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Fall Friendly LGBTQ+ Travel Destinations

LGBTQ+ FlagLGBTQ+ Travel Destinations That Bring Together, Culture, History, and Fun

The travel season isn’t over yet. Fall is one of the best times to travel with discounted rates and accommodations that anyone should be looking to take advantage of. It’s time to skip the beach and take in some fall colors and events that are sure to please the pickiest of travelers. Consider these LGBTQ+ travel destinations when booking your next fall vacation.

LGBTQ+ Travel Destinations: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is well-known for its extremely liberal attitudes and stunning canals but visiting in the fall is an entirely different experience. Long known as an LGBTQ+ friendly destination, the Netherlands is a hub of international tourists and accepting attitudes that mix well with LGBTQ+ travelers who wish to explore, eat, drink, and see the sights of this beautiful country. The fall colors in Amsterdam are remarkable and make for a romantic getaway that is straight out a storybook. Hop on a train and visit the Hague and Rotterdam to experience even more Danish charm.

Aukland, New ZealandLGBTQ+ Travel Destinations: Auckland, New Zealand

October is a great time to visit Auckland, New Zealand, as it’s springtime from September to November. This means fewer tourists, warm weather, and more space to enjoy the great outdoors. Auckland, the country’s capital, boasts LGBTQ+ friendly attitudes and offers everything from volcanoes, beaches, food, drinks, and incredible nightlife. Visit the Waitakere Ranges and see magnificent sunsets along the coast or take part in a whale watching tour offered throughout the city. Plus, nude beaches are plentiful and very welcoming to LGBTQ+ travelers.

LGBTQ+ Travel Destinations: Milan, Italy

The beauty of Milan is best experienced in the fall as tourists retreat, yet the beaches continue to stay comfortable, even with slightly cooler weather. Long known as being welcoming to LGBTQ+ travelers, Milan is a sought-after destination that brings art, history, culture, and LGBTQ+ attitudes into one travel experience. The neighborhood of Prota Venezia is a must-visit for LGBTQ+ travelers with never-ending nightlife and exceptional food and drink.

Berlin, GermanyLGBTQ+ Travel Destinations: Berlin, Germany

Berlin is likely best experienced during the fall as it is an incredibly popular and crowded tourist destination in the summer months. As the days get shorter in Germany, the nightlife only picks up. Berlin is truly a joy to explore as the city is home to industrial dance parties that go well into the morning, with a wide range of bars, nightclubs, and underground raves that only shut down when the partygoers go home. The fall colors with the city’s industrial-gothic architecture give a picturesque appeal that must be seen in person.

LGBTQ+ Travel Destinations: Athens, Greece

Athens is home to many fall events usually only experienced by the locals, as most tourists have returned home after the summer months. With cooler weather and fewer crowds, fall is the perfect time to visit and indulge in the city’s many food festivals. Feta cheese, roasted chestnuts, and incredible fall scenery are just some of the many reasons to visit Athens, aside from the LGBTQ+ friendly attitudes. Halloween is incredibly popular in Athens as the city is overrun with costumes and celebrations, making for a unique fall travel experience that should never be overlooked.

Athens, GreeceLGBTQ+ Travel Destinations: Put Safety First This Fall Travel Season

Wherever you are traveling, travel as an LGBTQ+ traveler comes with unique risks that may not be addressed by traditional travel insurance.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. It also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

LGBTQ+ Travel with CAP, Powered by FocusPoint

FocusPoint International has partnered with IGLTA (International LGBTQ+ Travel Association) to offer the CAP Medical and Security Travel Assistance Plan. The IGLTA website is an exceptional resource for LGBTQ+ travelers that identifies travel advisors and providers that are LGBTQ+ welcoming. View the LGBTQ+ Safety and Travel Guide on the ILGTA website.

Does Travel Insurance Address the Complications That Arise as an LGBTQ+ Traveler?

GlobeTravel Insurance and the LGBTQ+ Traveler, Look Beyond the Fine Print

Travel insurance provides many valuable offerings that LGBTQ+ travelers can benefit from. Traditional travel insurance often addresses lost luggage and canceled trips, and many tourists and corporate travelers are satisfied with what travel insurance can offer.

Truthfully though, many LGBTQ+ tourists are subject to unfortunate incidents that most traditional travelers do not experience. Should an LGBTQ+ traveler experience harassment or violent assault, travel insurance may not be able to help and properly address the situation.

A Closer Look at Traditional Travel Insurance

The fine print detailed in traditional travel insurance is often overlooked by many tourists. Consumers tend to select travel insurance for its reputation as a safe and responsible purchase without reading the fine print behind the product. Certain incidents might not be “covered” by travel insurance, leaving the traveler to address complications out of pocket should something unfortunate occur.

Most commonly, air ambulance services and emergency relocation services are not included with traditional travel insurance. In the event an LGBTQ+ traveler needs to be flown via air ambulance to a hospital, the traveler might have to pay the entire bill for the flight. Every travel insurance policy is different, and the LGBTQ+ community should be made aware of the types of travel mishaps that are not addressed by traditional travel insurance.

