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My Gay Travels in Europe

The last seven years, I’ve travelled far and wide across six continents, 35 countries and many more cities that I can take a selfie stick at.

All for the one cause.

How to take the perfect handsome photo in each country.

It took a few attempts with various cameras such as the iPhone, Bridge cameras and even the GoPro. But I think I managed to get THE shot for each country that I visited.

Not only was I to get the perfect photo, I was immersed in all sorts of cultures, customs and unique activities that I could partake in. Checking out the LGBT scene, I could see each differed in each country in all sorts of emotional, hilarious, inspirational and insightful ways thanks to the people who advocate for LGBT rights and those with the freedom to live the lives they want to choose.

I will be talking more about each country as I start writing for the Handsome Travel Blogger – not only as a resource for where to get the best selfie, but rather a LGBT Travel resource.

Just watch this space.

Meanwhile, as a proud gay man myself, I simply have to show you the European countries I have found myself in the last seven years and tease you what’s to come on my handsome and gay travels ahead.

 

The countries I have travelled in

 

England 

England

Yay, my home country! I come from the northern region of Yorkshire, where outstanding beautiful landscapes can be found here. England is not just London, get out of the capital city and explore!

If you want to find out more about the best gay destination in England to go, head on over to Brighton: Visit Brighton

 

Scotland 

Scotland

Ah, Scotland! I’m still yet to explore the Highlands of this region but Edinburgh has the best architecture scenery ever. No matter where you pose for a selfie, you’re sure gonna be handsome.

Ever heard of the Pink Triangle in Edinburgh? Here’s where you can find the gay scene: The Culture Trip

 

Wales

wales

Wales! I just adore Wales. There’s something in the air that makes me feel so happy. Biking in South Wales and driving through North Wales to practice the Welsh tongue (in more ways than many, wink, wink), it really is a perfect holiday to undertake there.

If you are looking for a gay friendly holiday in the UK, simply check out what gay breaks you can have in Wales: Visit Wales

 

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Oops, did I get thrown into Prison at Crumlin Road Gaol? For crimes of being too handsome? What do you think? Meanwhile, Belfast is a delightful city to visit along with a trip out to the Causeway Coast and chasing your Game of Thrones fan dreams.

The least gay friendly of the UK regions with no marriage equality set here, keep an eye out on their Pink news for more information: Pink News

 

Ireland 

Ireland

Ireland is famed for their whiskey and I’m famed for drinking them! A trip to Dublin for a weekend, with it being my birthday at the time, I really got to check out a trip to County Wicklow to find out more about my Irish roots.

Gay couple, Two Bad Tourists, tell us seven reasons why you should visit Ireland.

 

Iceland 

Iceland

Oh my god. If I have to find adventure in Europe, Iceland is totally the way to go. Plus, the Viking looking men are very handsome too! Jump on board on a snowmobile and explore the moon like landscape before checking out the bars in Reykjavik.

If you want to get involved in a gay tour of Iceland, I totally recommend Pink Iceland.

 

Norway

Norway

I didn’t exactly travel Norway on land but rather by boat! Taking a cruise ship from the UK to Norway, we stopped off at Flam, Olden, Molde and Bergen along the Norwegian Fjords. Seriously, does the above photo look like I’m in a fantasy world? (Please let it be Jurassic Park with Chris Pratt!).

Check out what it to be like LGBTI in Norway with Gay Star News

 

Sweden

Sweden

Ah, Stockholm. I have many fond memories there. Particularly visiting the ABBA Museum three times in four days. That’s pretty much overkill, isn’t it? There are absolutely no words how awesome Sweden is and I look forward to be visiting there in the near future.

I’m told that Stockholm Pride is literally one of the best pride events in the world. Check out Travels of Adam’s take on this: Stockholm Pride

Don;t forget you can check out my article on Stockholm: Handsome and Gay in Stockholm

 

Finland 

Finland

Yes, I still have that shirt and I proudly wear it as much as possible. I do wish I was in Finland sometimes! With a couple days in Helsinki, I spent most of my time in Porvoo and the Pellinki Archipelago, a dreamland that I never wanted to leave.

I so love the friendly and liberal atmosphere here that even the stamps in Finland are gay! Intrigued? Find out more here: Visit Finland

 

Denmark 

Denmark

Well, can anyone guess what the heck I’m doing in the photo above?

I’m totally feeling a part of this world and the only thing I’m missing is my mermaid outfit with shells for my nipples. Yes, The Little Mermaid story was inspired in Denmark and I simply had to take a photo. But where are all these crashing waves as I sang my crescendo?

My time here was spent in Copenhagen and a day trip out to Helsingor, where Hamlet was inspired. Definitely one for a good handsome and gay weekend away.

Need to see Copenhagen through the world of video? Button & Bly takes you around the LGBT world of Copenhagen: Copenhagen LGBT Travel Show

 

Lithuania 

Lithuania

Heading into the Baltics, Lithuania is my first port of call. I was slightly apprehensive as it’s not very gay-friendly here with only scant gay-friendly offerings in its capital city, Vilnius. I simply powered through and saw through the city as a local, trying out unique delicious delicacies (pigs ears, anyone?), checking out the old town sights and undertaking a day trip out to Trakai where a princess castle awaits you.

Find out more about Gay Life in Lithuania: Global Gayz

 

Germany 

Germany 2

Berlin. Munich. Dusseldorf. Hamburg.

