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LGBTQ Travel Tips

What is Gay Travel?

Stoph Homophobia - Gay GermanyGay travel can be an awkward topic for many, mostly because to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) is really to be a part of an incredibly diverse group of people. There are gay families who travel, solo gay travelers (like myself), solo lesbian travelers, ones who travel for gay pride or nightlife or honeymoons, those that take gay cruises or splurge on luxury holidays, and ones who rough it camping and backpacking in faraway places.

And just like every other type of traveler, we travel for our own personal reasons. Every aspect of what makes us unique also contributes to how, where, and why we travel. I travel because I love to travel, and I just happen to be gay.

That’s not to say I don’t also travel gay. Sometimes my sexuality also influences the how, why, and where I choose to visit a place. It’s usually to visit a specific LGBTQ event (such as a gay pride march or a queer music festival), but also as a way to explore traditionally gay hotspots (like Tel Aviv, New York City or Madrid).

But what does LGBTQ travel really mean?

It’s about safety, it’s about comfort, it’s about politics. But it’s also about gay-welcoming events, friendly accommodation, and having fun with travelers who share something similar with you.

Popular Gay Travel Destinations

The thing about gay travel is that really any destination can be gay — there are LGBTQ people in every city, country and place around the world. Some destinations, however, are much more gay-friendly and safer for LGBTQ tourists. Here are some of my favorite gay places. Click on the name to discover my travel stories and photos from each…

Tel AvivBerlinAmsterdamStockholmCopenhagenLondonManchesterTorontoMontrealNew York CityChicagoLos AngelesSan FranciscoDallas • Mexico City • Buenos Aires • BangkokSydneyMelbourne

LGBTQ Travel Resources

One of the most important aspects of LGBTQ travel is your safety. I trust the following sources for finding the latest LGBTQ news and stories — those that are relevant for gay travelers.

Related: Your Ultimate Guide to Gay Travel Resources for LGBT Travelers

LGBT Travel Safety

USA State DepartmentUK Foreign OfficeEqualdex

LGBT News, Blogs & Other Websites

PinkNewsXtra Magazine • News • Autostraddle • Tagg Magazine

Best LGBTQ City Guide Publishers

GayTravelMr Hudson ExploresTravelGay

Favorite LGBTQ Travel Blogs

Travels of Adam • Globetrotter GirlsGastro GaysDom On The GoNOM NOM Boris • Out with Ryan • Minka GuidesThe Globetrotter Guys • The HomoCulture • 2 Travel Dads • Hospitality Hedonist • and many more…

LGBT Facebook Pages & Groups

LGBTQ Travelers
LGBTQ Expats
LGBTQ Travel Writers, Bloggers, YouTubers, & Influencers

LGBT News • Lizzy the Lezzy[email protected] • George Takei

Join the Queer Travel Social

Monthly queer networking events take place in New York City, co-hosted by @travelsofadam. Learn more about Queer Travel Social here.

Gay & Gay-Friendly Hotel Deals

You’ll find plenty of gay hotel directories online, but I still find booking through the major networks such as or to provide the best deals.

How to find a gay hotel

Here’s how I find a gay hotel: (1) Search/Google to find where the cool area, hipster neighborhood, or gay neighborhood (gayborhood) is located in a city I’m traveling to; (2) Then I look for hotels (or Airbnbs) in the same area using the map feature on or; (3) Sometimes I also Google for gay hotels in a city to see if there are any specifically gay hotels/resorts; (4) Then I’ll check the websites for each property to see what looks modern and cool; (5) Finally, I check recent hotel reviews, often directly in Google Maps; (6) Once I’m ready to make a booking, I go with one of the hotel booking sites I trust the most.

To Airbnb or not?!

I also regularly use Airbnb when looking for accommodation. There is a gay alternative to Airbnb,, but honestly I just prefer to use Airbnb. It’s more reputable, safer and I’ve still managed to find LGBT hosts.

Gay Travel Blogs

Read the latest LGBTQ blogs from Travels of Adam below…