Travel as a lesbian couple can be daunting at times. You hope to find an LGBT friendly hotel or accommodation, but online research for lesbian travel resources is quite discouraging at times. I must admit, we always Google our destinations to see if there is any lesbian activity or nightlife available, maybe even a lesbian festival… Usually, this search brings up little to no accurate and current information. It would be better to stay at a guesthouse or B&B that’s run by lesbians so we’d be sure to be welcome and get invaluable tips about your lesbian travel destination… the kind of tips that are difficult to find online!
Lesbian hotel and accommodation links
There’s not too much information available about lesbian hotel opportunities. That’s also the main reason we wrote an article about lesbian-owned accommodation in Europe. Compiling an extended database with lesbian accommodation resources is one of our goals. Unfortunately, we’re not entirely sure if our readers would be interested in this…
So please let us know if this would be something you’d be interested in!
Lesbian accommodation in Europe
This resource is written by us and available on this website. We gathered information on hotels, guesthouses and B&B’s in Europe that are operated by lesbian owners!
LGBT Hotels and accommodation links
I fear that there is a hiatus in the online accommodation world concerning lesbian travelers. Would we like to find a database or community that lists all accommodation owned and run by lesbians? Yes! Did we find it? Guess! We did find some other possibilities to help you figure out where to stay while traveling. Meanwhile, we will consider building a huge network of interesting hotels and guesthouses that are lesbian inspired. Let us know if you would become a member of an enterprise like this!
These are online platforms where you can LGBT hotels and accommodations!
Purple Roofs is an LGBT accommodation resource website. Listings are hotels and guesthouses that are run by gays, lesbians or transgender owners. We found that many of the listings are outdated. Sometimes they no longer exist or they’ve been taken over by new owners who aren’t LGBT.
World Rainbow Hotels
World Rainbow Hotels is an interesting website to find LGBT-friendly accommodation! It has information for destinations all over the world and you can find accommodation specifically for your needs.
Even though some of the hotels mentioned are only for men, we still use this resource quite often to find either LGBT-friendly hotels or lesbian hotels too. The World Rain Hotels platform is still growing each day!
Global Gay Lodging
The Global Gay Lodging website collects links and information about gay-friendly and gay-owned accommodation. Listing your business is free and browsing them is free as well. We’d love to see more clarity on whether some of these listings might be lesbian owned.
Home around the world
Home Around The World is a database of travelers and guesthouses alike. You have the option to socialize and find new friends, enroll in homestays and home swaps, or find a great LGBT guesthouse or hotel. You have to become a member to use this service.
Online travel communities for women
It’s always fun to meet other people when traveling. With these platforms and communities for women, you can arrange meetups and get to know some people in your destination even before you leave your house. This way, you can leave on your holiday knowing that you’ll be welcomed in a warm community once you arrive.
She’s wanderful is an online community for female travelers, not specifically LGBT. The platform aims for women to help each other travel within a trusted network of travelers. It’s a tight community of women welcoming women into their homes.
The Wanderful community also organizes the Women in Travel Summit and Wanderfest events in the United States. On top of that, you can also join their wanderful tours from their website.
Women Welcome Women World Wide
Women Welcome Women World Wide or 5W was originally a website for Europe, but it expanded to the rest of the world due to massive success! This world of friendship and travel wants to connect and empower women everywhere. The concept is about home sharing and making new friends. Becoming a member requires a donation of about 40€.
Women Travel the world
Women Travel the World is an organization that collects all travel things for women: tours, accommodation listings, and travel guides. Make sure to check this guide before finalizing your travel plans.
This platform is designed for lesbian women, as well as solo female travelers or female travel groups.
Lesbian Tour Groups and Travel Agencies
Joining an all lesbian tour group might sound like a dream, but it isn’t. There are tons of tour groups that are just for lesbian women. Since there are quite a few of these, we decided to dedicate an entire article for this.
Feel like going on an adventure with a dozen other lesbian women? Maybe you’ll make a few friends for life. Or maybe you find the love of your life in a lesbian-only tour group!
We’re currently working on this, but check back in a few weeks and you will find a complete article filled with interesting resources to book an all lesbian tour!
Women Only Tour Groups
Maybe you don’t want to be traveling in a lesbian tour group. A women-only tour group might be just as nice. The women you travel with aren’t specifically lesbian, but there will be no men in these groups, which might also be a great asset.
How about a holiday where women can meet and become friends for life?
There are dozens of women-only tour groups and travel agencies. So many that we decided to dedicate an entire post to this subject. We’re currently gathering all the information on this subject, so come back to our website in a few weeks and you’ll find an interesting article with a collection of all the best travel agencies that organize tour groups for women only!
General LGBT travel resources and communities
Our community has a need for shelter and helping hands. We have all been at a stage in the play of our life where we needed a push in the back or a pat on the shoulder. Feeling the backup of an entire community that is with you the entire time and relying on the wisdom of people who have already seen things you’re experiencing is invaluable. We’re in luck because there are plenty of communities worldwide. Some of them will help you travel, while others are there to support you in every way. Since this is mostly a travel post, we’ll offer you just these travel organizations, but keep your eyes on our blog to see what else we have for you in the future!
Travels of Adam
Travels of Adam is a massive resource for LGBT travelers and aside from gay information, a lot of interesting LGBT travel tips and tricks can be found on this website. Adam is an established gay blogger who focuses on hipster city guides and gay travel resources. Make sure to check his LGBT travel page before boarding an airplane to any destination!
The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association is the leading network on LGBT travel. The IGLTA website lists tons of establishments, hotels, travel agencies, … that are specifically designed for LGBT travelers.
Most listings are LGBT owned or cater only for LGBT travelers. This website is an interesting resource for the LGBT travel community!
EllGeeBe is an extensive network of LGBT travelers and information. This vastly growing community offers the possibility to get to know people in destinations you’re traveling to and find activities and accommodation. You can contribute to the site by leaving reviews or adding information. This website looks very good and it’s easy to navigate. We should all become a part of this community and make it grow!
LGBT Rights around the world
An important topic to considerate is as always: safety! Will we be safe walking the streets as a gay or lesbian couple? Will my being gender nonconform be an issue? Are we allowed to hold hands and show public display of affection? That’s a pretty important question. I think it sucks when we see the streets bulking with enamored couples holding hands and kissing, knowing that we don’t always have that freedom. Not that I think people should be making love in public, I will always be more cautious than most people I see.
We listed a few resource websites that can help you find out just how safe a country or city is! Check these links:
Destination Pride is a Canadian website that collects data about LGBT laws and rights worldwide. It’s a great resource as you can browse countries and cities alike. The site will give you information about marriage equality, gender laws, and social acceptance. A negative score doesn’t necessarily mean that a destination us unsafe, but it shows that there is still work to be done on LGBT rights.
Equaldex is a resource website we use quite a lot. It displays information on LGBT rights and acceptance. The website is very complete and it shows historical data as well as current status. This website is made by and made for LGBT, so you can be a contributor to this project.
Lesbian travel resources to improve your lesbian holidays!
Hopefully one of these links can help you find the perfect accommodation or tour for your future travels. If you know other organizations that we forgot to mention, please let us know so we can add them to our list. Don’t forget to read this cool article about lesbian festivals in Europe and the best lesbian destinations in Europe!
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