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A Guide to Must-Try Brews and Breweries in Munich

Every year in Munich, Oktoberfest draws in millions of tourists to the city for a 16-day celebration. Although it’s known as a beer festival to many, Oktoberfest is actually a…

Every year in Munich, Oktoberfest draws in millions of tourists to the city for a 16-day celebration. Although it’s known as a beer festival to many, Oktoberfest is actually a celebration of Bavarian culture – with music, amusement rides, parades, and select breweries thrown into the festivities.

It’s been a national tradition since the early 1800s, which is why it’s somewhat controversial to say that Oktoberfest is not the only place and time to score some choice Bavarian brews.

But even though it’s an unpopular opinion, it has to be said: there are tons of other places in Munich and Germany where you can sample the best that Bavaria has to offer.

Must-Try Brews and Breweries in Munich

Tap House

The sheer variety of the over 200 different craft beers that Tap House carries is a testament to German efficiency. Ales, top-fermented beers, barrel-conditioned brews, stouts, porters, and other brews by local makers await in this Munich craft beer paradise.

Every connoisseur who’s been to Tap House will likely have a different answer to the question of which particular beer is their favorite due to this place’s vast variety and high quality of beers.

If you’re unsure of where to start — chili con beer is recommended by many regulars.

Weisses Brauhaus

In 1872, Weisses Brauhaus founder Georg Schneider was the first person to be awarded by King Ludwig II of Bavaria the privilege of brewing wheat beer. To this day, the Schneider family still owns and manages Weisses Brauhaus, and you can sample their same founding wheat beer recipe from 1872 under the name Schneider Weisse Original.

This was later renamed to Tap 7 My Original to draw attention to the brewery’s now varied selection, including Tap 6 My Aventinus (Bavaria’s first double wheat dough), and Aventinus Edelbrand, a beer that’s reportedly 42% alcohol.

Overall, Weisses Brauhaus is a medium-sized craft brewery to rival the Bavarian wheat beer giants.

Crew Republic

Few brewers actually have the gall to go against the traditional and legal definitions of what is actually considered beer in Germany. The bearded, tattooed founders of Crew Republic are part of that few.

With their motto of “Craft Beer is Not a Crime,” this pioneering craft brewery is responsible for a range of beer that valiantly go against Bavarian brewing traditions. Their pale ale, Foundation 11, is a definite standout.

Szene Drink

Don’t be fooled by this location’s convenience store look. Inside, you’ll find quite an impressive selection of bottled craft beer from all over Munich and the world. If you’re planning to bring some beers home, this is the place to go.

If you have any questions about the craft beers that they have in stock, don’t hesitate to ask the friendly staff as they are quite knowledgeable and friendly to anyone who’s willing to learn a thing or two about beer.

CREW AleWerkstatt

With this beer house’s selection of IPAs, double IPAs, and imperial stouts, it’s clear that it’s taking inspiration from the many American microbreweries that have been springing up lately. If they’re available, the 7:45 Escalation Imperial IPA and Roundhouse Kick Imperial Russian stout are definitely worth a try. Along with Crew Republic, CREW AleWerkstatt is intent on breaking the traditions of Munich wheat beer and taking it to delicious new heights.

These are a few of the many independent, small, and medium-sized breweries pushing the definition of beer in a place that’s largely known for traditional brews.

Bavaria is globally famous as a place where you can sample the greatest beers in the world. And while these craft breweries are challenging centuries-old brewing traditions, they’re also pushing all of Bavaria into a new age of taste. Check our post on some Bavarian dishes you have to try.

Bavaria’s traditional wheat beers are already famous enough through the efforts of its largest breweries along with the annual tradition of Oktoberfest, arguably one of the most publicized events in the world. In fact, apart from the live event itself, beer enthusiasts can also enjoy the excitement of Oktoberfest online.

Bier Haus, an Oktoberfest-themed title featured among FoxyBingo’s extensive library of games, is a tribute to the rich beer culture of Germany. Apart from the wheat beer itself, this game features images of the traditional dirndl and lederhosen in colorful and modern illustrations to attract newer audiences.

It’s just one of the various ways in which Oktoberfest – and Bavaria’s traditional beer culture – are being promoted right now. In other words, there’s no doubt that the world has already heard of Bavaria’s traditional wheat beers.

