Portland, Oregon

Scenic, friendly Portland is a traveller’s dream.  Located in the Pacific Northwest region of the USA, this little gem of a city will delight you. Explore the many neighborhoods, such as Downtown Portland for shopping at major and independent retailers, the Pearl District for designer and local artisan studios and art galleries, and Nob Hill for hip home décor and jewelry.  Shopping is a must, as Portland is tax-free. Trendy restaurants abound and you’ll find something to satisfy your taste and budget throughout the city.

Soccer fans (Portland Timbers) will love the easy access to JELD-WEN Field from Downtown Portland. Jump aboard the Max Light Rail and head straight to the game.  You’ll find many bars and restaurants nearby and Timbers fans are always welcome, both before and after the game!

Portland also hosts many annual festivals, such as the Portland Jazz Festival (February), the Portland Rose Festival (June), the Waterfront Blues Festival (July), and MusicFest NW (September) when Downtown Portland becomes an enormous block party.

Montenegro

Situated in the south of the Adriatic Sea, Montenegro is stunningly beautiful and diverse. The coastline attracts visitors to its charming cities of Ulcinj, Petrovac, Budva, Kotar, and Tivat, just to name a few.  You’ll find beautiful beaches, reasonable prices, medieval architecture, and some of the best, locally-caught seafood.  If you choose self-catering accommodation, try purchasing fresh fish directly off one of the local fishing boats for a real treat.

You can get to Montenegro by air, train, car and ferry.  Look into the easy crossing from Italy. There is a ferry directly from Bari, Italy to Bar, Montenegro and it takes about 9 hours.

While visiting Budva, check out the view afforded from Citadel Budva, which offers the best place to gaze down upon old town and the sea beyond.

South Africa

After the sad passing of Nelson Mandela, South Africa has been getting a lot of attention. Cape Town is one of the three capital cities of South Africa, along with Pretoria and Bloemfontein, and it is a true melting pot of cultures. Exotic Cape Town plays host to many cultural activities, from sandy beaches or seeing the Chacma baboons, to exploring some of its tumultuous history under first Dutch, then British rule. Those in the know might want to book a safari game drive or plan a stay in a safari lodge.

Try the City Sightseeing Bus which offers two different tours and visits the top 20 attractions of Cape Town. Or jump on the Wine Bus Tour, a good choice if you appreciate wine, as the bus stops at Beau Constantia, with amazing views and outstanding libations.

Cape Town also makes the list as one of the Top 20 gay travel destinations.