1. Montreal, Canada
Though Vancouver may have the post-Olympic glow, Montreal, the old trader town on the Saint Lawrence, is more charming. Trust us, Montreal?s Gay Village parties harder than any Olympic village ever could.
2. Cartagena, Colombia
Centuries of trade have turned this fortified town into a palimpsest of Colonial influence, though the place jumps not for the past but for the present. The nightlife is unrivaled on both sides of the Equator.
3. Split, Croatia
Tourists flock to Dubrovnik farther south, but this coastal city has one major advantage: the spectacular 4th-century Diocletian?s Palace. Better yet, hop a ferry to the Dalmatian isles (and the busy gay beach at Jerolim, near Hvar).
4. Antwerp, Belgium
The host city of this year?s International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Global Convention is not just an early adopter of gay marriage, it?s also home to Red & Blue (RedAndBlue.be), one of Europe?s largest gay clubs.
5. Marrakech, Morrocco
Yves Saint Laurent, Paul Bowles, Allen Ginsberg -- they all called Moroccco?s imperial city home. Last springs reopening of the legendary La Mammounia resort makes now the perfect time to visit.