LGBTQ+ BraceletThe Unexpected Mishaps LGBTQ+ Travelers May Experience

It has been well documented that LGBTQ+ travelers are more likely to experience discrimination, verbal harassment, and violent assault during travel, especially in places that are unfriendly to the LGBTQ+ community. Whether on vacation or a corporate business trip, LGBTQ+ travelers, unfortunately, face unique hurdles that are exclusive to them. Discrimination from locals, police officers, cab drivers, hotel and wait staff, even hospitals and healthcare centers can and does occur.

Travel insurance plays an important role for many travelers, but for LGBTQ+ travelers, it simply may not be enough to address such complications. In instances of wrongful arrest, violent assault, or political demonstrations, your travel insurance provider could be limited in how they can assist you.

For example, in the instance where you need to be relocated because of an emergency such as a violent assault, travel insurance might not be able to reimburse you for the costs of an air ambulance. Relocation to a hospital of your choice over international borders could cost over $100,000, potentially taking years to pay back.

Is There Travel Insurance Available Specifically for LGBTQ+ Travelers?

Each product is unique, but LGBTQ+ travelers are advised to find a supplemental product to their existing travel insurance to address complications such as air ambulance and emergency services. Travel assistance products address the gaps of traditional travel insurance.

Beyond Travel Insurance: LGBTQ+ Travel With CAP, Powered by FocusPoint

Be prepared for anything as an LGBTQ+ traveler.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. It also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Contact us directly to learn more about available offerings tailored specifically to the LGBTQ+ community.

LGBTQ+ FlagLGBTQ+ Travel with CAP Powered by FocusPoint

FocusPoint International has partnered with IGLTA (International LGBTQ+ Travel Association) to offer the CAP Medical and Security Travel Assistance Plan. The IGLTA website is an exceptional resource for LGBTQ+ travelers that identifies travel advisors and providers that are LGBTQ+ welcoming. View the LGBTQ+ Safety and Travel Guide on the ILGTA website.

Canada a Safe Haven For LGBTQ+ Travelers

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With the recent news that fully vaccinated Americans can enter Canada, many LGBTQ+ travelers should begin planning their fall trips to the great white north. As one of the most welcoming places in the world, Canada is an incredibly diverse and multicultural nation that welcomes people from anywhere. Known for its politeness, Canada stands as a safe haven for LGBTQ+ travelers and offers a unique mix of outdoor adventure, food, drink, culture, and nightlife that is sure to impress any traveler.

Travel restrictions continue to evolve, but for the time being, American travelers are eligible to visit Canada under certain requirements. Before your trip, ensure that you meet the requirements for entering Canada and continue to follow health and safety protocols. As for LGBTQ+ attitudes, Canadians have been known to be very welcoming to LGBTQ+ tourists, and travelers should have no issues showing simple signs of affection in public in either small towns or large cities.

Safe Haven for LGBTQ+ Travelers: Scenery, Fall Colors, Lakeside Accommodations

Choose a road trip, short flight, or full-on excursion into the wilderness of Canada. The Muskoka region of Ontario is a perfect place for canoeing, hiking, fishing, and swimming and offers beautiful lakeside sunsets. Cottages are plentiful in Algonquin and Muskoka, and many hosts are welcoming LGBTQ+ tourists.

As for the west coast of Canada, British Columbia offers coastal views and mountaintops as far as the eye can see. A road trip through the Rocky Mountains provides endless places to stop and enjoy the scenery.

montrealSafe Haven For LGBTQ+ Travelers: Montréal

Montréal has gained a reputation for its vibrant LGBTQ+ community that welcomes anyone from around the world. Embrace the romantic French language and take a trip through the city’s gay village. The party never stops in Montréal and is just a short flight from the east coast of the United States, making it the perfect weekend getaway for any LGBTQ+ couple. Old Montréal, in particular, has some of the world’s most incredible food, ranging from the culturally diverse to bagels and poutine.

Safe Haven For LGBTQ+ Travelers: Toronto

A city known for its grand corporate identity, Toronto has developed a hip aesthetic that reflects the country’s cultural diversity. The city is very passionate about LGBTQ+ and trans rights, with multiple art and theatre groups celebrating LGBTQ+ culture. As for nightlife, Queen West is a bar hopper’s dream with endless bars and nightclubs. There is no need to be shy about your passion for the community in Toronto, as the city has been known to celebrate LGBTQ+ culture every chance it gets.

VancouverSafe Haven For LGBTQ+ Travelers: Vancouver

Vancouver might be one of the most unique cities in the world for its blend of nature and urban stylings. With west coast and Japanese influences, Vancouver is an incredible city to get lost in, offering endless food and drink. It’s not uncommon to see rainbow flags hung proudly throughout the streets, and LGBTQ+ travelers will have no problem visiting a city that offers such an incredibly diverse mix of influences from across the world.

