15 Must Visit Gay Holiday Hotspots
It’s time to plan your next escape but maybe you’re not sure where to go next. Sure, there are thousands of holiday hotspots around the world where you can relax by the beach, sample the local cuisine, enjoy the nightlife and welcoming atmosphere. But if you’re looking for a destination that combines all that plus a gay-friendly or in many cases a huge LGBT population or group of visitors, there are only a handful of places internationally that make the cut.
We’ve come up with a list of 15 of the most well-known and exciting places to visit on your next gaycation!
Explore Queer Nice with These Annual Events
The south of France is a hugely popular destination year-round and Nice, the second largest city of the region after Marseille, lives up to the hype. As it continues to grow, the city is adding a new underground section to its charming tramway system which cuts right through the brightly colored Place Masséna. On our third visit to the city, we weren’t surprised to discover that Nice still had wonderful things to show us. With a population of around one million, the city is well known for being one of the most popular gay-friendly destinations in southern France. In addition, the delightful shops, certified restaurants serving up authentic Cuisine Nissarde (try Chez Theresa for an affordable, family owned spot or Sentimi for a certified gay-friendly Italian restaurant), vibrant markets (the Flower and Vegetable market in the Old Town of course) and annual events make it a destination worth experiencing anytime of the year.
Is Italy Becoming the New European Gay Hotspot?
Italy is, without doubt, one of the must-see destinations on many people’s list. Tourists flock to the home of ‘La Dolce Vita’ (the sweet life) every year, drawn to it by sun, sea, fashion, design, history, art, architecture and don’t forget great food! But there is another element that makes this country so unique: the Italians themselves. Thanks to centuries of invasion, the Italians have developed a high level of tolerance: they have a welcoming attitude by nature and their hospitality is unique and generous. Italians are friendly, open-minded and caring towards the needs of their guests. Their mission is to make everyone comfortable and at home: hospitality and friendliness are keys to understanding the ability of Italy to attract tourists from all over the world. Although not always perceived as such, Italy is a very open-minded country!
10 Reasons Malta Should Be on Your Gay Travel Bucket List
Malta is an archipelago of islands located in the center of the Mediterranean, just south of Sicily and above northern Africa. At just over 400,000 in population and 316 square km, it’s the smallest country in the European Union, but is also considered one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino which offer amazing sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history. But besides all the great things to do and see in Malta, the country is incredibly gay friendly. If you haven’t yet thought about visiting Malta, we’re happy to share 10 reasons why Malta should be on your travel bucket list!
Gay Chicago: A Gay Travel Guide to the Windy City
In 1893 Chicago was put in the world map as a destination of culture, architecture, and innovation as it hosted the World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition celebrating the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World. This extravagant event took place just two decades after the Great Chicago Fire that left a third of the population homeless. Over the years, architect and urban designer, Daniel Burnham, who was also responsible for the famed Flatiron Building in NYC, reimagined this rough and tumbled industrial town to the modern city it is today.
5 Reasons to List Your Space on misterb&b
The ‘Sharing Economy’ has made a big impact on the travel industry in the past decade with major leaders like AirBnB and Uber to the hundreds of other home and ride sharing businesses available. Today’s travelers are often choosing home rentals over hotels and it’s no wonder why. They can get a more comfortable, cost-effective stay and personal attention from their host instead of the sometimes impersonal offerings of an outdated or overpriced hotel room. Nowadays travelers even have a large selection of home sharing sites to choose from. If you’re a gay traveler, the top choice for renting a room or home while traveling is misterb&b. While other sites may claim to be LGBT-friendly, misterb&b is specifically tailored to the travel needs of the gay community. With the popularity of these sites continuing to rise, now’s the time to consider listing your spare room or space on misterb&b and here’s why.
Urban Adventures & Outdoor Getaways in Gay-Friendly Canada
Fancy a gay getaway complete with charming chalets, rugged lumberjacks and all sorts of water sports? Who doesn’t? Canada’s outdoors is the perfect place for gay travelers to spend the summer for a mix of active holiday and relaxing retreat. The country’s outstanding hospitality makes anyone and everyone feel welcome. Canada has long been ahead of the pack with regards to LGBT equality. In fact, it was the first country outside Europe to legalize same-sex marriages back in 2005. Our friends at Out Adventures want to be sure gay travelers have the opportunity to check out the country’s amazing Ontario region with a stop in a modern metropolis and an escape to the “Hamptons of the North” during a week-long summer trip over Canada Day and Independence day.
5 Things We Love About Gay Friendly Manchester
Head about 300km north of London and you’ll find the UK’s third largest city, a place that has had a tremendous impact on England’s history. Manchester has always been known as a working-class city ever since the start of the industrial revolution. While it certainly has its fair share of landmarks and sites of interest, the city doesn’t have the grandeur of London to the south nor the famous reputation as a tourist destination. Though this contrast doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not worthy of a trip and in fact, many argue the gay scene in Manchester is the best you’ll find in the all the UK. From gin bars and art galleries to history museums and gay bars galore, Manchester is a great weekend getaway with a character all on its own.
Gay San Francisco: A Gay Travel Guide to the Golden Gate City
About the Guide
Get ready for another big-name destination among our gay guides… San Francisco! We’ve included the top recommendations for the gay-friendly city in this guide to provide you with everything you need to know as an LGBT traveler to San Francisco.
San Francisco is an iconic city for the queer community as a pioneer and battle ground for LGBT rights. Filled with queer history, a free-spirited vibes and currently one of top tech hotspots in the country, it welcomes a mix of travelers and dwellers that help create its diverse, come-as-you-are, laidback attitude. Nowadays, its gay population per capita is one of the highest in the world. Though it may be the most expensive city to live in in the US, it’s certainly at least worth a visit – though surely, you’ll want to stay!
Hike Everest, Kilimanjaro and the Inca Trail with these Gay Tours
There are two kinds of vacations that attract two kinds of people. First, there’s the the “lay on the beach and tan while sipping a cocktail” vacationer. Then there’s the active “grab a backpack and climb a mountain” type of traveler. Relaxing vacations are nice, but the great thing about an active adventure is that it’s good for the mind, body and soul. Aside from the obvious benefits of exercise, the ascent up a mountain is a rewarding experience. Getting drunk on the beach is fun, but it really can’t compare to testing the limits of your body and to the comradery of hiking with a group up a difficult path. There are many group tours you can join to do various hikes around the world, and for the LGBT traveler there are some great gay group tours. Here are three incredible options for gay adventure seekers.