13 LGBTQ+ Travelers You Need to Know ASAP

To be honest (tbh), I was going to rush to release this article last month. How awesome would it have been to have a piece about dope travelers of all sexual orientations and gender identities circulating during the super fun (and often over-exploited) Pride month?

When originally cramming it together, I quickly realized that there’s never only one right time to highlight a certain group of people. Damn it – every month is Pride month in my book. So, here you have it – some queer appreciation in good ol’ July! Here are 13 LGBTQ+ travelers who are living their truths and offering daily inspiration on the ‘gram!


@hellonicolette – Director, Writer, Photographer, Poet, Traveler 

Describe yourself in 3 words – Creative, quirky, vegan”

What’s a destination that other queer travelers should check out? “

“Los Angeles! LA has a vibrant queer community with an endless supply of LGBTQ+ night clubs (Akbar, Girl Bar, and The Abbey to name just a few), queer-run businesses (I love Cuties Coffee!), events (Outfest film screenings are my favorite), and educational resources (like the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archive).”

What does “traveling while queer” mean to you?

“Traveling while queer has a dual meaning for me. On one end, it means I’m constantly navigating whether or not I should/can “come out” in the destinations I visit (Is this place open/accepting to my queerness? Is it safe?). On the other end, it means a rich community and feeling of “home,” even in foreign places. Queerness becomes a common ground upon which I can connect with strangers and find new friends, allies, and experiences across the globe.”

What are you thankful for this pride month?

“I’m thankful for the supportive network of queer friends and collaborators I have found since coming out. They have not only helped me bring queer stories to life in my photography, film, and writing, but also shown me the joy you can find when you fully embrace your queerness.”

@ianfrancoc – Industrial Engineer, Traveler

Describe yourself in 3 words. Friendly & chill guy.”

What’s a destination that other queer travelers should check out? ” Paris is a must! Lot of sexual diversity. My mind expanded more, and I thought it wasn’t possible.”

What does “traveling while queer” mean to you? “Coming from Perú, where being queer is difficult because society still doesn’t accept us, “traveling while queer” means finally being 100% myself.”

What are you thankful for this pride month?

“I’m thankful of all the beautiful people from all over the world that I’ve met.”

@bry_bali – Free Spirit, Creator,  Traveler

Describe yourself in 3 words. Impulsive; adventurous; honest.”

What’s a destination that other queer travelers should check out? South Africa. Especially Cape Town! The gay scene is crazy out there 😍”

What does “traveling while queer” mean to you? Traveling while queer means awareness. You’re constantly searching for the deeper meaning behind everything you’re doing in another country. It also means being conscious of your safety wherever you go. On a lighter note: it’s always fun indulging with guys who don’t necessarily share the same background that you you’re familiar with 😉 “

What are you thankful for this pride month? I’m thankful that our community has been able to raise their voice on issues that aren’t apparent in today’s media. Although it’s not perfect, I think we are heading toward a direction that unifies everyone more than we’ve ever seen before.”

“Traveling while queer means awareness.” -@bry_bali


@lahhaytravels – Writer, Caribbean Gal, Traveler

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ICYMI in my last post I said that Bali isn’t a must do if you’re from the Caribbean b/c for me it was a nice mix of many different Caribbean countries🌞 . That said though… what Bali has over the Caribbean region is how affordable it is. There’s no country in the Caribbean region where I’d get accommodation with breakfast and a pool, in the town for under $30 USD a night. I also think I’d be really hard pressed to find a whole day tour for $60 USD 👀 . What Bali also has over the Caribbean is that it is Bali. It’s marketed as a fancy af place with the exquisite Bali Swing and breakfast-in-the-pool-pictures so it targets that ‘wanna be exclusive’ segment of people, BUT it is also marketed as a perfect place for nomads, minimalists and young people who are about this chill, no worries, bohemian lifestyle. For me, the Eastern Caribbean especially is still somewhat marketed as retirement central for older couples🤷🏾‍♀️ . TLDR: If you have to save for years to get to Bali, unless you’re pressed on going to Bali specifically, do a tour of the Caribbean. I know it isn’t exactly much cheaper because travelling within the region is crazy but know that you don’t need to head to a new continent or region to experience paradise☺️ . That’s a wrap on my #Bali blog 🇮🇩 . #lahhay #lahhaytobali #asia #indonesia #nusadua #explore #wanderlust #blogger #adventure #traveller #southeastasia #travelphotography #caribbean #tourism #budgettravel #baliguide #balitravel #caribbeantraveller

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Describe yourself in 3 words. Adventurous, Caribbean born and bred, overthinker.”

