Out Traveler Awards: Time to Vote


By OUTTraveler Editors

It's a big world out there, with endless opportunities for adventure, love, learning, sex, and culture. We want to know what you think are the places worth a plane ride, and your dollars, in 2013.

Most Decadent Annual Destination Party
Which famed party serves the most eleganza?

Aqua Girl
Celebrating its 14th anniversary, Aqua Girl is a weekend-long party in Miami that benefits the Aqua Foundation for Women, which supports wellness and scholarships for Florida’s LGBT community. Ladies from international locales flock to Florida for this worthwhile cause, which has the added benefit of pool parties and dance events in the city’s premier hotels and clubs.

Black and Blue Festival
Touted as the world’s largest dance festival to benefit the gay community, the Black and Blue Festival annually draws up to 70,000 people to Montreal during Canada’s Thanksgiving weekend. Raising funds for and awareness of HIV and AIDS, the festival is a non-stop succession of dance parties, including the Jock Ball, the Leather Ball, the Military Ball, and the crown jewel Black & Blue event. Even the critics are raving.

Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend
Known informally as“The Dinah,” the world’s largest lesbian party attracts over 10,000 international visitors annually to Palm Springs, Calif., where the popular music festival is held. Many prominent LGBT organizations, including GLAAD and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, have joined forces with The Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend, throwing lavish parties and events that raise awareness of social issues.

Life Ball
As the largest HIV and AIDS fundraiser in Europe, the Life Ball is truly a spectacular spectacular, attracting an international A-list crowd of politicians, celebrities, and public figures such as Elton John, Liza Minnelli, and Catherine Deneuve for its opening ceremony. Each year, the Viennese fete presents a different lavish theme, such as this year’s “Scheherazade,” which encourages guests to don their most elegant, outlandish, and outrageous ensembles for a good cause.

White Party
Each year, thousands flock to Palm Springs for the White Party, a weeklong celebration of fashion, art, and music that has grown to become the largest fundraiser for HIV and AIDS in the world. A-list DJs, entertainers, and celebrities descend on the city for the party’s electronic music scene, in which revelers dancing to David Guetta wear white, or not much at all.