Visit Canada with CAP – A Safe Haven for LGBTQ+ Travelers

As an LGBTQ+ traveler, it’s important to plan for absolutely anything, even when visiting LGBTQ+ friendly destinations.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. It also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

LGBTQ+ FlagLGBTQ+ Travel with CAP, Powered by FocusPoint

FocusPoint International has partnered with IGLTA (International LGBTQ+ Travel Association) to offer the CAP Medical and Security Travel Assistance Plan.  The IGLTA website is an exceptional resource for LGBTQ+ travelers that identifies travel advisors and providers that are LGBTQ+ welcoming. View the LGBTQ+ Safety and Travel Guide on the ILGTA website.

5 Tips to Avoid Conflict as an LGBTQ+ Traveler

LGBTQ+ FamilyLGBTQ+ Travelers Unfortunately Face Unique Challenges, But Shouldn’t Live in Fear

Many LGBTQ+ travelers face the harsh truth that certain destinations around the world are unfriendly to the community. While many places in North America welcome them with open arms, several destinations lean towards more outdated and heteronormative standards.

The LGBTQ+ community should be aware of the challenges they could face while traveling internationally. Take steps to ensure that your next vacation or corporate travel assignment is as enjoyable as possible and free from conflict.

HandsWhat Kinds of Conflict Do International LGBTQ+ Travelers Face?

LGBTQ+ travelers can often fall victim to verbal harassment, hurtful comments, and in some instances, physical assault from the general public. Uncomfortable moments are not restricted to locals either, as some LGBTQ+ travelers might come across scrutiny from airport security, local police, hotel staff, cab drivers, and wait staff.

Five Simple Tips That Can Help Any LGBTQ+ Traveler Avoid Conflict

1. Careful Planning

The first step to avoid conflict is planning – research local laws, customs, and attitudes before departing. Get a sense of how accepting your destination is of LGBTQ+ travelers; read online reviews, know your rights, and learn about other LGBTQ+ travel experiences before you leave.

2. Pick the Right Accommodations

The most important element of a trip for LGBTQ+ travelers is the accommodations. It can be extremely costly to rebook a hotel because you discovered it isn’t LGBTQ+ upon arrival. Usually, LGBTQ+ friendly hotels and resorts are not shy of their acceptance to the community.

Visit the hotel or resort’s website and look for any sign of being friendly to LGBTQ+ travelers. If there isn’t any sort of mention of LGBTQ+ acceptance, then you might want to consider booking elsewhere. In some instances, a hotel or resort might be unfriendly to LGBTQ+ travelers by labeling themselves as “family-friendly,” which might be code that it does not accept the LGBTQ+ community. Read up on the online reviews of your accommodations, find any negative experiences, and ensure the hotel welcomes people from all walks of life.

3. Maintain a Low Profile

Certain exotic international destinations are unfriendly to any kind of public displays of affection, regardless of whom it is between. Use your best judgment when showing displays of affection in public areas, and air on the side of caution. Some LGBTQ+ travelers might face conflict from the public with simple handholding, while in other scenarios, two same-sex travelers just walking together could solicit awkward comments.

In these unfortunate circumstances, instead of explaining that you are in a romantic same-sex relationship, tell the locals that you are traveling as friends for the sake of avoiding conflict.

4. Use Some Trickery When Necessary

For situations where an LGBTQ+ traveler knows they are visiting an unfriendly destination, a few tricks can be used to avoid unnecessary conflict. First, upon entry to the country, fill out separate visas to avoid awkward moments with customs and airport security. Next, travel with individual luggage, even if you only need one suitcase. Finally, consider booking a room with two beds instead of one.

5. Create Distance in the Event Trouble Arises

Always, under any circumstance, put your safety first. Should you fall victim to harassment or assault, create distance between you and the conflict. Leave the area and find a safe space when you do not feel comfortable. For instance, if you are made to feel unwelcome at a hotel, don’t bother complaining to management; pack up and leave and connect with the hotel over the phone or via email.

In certain situations, LGBTQ+ travelers will have to act quickly to ensure their safety. Use your best judgment and don’t hesitate.

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As for the LGBTQ+ community member traveling internationally, travel insurance might not suffice.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. It also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Chalk Rainbow DrawingInternational LGBTQ+ Travel Resources Provided by the IGLTA

FocusPoint International has partnered with IGLTA (International LGBTQ+ Travel Association) to offer the CAP Medical and Security Travel Assistance Plan. The IGLTA website is an exceptional resource for LGBTQ+ travelers that identifies travel advisors and providers that are LGBTQ+ welcoming.

View the LGBTQ+ Safety and Travel Guide on the ILGTA website.

LGBTQ+ Travel Across the United Kingdom

Travel UKAcceptance is at the Core of LGBTQ+ Travel in the United Kingdom

LGBTQ+ travel options across the United Kingdom have drawn thousands of tourists across the world for so much more than a cup of tea. The UK offers so much in terms of culture, history, sights, dining, and nightlife, and LGBTQ+ travelers will be happy to learn that it is one of the safest destinations in the world to visit. With positive attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community being commonplace, there is so much to see and do when visiting the UK that travelers will be coming back year after year.

