Published on March 16th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard


Travel To New Worlds-Gay Locations

Let’s face it, those in the gay community seem to have far more fun than the rest of us, so it makes sense to follow their instincts and holiday where they do.

Check out these eight gay destinations from around the world and around the country.

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.A.  The Big Daddy of all the gay cities, the place where it all came out in the 1960s and gay pride spread its tentacles all over the world.

With its Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard St and those cute cable cars, exploring San Francisco is a treat, especially when there is a restaurant, café or bar always a few footsteps away.

MYKONOS, GREEK ISLANDS.  If San Francisco is King of the gay destinations then Mykonos must be the Queen. The entire Greek Island is gay – from the seafront tavernas at Super Paradise Beach to the myriad clubs and bars hidden in the maze of cobbled streets in Mykonos town.

SITGES, SPAIN.  This small fishing village with its sunny beaches and quaint old town was home to a sprinkling of fishermen and their families in the 1960s, until the gay crowd discovered its laid-back charm and arrived in droves.

The clubs, gyms and saunas quickly popped up and now Sitges is famous the world over for its vivacious gay nightlife and colourful festivals.

It’s a perfect European summer destination for all of us.

SKALA ERRESSOS – GREEK ISLAND OF LESBOS. This small seaside village on the south-west of the Greek island attracts lesbians from all over the world.

A sweep of sandy beach fringed with over-sand taverns buzzes with gay women hanging out, having fun.

How Lesbos will recover from the massive influx of refugees in the past couple of years won’t be known for some time. It is cheaper than most Greek islands.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA . Super gay-friendly city, Sydney pulses during the biggest annual gay party in the country each February/March.

We all know about Mardi Gras but how many of us have made the pilgrimage to watch the parade?

Just once in our lives?

BERLIN, GERMANY.  A pulsating city that welcomes everyone and loves the gay community. Berlin enjoys a reputation as one of the world’s most dynamic gay capitals.

The gay community has made Berlin a hedonist’s dream destination, why shouldn’t we join the party?

PUERTO VALLARATA, MEXICO.  Probably Mexico’s most popular gay destination with more than its share of gay bars, night clubs and hilarious drag shows.

Watching the parade of fabulously fit bodies in Speedos while sipping icy margaritas at a beach-front bar is going to make us seniors hold in our tummies and vow to get to the gym when we return home.

BANGKOK, THAILAND.  While not exactly a gay destination, Bangkok is known for its myriad bars where the lady boys love to slip into something glam.

Thai people are among the most sweet, friendly and tolerant people in the world which makes this city a drawcard for the gay community



About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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