Holiday Advice for LGBT Travellers
LGBT Friendly Destinations
New York City
Iconic NYC is consistently voted as one of the world’s most LGBT-friendly destination – and for good reason. With heaps of gay hotels and even more LGBT clubs and bars including hot spots Flaming Saddles Saloon and The Cock NYC, it’s the perfect place for a whirlwind city break. Explore one of the top fashion capital's of the world and browse the city's high-end boutiques and flagship stores, head into buzzing Times Square or experience breathtaking views from the top of the Empire State Building.
For Spain holidays, you can't get much more vibrant and sun-soaked than charming Sitges. Located 32km from Barcelona, Sitges is well-known for its thriving LGBT scene. In fact, back in the 80s it opened Spain’s first ever gay disco, and it hasn’t looked back since. Here you’ll find lashings of LGBT-friendly hotels and a gorgeous gay beach to the west of the city, too.
General Travel Advice for LGBT travellers
Whenever you’re travelling to a new destination it’s wise to err on the side of caution. The laws and customs of countries can be hugely different, as can attitudes and tolerance levels. Even in places where same sex relationships and homosexuality are much like the UK, attitudes can vary from one area or establishment to the next. Do follow the local laws as penalties can be in place.
All tourists can be targeted for con artists. Be especially careful of ‘entrapment’ cons in countries that aren’t gay friendly. These can take place in chat rooms online or in bars and establishments known for being more tolerant. It’s known for officers of the law to be involved in entrapment cons, as well as opportunists looking to blackmail an individual for money.
Transgender travellers should be able to get a passport in their new name, which can avoid security issues at the airport.
Check your Hotel
Some hotels won’t accept bookings from same-sex customers so do check before you book. In countries where same-sex relationships are illegal you should book a twin bedroom.