Many of the values behind the LGBTQ+ positive attitudes in the UK are woven directly into its history. Famous authors like Oscar Wilde and rock and roll icons like Elton John have long celebrated UK’s positive attitudes towards LGBTQ+ culture. LGBTQ+ travelers will be happy to know that these progressive attitudes are not just exclusive to major city centers. You can find it also in small towns that are ready to be explored.

Experience the charm of the UK and be proud of who you are.

What Are the Safest LGBTQ+ Travel Destinations in the United Kingdom?

Travel across the United Kingdom is considered safe for LGBTQ+ travelers, and these destinations are a must during your next visit. See the LGBTQ+ Safety and Travel Guide on the ILGTA website.

London EnglandLGBTQ+ Travel in London

London boasts incredible history and English culture while maintaining its reputation as one of the safest places in the world for LGBTQ+ travelers to visit. The neighborhood of Soho offers a wide array of LGBTQ+ bars and nightclubs that welcome people from all walks of life. London is also home to the Stag Theatre, Europe’s best LGBTQ+ performance theatre, where anyone can take in art and culture with an LGBTQ+ flair.

LGBTQ+ Travel in Brighton

Brighton is home to one of Europe’s biggest pride festivals and has long been a destination that openly welcomes LGBTQ+ travelers. The neighborhood of Kemptown is the center of the LGBTQ+ community and attracts hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ tourists each year. Take in art and film, grab a pint in historic LGBTQ+ pubs, or dance the night away in one of the many LGBTQ+ friendly nightclubs.

LGBTQ+ Travel in Manchester

Just a short train ride from London, Manchester has gained a reputation for LGBTQ+ friendly hotels, bars, and restaurants that mix well with its hip demeanor. As a city known for its passion for sports, it also comes with inclusive attitudes where LGBTQ+ travelers are welcomed and should have no trouble with simple public displays of affection. Visit the famous Canal Street for a vibrant LGBTQ+ experience with endless clubs and dining options that welcome anyone regardless of gender identity or sexuality.

EdenboroughLGBTQ+ Travel in Edinburgh

Head to the north and experience the inclusive attitudes of Edinburgh, Scotland. Not only is this city is considered one of the most scenic spots in the UK, but it also offers charming coffee shops, stunning art galleries, and the “Pink Triangle” party district that will keep any LGBTQ+ traveler occupied. Some of the LGBTQ+ friendly bars and clubs are open late, with some dance parties lasting well into the morning hours.

LGBTQ+ Travel in Glasgow

Scotland is home to a second LGBTQ+ travel hub; Glasgow, Scotland. Progressive attitudes and industrial-chic aesthetics come together in a unique cultural experience that welcomes anyone from around the world. This city is home to both LGBTQ+ party vibes along with sophistication that simply can’t be duplicated anywhere else.

BristolLGBTQ+ Travel in Bristol 

Bristol offers incredible scenery, relaxed LGBTQ+ vibes, and a long list of LGBTQ+-focused events, including art exhibits, cocktail hours, and underground dance clubs. Pride is regularly celebrated in this harbor town and offers luxury and budget options for travelers from all walks of life. Take in some open-air theatre courtesy of the historic Old Vic Theatre, or party all night in the city’s many clubs and bars.

Safe LGBTQ+ Travel with CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan

For North Americans visiting Europe, consider a travel product that speaks to the needs of LGBTQ+ travelers and the unique challenges they face along the way.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. It also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Contact us directly to learn more about available options tailored to LGBTQ+ travelers from all walks of life.

10 Street Smart Safety Tips For LGBTQ+ Travelers

LGBTQ+ TravelHow LGBTQ+ Travelers Can Avoid Danger During Their Next International Adventure

LGBTQ+ travel comes with inherent risks as some local laws and customs may not accept people from different walks of life. Regardless of your sexuality or gender identity, you deserve to experience travel just as any other person. But you should be aware that LGBTQ+ travelers face unique hurdles that require extra attention and care. See the LGBTQ+ Safety and Travel Guide on the ILGTA website.

10 Simple Street Smart LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Tips

Be street smart and enjoy your next international vacation. Use these travel safety tips to ensure that your holiday is entirely focused on pleasure rather than safety.

