This is apparently the best destination in the world for LGBTQ+ travellers

A new study has weighed up safety and nightlife options to rank cities based on LGBTQ+ inclusivity

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
News Editor, Time Out UK and Time Out London
Pride Worldwide
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Feeling welcome and safe when travelling is a given for many – and obviously isn’t something that members of the LGBTQ+ community should really have to worry about. But it’s a sad fact that plenty of places around the world still aren’t as accepting as they should be. LGBTQ+ travellers often have to seriously think about where to travel.

So where are the best destinations for LGBTQ+ tourists right now? A new study from Planet Cruise reckons it has some answers. The report looked at factors ranging from marriage and adoption laws to the number of LGBTQ+ bars to come up with a ranking of the world’s top spots for LGBTQ+ tourists. 

Top of the list came New York City, which placed so highly largely thanks to its high number of LGBTQ+ bars. Next up was London, largely due to receiving a high ‘safety’ rating, while third was Rio de Janeiro, which had the second-highest number of LGBTQ+ bars in the list.

Interestingly, the study didn’t include Malta, which often tops rankings of LGBTQ+ inclusivity. One reason for this could be that Planet Cruise’s study isn’t anywhere near as thorough or wide-ranging as something like Rainbow Europe, which also looks into factors such as legislation against hate crimes, medical services and legal gender recognition.

These are the top destinations for LGBTQ+ travellers in 2023, according to Planet Cruise’s report.

  1. New York City, USA
  2. London, UK
  3. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  4. Manchester, UK
  5. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  6. Madrid, Spain
  7. Paris, France
  8. São Paulo, Brazil
  9. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  10. Brussels, Belgium

If you’d like to find out more, you can read Planet Cruise’s study in full here. Then get planning a more inclusive getaway by checking out our LGBTQ+ guides to London, New York and Paris.

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