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10 LGBTQ+ Travel-Friendly International Destinations for 2022

Anne June 27th, 2022
10 LGBTQ+ Travel-Friendly International Destinations for 2022



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PRIDE, is a five-letter word that is bold, unapologetic, celebrates diversity, freedom of expression, and unbiased love and respect for one another. When asked what pride means to you, some members of the LGBTQ+ community would agree that "it's knowing that it’s OK to be yourself and having the freedom to love who you love."

What does that mean to you when you travel? Seeing yourself in the people there and being celebrated for who you are. Pride month is celebrated in the United States during the month of June.

We want you to travel with pride, so we've compiled a wonderful list of LGBTQ+ travel-friendly destinations to visit this year. Do you want to experience pride month in a foreign country? Keep reading! 

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

City Skyline in Amsterdam, Netherlands

In 2001, the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage and has remained one of the most inclusive countries for LGBTQ+. This year, pride will be celebrated from July 30 - August 7, 2022. Amsterdam Pride is one of the biggest and most unique pride festivals.  

LGBTQ-friendly places to visit: Cafe 't Mandje, EXIT Café, and Pink Point
Currency to bring: European Euro


Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland CIty, New Zealand skyline

New Zealand is known as a welcoming country and legalized same-sex marriage in 2013, along with anti-discrimination laws in place. Auckland is different, it celebrates Pride in January, so you have plenty of time to get prepared for all the fun. 

LGBTQ-friendly places to visit: Karangahape Road, The Eagle, and Family Bar
Currency to bring: New Zealand Dollar


Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Spain has been at the forefront of LGBTQ+ rights. Same-sex marriage was legalized back in 2005 and has been implemented in numerous laws to protect and promote equality for the queer community. Barcelona Pride takes place this year between June 23-26, 2022. You don't want to miss this! 

LGBTQ-friendly places to visit: Barcelona’s L'Eixample neighborhood and Platja de la Mar Bella
How much currency to bring? European Euro


Berlin, Germany

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany

Germany is a progressive country, especially when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights. July 23, 2022, is the official date for Berlin's Christopher Street Day in Germany. This is the largest pride festival in all of Germany, and is named in honor of the Manhattan street to commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969.  

LGBTQ-friendly places to visit: Schöneberg, Gay Hostel, and Schwules Museum
Currency to bring: European Euro


London, United Kingdom

London tower in England

Historically, London has been the epicenter of queer life and Soho is the perfect place to visit to experience the hub of the city's LGBTQ+ bars, shops, and clubs. This year, London Pride will be celebrated on July 2, 2022.  

LGBTQ-friendly places to visit: Cybil’s House, Admiral Duncan, and Soho (London's West End)
How much currency to bring? British Pound 



Berit Watkin, Malta

Back in 2016, Malta became the first country in Europe to ban conversion therapy and passed laws at a constitutional level. The best time to visit Malta this year is during Pride month celebrated from September 2-11.  

LGBTQ-friendly places to visit: The Thirsty Barber
Currency to bring: European Euro


Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Boat sail, area crowded by tourists in Vallarta Mexico

Puerto Vallarta Pride was celebrated this year on May 23-30, is the biggest pride celebration in Mexico. Throughout the year, Mexico has become more LGBTQ+ friendly and Puerto Vallarta has become the country's most progressive state. Mexico is this year's top destination, so make sure to add this to your vacation list.  

LGBTQ-friendly places to visit: Emiliano Zapata (also called Old Town), Playa de los Muertos, La Noche, Blondies Loft + Slushbar, Mr. Flamingo, and Almar Resort
Currency to bring: Mexican Peso


Quito, Ecuador

Plaza de San Francisco in old town Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador legalized same-sex marriage in 2019 and banned discrimination based on sexual orientation back in 1998. Quito is one of the best places for the LGBTQ+ community, especially the nightlife.  

LGBTQ-friendly places to visit: Touch Uio and Pravda
Currency to bring: United States Dollar

Sydney, Australia

Couple looking at Sydney, Australia skyline

Sydney's Gay Mardi Gras is one of the largest LGBTQ+ celebrations on the planet! This takes place during February or March of each year. In 2023, Sydney will be the host of World Pride. 

LGBTQ-friendly places to visit: Darlinghurst neighborhood, Stonewall Hotel, The Darlinghurst Bookshop, and Queer Screen
Currency to bring: Australian Dollar


Toronto, Canada

Toronto Syline

Canada has some of the best protection for LGBTQ+ people in the world. Toronto's Pride will be taking place this year from June 24-26. This celebration is a more laid-back experience.  

LGBTQ-friendly places to visit: Queen Street, Woody’s, and Buddies in Bad Times Theater
Currency to bring: Canadian Dollar


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