Do you want to win a trip to France to attend Nice's Queernaval next month? You're in luck because we've teamed up with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) to giveaway a free trip! You'll have to opportunity to visit Nice and attend their famous Carnival event which now hosts an LGBT-specific night called Queernaval on Friday, February 19th. The trip includes accommodation, drink vouchers, city tourism cards and entrance to several Carnival events. Thanks to our fantastic sponsors from Nice Tourism, Lou Queernaval, the AC Marriott Hotel and the Ellington Hotel, you have the chance of winning an awesome trip to one of the most gay friendly destinations in France.

What's Queernaval?

The first Gay Carnival event (called Lou Queernaval) in the history of more than 130 years of Carnival in Nice happened last year in 2015. When you think Carnival, Nice may not the first place that comes to mind. You're probably thinking of the elaborate and competitive parades of Rio de Janiero. But as it turns out, Nice’s Carnival is the 3rd largest in the world by the number of visitors and it takes place over 17 days, with Lou Queernaval happening the final weekend. Sounds fun, right? Additional events during Nice's Carnival include the Flower Parade, the Illuminated Carnival Parade plus much more. You can read about our experience last year at the 1st Queernaval here – it was an awesome trip!

Photo from Nice Tourism by X. Navarro

What is IGLTA?

As an LGBT traveler, you might not be aware of IGLTA because they tend to focus more on business-to-business relationships. But as consumers, we all benefit from the work they’ve done the past 30+ years. Today, airlines, hotels, destinations and travel companies from around the world join IGLTA to improve their products and services for the LGBT community. Among other things, they help to train non gay-owned companies to be sensitive to LGBT issues when it comes to travel and they also offer a great list of travel related member companies by country, which is particularly useful if you're traveling to a destination that might not be well known as a gay friendly place. You can check out their listing here – once on their site, just go to the menu and click “Plan You Trip.”

 Here's what included in the prize for one lucky winner:


3 Nights Hotel for two people at the 4-star AC Marriott Hotel in Nice perfectly located on the Promenade des Anglais where you can discover your own oasis in the French Riviera. This gay-friendly property offers tasteful appointments, quality amenities and spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. Check out the awesome rooftop terrace restaurant, which offers breathtaking 360-degree views of Nice, or take a refreshing swim in the spectacular outdoor pool. Note that the hotel stay is valid for one year in case the winner isn't able to visit during Queernaval in February.

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Waterfront views at the AC Marriott Hotel / Photo via AC Marriott Hotel
Rooftop pool & restaurant at the AC Marriott Hotel / Photo via AC Marriott Hotel


2 free drink vouchers from Duke Bar at the gay friendly Hôtel Ellington.

2 French Riviera Passes valid for 48 hours to discover the city and its surroundings including free public transport, free entrance to many sites, plus discounts to many shops, boutiques and restaurants.

Entrance for “Lou Queernaval” on Friday, February 19th at Massena Square.

Entrance for the Carnival Parade of Lights on Saturday February 20th at Massena Square.

Note: flights are not included in the prize but you can find cheap fares with EasyJet or RyanAir or search via or

Photo via Lou Queernaval

How do I Sign Up?

The giveaway starts on January 14th and you can enter now using the signup below. All you have to do is provide your email address. The winners will be drawn at random but you’ll increase your chances of winning the more you participate. The giveaway ends on Thursday, January 28th at 11:00am CET. The winner will be announced the following day. You’ll even receive bonus entries by sharing the giveaway via email, Facebook or Twitter.

What are you waiting for?! Enter now for a chance to win a fantastic trip to France's beautiful Mediterranean coast.

This giveaway has now ended. Congratulations to Rick T who was selected as the winner!

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What’s the Catch?

There’s no catch…all you have to do is signup with your email address. Both TwoBadTourists and IGLTA will add you to our mailing list and you can unsubscribe at anytime. We don’t spam but we do send out a monthly newsletter and occasional posts by email. Our sponsors are happy to support the giveaway in exchange for us featuring their brands. Please note that flights are not included as part of the giveaway.

Photo via IGLTA

Featured image via Lou Queernaval by Guillaume Eymard.