ABOUT NOMADIC BOYS

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 travelling 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.

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.

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French Sebastien on the left and Greek Stefan on the right always ready for our next big adventure

Comfortable.

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Our relationship is our gift to each other

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).

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Greedy Sebastien on the left always trying to steal poor unsuspecting Stefan's food!

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!

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Stefan falling in love with balut on Puka Beach on Boracay island

Voila – we set off for Latin America!

Our second big 18 month trip around Latin America

Empanadas are very tasty pastries we loved eating in Argentina

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.

Read more in our highlights of South America for gay travellers article.

Gay travellers to Iguazu Falls can feel comfortable knowing they don't need to hide their sexuality.
Showing our love to the world in front of the beautiful Iguazu Falls!

The Nomadic Boys gay travel blog

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.

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Nomadic Boys is one of the best things to come out of our relationship
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Discovering Russia as a same sex couple!

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.

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A look of intrigue or envy? Making new friends on the Bali gay scene in Seminyak

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

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Nomadic Boys in the Press

Since we started travelling in 2014, Nomadic Boys has been featured and mentioned in many online publications. Some of our proudest achievements have been:

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Nomadic Boys is one of the best things to have come out from our relationship

To see more, check out our Press page.

68 thoughts on “About Nomadic Boys”

  1. What do you recommend for us older gay men who already visited much of the world while we were young during the 1970’s? We lived great lives and somehow managed to survive the AIDS epidemic, but we have become much more conscious about areas to visit because of our obvious vulnerabilities due to our age. Although many cultures honor older people and their ancestors, I am still afraid to visit areas outside of the USA and Mexico. I would love to visit Colombia and Panama because I do speak Spanish somewhat fluently. I also had a past love who was deported from Philadelphia to Cartagena who I would like so much to see. What do you suggest?

    • Well there you go Ray – you’ve got a few awesome places around Latin America to check off. Colombia is a personal favourite. Also what about Argentina?

  2. great blog guys and you have made nice trips.
    I found you searching for Transiberian as we will do it during the coming winter, but Moscow to Vlavidostok and then we will continue to South Korea and Japan.
    Your coming trip to Latin America will be nice, there are so hot guys there and do not miss Montevideo, you will be suprised

    • Thanks Vassilis! I went 10 years ago to South America and completely agree with you, both about the guys and Montevideo πŸ™‚ Cusco and Buenos Aires remain my favourite from the continent. Trans Siberian is awesome – you’re gonna have an amazing time – a truly unforgettable experience.

  3. You guys are amazing. Thanks for bringing this site to the LGBT community to inform us of where to travel safely. Will defo be referring to this site for future travel plans. Currently looking at the Maldives so thanks!

  4. I want to start off by saying that you guys are total relationship goals! You two, and everything you do, is amazing!

  5. Great blog with some awesome pictures and good suggestions on places to visit. I’m very jealous! Look forward to reading and seeing more and perhaps even picking your brain(s) a bit in the future.

    • Thanks Shayne. We saved for several years before quitting our jobs and lives in London. Now we’re looking to make money to continue travelling long term πŸ™‚

      • Hi, thank you for your nice and information filled blog!
        How did you set up a helsing and reasonable budget for your different destinations?
        Best wishes
        HΓ₯vard in Oslo

        • Hi Havard, thanks for your message. What is helsing please? We keep a spread sheet of our daily expenses which helps track what we spend and how we need to budget it at all.

  6. you guys are amazing, just couldn’t avoid smiling seeing your reaction with balut, being a Filipina, that’s one of my favorite πŸ™‚

  7. I wish my boy would travel with me like that! Here is to more of fascinating travels πŸ™‚ I was in Sri Lanka recently and I am going on the Trans Siberian train soon. Hopefully I will stumble upon you guys one day and say hi πŸ™‚

  8. Thanks for this really informative and interesting blog – it has answered quite a few questions that my partner and I had about tolerances to homosexuality in Asia. Great tips and loved the photos! Well done on doing what so many people can only dream of!

  9. Guys! I love what you’re doing!
    I’d be so curious about a road trip gay interviews in Europe.
    Anyway, felicitations a vous. (J’ecris avec un QWERTY).

  10. Thanks for sharing your experiences in a humorous and informative manner. My boo (Vince) and I are traveling all over Japan right now, in Osaka right now, then off to a few days in Tokyo before heading back to California. Any suggestions for us in Osaka or Tokyo? Would love to have your guidance! Cheers!

    • Hi Rob thanks for your message. In Osaka try okonomiyaki- they compete with Hiroshima each claiming theirs is the best lol.

      Sushi in Tokyo πŸ™‚

  11. Hi boys, how are you? I love your website. Thanks for sharing so much interesting info. I am a Brazilian human rights lawyer and am coming to SE Asia to work on an independent project on the lives of LGBTI persons in the region and would like to ask you a few things.. Could you email me please? Thanks! Best, Gabriel Alves de Faria.

  12. Hello, Stefan and Sebastien! Please do drop by the Philippines and check out our beautiful beaches and majestic mountains!

      • Hey guys!

        Are you in Manila now? I live and work in Manila! Would be nice to meet up with you. You may reach me through my e-mail. Hope to see you! πŸ™‚

        Gerard

  13. Hi Boys! I love reading about your adventures on your website. My husband and I will be traveling this summer to Europe this summer from the US. I would greatly appreciate any tips or suggestions you may have for our stay in Sitges and Mykonos.

    • Hi David, thanks for your comment. Great that you’re visiting Europe – is this your first time in Greece and Spain? I love both a lot. I went 10 years ago to Sitges with my ex and was just shocked by the buzzy atmosphere there at all times during the day. We use Tripadvisor to book accommodation as you can check recent reviews. Sitges has some quite nice places listed: https://nomadicboys.com/tripadvisor-sitges-hotel-reviews

      I went to Mykonos a few times with friends many years ago before I met Sebastien and loved it too. Sitges is younger and has more variety. Mykonos was more older couples and the gay life is concentrated on the Super Paradise beach and a few gay bars/clubs in the main town. Again, accommodation wise, we are slaves to Tripadvisor and haven’t been disappointed with hotel or restaurant options we’ve made based on it: https://nomadicboys.com/tripadvisor-mykonos-hotels-reviews

      Hope this helps and thanks for reading!

    • Pleasure! I liked it because I couldn’t disagree with you more ha ha ha – I loved Chile a lot when I was there (a good decade ago!) but I made friends in Santiago and Puerto Mont which does change things a lot. Where from Colombia are your family?

  14. Hello guys,

    Thank you traveled with us in Mongolia again. I love your pictures . Your all tours looks awesome and fun . This pictures looks very nice ( Stefan proudly (thinking he is) holding the sun in Okinawa, Japan. Good luck your travel. Welcome to Mongolia again

  15. Aha, the ‘geek’ meets the ‘Greek’ and they conquered the world together :)… Love these photos here… The Nepal cooking lessons photo is funny, and that last one too. πŸ™‚

  16. I love this!

    A bit of humor and loads of pictures!

    My favorite is you guys’ overcoming language barriers using food with an Elephant. Elephant’s are like huge, vegetarian dogs. Of course they understood you (with their tummy!) πŸ˜‰

  17. Thanks for stopping by, Stefan and Seb! Your photos look positively hilarious! And do stop by to say hi when you’re in Asia…though I don’t know where I’ll be next! Have fun and love your blog!

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