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What You Expected Your Summer To Be Like Versus How It’s Actually Going

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At the start of each summer we all have our expectations of what we want our summer to be like. We are now halfway through summer and by now it has already shaped itself and made pretty clear how the rest of our summer is going to be. So, has it been all we’ve wanted it to be? Probably not, but if you are within the few that has had all of their wishes come true this summer then congrats to you. If you are within the people that their summer has just fallen short of what you expected it to be, just know that you are not alone. So this ones for you. Here are ten expectations that have fallen short this summer.

You probably pictured yourself lounging by a pool day in and day out.

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Let’s face it, during the summer every Snapchat or Instagram has pictures filled with pools and margaritas. So, of course, when the heat comes in and the sun is bright our motto is always “suns out, buns out.”

But, every Latino knows your mom probably pictured you cleaning day in and day out, so that’s what you did.

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Who do you think won that battle? So you probably have spent days cleaning and cooking and the only time you felt water touch your skin was from the tears you shed as you watched all of your friends sun bathe every day through social media.

You probably thought you’d be partying every night with your friends.

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You probably thought you’d spend your summer nights with your friends partying it up and making memories. I mean isn’t that what summer is all about?

But the only parties you went to were of your primas, primos, tios and tias.

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I mean jumpers and piñatas are fun too, right? At least there was bomb food.

Maybe you thought you’d be vacationing at some beach resort.

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That typical summer vacation we all crave is far far from home. Yup, we definitely all picture ourselves in front of a view like that. How relaxing, right?

But you forgot that since you’re home, “tienes que cuidar a los niños.”

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So you had to deal with your siblings all summer and never leave the house. How fun. 🙄

Maybe you hoped you would be dining out at luxurious restaurants and trying some new things.

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Because summer is about being spontaneous and why not be spontaneous by trying out some new food? Plus that delicious meal would be a great picture for your Instagram.

But you were probably broke most of the summer so you spent your days eating frijoles your mom made.

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And all you could do was just dream about the fancy meals you could have had this summer.

You might have even wanted to just sleep in because why not?

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You’ve woken up early every day so why not take a day to just sleep in? That’s definitely one way a lot of us choose to spend our summers.

That’s funny though, you thought your mom would let you rest.

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As soon as the sun rises, she’ll be calling you to help her around the house. Well there goes your beauty sleep.

Maybe you wanted to go on a shopping spree and buy a whole new wardrobe, as one does.

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Because everyone wants to look good in the summer and what better way to do it than with a whole new wardrobe. Get 👏🏾 it. 👏🏾

But the only shopping you did was at the swap meet.

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Because according to your parents, why would you go anywhere else? Tbh, it is really cool to spend time at the swap meet.

You thought this would be the summer you’d finally have your summer body.

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Duh. It’s summer and it’s the time for pool lounging and sun bathing so you are finally going to buckle down and get that summer body. You’ll make everyone jealous of your gains.

But the tacos were too good to resist.

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Forget skinny, tacos are worth the extra weight. Maybe next year you’ll get that summer body.

Maybe you wanted to have a classy summer with some wine and friends.

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It seems like the best pictures on social media always come from wine drinking. There’s something classy about holding that wine glass.

But you’re night probably quickly turned into tequila nights because who can resist a margarita?

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It might not be as classy as wine, but it is more fun and more colorful.

Movie nights with friends is always a fun idea.

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Summer nights are just as good as summer days so why not spend them with some friends, right?

But you only have one tv at your house and the novela is on and your mom can’t miss it.

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Well there goes movie nights, I guess. It’s fine because these shows can get just crazy enough to suck you in.

Perhaps water parks were on your summer to-do list.

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The only lines you want to be waiting in are the ones that will guarantee a wet and refreshing result.

But you actually spent your time waiting for the sprinkler to come around to your side.

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No rides but at least you still get that wet and refreshing result. Plus, you got to spend time with your family and that’s great.


READ: Latino Relationship Goals vs. Reality

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These Are The Best Latin American Countries To Visit If You Are Part Of The LGBTQ Community

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These Are The Best Latin American Countries To Visit If You Are Part Of The LGBTQ Community

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Traveling internationally has become increasingly accessible to people all over the world. However, laws are different depending on the country you want to see. This is especially true for LGBTQ people. There are still countries that have a death penalty in place as punishment for simply being gay. Countries like Russia will jail tourists for being openly gay.

Some countries in Latina America have made major changes to laws and rights for the LGBTQ community. Countries like Uruguay and Argentina have legalized same-sex marriage. The LGBTQ Travel Index ranks countries based on the friendliness to the LGBTQ community and here are the top ranking Latin American countries.

The LGBTQ Travel Index puts many Latin American countries at the top of the list.

