Travel journalists Asher and Lyric Fergusson have created the 2023 LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index, an incredibly well-researched ranked list of 203 countries. This list does a great job of boiling down the varying factors that contribute to the safety and security of LGBTQ+ travelers into a simple-to-follow guide. They measure everything from transgender legal protections, to same-sex marriage laws, to how people there answered the survey question "Is this a good place to live for gay or lesbian people?"
As tour operators and travel agents, this is something important to us, not just for our LGBTQ+ clients, but for our company as a whole. It's important to us that the tours we lead, the countries we visit, and the businesses we patronize, are all safe for all our clients, and do not compromise on the values we hold. Back in 2021, we shared that year's index, so we wanted to make sure we shared this update.
After the full details of the country list, they also include 37 LGBTQ+ travel safety tips.
Thinking of planning your own trip abroad? Take a look at the Fergussons' index--it might just spark some new ideas! (Anyone up for a trip to Sweden?)