Brit by blood, traveller by spirit, Laura is a creative writer, currently living in Taipei, Taiwan, in a bid to avoid student loans repayment and drizzle. As well as specialising in travel and culture, she also struggles with comic fiction and scripts.
A small city with an outsized reputation for multiculturalism and hedonism, where centuries of heritage fuse with breath-taking natural landscapes and the odd stag do, Dublin is bound to leave an impression.
Visitors have no end of opportunities to enjoy Edinburgh’s amazing pub scene, bustling bistros and specialist delis, as well as a vibrant gay scene centred on a place known as ‘the Pink Triangle’.
Florence is an urban dream best savoured slowly, teeming as it is with the world’s best museums, iconic medieval architecture and sigh-worthy shopping.
The heady collision point of continents and cultures, Istanbul is where Europe meets the Middle East, bringing diverse people, religions and philosophies together in a frenetic fusion of mysticism and modernity.
Las Vegas’ desert setting, on the doorstep of The Grand Canyon, allows visitors to balance debauchery with an appreciation of its unrivalled natural wonders.
A cultural melting pot since the turn of the 17th Century, modern-day Madrid is a formidable European capital playing host to rich history, pioneering fashions and social progress.
Málaga is much more than sun, sea and sand – here you’ll find authentic Spanish traditions, remnants from both the Roman and Islamic empires, as well as classic tapas and local wines at beachside chiringuitos.
The warm, quirky personalities in Osaka will have you spellbound, particularly behind the Kabuki Theatre in Namba and within the niche nightlife offerings of Doyama.
As the birthplace of some of the world’s greatest literature, music and visual art, and host to world-class opera and ballet productions, Saint Petersburg may be Russia’s second city but it is by no means an underdog.
A sprawling hub of contrasts, Seoul is where sleek skyscrapers and 5G WIFI rise high over serene palace compounds flanked by ramshackle hanok villages.
The cosmopolitan capital of Taipei is the best jumping off point; a chaotic yet slow-moving city, modern yet deeply authentic with proximity to awesome hiking trails, natural hot springs and off-track waterfalls.
Recognisable by conical red rooftops that rise up from between medieval builds and verdant splashes of green, Tallinn is a veritable nugget of beauty within the post-Soviet bloc.
Perched on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, within an otherwise conservative Middle Eastern region and at the heart of a tiny yet highly religious nation, is the desert mirage known as Tel Aviv – an unexpected gay haven and the capital city of Israel.
Japan is one of the leaders of gay rights in Asia. Tokyo, as its global representative, offers a thriving LGBT community which locals accept with characteristic humility.
Whether it’s happening city nightlife you’re looking for or something a little more downbeat amidst famed Canadian wilderness, the ‘Great White North’ can provide it all in style.
After landing on urban treasures in Nairobi, take a Jeep ride across the savannah in the company of Kenya’s unrivalled wildlife. From there, go coastal in the nation’s underrated beach towns and outlying islands for a taste of Swahili culture amidst ancient UNESCO-listed settlements.
Discover the wonders of New York State in its entirety, from the Hudson Valley to Long Island, getting your fill of pool-side pampering, riverside dining and rural wine tasting. Here’s our selection of the top 10 day trips from NYC, curated just for you.
Whether you want adventure or a relaxing city break or something in between, our Australia 2 weeks itinerary has something to please everyone.
With so much coastline to cover in the state of Maine, a road trip is inevitably everyone’s top choice, allowing for easy, scenic drives between the state’s much-loved nature reserves and its cool coastal villages. We’ve compiled a selection of the most beautiful places in Maine and travel tips so you don’t have to…
Whether you want to whale-watch in the shallows around the San Juan islands or hike rainforests within Olympic National Park, Seattle weekend getaways will surely exceed your expectations.
A land of epic proportions, dominated by vast icy vistas torn apart by jutting mountains and ferocious waterfalls, Alaska is a US state like no other. Our Alaska road trip itinerary spans ten days covering some of the region’s most coveted sights.
Scandinavia is a world of contrasts where melted glaciers feed into Baltic seas and jagged ice-topped mountains sink into dense forests. Such a dramatic climate lends the region some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and natural phenomena.
