Gabi & Shanna is a lesbian couple traveling together since 2015.
We’ve been following them on social media for a while now.
And we like their adventures so much that we asked them to share their story with us.
So here you go: meet the girls from “27 Travels”:
Hi! We’re Gabi and Shanna from 27 Travels! We currently live in Brooklyn, NY but are constantly leaving the city to explore. Gabi is a photographer and I’m a videographer and we started 27 Travels after we fell in love with traveling together.
We wanted to document our travels for ourselves and also inspire others with our experiences as a lesbian couple. We met at NYC Pride in 2015 at one of the most famous lesbian bars in the city, Cubbyhole. Gabi approached me, we talked for a while, and she asked for my Instagram before she left. We kept in contact for a few months and began dating later that year. We’ve been together almost 2 years now and its been amazing!
Our first trip together was a road trip to Philadelphia, PA. It’s not too far from NYC and we had heard that it was a great ‘gay-friendly’ place to travel. We had the best time and both realized we’re the same type of travelers — the kind who like to go outside, explore, and see everything a destination has to offer. It had happened, we caught the travel bug!
As a couple we’ve been to Philadelphia, Arizona, Canada, Upstate NY, Curaçao, Boston, New Orleans, Costa Rica, and Panama. We can’t really say we have a favorite lesbian destination because we’re never afraid to go somewhere and potentially face homophobic comments. We never hide who we are and we believe the more that people are exposed to the LGBTQ community, the more it will become normal and accepted. And because of this we’ve had some of the most amazing experiences and have even been surprised at certain places and how the local people accept us.
One trip that really impacted us was Costa Rica. While we were there we went to a few different areas: San Jose, Manuel Antonio, La Fortuna, Alajuela, and Heredia. Because Costa Rica is a pretty religious country (about 70% are Roman Catholic) we thought as a lesbian couple, we wouldn’t be accepted. We couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact the people we met on the street, on tours, or in restaurants were super friendly and warm towards us and some even asked us questions about how we met, how long we’ve been together, etc. We felt very welcome there and we were glad we didn’t shy away from traveling to a country based on it’s religious beliefs.
Manuel Antonio, one of the cities we visited in Costa Rica is known as a gay-friendly town which was one of the reasons why we chose to travel there while visiting the country. We had read about a gay area of the beach as well as a few bars and restaurants that were supposed to have gay nights, etc. But when we arrived, we noticed that there wasn’t as many LGBTQ people around as we thought. We still had a blast and even sat next to a couple of gay men eating dinner one night at a restaurant that wasn’t on the list of gay-friendly places.
From that trip we learned a few things about traveling as a lesbian couple:
1) Expand your horizons. You don’t have to go to designated gay areas while traveling to feel like you belong. As long as you’re comfortable and safe, you can go anywhere. We noticed the supposedly ‘hopping’ gay spots were dead and that there were a lot of LGBTQ people in all sorts of different places.
2) Be yourself. We personally feel the most comfortable being ourselves and not trying to hide who we are to please others. Experiencing the beauty of travel together shapes us as individuals and as a couple and we would never want to hinder ourselves.
3) Don’t be afraid to educate others. Like we said, the people of Costa Rica did welcome us but they asked a lot of questions as well. We felt comfortable telling the locals that we were together, how we met, and that we’re in love. LGBTQ love should be more widely recognized and we’re happy to spread that message. We are looking forward to continuing to do that on all our travels and to travel more together as a couple!
Follow Gabi and Shanna’s adventures at “27 Travels”: