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.
There’s a reason a vacation in Italy is a bucket list experience. Nowhere else do world-renowned ancient structures sit among stunning landscapes of mountains and seas, the cities ooze romance and interest, and the warm climate provides the perfect excuse for yet another scoop of creamy gelato.
Japan is a nation of contrasts – where thousand-year-old temples stand in the shadow of twenty-first-century towers, and where natural beauty garners deep respect from old and young alike. Sophisticated, authentically traditional, and yet also somehow futuristic, there’s nowhere quite like the land of the rising sun.
The beaches of the Algarve may be well known – and still must-visit places to see in Portugal – but beyond their sands, you’ll also find picturesque villages, scintillating cities, and a rich cultural life that’s also shockingly good value for money.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
Greece has a lot going for it: spectacular ruins, warm sunny skies, beach-clad islands speckled in turquoise shallows, and elaborate meze platters served in small tavernas smelling of ouzo and retsina.
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.
Boasting dramatic scenery, incredible gastronomy, and an incredible history, Provence is a jewel in Europe’s crown, as our carefully curated Provence itinerary 5 days will soon testify.
For a blissful retreat like no other, consider staying at Pädaste Manor on Muhu Island, Estonia’s leading boutique hotel resort and spa.
Beguiling, evocative Spain. Where tables spill out onto ageless village squares from tiny bodegas, snow-capped mountains soar in echo of the grandest works of architecture, and the city streets positively fizz with energy. Rugged yet charming – just like its men – a tour of Spain will have all your senses set to maximum in no time!
The smiling heart of South East Asia, Thailand is a fantastic destination whether you’re a hardened traveller or nervous first-timer. The warm air wraps around you like a hug, while a diverse array of attractions are easily accessible even during a 10 day trip.
Those in need of the ultimate stress relief should recline one inch further and book themselves into one of the best Caribbean spa resorts.
Offering top-notch accommodation in some of the world’s most impressive natural locations, you no longer have to forego luxury to do your bit and opt for more sustainable travel options.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A historic city, and site of the famed Battle of the Alamo, San Antonio has a thriving gay scene, centred on Main Avenue, known to pretty much everyone as The Strip.
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.
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.
Mexico is making a name for itself as a top-notch yoga vacation destination with an incredible variety of yoga retreats to choose between. Here are those so good they’ve caught Mr Hudson’s discerning eye.
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.
Classic cars set the perfect tone for an unforgettable road trip. There’s certainly no better way to travel from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon.
Lush rainforest runs from central mountains to epic clifftops, fine tropical beaches, and attractive rice paddy. In between, you’ll find ancient temples, luxurious high-end stays, and awesome nightlife.
California road trips are a bucket list experience. The trustworthy weather makes it a joy to explore the state’s cities and national parks. Make the most of your trip to California with this drive from San Diego to San Francisco, that includes Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Big Sur and the National Parks.
Glaciers creep down to the island’s shores from among wondrous peaks, while an industrious population set about challenging all the preconceptions that might crop up around this nature-lovers’ paradise.
What could be better than 7 days in Ireland? That’s 7 days to explore the Irish Republic’s stunning natural landscapes, evocative castles, thriving cities and quaint fishing villages.
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.
The country’s long list of attractions means holidays in Peru are sure to become mainstream any time now. Get there first with our 10 day Peru itinerary.
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.
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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