Since 2018 we have been hosting our own gay sailing trip each summer. Our first hosted trip started in Croatia and then the following year we sailed the Greek Islands. Since then we have hosted over 50 guests on some amazing summer adventures. We've enjoyed getting to know readers of our blog and our social media followers since we all share the same passion.
New for 2022 will be our first land tour in Spain where we'll be exploring Barcelona and Sitges. And naturally, all of our friends and followers are invited to join us from May 12-18, 2022. We’ll be spending 4 nights in Barcelona at the Axel Hotel followed by 2 nights in Sitges, one of our favorite gay vacation spots. Spain is an amazing destination and it's one of the most progressive places in the world for the LGBT+ community. We've partnered with The Queer Travel who helped assemble the itinerary and will manage the reservations as well as all the on-the-ground logistics. Check out these top 7 reasons why you just might want to join us.
Barcelona is one of the Most Gay-friendly Cities in the World
Spain is famous around the world for its cultural traditions, great beaches, history and welcoming atmosphere. In just several decades, the Spanish people have managed to emerge from a repressive dictatorship to become one of the most progressive destinations on the planet. As the third country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage back in 2005, it’s no surprise that Spain is welcoming to the LGBT+ community. In fact, we recently sent out a survey to get feedback on where our readers would like to travel with us. The data came back with an overwhelming interest in Spain and Barcelona is a great starting point to explore the country. Barcelona has been a popular destination for LGBT+ tourists now for at least two decades. You’ll even find many hotels, restaurants and shops in the city that go out of their way to be gay-friendly.
Spain has one of the Highest Vaccination Rates of any Country
In early September 2021, Spain announced that it was the most vaccinated, large country in the world. In other words, when considering countries with a population in the tens of millions or more, Spain had roughly 70% of the population fully vaccinated. Spain is on track to reach 80%+ vaccination in October. This means that by May 2022 when we host our trip, daily travel life and the experience for visitors is expected to be essentially back to normal and Spain will be one of the safer and lower risk places to visit in 2022.
We’re Practically Locals
We moved to Spain in 2013 and have been living in Madrid ever since. We’ve easily been to Barcelona a least 10 times and know the city quite well. We’re Spanish speakers and really understand Spanish culture and the intricacies within the country. For example, while Barcelona and the autonomous region of Catalonia are part of Spain, it’s important to point out that the region has its own government, customs, history and even language. People from Catalonia typically grow up speaking Catalan and Spanish. Catalan is an entirely different language—almost a mix of French and Spanish, yet still different from both. Of course, Barcelona is such a cosmopolitan and diverse city that Spanish is often the primary language. So if you decide to join our trip, we’ll help you understand the cultural differences and can even help you learn the Spanish basics, which differ considerably compared to Latin America. You may already know some of the most general Spanish basics like greetings and asking how much things cost, but there are a lot of things to know about the Spanish spoken in Spain. The most common thing you’ll hear around Spain is “vale” which simply means “okay.”
Meet New Friends on a Gay Group Trip
A gay group tour is a great option for an amazing travel experience that’s already pre-planned and purchased as a package. It’s particularly useful if you’re too busy to plan your own trip or if you’re a gay solo traveler because you’ll quickly make new friends in your group. Join our trip and come with a friend, that special someone or even come alone. In fact, many guests on our hosted trips are solo travelers so you won't be alone and you can make new friends while we explore together. We even offer a roommate match program that allows you to save money and share a room with another solo traveler. You can choose between privacy if you have the extra cash or a bit of saving while sharing. In either case, you’ll still be part of an intimate group of about 15-20 people throughout the entire trip.
Save Time & Hassle
We know you’re busy and planning a vacation is time-consuming. Why not let the experts manage your booking and save you the time and hassle of booking it yourself. We’ve teamed up with The Queer Travel for our Spain tour, a gay-owned and operated tour company with tons of experience in the LGBT+ market. Coupled with our travel experience and intimate knowledge of Barcelona and Spain overall and you’re sure to have a great time. Our trip is a full 7-day package and includes 4-star hotels including the popular gay Axel Hotel in Barcelona plus activities, LGBT+ tours, drag shows, airport transfers, ground transport to Sitges, meals and much more. All you have to do is reserve your spot, book your flight and we’ll do the rest!
In addition to visiting iconic sights in Barcelona like the Sagrada Familia or Park Guell, there’s one more highly important thing to do here in the land of tapas and sangria: eat, of course! In Spain, food is an experience meant to be savored in both the literal and metaphorical sense, complete with good vibes, tasty drinks and great company. Barcelona is a triple threat: it’s one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan destinations, one of Spain’s most gay-friendly big cities and a verifiable foodie paradise. However, the abundance of tacky tourist traps sometimes makes it hard to pick out the true gems when it comes to food. Learn how to eat and drink like a local by joining us and our local guide who knows all the insider tips and best places. You’ll step off the tourist-beaten path and into the timeless bodegas and trendy wine bars locals know best. Get ready for an unforgettable experience full of tasty tapas paired beautifully with the best wines in Barcelona—a must-have experience on your foodie bucket list in Spain.
We’re Travel Experts
Don’t let the Bad Tourist name fool you. We know what's up and we know the travel industry inside and out. In fact, we’ve been writing our blog now for 9 years and have been working in the industry since then. We’ve visited more than 60 countries and in that time have made some great connections with tour operators, hotels, destinations, tour guides and more. Experience is valuable and those who work in travel have valuable knowledge and expertise. It should be taken advantage of and that’s what we’re here to do!
Bonus: Eurovision Song Contest Viewing Party
The Eurovision Song Contest has always been one of the most important annual events for much of the European LGBT community. We love Eurovision having been introduced to it in 2013 when we moved to Spain. We gather with friends each year to laugh/sing along/drink copiously, while watching (and judging) this bizarre, incredibly gay spectacle. Lucky for us, next year’s song contest being held in Italy (last year’s winner) just happens to take place during our group trip! So we’re planning a viewing party for the finale on Saturday May 14th at the Sky Bar by Axel in Barcelona. Let’s find out 2022’s winner together! Will it finally be Spain again?