Discover what makes our favourite cities and countries so special - the food, the shopping, the culture, the arts or the things to see and do. Specifically selected with a gay sensibility. Mr Hudson on The favourite places of Andrew Lear
Andrew Lear combines a love of travel with a passion for gay history, and is considered one of the foremost experts on same-sex love in the ancient world. He talks to Mr Hudson about some of his favourite places.
Read more Things to do in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka’s thriving capital, is an ideal prelude to the country’s central provinces and idyllic coastal communities. It’s a city that serves its guests as both a door and destination, as time and preference allow.
Read more Meditation Menu; a culinary sanctuary in Stockholm
Stockholm is a delightfully refreshing foodie destination; a bit left-of-trend where light and darkness assert themselves in many guises.
Read more Safari in Meru National Park, Kenya
When thinking of safari in Kenya, it’s all too easy to jump to the two most obvious choices; the Serengeti and Masai Mara. But don’t discount Meru.
Read more Things to do in Slovenia
Slovenia is one of the best countries in Europe for eco-tourism; a nature lovers’ paradise with much of her landscape untouched and pristine.
Read more The favourite places of Doug and Sanj
Doug and Sanj, aka The Travelling Gays, are a couple from England. They talk to Mr Hudson about their favourite places, including Santorini and London.
Read more The favourite places of Manni Coe
Manni Coe, founder of TOMA & COE, a boutique tour consulting in Andalucia, talks to Mr Hudson about some of his favourite places.
Read more Le Marais; for the love of Taffeta
One of the most convenient and dynamic districts of central Paris must be Le Marais, which provides a perfect mixture of local and foreign.
Read more The best artisan coffee shops in Cape Town
For gentlemen who value freshly roasted beans or a truly good espresso, this is our pick of the best artisan coffee shops in Cape Town.
Read more Things to do in Hong Kong Central
Old Town Central, which really isn’t a district, but more of an area with imaginary borders, lays in the heart of central Hong Kong and is clinging on to its past while also playing host to a new breed of hipsters; a wealthier, more established, yet not fully into the scene type of person.
Read more Things to do on the Costa Vicentina, Portugal
Portugal’s south-west coast between Alentejo and the Algarve, locally known as the Costa Vicentina, is one of the country’s last truly wild stretches of seaside.
Read more Things to do in Charleston
No matter to whom you’re listening, you’re in for a good time in Charleston; lots of Lowcountry cooking and cobblestone-street strolls that transport you to another place in time.
Read more The best brunch in Barcelona
Until recently, brunch wasn’t an activity generally associated with the Catalan capital. But in a culture that reveres long, lingering meals, one has to wonder why it has taken this long to catch on.
Read more Safari in Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is often referred to as the jewel in Africa’s crown, and rightly so. It is one of the largest national parks in the world, covering some 7,523 square miles in total.
Read more Things to do in Baltimore
Charm City might have gotten a bad rap in the past, but the city is once again booming, and the over 200 micro neighbourhoods are transforming more and more into their own, individually unique and all full of prideful residents.
Read more Things to do in Rajasthan
Travel to Rajasthan, and you’ll immediately see why many consider it to be the crown jewel of India. The second largest state in the country, Rajasthan is a place of swirling turbans, swaying camels, sweeping forts and opulent palaces.
Read more La Cucina Sabina; a culinary adventure in the cradle of culture
La Cucina Sabina marries a few of every gentleman’s favourites: cooking and culture, which Italy naturally has ample supply of.
Read more The best cocktail bars in Berlin
When it comes to exploring the fine art of mixology, Berlin has an extensive selection of establishments that range from laid-back bars to exclusive speakeasies whose door policy makes getting into Berghain seem like a breeze.
Read more Galapagos Islands Wildlife
Galapagos Islands Wildlife has few predators, which has allowed various species to flourish over the years. As such they have little fear, especially towards humans.
Read more Things to do in Riviera Maya
Riviera Maya and the surrounding areas have some pretty spectacular things to see, all relatively nearby, so in order to make the most out of your experience, making the time to venture out of your hotel is the way to go.
Read more Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu lies on a mountain ridge in Peru at 2,430m (7,970ft) altitude, and you can reach it via train from Cusco. Or, you can tread in the footsteps of the Incas and get there via one of the most famous treks in the world.
Read more The Hermanus wine route in South Africa
A seaside town famous for the annual appearance of Southern Right whales in the bay, Hermanus is the beloved weekend getaway for the well-heeled Cape Town crowd.