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The index uses criteria like marriage equality laws, age of consent, religious influences, anti-gay laws, and family adoption policies to rate the countries. This year, it included transgender rights on the list. Canada and Sweden tied for top spot, if you want to go to cold places.

Uruguay ranked as the No. 1 friendliest Latin American country.

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Uruguay is known around the world as an extremely gay-friendly place. Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1934 and marriage equality passed in early 2013. Check out Chains Pub for the most popular gay tourist destination and La Pasiva. Please Google La Pasiva’s logo and die happy that a pizza chain went for a boy kissing a weiner dog for the logo.

Colombia comes right after Uruguay on the index.

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If you search for gay travel in Colombia, you’ll even find several different travel agencies targeting LGBTQ people specifically, there’s that much of a demand and supply for it. Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the Caribbean coast, enjoying the nightlife of Medellin or exploring the historic and colorful city of Bogota, you’ll be in good hands.

Argentina has been dubbed “Latin America’s gay capital.”

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I mean, there are rainbows everywhere, and LGBTQ people have been safe since indigenous times. The Mapuche people didn’t live in a binary and even revered its third gender, weye. “Christians invaded and used the “sodomy” of Mapuche as a justification for war. Argentina decolonized its values when it became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage in Latin America.

Puerto Rico ranks higher than the United States on the index.

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Whether you want to get on a rainbow tour bus and discover gay San Juan for yourself, or go on foot to the many gay bars, you’ll be in good company. Plus, Puerto Rico needs your money right now.

Bolivia is here for you nature lovers.

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Bolivia comes right after Puerto Rico and the USA with points deducted for religious influence and hostile locals (in the smaller towns). Yes, Latin America needs to combat it’s machísmo and Catholic influences, but you’ll be more safe checking out salt flats of Bolivia than the swamps of Louisiana.

Oh, and Ecuador, tambien.

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Strangely, while Ecuador has stricter legal protections for the LGBT community, it also has HIV travel restrictions. That said, you can make a trip to the famous Galapagos Islands where nobody cares what your sexuality is. Everyone’s there to be mesmerized by island penguins.

Brazil is an obvious choice.

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While Brazil earned some points on the index for some of its legislation to protect LGBTQ people, it loses points for its religious influence and murders of the LGBTQ community. If you’re going to Brazil, check out Copacabana and Ipanema, which are notoriously gay tourist spots.

Plus, Carnival is no joke.

Costa Rica is queer heaven.

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Costa Rica is cherished in the queer community. You go to find your solitude and peace with nature. With the tourism industry being a mainstay for the economy, you’d be hard pressed to encounter hate here.

Nicaragua is a toss up.

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Nicaragua is a borderline place to visit, with not too many laws in place to protect the community, but also not to much recorded hostility toward the community. What is gayer than your own private sea cave with your boo? The landscape speaks for itself.

México, however, has been gay for thousands of years.

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Tulum has exploded as a destination in México, and while the country as a whole is pretty friendly to the gays, Tulum has a special history with our community. The Mayans once thrived in this spot on the Yucatan and were known for celebrating sexual diversity. Not much has changed.

If you’re not into the party scene and want to unwind, see the Mayan ruins and maybe check out a gay bar in nearby Playa del Carmen, go to Tulum.

Guatemala boasts some incredible scenery.

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Lake Atitlán in Guatemala is breathtaking. You can jump in that lake, take in views of nearby volcanos and snap all the selfies your big, bleeding, gay heart desires with no shame.

Panama is a Central American getaway.

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Panama comes in hot after México on the index rating, though Panama City doesn’t have a gay neighborhood. You can check out the Envy Club Panamá, which hosts drag shows and Mr. Gay Central America. It just opened and is right in front of Hotel Hyatt Place–there’s your hotel, to boot.

Belize has some of the most pristine waters to dip in with your boo.

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While it is featured on Gay Travel blogs, the index has it rated as a -4, nearing the bottom of the list worldwide. However, the country is pivoting to tourism as a main source of income and tourism changes things.

Do not go to Honduras!

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Honduras has the highest rate of transgender murders relative to its population. After liberal president Manuel Zelaya was ousted in 2009, 215 LGBT murders have taken place. Things can change, though. LGBT activist Erick Martínez is a candidate for Congress in Honduras, despite the risk he’s taking to even run publicly.

Tampoco, don’t head to Peru anytime soon.

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While Peru comes in hot after Kyrgyzstan and before Ukraine on the index list, some legislation is starting to pass to make it more legally safe to travel to the country. Don’t go on our advice though.

Wherever you decide to go, we hope it’s somewhere you can let loose. It is vacation after all.

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I know I always want to support a tourist economy that is going to welcome me with open arms, and I’m not interested in having my guard up on vacation. Let me display all that Latina affection I’ve been raised to do in peace.


READ: These 19 Straight Allies Are Using Their Fame And Influence To Stand Up For Their LGBTQ+ Brothers And Sisters

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