Key West & Cuba: Two Close Yet Contrasting LGBT Destinations
Key West is a popular, year-round destination for LGBT travelers looking to relax in the warm Florida sun, but is its small island neighbor just a hundred miles to the south a hot spot for gay travelers too? With the new travel laws allowing more Americans to visit Cuba, that looks to be the case. Both islands enjoy warm waters and a tropical climate with little difference between the coldest and warmest months so it’s not hard to understand their appeal. Though they may be close in proximity, they offer unique and contrasting experiences for LGBT visitors.
9 Delicious Reasons a Food Tour Should Be on Your Plan for WorldPride
If you are planning to be one of the estimated three million people taking part in this year’s WorldPride Madrid 2017, you probably have a plan for making the most of your time in the Spanish Capital. Parades, parties, clubs, restaurants, tapas bars, parks and museums… Madrid has it all no matter your travel style or budget.
But one of the best things to do in Madrid during Pride is try authentic local Spanish food. Madrid is one of Spain’s most exciting cities for cuisine, and is chock full with incredible markets, tapas bars, wine bars and restaurants. Our friends from Devour Madrid Food Tours offer great tours and they know all the city’s foodie secrets. To make sure you get a true taste of the city, a food or tapas tour in Madrid is definitely the way to go. Here’s why!
Win a Free Stay at Axel Hotels in Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin, Gran Canaria or Ibiza
Do you want to win a free hotel stay in Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin, Gran Canaria or Ibiza? You’re in luck because we’ve teamed up with Axel Hotels to giveaway a free stay for two people at any of their properties!
About Axel Hotels
Axel Hotels is the most famous gay hotel brand and they are the first hotel chain to coin the term “hetero-friendly.” The properties are always centrally located in the popular gay areas of each city. Hotels are currently open in Barcelona, Berlin and Maspalomas (Gran Canaria) and new locations are opening in Ibiza and Madrid starting in the spring of 2017.
9 Amazing Reasons Why You Don’t Want to Miss Gay Pride in Barcelona
Barcelona has been a destination of choice for gay tourists for the past couple decades and its reputation as a gay friendly city is well deserved. The Mediterranean climate is difficult to pass up and the proximity to beaches and mountains make it a visual masterpiece. We’ve been to Barcelona at least five times and we discover something new and exciting every time we visit. With mild weather, a thriving gay scene and a great quality of life, Barcelona is wonderful anytime of the year but the city explodes with life during its annual pride celebration.
Pride Barcelona 2018 is scheduled for June 23rd to 30th and features a dedicated pride village with food and drink vendors plus a parade, lots of activities and performances throughout the weekend. The city hosts numerous parties and activities including an amazing (and free!) outdoor foam party as part of the festivities. In fact, last year marked the 10th anniversary of Pride Barcelona and each celebration just gets better than before.
We attended Pride Barcelona in 2015 and had a blast so we thought we’d give you a rundown of 9 amazing reasons why we think you should attend! We promise you won’t regret it.
Special Offer! – Want to visit Barcelona during gay pride? You can save 25€ on the Barcelona Gay Pride package with Rainbow Gay Tours, our favorite European gay tour operator. Just mention the promo code “TWOBADTOURISTS” when booking for your discount. More info here!
Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend One Magical Weekend in Orlando for Gay Disney
One Magical Weekend at Walt Disney World includes three magical days at Disney plus great events like daytime pool parties and more. The event takes place from June 1st to 3rd, 2018, where gays from around the country (and world!) spend the weekend at Disney World in Orlando. There are multiple parties and events that take place in the afternoons and evenings at the host hotel properties and other amazing venues.
This South American Country Might be the Newest Emerging Gay Destination
This post was updated February 16th, 2020.
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.
Special Offer – you can save $50 on all tours by Out in Colombia. Click here to request your exclusive discount.
Our Top 10 Things to Do in Gay Friendly Barcelona
This post was updated February 15th, 2020.
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
This post was updated February 16th, 2020.
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
This post was updated on February 2nd, 2020.
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 2020
This post was updated on February 1st, 2020.
We’re starting off 2020 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 2020 one of the best yet!