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Four Bucket List Worthy Vacations

4 Bucket List Vacations

Next year take a once-in-a-lifetime safari, cruise, or adventure.

Need some inspiration for your bucket list? Here are four that have us packing our bags:


Woman looks at elephant on safari


Go on safari with your chosen family on Olivia’s 11-day/10- night South Africa Adventure. This exciting adventure starts in Cape Town and visits Franschhoek, Cape Winelands, the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, and more before ending in Johannesburg. You’ll see the natural wonders of South Africa, while also enjoying wine tastings and visiting cultural sites with primarily lesbian travelers. The tour departs April 17, 2022, and includes all accommodations, group transfers, most meals, some alcoholic beverages, gratuities, and more. (


2 indigenous women with coffee beans in costa rica


If you’re tired of the stress of daily life, then head to the 5-star Oasis at Andaz Papagayo resort on VACAYA’s 8-day/7- night Costa Rica tour (June 5-12, 2022). The resort sits on 1,400 acres of lush tropical rainforest with stunning views of Culebra Bay. Whether you join the LGBTQ+ vacation to learn to paddleboard and surf, relax by one of the resort’s four pools with a book and cocktail, pamper yourself at the spa, or party into the night with friends and family at one of the multiple bars and lounges, this amazing oasis on Costa Rica’s north Pacific coast just might be the escape you crave. (


gay couple on a cruise


Break out your speedo, sunscreen, and copy of Homer’s Odyssey for an epic adventure cruising the Mediterranean Sea on the Atlantis Odyssey Med Cruise. This absolutely gay cruise sets sail August 21-30, 2022, onboard the brand-new 4,200-guest Odyssey of the Sea. Starting in Rome with stops in Naples, the Greek Isles, Sicily, and Corsica (the birthplace of Napoleon), the cruise has just the right mix of destinations and onboard activities and promises to be your own epic voyage of discovery. (


Windstar cruise ship


Windstar Cruises’ The Grand European Bucket List Adventure, is an exclusive, 79-day cruise from Stockholm to Istanbul onboard their newest yacht, the all-suite Star Legend. With only 312 guests onboard this smaller luxury vessel, you’re certain to receive top-notch service and attention with little problem practicing responsible social distancing while onboard. The cruise visits 71 ports in 22 countries with multiple overnights when it sets sail on July 25, 2023. (

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Donald Padgett

Managing Editor at OutTraveler. Also write for Out, The Advocate, and Plus magazines.

Managing Editor at OutTraveler. Also write for Out, The Advocate, and Plus magazines.