Mr Hudson is all about destinations for gays, but not necessarily gay destinations, if you catch our drift. When it comes to finding places to go and stay, we’re looking for something a little different and special, beyond gay bars and clubs.
Here you’ll find beautiful destinations, exciting experiences and tasteful hotels, where a warm welcome can be expected.
Many of us travel as couples, plenty of others travel solo. But seeking out gorgeous destinations, and places for resting our head in style is what we all have in common.
It began with our own experience as gay men trying to find exciting places to travel and beautiful places to stay. When we travel, we want to stay somewhere truly different and special, and ensure every part of our trip is an incredible experience. Research requires visiting a lot of different websites. Most gay travel sites are focused on the local gay scene. And travel agents don’t necessarily understand our requirements, or share our sense of style. So we decided to bring these things together in one place.
It’s pretty simple – we don’t assume that all gay men want a gay holiday. Of course there’s nothing wrong with partying and enjoying the local scene, but there are plenty of gay men who want to experience the very best a destination has to offer, rather than just the bits reserved for the gay community. There are so many wonderful places on the planet where everybody is invited, so we want to make sure people know about them.
Henry Hudson was a 17th-century English explorer who made several attempts to find a passage through the Americas to China and India. Whilst he didn’t find one (although to be fair to Henry, there wasn’t one to be found), he did return many times to explore the area, discovering the natural harbour that became New York City. His findings encouraged some of the first settlers to head for the New World, and Hudson Bay in Canada and the Hudson River in New York are both named after him.
What we love about Henry Hudson is that he was a man driven by a passion for adventure and discovery, who inspired thousands of people to follow in his footsteps. We couldn’t think of any better inspiration for our brand.
An award winning Creative Director, Andrew swaps the bustle of advertising life in London for the sweeping plains of Africa as often as possible. Over the past 30+ years, he and his husband have travelled extensively throughout Southern Africa and Kenya; from the deserts of Namibia to the rugged West Coast and Zulu heartlands, photographing the wildlife they encounter along the way. His adventures are recounted in the book ‘You’re having a giraffe.’
Travel isn’t just a passion for Bastiaan, it’s a way of life. He is convinced that the sorry state of the world could be resolved if everyone would immerse themselves in other cultures and perspectives. He’s too much of an over-controller to leave things up to chance, so his perspective on exploration is summed up perfectly by Ralph Waldo Emerson's quote: “The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going”.
Bernhard, both Vienna-born and based, would describe himself as an urban backwoodsman. Besides being a law student and a volleyball coach he works as a freelance travel and outdoor journalist, and photographer. An ideal year in Bernhard’s travel diary would cover a range of trips to diverse locations, including travels to cities like Marrakesh or Bogotá, hiking in the French Alps or backpacking in Iran.
Casey Siemasko and Dan Moore are the two lovebirds, world travellers and adventurers extraordinaire behind the popular travel blog A Cruising Couple - adventure travel with a dash of class. Their stories and photographs feature that special place where experiential and stylish travel meet. From cross-country cycling Vietnam to photographing jaguars in the Pantanal to glamping in Hawaii, Dan and Casey go off-the-beaten-track to uncover the best a destination has to offer. Their work has been featured by National Geographic, CNN Travel, NY Times Travel, Four Seasons Magazine, Skyscanner and more.
'Premium aged. Naturally aromatic.' These are but a few of the words that might be used to describe Cirrus Wood. Or they may just be something he read off a bag of basmati rice he had in the pantry because he never knows what to put in these things. He calls California's Bay Area home, where his writing has appeared on lamp posts, grocery lists, and the missed connections section of Craigslist where he writes personally addressed messages to the drivers who cut him off in traffic.
Claudia Schwarz is a German writer and designer currently living in Cologne, Germany and Los Angeles, USA. She holds a Bachelor degree in fashion design from the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy, Amsterdam and worked in the fashion industry ever since. Her love to travel the world and live at different places got her eventually interested into writing for travel blogs and magazines. Her goal is to inspire others to explore beautiful destinations and locations off the beaten path. As well as writing for Mr Hudson, Ms Schwarz writes for the LA section of the travel blog Spotted by Locals.
David Durán is a Brooklyn-based luxury, hospitality, culinary, and overall freelance travel writer who contributes to such publications as Fodor's, Travel + Leisure, Destinations Weddings & Honeymoon, and Caribbean Travel + Life, among others. When not traveling 20-25 days a month for his work, he spends his free time planning more travel.
From Caribbean jungles to the Moroccan desert, London-based lifestyle writer Ellen Grace Jones has travelled the world in search of adventure. She’s documented her travel exploits for the likes of The Huffington Post, Evening Standard and travel series A Hedonist’s Guide to… A reformed party animal, Ellen now juggles being a mother with creating destination guides for Jumeirah and Corinthia Hotels and writing on all aspects of arts and culture.
Emanuele is an Italy-born, Portugal-based freelance photographer. He is interested in travel, culture and lifestyle related stories, and works with magazines, tourism boards, organisations, and creative individuals. He’s also a coffee junkie, and a food lover.
