This article was published on December 24th, 2017
Figuring out where to go on vacation is no easy task, especially for gay men. LGBT travel is a multi-billion dollar industry and destinations, resorts, tourism agencies, and event promoters work hard to attract the all-too-valuable pink dollar. The 18 hot travel destinations for gay men 2018 selected by HomoCulture are hand picked based on places we have visited in person and can authentically say, they are awesome, fun, filled with adventure, and are LGBT-friendly places to visit.
Whether you’re looking to venture off to explore unique and up-coming cities, explore hidden gems, or immerse yourself in gay culture, any and all of these 18 hot travel destinations for gay men are the best recommendations to visit in 2018.
New Orleans: The Big Easy’s second largest party weekend after Mardi Gras is Southern Decadence: a gay soiree that welcomes hundreds of thousands of gays from all over. Check out the swamp tours while there.
London: Londontown is a world-class city with amazing historic sites to explore. The home of double decker buses, castles, Queen Elisabeth, pubs, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, and Big Ben, London really does have it all!
Paris: The city of lights and romance makes for a fabulous gaycation for a couple. While there are hundreds of sites to see, check out the most famous Parisian of all: the iconic Eiffel Tower.
Chicago: The Windy City is a great travel destination for foodies and culture enthusiasts. Visit Chicago during Market Days for great food, amazing drinks, and a gaggle of gays from across the continent.
Ottawa: Canada’s capital has reinvented itself in recent years as a fun and historic city to visit. Say high to the Prime minister and soak up some Canadian culture and history at one of the many national museums.
Dubrovnik: Game of Thrones fans should flock to the walled Croatian city of Dubrovnik. It’s stunning medieval center is where many scenes from the hit HBO show are shot, due to how stunningly pristine they are.
Rome: Make like Audrey and head to the center of the Roman Empire and modern-day Italy. Live la dolce vida by visiting world famous sites like the Coliseum and Caesar’s palace.
Prague: If Amsterdam isn’t the most beautiful city in Europe, Prague is. Some areas are completely preserved from 1,000 years ago, making anyone who visits feel like they’re in a fairytale.
Berlin: Berlin is by far the gayest city in Europe and the current bohemian capital of the world where artists and creators have all flocked to live for the cheap cost of living, culture, club, and music scenes.
Amsterdam: The capital of the Netherlands is so much more than red light districts, hookers, canals, and pot cookie cafes. Amsterdam is also quite possibly the most beautiful city in Europe with ample things to do and a thriving gay community.
Barcelona: The biggest city on the Mediterranean is also the gem of Spain. Barcelona’s stunning beaches that kiss gothic architecture on its shores make BCN a one of a kind city of the world.
Canary Islands: The Canary Islands have placed in the top 5 of everyone’s gayest destinations for several years now due to the amount of businesses and establishments catering to gay tourists. There are great resorts, like Paso Chico where you can be centrally located, and have a relaxing oasis.
Edinburgh: Scotland’s capital has a thriving gay scene and plenty of culture and history to get lost in for several days in this compact and completely walkable city.
North Okanagan: Canada’s outdoor playground comes to life in the summer and winter season as families and thrill seekers head to the interior of British Colombia for golfing, spirits, wine, beaches, downhill skiing and snowboarding, paddle boarding, and more.
Newcastle, UK: While often passed over for its bigger, bustling cities of London and Manchester, Newcastle is a thriving center of arts and culture. The gay triangle is growing as Newcastle becomes more and more of an international travel destination.
If you have been to any of these hot travel destinations for gay men, leave your comments, suggestions, and recommendations below on where you’ve been and why you would encourage HomoCulture readers to visit.