  1. Be Highly Aware of Your Surroundings
    This includes keeping an eye on your belongings and doing your research prior to arriving at your destination. Read up on the neighborhood you are visiting, including any relevant local laws and customs that you should be aware of.
  1. Consider Body Language
    Give off confident body language, even if you are lost. Sometimes travelers who appear to be confused at airports, train stations, or bus terminals are targeted for common scams like pickpocketing. Should you get lost during travel, take a second and don’t panic. Create a plan of action and stick to it.
  1. Understand Your Rights
    LGBTQ+ travelers have the same rights as everyone and should not be bullied by security. Unfortunately for LGBTQ+ travelers, security checkpoints at airports can often be a difficult experience. Understand your rights during airport screening but remain polite should there be any issues. Travelers typically have the right to private pre-screening that can help avoid unpleasant interactions with security while moving through checkpoints.
  1. Use Common Sense When Exploring at Night
    International travel comes with plenty of time changes, as jet lag may have some LGBTQ+ travelers exploring cities at odd hours. If you are traveling at night, try to stick to well-lit streets and neighborhoods and avoid shortcuts through back alleys as much as possible, even during the day.
  1. Don’t Guess When It Comes to Accommodations
    With your accommodations, you should be 100% certain that your hotel or resort is LGBTQ+ friendly. Many major hotel chains now shout from the rooftops that their businesses welcome travelers from all walks of life. If you can’t verify with complete certainty that you are in a safe space, consider booking elsewhere.
  1. Have a Backup Plan
    Have a sense of where police stations and other safe public places are. If you are traveling with a partner or as a group, decide on a location where everyone can meet up should you get lost, lose your phone, or need to reconvene.
  1. Skip Out on High-Risk Activities
    It might be tempting to meet up with someone on a dating app during travel, but the risks often outweigh the reward. Meeting someone at a new place you are unfamiliar with is a recipe for disaster and could put you in a vulnerable position. Other high-risk activities, including the use of drugs or excessive alcohol consumption, can put you at risk of other incidents of crime, harassment, or personal injury.
  1. Avoid Confrontation
    Should you experience harassment in public during travel, do your best to avoid further confrontation. Traveling internationally is not the time to get into heated debates, and it is best to move on and walk away.
  1. Rethink Backpacks and Back Pockets
    Consider carrying your backpack on the front of your body rather than on your back. Fanny packs are also great for holding onto personal belongings while leaving the remainder of your travel gear in a safe space at your accommodations.
  1. Inquire with the Locals
    At any point you are unsure that a travel activity is unsafe, ask someone for their opinion. The hotel concierge can give you their honest opinion, do additional research for you, and advise on your best course of action. Don’t live in fear; take extra precautions to ensure that your trip is the best that it can be.

Heart in HandsSafe LGBTQ+ Travel with CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan

Be prepared for absolutely anything as an LGBTQ+ traveler, including incidents of harassment, assault, and wrongful detention.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. It also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Contact us directly to learn more about available options tailored to LGBTQ+ travelers looking to explore the world through international travel.

A Closer Look at What LGBTQ+ Travel in Australia is Like

Pride ParadeLGBTQ+ Travel in Australia: What the Community Can Expect When Visiting Australia

LGBTQ+ travel in Australia might soon be possible with the easing restrictions and vaccinations picking up across the globe. International summer travel is steadily opening for many North Americans, and LGBTQ+ travelers should be pinpointing Australia as one of the top destinations to visit beyond 2021. Offering what might feel like an endless summer party, Australia is known to be worth the long flight for any LGBTQ+ traveler looking to experience food, sun, and fun all year round.

From a political standpoint, the LGBTQ+ community has many legal protections from discrimination in Australia and is considered to have equal rights. Having legalized same-sex marriage in 2017, Australia has actively abolished many of the homophobic laws once enacted as part of the outdated British laws. LGBTQ+ travelers will be happy to know that they are not likely to face any discrimination in Australia’s major cities but may come across harassment in smaller towns that are typically off the beaten path outside of where many travelers will visit.

LGBTQ+ Travel in Australia: Melbourne Embraces the LGBTQ+ Community

Melbourne is widely considered to be an exceptionally friendly city to the LGBTQ+ community. Many reviews online state that the city is extremely welcoming to LGBTQ+ travelers, embracing the culture, especially in the summer months. Melbourne offers exciting nightlife options, including a multitude of bars and clubs, along with LGBTQ+-friendly beaches and scenery that bring together the great elements of traveling “down under.”

Take part in countless LGBTQ+ events and connect directly with the Melbourne community. Even public displays of affection, including handholding between same-sex couples, are commonplace. LGBTQ+ travelers will feel at ease while visiting this great city.

SurfingLGBTQ+ Travel in Australia: Surf, Sand, and More in Sydney

Sydney is, of course, known for the city’s iconic harbourfront along with the world-famous Opera House. This city is perfect for travelers wishing to take in the sights and mingle with other locals who identify with the LGBTQ+ community while indulging in incredible coffee and wine offerings local to Australia.

Oxford Street in downtown Sydney is home to many bars and clubs, with the North Bondi and Tamarama beaches having a reputation for welcoming LGBTQ+ travelers from all walks of life. Mardi Gras in Sydney is known to be one of the most important pride festivals in the world and typically takes over the city once a year with a long list of community events and live music festivals. If you have the chance, Mardi Gras in Sydney is a unique opportunity to experience and celebrate one of the biggest displays of pride in the entire world.

LGBTQ+Travel in Australia: Culture and Acceptance in Adelaide

Adelaide is a hidden gem of a travel destination as it boasts an inclusive and friendly culture, and comes with an impressive art and music scene. The city itself has experienced a bit of a cultural boom in the last several years, with young and educated professionals fueling the revitalization.

