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By @ 10/07/16 in Bangkok, Dane Steele, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

Dane Steele, ManAboutWorld recommended gay Thailand booking agent
This is a great time to book a trip to gay Thailand. You can make your own arrangements easily enough but you’d be surprised at how many opportunities you may miss out on. And who doesn’t want their travel dollar to go further? The best Thailand travel booking agents will find you great deals and also get you perks and upgrades. Book your next trip to Thailand with ManAboutWorld-recommended travel booking expert Dane Steele, who offers special deals and authentic experiences for the Land of Smiles. (The image above is from our Thailand guide.)

USE MILES TO GET TO THE LAND OF SMILES

ManAboutWorld published this miles-expert piece packed with tips for how to use your frequent flyer miles (on Delta, American, United and other airlines as well as via Starwood, American Express and other loyalty affiliations) to fly in unbelievable comfort (think apartments and suites in the air!), Start planning your (nearly) free getaway to Thailand.

DANE STEELE

Dane, pictured above, founded and runs Steele Travel, a gay-owned travel agency, which encourages its clients to live their indulgence.

MORE THAILAND

ManAboutWorld published a free guide to Thailand available via their app (on App Store or in Google Play) or via this PDF.

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By @ 09/30/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Bachant, Thailand, Travel

Paul Bachant, ManAboutWorld gay Thailand travel expert

This is a great time to book a trip to gay Thailand. You can make your own arrangements easily enough but you’d be surprised at how many opportunities you may miss out on. And who doesn’t want their travel dollar to go further? The best Thailand travel booking agents will find you great deals and also get you perks and upgrades.

Book your next trip to Thailand with ManAboutWorld-recommended travel booking expert Paul Bachant, who offers special deals and authentic experiences for the Land of Smiles. (The image above is from our Thailand guide.)

Use your miles to get to Thailand

ManAboutWorld published this ‘points whisperer’-style piece recently packed with tips for how to use your frequent flyer miles (on Delta, American, United and other airlines as well as via Starwood, American Express and other loyalty affiliations) to fly in unbelievable comfort (think apartments and suites in the air!), Start planning your (nearly) free getaway to Thailand.

Paul Bachant

Paul, pictured above, founded and runs Insider Voyagers, a gay-owned travel agency.

More Thailand

ManAboutWorld published a free guide to Thailand available via their app (on App Store or in Google Play) or via this PDF.

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By @ 09/20/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, Photo du jour, Travel

Bryce Canyon by Michael Siebert in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineMichael snapped these pictures while hiking the Navajo Trail of Bryce Canyon. The Navajo Trail is the most scenic and popular section to hike. It’s easy and gorgeous; however, going in the off season (September, after Labor Day) is ideal.

Bryce Canyon Travel tip:
  • U.S. Highway 89 links several national parks from Canada/USA border all the way to Arizona. Take two weeks to drive this route and spend as much time in the parks as you wish.

Bryce Canyon by Michael Siebert in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineBesides visiting Bryce. ManAboutWorld correspondent Michael Siebert lives and works in Australia, as an independent traveling optometrist

Michael Siebert in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Michael Siebert

throughout Australia and New Zealand, where he merges all his passions, patient care, photography, philanthropy and travel into one.

Connect with Michael on Instagram, at www.drmichaelsiebert.com or via Facebook.

ManAboutWorld has information on many more destinations around the world! Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps. Register here for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!



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By @ 09/19/16 in Bangkok, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Tom Goss, Travel

In this episode Trav’lin Tom takes us to the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya in Thailand. The ruins are distributed throughout the city and Tom takes us to a number of temples, explaining their unique style. Watch him climb up (easy!) and down (not so easy) an ancient temple. Tom Goss is a ManAboutWorld global correspondent and a talented singer. Click on the video above and explore Ayutthaya with him. Ayutthaya is the ancient capital of Siam.

UPDATE: We *recently* launched our new and FREE guide to gay Thailand! Download the ManAboutWorld app now on the App Store in Google Play and find the new guide in the library. Or  click here for a 3-month free trial subscription offer.

Find more of Travelin’ Tom’s ManAboutWorld pieces here, including his recent video of Bangkok. For more of his music videos, click here. And don’t forget to subscribe to his YouTube channel.

ManAboutWorld’s guide to gay Thailand, includes Bangkok but also the islands & beaches, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and more. Download the app (see above) and you’ll find the free guide.



