We round up six of the most afforable gay-friendly spots around the world for when you’re planning your next big trip!
With amazing gay nightlife and affordable accommodation, Madrid is one of the most popular gay travel destinations in Europe. Enjoying a nice dinner for two including a bottle of Spanish wine will only set you back around 40€. Grab a beer on one of the countless outdoor patios for 1€ and soak up the sun by day while you save your energy to party at night. Transport is inexpensive in Madrid, but the city is so compact you can often walk most places, saving your valuable cash for food, drink and activities.
With more than 100 gay clubs, saunas and hotels, Berlin is one of the most gay-friendly destinations in Europe and perhaps the world. Berlin has many affordable options to offer including reasonable hotel rates and food prices. Public transport is a bit more expensive, so buy a day pass or a Berlin Welcome Card to give you unlimited access to public transport and sightseeing for a fixed price.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Known as “the gay mecca of Latin America,” Buenos Aires is considered one of the most open-minded cities with a number of gay-friendly hotels, bars, cafés and restaurants. Argentine wine is quite reasonably priced. Though it’s not as affordable as other cities, its easily accessible to South Africans.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Czech Republic is considered one of Central Europe’s most liberal countries. While laws in the Czech Republic are not as progressive as those in Western Europe, the Czech people aren’t overly religious and being gay is generally a non-issue. Prague Castle is a must-see. Meals and transport in Prague are reasonably priced as well.
Bangkok offers amazing gay nightlife that has made it one of the most popular destinations for gay travel. There are a large number of gay bars, clubs, saunas, spas and more to be found in this city. Street food in Bangkok is delicious, fresh and incredibly affordable.
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
With Mexico City’s acceptance of same-sex marriages, it has become a popular destination for gay travellers. In particular, the area of La Zona Rosa is a favourite for gay singles looking to mingle. While in Mexico, take a trip to Puerto Vallarta to enjoy the over the top gay nightlife and relaxed resort vibe.
The best way to keep your travel costs down is to use low-cost local airlines once you arrive in the country you’re visiting. For North America, you can find budget flights to Mexico with carriers like Interjet or Volaris. Budget flights within Europe are the most numerous with options including EasyJet, RyanAir and many more. For Oceania and Asia, your best bet for a low-cost carrier is flying with AirAsia. You’ll usually find the best prices during midweek so avoid flying on popular days like Fridays or Sundays. Unfortunately, air travel in South America is notoriously expensive so you may have to fork over a bit more to fly there.