Take up some surfing at the incredible beaches, including the beautiful Henley beach, or dine at the city’s hip restaurant offerings that include food and cuisine from across the world. Adelaide also is a great destination for anyone who loves the outdoors, offering small day trip options to LGBTQ+ friendly small towns that offer exceptional wine tours and beautiful sunsets.

Pride Flag at BeachLGBTQ+ Travel With CAP, Powered by FocusPoint

When you book your trip to Australia, ensure that as an LGBTQ+ traveler, you have the ability to address any travel mishaps as they arise.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. It also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

The LGBTQ+ community faces unique challenges while travelling, especially the transgender community. Contact us directly to learn more about how CAP can speak to the needs of the LGBTQ+ community traveling internationally in 2021 and beyond.

FocusPoint International has partnered with IGLTA (International LGBTQ+ Travel Association) to offer a CAP Medical and Security Travel Assist Plan to the attendees of the upcoming IGLTA convention. The IGLTA website is an exceptional resource for LGBTQ+ travelers that can identify travel advisors & providers that are LGBTQ+ welcoming. See the LGBTQ+ Safety and Travel Guide on the ILGTA website.

The IGLTA Global Convention is the world’s premier educational and networking travel trade event for LGBTQ+ tourism professionals and allies. In addition to being the world’s largest LGBTQ+ travel trade convention, it is also the longest-running of its kind (the first edition was held in San Francisco in 1984). For more information and LGBTQ+ resources visit igltaconvention.org.

Transgender Travel Safety Tips: Travel with Confidence Across the World

pride marchTransgender Travel Risks and Challenges: Plan Ahead

Traveling as a transgender person comes with unique challenges that most would never experience. Something as simple as checking in for a flight or heading through airport security can be a highly uncomfortable experience for a transgender traveler. Simple airport screening could result in many questions and awkward interactions that unfortunately come with being part of the LGBTQ+ community. Transgender travel ultimately requires some additional planning, patience, a keen sense of awareness, and a few extra steps to ensure that leisure travel is entirely focused on just that, leisure, and no other complications along the way.

Anyone who identifies as transgender or gender-nonconforming has every right to enjoy leisure or corporate travel; these simple steps will help make your trip as smooth as possible.

Transgender Travel and Airport Security: Potential Issues

Airport security can sometimes be an uncomfortable experience for the LGBTQ+ and trans community. While many airport security professionals are trained on screening transgender passengers, there can still be unpleasant reactions, awkward questions and pat-downs, and other concerns when going through the screening process. In some instances, transgender people might attract attention from airport security, questioning the individual’s choice of garments. In the event that this does happen, be as straightforward as possible, informing them that certain clothing choices are part of your gender identity. Do your best to be as polite and respectful as possible to airport security, and request to speak with an agent in private if that is your preference.

One way to avoid some of these challenges with airport security is to partake in a TSA PreCheck if you are traveling in the United States. The TSA promises a smoother experience, and anyone can apply online ahead of their flight. This precheck typically doesn’t include removing clothes, belts, or shoes but instead opts for a quick fingerprinting and background check. The process itself is less invasive and can make the experience of domestic travel more relaxed and comfortable, regardless of if you identify with the LGBTQ+ community or not.

medicationTransgender Travel: Carrying Medications and Other Prescriptions Through Airport Security

The trans community faces a multitude of challenges every day, and travel could compound some of those issues. Go to great lengths to ensure you have proper documentation for any medications you might be carrying during your trip. Bundle all your medications into your carry-on bag, and make sure all prescriptions are clearly visible on each bottle.

Hormone therapy might require the use of syringes, and you could be required to show documentation from your doctor. Anyone is who is part of the LGBTQ+ community has rights that are detailed online on the TFSA website, and carrying a TSA notification card can help streamline the process of going through airport security. Be prepared to explain medications with proper documentation and request a private discussion with a TSA supervisor if that is considered more comfortable.

Transgender Travel: Complications with Government Identification and Bookings

Further, transgender travelers might experience issues with booking hotels, car rentals, and presenting identification. Before your trip, it might be beneficial to update all photo IDs to ensure they are consistent. Should a transgender traveler have legally changed their name, all further travel documents will need to be updated as well, including driver licenses, passports, and any other government-issued identification.

Reservations will need to be made with current legal names, along with a second piece of identification. Should forms of identification not match, transgender travelers might run into extensive complications, including being denied on board a flight or refused service for hotels or car reservations.

Trip PlanningTransgender Travel with FocusPoint International’s CAP

Every traveler is encouraged to perform additional research when traveling to exotic locations. Those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community are best to research the desired destination’s local customs and perceptions prior to their arrival. For example, in some places, local laws might criminalize same-sex partnerships and public displays of affection, or locals may react negatively to a member of the trans community. Online forums are a great way to learn about the travel experiences of other people within the community. They can help you make more informed travel decisions, ultimately keeping members of the trans and LGBTQ+ community safe. View the Travel Tips for Transgender, Genderqueer and Non-Binary Wanderlusters blog on the IGLTA website.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. CAP also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

LGBTQ+ Travel With CAP, Powered by FocusPoint

FocusPoint International has partnered with IGLTA (International LGBTQ+ Travel Association) to offer a CAP Medical and Security Travel Assist Plan to the attendees of the upcoming IGLTA convention. The IGLTA website is an exceptional resource for LGBTQ+ travelers that can identify travel advisors & providers that are LGBTQ+ welcoming.