It’s time for the world to take notice of Bavaria’s newer small and medium breweries. If anyone can take traditional beer making methods to the next level, it’s the next generation of Bavaria’s craft beer makers.

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12 Fantastic Things To Do in Calabria

Calabria is usually not the first place that tourists head to in Italy, but it’s one of the country’s most fascinating regions. If you’re looking to do something more adventurous…

Calabria is usually not the first place that tourists head to in Italy, but it’s one of the country’s most fascinating regions.

If you’re looking to do something more adventurous and visit this beautiful region in Italy, check our recommendations on the things to do in Calabria.

12 Fantastic Things To Do In Calabria

See The Castello Aragonese

The Aragonese castle is one of the most notable landmarks of Calabria.

Although referred to as Aragonese, its origins date to a much older date.

It is believed that the castle has already existed in 536, on a place of the preexisting Roman stronghold.

However, thanks to Ferdinand I of Aragon, in 1458 the castle was expanded to its largest size ever.

Nowadays it’s mostly used for art exhibitions.

Walk Along The Lungomare Falcomata

One of Reggie’s highlights is walking along this promenade filled with shops, restaurants, and benches along the way. The views of Sicily and Etna are terrific.

Calabria has some of the cleanest air in Europe, so you’ll enjoy the fresh breeze while walking along this promenade. There are also a lot of tropical trees and monuments lined along it.

Gabriele D’Annunzio, an Italian writer, poet, and journalist called Lungomare Falcomata “the most beautiful kilometer of Italy”.

There’s a Greek theater, known as the Arena of the Strait, which hosts cultural events during the Summer months.

When you’re starting to feel tired, get ice-cream in one of many gelateria shops, sit on a bench and enjoy the lovely views.

See Art at the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia

This is one of the best museums in the Calabria region.

It’s well known for housing a collection from sites in Magna Grecia – a description given by the Romans to the coastal areas of Southern Italy.

The museum has a rich collection of jewelry, coins, medals, and the bronze tables.

A marble head of Appolo from Ciro and the Head of the Philosopher from Porticello are the most popular exhibits.

Relax at Beaches

If you’re looking for an off the beaten path summer destination, Calabria is the place to go.

With many amazing beaches, beautiful villages and fantastic food, there’s no wonder why Calabria is becoming a popular place for holiday seekers.

Some of the best beaches are:

CAMINIA– Surrounded by cliffs, this pebbled sand beach is one of Calabria’s hidden gems.  It’s ideal for relaxing and swimming in the pristine waters.

PRAIA A MARE– This beach lies on the Tyrrhenian coast and is famous for Dino Island – a World Heritage site, known for its six sea caves.  It’s a fantastic place for swimming and scuba diving.

If you get tired of the water (if that’s even possible ;)) you can go trekking in the nearby Pollino National Park.

CAPO RIZZUTO– Famous for its red sand beaches, Capo Rizzuto is another fascinating place to visit in Calabria.

SCILLA– Scilla is one of Calabria’s most popular beaches, which is buzzing with tourists during Summer months.

There’s a castle above the beach, which offers amazing views of the Sicilian Coast.

TROPEA– You might mistake this beach for the Caribbean, thanks to its spectacular white-sand beaches and turquoise blue water.

What makes this beach even more beautiful are the dramatic cliffs that rise above it.

See the Reggio Calabria Cathedral

This Roman Catholic Cathedral was a former archiepiscopal seat of the Archdiocese of Reggio Calabria.

It was damaged by an earthquake in 1908 and rebuilt in modern Gothic and Romanesque styles.

The interior of the cathedral houses many beautiful art pieces, done by the artists from South Italy.

Do Some Shopping At Corso Garibaldi

Corso Garibaldi is a famous pedestrian street in Reggio Calabria.

It’s a beautiful area with traditional architecture and a number of different shops which are worth exploring.

Here you can stock up on designer clothes, books, shoes and more!

Eat Gelato

No trip to Italy would be complete without trying gelato.

One of the best places to try gelato in Calabria is Da Cesare in Reggio Calabria.

Explore Pentedattilo

Pentedattilo is a ghost town which used to be a separate commune until 1811.

