LGBTQ Travel Tips
What is Gay Travel?
Gay travel can be an awkward topic for many, mostly because to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) is really to be a part of an incredibly diverse group of people. There are gay families who travel, solo gay travelers (like myself), solo lesbian travelers, ones who travel for gay pride or nightlife or honeymoons, those that take gay cruises or splurge on luxury holidays, and ones who rough it camping and backpacking in faraway places.
And just like every other type of traveler, we travel for our own personal reasons. Every aspect of what makes us unique also contributes to how, where, and why we travel. I travel because I love to travel, and I just happen to be gay.
That’s not to say I don’t also travel gay. Sometimes my sexuality also influences the how, why, and where I choose to visit a place. It’s usually to visit a specific LGBTQ event (such as a gay pride march or a queer music festival), but also as a way to explore traditionally gay hotspots (like Tel Aviv, New York City or Madrid).
But what does LGBTQ travel really mean?
It’s about safety, it’s about comfort, it’s about politics. But it’s also about gay-welcoming events, friendly accommodation, and having fun with travelers who share something similar with you.
Popular Gay Travel Destinations
The thing about gay travel is that really any destination can be gay — there are LGBTQ people in every city, country and place around the world. Some destinations, however, are much more gay-friendly and safer for LGBTQ tourists. Here are some of my favorite gay places. Click on the name to discover my travel stories and photos from each…
Tel Aviv • Berlin • Amsterdam • Stockholm • Copenhagen • London • Manchester • Toronto • Montreal • NYC • Chicago • Los Angeles • San Francisco • Dallas • Mexico City • Buenos Aires • Bangkok • Sydney • Melbourne
LGBTQ Travel Resources
One of the most important aspects of LGBTQ travel is your safety. I trust the following sources for finding the latest LGBTQ news and stories — those that are relevant for gay travelers.
Related: Your Ultimate Guide to Gay Travel Resources for LGBT Travelers
LGBT Travel Safety
USA State Department • UK Foreign Office • Equaldex
PinkNews • Daily Xtra • NewNowNext • LGBTQ Buzz • Gay Star News • Autostraddle • Tagg Magazine
LGBT Travel Blogs
Travels of Adam • My Gay Travel Guide • Leave Your Daily Hell • Globetrotter Girls • Dopes on the Road • Indefinite Adventure • Fleeting High • LezBackpack • Gastro Gays • EuroTribe • Nomad Plans • Nomadic Boys • Adventurous Alexis • Minka Guides • MANCHIC • The Gay Traveler • Happy Frog Travels • 2 Travel Dads • TwoBadTourists • My Normal Gay Life • Travel Sandal • Hospitality Hedonist • and more… (please tweet me @travelsofadam to be added)
LGBT Facebook Pages
LGBT News • Lizzy the Lezzy • LGBTQ@Facebook • George Takei • LGBTQ Travel Bloggers (group)
LGBT & Gay Tour Companies
OUT Adventures • Detours • IGLTA Plan Your Trip Directory • and more…
Gay & Gay-Friendly Hotel Deals
You’ll find plenty of gay hotel directories online, but I still find booking through the major networks such as Booking.com or Agoda.com to provide the best deals.
How to find a gay hotel
Here’s how I find a gay hotel: (1) Search/Google to find where the cool area, hipster neighborhood, or gay neighborhood (gayborhood) is located in a city I’m traveling to; (2) Then I look for hotels (or Airbnbs) in the same area using the map feature on HotelsCombined.com or Booking.com; (3) Sometimes I also Google for gay hotels in a city to see if there are any specifically gay hotels/resorts; (4) Then I’ll check the websites for each property to see what looks modern and cool; (5) Finally, I check recent hotel reviews, often directly in Google Maps; (6) Once I’m ready to make a booking, I go with one of the sites I trust the most: Booking.com, Agoda.com, or HotelsCombined.com.
To Airbnb or not?!
I also regularly use Airbnb when looking for accommodation. There is a gay alternative to Airbnb, Misterbandb.com, but honestly I just prefer to use Airbnb. It’s more reputable, safer and I’ve still managed to find LGBT hosts.
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