Originally from the UK, Emily Draper has lived with the Hare Krishnas in Chile, an Amazonian tribe in Peru, a 75-year-old old man named Jerry in a Wisconsin trailer park, and on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea. Considering herself, and the rest of us, as global citizens, Emily’s mission as a writer and journalist is to expand global consciousness of the fundamental beauty in travel, culture and diversity.
Originally from Mexico City, Fernando Nocedal spent his formative years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he got his bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He left his job in 2015 to collaborate with his partner, Andrew Collins, an award-winning travel writer, for a 10-month journey across North America. Based in Portland, Oregon, he spends about half his time on the road and writes about travel, design, and film for various publications.
Gina Samarotto is an award-winning designer, editor and writer specializing in luxury travel and lifestyle. With a goal of traveling the world one spectacular destination at a time; on the rare occasions when she’s not on her way to somewhere fabulous, Gina can be found at home with her family in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Hayley is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in the tropical north of Australia. Her travel writing has appeared on The Culture Trip, Matador Network and Royal Caribbean Cruises. Hayley has previously lived in Melbourne and Vancouver and is a big advocate for solo travel.
Since being named a runner-up in National Geographic Traveller (UK)'s travel writing competition in 2013 Ian has contributed to two Bradt travel anthologies, and a range of major websites, newspapers, and magazines including Adventure Travel. He has discussed his life in adventure to a wide range of enthusiastic audiences, from schools and travel groups to the Royal Geographical Society's London headquarters.
Originally from England, James Fancourt moved to Berlin in 2012 and has been exploring the city ever since; whether it's abandoned Soviet bases or the latest coffee place. After leaving his 9-to-5 job in 2014 he's been focusing on photography and writing, and regularly contributes to local blog/publishing platform Slow Travel Berlin.
Jamie McGhee is a novelist, playwright and backpacker. As a novelist, she focuses on the intersections of language, myth and music, and is particularly interested in how language shapes one's view of reality. She is currently based in Berlin, where she is struggling with German grammar and frequently missing the U-Bahn.
Argentinean and traveller by birth, Jaqueline enjoys every little escape that life offers. With a background in marketing and advertising, she doesn't miss any opportunity to explore the next corner of the world, talk about Asian food or sing and dance to one of the hundreds of songs she knows by heart.
Born and raised in Southern California, Jeff splits his time between Los Angeles and Newport Beach with his husband Michael. As a cultural anthropologist and business owner, Jeff travels the world any chance he gets but has always had a special place in his heart for the cultures and politics of Europe after living and working in various European cities from Trento, Italy to Brussels, Belgium.
Travel, luxe and food journalist by craft and wanderluster by design, Jessica has visited over 50 cities on 5 continents while searching for extraordinary experiences and luggage that’s both stylish and practical. Her published work can be found at CN Traveler, Robb Report, BBC Travel, VICE Munchies, Rhapsody, CNN, Marie Claire, Travel and Leisure and Hemispheres.
Grounded in the Canadian Rockies, Jonny is an ecotourism expert who specializes in freelance writing, photography, and media marketing with his business Eco Escape Travel. With a specific focus on ecotourism in addition to adventure and travel, he couples his passions for the environment and adventure with his experience in travel marketing to inspire and grow a purpose-driven travel community.
Somewhat of a digital nomad with a fixed address, Josh spends half his time travel writing and the other half thinking about where to go next. Sometimes, he even goes. Besides writing and travelling, he attempts to play guitar, drums and keyboard. His favourite things in the world are all dogs, most people, tropical weather, and any variation of bread, cheese and potato.
Mexican at heart, American by choice and Colombian for now, Juan is a Mexican-American that currently lives in Bogota, Colombia. He is passionate about travelling, writing, dancing, diversity and volunteering. While travelling around the world, Juan loves to spend time drinking quality wine, trying new food, visiting local coffee shops and enjoying a beautiful sunset. When Juan is not on the road, he has a strong vocation for innovation and entrepreneurship. Juan always lives his life to the fullest and strives to enjoy every moment, because, as they say- “You Only Live Juans”.
Judd is a social entrepreneur, former attorney, and avid traveller and trip-planner. Originally from Los Angeles, Judd currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his partner, Rob.
Award-winning travel writer/photographer Jurriaan Teulings has shimmied with Moscovite billionaires; palled around with Sarah Palin’s imaginary gay friends; chummed up with Indian royalty; got quizzed by Hezbollah and was saved from a trip to a Mexican prison cell by a superhero in pink tights. In the name of research and adventure, he’ll subject himself to ego-shattering embarrassments and other things unmentionable in polite society, just so you don’t have to.
Kerry is a Cape Town girl, photographer, traveller, writer, food lover, and dog-walker. Currently based in Ericeira, Portugal, but also occasionally found in South Africa. Her 3 favourite activities in the world are travelling, eating and photographing, in no particular order. Her life´s goal is to do as much of these 3 things as she possibly can, preferably all at the same time.
Ever since reading In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne in her childhood, Lauma has always been fascinated by travel and adventure. From exploring natural wonders and outdoor paths to continuously being fascinated by cities and cultures worldwide, she conveys her passion and inquisitive nature in writing.
