Queer travel is all about connection. From making new friends to exploring different cultures, LGBTQ globetrotters have a long history of using tourism as a means of building community. It’s how we grew gayborhoods in the centers of urban areas and colonized coastal summer towns. After hopping on planes, trains, and automobiles in search of kindred spirits, we brought home stories to our best Judys about the queer places we found. Even if you can’t book a trip right now, consider filling that table with a stack of queer travel books.
This list of LGBTQ stories offers an opportunity to meet a variety of queer people around the world without leaving your home. Better than guide books filled with lists of top tourist destinations, each novel dives deep into a different area by connecting you to the sights, sounds, tastes, and tales experienced by people who’ve been there in person. Whether it’s a gender-queer romp around America or a sensual romance in Rome, these novels will help satiate even the antsiest wayfarer by allowing your mind to wander somewhere new.