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We are experts in gay travel. Out Of Office has the world's largest selection of gay group trips, covering destinations as diverse as Greece, Peru, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Gay travel as part of a gay group trip is a great way to maximise your experience of a destination, seeing all the highlights in one go with the guidance of destination experts. Our group trips cover many of the best bucket list experiences, including Machu Picchu, Greek Island hopping, the pyramids of Egypt and more.

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Gay travel means adventure and self-discovery. Many of us leave conservative small towns and head to the big city. You find your tribe and place in the world. This sense of adventure continues as you explore the world as a gay traveller. The international gay jet set congregates every year in places like Mykonos, Provincetown and Sitges. We can tailor-make the perfect luxury travel experience in the most gay-friendly places. We also send a lot of gay travellers to the less gay-friendly parts of the world. All the hotels we work with are vetted, so you can expect a warm welcome wherever you choose to explore as a gay traveller.

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Flavours of Colombia

Group Trip Departs: • 7th February 2023

Colombia truly has it all: fascinating history, colourful culture and a beautiful collection of natural environments. It’s also one of the best countries to sample both modern and traditional cultural experiences, from fusion dining to authentic hotels with luxury touches....

Gay Group Trip: India and the Holi Festival
Gay Group Trip: India and the Holi Festival

Group Trip Departs: • 1st March 2023

Colorful, diverse, and layered with centuries of fascinating history, there is no one city that successfully captures the spirit of India. To fully get to know the world’s most populous democracy, you’ll want to sample a broader range of what...

Gay Group Trip: Luxury Kenya & Rwanda Safari
Gay Group Trip: Luxury Kenya & Rwanda Safari

Group Trip Departs: • 13th May 2023

Experience the Africa of your dreams with this bucket-list trip. Discover extraordinary wildlife on a Kenyan safari and a life-changing gorilla trek in Rwanda. From the views of Mount Kenya to the wide grasslands of the Masai Mara, there is...

Gay Group Trip: Belize Explorer
Gay Group Trip: Belize Explorer

Group Trip Departs: • 18th January 2023 • 21st February 2023

Embark on this tropical adventure, filled with exciting activities in breathtaking settings. On this 8-day gay group trip through Belize, you will be exploring the lush jungles of Central America and find ancient Mayan ruins. You will also be staying...

Gay Group Trip: Royal Scotland Cruise
Gay Group Trip: Royal Scotland Cruise

Group Trip Departs: • 3rd June 2023

Spend 13 days sailing around Scotland, visiting many of the most regal historical sites. From the burial place of 50 Scottish kings to the current queen’s castle Balmoral. You’ll also visit Macbeth’s Cawdor castle, and visit the battlefields of the...

Gay Group Trip: Brussels & Rhine River Cruise
Gay Group Trip: Brussels & Rhine River Cruise

Group Trip Departs: • 28th July 2023

Join a luxury cruise along the Rhine as you visit some of Europe’s most charming towns and cities. You’ll be sailing in style on the Amadeus Queen with a crew of forty to tend to your every need. On this...

Best Gay Travel Destinations

There are more active Grindr users in the Greater London area than in any other city. In numerical terms, London is the world’s gayest city, making it a must for gay travel. London is a gateway to the world. It’s so diverse and it attracts over 20 million visitors each year. There’s a sense that you can meet anyone in London – which in no small part explains why it feels so exciting. There’s a buzz in this city that’s totally unique. It’s also packed with culture and gay nightlife, especially in the Soho area.

If London’s is the world’s gayest city in numerical terms, Berlin is certainly the queerest. Back in the days of the Weimar Republic (1918-1933), Berlin was packed with smoke-filled cabarets. It was a place of sexual experimentation. A place where the lines between gender and sexuality blurred. It remains a haven of queer culture to this day and it’s a major draw for gay travellers. If you’re looking to party then Berlin is the place to be.

Thailand is the unofficial gay travel capital of Asia. Bangkok is home to a big gay scene that attracts gay travellers from all over the world. Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles for a reason: it’s very friendly. You’ll also find buzzing gay scenes on the islands of Phuket and Koh Samui. A big cultural highlight of Thailand is Ayutthaya, the former capital. Abandoned in 1767, it’s full of enigmatic temples and ruins.

Gay travel in the USA offers many exciting opportunities. A perennial favourite for Out Of Office travellers is Provincetown. Located on the eastern tip of Cape Cod, it’s a charming bohemian town packed with artists and gay travellers. It’s the place to be in peak season – all the bars will be packed.

