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Stefan & Sebastien
“Hello, bonjour and welcome to our gay travel blog!“

We are Stefan and Sebastien a French/Greek gay couple from London. Together, we have been traveling the world for over 10 years. Nomadic Boys is our gay travel blog showcasing all our travel adventures as a gay couple.

Who are we?

Stefan is a Greek Cypriot, made in London. Sebastien is from Lyon in France. We first met in London's GAY bar back in February 2009.

On that fateful day, Stefan, a lawyer, was meeting with a colleague to discuss a job opportunity. Sebastien also happened to be there with his friends, celebrating his decision to leave London and move to Spain (Sebastien always had a weakness for good wine, jamon, and Spanish footballers).

As our eyes fell on each other, it was definitely true love for both of us. The rest is history. Read our gay love story in full here.

Sebastien didn't move to Spain, instead remained with Stefan in London. Our relationship grew, we got our own place, settled down, and developed a really happy and comfortable life in London.


We entered our 30s with comfortable jobs. Stefan was a lawyer and Seby a business analyst in finance. We were living in a comfortable flat with comfortable lifestyles, doing comfortable 2-week holidays several times a year, but after a while, comfortable simply lost its shine. It became dull, routine and we craved excitement, adventure, something different, a new focus and most importantly, wanted to see more of the world together.

So we started saving and planning for several years for a big trip and in June 2014, we left behind our lives and jobs in London to head off for a sabbatical in Asia to feed our thirst for adventure, scuba diving and learning about new cultures.

Our big 18 month trip around Asia

We had always dreamt of travelling on the Trans-Siberian and exploring Mongolia. We also wanted to explore more of Asia – a continent we knew very little about, especially from an LGBTQ perspective. We aimed to travel slowly, moving from one base to another, allowing us to spend longer in each destination, make local friends and discover the gay scene from their point of view.

On average we spent around 1 month in each new place (also dictated by the 30-day visa restriction imposed on foreigners in most Asian countries).

We ended up travelling in Asia for 18 months visiting: Russia, Mongolia, Japan, China, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The most important thing of all, we experienced what it's like travelling as a gay couple in places where being gay is either illegal or such taboo that it can get you into a lot of trouble. Whilst we had to go back in the closet in these places, we realised the importance of not “boycotting” such destinations, least of all because this gives us the opportunity to connect and support our gay brothers and sisters there.

This trip completely changed our lives and perspective of the world. We learned about new cultures we knew nothing about before, discovered local gay scenes we didn't even know existed (Ulaanbaatar has one sole gay bar you need to check out!) and made a lot of fabulous friends across the entire region. We tasted many surprising and interesting foods like balut in the Philippines, fried insects at the Bug Cafe in Siem Reap in Cambodia and airag with Mongolian nomads in the Gobi Desert.

At the end of our trip in Asia, we returned to Europe for a few months to visit our friends and families. We used this as an opportunity to think about our future and decide whether we were to return to our old lives/jobs in London or continue our dream of travelling around the world. Neither of us wanted to go back to what we were doing before. By this point, our gay travel blog Nomadic Boys was starting to generate a bit of income, so we decided to make the jump and transition fully to digital nomadic full-time travel bloggers!

Our second big 18 month trip around Latin America

We set off in 2016 for another 18-month adventure, focusing on South America, with several stopovers in Central America, Canada and Florida. By this time, Nomadic Boys also became our full-time vocation, so we needed to mix travelling with finding a “home base” in each destination we visited.

Argentina was our first home in Latin America. We spent over 3 months in Buenos Aires where we had the opportunity to learn how to dance queer tango, party in gay friendly Palermo many times and sample lots of delicious Malbecs. As our trip continued, we also settled in places such as Santiago in Chile, Quito in Ecuador and Medellin in Colombia.

Over 18 months, we marvelled at the intensity of the magnificent Iguazu Falls, explored the peaks of Patagonia, gazed in awe at the skies in the Atacama Desert in Chile, led a gay cruise to the Galapagos Islands, trekked the laborious Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and danced salsa at Theatron gay club in Bogota – the largest gay club in Latin America.

Since our humble beginnings in 2013 when Nomadic Boys was simply an online account of our stories and photos for friends/family, our gay travel blog has grown to become one of the largest and most successful online LGBTQ travel websites in the world!

