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  • Nicholas Monaco

Gay Friendly Destinations that aren't flooding your instagrams.. yet!

Updated: Sep 7

Alright, we've got the memo: Mykonos, Miami, and Sydney are the darlings of the LGBTQ+ travel scene. And you know what? There's good reason for it. But hey, hold onto your rainbow hats, because here are a couple more sassy spots that absolutely need to shimmy their way onto your bucket list. These places are as gay-friendly as a dance party!

Lake Como & Milan, Italy

Welcome to the LGBTQ+ playground of Milan! Here, you're not just exploring the local Italian LGBTQ+ scene, but also diving headfirst into a world of mind-blowing artworks that'll make your jaw drop. Walk in the fabulous footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci, who isn't just a legendary Italian figure, but a total queer icon in global history. And guess what? Quiiky’s LGBTQ+ tour spills all the juicy, lesser-known details about his queer personal life.

Oh, and don't forget to carve out some time for a trip to Lake Como – it's like stepping into a romance novel set in Italy. The views? Absolutely stunning. If romance is your jam, this spot is an absolute must for you!

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain

Discover a fabulous Gay Travel paradise right off the coast of Spain – welcome to the Gran Canary islands, where LGBTQ+ dreams come true! These islands have been a hotspot for Europe's queer community for ages, boasting beaches that are pure postcard material, a toasty climate that never quits, and vistas adorned with palm trees and picture-perfect architecture. If you're sweating over where to shack up, fret not! Almost every hotel on this island rolls out the rainbow carpet for LGBTQ+ explorers. And guess what? There's a bunch of resorts exclusively designed for LGBTQ+ folks – options galore!

Aspen, CO

Hey there, all you ski enthusiasts! Winter's here, and if you're part of the LGBTQ+ community, listen up – Aspen, Colorado is the hottest gay travel spot to hit this season. While its slopes have long been the playground of the fabulously wealthy, what you might not know is that it's also turning into a must-visit for LGBTQ+ wanderers. Whether you're a pro skier, snowboarder, snowshoer, or if you just live for that après-ski chill at a spa followed by hanging out with pals, Aspen's got your back.

But wait, there's more! Mark your calendars for Aspen Gay Ski Week, the ultimate LGBTQ+ rendezvous where you can mingle with fellow Gay Travelers from across the globe and dive into a ton of events sprinkled throughout the town. It's time to hit the slopes and the scene – Aspen's calling your name!

Reykjavik, Iceland

Get ready to be embraced with open arms in Iceland, where LGBTQ+ travelers are in for a treat that's as warm as the geothermal springs! In Reykjavik, the capital, it's all about progressive vibes and a queer scene that's as diverse as the colors of the Northern Lights. And guess what? When Reykjavik Pride rolls around, the city transforms into a full-on rainbow party, proving Iceland's got your back when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights. Whether you're adventuring through jaw-dropping landscapes or living it up in the city's lively scene, this Nordic paradise is where gay travelers find their groove!

Taormina, Sicily, Italy

Get ready for the fabulous reveal: Taormina, Sicily, Italy takes the crown as the ultimate Gay Travel hotspot – and can we just say, no shocker there! Sure, Jennifer Coolidge may have shouted, "These Gays are trying to murder me!!" and given it a boost, but let's spill the tea – Taormina has been the ultimate haven for Italy and Europe's queer community for ages.

Imagine this place as the dazzling pearl of the Mediterranean. Back in the 19th and 20th centuries, queer artists like Wilhelm von Gloeden flocked here, seeking refuge, inspiration, and a darn good time. With nature's canvas and the electric vibes of the local LGBTQ+ crew, Taormina's got that magnetic allure that's impossible to resist.


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