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Country Comparison of Budget LGBT Destinations

London, San Francisco and Sydney are gay friendly. But sadly, they aren’t cheap.  Nomadic You lists some alternative;

Best LGBT Budget Destination Prague. Photo by GGAADD
Best LGBT Budget Destination Prague. Photo by GGAADD

Best Budget LGBT Destinations.

Europe and South America are a safe bet for a fun holiday in a gay-friendly country. The Pew Research Centre finds that very few citizens in the Czech Republic and Argentina find homosexuality to be unacceptable.

It is a pity that their 2013 survey is quite old and didn’t cover more countries. So, to get an idea of LGBT views for more countries, Nomadic You has included info on countries that supported gay rights at the United Nations in 2008.

Country Homosexuality Acceptable? Yes No UN 2008
  Czech Rep. 56% 14% Yes
  Argentina 49% 27% Yes
  Chile 45% 32% Yes
  Mexico 36% 40% Yes
  Poland 22% 44% Yes
  Greece 24% 45% Yes
  Portugal * * Yes
  Thailand * * Yes
  Peru * * Yes
  Hungary * * Yes
  Colombia * * Yes
  Vietnam * * Yes
  South Africa 18% 62% Yes
  India 9% 67% *
  Turkey 4% 78% *
  Russia 9% 72% *
  Indonesia 3% 93% No
  Malaysia 4% 88% No

LGBT Malaysia and Indonesia

Malaysia is at the bottom of the list. But, LGBT travelers can still consider Johor Bahru as a destination since the gay scene in neighbouring Singapore is easy to access.

And while Indonesia ranks second from bottom, Bali is a good choice for LGBT travelers. The Balinese are Hindu and more accepting than the rest of Indonesia which is predominantly Muslim.

Global Views on Morality

The Pew Research Centre asked the question “Do you personally believe that homosexuality is morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or is it not a moral issue?” They found that half or more in most of the 40 nations polled say that homosexuality is unacceptable. However, Europeans are much less likely to say homosexuality is unacceptable – this is especially true in Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Britain, and Italy, where about 20% or fewer express this opinion.

LGBT Rights United Nations 2008

The first declaration concerning gay rights was put before the UN in 2008. According to Wikipedia, The statement includes a condemnation of violence, harassment, discrimination, exclusion, stigmatization, and prejudice based on sexual orientation. 96 member states of the UN supported the declaration. The 54 countries that opposed the declaration are mostly from Africa and Asia.

@NomadicYou Does somewhere in Europe or South America top your Budget LGBT Destinations?

The $38.64 Daily Digital Nomad Budget

Nomadic You covers 25 cities where you can live as a digital nomad for an average $38.64 per day. Keep your cost of living on track with these;

Top 10 Digital Nomad Budget Tips.

Digital Nomad Budget Tips. Photo Pixabay
Digital Nomad Budget Tips. Photo Pixabay

#1 Stay Longer

When you change destinations often your airfares and transport costs add up. Rather be a slow traveler. You may even qualify for long-stay discounts on your accommodation; For example, many AirBnB places offer discounts for stays over 28 days.

#2 Plan your flights

Yes, Bangalore and Chiang Mai are cheap. But, if you are a long-distance flight away, then the cost of living savings will evaporate with your expensive airfare. Also, it is best to choose cities with busier aviation hubs, where more airlines are competing on routes.

#3 Choose Cheaper Destinations finds that their trips as a couple to SE Asia, “usually works out at about £1,000 ($1,700) a month. That’s why it pays to spend months and months in SE Asia.”

#4 Reduce the Visa runs

Many affordable countries have generous visa entry rules that allow you to stay for 90 or 180-days visa free. Try to choose these countries rather than ones where you’ll have to make a run for the border after 30 days.

#5 Eat with the locals

Amazingly, a meal at an inexpensive local restaurant in Bangalore can be had for S1.79. That is even cheaper than a $2.41 Big Mac Meal would cost you. And I’m sure tastier too! Good idea then to make friends with the local and ask them where they eat. They may even invite you for dinner.

#6 Public transport

We love featuring budget hotels near public transport. Sometimes it pays to pay a bit extra for conveniently located accommodation, rather than spending extra on taxi fares. Check out our Emoji Maps on Pinterest.

#7 Travel as a couple or in group

Sharing an apartment is often cheaper than getting a studio. For example, in Athens a furnished studio apartment will cost around $408. But, sharing a larger apartment means you could split the $595 rent in half at $298 each. (Being coupled up with someone who is not high maintenance can also help.)

#8 Go small, make the city your lounge has some excellent stats on the average monthly cost of renting a furnished 45 m2 studio apartments. We have summarized the info for our Top 25 budget destinations. Antalya and Bangalore top the list. Continue reading The $38.64 Daily Digital Nomad Budget