A great American getaway in pieces, we journey from the urban hubs towards maritime outposts on the eastern shores. Discover the best weekend getaways from DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia, with Mr Hudson’s curated guide…
A mythical nation telling of ancient Dacian sorcerers and blood-sucking princes brooding from Gothic castle turrets, Romania is one fairy-tale vacation not to be missed. Its famed Danube River winds along the nation’s southern border before forking into the north, slaking national parks and medieval towns on its path to the Black Sea.
Capturing hearts and minds with its diversity of tea-strewn landscapes, key religious sites and dizzying cities, India has long been a bucket-list destination for courageous globetrotters.
Besides the fast-tempo financial centre of Shanghai and the cultural heart of Beijing however, China is a nation of rural delights, best discovered by hopping between its 225 national parks, where towering karsts, epic lakes and wild pandas await.
Escape into the wilderness with ease in Costa Rica, a tiny yet perfectly preserved Central American nation where national parks make up a quarter of the land. Find rugged jungle, active volcanos and beaches that’ll make you want to wolf-whistle, all within a day’s reach.
Europe and its biggest cities are firmly on the international radar, though much more lies beyond the beaten path. Have you seen Portugal’s dolphins or the secret nation of San Merino hidden in Italy? Have you gone east to taste Slavic cuisine and Ottoman influence?
A true diamond in the rough, the nation presents edgy modernity and well-preserved cultural history. The country’s major cities are where you’ll find sumptuous colonial plazas just moments from bustling commercial districts flanked by futuristic skyscrapers.
Green is the new black and it’s also the new way to vacay, as eco-adventures become the most sought-after travel style of the century. There are some places more aligned with the concept of eco-tourism, allowing for green adventures at minimal impact.
What’s better than an afternoon spent on America’s sunniest shores, cooling off with a skinny dip in well-oiled gay company? Not much, we say.
We level up our lenses, layer on the khaki and settle in for a bumpy ride as we travel across the savannah in search of the best African photo safari tours.
The stuff of desert island dreams, the Caribbean is where you go to forget all your worldly worries. Served by reggae beats and bottomless rum cocktails in the Antilles with added carnival vibes found on the Venezuelan coast, a visit to the Caribbean is never twice the same.
Through a haze of shisha smoke and somewhat stifling sexual stigma, the Arab world unveils an unexpected realm of possibilities for intrepid gay travellers.
A rambling nation where frenetic city breaks and blissful island getaways merge in perfect harmony, Thailand is the fever dream you won’t want to wake up from. Here’s our rundown of the best destinations in Thailand for gay travellers.
While the Californian coast and the Big Sur towards the north hold their own vacation-making intrigue, quick getaways from Los Angeles can put you in touch with the tranquil ski regions of Big Bear, the Hispanic influenced county of Ventura and the exotic poolside retreat of Palm Springs.
In just a short journey from Italy’s fashion capital of Milan, travellers will find a cluster of lakeside towns and villages each serving up their own flavour of local lifestyles, oozing either lavish refinement or carefree adventure.
Take a look at Mr Hudson’s top ten of the best tropical vacations on the planet, bringing you desert island perfection just when you needed it. Sailing the Indian Ocean to the South Pacific, we pass firm favourites like Fiji and lesser-known pearls of the Perhentians.
The city break that’s always a good idea, Rome calls us back time and time again with its bounty of ancient history, architecture and world culture, all graciously crammed within its fortified city walls. Discover the 10 very best Roman museums with Mr Hudson.
Whatever you’re looking for, Argentina will take you there via the scenic route, surprising you along the way with flavoursome cuisine, immense natural wonders and modern culture mingled with unique European and indigenous heritage.
Around Brazil’s best cities lie large swaths of rainforest that safeguard incredible biodiversity and indigenous life, all awaiting your visit. Discover both metropolis and mangrove within our rundown of gay Brazil and our 10 favourite Brazilian wonders.
Enter these story-book mountain villages where medieval castles sit elevated above fields of white horses and vast forests as far as the eye can see.
An almond-shaped island dropping south of the subcontinent and into the Indian Ocean is the independent nation of Sri Lanka. A dream destination for anyone searching for something different.
Though a privilege, slow travel can bring a whole new perspective to our everyday lives, allowing for full cultural immersion and the joy of learning new phrases and even new skills, guiltlessly indulging in some self-care at the spa or beach when needed.
Paris boasts an enormous number of museums and galleries dedicated to mapping the city’s cultural and art history. Hosting countless architectural feats and artistic gems prized within its many institutions all lined with important Paris monuments, Paris is just begging to be explored.