The town dates back to 640 BC, and it was founded by the Chalcis.

Nowadays, it’s one of the most picturesque towns in Calabria.

If you love off the beaten path destinations, you shouldn’t miss Pentedatillo.

The town was completely abandoned in the 60’s, while in the 80’s it started to attract volunteers from a number of European countries.

Eat Pizza

When in Calabria, you have to try Calabrian pizza.

What makes it different than other types is the minimal amount of cheese which is in the crust and not on top.

This pizza is also characterized by multiple toppings such as mushrooms, olives, onions etc.

Visit the Aspromonte National Park

Aspromonte National Park is one of the most important natural attractions in Calabria.

It lies along the sea and it has mountain peaks with more than 2,000 meters in height.

It is most famous for its biodiversity and wildlife.

The wolf, wild boar, and dormouse are typical inhabitants of Aspromonte’s forests.

The park has several nature trails which are suitable for hiking and mountain biking.

Explore the Scilla Village

This little fisherman village is known as the Venice of Calabria.

Visitors have a couple of options here – relaxing on the beach, discovering the old settlement or seeing the castle Ruffo.

The village is proud of its fishing heritage and one of the most popular dishes in Scilla’s restaurants is swordfish.

Drink Wine in Ciro Village

This small village is famous for the production of wine, oil, and citruses.

The wines from this region are mostly red and they consist of at least 95% of the Gaglioppo grape.

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7 Awesome Street Travel Photography Tips

This is a guest post by Max Therry of Photo Geeky.  Traveling gives you great opportunities to photograph and record the places you visit. Street photography is a great way…

This is a guest post by Max Therry of Photo Geeky

Traveling gives you great opportunities to photograph and record the places you visit. Street photography is a great way to capture the atmosphere and people, and you don’t even have to go abroad to do it – visiting towns and cities near where you live and shooting street scenes makes great practice for when you head off on your travels.

You may feel a little apprehensive about taking your camera into the streets to photograph people, but all you need is some common sense and patience. This article will give you some tips and advice on how to go about capturing street scenes without you feeling intimidated or accidentally offending someone.

7 Awesome Street Travel Photography Tips

Shoot the Images You Like

Often, it seems like the “photography police” takes pleasure in telling people what their images are “supposed” to be like, and that it isn’t a proper street/fashion/travel/portrait image because it “doesn’t fit the rules of the genre” etc.

That’s a shame, because attitudes like that stifle creativity and stop people experimenting and enjoying their photography. Don’t let anyone tell you that your type of street photography isn’t valid – shoot the images that speak to you, not what you think you “should” be shooting!

Keep an Open Mind

street travel photography tips - keep an open mind

You’ll come across many different people and cultures on your journeys, and it pays to keep an open mind and relaxed attitude towards the people and local customs. Try not to judge, even if you don’t personally approve of some things – you’ll get some great images because people will be more relaxed and open around you if they know you’re not condemning the way they live.

At the same time, try not to interfere or get involved in people’s personal lives – keep a respectful distance.

Ask for Permission for Close-Up Shots

It’s always better to ask someone for permission to take their photo close up, if you can. You don’t have to stop and explain at length why you want to, just smile and gesture towards the person and then your camera. This crosses the language barrier (if there is one), and the people will either reply “yes” or “no” to you.

Don’t be afraid to ask for permission. If someone does say no, respect their decision and move on, but don’t let it get you down, or stop you from asking someone else. You have nothing to lose by asking, and a warm smile will go a long way to getting someone to say “yes”!

As a courtesy, you should offer to send them a copy of the edited images if they have internet access, and are willing to give you their email address.

Photograph Festivals and Markets

If you don’t feel comfortable with asking people for permission, you could try going to places where people often expect to be photographed, and are used to it, such as festivals, street performances and tourist markets.

Don’t be afraid to take images of interesting scenes in these places. You’ll find your confidence growing the more you do it. If you do take photos of street performers, it’s only right to put some money in their hat or box after you’ve finished shooting.

At long last, street photography doesn’t just have to be only about people. The buildings, street food, markets with local produce, the vehicles, or even shapes, textures and colors can all tell us about the place you are in. Shoot in your own way, with your own style.

