Traveling While Queer: A Quick-Start Guide

Traveling to new and exotic destinations is an exciting adventure, but it’s crucial to prioritize safety to ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-timer, these are some steps you can take to help you navigate places with confidence and caution.

  1. Research: Research the status of LGBT rights at your destination: What are the local laws regarding discrimination?
  2. Review:  Review travel advisory sites, such as the U.S. Department of State’s travel advisory, which will usually indicate the safety level for LGBT+ travelers.
  3. Read travel guides: Explore LGBT+ travel guides like The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA). These guides will include LGBT+ friendly accommodations, transport and service providers. Moon Travel Guides, while not exclusively made for LGBT+ travelers, will frequently include travel advice for LGBT+ and disabled folk.
  4. Check LGBT+ News Sources: Stay updated on LGBT+ news in the place of travel through local and international news. This can provide insights into the social and political climate of the area.
  5. Online Forums and Communities: Join online communities where LGBT+ travelers share their experiences. Websites like TripAdvisor and FlyerTalk have forums dedicated to LGBT+ travelers, which can be a valuable resource.
  6. Choose an LGBT+ travel agency:  Travel agencies such as Out Adventures, Pink Vibgyor or RSVP Vacations focus on providing a safe, tailor-made vacation environment for queer folk.

Traveling safely, especially in other countries, requires careful planning, awareness and respect for local cultures. By taking these precautions, you can minimize risks and focus on enjoying the experiences that international travel has to offer. Bon voyage and safe travels!