Setting our GPS on the West Coast for sun-drenched Napa wineries and Hollywood glam, Mr Hudson brings you eight of the best USA road trip itineraries stretching from northern Washington to southern Cali, along the magnificent coastal roads marked by the cities of SF, LA and San Diego.
To discover Turkey, one must journey to far-flung ancient ports on the Aegean Sea, floating through the fairy-tale world of Cappadocia and beyond.
In among a series of Great American National Parks, a world away from grey suits and city smog, lies the crown jewel of the north-western states; Yellowstone National Park. Allow Mr Hudson to guide you through this itinerary from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone.
Road trip across two vastly distinct nations, stopping at four separate cities that each serve up their own brand of an unforgettable city break. From NYC to Montreal, this itinerary takes us to cross border and cross-culture to enjoy one of North America’s best trips.
While the capital’s surf-ready beaches are no joke, it’s Cairns that holds the most notable of Australia’s natural attractions; the famed Great Barrier Reef. Whatever the pace, your Sydney to Cairns Great Barrier Reef trip is set to be a joy.
For first-timers and return visitors alike, gay Asia offers all kinds of new flavours and experiences to arouse the senses. Hop on for our latest selection of the best gay Asian travel destinations.
Whether its nature, nightlife or fine wine you’re looking for while in South America, Chile has it by the barrelful with a mighty tourism industry to boot. Prepare yourself to be bowled over by warm, welcoming locals and much epic scenery along the way.
Loop around the peninsula to get a full picture of Florida, stopping for a party weekend in Tampa or an island-hopping tour of the Florida Keys, before refining your wine-tasting skills in the Colonial city of Sarasota.
Oft overlooked in favour of the flanking nations of Vietnam and Thailand, Laos benefits from relatively few tourists to maintain a certain rustic magic. Our itinerary starts in the wealthy northern capital of Luang Prabang, pausing at hidden waterfalls, caves and river settlements en route to a series of thousands of tiny islands right on the Mekong.
Melding all the sweaty carnival vibes of Latin America with the no-fuss serenity of the Caribbean, Nicaragua is a true all-rounder, complete with mountainous jungle landscapes, liberal cities and pre-Colombian intrigue.
In Vietnam, craziness is interwoven with natural beauty like nowhere else on earth. Walk blindly into moving traffic and experience the biblical happen, or, embrace a different kind of spirituality while exploring Vietnam’s most rural shrines and temples.
Nature’s playground and the prized jewel of the Hawaiian archipelago must be the Big Island. Boasting incredible biodiversity and verdant landscapes is a top choice for cosmopolitan beach breaks studded with rainforest adventures.
Take the high-speed train to Busan, stopping off at Joseon Dynasty kingdoms, Hanok villages and grand national parks before resting up along the laidback southern coast for top seafood, spotless beaches and UNESCO-listed volcanic isles.
Whether you base yourself in a romantic Napa Valley ranch or minimal Hollywood hideaway, your Californian hotel is the most important thing to get right. From spa facilities and buffet breakfasts right down to his & his bathrobes, your choice of lodging has the power to make the holiday.
Houston is slap-bang between Texas Hill country and the Gulf Coast, making it primed for some legendary day trips towards rolling countryside and coastline, passing by countless towns and cities along the way for real-life rodeos, larger-than-life wineries and craft beer galore.
The Old West capital of Colorado, Denver is the perfect starting point for two or four-wheeled riffs into the outlying region. Our itinerary features a mashup of the best road trips from Denver, starting in the Coloradan capital before mapping north to the neighbouring states of Wyoming and South Dakota.
You can’t go wrong with a city break exploring the religious architecture of Rome or the classy art galleries of Milan but venture outside your comfort zone to see what surprises Italy has in store. From the sizzling beach hangouts of Puglia to the colourful cliff towns of Tuscany, these are our seven favourite places to experience gay Italy.
France is much more than the sum of its capital. Venture south for a richer taste of rural France, where coastal cities bear both exclusive extravagance and sun-worn legacy. Traverse world-famous vineyards and medieval castles before finding tranquillity in Mediterranean waters and white sand dreams.
Travel the open road with us for a Cage-less version of Leaving Las Vegas, veering past world-famous canyons, reservoirs and high mountain plateaus that’ll have you yelling ‘Hoover Dam!’