Read more The best wine bars in Berlin
Sophisticated wine bars are the new obsession in town, and Berlin prides itself on cosy neighbourhood watering holes focusing on sustainable winemaking or urban chic bars run by knowledgeable sommeliers serving rare labels.
Read more Things to do in Antarctica
Explorers and researchers have been visiting the continent of Antarctica for decades, although throughout history, the voyages getting to this mostly untouched land have been met with tales of unprecedented struggles and defeat.
Read more The Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar’s secret paradise
Of course we had to pass through immigration to get here—only a wholly sovereign nation could maintain this level of purity in the modern age.
Read more The best cocktail bars in Barcelona
In Barcelona, classic cocktails have long replaced wine and beer as the drink of choice for many a night-time revelry. But for those in the know, the latest wave of cocktail venues serving master-mix craft swigs in retro-fab settings is all that and a side of olives.
Read more The best concept stores in Barcelona
In Barcelona, concept stores pay homage to all things design, not only as an aesthetic but as a cultured way of life.
Read more Things to do in Japan’s Yaeyama Islands
When you think about Japan, images of geisha, delicious sushi and beautiful temples will most likely spring to mind. But what about tropical islands, pristine reefs, secluded beaches and jungles?
Read more The best specialty coffee shops in Madrid
There is a growing crop of specialty coffee shops in Madrid, stocked with artisan beans from the world’s best producers and served in retro design spaces all across town.
Read more Things to do in Esteros del Iberá
Esteros del Iberá is one of the hidden secrets of Argentina; it is the second largest wetland in the world after the Pantanal in Brazil.
Read more The best concept stores in Madrid
In Madrid concept stores are found in droves, in all themes and sizes, perfect for the stylish gent looking for that rare objet d’art or inventive image metamorphosis.
Read more The best concept stores in Berlin
Away from the typical shopping districts, there exists a multitude of independent stores throughout Berlin where premium objects are curated with a certain concept or style in mind.
Read more The best beaches in Croatia
If you could capture the essence of Croatia and put it in a bottle, it would smell like pine forest and fig trees, taste like olive oil and wild flower honey and be as blue as the sky and iridescent as the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic.
Read more The Nakasendo trail – Japan’s bygone byway
Many expanses of the Nakasendo, which connected Tokyo and Kyoto during Japan’s Edo period, are remote and quiet enough that you might actually feel as if you’re back in the early 7th century.
Read more The best specialty coffee shops in Berlin
Berlin’s best specialty coffee shops treat beans akin to the high-end wine industry; with the focus on quality, traceability, and sustainability that aficionados have come to expect.
Read more The favourite places of Adélia Carvalho
Adélia Carvalho, General Manager at the Valverde Hotel in Lisbon, is passionate about hospitality. She talks to Mr Hudson about working in the hotel business, her love for travel and some of her favourite places.
Read more Savile Row Eyewear – iconic frames handmade in London
Savile Row Eyewear’s story of outstanding craftsmanship, traditional quality and unrivalled designs is the stuff most brands dream of, yet rarely achieve.
Read more The best Sicilian wines – ‘table wine’ no more
Sicily’s temperate climate and breathtaking landscape make it perfect for many things – winemaking being at the top of the list.
Read more Things to do on the north coast of the Dominican Republic
A place of sweeping beaches, rolling hills, a rich culture, and friendly locals, we share the highlights of the Dominican Republic’s North Coast – arguably one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the country.
Read more Things to do on Koh Lipe in Thailand
With glassy turquoise water, powdery white sand, and peaceful palm-fringed beaches, one visit to the island of Koh Lipe is all it takes to fall hopelessly in love with Thailand.
Read more Diving in Indonesia’s Komodo National Park
The waters in Komodo National Park in Indonesia offer a plethora of wildlife but with strong currents, making scuba diving here exciting, but more suitable for advanced divers.
Read more The best wineries in Europe’s most unexpected wine regions
Lesser-known wine regions in Europe have been experimenting with new harvesting techniques, patiently waiting in the wings for their shot at glory.
Read more The best luxury hotels in Koh Samui, Thailand
Thailand has its fair share of spectacular islands, but when it comes to the ultimate in cosmopolitan luxury, there’s perhaps no better destination than Koh Samui.
Read more Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal
Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal will be one of the most memorable experiences of any traveller. It is a real test of endurance, but the views make every sweat and tear worthwhile.
Read more Things to do in the Óbidos region in Portugal
Óbidos is a medieval fortified town in central Portugal, dramatically perched upon a sloped hilltop, bursting with rural charm and cobblestone streets.