What’s a destination that other queer travelers should check out? I’m actually going to go against the norm for queer travelers and say Jamaica. Jamaica has come a LONG way in the past couple years! Of course there are spaces that are not that safe for queer folk, but to be fair that can be found almost anywhere. A great time to visit would be for Pride Jamaica which is held in the first week of August annually. They’re now going into the 5th year and the past 4 years have been incident free and amazing! I’ll be there this year so follow along at @lahhaytravels to experience it!

What does “traveling while queer” mean to you? For me, on one hand it means finding safe spaces in places I don’t call home – whether I find that safety in queer clubs and bars in the US or in the unassuming, over touristy streets of Cartagena or Bali. And it also means navigating spaces in and outside of the Caribbean region, which may not always be the safest but are still worth exploring. It’s easier for me because people don’t look at me and see a queer person. So unless I’m travelling with my partner, I’m mostly fine. But travel needs to be something more accessible to queer people especially trans folk, queer POC and gender non conforming folk. I think as a queer person with this type of privilege, it’s on me to try as much as I can (which often feels like not a lot) to create spaces for other queer folk to safely exist in when travelling.”

What are you thankful for this pride month? I’m thankful for super supportive friends and family so that I can be free to be me in most spaces during and after pride month!”

@drenicola – Global Politics Student, Proud Los Angeles-er, Traveler

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Paradise City 🌴

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Describe yourself in 3 words. Adventurous, Optimistic, and Passionate.”

What’s a destination that other queer travelers should check out? I would say LA! (But I’m partial because that’s my hometown) And Barcelona! There’s a super friendly energy towards queer people in both cities.”

What does “traveling while queer” mean to you? Traveling while queer to me means having a community anywhere you go and celebrating your similarities and differences together.”

What are you thankful for this pride month? “This pride month I am especially thankful for all the people that have come before me and fought so that I may enjoy the rights I have today. Especially pointing out all the trans women and women of color who are often ignored.”

@voyaging_vagabond – Plus Size Digital Storyteller, Content Creator, Traveler

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Oh you thought I was gonna come to Coachella and not shut it down at LEAST one day?! Girrrrrrlllll. 😏 . . . Yes Day 2 was about comfort but lemme tell you #Day3 was about slayingggg. The entire weekend I saw my plus size ladies showing out! So you know I had to come on through with the glam the last day. . . . The festival allowed for a lot of people watching (one of my favorite hobbies when traveling.) The sparkles, the sequins, the sheer, the athleisure, all of these fashion choices created by these gorgeous people. Looks that weren't even on my radar just coming together beautifully. . . . Their confidence made me feel inspired and the energy from them while we sashayed the night away made me feel alive. . . . . Feeling some serious inspo for next time but for now lemme go ahead and give this outfit the moment it deserves. 🙌 . . . . . #coachellaoutfit #coachellastyle #coachella2019 #coachella #coachellavibes #indio #festivalfashion #festivaloutfit #simplybe #targetstyle #beautybeyondsize #realstagram #iamtb #radgirlslife #travelpreneur #girlaroundworld #travelgirlsgo #travelnoire #livetheadventure #girlsborntotravel #dametraveler #wearetravelgirls #starttheadventure #worldnomads #meettheworld #plussizetravelblogger #travelinclusivity #biggirlsdoitbetter #shein

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Describe yourself in 3 words. Vibrant. Free Spirited. Vivacious”

What’s a destination that other queer travelers should check out?

You have to make a pilgrimage to the most queer friendly European city at least once! Amsterdam decriminalized homosexuality way back in 1811 and the tolerant and relaxed attitude of Amsterdammers runs deep.

Aside from a picturesque Dutch city, Amsterdam hosts the largest amount of queer friendly activities, and their Pride celebration is considered one of the best in the world. Stroll along the canals, hop on a boat like the locals, eat well, take in some art, enjoy the views and dance the night away. Amsterdam offers all that and so much more… making for one memorable as hell vacation.”

What does “traveling while queer” mean to you?

“It means living my ultimate truth. A love for travel has been so deeply engrained in me, and now I get to experience it with my girlfriend of 8 years.