A sun-blanched string of over 7,000 islands clustered near the equator on the Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is an island destination served with a smile. Lose yourself in the feverish chaos of the city and its nightlife before moving to remote islands for more relaxing endeavours.
For a blissful retreat like no other, consider staying at Pädaste Manor on Muhu Island, Estonia’s leading boutique hotel resort and spa.
Londoners are such a bookish lot, with the city catering to them with its huge number of independent bookstores, some centuries old. Here is our choice of the 10 best bookshops in London, serving up a much-needed dose of literature, culture and even cake in the UK capital. Read on!
Whether by the beach or deep in downtown, there are a bunch of independent bookstores in Los Angeles, offering Angelinos a multitude of literary choices, from coffee-table centrepieces to broad contemporary fiction.
Those in need of the ultimate stress relief should recline one inch further and book themselves into one of the best Caribbean spa resorts.
As well as all the powdered snow sports you could dream of, gay snow holidays also encompass wilderness adventure, wild parties and plenty of après ski.
There are countless gay-friendly things to do in Los Angeles, across the hip Silver Lake area, the hilly enclaves of Los Feliz, and the urban valley communities.
With the right to be as outlandish as possible granted to all, a visit to San Francisco is sure to be a truly memorable experience: Top gay things to do.
As creatures of habit, wrapped up in our Instagram-fuelled lives, spending days glued to a screen, it’s important to escape and be reminded of the connection between mind, body and soul.
Biodiverse Costa Rica grows green with possibilities, bedded by rainforest reserve and nourished by rushing rivers on journeys towards the Pacific. What’s more is Costa Rica’s harmonious relationship with nature, allowing for eco retreats to compete for the title of most sustainable, all while providing state-of-the-art luxury on a shoestring.
Chicago’s bookstore scene is thankfully kept alive through the sheer obstinance of its bookish hipsters and literary Luddites. As well as flicking through fragrant pages at brick-and-mortar stores by day, Chicago offers lively literary nightlife by way of open mic nights and boozy literary events hosted at bars, cafés and bookstores throughout the city.
In New York City there has been a literature resurgence, proving that books ain’t dead just yet. Join us as we hunt down the best independent bookstores.
We’ve put together a list of the top 10 LGBTQ museums in the world offering up gay culture and insight into all things queer, wherever you are in the world.
As LGBTQ issues rise in prominence, the world’s art museums are doing more to analyse depictions of LGBTQ identity and homoeroticism in their collections.
Even if the idea of camping has you running for the hills in your silk pyjamas, the prospect of an upscale glamping retreat may win you over yet.
Outside of the usual sun-bed and Piña Colada destination retreats, however, there is rising popularity for an alternative which aims at resetting both body and mind through mindfulness and meditation in nature.
It’s not about the destination but the journey, as our selection of the best train trips in the world will quickly prove. Avoid the stress and the CO2 emissions of a domestic flight and instead opt for rail, allowing several days to leisurely wend your way from packed cities and over epic landscapes before arriving at your endpoint with a new perspective.
If you happen to be holidaying along the eastern ridge of the Yucatan peninsula, be sure to venture from the beach to find a whole host of glorious cenotes, in the area between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum.
Armed with our recommendations of the best day tours from London – from a leisurely swim at Bath Spa, to fish ‘n’ chips on the queer coast of Brighton Town – England and all its dapper gentlemen are sure to have you chuffed as anything.
Chicago offers a plethora of weekend getaways, many of which lie no more than three hours’ drive away. From the historic town of Galena and the foodie utopia of Milwaukee to the artsy hub of Saugatuck and beyond.
Phoenix is a dream base for travellers looking to make dusty inroads towards the Grand Canyon in the north or the Joshua Tree National Park in the west. With our ChapStick in hand and our sun visors up, we head off to explore the best of the Valley of the Sun.
We bring you the Seven LGBTQ+ Wonders of the World, heritage sites mapping the queer movement over time and space. Travel with us to the world’s best gay holiday destinations and learn something new about our collective gay history on the journey.
Perfect for scenic adventures and cooling dips, Taiwan’s beaches can also provide world-class surfing or scuba diving opportunities.
Free from the crowds and the hiked-up prices of some of the more popular attractions, here is our rundown of the best hidden vacation spots in the US, from the remote reservations of Arizona to the glittering glaciers of Alaska.
Introducing nature at its most extreme yet also most alluring is the vibrant archipelago of Indonesia. The country presents a unique topography that climbs hot-headed volcanic peaks before falling sharply off the coast into vibrant aquatic worlds that surround some 17,000 other paradisiacal islands.
