This South American Country Might be the Newest Emerging Gay Destination
What comes to mind when you think of a gay destination? Some might think of gay hotspots like Palm Springs or Fire Island which for decades have been havens for LGBT people looking to escape and take a vacation with their friends or significant other. Others might imagine the places that host major circuit parties like Barcelona, Mykonos or Miami. But as the landscape of both tourist destinations and LGBT rights have changed over the past decades, so too have the opportunities and desires for those looking for something new.
If you’ve never considered a visit to Colombia, now just might be the right time. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Out in Colombia Travel to share both some cool new and old things about this amazing country. Based in Medellin, this LGBT-focused tour operator can help you plan an awesome trip. It’s run by our longtime friend Sam, who several years ago moved from the US to Colombia and now is an expert in everything gay travel Colombia has to offer.
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Our Top 10 Things to Do in Gay Friendly Barcelona
Well-established on the LGBT travel map, it’s likely either you or someone you know has raved about this sea-side Mediterranean city. And for good reason – Barcelona boasts a cosmopolitan and welcoming environment for all types of travelers from every corner of the globe. Barcelona is one of those cities that has so much to offer, you can never see it all.
10 Reasons Why Madrid is the Best Gay Destination in Europe
Europe is easily the most tolerant and accepting region in the world and there are many cities across the continent where you can let your true colors shine without fear of judgement or harassment. Places like Amsterdam, Berlin or Barcelona are well known for being gay friendly, tolerant and having a large community of LGBT residents. Still, we think Madrid is perhaps the contender for the number one spot on our list of the best gay destinations in Europe. Certainly, there are a handful of cities that compete for this title, but with the mix of its size, gay scene, events and overall vibe, we’d ague to say that Madrid takes the crown. Here are 10 reasons why we think you should visit Madrid and see why we think it’s the best gay destination in Europe.
Travel the World with These 9 Awesome Gay Group Tours
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 solo traveler because you’ll quickly make new friends in your group as you travel together. Of course you can also travel with a friend, significant other or even a family member on one of these awesome adventures. We recommend a few different tour operators that do gay group trips and they all offer great itineraries and experiences that you’ll surely love and won’t forget. You can even save up to $200 with some of the companies by using our special offer for Two Bad Tourists’ readers only.
23 Useful (& Mostly Gay) Travel Tips & Resources for 2017
We’re starting off 2017 with a list of our favorite and most useful travel resources. These tips, tricks and travel advice are both LGBT focused and mainstream and we’ve curated this list to help inspire your travels and give you some practical guidance when travel planning and being on the road. Whether you’re in the savings stage or ready to book that next gay pride trip or gay group tour, we hope that at least a few of these resources will help make your travel experience for 2017 one of the best yet!
Video: Visiting the Gay-Friendly Island of Gran Canaria in Spain
Gran Canaria is a unique, gay-friendly and an adventurous place to visit. It’s a hot gay destination year round due to the warm climate and Maspalomas is its gay capital.
Drag shows in Gran Canaria are like the residency shows of Las Vegas, with a slightly smaller budget and a lack of celebrity status. Still, they’re a hit and they’re a must. The Yumbo Centre in Maspalomas is the center of the gay nightlife with gay bars, clubs, restaurants and cafes.
Why You Should Visit Spain During Barcelona Pride and WorldPride Madrid
Summer is a fantastic time to visit Europe and Spain is no exception. With plenty of warm and sunny days you could spend months exploring the big cities and Spanish countryside, but given you probably have just a short time to visit you’ve got to pick the best and most exciting.
Summer is also pride season and Spain boasts some of the best gay pride celebrations in Europe and the world. This year Madrid will welcome World Pride 2017 where an expected 3 million people will join in the Spanish capital to celebrate diversity, progress of LGBT rights and well, to simply come together in public and throw a big party. Just a week later Barcelona will follow with its annual celebration on the coast of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. We’ve attended both events and can’t recommend them enough. Plus, if you’re looking to join a gay group tour, our friends at Spain 7 Degrees will take you effortlessly to both cities during pride on a 10-day tour from June 30th to July 9th, with a quick stop in Andalusia in between.
Experience the Best with Gay Tours in These 8 European Destinations
Europe is without a doubt one of the most amazing, dynamic and gay-friendly places in the world to visit. You could spend years or decades traveling across Europe and still not see it all. From the Circuit parties and beaches in Barcelona to the history and art of Rome, there’s so much to see, yet so little time.
Gay Travel Verdict: Uber is out – Join Lyft Instead
We’re not often political on the blog but we couldn’t help jumping at this time when recent events by President Trump personally affect us, many people we know and really touch the realm of travel. After all, we are immigrants ourselves being American citizens now residing in Spain. We know the struggles and hassle it takes to live in a new country and we’ve also experienced the impact of travel restrictions and how it can affect us all.
If you haven’t heard the recent news we’ll get you up to speed….
11 Things You Missed at Arosa Gay Ski Week in Switzerland
During the last week in January the Swiss Alps heated up as 500+ LGBTA people came together to celebrate Arosa Gay Ski Week. Now in its 13th year, the event creates a welcoming atmosphere for all LGBT people and allies in the gay friendly village of Arosa, Switzerland. The skiing and snowboarding might be the main draw for most attendees but second to that (or perhaps better) are the lineup of events and activities throughout the week. From the White Party at the top of the mountain to evening classical music concerts, the week-long event has something for just about everyone and every taste.