Tell a Story

What is it about the place that you’re in that fascinates you? Is it the people, the buildings, the scene unfolding around you? Capture the essence of the place in your own unique way.

One thing you can do to give your street scenes a dramatic look is to turn your images black and white in your image editor. Traditionally, street photos used to be black and white because the absence of color means you concentrate more on what’s happening in the image, instead of being distracted by the color.

Henri Cartier-Bresson was, perhaps, the master of street photography, and you can learn a lot from his images, as you can also learn and gain inspiration from Vivian Maier’s work in the streets of Chicago.

I wouldn’t recommend shooting in black and white mode on your camera, as all you’ll get is a color JPEG that has been desaturated by the camera. You’ll get much better control and great results if you shoot in color and convert the images to black and white in your software – there are tools (like Tonality or B&W Effects) designed specifically for working with black and white photos.

Don’t Aim for Perfection

Laško beer

With street photography, it doesn’t really matter if parts of your image are blurry, or there are some overexposed highlights. It’s all about the people, and the interaction between them.

You will also need to be quick and sure when you shoot street, because it’s too easy to miss those little moments that speak volumes in a photo, such as a fleeting expression or an incident. This is one of the reasons why you should get out and practice your street photography at home, so you know your camera controls instinctively, and can shoot quickly.

Recommended Settings

It doesn’t really matter what type of camera you use, or what gear you have. You can take great photos with just a smartphone, and for street photography they are lightweight and unobtrusive. But if you decide to use your camera, below are a few setting suggestions to start with.

As light and lighting conditions differ from place to place and season to season, it’s impossible to pin down exact settings, so the following are guidelines for you to start from:

  • For fast-moving action shots of parades and performers, set your camera to Shutter Priority (Tv mode on Canon) for DSLR, or the Sports/Action mode. Set your shutter speed to above 1/250th second to freeze movement. The camera will choose the aperture and ISO settings automatically.
  • For portraits and close-ups of people, choose Aperture Priority mode, or the Portrait mode on your camera. For AP mode, choose an aperture of between f/2.8-f/5.6 for good separation of your subject from the background. You may need to use a tripod if the light is low to avoid blurry images.
  • For long-exposure street images after dark with ‘ghostly’ figures of people walking on the streets and light trails from vehicles, you will need a tripod and should set your camera to use Shutter Priority (Tv for Canon). Set your shutter speed to 4 seconds as a starting point, and reduce it until you get a pleasing result.
  • For wide-angle street scenes, set your camera to Aperture Priority mode and set your aperture to between f/8-f/16 to get the entire image in clear focus.

Hope that these tips have inspired you to think about shooting street photography. Enjoy your travels!

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5 Must Have Adventures in Turkey

As travellers and tourists, we all have a list of things we’d like to see or try. Those could be the food, activities or famous landmarks, to name a few….

As travellers and tourists, we all have a list of things we’d like to see or try. Those could be the food, activities or famous landmarks, to name a few. Ideally, you could experience all of those in one place.

One of the best countries to visit if you’d like a concoction of all of the above is Turkey. Turkey embodies the best of the East and the West. It offers an abundance of culture as well as lots of unforgettable fun.

Other than that, Turkey is heaven for thrill seekers. For all of you out there, we’ve prepared a list of adventures you must have when you visit. Between trying the local specialties and visiting the historical monuments, try to squeeze in a bit of excitement. Just note, the citizens of some countries require a visa to visit Turkey. If you need assistance, apply for your Turkey visa here.

That way, you can be sure that you’ll have a trip to remember for a long time. Pick something from the list, or just do it all!

5 Must Have Adventures in Turkey

Climbing Mount Ararat

If you’re an experienced climber, you should consider trying to conquer this mountain. It’s the highest mountain in Turkey, but also one with an interesting legend linked to it.

According to the Old Testament of the Bible, this is the resting place of Noah’s Ark. Some have claimed to have found pieces of it, but it still remains a mystery that makes this place more intriguing.

The view from the top is stunning to say the least. Actually, not only will you be able to see a large portion of Turkey, but also parts of Iran and Armenia!

Make sure you plan in advance, since you have to apply for a special permission two months before your trip. We recommend relying on a specialist company, so you can be sure you’ll get the best possible experience.