Nomadic Boys has also become our full-time vocation. Well, more than that: it has become our baby! It is one of the best things to have come out of our relationship.

When we set off for Asia in 2014, we started writing about the different gay scenes of each place we visited and published interviews with locals about what it's like growing up gay in their country. As a result, we started getting more and more interest, especially from our LGBTQ community.

Gay travellers were seeking out advice about where it's safe to stay, where they can go out, is it safe to be gay in that place and other general safety tips. Our blog served as a way to answer these concerns and inspire gay travellers.

For every place we visit, we like to make local gay friends to experience the culture and gay scene from their perspective. This inspired the Gay Stories section. We always aim to seek out and support local LGBTQ businesses, which is particularly important in countries with anti-gay laws. We also collaborate with hotel brands, tourism boards and speak at conferences to promote gay travel.

Ironically, after almost 5 years of non-stop travelling, we realised we craved a more permanent home base again! We also needed to invest time in Nomadic Boys and elevate our content. So upon returning to Europe, we decided to settle in the place where Stefan is originally from: Cyprus! We still travel most of the year, but instead of big trips, we prefer to do smaller trips that still allow us to see a place in detail, but to stay there long enough so we get a rich experience. As long as we have internet access, we can work/base ourselves anywhere in the world.

What you can expect from us

Our mission is to inspire and show you that you can visit more places in the world than you thought possible, by providing a first-hand account of our travel adventures, which will help you plan a fun and safe trip.

Wherever we go, we will tell you about the local gay scene, the friends we meet, the amazing sights we visit and the delicious foods we try. We will also tell you where it is safe to stay and how you can plan an exciting, fun and problem-free trip. We will give you an insight into the local gay life, unique things to do and the best way to connect with LGBTQ locals.

If you want to travel and don't know where to start, make sure you check out our Destinations page and be sure to read our comprehensive article about the most gay friendly countries in the world.

“We hope our gay travel blog will inspire your next holiday!”

Published : Jul, 2023

Activities: Cultural | Activities: Outdoor
Pisco Sour | Cueca | Huasos | Gran Torre Santiago | Torres del Paine | Chinchorro mummies | Chuquicamata | Atacama Large Millimeter Array | Stargazing | Trekking
There are so many unique things about Chile, a country with one of the longest coastlines in the world, the craziest Spanish accent, the largest swimming pool in the world, the driest place on Earth, a world-class wine producer…and, Easter Island anyone?

We spent a lot of time traveling in Chile, all the way from San Pedro de Atacama in the North, to Tierra del Fuego in the South. We absolutely loved it. There is so much to discover in this incredible country, which has some of the most impressive scenery we've ever seen, a rich cultural heritage that dates back thousands of years, and not to mention, an impressive selection of wines!

In this article, we summarise some of the most interesting facts about Chile that we picked up from our travels around this unique, long, and narrow country. We hope this article inspires your own Chilean Bucket List for your travels.

Published : Jun, 2023

Sites & attractions | Health & safety | Accom (any) | Bars & pubs
Aleponija | Baltic Pride | Bunker Cruising Bar | Centraltirgus | Gay Sauna | KGB Building | Rātslaukums | Skyline Bar | St. Peter’s Church Tower | Top Club | Vecriga
Here's our gay travel guide to Riga full of practical tips, including the best things to do, places to sleep, eat, drink, party, and more.

Throughout our travels in the Baltics, we were told by locals in Tallinn, Estonia that Latvian guys have six toes and horse heads!

“How on Earth can we debunk that myth for our readers, Seby?”
“I guess we’re going to have to buckle down and head off to the local gay sauna… in the spirit of research!”
“Yes, research. Of course. Purely for research…“

Well, said trip to the sauna deflated this stereotype… but let’s just say… something else about Riga men was very *ahem* horse-like!

Published : Jun, 2023

When to visit | Sites & attractions | Suggested itinerary
Chez Gaston | Choeung Ek Genocidal Center | Daughters of Cambodia Cafe | Mekong River | National Museum | Royal Palace | Russian Market | Silver Pagoda | Sora Skybar | Tuol Sleng | VMansion Botique | Wat Phnom | White Mansion Botique
“Guys, how many days should I stay in Phnom Penh?”

…is a question we get asked a lot by our readers. And the answer is, it really depends on how much time you have on your hands to explore Cambodia. We came here expecting to stay for a few days but ended up staying for a few weeks!

