The Milan Pride Parade.

Italy’s Gay and Lesbian Culture

All across Italy are visible and vibrant gay communities. Learn more about Italy’s gay and lesbian culture, including why travel magazines regularly rate Italy as the top destination for gay travelers.

Demonstrators with Frente por los Derechos Igualitarios in Costa Rica.

LGBT Life in Costa Rica

Gay life in Costa Rica is fairly similar to life in the U.S. in that it varies from region to region, city to city, even neighborhood to neighborhood. San José is known as a gay-friendly city, and all around the country there are pockets of openly gay culture.

In May 2013 it became legal for same-sex couples in France to not just marry, but adopt children together, too.

Gay and Lesbian Culture in Paris

Though the Assemblée Nationale didn’t vote to decriminalize homosexuality until 1982, the closet door has long swung wide open throughout Paris’s history—a tradition that is happily embraced today in legal rights, day-to-day life, and festivals.

Rainbow flags and umbrellas at the Tokyo Pride Parade.

LGBT Culture in Japan

Same-sex attraction and love has long been a part of Japanese Buddhism and samurai tradition, according to historical and literary references. Compared to the United States, Japanese society seems rather nonchalant toward gender, as far as dress and mannerisms go.

Both renters and buyers will find good housing values in France, but owning a car is tres cher.

Living in Paris: Housing and Transportation Costs

Both renters and buyers will find good housing values in France, but it’s très cher (very expensive) to own a car in France, particularly in the big cities where forking out €50,000 for a permanent parking spot is not unheard of, plus maintenance, fuel, and insurance. Alternative transportation is a must.

Kayakers in the water in New Zealand.

New Zealand: Your Study Abroad Adventure

Studying in a foreign country is bound to be an exciting experience; in New Zealand, you can take that experience to new levels. Some students spend their days in New Zealand hiking up mountains, exploring active volcanoes, swimming and diving with whales and dolphins, or wandering through centuries-old ice caves. Here’s how you can join them.

Fireworks silhouette the Sydney Harbour Bridge and boats in the harbour.

Welcoming the New Year in Sydney

There is no doubt that Sydney is naturally one of the most stunning cities on this earth, but when it wants to it can even improve on its natural beauty. If you’re in Australia, a visit to Sydney at New Year’s is an absolute must—there simply is no better celebration to watch live.