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By @ 09/15/16 in 20 questions, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Travel hell in ManAboutWorld magazine as part of 20 questions with expertsManAboutWorld editors and correspondents travel. A lot. And we’ve seen it all. The good, the bad and the almost unimaginable. To learn from laugh at … er, of course we mean with … our road-ripping writer friends, we asked them 20 questions ranging from silly to serious, including #4: What’s your travel hell?

Travel Hell

Our most frequent-traveling travel-industry friends have revealed a rather dainty side with several admitting that traveling in coach or camping is like Dante’s 7th circle! For the other six circles, read on! Let us know your own version of travel hell and don’t forget to get your 1-month trial subscription to ManAboutWorld for only $1!

Robert Sharp, Owner, Out-Adventures

A giant motorcoach tour.

Niazi Rubez, ManAboutWorld Correspondent

Anywhere with children.

Tom Roth, President and Founder, Community Marketing & Insights

Economy seating on long haul flights is my travel hell. I gladly clocked a zillion miles in economy exploring the world through the years, but for the past five years or so, I’ve used miles, upgrades and favors to pretty much sit/sleep in forward cabins on flights across oceans or between continents. It makes a huge difference to both destination and return assimilation. I wouldn’t say I “won’t” travel in back if that was all that was available to a destination I wanted to visit, but I’ll kick and scream to avoid it.

Jeff Guaracino, Co-author, Handbook of LGBT Tourism & Hospitality Marketing: A Guide for Business Practice

Coach class

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By @ 09/13/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New Orleans, Travel

Matt & Beau in ManAboutWorld's New Orleans GuideManAboutWorld’s brand new New Orleans Guide is available for download. You’ll find our take on Crescent City but we also turn to locals, including Beau Ciolino and Matt Armato, a Nola couple who launched their food-focused lifestyle blog, Probably This in 2015. The blog is filled with stunning photography, educating you on how to create delicious treats like Shaken Iced Almond Matcha Latte. Subscribe to ManAboutWorld for your free guide to the Big Easy to read more about Beau and Matt, New Orleans and gay-friendly destinations around the globe. Follow Matt and Beau as they document their lives in New Orleans on our Instagram @probablythis and take note of their top recommendations in New Orleans.

CocktailsHands down, Cane and Table is the best place to grab drinks. They have a friendly and knowledgeable staff, a gorgeous French Quarter courtyard, and some delicious snacks as an added bonus. Their focus is tiki cocktails, which are generally great boozy refreshments on a hot New Orleans summer day, or really just any hot day since they pretty much happen all year.

HotelWe’ve never stayed in a hotel in this city, but the Ace Hotel New Orleans just opened recently, and it’s cute af.  We can very highly recommend the rooftop pool along with the accompanying cabana bar Alto; and the house restaurant Josephine Estelle is incredible. We’ve heard they leave you a fresh bag of Zapp’s chips in every room.

New Orelans guide

From the New Orleans guide

BrunchThe courtyard at Sylvain is just flawless, and there is no better spot to grab hearty, filling, Southern-style brunch. Plus, their cocktail game is one of the best in the city. Definitely try the pork shoulder and grits. For drinks, try an Orange Lazarus Spritz or one of their amazing house-made Bloody Mary’s.

Sunday/FundayWe have to go classic with this one; the Country Club is a Bywater restaurant/bar/pool, and yes that was pool. It used to be a clothing-optional situation which was sometimes fun and sometimes weird. Anyway, you can still go for drag brunch and then head on back to the cabana bar for something to drink while you soak up that Sunday sun.

OutdoorCrescent Park is a lovely outdoor space in a gorgeous new development in the Bywater that runs along the riverfront and has great views of the city skyline. It’s a convenient and scenic spot for a short bike ride, a run, or a picnic. There’s also a small dog run which our little dude Fox “swipes right” for.

Hidden GemLocated in Esplanade Ridge, 1000 Figs is the cutest café we’ve ever feasted our eyes upon, and its menu is full of delicious Mediterranean classics. It’s the most Instagram-ready little room ever, and it’s VERY little. You simply cannot leave this place without trying the smoked chicken salad sandwich and the falafel platter.

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By @ 09/12/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, Travel

The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineHold onto your hats, gloves and scarves while at the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park. The largest hot spring in the U.S. (and third largest in the world), the Grand Prismatic Spring is just north of Old Faithful and is worth the visit.