If you’re an adventurer ready for some challenges and possible extreme temperatures, this climb will definitely be rewarding!

Scuba Diving in Kaş

must have adventures in turkey

With over 8,000 km of coastline, Turkey is an amazing destination for water sports. As a matter of fact, many think that one of the best diving spots in the Mediterranean sea is located near Kaş.

Even though this picturesque town is still a hidden gem, it’s becoming increasingly popular thanks to its diving potential. If you decide to go under the surface of its turquoise waters, expect to see everything. Antique amphoras, airplane wrecks, as well as an abundance of marine life. These are all part of the experience!

One of the most interesting sights is the Dakota DC-3 airplane, manufactured during World War II. If you’re curious, you can actually enter the cargo hold of the plane. Although it’s quite eerie, it is today inhabited by various octopuses, turtles and many types of fish.

You won’t be surprised to hear that Kas is often called “the adventure capital of the Mediterranean”. Except for diving, the town offers many other activities, such as kayaking and trekking. Make sure you give them a shot!

Paragliding Over The Blue Lagoon in Oludeniz

must have adventures in turkey

This is one of the world’s best paragliding spots – stable and breathtakingly beautiful. You don’t need to have any experience, just a wild spirit and 30 minutes of free time to spend in the air!

The adventure starts with you getting to the top of Babadag Mountain. Pay attention to the scenery around you while riding to the top. This can prepare you for the incredible views you’ll later experience.

Then, from that 1,960 m high spot, you will run and jump straight into the air. It’s a feeling that can be difficult to put into words. You’ll feel safe with an experienced professional around you, but still incredibly free and ecstatic.

Without a doubt, this is an unmissable experience for all those who are not faint hearted. No matter how busy your holiday schedule is, you shouldn’t miss one of the best paragliding spots in the world!

Rafting On The Coruh River

The Coruh River is one of the fastest running rivers of the world. Here, you’ll be able to find rapids ranging from class 1 to class 5. Therefore, this makes it perfect for those who want an exciting, sport-filled holiday.

Rafting perfectly combines excitement and simply sailing through some of the most beautiful parts of Turkey. The river flows through incredible canyons and valleys, past ancient ruined castles and little villages. Not only is the river itself stunning, but also the entire experience and the scenery.

In the spring time, rafting can be quite challenging. Since the snow melts and the river gets higher, there isn’t a chance of remaining dry! However, that’s the time of year when it’s the most exciting, so why not pick that?

You can definitely compare Coruh River rafting to a rollercoaster ride. If you’re into those, this adventure will suit you perfectly!

Hiking The Lycian Way

If you choose to embark on this 29-day long walking trip, you won’t regret it. This long-distance hike is one of the most beautiful in the world. So, if you’re spending some time in Turkey, bring comfy shoes and head this way!

The journey starts in Fethiye and ends in Antalya. It is over 500 km long and it’s best to take the hike during the spring or fall.

The variety of the trail is one of the most exciting things about it. This adventure will take you through the rocky Taurus Mountains, stunning beaches and valleys, as well as ancient ruins, such as the Myra rock-tombs.

If you get bored with walking, there are many opportunities for kayaking and swimming along the way. The magnificent Turquoise Coast offers a great deal of activities that you can incorporate into your hike!

P.S. Before starting the trip, it would be helpful to read The Lycian Way: Turkey’s First Long Distance Walk. It was written by Kate Clow, the woman who waymarked the route.

Who would be better to tell you about the Lycian Way than the woman who knows everything about it?

Enjoy!

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50 Awesome Travel Products You Can Buy on AliExpress For Less Than $20

You have probably heard about AliExpress. In case you didn’t, it’s China’s largest online retail service. What makes AliExpress unique? You buy directly from a manufacturer so the prices are…

You have probably heard about AliExpress. In case you didn’t, it’s China’s largest online retail service. What makes AliExpress unique? You buy directly from a manufacturer so the prices are considerably lower. Another great thing about AliExpress is that most products have free or very low shipping costs.

Truth be told, there’s a lot of junk on it. It takes some time to carefully select good items and another drawback is that parcels sometimes take a month to arrive.