Phnom Penh is the capital city and main transport hub of Cambodia. It's famous for the Killing Fields – a harrowing memorial dedicated to the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime. Most come to visit this then quickly move on to Siem Reap to visit Angkor Wat. For us, we extended our trip here because we quickly fell in love with the bustling Cambodian capital. It's a very cool, modern, city, similar to Bangkok but on a much smaller scale.

At the end of the day, it depends on how long you've got for your Cambodia trip. We think you could easily spend a week (or two!) in Phnom Penh and never be bored. However, for those pushed for time, we think two days is more than enough to get a flavor of the city and learn about the country's sad history.

Published : Jun, 2023

Sites & attractions | >$250 day | Activities: Outdoor
Cruises | Diocletian’s Palace | Dubrovnik | Hvar | Jet ski safari | Kayaking | Panoramic flights | Plitvice Lakes National Park | Split | Zadar | Ziplining
Find out what it's like to experience a private and gay friendly luxury cruise in Croatia.

Disclaimer: this is a guest post by the gay-friendly company: Visiting Croatia.

Croatia has blossomed massively over the past few years as a touristic destination as more and more people have discovered how gorgeous this Balkan country truly is.

For those on a EuroTrip, we think it’s a must, particularly the many islands. This is where you'll find some of the best hidden Mediterranean beaches, along with stunning scenery and delicious fresh seafood. Tip: Be sure to check out our guide to the best upcoming gay cruises for more inspiration!

The best way to experience the islands of Croatia is aboard a 4-8 day private luxury gay cruise.

Published : Jun, 2023

Sites & attractions | Health & safety | Accom (any) | Bars & pubs | Nightlife
Celebrity Cafe | Charles Bridge | Jewish Museum | Klub 21 | Klub U Rudolfa | Park Letna | Petrin Hill | Piano Bar | Podoli Baths | Prague Castle | Prague Zoo | Sauna Babylonia | Sauna Bonbon | Šeberák Lake | The Four Seasons |
We love Prague. It's magical, super gay, and absolutely stunning. It makes for the ideal weekend city break with plenty of fun guaranteed!

For us, Prague definitely ranks as one of our top destinations in Europe as well as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It's super unique, with its striking Gothic architecture, magnificent medieval monuments, like something from a fairy tale. It's no wonder that it's one of the most visited cities in the world.

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, a former Soviet-influenced country in Central Europe, now part of the EU. The country is so rich with culture that you can never get bored exploring it. To give you a brief idea, its history date back to the 9th century when it used to be called ‘The Duchy of Bohemia' under the Great Moravian Empire. It was around this time that Prague Castle was built, one of Prague's most famous tourist sites. In addition, most of the beautiful and picturesque medieval buildings of the Old Town, like “Charles Bridge” were subsequently built in the 1300s by the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV. There's a lot to see here, which we've summarised below, but make sure you also give yourself ample time to check out the dynamic gay nightlife of Prague.

Published : Jun, 2023

Sites & attractions | Health & safety | Activities: Cultural | City tours & passes | Activities: Outdoor
Coda Tours | Batumi | Ananuri Castle | Svaneti | Old Town | Trekking | Tbilisi | Kazbegi | Kakheti Region | David Gareja Monastery Complex | Vardzia Cave Monastery | Mtskheta | Uplistsikhe
This is our detailed gay guide to Georgia (the country) to inspire and help you plan a fabulous visit to this underrated country!

A country right after our own hearts…

Georgians love all things wine, cheese and more wine. We decided to nourish our inner queens and spend a few weeks exploring this underrated ex-Soviet country, admiring the stunning landscapes, dining on delicious gourmet food, trying plenty of the famous Georgian wine, visiting castles and towers, and even squeezing in a few nights out in the gay bars of Tbilisi.

Published : Jun, 2023

Sites & attractions | Health & safety
Alborz Mountains | Mashhad Haram-e Razavi | Ancient Persepolis | Zoroastrian temple | Alamut Valley | Yazd | Bazaar shopping | Tehran | Esfahan | Social Media | Iranian visa | Rules | Gay rights | Safety
Gay Iran simply does not exist! For gay travelers wishing to visit, we strongly recommend you follow these simple rules to make your trip SAFE and fun.

