With a background in the film industry, Yasmina is passionate about travel and visual culture. She has been travelling the world all her life, trying to make each trip unique and unforgettable. She loves to research her next destination carefully, and discover the best it has to offer. And, of course, she is always on the lookout for the next perfect Instagram spot.
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.
San Francisco is an enigmatic, progressive gem that has evolved from being the heart and soul of the gold rush to the heart and home of the summer of love.
Magically orphic, in Shanghai the most important things to have on hand are an appetite for ardour, a yearning for style and a keen sense of adventure.
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.
The evocative street life and grand architecture of Morocco’s imperial cities are magnificent destinations, but nothing can quite compete with the natural spectacle of towering sand dunes sweeping across the Sahara.
For a blissful retreat like no other, consider staying at Pädaste Manor on Muhu Island, Estonia’s leading boutique hotel resort and spa.
Those in need of the ultimate stress relief should recline one inch further and book themselves into one of the best Caribbean spa resorts.
A hipster-led renaissance is in full swing along Brooklyn’s rows of historic brownstones, creating a new epicentre for the LGBT+ communities of Williamsburg and beyond.
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.
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.
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.
Perfect for scenic adventures and cooling dips, Taiwan’s beaches can also provide world-class surfing or scuba diving opportunities.
Home to former republican president George W Bush, who was a less than ardent supporter of LGBT+ rights, and located on the edge of America’s Bible Belt, the Texas city of Dallas might not be the first place you think of when it comes to gay bars.
Being generally amicable and laid back come-as-you-are affairs, there’s really very little reason not to check out gay Denver while visiting the Mile High City.
Most of the top gay bars in Mexico City are located in the historic heart of the city or neighbouring Zona Rosa area, meaning bar hopping isn’t the trauma of taxis and metro systems it can be in other big cities.
The last decade has seen a huge shift in public opinion to the support of same-sex couples despite ‘The Lou’ sitting within America’s conservative-minded Bible Belt.
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 gay Guadalajara can still be described as centring around Calle Prisciliano Sánchez, a new batch of LGBT+ venues are steadily spreading their rainbow wings right across the ‘San Francisco of Mexico’.
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.
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