Travel Tip:

  • If the accommodation in the park is full, the city of Gardiner, MT, at the northern entrance of the park, is a good location for a base.

Besides visiting Yellowstone. ManAboutWorld correspondent Michael Siebert is living and working in Australia, as an independent traveling optometrist

Michael Siebert in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Michael Siebert

throughout Australia and New Zealand, where all his passions, patient care, photography, philanthropy and travel are merged into one.

Connect with Michael on Instagram, at www.drmichaelsiebert.com or via Facebook.

ManAboutWorld has information on many more destinations around the world! Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!



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By @ 08/31/16 in Dallas, Gay pride, Gay travel
Dallas Gay Pride in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Dallas skyline at night

What better way to beat the ‘back to school’ blues than heading out of town to celebrate Dallas Gay Pride, September 18. And you thought Pride season was a wrap till next June. No Sirree! Dallas Gay Pride is one of the largest outside of the more expected June-July pride season. We covered it in the most recent issue of ManAboutWorld along with a number of other tours, events and destinations:

Now’s the time to get out there and celebrate Pride in the biggest, gayest way you can. Make a weekend of it during Dallas Pride. The community will be even more fun, friendly and welcoming than it normally is given the tragic event that unfolded in Orlando. Produced by the Dallas Tavern Guild, Dallas Pride consists of a series of events culminating in a boisterous parade on Sunday, September 18. Don’t miss the headliner, Erika Jayne from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills boasting 10 Billboard number-one dance hits.

The Dallas CVB offers specific trip-planning recommendations for your visit for Pride.

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To read all our event suggestions and loads more download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for smart phones and tablets only. Find the ManAboutWorld App on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

Photo by Daxis via Flickr Creative Commons

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By @ 08/12/16 in Bangkok, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel
Gold Statue Detail in Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Gold Statue

We love Thailand. And with it near or at the top of the world’s most visited destinations, we’re not alone. But for gays Thailand has long held a special place, with its sincere welcome and enormous tolerance for all — regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression.

ManAboutWorld’s new guide to Thailand—available for free in the ManAboutWorld app on the App Store, in Google Play and as a PDF — is an expert-sourced, exhaustive look into the Land of Smiles – from the cities, to the rural northern countryside, to the stunning southern beaches. It delves into every facet of traveling, from suggested itineraries, transportation advice, where to eat and sleep, and even how to get laid.

Here’s a little taste of what you can expect. To read the full guide download the app or the PDF. And yes there’s more!

Fire juggler in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine; meet him in Thailand using one of our Thailand gay travel experts

Fire juggler

Gay Thailand

Thailand gay scene is known throughout the world, a welcoming, often naughty network that thrives in its major cities and beach communities. In Bangkok, Silom is the ‘hood you want , with the two main party streets, Soi 2 with its discos and clubs and Soi 4 with its bars and restaurants, Silom is considered the main gay area of Bangkok.

Affordable Luxury

For most visitors Thai luxury is a bargain. Most luxury hotels, restaurants and experiences cost 30-60% less here than they do in other popular tourist destinations. While many of these experiences are still a relative splurge for most travelers, your splurge dollars go much farther here.

Legendary Hotels

Bangkok’s hotels are legendary, with many appearing on lists of the world’s best year after year. At every price point, you can expect superior service and genuine hospitality. In the luxury strata, expect to be wowed. You’ll find all of the international brands, styles ranging from traditional Thai to cutting-edge modern, and good options all over the city.

When To Go

Monks in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine; meet them in Thailand using one of our Thailand gay travel expertsGetting to know Thailand can be tricky, and you’ll need an expert who’s been to help you figure out when to go, why to go, which beaches to visit when, when to strip down for a gay circuit party, and when to skip it. The country has events and festivals throughout the year (Songkran and G Circuit are two favorites) and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, if you go at the right time. We also feature an in-depth transportation advice, how to use airline points, plus our expert approved apps and online resources to help you navigate the country.

Beaches

Thailand’s beaches are located on two primary bodies of water: the Andaman Sea to the west of Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand to the east. Choosing between them is mostly a question of when the rains fall — for the best weather, avoid the Gulf of Thailand resorts like Koh Samui from September through December, and avoid Andaman Sea resorts like Phuket and Krabi from April through October. If you do travel in the rainy season, expect deep discounts and typical tropical rain patterns: hard rain for an hour or two, followed by sun. For diving and snorkeling, it’s a little more disruptive — the rain and runoff often create longer-lasting suboptimal conditions.