I’ve mostly bought photography accessories from AliExpress. For instance, the remote control shutter release for a Nikon camera cost me $1.49. The same thing in the store was $20.

If you don’t mind waiting, you can find some really good deals there.

In this post you’ll find 50 awesome travel products you can buy on AliExpress for less than 20$.

So let’s start.


500ml Watter Bottle


Daily Backpack


Denim Daily Backpack


40L Travel & Hiking Backpack


Portable Cosmetic Travel Bag


Thermos Cup


Transparent Toiletry Bag


Women Travel Makeup Case


Travel Bag


Storage Bag for Electronics


Tactical Pen


Mini Portable Electronic Scale


RFID-blocking wallet


DSLR camera backpack


LENS cleaning pen


Portable Camera Tripod


Vintage Camera Strap


Universal Camera Lens Cap


DSLR Camera Lens Dust Blower 


GoPro Shutter Pistol Trigger 


Wireless Home Security Camera


GoPro Accessories Bag 


Travel Notebook


Genuine Leather Passport Cover


Titanium Multifunctional Swiss Knife 


Wireless Headphones 


Inflatable Neck Pillow


3 Pcs/Set Unisex Nylon Packing Cubes


Classic Umbrela


Universal Travel Adaptor


ROCK Odin Series Power bank 5000 Mah


6 ports USB charger


Microfiber Towel 


Padlock 


Sleeping Mask


Luggage Tag


Travel Door Alarm 


Universal Macro Lens Kit


Humidifier


Wireless Bluetooth Speakers


Multi-Purpose Tarp


USB Flash Drive


Camping Hammock 


Earplugs 


Facial Mask


MacBook Air Case 


GPS Tracker 


IRONX Lunch box 


Micro SD Card 


Flashlight 

You can also check EuroTribe’s Travel Gear Guide in which I list all gear I personally use.

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90+ Travel Resources for LGBT Travelers in Europe

Check out EuroTribe’s essential travel resources for LGBT travelers in Europe, which include the tools and suggestions on safety, accommodation, things to do and more! Pre-trip inspiration LGBT Travel Blogs…

Check out EuroTribe’s essential travel resources for LGBT travelers in Europe, which include the tools and suggestions on safety, accommodation, things to do and more!

Pre-trip inspiration

LGBT Travel Blogs

People love checking travel blogs for inspiration, planning, and great local tips before their travels. This is especially true for LGBT travelers, who are in need of safety tips and destination guides. Luckily, there are so many great LGBT travel blogs out there. Here are some really good (and famous) LGBT travel blogs;

Travels of Adam
Two Bad Tourists
Nomadic Boys
Globetrotter Girls
Dopes on the Road
Gastro Gays
Minka Guides
MANCHIC

LGBT Websites

Out Traveler is perhaps the only LGBT website dealing with gay travel exclusively. Travel Gay Europe is another great resource for gay travelers. It has a comprehensive guide to almost every European country and recommendations on hotels, bars, nightlife, and events. A small section is dedicated to news. The other websites on the list are quite famous LGBT resources. They mostly cover news, entertainment but sometimes there are travel related topics too.

Out Traveler
Travel Gay Europe
Advocate
AfterEllen
autostraddle
PRIDE
LGBTQ Nation
Huffington Post Queer Voices
Daily Extra
Gay Cities
New Now Next

LGBT Travel Guidebooks

Damron Guidebooks are the most popular in this category and they exist since 1964. They have an extensive listing of gay-friendly business around the world, including the tips and a yearly calendar of events. There’s also another popular guide – Damron Women’s Traveler, which covers exactly the same things as the men’s one. European destinations they cover include Paris, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Dublin, Barcelona, Sitges and more.

Spartacus Guide publishes its gay guide annually and it has more than 900 pages of useful travel info for gay and bisexual men. They also publish a Berlin Gay Guide.

Lonely Planet guides also have an LGBT section with safety tips, best gay venues, and other helpful advice.

Magazines and Newspapers

There are plenty of LGBT magazines online and in print. The most famous ones are OUT (gay and lesbian travel, fashion and culture); Curve (lesbian magazine), Passport Magazine (lots of tips on travel) etc. Check out the expanded list below!

