NewNowNext Reveals The Hottest Gay Destinations

Up until a few years ago, I hadn’t done much international travel. For some reason, I developed a fear of flying and even the thought of it made me uneasy. The newly-developed phobia was odd considering I flew often as a kid because my mother worked for the airline industry for several years. Then I met Brian, and we traveled to Europe, Asia and numerous North American destinations, slowly erasing my fear. Since launching, I find myself traveling even more than ever. While turbulence still rattles my nerves and I cling onto the armrest for dear life, I’m much more comfortable flying. Now, all I want to do is galavant all over the place, which brings me to this post.

LOGO recently announced the nominees for their fourth annual travel awards, honoring the most stylish, most exciting and hottest destinations around the world. Comprised of a panel of travel experts, the nominations highlight the “next best thing” in the travel industry. From hotels, airlines, annual events to which city has the hottest locals, the NewNowNext Traveler’s Choice covers it all. The panel this year included noted travel editors and writers from Condé Nast Traveler, Condé Nast Traveller UK, Sherman’s Travel, Lonely Planet, New York magazine, Travel & Leisure, Out, The Advocate, Fodor’s, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Robb Report and Harper’s Bazaar Australia. I definitely need to get on the panel next year. LOGO are you listening?

While the panel narrowed down the field, it’s up to voters to determine the winners in each category. Travel enthusiasts can vote for their favorites on, with the results revealed in early December. Check out the nominations below and be sure to cast your vote for “Sexiest Gay Bar,” “Hottest Locals“, “Style Capital” and many more battles.

Sexiest Gay Bar

  • The Abbey (West Hollywood)
  • Berghain (Berlin)
  • XL (NYC)
  • Akbar (Los Angeles)
  • The Week (Rio de Janeiro)
  • Royal Phoenix (Montreal)

Ultimate Resort

  • Oberoi Udaivilas India
  • Amangiri Utah
  • Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
  • Singita Lebombo, South Africa
  • Rosewood Mayakoba, Mexico

Hottest Locals

  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Medellin, Colombia
  • New York, NY
  • Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina

Comeback City

  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Johannesberg, South Africa
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Naples, Italy
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

Indulgent Hotel Chain

  • Aman Resorts
  • Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
  • Oetker Collection
  • The Peninsula Hotels
  • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • Firmdale Hotels

Bossest Beach

  • Tulum Beach, Mexico
  • Punalu’lu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii
  • Fire Island, New York
  • Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
  • Byron Bay, Australia

Critical Event

  • Art Basel (Miami Beach)
  • Coachella (Palm Springs)
  • Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival
  • Madrid Pride (Spain)
  • SXSW (Austin)
  • Wimbledon (London)

High Flying Airline

  • Virgin America
  • Air New Zealand
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Emirates
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Porter Air

Style Capital

  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Brooklyn, New York
  • Paris, France
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Istanbul, Turkey

NNN Destination 2012

  • Burma
  • Marseilles, France
  • Cuba
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Antwerp, Flanders

Click here to cast your vote. Care to divulge any of your favorites? If so, I’d love to hear them.