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10 of the best LGBTQ+ travel books

10 of the best LGBTQ+ travel books

Need inspiration on where to travel next? Or you’re not sure which places are suitable for travelers from the LGBTQ+ community? In addition to the best queer travel blogs, LGBTQ+ travel books help lesbian, gay, trans, and queer travelers find inspiration and direction for planning their gaycation. And let’s face it, having a travel guide (or other queer book) in your suitcase calms your nerves about not losing track of where you are on the road, helps you categorize destinations, and at the same time, they provide tips for particular places that are especially relevant to the LGBTQ+ Community. This is why we introduce you to the best (international) LGBTQ+ travel books here on Couple of Men.

These LGBTQ+ travel books you should read

Traveling has not been easy over the past two years. So, most of us have decided to enjoy their homes. But even before that (and probably continuing after this challenging times), travel hasn’t always been easy for the LGBTQ+ community. In some destinations, discrimination or danger was and is still present today. Nevertheless, there are brave members of the community who don’t let this stop them and who claim their right to see the world like everyone else on the one hand, and on the other hand to show this world that there are naturally queer travelers as well.  

Couple of Men – Ein Männerpaar reist um die Welt (German)

Out of competition 😉 In early May, our own LGBTQ+ travel book was released: Couple of Men – Ein Männerpaar reist um die Welt (a gay couple travels around the world). The book takes the reader on our travels to the USA, Iceland, Japan and South Africa, among other places. We also give you a very personal insight into our relationship, childhood, how we grew up and about our coming-out stories. We are very proud of our project and hope you enjoy it as much as we do. 


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Order our book Couple of Men now!

You can either pre-order our book Couple of Men – Ein Männerpaar reist um die Welt online or purchase it at your local bookstore in Germany or online, for example at Amazon.

Tip: It will be released on May 3rd, 2022, just in time for Pride month in June!

On Amazon >


#1 Mr. Hudson Explores – Bastiaan Ellen (DEUTSCH)

gestalten Verlag – Website

In 2019, Dutch tourism expert Bastiaan Ellen published an LGBTQ+ travel guide especially for gays, which has also been translated into German. Most importantly, this is all about traveling in style, primarily. The book is about art, design, fashion and lifestyle in Rome, Stockholm, Tokyo and Paris, to name just a few examples. A book to discover and rediscover.

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#2 Sassy Planet: A Queer Guide to 40 Cities, Big and Small – Harish Bhandari (ENGLISCH)

Prestel Verlag – Website

There are certainly LGBTQ+ travel hotspots in the world, mainly because the community knows that they are accepted there and that the chances are that there won’t be any hassles. New York or Berlin, for example, are among these places. Yet, the world has so much more to offer. This queer travel book takes on big and small places in this world that queer travelers should definitely not miss.

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#3 The Gay Guide: New York, San Francisco & Paris (ENGLISCH)

This travel book series dedicates each issue to a city that is considered particularly queer and gay-friendly. So far, a total of three editions have been published, each featuring an expert who compiles the best places, clubs, restaurants and sights for the respective city. These LGBTQ+ travel books give really valuable tips for everything you need for your next destination: from transportation options to cultural tips to safety advice – everything is covered. 

Link: Verkaufswebseite auf Amazon >

#4 Eat, Gay, Love. Ein Memoir – Calum McSwiggan (ENGLISCH)

Hodder Paperpags Verlag – Website

If you don’t have the opportunity to travel yourself right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t still go on a journey: from your sofa. Our friend and fellow author Calum McSwiggan takes you to Rome, Berlin and Thailand. There he meets all kinds of people and listens to their life stories. In a charming and entertaining way, he manages to inspire wanderlust while showing the wide spectrum of the LGBTQ+ community.

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#5 Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States – Samantha Allen (ENGLISCH)

Elliot Bay Book Company Verlag – Website

Just because of its size and its diversity, the United States of America is well worth a trip. However, LGBT travelers who are not welcome equally in all US American states. That’s why author Samantha Allen set out on a journey through the most conservative states to get to know the queer community there. In this book, she tells the personal stories of the people she met along the way through countries still in the process of becoming queer-friendly.

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A Gay Couple enjoying vacation in pool with blue water at the ocean front © Coupleofmen.com

Gay Travel Guides 2022

Where to go on vacation this year? Is it safe to go there with my boyfriend? Or with my husband? Or with my rainbow family? These are just a few examples of questions we’re hearing from our readers, followers, friends and family members who are planning an LGBTQ+ and gay-friendly vacation in 2022.

Our Gay Travel Guides >

#6 Trans New York: Photos and Stories of Transgender New Yorkers – Peter Bussian (ENGLISCH)

Apollo Publisher Verlag – Website

Often on our travels, it’s the people we meet that make our memories so special. Peter Bussian takes us into the world of New York‘s trans community with this beautiful photography book. Even if a trip to the Big Apple is out of the question for some of us, readers will still be immersed into the vibrant, diverse world of this unique city, feeling as if they’ve had a grueling, exhausting, wonderful city trip after reading this book.

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#7  The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler’s Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia – Alden Jones (ENGLISCH)

University of Wisconsin Press – Website

Costa Rica, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Cuba, Burma, Cambodia and Egypt. Only a few of us are lucky enough to ever embark on a trip around the world. Mostly it fails because of time and money issues. Author Alden Jones, bisexual herself, nevertheless makes such a journey across several continents. It was made possible by filling pages after pages with her travel experiences and insights. Even though the book is set in 2013, nothing of its relevance has been lost.

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#8 Gay Bangkok: Complete Gay Travel Guide to Bangkok – Bradley Chetworth (ENGLISCH)

Bangkok is known for its insane street traffic, delicious street food, and crazy nightlife. But also, for its queer community. There’s nothing in Bangkok that isn’t possible. Travel writer Bradley Chetworth gives you specific tips for offline and online dating in Thailand, LGBTQ+ friendly accommodations, bars, and your personal safety. In short, it explains how-to-be-gay in Thailand.

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#9 Gay: Being Gay in the 21st Century – John A.K. Scott (ENGLISCH)

This is about travel, but it’s also about so much more than that. Scott lists the most LGBT-friendly places in the world, but also addresses important issues like dealing with homophobia, self-acceptance, growing older as a gay person, and all the challenges that still come with being gay in the 21st century.

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#10 Gay Camping Logbook (ENGLISCH)

There is nothing in this book. And that’s exactly the point because LGBT travelers should fill this travel book with their very personal experiences and memories of wonderful camping trips. Just a few suggestions of what can be noted here: Where did you experience the glamping? Where were the best gay saunas? And where was clothing optional at the beach?

Link: Shop on Amazon >


Buch Couple of Men - Ein Männerpaar auf Reisen © Coupleofmen.com

Order our book Couple of Men now!

You can either pre-order our book Couple of Men – Ein Männerpaar reist um die Welt online or purchase it at your local bookstore in Germany or online, for example at Amazon.

Tip: It will be released on May 3rd, 2022, just in time for Pride month in June!

On Amazon >


Do you have any other tips for queer LGBTQ+ travel books?

Leider war der Platz in unserer Liste natürlich begrenzt, aber es gibt noch viel mehr LGBTQ+ Reisebücher, die es zu entdecken gilt. Wenn du noch weitere Vorschläge hast, teile sie gerne hier mit der Community.

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