Download ManAboutWorld to get the FREE Thailand guide: Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

Photo credits: Fire Juggler by Mark Fischer; Gold Statue by Selda Eigler

 

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By @ 08/11/16 in Gay honeymoon, Gay marriage, Gay travel, Hotels, ManAboutWorld, South Africa, Travel

12 apostles poolWhen trying to decide where to spend your honeymoon, most places make you choose: the cosmopolitan city life or the quiet rural getaway? The sunny beach paradise or the intrepid adventure? Luckily, when you choose South Africa, you can do them all.  And when you go, you stay at the Twelve Apostles Hotel, an intimate five-star property romantically nestled between a breathtaking mountain range and the ocean. Get inspired (and get plannin’) for your upcoming honeymoon in Cape Town or beyond with ManAboutWorld’s FREE guide

Cape Town remains a pioneer in gay hospitality, and the Twelve Apostles furthers that notion with their exquisite honeymoon packages which include personalized embroidered towels, sparkling wine, a rose petal turndown, a sensual couples massage, and a visit to their gorgeous spa.

12 Apostles in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The hotel itself is across the street from Oudekraal Beach, far enough away from Cape Town’s city center to ensure the serenity and peace you and your new hubby desire, but close enough to zip into town for some urban nightlife. It’s also near Camps Bay, a fabulous beach community with gorgeous vistas. The rooms are a mix of African art and modern amenities, a country-chic vibe made tropical with sweeping ocean views. We suggest a romantic dinner for two at one of the hotels haute restaurants, a five-star dining experience that won’t break the bank (remember, the Rand is currently .70 cents on the dollar, making Cape Town’s honeymoon bliss as affordable as it is luxurious.)

12 Apostles in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineIf your lofty honeymoon dreams haven’t been achieved with those sunset beach strolls and romantic dinners, we recommend a scenic drive to the gorgeous town of Stellenbosch, a bucolic wine country getaway, where you’ll swear you’ve been transported to Tuscany. Spend an extra day or two with your husband sipping on local South African wines and noshing on some of the best cuisine in the continent.

For honeymooners who love the intimacy of romantic beach walks, sunset naps, breathtaking excursions into the wild, city life craziness and the respite of wine country heaven, South Africa has it all. And when we want to do South Africa in affordable style and luxury, Twelve Apostles is the only five-star resort we choose.

For affordable luxury, culture and romance in Cape Town and beyond, check out ManAboutWorld’s FREE guide now12 Apostles in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine.

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By @ 07/26/16 in Bangkok, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel
Picture yourself in lovely Krabi Island, Thailand and get there with our Thailand gay travel experts, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Our experts can get you here (Krabi Island, Thailand)

Our newly-updated Thailand guide (FREE in the ManAboutWorld app) debuted today, with even more information and inspiration for this magical Kingdom provided by our Thailand gay travel experts. Thailand is a favorite destination for gay travelers, a place of spectacular beaches and temples, delicious food, and friendly people. A place where service levels are high, prices are low, and instagrammable moments never end. Check out our correspondent’s recent video from Thailand here.

To celebrate the launch of the guide, we’ve gathered special offers from Thailand gay travel experts their whose insider tips helped create the guide. Download the guide today in the ManAboutWorld App, available free in the App Store and Google Play.

Thailand gay travel experts. Contact the world’s foremost Thailand gay travel experts to book these special offers:

1. Steele Luxury Travel is well-known their discounted Business and First Class airfares to Thailand and

One of our gay Thailand travel experts in ManAboutWorld, gay travel magazine

Dane Steele, Steele Travel

beyond. It’s a long trip, and you’ll love making it in the front of the plane at an incredible price. They also offer hotel upgrades, resort credit, flexible check-in/check-out times and VIP treatment through the Virtuoso Luxury Hotel program.