Hopping the globe together has become our normal. We both share a love for adventure, and I feel really lucky to have two things that I care so deeply about intertwine together beautifully. I can create a life that feels authentic and show others they can too.”

What are you thankful for this pride month?

“I’m thankful for the LGBTQ that came before me. Strong willed drag queens, transgender youth, butch lesbians, poor, black, brown, white, all of them.

The marginalized that came before me and despite that treatment fought with love in their hearts. Stood together and reclaimed their identities, their community, their lives, and their pride.

Generations later, my girlfriend and I can walk hand in hand on a busy downtown sidewalk madly in love and fiercely proud because of them!”


@alexsenchyna – Proud Canadian, Traveler

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Describe yourself in 3 words. I’d describe myself as spontaneous, curious, and perceptive (ahaha is it too egotistical to say woke?)”

What’s a destination that other queer travelers should check out? 

“I’ve travelled quite a bit, but the one city I will always recommend as a destination for LGBTQ+ travellers is Montreal, Canada. I’ve genuinely never met so many other queer people or felt so accepted than when I was studying in Montreal. If you visit Montreal during the summer, there are so many free festivals and so many outdoor things to do you will never get bored. Not to mention that everyone in Montreal is bilingual so finding a French bae is always a plus.”

What does “traveling while queer” mean to you?

“To me “travelling while queer” means having to navigate the thrills of travel while simultaneously being aware of whether or not my sexual identity is both politically and socially accepted in any country I want to visit. While travelling, I am always conscious of whether being affectionate with or even just holding another girl’s hand in public will put me in danger. I don’t think being a part of the LGBTQ+ community should hinder anyone’s ability to travel to other countries, however it is unfortunately a major factor in deciding which countries I feel safe travelling to while being out.”

What are you thankful for this pride month?

“This pride month, as with every pride month, I am thankful for all the queer people who came before me and sacrificed so much for me to have the freedom to be myself today. I am thankful for Marsha P. Johnson and Silvia Rivera and everyone who was a part of the Stonewall Riots which gave birth to the pride we celebrate today. I am thankful to be born in a country like Canada where for most of my life same-sex marriage has been legal, but I recognize that so many queer people around the world don’t share that same privilege.”

“I recognize that so many queer people around the world don’t share that same privilege.” – @alexsenchyna

 

@mike.antonio – Writer, Grad Student in Italy, Traveler

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Straight outta Malta 🇲🇹

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Describe yourself in 3 words.  “A curious, adventurous, polyglot.”

What’s a destination that other queer travelers should check out? 

“Florianópolis, Brazil between Late December and Carnaval. It’s basically an island paradise with low crime, open and accepting people, spectacular beaches, and crazy parties that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Check out Praia Mole and Jurerê International during the day and head to 1007 at night! ”

What does “traveling while queer” mean to you?

“Whenever I travel, I’m always curious to meet other queer people and find out how they are treated in other parts of the world. However, I’ve never actually worried about my own personal safety. Sure, there are some people I choose to not disclose my identity to in order to prevent complicated situations, but I’ve done the same thing back in the States. I feel like others believe I “can’t” go to certain parts of the world because of who I am attracted to, and it annoys the hell out of me. I’ll never let my sexual orientation keep me from exploring other countries. If I can’t talk about sexuality, then I’ll relate to people on something else.”

@sophjacoba – Writer, Zoo-Lover, Traveler

Describe yourself in 3 words. “Curious, committed & explorer!”

What’s a destination that other queer travelers should check out? I’d have to say Berlin! Not even the gay-district, just Berlin as a whole. It’s a city of such cultural diversity, it seems as though anything goes here. Despite having a complex history, people here have adopted a modern mindset and live freely. In a city like Berlin, nothing is too weird or too uncommon. Nothing is taboo. It’s a place to live and love freely, where you’ll never get judged.”

What does “traveling while queer” mean to you? I suppose it’s all about finding places where you feel as though you fit in. Or using travel as a way to explore who you are and test the boundaries you feel society has put in place for you.”

What are you thankful for this pride month?

“Every step society takes toward equality is a big one, and I’m so thankful for all the step taken this year.

