’re female travelers. Love has no labels!

    We look forward to seeing more!

    • Mei and Kerstin
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      You’re right Beverley: love has no labels! 😊 We will share other wonderful stories from LGBT travelers like this one. So make sure to come back soon for more. 😉

  10. Clazz
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    Such a great story! You never know where travel will lead you. 🙂 Sounds like you have had amazing adventures together too! Also THAT DEER PHOTO! 😀

  11. Edoardo Pucciarelli
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    Traveling allows us to discover more of this planet where we are, but also of ourselves. Sometimes it also allows us to find love, and it is wonderful that between two girls from two distant countries and with different cultures, a feeling of love was born that is also held together by love for travel.

  12. Maggie
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    What a great story! How awesome that you were able to find love. I love destinations that hold a special significance, and I’m sure you will cherish Dublin for many years to come!

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