These are the grand German places to visit. My absolutely favourite had to be Hamburg. Rather reminded me of home, it’s alternative and hipster lifestyle mingles perfectly with local life. But if you want to be truly immersed into the Gay Germany side, then Berlin is for you.

Looking for how to survive Ocktoberfest in Munich? Out with Ryan has the survival guide for you: Survival Travel Tips for Oktoberfest in Germany

 

Netherlands 

Netherlands

I simply love the Netherlands! Only a stone’s throw from the UK, I’ve already visited Rotterdam and Amsterdam. I loved them so much that I’ll be heading on over to Rotterdam again later on this year. Amsterdam is SO gay friendly that literally every establishment is! I recommend to stay in Clink Noord hostel and explore the alternative side to Amsterdam across the river.

Check out Dream Euro Trip Travel Blog on his guide to Amsterdam to get your inspiration on what to do in this happening city.

 

Belgium 

Belgium

Taking a week off work, I travelled the length of the region of Flanders, starting in Bruges then to Ghent and finally Brussels. I simply adored Ghent, I would be moving there like a shot if I had too! Still, I would be 40 minutes away on the train to try out Brussels’ waffles, frites and mussels, yum yum yum!

Need a gay guide to Brussels, the capital city of Belgium? Fleeting High has the very guide: Belgium

 

Luxembourg 

Luxembourg

Luxembourg intrigues me. As one of the smallest countries in the world, it has so much to offer. I do rather like the fact that Luxembourg’s Prime Minister is out and proud too. So much so, I can just walk up to his office door and give a knock if I wanted to!

Auston of Two Bad Tourists finds out if Luxembourg is worth visiting: 5 Things to do in Luxembourg City

 

Spain 

Spain

Ah, Spain, Spain, Spain! How I love thee!

Spain has to be one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world! With so many gay prides to choose from, you can certainly plan your visit. But I heartily recommend that you visit Andalucia in the cities of Cordoba, Seville and Grenada, a place where I have such great memories of.

You certainly visit Spain’s most gay-friendly destination: Stiges

 

Portugal

Portugal

Most of my time in Portugal was spent skimping around the beaches in the Algarve in my tight swimwear. It’s a great place to go and relax for a few days and forget time. But if you really want to find out the gay life in Portugal, head on up to Lisbon for the party atmosphere.

Did you know Lisbon is hosting Eurovision 2018? What? Do you need to get there quick and organise yourself? Have no fear, the Gastro Gays have it all pat down for you. They can work it, girl!

Read more: Eurovision Lisbon 2018 – Guide to eating, drinking, getting around Lisboa

 

Italy 

Italy

Wow, did you know Italy can be a country for adrenaline seekers? Taking the flight of the angel zipline speeding through valleys at 120kph at 888m, it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted! You can ride this in the Southern region of Basilicata.

Later on this year, I will be visiting Rome to find out just how gay-friendly it is. Do you have any tips on what to do in Rome?

Meanwhile, I’m drawing my inspiration from Nomadic Boys on the five most romantic things to do in Italy for couples, doesn;t anyone want to join me?

 

Slovenia 

Slovenia

Serious yet absolutely gorgeous. Slovenia is definitely a gay friendly destination to visit. I mean, who puts a heart on the banks of Lake Bled and see couples, both gay and straight, pose with kissing shots? I love it. Meanwhile, as I was still waiting for my Balkan beauty to sweep me off my feet, I explored the quaint city of Ljubljana before heading into the country and the bottom of the Alps at Lake Bled. A perfect weekend break for gay travellers. Plus the men here are extremely hot too. Just saying.

The Gay UK website explores just how gay is Slovenia. Find out more here: The Gay UK

 

Croatia 

Croatia

Spending three weeks in Croatia with my best friend (I’ll introduce you to him later), had to be one of the best travel trips I took in my lifetime. Exploring from the capital city of Zagreb down the Adriatic coast hitting up Pula, Zadar and Split, we jumped on a boat to island hop between Hvar and Korcula. Finally, our final stop was Dubrovnik – the best city EVER!

A perfect destination in summer, MisterBnB has written up a summer guide especially for you: Gay Croatia – a guide to summer paradise

 

Bosnia-Herzegovina 

Bosnia

While we were in Croatia, we jumped over the border for the day to visit Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina. While, it is not a gay-friendly country to be in, it’s a great destination to learn more about the Balkan Wars in the 1990s. Plus, you can see the drivers jump from the Stari Most bridge into the water below and they are pretty fit!

I couldn’t find a gay guide to Bosnia unfortunately.

 

Czech Republic 

Czech Republic

Ah, Prague. Visiting the capital of Czechia (as it’s becoming known now) at Easter really brought out the  true romantic in me. But shucks, I was yet on my own. Prague has a happening gay scene that its bars and cafes are extremely welcoming. Be prepared for locals to practice their English!

You have to read this article by Indefinite Adventure who seems to think that ‘Prague is SO Gay‘. Pretty hilarious and informative at the same time!

 

Romania 

Romania

Most recently, I have been to Romania. In their city of Bucharest for a long weekend, I looked round and became extremely amused by the locals attitudes to life and their quirky customs. I recommend taking the free walking tour of Bucharest as you will really get to grips with their history in quite an emotional way.

But it begs the question, is Romania gay friendly? My Normal Gay Life Travel Blog answers the question.

 

There you have it! Which other European countries should we be handsome and gay travel in? I’m currently planning my travels in 2018 and I rather like the look of these countries in Europe:

Estonia

Greece

Montenegro

France

Malta

 

Let me know by dropping me a message on my Instagram page: The Handsome Blogger

 

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