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About us

 

PASSION LED US HERE...

Hej! Hello, Hola, Nǐn hǎo, Bonjour, Shalom, Guten Tag...

We are Erik and Sofia best friends and founders of StandOut Travel. We started as an incoming travel agency in not only because of the need to find tourism offers specifically designed for the LGBT traveler, but also to connect and educate about Swedens work for the LGBT+ community. We work with selected local partners for our services and always aim to deliver our services over your expectations. Our purpose is to bring people together, end discrimination and tell Sweden’s LGBT history.

VISION, MISSION AND CORE VALUES

Every day we challenge ourselves and strive to help people experience Sweden in the best way.

VISION – To be the best touring and Travel Company by playing an active role in the mainstream of our economy especially in this growing sector tourism, giving the quality service through service excellence.

MISSION – To assist our tourist to have peace of mind to have a good and sound touring experience of their life time for the value of their money.

IN CONDUCTING OUR BUSINESS WE EMBRACE A CORE SET OF VALUES WHICH INCLUDES:

  1. Customer focus and satisfaction
  2. Professionalism
  3. Accountability
  4. Integrity
  5. Empowerment and Continuous Improvement

SUSTAINABILITY OUR COMMITMENT

At StandOut Travel we think about our planet and we want to be a good example for the industry we operate in. For us, it is important to try to work as sustainably as possible at every stage. We therefore place demands on our suppliers, in everything from technology to hotel rooms, while recommending that our customers make better choices.

In the greatest possible goal, we strive to:

  • Suggest more climate-smart means of transport, mainly in the order of train, boat and last air transport
  • Suggest organic food produced locally at your chosen destination
  • Adhere to a “Zero Plastic Policy”
  • Choosing sustainable suppliers
  • Suggest apps, screens and other digital solutions in front of paper
  • Offer sustainable and climate-smart activities
  • Offer climate compensation for customers
  • Fight for “Zero Waste” – both after events, in our office and during customer journeys

OUR SOUVENIR SHOP

Acceptance: we promote acceptance and equality for all via our products, in social media, and everything in between!

Support: We have an ever-growing list of LGBTQ+ focused resources available at all time and we feature LGBTQ+ stories via our blog! Learn More 

Giving Back: We partner with non-profits, LGBTQ+ artists, and more to promote their art, services, and more. For every sold product we give 20 SEK to the Swedish LGBT+ foundation “The Rainbow Fund”.

HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS

All of our products are one of a kind and not mass produced. We do not source from unethical places and we help employ many people in various fulfillment warehouses around the globe. Your item is unique, one of a kind, and made with love. 

We print our products with care at our partner fulfillment centers in Los Angeles, Charlotte (North Carolina), Mexico, Barcelona, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Riga.

Everyone enjoys paid time off, healthcare benefits, and a safe and friendly work environment. :)

ETHICALLY MADE

Each facility has implemented corporate social responsibility initiatives, like LED lighting and recycling programs for paper, plastic, and glass. All ink waste is disposed of to meet environmental regulations. We also donate damaged products to charitable organizations.

 

MEET THE TEAM

HEJ, I AM ERIK - Co-Founder/CEO

I grew up in the heart of the Swedish west coast, outside Uddevalla. My dad is from there and my mum is from Kiruna, the very north part of Sweden. I’ve been living in cities in Sweden like Lund, Gothenburg, and Stockholm where I settled down in 2013. I love to travel, personal development, art and connect other people.

HEJ, I AM TOBIAS - Business Development Manager

I grew up in our beautiful capital Stockholm. I’ve also been living in the Swedish city Kalmar, where I study business development and economics. I have a long experience working with travel and hospitality. I love to travel, exploring, marketing, events, art and of course meet new people.

 

HEJ, I AM LARS - GUIDE STOCKHOLM

With a past as a ranger-trained safari guide in Southern Africa, I nowadays guide in the urban jungle of Stockholm. Flexibility is my keyword and together with your wishes (the traffic, weather and time are also taken into consideration), we will make the best and most out of your day/s here in Stockholm. I can tell you stories from the dark ages but also the facts and glamor of our older as well as newer stars in the limelight, from ABBA to Zara Larsson and Great Garbo to ‘acting-family’ Skarsgard. I am very proud of our capital and I would say Stockholm, definitely, is one of the most open-minded cities in the world. So, what are you waiting for? Come visit and I, or one of my colleagues will be happy to show you around! My motto: smile and the world smiles with you!

HEJ, I AM LINNÉA - GUIDE STOCKHOLM

Beside guiding I’m a versatile opera singer, who loves to play Swedish folk tunes on my violin. I work with cultural trips all over Scandinavia, such as Opera- und Music Tours. One of my favorite Regions in Sweden is Dalarna (Dalecarlia). Love to add a musical touch to my guided tours – for example, Swedish folk tunes I grew up on an Island in the archipelago of Stockholm, daughter of a Hungarian father and German mother. I’ve been living in the US, in Paris as well as in Austria and Germany. I’m an Authorized Guide of Stockholm and I’ve been working as a tour leader and guide all over Scandinavia for 18 years. My specialties are Opera-Music tours and the region of Dalarna.

HEJ, I AM STEFAN - GUIDE STOCKHOLM

I’ve been working as a tour guide and leader for more than 30 years, mostly in Italy, but also in countries like Egypt and India. I love to travel, learn about other cultures and habits and I’m passionate about sharing information. After 30 years abroad I moved back to Stockholm in 2011 and I’m proud to work in Stockholm as an authorized guide. I’m a proud gay man and came out of the closet at the age of eighteen.

HEJ, I AM MARIE - GUIDE STOCKHOLM

I am an authorized Stockholm guide since 1993 and today I work as a Stockholm guide and art guide on a freelance basis. I have a long and broad experience of showing Stockholm for different types of groups. In recent years, I have mainly worked with different types of VIP groups and smaller private parties. My specialty is various types of art walks and art shows, including so-called “Figure skating”, ie views of the art in the subway. I am also hired by several different art museums for exhibitions.

HEJ, I AM ELISABETH - GUIDE STOCKHOLM

Elisabeth Daude has been working as a guide in Stockholm for over ten years. In addition to the standard sightseeing tours, Elisabeth also organizes trips over the rooftops of Stockholm, and a Millennium tour based on the books by Stieg Larsson. Elisabeth speaks German, French, Spanish and English.

HEJ, I AM PETER - GUIDE GOTHENBURG

Gothenburg has given me so much over the years so now I want to share the soul, history, and atmosphere of this city. From the beginning the city was multicultural and that was the start of a liberal spirit. An openminded city, liberal values where everyone can feel at home. City walks, bus sightseeings from the inner city til surrounding villages and islands. English and French are my professional languages. My professional motto is ” Without joy my motor stops.

FOR QUESTIONS AND BOOKING PLEASE CONTACT US

WHY BOOK WITH US

100% guarantee experienced tour guides with outstanding knowledge of Sweden and the LGBT community.

Local Experts with Partner Prices

We’re a local travel agency based in Stockholm and Gothenburg. When you book with us, you get the best possible price, with our exclusive partner prices.

100% Customizable

Tell us about your trip requirement. We’ll work together to customize your trip to meet your exact requirement and give suggestions, so get the most out of your trip.

Hazzle free

We take care of everything from airport pickup, arranging accommodation to organizing activities.