Recognized as one of the most LGBTQ+ accepting countries in the world, Australia boasts widespread support for same-sex marriage, a massive sign of acceptance throughout the country. It’s also a land of staggering contrasts and unbelievable beauty. Along the coast you can visit multicultural cities, vast sand islands, ancient rainforests and one of the planet’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef. In the Outback, rugged national parks and red-earthed deserts offer the ultimate in adventure travel. Add a melting pot of cultures and culinary options in addition to a laid-back feel and friendly people, and its no wonder why Australia tops the lists of places to visit for many travelers around the world.
Escape to Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, an almost secret paradise with 63 rooms and suites on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, for an unforgettable romantic getaway. Soak in your private plunge pool, keep fit in your very own gym or simply relax close to the magic of the sea. Sweethearts enjoy a la carte breakfast, a bottle of champagne on arrival, one three-course dinner on the beach including a bottle of house wine, a 50-minute couples massage, chocolate-covered strawberries with two glasses of champagne and more. Connect with your preferred Travel Advisor to learn more or visit belmond.com/maromaresortandspa
“Where are all the fences?” Travelers taking part in expeditions across the sprawling country of Mongolia ask this often. The answer is, well, there really aren’t any. Mongolia, having one of the lowest density populations in the world, is a land of sprawling landscapes sprinkled with Mongolian yurts and the nomadic herders that reside inside them. Its diverse landscape attracts both leisure and adventure seekers. You can choose to have a luxury adventure drinking wine on the rolling green steppe, an adventure sleeping in yurts and tracking snow leopards, or a mix of both! Whether one is looking for a temporary disconnect with a breath of fresh air, a deep connection with nature, or experiencing a unique culture with ancient roots, Mongolia is a land that will entrance and surprise you.
WINNERS OF LONELY PLANET'S LGBTQ+ STORYTELLER AWARD 2021
For the past 10 years, Lonely Planet has held its Best in Travel awards every Autumn listing the countries, regions, and cities that are recommended as travel destinations for the following year. This year's awards are different and they feature people who make travel a force for good, all the more essential in an unprecedented year that has disrupted and deprioritized travel. Couple of Men founders Karl Krause and Daan Colijn provide vital information for LGBTQ+ travelers while inspiring everyone to discover the world.