The cool, hip Brooklyn borough of NYC is also one of the most queer places in NYC with something for everyone—no matter where you fit on the LGBTQ spectrum. Check out this guide to the best of LGBT Brooklyn bars, clubs, restaurants, and hotels
Travel blogs, travel photos and features about gay travel including LGBTQ travel tips & information, gay pride reports and photo essays
LGBTQ Travel Tips
What is Gay Travel?
Gay 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 Aviv • Berlin • Amsterdam • Stockholm • Copenhagen • London • Manchester • Toronto • Montreal • New York City • Chicago • Los Angeles • San Francisco • Dallas • Mexico City • Buenos Aires • Bangkok • Sydney • Melbourne
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.
LGBT Travel Safety
LGBT News, Blogs & Other Websites
Best LGBTQ City Guide Publishers
Favorite LGBTQ Travel Blogs
Travels of Adam • Globetrotter Girls • Gastro Gays • Dom On The Go • NOM NOM Boris • Out with Ryan • Minka Guides • The Globetrotter Guys • The HomoCulture • 2 Travel Dads • Hospitality Hedonist • and many more…
LGBT Facebook Pages & Groups
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 Booking.com or Agoda.com 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 HotelsCombined.com or Booking.com; (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, Misterbandb.com, 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…
With one bright exception in East Asia, the region isn’t embracing LGBTQ rights or equality
Adonis Lounge, the popular all-male gay strip show from NYC & LA goes full digital with the launch of a sexy men OnlyFans subscription
A longtime favorite gay destination for LGBTQ travelers, Key West is a hotspot for creative culture, funky vibes, LGBTQ nightlife, and great food (& drinks!)
Is it worth upgrading for a monthly subscription to Grindr XTRA? Discover the pros and cons of paying for a premium upgrade for the Grindr hookup app
Finding a gay or LGBTQ-friendly hotel while traveling isn’t always easy. Use these 5 steps to find gay friendly hotels, Airbnbs, house sits, or more
A longtime favorite gay destination for LGBTQ travelers, Provincetown is a hotspot for creative culture, LGBTQ nightlife, and American history.
Famous for its history in the civil rights movement, delicious food, and southern hospitality, Atlanta has a lot of charm as an LGBTQ-friendly city
A guide to making gay friends and meeting other LGBTQ travelers – use these travel tips for the best gay travel experiences at home or abroad, online or offline!
Check out my California road trip itinerary for my #GayRoadTrip through Southern California, from the gay nightlife of West Hollywood, down the Pacific Coast Highway, ending at San Diego Pride