Laura is a photographer, traveller, food lover and social media content creator. Currently based in Madrid, Spain, but… who knows? Culture, museums and bookstores are her passion. You could say she is a restless individual as she is always looking for new ideas and unique experiences.
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.
Lauren Murphy is of Dutch, British and - duh - Irish descent, and loves rhubarb, waterfalls and ghost stories. After studying in New York and exploring the globe with her trusted travel diary and her collection of heavy vintage cameras, she's now touched base in Amsterdam, her first love. There, she divides her time between writing, editing, translating and photographing for print and online, as well as setting up cultural events and movie screenings. After all - why choose when there is so much to see?
Louis Boshoff is a writer and critical observer whose travels take him across the globe to report on architecture, art and design. His opinionated, philosophical perspective reaches beyond people and places to find authenticity and value within everyday or extraordinary experiences. Equally comfortable with low brow or high street, he firmly maintains the belief that variety is the spice of life.
Matt Bramford is originally from the north of England, but now calls London his home. He has written about London, travel, fashion, architecture and art for nearly a decade, contributing to various print and online titles. He likes Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, Raf Simons, Wolfgang Tilmans and Diana Ross.
Matthew Trinetti is a writer, speaker and deliberate journeyer at GiveLiveExplore.com. When he's not wandering, he's designing education at Escape The City in London to help people escape unfulfilling jobs and pursue more meaningful work. Matthew writes for The Huffington Post, New York Observer, Queen of Retreats and on his own blog. He's a TEDx speaker and frequently speaks on travelling, working, and living more deliberately.
Nacho Lopez, a frequent traveller by default, has been planning his own trips - and those of friends and family - for as long as he can remember. With a long history of embarking on adventurous trips, he loves finding those hidden gems every destination has to offer.
As a travel writer with a soft spot for big city life, Nana has lived in both Paris and New York City, but always returns to the charming streets and quality restaurants of Copenhagen. Working freelance with Danish as well as international media such as Cereal Magazine, Copenhagen Food, Trottermag and Condé Nast Traveler, she tells stories from her hometown of Copenhagen as well as travels around the world. Nana also works as a freelance photographer and visual consultant for organisations and companies worldwide.
Nick Papa is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn. A third-generation New Yorker, he enjoys uncovering the tried and true rather than the buzzy and new. Formerly an editor at travel sites CheapOair and Booking.com, he now writes about the best places to eat, drink and sleep in cities around the world.
The Nomadic Boys are Stefan and Sebastien, a gay couple from London, originally French (Sebastien on the left) and Greek (Stefan on the right). Sebastien is an IT geek and Stefan an ex-lawyer. In June 2014, the boys gave up their jobs and lives in London to travel the world. Nomadic Boys is their travel blog chronicling their gay adventures and food discoveries along the way. They spent 18 months in Asia and are soon heading off to Latin America for their next big adventure.
Wellness travel specialist and entrepreneur Paul Joseph is the co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel, a global leader in wellness holidays worldwide. Paul has a wealth of PR, Marketing, Sales and Management experience in the health and tourism industry, consulting leading hotels on their wellness strategy and contributing regularly to broadcast and media interviews.
Pritham Pummy Bhatia's fondest memories include childhood trips to Kenya and Masai Mara, where his mother was born. After a career as a singer and songwriter in London, his solo trips across Central America and Asia inspired him to document his journeys online and on his blog A Man On The Move. On his wish list is to attend the Rio Carnival, fly and flop in French Polynesia and to photograph Papua New Guinea. When he is not travelling, Pritham can be found songwriting for Top 40 acts and working on an original screenplay.
Robert Schrader is a writer, photographer and editor of the travel blog Leave Your Daily Hell. His travels has thus far taken him to more than 80 countries on all six inhabited continents, although he plans to visit Antarctica at some point as well. His motto in travel and in life is simple: "Jump - a net will appear."
Bronx native Suzi Siegel is an award-winning crime reporter turned travel writer. Her first book, Tiny New York, is an offbeat guidebook about the smallest things in the biggest city. The undersized coffee table book was chosen by Fodor’s as one of the year’s best travel books. Siegel lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the world’s most diverse neighbourhoods, because it’s exactly like travelling even though it’s home.
The Private Traveller loves to travel the globe and this is his passion. He will write about where he’s been and detail all the countries he's visited (60 and counting), hotel reviews, as well as fully detailed travel itineraries. He loves 5* star travel and has been able to visit lots of incredible hotels, flown with some exceptional airlines and journeyed on some of the world’s finest trains.
Triston Brewer is an American-born, Berlin-raised performance artist and journalist based in Europe. He has lived across four continents, featured in The Huffington Post, New York Times, Turkish Huriyet, and Vogue Italia. With a passion for the underground and avant-garde, Triston has chronicled each adventure in his memoir series about living abroad around the globe. There is no divide - brace yourself.
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.
We’re always looking for brilliant curators, writers, and well-travelled people to share their wit and wisdom about the places they love. If you’re interested in being part of the Mr Hudson team, drop us a line and tell us about your travels.
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