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We send a lot of gay travellers to the Maldives, Dubai, Sri Lanka and Egypt – countries where homosexuality is illegal. How, you may ask, can gay travellers go to countries governed under Sharia law? The reality on the ground is often different to what you’d expect. As long as you’re discrete you shouldn’t have any problems. It’s risky for straight couples to show signs of affection publicly. It’s also untoward to express political bias (even waving the rainbow flag is ill-advised). As long as you conduct yourself in a relatively modest way in public you’ll be fine. We only work with the most gay-friendly hotels and tour guides, so you can expect a welcome reception and no awkward questions surrounding your sleeping arrangements.

We work with hotels in the Maldives that we have personally vetted. The Maldives’ many resorts are no subject to the same laws the govern the rest of the country. The resorts are essentially privately owned fiefdoms. Alcohol is illegal in the Maldives but it’s widely available at the resorts. Gay travel in the Maldives isn’t off-limits – you just have to find the right resort.

At Out Of Office, we can also send you to gay-friendly safari lodges in Tanzania, gay-friendly lodges in Zimbabwe close to Victoria Falls and many more unusual gay travel destinations. The world is a very big place and it’s more welcoming than you might think, even in places that might not look friendly on the surface.

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Mykonos or Santorini - which is Better?

Greece has around 6000 islands and just over 200 of them are inhabited. Mykonos and Santorini are the most popular Greek islands. Combining the two with a couple of nights in Athens makes for a great itinerary. Choosing which one...

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January

Gay travellers have long been drawn to Thailand. It’s one of the friendliest countries in the world and the de facto gay capital of Asia. Bangkok has a very lively gay scene and anything-goes nightlife. The Thai islands are also a big draw for gay travellers. Thailand offers the perfect combination of partying and cultural enrichment. Oh, and did we mention the food?

January

February

New Orleans is the home of voodoo, jazz and bohemia. It’s America’s spookiest and most enigmatic city. It’s a key stop-off on any gay travel itinerary around the USA. Mardi Gras takes place in February. It’s one of the most decadent – not to mention camp! – spectacles in the USA.

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March

Gay travellers should head to Japan in March. It’s the month the cherry trees blossom, bringing vibrant colours to the landscapes. It makes for an ideal romantic backdrop. Tokyo has a big although discrete gay scene. Japan was never colonised so it’s culture is unique and defiantly Japanese.

March

April

Morocco has long been a gay travel hotspot. Surprising, considering its location and religious affiliation. None the less, gay travellers flocked there in the 50s and 60s. Tangiers was more accepting of gay people than London in those days. Astonishing when you consider that it was in living memory. April is a great time to visit as the weather is warm but not boiling.

April

May

Amsterdam emerges from winter and Keukenhof’s tulips bloom. The Netherlands has long been a draw for gay travellers – it was the first country to legalise homosexuality and also gay marriage. Amsterdam is a very liberal town. It’s super chic and also a great place to party.

May

June

Machu Picchu is one of the most fascinating sights in Latin America. It was built by the Incas in the 15th-century as a mountain fortress and royal residence. After the fall of the Inca Empire, it was “rediscovered” hundreds of years later. Known as the Lost City of the Incas, it’s Peru’s biggest tourist attraction. June is the dry season so it’s an ideal month to visit Machu Picchu.

June

July

Gay travel in Greece is always a good idea. Way back in antiquity, Greece practically invented western civilisation. It also tolerated same-sex sexual activity – among men at least! Today Mykonos is the go-to place for upwardly mobile gays in the summertime. Combining Mykonos with Santorini and Athens is the most popular choice for gay travellers.

July

August

Gay travel in the UK is always a rewarding experience. The UK’s vast capital is a cultural melting pot and a huge draw for gay travellers. You can also explore other big cities, like Manchester and Edinburgh. To see an older, quainter side of the UK – think Downtown Abbey – then head to Bath.

August

September

September is one of the best months to visit Barcelona. The weather is divine and the city will be bustling with energy. Combining Barcelona with Sitges makes for one of the best twin-centre itineraries for gay travellers. Check out the masterworks of Gaudi in Barcelona and then enjoy Sitges’ gay scene.

September

October

Taipei is a great city and one of Asia’s less well-visited capitals. Taiwan was the first country in Asia to legalise gay-marriage and Taipei hosts Asia’s biggest annual gay pride celebration. Explore the night markets of Taipei and sail down Sun Moon freshwater lake surrounded by mountains.

October

November

As the western world experiences winter, South Africa experiences summer. It’s a great gay travel destination. Cape Town is the de facto gay capital of Africa. You’ll find a lively gay scene in the De Waterkant district. While in South Africa, you’ll no doubt want to take a safari trip and also visit the Winelands.

November

December

The weather averages 28°C in Cancun in December. A great choice if you’re looking to bask in some winter sun. Cancun is Mexico’s popular resort destination. It’s home to many all-inclusive hotels. Supposing you’d like a culture fix head to Chichen Itza and see the ruins of the Mayan Empire.

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