Where are you not traveling to this year? With the recent travel warnings to the Bahamas and Jamaica, made me think about this a little bit more. My travel calendar is not full for the year, yet, but there are some places that will never make it on my list to begin with. As a gay American, where should I not be traveling to? May it be because I’m gay or an American or just for any person’s general safety.
Just at the end of January, the U.S. Department of State issued a new warning for American travelers headed to the Caribbean. Because of the rise in violent crimes within Jamaica and the Bahamas, it’s becoming treacherous for visitors and locals alike.
US raised the travel advisory for travel to Jamaica to Level 3 travel advisory for Jamaica last month, asking Americans to “reconsider travel to Jamaica due to crime and medical services.”
“Violent crimes, such as home invasions, armed robberies, sexual assaults, and homicides, are common. Sexual assaults occur frequently, including at all-inclusive resorts,” the advisory, reissued on Jan. 23, stated in a summary of what’s happening in the Caribbean country.
“Local police often do not respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. When arrests are made, cases are infrequently prosecuted to a conclusive sentence,” the alert warned. “Families of U.S. citizens killed in accidents or homicides frequently wait a year or more for final death certificates to be issued by Jamaican authorities.” – ABC7
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Where Should Be on Your Go To List?
The Spartacus Blog’s Gay Travel Index is a great tool that has been around for years. It advises LGBTQ+ travelers on where they can expect to feel and be most safe in. Criteria used are: anti-discrimination legislation, marriage/civil partnerships, adoption, transgender rights, infrastructure, views on conversion therapy, religious influence, local hostility, and laws surrounding prosecution.
Their top three are Malta, Canada, Switzerland. We went to Malta (EuroPride post) and Switzerland (Arosa Gay Ski Week post & Switzerland post #2) just last year and have been to Canada so many times. We agree!
And Spartacus also has a list of where not to go with its worst 4 being Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Afghanistan. The U.S., well, we came in at 35 out of 199 global destinations. As for the most LGBTQ+-friendly U.S. states in 2023, California, New York, Washington, Colorado while the worst are Oklahoma, Tennessee, West Virginia. (USA Today)
Where to Next? Tell Us!
As mentioned, Instinct’s travel calendar is not full yet for 2024. We want to know where we should go and why? We would also like to hear from you where we should not go. Help us cross off some destinations to avoid.