While Mexico might not have the greatest track record when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights, its capital city has long been something of a bastion for members of the community. A vibrant gay nightlife, colorful culture and welcoming pockets throughout the city make it a terrific destination for LGBTQ+ travelers.
The LGBTQ+ life in Mexico City is heavily centered in and around Zona Rosa, the Pink Zone, the gay neighborhood of the city for decades. While the community’s reach has extended past the neighborhood’s borders these days, it’s still the hot spot for excellent dining and nightlife. The area boasts one of the largest clubs in Kinky, a multifloored, energetic dance spot filled to the brim on the weekends with partiers both young and seasoned. Meanwhile, Departamento in the nearby Roma neighborhood is an excellent option if you’re looking for something a little more relaxed.
During the day, Mexico City has plenty of unique and culturally rich sites to explore. For starters, the Teotihuacan pyramids are one of the wonders of the world and a magnificent piece of history right outside the city. There’s also the Museo Frida Kahlo, or Blue House, where the famed artist once lived. It’s one of the most popular attractions in the city and requires advanced bookings. The Soumaya Museum is another terrific option. The towering structure is hard to miss, and, inside, you’ll find 66,000 pieces of art spanning before Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica.
While Mexico has come a long way in granting its LGBTQ+ citizens basic human rights, there is still reason to be cautious when exploring the country. Mexico City is certainly one of the more open places available to travelers, but always be aware of your surroundings when exploring parts of the city away from the more crowded areas.
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Many travelers are exchanging their regular home lives for a more exciting life abroad. However, no matter where in the world you visit, money is needed to live a comfortable life. Gaining work experience abroad can diversity a resume and open opportunities worldwide. For travelers who wish to live a more nomadic lifestyle, getting a short-term job in a country is also a great option. This will ensure travelers have enough money to get by and give them experience. Before leaving for a country or while in a foreign land, travelers can use the internet to find jobs or local resources.
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