 

One of our gay Thailand travel experts in ManAboutWorld, gay travel magazine

Robert Sharp, Out Adventures

2. OutAdventures offers a range of gay group tours to Thailand, where you’ll benefit from their expert guidance on the ground, and the camaraderie of amiable travel companions. They also book independent trips, using their tour industry connections to create special deals and access, like their luxury New Years package at US$450/day.  Their 6-Day Phuket Beach Break starts at just US$750 per person based on double occupancy (US$1,150 single occupancy), and includes:

  • 5 Nights accommodation (4-star hotel)
  • 5 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
  • Private arrival & departure airport transfers
  • Afternoon/Evening kayak experience
  • Welcome drink & fruit platter upon arrival
  • WiFi
  • Complimentary mini bar with wine and beer (refreshed daily)
  • Travel Insurance policy

On their group tours, you can enjoy these special benefits:

  • International Airfare Credit – for each Thailand booking made between by DEC 31, 2016, OUT
    Fire juggler in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine; meet him in Thailand using one of our Thailand gay travel experts

    Fire juggler

    Adventures will offer a $125 USD per person airfare credit towards an Economy Class ticket OR $250 USD per person airfare credit towards a Business Class ticket. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers (with the exception of the giveaway below), and applies to new bookings only.

  • Up to $500 USD Prize Giveaway – each Thailand booking made between now and DEC 31, 2016 will receive an entry into a draw to win up to $500 USD ($250 USD per person, up to a maximum of $500 USD) off their Thailand trip (either scheduled group departure OR custom tour). This offer cannot be combined with any other offers (with the exception of the Airfare Credit above), and applies to new bookings only
One of our gay Thailand travel experts in ManAboutWorld, gay travel magazine

Lance Stamps, Classic Travel

3. Classic Travel offers Luxury Thailand Honeymoon at three of Thailand’s top hotels: The Siam Bangkok, the Four Seasons Chiang Mai, and the Amanpuri in Phuket. The itinerary includes exclusive benefits at each hotel, including room upgrades, daily breakfast, complimentary spa and dining credits. A customized tour plan for each destination is included.

4. Rask Travel has many 3rd and 4th night free offers at some of our favorite hotels, plus extra perks such

One of our gay Thailand travel experts in ManAboutWorld, gay travel magazine

Jonas Rask, Rask Travel

as room upgrades, breakfast, spa and dining credits, and WiFi. They also have a suggested 8-day LGBT itinerary that can be customized according to your individual preferences.

  • Belmond Napasai – 4th night free until 30 September.*
  • Conrad Ko Samui – 4th night free until 31 October.*
  • InterContinental Samui – 3rd night free between 1-31 August.*
  • Trisara – stay 3 pay 2 until 31 October. *

*Conditions and black-out dates apply. Contact Jonas at RASK Travel to check availability and rates: jonas@rasktravel.com

One of our gay Thailand travel experts in ManAboutWorld, gay travel magazine

John Clifford, International Management

5International Travel Management has been recognized globally as a boutique and luxury hotel expert. He will personally arrange special benefits for you at many properties throughout the country, including these two personal favorites:

The Siam BangkokThe Siam is an all-suite property featuring 39 of the capital’s most spacious suites, all outfitted with plush furnishings, super-sized king beds and lofty ceilings. Each suite or villa has been individually designed with original turn of the century oriental artwork and antiques.  In addition, to make your stay as relaxing and carefree as possible, each room is catered for by a personal butler. The property’s 39 rooms are set on 3 acres of prime, river frontage, in the heart of the city’s historic palace district. Riverview, pool villas (1,300 sq ft)  are perfect for a splurge.

The property boasts the world’s first luxury Muay Thai boxing studio and the stunning Opium Spa.

MAW Guest Amenities+Benefits

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & ResortPerched on a ridge overlooking the hills of Myanmar and Laos and the confluence of the Mekhong and Ruark rivers, Anantara Resort and Spa Golden Triangle is as enchanting as the region in which it’s located. Explore the surrounding forest on an elephant. Spend the day rejuvenating at the spa. Anantara’s deluxe accommodations and amenities ensure that every moment is perfectly memorable. This 63-roomed upcountry retreat is something very special. Rooms offer Lanna silks, tribal cottons and teak furnishings along with large bathtubs and local crafts

MAW Guest Amenities+Benefits

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast
  • $100 USD Equivalent Resort or Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
Gold Statue Detail in Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Gold Statue

Download ManAboutWorld to get the FREE Thailand guide: Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

 

Photo credits: Krabi (top) and Fire Juggler (middle) by Mark Fischer; Gold Statue by Selda Eigler

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By @ 07/20/16 in Bangkok, Gay travel, Thailand, Tom Goss, Travel

Travelin’ Tom takes us to exotic, thrilling Bangkok in gay Thailand. He packs in a whole lot of information in a short video including magical spots like the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha; delicious street food; buzzing shopping stands; fragrant flower markets, and much more. Tom Goss is a ManAboutWorld global correspondent and a talented singer. Click on his video and follow his Bangkok adventure.

