The long queues at the mall, the glittery decorated streets and the echoing of festive chants are all unquestionable signs that the Christmas season has begun.
And what comes after Christmas? 2020!
Yes, it’s true. I can’t believe it either – Another year has passed and we still don’t have a six-pack 😱
People often ask me what’s the secret to an affordable yet unforgettable holiday and the answer is simple: early planning.
And now that a new year is about to begin, it’s the best time to start planning your next trip.
The travel industry now a days is developing at a pace faster than ever, with new flight-routes, hotels and activities showing up daily. That’s great news for all of you who, like me, love traveling.
But with more options come more decisions. Deciding where to go can be overwhelming, and to make your life easier, I put up a list of some places you definitely need to consider!
10 – Malta
Malta has since 2015 been considered by ILGA-Europe as the number 1 country in Europe in terms of LGBT+ rights.
In addition to its lovely Mediterranean climate, Malta has some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe as well as a very vibrant nightlife.
Malta’s friendly population and it’s easygoing lifestyle make it the perfect destination for a relaxing vacation.
9- Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa is currently the only country in Africa to allow same-sex marriages. Cape Town is locally known as a very LGBT+ friendly city, hosting a vast number of bars, clubs and coffee shops dedicated to our community. The city has a Mediterranean climate and it’s full of picturesque landscapes that make it an unforgettable destination.
8- Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in the whole world. Here you’ll find a smoothie of modern architecture, delicious street food, thousands of bars, an extremely diverse population and countless street vendors who will sell you pretty much whatever you may need.
I couldn’t possibly list all the great reasons why you have to visit Bangkok. In my opinion, it’s one place everyone should visit at least once.
Bangkok is known globally as a city that welcomes everyone regardless of their sexuality or their gender identity. Go ahead, book that flight!
7- Montreal, Canada
Canada is one of the most advanced countries in terms of LGBT+ rights in the world and Montreal is known as one of the most friendly cities towards our community.
In 2020, Montreal Pride will be celebrated in August, in a 11 day event that has gathered millions of visitors in previous editions. August is also the best time of the year to visit in terms of weather wink wink
6- Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv is known as the Gay capital of the Middle East, offering drastically better conditions of equality to its LGBT+ citizens than its neighboring countries.
It hosts an internationally famous Pride Parade, and is home to a vast number of LGBT+ bars and clubs as well as a famous gay beach.
Tel Aviv’s lovely weather and functional infrastructure as well as its central location on the map make it an easy and unmissable destination!
5- Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Netherlands were the first country in the whole world to legalize same-sex marriage. It’s one of the best places in the world for LGBT+ people to live, work, study or visit.
Rotterdam makes our list because it will be the host city of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, from the 12th to the 16th of May. Don’t forget to buy your tickets early!
Meanwhile, consider a day trip to Amsterdam, Utrecht or The Hague using the highly efficient Dutch train system.
4- Taipei, Taiwan
Taiwan made history in 2019 by being the first country in East Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. LGBT+ rights in Taiwan are commonly regarded as the most progressive in Asia.
Taipei, its capital, is a beautiful city with fascinating history, with a unique culture that results from a very unique combination of strong Japanese and Chinese influences.
I’ve lived some of my happiest days in Taipei and I can guarantee you that so will you.
3- Quito, Ecuador
Ecuador is an unusual travel destination, but it gained our attention when it legalized same-sex marriage in 2019.
Ecuadorians are known to be very friendly people. Quito, Ecuador’s capital, has some beautiful colonial buildings as well as stunning mountains and food to die for.
If you have the time, don’t forget to visit the Galápagos Islands – one of the world’s most famous wildlife destinations.
2- Thessaloniki, Greece
Thessaloniki has all the qualities of most other Greek cities, such as delicious food, beautiful people, lovely weather and, of course, history.
The reasons to visit it are countless but in 2020 there’s one more: it’s the host city for the 2020 EuroPride!
The event will be held from the 20th to the 28th of June and the Parade will be on the 27th. Enjoy!
1- Lisbon, Portugal
Portugal was one of the first countries in the whole world to legalize same-sex marriage and has been an example when it comes to equal rights. It’s often regarded as one of the most LGBT+ friendly countries in the world. Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, has a vibrant Gay Scene, being home to dozens of bars, clubs, saunas, coffee shops and many others dedicated to the LGBT+ community.
Lisbon is one of Europe’s warmest cities and its beautiful beaches, its thousands of delicious restaurants capable of pleasing even the most demanding palate and its friendly people make it the perfect spot for your next trip. Don’t forget to bring your best smile, comfy footwear and an empty tummy!