Vacation home ownership has many benefits, and LGBTQ+ globetrotters will find more options than ever in both longtime favorite and newly trending destinations around the globe.
The state of Florida is home to multiple cities that continue to attract second-home purchases — including Fort Lauderdale, which welcomes more than 1 million sun-seeking LGBTQ+ visitors every year, and Key West, long known for its welcoming, laid-back ambience. In the Midwest, Saugatuck, Michigan, offers an especially convenient and attractive location for a second home, especially for city folk from nearby metropolises like Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis.
Residents of the New York City metropolitan area, meanwhile, are increasingly drawn to nearby hot spots like Sullivan County/Catskills, the upstate area that’s experienced a renaissance thanks in part to new businesses founded by LGBTQ+ residents.
LGBTQ+ people increasingly look to buy in destinations gaining more prominence on the LGBTQ+ travel map. A recent Zillow study, for example, identified Louisville, Kentucky, as a great place to buy, while the city’s multiple pride festivals attest to its friendliness and diversity.
Internationally, the city of Medellín, Colombia, proves increasingly popular with a diverse array of expats, especially since the World Travel Awards recognized Colombia as South America’s Leading LGBT Destination in 2020.
Those looking for healthy doses of Caribbean sun often consider Puerto Rico one of the most LGBTQ+-friendly islands in the region. Puerto Rico’s commonwealth status also makes it easier for U.S. citizens to visit since no passport is required and there are no restrictions regarding length of stay.
Across the Atlantic, Monaco attracts more attention since becoming a 2021 Featured Destination of the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association. Monaco’s moderate taxation structure and sophisticated culture are additional selling points. Tel Aviv continues to attract second homebuyers as well, with impressive new options like Port Tel Aviv, a new luxury development due to be complete in 2022.
Those looking for a second home can turn to organizations like the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance, a nonprofit organization that aims to connect LGBTQ+ consumers with real estate agents across North America.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
Legendary Hotel del Coronado reached another milestone in its $400 million Master Plan reimagination, with the completion of an extensive, historic restoration of the hotel’s front porch and lobby; a redesigned main entry and drive experience; new guestrooms in The Views area; and refreshed retail concepts.
As a native of the Philadelphia region, I’m quite familiar with the drive in and out of the City of Brotherly Love. Even as the city’s skyline continually transforms, my favorite views of Philadelphia have always been along Boathouse Row, with the Philadelphia Museum of Art rising in the background, before looping around the museum to the flag-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Home to many of Philadelphia’s incredible and world-renowned museums, the Fairmount neighborhood is fittingly aesthetically pleasing and practically synonymous with fine art.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
Set to open in 2026, Rosewood San Francisco will be the last skyscraper developed in the downtown region for the foreseeable future. The projected 800-foot-tall property will host a hotel, residences, office and rental spaces. The brand’s third property in California will join Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, and Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
Tuscany’s Lucca is home to Grand Universe Lucca, which brings the region’s best wines front and center to its guests. The hotel features three immersive Tuscan Wine tasting experiences: Montalcino, Montecarlo, and Super Tuscan and Chianti Classico.