The IGLTA Global Convention is the world’s premier educational and networking travel trade event for LGBTQ+ tourism professionals and allies. In addition to being the world’s largest LGBTQ+ travel trade convention, it is also the longest-running of its kind (the first edition was held in San Francisco in 1984). For more information visit igltaconvention.org.

Is Malta the Safest LGBTQ+ Travel Destination in Europe?

Pride ParadeLGBTQ+ Vacations Are in Sight for North Americans Seeking Out Gay Travel Options

Many LGBTQ+ North Americans are patiently awaiting the reopening of European borders to experience gay travel once again. For those considering a summer or fall vacation, Malta stands out as one of the top destinations that cater to LGBTQ+ travelers from across the world. Here, gay travelers can experience sun, sand, and vibrant culture and heritage, bringing old school Catholicism and new age progressiveness into one community.

In fact, the international LGBTQ+ community widely considers Malta as one of the safest places for gay travelers to visit in the world. It maintains a population that is so incredibly accepting and positive; many gay tourists never want to leave.

Malta Offers an Incredibly Progressive Take on Gay Travel, Culture, and Acceptance

Located south of Italy and locked between North Africa and the Caribbean Ocean, Malta is an isolated paradise steeped in rich history with fortresses, temples, and underground burial chambers that reflect the times of well over 4,000 years ago. While its roots are planted in conservative Catholicism, in recent years, Malta has emerged as one of the most progressive countries in the world.

LGBTQ+ travelers will be happy to know that Malta’s gay citizens have some of the most progressive liberties in the world. Malta’s government has adjusted its constitution to offer LGBTQ+ citizens equal rights, banned gay conversation therapy back in 2016, and joined groups led by the United Nations that actively fight against violence and other discrimination towards gay and LGBTQ+ people across the world.

Many LGBTQ+ rights groups and travel safety councils have identified Malta as an example for the rest of the world to follow as a place that promotes a more progressive and accepting society of people from all walks of life.

MaltaGay Travel in Malta: Expect a Remarkably Positive LGBTQ+ Friendly Atmosphere

Malta doesn’t have one or two gay neighborhoods for LGBTQ+ travelers to seek out. In fact, many gay travelers have reported feeling comfortable with their partners across the entire country, so much so that public displays of affection haven’t been of an issue. Simple handholding or other displays of affection are not a problem as the local culture is highly accepting.

The people of Malta have been recognized as being incredibly friendly to gay travelers, with many bars and clubs proudly showcasing rainbow flags at their doorstep. The positive attitudes of the Maltese mean that gay travelers can explore the city safely, experience its culture, and take advantage of the many hotels, bars, and restaurants that embrace gay tourism. The Thirsty Barber is regarded as one of the top gay-friendly bars, serving up specialty cocktails and mixed drinks, with Michelangelo’s close by in St. Julian’s neighborhood, where gay travelers can spend the evening mingling with locals and dancing late into the night.

Gay Travel in Malta: Top Bars, Tourist Destinations, and Beaches For LGBTQ+ Travelers

Aside from food and drink, Malta comes with beautiful sunshine and palm trees, scenic hilltops, and quirky fishing villages that blend its North African and Catholic influence.

The Palazzo Ferreri is a must-visit destination that reflects the country’s Catholic heritage and stunning architecture. St. John’s Co-Cathedral will leave travelers with their jaws dropped from its gorgeous marble ceilings and masterful construction.

For travelers who want to experience a little sand and sun, Malta offers endless beaches to take advantage of that are just a short trip from the city of Valletta. Take a trip to the island of Gozo, or head to the north end of Malta and enjoy the gay-friendly atmosphere and turquoise waters of Mellieħa Bay.

Pride FlagEmbrace Gay LGBTQ+ Travel With CAP

While Malta is one of the safest places in the world for gay travel, not every destination in Europe embraces gay travelers the same way. LGBTQ+ travelers often experience unfortunate reactions from hotels, restaurants, and the general public, where locals are less accepting of these lifestyles. Wherever you go this summer, ensure that you are properly prepared for any unexpected incident with CAP and feel as safe as possible on your next European vacation.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. CAP also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

LGBTQ+ Travel With CAP, Powered by FocusPoint

FocusPoint International has partnered with IGLTA (International LGBTQ+ Travel Association) to offer a CAP Medical and Security Travel Assist Plan to the attendees of the upcoming IGLTA convention. The IGLTA website is an exceptional resource for LGBTQ+ travelers that can identify travel advisors & providers that are LGBTQ+ welcoming.  LGBTQ+ Safety and Travel Guide – https://www.iglta.org/lgbtq-travel-guides.

