The Vada Winter Holiday Guide

Adam Lowe

It’s only October – we know. You’ve either had your summer holidays already, or assiduously avoided the summer months to dodge the glut of holidaying families. Winter, then, must offer some kind of refuge. Indeed, it’s a time of year many avoid travel, so resorts are often emptier than they would be otherwise while prices are often cheaper, and there can be just as much sunshine and fun as if you travel at other times.

With all that in mind, we offer up five brief suggestions of destinations you might want to check out for your winter jollies.

Key West

Key West is something of a queer Mecca in the States. With its popular bathhouses, fantastic clubs, and very open-minded residents, you’re guaranteed to have a fun time.

Koh Samui

Thailand has gorgeous weather by British standards. The beautiful island of Koh Saumi offers breathtaking sights, fine beaches and plenty of cut-price knock-off shopping. Plus, the Thai people themselves are typically open-minded, friendly and willing to barter.

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Gran Canaria

Winter is a great time to visit Gran Can. Gone are the families and children. Gone are the pride revellers. Instead you can take Christmas cocktails on the beach and find friendly LGBT venues with plenty of opportunities to cruise or schmooze.


Iceland is cold whenever you go, so winter barely makes a difference. You can check out the Northern Lights, the spas, the geysers, the Continental Divide.

Buenos Aires

Firstly, Buenos Aires is going to be warm whatever time of year you visit. Secondly, everything is dirt cheap. Palermo is great for queer shopping and Markus for Men offers great prices on treatments. Sankët is a fabulous designer boutique worth checking out.

About Adam Lowe

Adam Lowe is an award-winning author, editor and publisher from Leeds, now based in Manchester. He runs Dog Horn Publishing and is Director and Writing Coordinator for Young Enigma, a writer development programme for LGBT young people. He sometimes performs as Beyonce Holes.