In the caring and expert hands of Charitable Travel a world of fantastic destinations and holiday ideas await the LGBTQI+ traveller – places and activities where you can expect the warmest of welcomes, open-minded attitudes, and venues where you can just be yourself. Whether your holiday style is an upmarket, glamorous resort to see and be seen, or if you’re seeking out an intimate LGBTQI+ friendly boutique property then Charitable Travel has done the research for you. So wherever in the world your rainbow holiday dreams may take you let Charitable Travel be your LGBTQI+ friendly travel guru.
The USA has to make any LGBTQI+ travellers top ten places. Leading the rainbow pack of this country’s destinations has to be San Francisco where LGBTQI+ activism began long ago and still to this day boasts a cultural and entertainment scene dedicated to the LGBTQI+ community. Combined with the iconic sites of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, you’ll be sure of a wonderful holiday here. Florida‘s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and family ‘capital’. Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to hundreds of LGBTQI+ owned and operated businesses, including hotels, bars, clubs, restaurants, and attractions, with many located in an area called Wilton Manors. Fort Lauderdale prides itself on being a diverse, inclusive and safe destination to spend your holiday. This ‘progressive diverse citizenry’ earned Fort Lauderdale a well-deserved spot among America’s Top 100 Best Places to Live, Work and Play. Elsewhere in the USA New Orleans in the Deep South is the place where the Mardi Gras celebrations are just one of many rainbow events happening year-round. If you’re looking for the hottest LGBTQI+ nightclubs then head straight to New York City where you can dance the night away, or if encountering a relaxed LGBTQI+ community set in the warmth of the desert sun appeals then Palm Springs will not disappoint. Philadelphia also boasts a variety of LGBTQI+ attractions. The city’s Gayborhood has a variety of bars, restaurants and attractions welcoming to and celebrating the LGBTQI+ community. Be sure to check out the many LGBTQI+ murals, along with Philly Aids Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room the country’s first and oldest LGBTQI+ focused bookstore.
Maybe you’ve always dreamed of a trip to Sydney, Australia where even if you’re not visiting during the famous Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras season, you’ll find all the LGBTQI+ clubs and bars you could wish for in this friendly, cosmopolitan city. On your way ‘down-under’, why not stop off for a beach break in the ‘Land of Smiles’ – Thailand? Widely considered to be the ‘gay capital of Asia’, Bangkok has a plethora of LGBTQI+ friendly hotels and a colourful nightlife to match, and it’s also easy to travel on from here to the tantalsing beach resorts of Pattaya or Phuket, each with their own vibrant LGBTQI+ scene and great beaches.
Prefer an LGBTQI+ destination a little closer to home or just have time for a short break? Maybe a journey to the Mediterranean. A trip to Malta offers the LGBTQI+ community the freedom to relax whilst feeling accepted and safe. The ILGA-Europe Rainbow Map, reflecting the human rights of LGBTQI+ people in Europe, has voted Malta the most LGBTQI+ friendly destination for five consecutive years. Malta Pride Week usually has thousands of marchers, eye-catching floats and incredible street performers. Couples can also choose to get married on the Maltese Islands. For a short break Berlin comes highly recommended for its long LGBTQI+ history and with the division of the past now swept away, you’ll discover a city with a unique blend of sightseeing, culture, and a very out and proud LGBTQI+ scene. Neighbouring Denmark, the first country in the world to recognise same sex partnerships, is an equally good choice for a city break in Copenhagen, home to one of Europe’s oldest gay bars, and which has always had a progressive and tolerant feel. Finally, for a LGBTQI+ destination which may surprise, how about a trip to Israel and the lively city of Tel Aviv? Famous for its LGBTQI+ nightlife right on the beach, this is a place you can feel comfortable holding hands with your loved ones, whoever they are.
Charitable Travel takes pride in helping with LGBTQI+ travel plans and can create a perfect holiday tailor-made to your expectations and budget. You’ll feel the pride too, not just as you travel, but also for the help you’re giving to your selected charity.