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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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