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.
- New York City, USA
- London, UK
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Manchester, UK
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Madrid, Spain
- Paris, France
- São Paulo, Brazil
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- 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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