This post was co-written with the awesome gay travel blogger Michael Demmons of TheRTWGuys who visited Iran as a solo LGBTQ traveler and shares his first-hand experience in this blog post.

Iran's human rights record is dire. There's no sugar-coating that. When it comes to LGBTQ rights, Iran is as bad as it can get! Most people who follow the news will have heard about the terrible punishments that Iran has imposed for people even suspected of being gay!

Published : Jun, 2023

Sites & attractions | Health & safety | City tours & passes | Activities: Outdoor
Salvadorean Tours | Boqueron Volcano Crater | Mayan Sites | El Rosario Church | Morro Horchada | Pupusas
These are the best things to do during a layover in El Salvador, rather than staying inside the airport.

The first question we asked our guide, Moises, was why El Salvador is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world. We'll never forget his candid response: “…it's because once you come here you’ll never want to leave!!”

Whilst this small country in Central America does suffer from gang violence, for most tourists visiting, you're unlikely to ever encounter any problems.

We had a long 6 hours layover at San Salvador airport, so we decided to venture out to see the country. The reports about how dangerous El Salvador is did make us worry for our safety, so we decided to search for a reputable tour company and do a layover tour with them. We found Salvadorean Tours on Tripadvisor and chose them because of all their excellent reviews.

Published : Jun, 2023

Sites & attractions | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Rainbow Rose | Chivas | El Vuelo Del Condor | San Juanito | Panama hat | Tortoises | Galapagos Islands | Chimborazo | Quito | Official Currency
Be surprised and inspired by these interesting facts about Ecuador which you probably didn't know.

What do you think of when Ecuador comes to mind? Perhaps the Equator line? Galapagos islands? Or that famous Sash! 1990s dance smash hit?

We'll be honest, prior to our trip, these fun facts summed up our knowledge of Ecuador!

Days into our trip here and we were quickly blown away! Although quite a small country (by South American standards), Ecuador offers so much, from Andes mountain vistas, an impressive diverse cuisine, coastal pleasures, the pretty picturesque old town of Quito, the Amazon jungle, and of course, the famous Galapagos Islands.

There is good reason why German DJ, Sascha Lappessen, created an entire dance anthem in honor of Ecuador (that's a fact)!

Published : Jun, 2023

Sites & attractions | Activities: Nature & Wildlife
Beerlao | Dok Champa | Kaa-feh Lao | Khao Niaow | Kuang Si Waterfalls | Nam Kan National Park
Coffee served in a plastic bag, sticky rice, and expensive stamps…These are some of our interesting facts about Laos which will inspire and make you smile!

Laos: a landlocked country in Southeast Asia with some of the shortest people in the world (according to a study done by – more on this below!)

Laos is also famous for having the tallest treehouse in the world, the oldest human fossil in Southeast Asia, and is considered one of the fastest-growing economies in all of Asia. They also have papayas – lots and lots of papayas – some of which are absolutely ginormous!

Whilst we knew absolutely nothing about Laos before our trip here, we quickly fell in love with this stunning country in Southeast Asia. With some of the most humble people in Asia and some pretty spectacular landscapes (the Kuang Si Falls in particular!), we know you will love it too.

In this article, we celebrate our love for this fantastic nation in our detailed rundown of all the many different fun and interesting facts about Laos that we think you need to know!

Published : Dec, 2022

Sites & attractions | Other logistics
Cape Town | Gorgeous George Hotel | Food Jams | Fyn Restaurant | Caraci Clothing
Watch our awesome #LiveAgain video with @SouthAfricanTourism as we explored Cape Town, Johannesburg, and the Pilanesberg National Park.

In Cape Town, we stayed at the Gorgeous George Hotel and did a cooking class with Food Jams Cape Town. We also visited the impressive @ZeitzMOCAA museum and had a gourmet romantic dinner at Fyn Restaurant.

In Johanessburg we had our own hand-made bomber jackets made by the affable @sebocaraci of Caraci Clothing. We also visited @constitutionhill1306 did a sunrise helicopter ride with Capital Air SA, and dined at the amazing Test Kitchen Carbon Restaurant. Our home base in Johannesburg was at the Home Suite Hotels Rosebank.

We also did a safari tour in the Pilanesberg National Park, staying at the Ivory Tree Game Lodge.

Other credits: 9mm Films for videography and Janik Alheit for photography.