Barcelona’s year-round sunshine & vibrant spirit lays the perfect foundation for a great rooftop culture, peaking just before sunset each night of the week.
An enviable year-round sun trap complete with a magnificent skyline, it’s not hard to guess why Madrid is the ultimate place for rooftop lounging.
While Tanzania lures millions through the gates of its world-famous Serengeti National Park, Zanzibar island offers a worthy break from wildlife watching as the perfect addition to your Tanzania vacation.
As captivating as coastal California can be, it isn’t your only option for weekend getaways from San Francisco. Discover the best way to spend a weekend around gay California, including Sonoma wine tastings, Lake Tahoe trails and Yosemite views along the way.
As biodiverse as it is affordable, Costa Rica is the perfect place to rejuvenate your spirit all within a budget. And in amongst all that forest and foliage live an enthusiastic population of yogis perfectly placed to instruct classes for full immersion in the Pura Vida lifestyle.
Jan Willem is an avid traveller and Instagrammer charting his passion for travel across the world, with a photo-led focus on cities, landscapes, architecture and sharing positive vibes with new friends.
In some cities, hedonism is the religion of choice, such as modern beachside metropolis of Tel Aviv, and it’s here our 7 day journey starts, before moving south to desert oases and finally across the border to Jordan into the lost city of Petra.
We’ve put together a list of 10 romantic mountain cabin getaways sure to give you a cosy feeling in spite of nippy winter temperatures. From the Swiss Alps to the Alaskan wilderness, choose the gay mountain getaway for you.
While Kathmandu holds attention with its energetic streets filled with friendly vendors and death-wish rickshaws, it’s rural Nepal that captures the heart.
Snorkel in the Caribbean sea off endless stretches of coastline, moving inland to wonder at Mayan architecture and gorge on spicy corn-wrapped treats in quaint colonial towns. But it is the modernity and liberalism in more developed areas that helps to make Mexico a queer paradise, particularly in its biggest cities and coastal party towns.
For flirtatious tanning sessions, sundown volleyball romps and skinny dipping in good company, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place than a gay beach. Like international waters, the best gay beaches are all about inclusion and socialising in idyllic surrounds.
While Giza’s pyramids are an epic opener across the river from Cairo, it’s the tombs of Luxor that give the grandest of finales. Discover our favoured route through the nation on a 10 day Egypt itinerary, complete with a languid Nile cruise and wreck diving in Hurghada
Accelerating from zero to sixty in the front seat of a ford mustang, our all-American road trip of the southeast begins. Our first stop, New Orleans, will satiate, but don’t get too comfortable because we soon cross state borders into Florida.
Vast, dusty and sun-cracked yet inexplicably abundant in wildlife and colour, the outback has been the sacred habitat for aboriginal life for millennia, still largely untouched by modern tempos.
From the stark salt flats of Uyuni to the lesser-travelled ancient Inca trails of Cordillera Apolobamba, Bolivia unravels an endless stream of colour and intrigue, leaving you reluctant to ever leave.
Road trip your way through forested towns and over mystic mountains laying a few breadcrumbs along the way so as not to get lost in the Grimm fairy tale magic of it all.
Off-roading in Madagascar will lead you by dusty routes into the unknown, from Afrotropic rainforest to desert in just 300 kilometres, passing limestone karsts, yawning canyons, and tiered hills, all packaged perfectly within 5,000 kilometers of coastline.
New Zealand is a country that promises to awaken the senses, where you can gaze from rugged peaks at sunrise and soak in natural hot pools come sundown.
Enjoy the creative hubbub and storybook aesthetic of Switzerland’s capital or rise to quaint alpine villages where first-rate ski resorts thrill just moments from azure lakes and lofty waterfalls that’ll hold you spellbound.
Come to rest in the open arms of Key West’s inviting turquoise waters, revel amid eclectic LGBTQ pool parties and join an accepting family of locals who pride themselves on inclusion.
Spain’s third-largest city bordering the Mediterranean sea 350 kilometres south of Barcelona is the city of passion and paella, Valencia.
Holding both troubles and treasures, the formidable nation of Venezuela (at present) favours only the more courageous of travellers. For gay visitors, Venezuela opens its fronded arms with an inclusive culture melded from mixed European and Indian ancestry.
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