While the LGBTQ+ community is becoming more widely accepted today, queer voices remain vastly marginalized around the world. With more than 50 countries under my belt and nearly half a million followers on our TikTok and our website joining my girlfriend Christine and I around the world, it’s safe to say I know a thing or two about gay travel. We encourage everyone to travel no matter who you are or who you love. However, there are some important tips to consider when planning your travel as a member of the LGBTQ+ community to ensure your safety and to create amazing memories that will last a lifetime.
Research Local Laws
By researching the destination you are going to, you will be aware of local laws, customs, traditions, and more. This will help you be better prepared for how to travel safely while also being respectful and culturally sensitive.
Read LGBTQ+ Websites
Before we travel anywhere, we find LGBTQ+ websites that help us learn the insights of other LGBTQ+ travelers or creators and their experiences in the destination. This helps our expectations, what to be aware of, and even what LGBTQ+ must-sees we shouldn’t miss out on. We love this Gay Peru Travel Guide and Lesbian Travel Guide to the Philippines.
Check LGBTQ+-friendly travel brands
There are many travel sites dedicated to traveling safely for the LGBTQ+ community. EveryQueer is in good company alongside Misterbnb, Gay Cities, Out Traveler, Olivia Cruises and Out Adventures, which are just some of the sites that will help you book your travel with gay-friendly accommodations, tours, and more!
It’s so important to “read the room” when traveling. We always make sure we’re being cautious and careful of our surroundings and local customs. PDA, especially for the LGBTQ+ community, can be negatively looked upon. While we strive to push boundaries, it is sometimes illegal in certain destinations around the world. While it is unfair that a gay couple cannot always hold hands in public, safety is a priority, so be aware of any cultural sensitivities wherever you travel to.
Download helpful apps
“There is an app for that” is no understatement and the same goes for the LGBTQ+ community. Download apps like Maps.Me to always have a map on your phone even when you are without Wi-Fi. Refuge Restrooms is amazing for finding gender non-conforming bathrooms, and Arch is great for finding LGBTQ+ bars and cafés. These are just some apps to ensure your safety and easy planning for your next trip!
LGBTQ+ centers for tourism
In many destinations, there are LGBTQ+ centers or locations dedicated to helping you while you are there traveling. They are the professionals who will be there to provide information, guides, and resources to enjoy your vacation!
Don’t forget travel insurance
World Nomads is a user-friendly and easy way to get covered on your trip! While we hope accidents don’t happen on a trip, sometimes they do and we are full believers that it is better to be safe than sorry!
If you’re looking for more tips on how to travel safely as a member of the LGBTQ+ person, check out EveryQueer’s 40 Safety Tips to learn more.