OUT
Curve
Passport Magazine
Hello Mr.
Gay Letter
Jarry Mag
g3
HISKIND
SIEGESSÄULE (Berlin Queer Magazine)

IGLTA

IGLTA is one of the most important global resources in the LGBT tourism industry. You can find tips on whatever you are looking for- from accommodation providers, airlines, cruises, health and fitness, restaurants, travel agents, tour operators and more. They have suggestions for destinations across the globe and a calendar of events that you can filter by audience or type. IGLTA’s partners are strong supporters of LGBT rights.

NGO’s

Eastern Europe is still falling behind when it comes to LGBT rights, compared to their western counterparts. In some places, it may be more difficult to find suggestions on queer culture and nightlife for example, so NGO’s are your best bet. You can send them an email to check what’s the safety situation like or ask for suggestions on cultural events, meetups or nightlife. Not sure where to look for? Fear no more as here’s a list of LGBT rights organizations in Europe.

Planning your trip

MFA Website

Checking your country’s MFA website should be the number step during every trip preparation. There you’ll find the most up to date information on the country you are visiting, visa regime and safety tips. Not every MFA website has info on LGBT safety and tips but another great resource is Equaldex which shows Equality Index for every country in the world.

LGBT Friendly Accommodation

Many accommodation booking providers have LGBT sections on their sites, and they showcase LGBT-welcoming hotels, apartments, and activities. Some of the notable LGBT friendly accommodation providers are;

Expedia
misterb&b
Trip.com
Airbnb
Rainbow World Hotels
Purple Roofs
Further a Field
Hilton
Hyatt
Hotels.com
Orbitz

You may also be interested in how to find cheap accommodation in Europe.

LGBT Cruises

Some people love LGBT cruises while some hate them. Yet, LGBT cruises are one of the biggest contributors to the LGBT tourism in general and they offer travelers a friendly atmosphere and security that might be more difficult to find elsewhere. If you need inspiration, here are some companies which are famous in the cruising world;

Olivia
Atlantis
Source Events
The Cruise
Emerald Waterways

LGBT Tour Operators

If you are not a fan of cruises or independent travel, you can check out some of the tour operators below.They offer anything- from city breaks to beach holidays and physically demanding adventures.

Out Adventures
Pied Piper Travel
32 Travel
Pride World Travel
Brand G Vacations
HE Travel
DETOURS
Oscar Wilde Tours
IGNAS Tour
Gay Sail

LGBT Tours in Europe

There are many specific tours dealing with LGBT culture in Europe and it’s also fairly easy to find one. Your best bet is to google for LGBT tours in your destination and find the most suitable one. However, if you need some suggestions you can check out some of the tours below;

Prague4gay
Tenerife Les Friendly
Italy Gay Travels
Quiiky
Rainbow Gay Tours
The Gay Locals Paris
LisbonBeach Tours
Piers and Queers Tours
Pink Iceland

At The Destination

Dating Apps

Whether you want to make friends or hook up with someone, dating apps can help you with that. You can meet local people (use common sense of course!) or get recommendations on LGBT happenings in your destination. Grindr is the most famous app for gay men, while lesbian/bisexual women usually use Tinder and HER which is only available in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the Netherlands.

Grindr
Scruff
Jacke’D
Tinder
HER

Networking Groups

Couchsurfing is a famous travel social network platform. LGBT travelers can utilize the website’s many groups to find like-minded people and things to do. One of the biggest is Queer Couchsurfers group. You can also look for destination specific groups. Meet Up is another great social network website that can help you find and join groups you like, based on your interest and values.  Facebook Events is another helpful (and most easily available) tool that can help you find parties, cultural happenings, meetups etc.

Couchsurfing
Meet Up
Facebook
Lesbians Who Tech
Out in Tech

LGBT Parties in Europe

Parties can also be easily found with a simple Google search but here are some of the Europe’s most famous ones.

Gay Spring Break Sitges
Barcelona Pride
Circuit Festival
We Party Festival
La Demence
Italy Gay Summer Pride
Hot Season Festival
Rainbow Reykjavik
Pink Week Slovenia
XLSIOR

Anything missing? Feel free to comment below!

Featured photo: The Castro by karendesuyo on Flickr (under CC BY 2.0)
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