Read more Beautiful Brutalism – London’s concrete masterpieces
Revered by architects, reviled by politicians, Brutalism’s concrete masterpieces cause more arguments than any other architectural movement.
Read more The best gay-friendly hotels in Bali
Unlike the rest of Indonesia, Bali is a pink oasis with an excellent gay scene and plenty of romantic, gay-friendly hotels.
Read more Things to do in the Alentejo region in Portugal
For those of you with a love of vast landscapes, amazing vistas and medieval architecture, there is a series of small villages along the Spanish-Portuguese border that are well worth exploring.
Read more The best street food in Thailand
Street food in Thailand is everywhere. Hawker stalls are so ubiquitous in the country that they have replaced home cooking in many places.
Read more Things to do in Costa Ballena, Costa Rica
A 4-hour drive from Costa Rica’s international airport, the raw authenticity of Costa Ballena belies its accessibility. Here, verdant mountainous terrain meets picture-perfect, palm-tree clad beaches.
Read more The best specialty coffee shops in Copenhagen
Although practically every corner in Copenhagen is home to a coffee shop, finding a cup of quality blend isn’t necessarily the easiest thing in the world.
Read more The best hotel bars in Europe
Once considered little more than practical pit stops following afternoon shopping sprees and night-time misadventures, style-savvy hotel bars have since re-emerged as the places to be seen and linger.
Read more The best romantic mini-breaks from European capitals
Just can’t seem to find the time to go away? Fear not, urban city folk, here are a few close-to-home mini-break suggestions that will give you well-deserved respite from the rat race.
Read more Things to do in Salvador, Brazil’s boldest beach city
While Rio offers an abundance of sights, sounds and flavours—not to mention, the 2016 Olympic Games—a more dynamic destination sits northward along the coast, in Brazil’s Bahia province: Salvador.
Read more MYKITA – Berlin’s eyewear institution
Unlike Paris, London or Milan, Berlin isn’t the typical place you’d expect to find a global fashion brand, but it’s home to one of the most forward-thinking eyewear companies in the world—MYKITA.
Read more Things to do in Isla Holbox, Mexico
Welcome to Isla Holbox, Mexico—an idyllic island that feels worlds away, yet remains (somewhat) easily accessible from the tourist hub of Cancun.
Read more The best day trips from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
On your next vacation to Mexico, skip Cabo and Cancun and head to Puerto Vallarta instead. Then, leave plenty of time to explore a few magical gems that are a quick and easy trip away.
Read more The best wellness retreats in Costa Rica
If you’re looking to get a bit more out of your vacation, then look no further than Costa Rica. This verdant country known for its pura vida lifestyle is the ideal place to rejuvenate and recharge.
Read more The best interior design stores in Copenhagen
The Copenhagen design scene contains both classic brands that have been influencing tradition for decades, as well as younger brands rethinking and evolving the famous Scandinavian aesthetic.
Read more The best long haul travel accessories
Unless you have a private jet ready to fly at a moment’s notice, setbacks are bound to arise during your trip. While delays are often par for the course, there are nifty ways to make the most of it.
Read more Things to do in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv, to be sure, is not only the geographical heart of Israel, but its cultural, commercial and, indeed, gay nucleus.
Read more The best day trips from Bangkok
Both Bangkok’s geography and its history make it a perfect hub for day trips, whether you’re seeking culture, cuisine, the countryside, or all three.
Read more Discovering Spice Route flavours in Lisbon
Portugal has a rich seafaring heritage and Lisbon, the city that launched countless ships throughout the Age of Exploration, has a culinary legacy influenced by these travels.
Read more Things to do in Serra de Montejunto, Portugal
Less than an hour’s drive from the charismatic Portuguese capital Lisbon lie the lush rolling hills and juniper valleys of the Serra de Montejunto.
Read more The best urban gardens
The ethereal Audrey Hepburn once said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Here is a small sampling of enchanting gardens found in the most unexpected urban spaces.
Read more Road trips you never thought you’d take
Ah, the road trip. A style of travel at once so full of possibilities and so marred by cliché, novel and ubiquitous in equal measure.
Read more The best menswear shops in Copenhagen
Danish men’s fashion has been on the international radar for quite a few years now, and Copenhagen brands continue to inspire with cool and wearable items focusing on high-quality design.
Read more Things to do in Maui Upcountry
Maui is world-renowned for its dramatic coastline and stunning beaches, but much of the island’s magic is located inland on the misty slopes of Mt. Haleakala. Locals refer to the region as Upcountry.
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