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!
10 Reasons to Join A Gay Everest Expedition
Welcome to Nepal, the birthplace of Buddha and home to the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest.
While we haven’t personally conquered the Mother of the Universe ourselves, the soaring mountain continues to climb higher and higher on our bucket list. But with all the logistical aspects of this challenging endeavour, it’s become clear an organized tour is easily the best option. Enter Out Adventures, the only gay tour operator currently hosting treks to Everest Base Camp. Their all-gay expedition begins in the country’s capital Kathmandu before taking flight over the haunting Himalayas and landing in Lukla to adjust to the altitude. After everyone has acclimatized, laced up, and said adieu to flushing toilets, the tour sets off.
Why the Azores are Dubbed Portugal’s ‘Best Kept Secret’
Looking for some insider travel info? There’s more to Europe to be discovered and The Azores are Portugal’s best kept secret.
But don’t take our word for it, Condé Nast Traveller recently touted the archipelago as “the secret gardens of the Atlantic – lush and green, thick with temperate forests which feel almost like rainforest, alive with birds and a rich wildlife.” Meanwhile Lonely Planet recently wrote an article titled “This other Eden: The Azores, Europe’s secret islands of adventure”.
A Gay Travel Guide to Provincetown: Where American History Meets LGBT Culture
Just 90 minutes away from Boston is a tiny seaside town on the tip of Cape Cod that has as much history as it does gay culture. While many remember from history class that Plymouth Rock was where the Pilgrims settled in 1620, it was in fact Provincetown where the Pilgrims first landed before passing onto Plymouth and settling what would soon become the US. But American history aside, P-Town, like many popular, small gay getaways, has been completely taken over by the LGBT community. With a population of about 3,000, the small New England getaway boasts 40+ gay guesthouses, 10+ gay bars and clubs, 2 gay beaches while also hosting a dozen or more LGBT events throughout the year.
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 Travel is for All Ages: Venture Out and See the World
LGBT travelers are a highly sought-after subgroup within the tourism industry. They are commonly known to have high disposable income, and tourism businesses have been increasingly catering to this group both for financial reasons and for their unique travel needs. However, in targeting this subset of the larger community it often seems that young gay travelers have been favored in most marketing efforts. Gay cruises flaunt photos of younger, unattainably attractive gay men in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, and gay-group tour companies often use similar strategies to attract travelers to beach destinations and circuit parties in big North American and European cities. Quite frankly, it’s no surprise because we all know sex sells. However, that approach really only shows one small segment of a much more diverse community of LGBT travelers. What about gay travelers over 40 and 50 or those that don’t fit the stereotypes we see in all the ads?
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.
10 Unforgettable Moments from The (Gay) Cruise by La Demence
From Lisbon and Madeira to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, The Cruise by La Demence took us on an unforgettable, weeklong adventure. Now in its 8th year, this cruise produced by the legendary group out of Brussels left us amazing memories and a yearning to return this coming July 2018. So, join us as we recall 10 unforgettable moments on this awesome European gay cruise.
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.
Join Us on ‘The Cruise’ from Portugal to the Canary Islands
We’re smack in middle of the summer season and you’ve worked hard for that summer beach body so flaunt it while there’s still time! Or even if you’ve been eating pizza and ice cream all month, you still deserve a good gaycation….right?! If you’re like us, you’ve done the beach by now, you’ve visited the pool on numerous occasions and tanning at the park is getting old.
So let’s change things up and go cruising! Not that type of cruising…. well actually, yes! That kind of cruising too, but on a cruise ship! We’re excited to be boarding The Cruise by La Demence September 18th – 25th! Want to come? Here are the details….