Now that the overall ‘Corona‘ situation of the world is steadily improving with the vaccine out, it’s time to move out of your home and plan something sweet, romantic and adventurous with your partner! And what could be better than a romantic holiday: Just you, your boo, away from home!
How awesome it would be to go on an actual vacation after so many months at home during the lockdown? All of us need some time off, to spend with our loved ones. A holiday will be the perfect chance for you and your partner to reconnect with each other and celebrate your love.
Sounds great right? But there are also a few things you should keep in mind to ensure that your holiday is safe, happy and memorable; with no hiccups.
Choose the destination wisely
Its important to choose a destination that you both want to visit; a place that is bound to make both of you happy and satisfied. For this you need to have a good discussion amongst yourselves. Consider the distance from home, ease of transport, affordability and all such points too.
Another thing to keep in mind are the COVID 19 regulations of various places. There are a lot of countries/states/cities that have specific regulations in place for tourists. Make sure to do proper research and decide the destination accordingly. You wouldn’t want to spend half of your vacation in a quarantine home!
So, here’s a list of top LGBTQIA+ friendly vacation spots around the world that you can plan to visit with your partner:
1. Lesbos, Greece
Since long, queer women have migrated here and felt at home. Since 2000, it has hosted the annual Eressos International Women’s Festival, a two-week event celebrating women who love women. It’s a place you can visit and embrace your unique love.
2. Sydney, Australia
Oxford Street in Darlinghurst is the main hub for LGBTQ+ events. And along with that shopping, bars and venues serving the majority of queer interests can be found in this inclusive city.
3. San Francisco, USA
San Francisco has a rich LGBTQ+ history; from the late 1960s until the 1980s, when the AIDS epidemic struck the city hard, the Castro District was one of the very first ‘gaybourhoods’ in the US. Since then, the queer scene has flourished and is the home of the GLBT Historical Society Archives and Museum, a space devoted to honoring the queer history of the region.
4. Berlin, Germany
Home to the world’s first Institute of Sexual Research, this town is proud of its openly queer culture, which is considered to be more diverse and welcoming than many mainstream lesbian and gay scenes.
5. Brighton, UK
The city has plenty to promise for anyone looking for some shopping therapy, with a roaring nightlife and enough opportunities to spend some bucks in the Brighton Streets. With pop princess Britney Spears headlining this year’s party in August, their annual Pride celebrations are the stuff of legends.
6. Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu, just south of the Himalayan mountains, is truly a paradise for backpackers. Nepal has recently become the eighth country to formally recognize a third sex. Although LGBTQIA+ rights are a relatively recent development, the county is eager to promote itself as a LGBTQIA+ friendly destination.
7. Copenhagen, Denmark
As the host country of World Pride in 2021, the popularity of Copenhagen as an LGBTQ+ destination continues to develop. Copenhagen is home to one of Europe’s oldest gay bars, which dates back to 1917 until it became an openly gay bar in the 1950s. Queer travellers visiting this progressive Scandinavian country should feel right at home with LGBTQ+ acceptance and security enshrined in legislation.
8. Goa, India
Goa is the largest tourist destination in India and welcomes all tourists, regardless of their sexual orientation. There are many gay-friendly hotels & guesthouses that you can stay in. Also, individuals are generally open-minded about everything because of the large cultural diversity of tourists visiting Goa. This is a wonderful place to let your hair down and party!
Read Also: The Best LGBTQIA+ Safe Spaces In Bangalore!
Plan your funds
The pandemic has been a little tough on all our pockets. So, its essential for you and your partner to plan you finances accordingly. Sit together and decide how much you both are willing to spend on the holiday. Divide your payments and fix beforehand, how much you would like to spend on food, accommodations, shopping, travelling, sigh-seeing and so on. You also need to be prepared for any unforeseen expenses that you might incur. Try to save as much as possible and decide prior to the holiday, the amount you wish to see in your account when you return home! Spend wisely!
Your perfect vacation will only remain perfect if you choose the right place to stay. Explore as many accommodation options as possible before finalizing anything. Your hotel should be comfortable, easily approachable, couple friendly and affordable! Make sure to read the reviews and analyze the ratings of all the places you’ve shortlisted and choose the best for yourself.
You can also explore home stays, hostels, bed and breakfasts etc. instead of regular fancy hotels. These will give you a very homely feel and will also easily fit in your pocket. Do your research about LGBTQ+ friendly accommodations at your chosen destination and enjoy your stay!
Carry protection (Both kinds *wink, wink*)
Since its a couples’ retreat, you and your partner are bound to get a little naughty during the holiday; and so, you have got to be sure to carry the right protection and whatever else you require, with you.
At the same time, you both need to carry your protection against the virus too! Wear your masks at all times in a public place, keep a sanitizer handy and carry a disinfectant spray with you, which you can spray on all the surfaces you’ll touch; including the beds, washrooms, transportation etc.
Schedule your days (And nights!)
Make an itinerary for your trip, without fail. Even if you just want to stay in bed and not go out, write that down! Divide your days wisely among sightseeing, eating, and most importantly resting! Your holiday will not remain fun if you guys are super exhausted and have got no or very little rest! List down the places you want to visit and allot time slots for each of the visits. Prioritize these places and don’t try to cover every single place in that list. Visit only so many places that you can enjoy.
And since its a special holiday for you and your partner, it wouldn’t hurt to plan out your nights too! Just make sure both of you are on the same page and ultimately end up enjoying each other’s company.
Try to get in touch with any local residents of the place you are planning to visit. Ask your friends and family if they know anyone there. The help of a local resident can be absolutely beneficial and will help make your trip smooth and comfortable. You can ask them about all the places that are worth visiting, the best of accommodations, local transport facilities, best dining places, all the food items you need to try and so on! They can also help you in managing your time and helping you around town, specially if there is any sort of emergency.
You can also ask them about the ground reality regarding the pandemic situation and prepare yourself accordingly. It’s essential for you and your partner to remain safe during this holiday!