Why is it so difficult to find travel information for lesbians and queer women?
The internet is ripe with travel content for gay boys. Even when a travel company says they're LGBTQ+ friendly, they really mean gay male friendly, but feel obligated to lump us all in there for appearance's sake.
How do I know this? Well, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out when all the images under the LGBTQ+ tab of most travel sites have images of shirtless, hairless, six-pack-sporting men in speedos running down a beach.
When I moved to South Korea back in 2013, I had such a hard time finding travel specific information that I ended up creating my own travel blog with lesbian travelers in mind. While I'm proud of my little corner of the internet, I'd LOVE to see more queer ladies take up the travel banner and put their knowledge out into the world.
I reached out to some of my favorite lesbian travelers and asked them what their picks for the best lesbian friendly destinations are. I also gave a few of my own opinions. Here they are.
1. New York City, New York
-- Emily M., 29
If you're looking for a mini weekend guide specifically for women and LGBTQ+ folks, check out this pride guide.
2. Los Angeles, California
I visit Los Angeles several times a year and always stay in West Hollywood, aka WeHo if you're in the know.
I just love the funky, eclectic little town inside a sprawling, urban mega-city. Each time, I find something new to discover and explore.
I can't lie, I also love that it's SUPER gay. Like, really really gay. It just kinda feels like a home away from home where I can let my hair down and relive all my craziest L-Word-based fantasies.
3. Miami, Florida
-- Lindsay C., 29
4. Columbus, Ohio
While you may not expect the midwest to be home to an LGBT hotspot, it definitely is.
Turns out, Columbus is surprisingly young and hip. It could be because of the proximity to Ohio State University, the third largest university in the US, or it could be just because of the open minded and easy going nature of the locals.
Either way, it should definitely be on your bucket list of weekend trips. When you visit, make sure you experience the incredible restaurants, shopping and queer friendly nightlife of the area.
5. Cannon Beach, Oregon
-- Cait, 28
6. Washington, DC
While DC doesn't have a specific lesbian section of town, it definitely has plenty of cool activities that queer folks would be interested in doing.
I could spend days wandering around the Smithsonian Museums, shopping in Georgetown, exploring Dupont or hitting up The Coven, DC's hottest queer party.
7. The Finger Lakes
-- Rachel M., 28
8. Bogota, Columbia
-- Char S.
9. Maui, Hawaii
-- Sarah W., 31
10. Seoul, South Korea
-- Shaun G.
Despite having a rather anti-LGBTQ+ reputation, South Korea was a favorite.