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The Best Deals for LGBTQIA+-Friendly Travel

LGBTQ Travel 🏳️‍🌈 ✈️

Are you ready to embark on an ultimate trip that celebrates you and your identity? Here you'll find the best LGBTQ travel deals. Whether you're looking to explore a new city, relax on a beach, or experience a vibrant nightlife scene, we've highlighted trips that cater to the LGBTQ community.

Find here the ultimate LGBT travel guide with the best deals suited for LGBTQIA+-friendly travel. As well as LGBT-friendly hotels listed in the World Rainbow Hotels, including the best LGBT all-inclusive resorts. We've listed the safest destinations to travel to as someone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ according to the Rainbow Index and Spartacus Gay Travel Index. Another great resource to check out is for LGBTQ travel inspirational content.

Have You Heard of the Rainbow Index or Spartacus Gay Travel Index?

Are you looking for LGBTQ-friendly travel destinations where you can be yourself and feel safe? 🙌 Look no further than the Rainbow Index, a ranking of the most LGBTQ-friendly countries around the world.

The Rainbow Index takes into account factors such as legal protections, social acceptance, and the prevalence of hate crimes against LGBTQ individuals. The higher a country scores on the Rainbow Index, the more welcoming it is to the LGBTQ community.

Some of the top-ranked countries on the Rainbow Index include Sweden, Canada, and Portugal, but there are many other LGBTQ-friendly destinations to choose from! 🌍

Spartacus Gay Travel Index looks at safety on a global level and even shows a breakdown of measuring safety in each US state.

Top Destinations for LGBTQ+ Travel

One of our pirates recently wrote about the most lgbtq+-friendly destinations. We've tried to alleviate that headache for you and compiled a list of the best LGBTQ+ travel spots in 2023!

Malta 🇲🇹

This may come as a surprise, but Malta has been ranked as the number one country in Europe for LGBTQ+ travelers for the last seven, yes, SEVEN, years! Scoring a whopping 92% on the ILGA Europe Rainbow Europe index!

What Makes it an LGBTQ+ Travel Spot?

  • Little known fact, Malta is the LEADING country regarding how laws and policies affect the LGBTQ+, even ahead of the UK and Belgium

  • It has been illegal to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in Malta since 2004

  • One of the few countries in the WORLD to make LGBTQ+ rights equal at a constitutional level

  • Keep in mind that Malta doesn't have many LGBTQ+ exclusive venues; this is more of a relaxing beach vacation than a party location

Why Travel There in General?

  • 300 days of sunshine a year, what's not to love?!

  • Beautiful blue oceans, perfect for those insta pics

  • A myriad of watersports and outdoor events to take part in

  • Notable hotel: The Phoenicia - Gay-friendly, 5-star resort

Canada 🇨🇦

Canada, O' Canada, what a place to be, especially for those of us in the LGBTQ+! Ranking first in the Spartacus Gay Index, Canada is an internationally renowned safe haven for those in the LGBTQ+ community.

What Makes it an LGBTQ+ Travel Spot?

  • HUGE drag scene, particularly in Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto, with some of the world's BEST performers

  • Pride season starts in June, with pride events running across all major Canadian cities up until September 2023

  • Gay villages can be found across the country's major cities, with the biggest in Toronto being home to Canada's largest gay community

Why Travel There in General?

  • Canada's beautiful surroundings make it one of those special places you can visit all year round. If you're heading to Canada during winter, make sure to wrap up warm!

  • Best of both worlds - Canada boasts incredible nature sites, and combined with the buzz of the big city, Canada has something for everyone

  • Incredible opportunities to spot wildlife

  • The ideal country for a road trip

Portugal 🇵🇹

Renowned for its fantastic food and wine, amazing beaches, and historic sites, Portugal is also a world leader in gay rights!

What Makes it an LGBTQ+ Travel Spot?

  • Recently announced progressive policies around transgender and intersex people, doubling down on their pro-LGBTQ+ stance

  • Huge gay pride events like Lisbon and Porto Pride, beginning from May 29th!

  • Legalized gay marriage in 2010

  • Since 2004, the Constitution of Portugal has prohibited any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation, making Portugal one of the only countries in the world to have a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation in its Constitution

Why Travel There in General?

  • Good weather all year round

  • Some of the world's best wine

  • Relatively cheap - we have some fantastic deals you can find below!

  • Jam-packed with culture, from churches to historic sites, Portugal has it all

  • Notable hotels: Accor, Belmond - all gay friendly

Spain 🇪🇸

Hailed as a 'model' nation in Europe for gay rights, Spain has been at the forefront of Europe's move towards becoming more liberal and accepting over the last few decades.

What Makes it an LGBTQ+ Travel Spot?

  • Internationally renowned for being gay-friendly, cities like Barcelona and Madrid often appear in lists of the BEST travel spots for LGBTQ+!

  • Huge LGBTQ+ Night scenes throughout Spain, and drag is incredibly popular

  • Hosts one of the world's largest pride events - 1.5 million attended in Madrid

  • Same-sex marriage was legalized in 2005, and it has been illegal to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people since 1996!

Why Travel There in General?

  • Good weather all year round

  • Rich in culture and a wide variety of different cities, Barcelona is completely different from Seville!

  • Daytime siestas? Yes, please!

  • Well priced, we have some fantastic deals for you below

Other Notable Destinations

These other destinations deserve a spot on our list of being safe and great for LGBTQ+ travel. Which include Iceland, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and Martinique in the Caribbean but there are many other safe and welcoming destinations to choose from. Whether you're looking for a beach getaway, a city break, or a cultural immersion, we've got you covered.

LGBTQ+-Friendly Hotels around the World

Below, we've compiled a list of great LGBTQIA+-friendly hotels to consider visiting on your next trip. You can find a great list of LGBTQIA+-friendly hotels at World Rainbow Hotels.

TWO Hotel Barcelona By Axel: Barcelona, Spain

The 4-star TWO Hotel Barcelona By Axel is located in the bustling Eixample district of Barcelona, which is also known to locals as "Gayxample" due to its close ties to the gay community. There are many LQBTQ-friendly bars, shops, restaurants, and nightclubs within walking distance of the hotel — but with its modern rooms, trendy rooftop pool (which is heated in cooler months), and spacious common areas, you may have a hard time leaving the hotel grounds.

This hotel dubs itself "heterofriendly" and has an exceptional 4.5/5 rating on TripAdvisor. The hotel also runs many events — from singles' mixers and pool parties to barbecues and live shows — so check out the schedule of events for your stay.

AxelBeach Miami South Beach: Miami, Florida

Affiliated with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), this adults-only hotel in Miami, Florida is LGBTQIA+-Friendly. This hotel is a 4-star and well-rated hotel (4/5 on TripAdvisor & winner of the 2022 Travelers' Choice Award) and offers competitive rates from as low as $67 a night.

The hotel offers a fitness room, steam room, outdoor pool, and bar at guests' disposal.