The IGLTA Global Convention is the world’s premier educational and networking travel trade event for LGBTQ+ tourism professionals and allies. In addition to being the world’s largest LGBTQ+ travel trade convention, it is also the longest-running of its kind (the first edition was held in San Francisco in 1984). For more information visit igltaconvention.org.

The Complications of LGBTQ+ Corporate Travel and Duty of Care Obligations

businessmanLGBTQ+ Corporate Travel: an Ongoing and Evolving Challenge for Many Corporations

Corporate travel across the globe is expected to surge throughout the tail end of summer and into fall. As businesses prepare to get back to normalcy as it relates to corporate travel, many experts are suggesting that there is still much work to be done when it comes to safe and secure LGBTQ+ corporate travel.

Many reports have concluded that close to 100% of all LGBTQ+ travelers conceal their sexual orientation while partaking in corporate travel. The reason being that even during simple business trips, LGBTQ+ corporate travelers remain concerned about their safety during international trips. For the businesses and senior executives that have a duty of care obligation to their staff, it might be time to rethink safe travel in the corporate sector and find solutions that speak directly to the needs of their staff who are part of the LGBTQ+ community.

LGBTQ+ Corporate Travel: Difficult Conversations Between Staff and HR Professionals

There remains an embedded problem with corporate travel for LGBTQ+ employees since many professionals are unable to choose the destination their employer wishes to send them. It’s not an easy conversation to have either, as some employees might find it difficult to bring up their sexual orientation and travel concerns to HR. For managers wishing to send their workforces to exotic international locations, they might be unknowingly sending a staff member to a place that could put their safety in jeopardy.

When it comes to leisure travel, LGBTQ+ travelers have the option to pick and choose the destination they travel to. Many travelers do quite a bit of research before they get onto a flight, using resources like IGLTA to identify LGBTQ+ welcoming travel providers and travel advisors that cater specifically to the community. Many destinations around the world remain unfriendly to LGBTQ+ travelers, and sending staff across the globe could put some travelers in a situation where their sexual orientation can result in ridicule, verbal harassment, assault, and in some circumstances, arrest and detainment.

Working on ComputerLGBTQ+ Corporate Travel is a Challenge That Travel Managers Can’t Overlook

It’s important for business owners to understand that corporate travel is fundamentally different from leisure travel as sending workers to international destinations is not just fun and games. Many LGBTQ+ travelers could face incredible risks during an international business trip, including criminal charges related to their sexual orientation or gender assignment. When a corporation needs to conduct work internationally, managers might be unknowingly sending their staff into an uncomfortable and unsafe situation, especially if these types of decisions are made quickly.

Local laws and customs could place LGBTQ+ business travelers in unsafe situations where border security or law enforcement could question travelers regarding their gender assignment or sexual orientation. In some instances, a simple photograph of a traveler and their partner back home or the presence of LGBTQ+ dating apps on a smartphone could spark wrongful detainment, verbal harassment, or violent assaults.

Corporations will have to go above and beyond to ensure all members of their workforce can experience business travel safely while addressing their duty of care obligations regardless of their staff’s sexual orientation or gender assignment. LGBTQ+ business travelers should have the confidence that wherever they are sent, they can focus on work rather than their safety. Business owners must ensure their staff is protected while at work. With the inevitable corporate travel boom expected this summer and fall season, business travel managers and owners will have to step up to ensure their staff are comfortable and safe wherever they go.

Successful LGBTQ+ Corporate Travel Requires a Corporate Culture of Inclusivity

LGBTQ+ corporate travel can be an uncomfortable experience for many, as dinners and business meetings often come with increased social interactions where some of your employees might face awkward questions. The unfortunate result is that these experiences could leave staff isolated, hurt, and ultimately reduce their productivity.

Human resource professionals have an important role to play in ensuring that inclusion and diversity make their way into a company’s business travel practices. Support networks, innovative technology, and inclusive practices that allow employees to voice their concerns without harming their reputation within the company are paramount. Senior executives who embrace such practices can promote a safe and inclusive corporate travel culture that allows anyone to be themselves at work while protecting the human resources that drive a company towards new heights.

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Address your duty of care obligations related to LGBTQ+ and transgender corporate or business travel.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. The CAP plan also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Contact us directly to learn more about the available duty of care solutions for corporations of all sizes.

LGBTQ+ Travel With CAP, Powered by FocusPoint

FocusPoint International has partnered with IGLTA (International LGBTQ+ Travel Association) to offer a CAP Medical and Security Travel Assist Plan to the convention attendees. The IGLTA website is an exceptional resource for LGBTQ+ travelers that can identify travel advisors & providers that are LGBTQ+ welcoming.

The IGLTA Global Convention is the world’s premier educational and networking travel trade event for LGBTQ+ tourism professionals and allies. In addition to being the world’s largest LGBTQ+ travel trade convention, it is also the longest-running of its kind (the first edition was held in San Francisco in 1984). For more information visit igltaconvention.org.