Five ways for gay men to avoid the worst day of the year

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So, who knew? ‘Blue Monday’ isn’t just our fave 1980s New Order track – it’s actually a real thing.

Researchers say the third Monday of January is what they call ‘Blue Monday’, officially the most depressing day of 2017. Christmas credit card bills arrive and the cold, wet weather keeps on going.

So we say: fight back! Seize next year to make it your very own.

How?

Simple. Go on holiday, sweetie.

Planning your 2017 travel does wonders to banish the January blues — and those lovely people at the German National Tourist Office have shared some cracking 2017 highlights with us.

Check out the official LGBT page of the GNTO website for more ideas.

01. Christopher Street Day (June – August)
Germany is home to more than 4 million LGBT people. That’s a lot of people to fill Germany’s many LGBT Pride celebrations — called CSD or ‘Christopher Street Day’. In places all over the country you get to party and mix it with the friendly locals.

02. Carnival – Cologne (February)
This place knows how to kick up its heels, its skirts and much more besides. During Cologne’s annual mayhem of Carnival (or as the locals call it: ‘Kölner Karneval’) people simply go nuts. For a week it’s nothing but music, parades, dancing, eating, dancing, music, drinking, a bit more parading, some more dancing. You get the idea.

03. Culture (year-round)
Germany is full of photo ops – the place is a Selfie paradise. So much architecture, galleries, shows and so much more to keep the most ravenous of culture vultures fully satiated. No matter what ‘culture’ means to you – from high to ‘low’ – Germany is a place you will definitely want to write home about.

04. Nature
German landscapes are the foundation of its history and the nature that surrounds you in Germany is viewed as a precious part of the nation’s own story. Germany works to lead the world in renewable energies because it means enjoying more of something Germans have long treasured: their natural riches.

05. MORE LGBT events, Festivals and Parties than you can fit into just one year
Germany is filled with LGBT cultural activities through the whole year. Get online and get searching for your ideal German getaway.

No matter what floats your boat, you should be spoiled for choice in Germany. Say goodbye ‘Blue Monday’ and hello Germany.

WIN! Enter at this link for a free holiday to Germany’s ‘must-see’ destination, Cologne. Prize includes return flights and accommodation for two people plus a 3-day travel card for free access to leading tourist attractions and city travel.

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