But personally, I’m grateful for the change and personal growth I’ve gone through this past year. This time last year I went to my first ever pride parade. Thing is, I was still in the closet and was only just in the beginning stages of a relationship. Skip ahead one year: I’m out to my family and close friends, and I have a gorgeous girlfriend whom I’m simply adore!

It’s crazy to me how much things can change in a year, but I’m so thankful for it.”

@brownguydesign – Photographer, Designer, Traveler 

Describe yourself in 3 words. “Brown. Creative. Hungry”

What’s a destination that other queer travelers should check out? Members of the LGBTQIA+ PoC community need to visit San Francisco, hang out in the Mission and the Castro. Aside from the extremely inclusive community and safe space for queer people, the city is beautiful and has a plethora of places for queer people to really experience a vacation without an intense fear of violence and trauma.”

What does “traveling while queer” mean to you? Traveling while queer for me is the obvious potential for and fear of retaliation and rejection of my identity. But it also carries along with it the promise of adventure and nuance; we experience things differently, and have a different understanding and appreciation for beauty in the world. Our narratives are so easily filled with despair and violence, that we actively seek out the beauty, life, and humanity in the world.”

What are you thankful for this pride month? This Pride, I’m thankful for life. So many of our black trans sisters have been murdered this year, that it makes me more and more thankful for my supportive family and friends.”

@cailynhoertz – Film & Advertising Student, Traveler 

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Describe yourself in 3 words. Creative, clumsy, and reliable.”

What’s a destination that other queer travelers should check out? “Hong Kong! Surprisingly one of the BEST drag bar/gay clubs I’ve been to is in this city!! Petticoat Lane is a must go!”

What does “traveling while queer” mean to you? I like to think that traveling while queer means breaking stereotypes. Not for ourselves as queer people as much but for the places we visit. There are so many places in the world that people assume queer people can’t go to or  experience when in reality those places could be such a great time for a queer person filled with locals and people that will support you! Of course it’s always better to be safe and aware, but don’t let being queer stop you from anything especially traveling to a new place!”

What are you thankful for this pride month?  “This pride month I’m thankful for the year anniversary of myself coming out as Bi to my friends and family! And for all the support Ive gotten since then!🏳️‍🌈❤️”

@livingafropuffs – Bronx-Native, Hostel Worker, Traveler

Describe yourself in 3 words. “Spontaneous, Odd, Loving.”

What’s a destination that other queer travelers should check out? 

“Cartagena, Colombia. Though this country has a bad reputation, Cartagena is one of the most accepting cities I have ever been to in my travels. It was actually one of the first places outside of the U.S. I saw two guys holding hands.”

What does “traveling while queer” mean to you?

“For me “traveling while queer” means being the representation for our community, being the face. Because some people I’ve met during my travels hadn’t ever met a gay person or had only heard about us in an unfaltering context. So, for me to be there and to be confidently queer is important. Also giving people the opportunities to ask questions and be curious about what it means to be LGBTQ+ can make a huge impact in their lives and the lives of other queer people they might meet in the future.”

What are you thankful for this pride month?

The overall love and acceptance we have been receiving in the past years, which has helped so many people find the confidence to love and accept who they are and show the world their truest selves. Though we have much work to be done we have all made huge strides in the right direction.

“For me to be there and to be confidently queer is important.” – @livingafropuffs

@adventureswithbeto – Tech Field Worker, Creative , Traveler 

Describe yourself in 3 words. “Adventurous, Curious, and Joyful.”

What’s a destination that other queer travelers should check out? “For me, a go-to destination for queer travelers would be Mexico City. Why? Two words: Zona Rosa (Pink Zone), home to Mexico City’s queer scene. Outside of that, Mexico City itself is full of life, with enough activities to fill up anyone’s itinerary.”

What does “traveling while queer” mean to you? “To me, traveling while queer means being able to see and experience the world as my true, authentic self.”

What are you thankful for this pride month? “I’m thankful for having finally come out to my mother this past Pride. Having been out to friends and coworkers for years, it means a lot to me that my mother, one of the most important people in my life, is able to accept me fully despite her deep religious background.”


These are just a few of the travelers who are out there killin’ it! Unfortunately, I couldn’t fit every awesome person into one post. If you’re a LGBTQ+ traveler, and you’d like to be featured, shoot an email to nasir@shutupandgo.travel OR comment below! <3

Stay amazing. Stay inspiring. Stay inspired.

Muah, 

Nasir 

 

 

 

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