UPDATE: We *just* launched our brand new and FREE guide to gay Thailand! Download the ManAboutWorld app now on the App Store in Google Play and find the new guide in the library. Or click here for a 3-month free trial subscription offer.

For more of Travelin’ Tom videos, click here. Be sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel.

ManAboutWorld has a FREE guide to gay Thailand, including Bangkok but also the islands & beaches, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and more. Download the app (see below) and you’ll find the free guide.

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Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

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By @ 07/20/16 in Gay travel, New Orleans, Travel

New New Orleans in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineWe love new New Orleans and can’t get enough. You may know it from your first few trips there hitting the bars, doing what a gay dude does for beads. But you may not be aware of the breathtaking array of cultural, culinary, romantic and historic options just steps from Bourbon Street. That’s why we created ManAboutWorld’s first-ever FREE guide to New Orleans. Get ready to uncover the new New Orleans.

It’s available via direct download of our app where you’ll find the guide in the library. Find it on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Download it now and plan on heading to NOLA for Southern Decadence (August 31-September 5) or one of the many other fun gay and all-welcome events occurring annually. Prefer a PDF? We thought of you, too! To download it click here and get a very special offer for ManAboutWorld.

New New Orleans in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Free new New Orleans Guide on ManAboutWorld: Download our digital gay travel magazine app for destinations around the globe. Find it on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We work on smartphones, iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. You’ll find New Orleans and other free guides and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription to the actual magazine (a $39.99 value). Go on, what are you waiting for!

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By @ 07/18/16 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Verdirame, Travel

ann arbor sign low resWhen thinking about Michigan cities, it’s safe to say that Ann Arbor—and the neighboring town of Ypsilanti—would likely not even make the top 5, which is all the more reason it is so surprising to find not only a substantial gay community, but one that has been thriving for several decades thanks in part to the prominence of the University of Michigan. Many in Ann Arbor believe the city of approximately 200,000 to be so open, that dedicated gay venues are almost unnecessary because gays are welcomed everywhere (even though there are still several gay bars and gay-owned businesses).

Ypsilanti even elected an openly gay mayor, Amanda Edmonds, below, who will happily tell you that AmandaEdmonds-228x300being a lesbian had very little effect on her campaign. All of these things make Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti (or Ypsi, as the locals call it) a great place to spend a few days, especially in the summer. Story and photos by By Michael Verdirame. Read on for our top recommendations for when to go and where to play, eat and more. Click here for a FREE three-month offer to subscribe to ManAboutWorld.

When we go: The upcoming annual gay pride celebration, called OutFest (August 5-7) is hosted by the Jim Toy Community Center. Named after one of the most notable figures in the gay community in Michigan, the center promises a weekend that celebrates “queer identities, community, and allyship.” It won’t be the biggest pride celebration you attend this year, but it makes this weekend the perfect time to schedule a trip to Ann Arbor to discover everything it has to offer.

Where we stay: Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti aren’t huge sprawling metropolises, so you won’t be overwhelmed with all the hotel options. Much of the visitor infrastructure centers around the UM campus, so if you are inclined to stay in your favorite chain hotel, we can guarantee you will find it here. There are, however, a few notable choices in the downtown area of Ann Arbor that are worth checking out, if for no other reason than their convenient centralized location.

Weber’s Boutique Hotel is a charming option that includes a full service hotel and restaurant and an low res ivyindoor pool, making this an attractive choice year-round. There are walking and jogging paths in the adjacent park, and it is located only a short Uber ride away from the dining and shopping downtown.

The Graduate is located in the heart of downtown, within walking distance to shopping and the gay nightlife of Ann Arbor. Catering to out-of-towners eager to take in a football game at the University of Michigan’s famous “Big House,” this hotel offers football weekend packages in addition to boasting its authentic, intellectual vibe. The Graduate is probably the best choice for those looking to combine a convenient location with a unique hotel experience.

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By @ 07/15/16 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay family travel, Gay travel, Gay travel news, ManAboutWorld, Travel

ManAboutWorld Ft. Lauderdale Travel Guide 2016Fort Lauderdale may just be the best gay American city we’ve got, where gays have been welcomed for decades to live, explore, and enjoy a taste of the good life which is why we are proud to announce the Ft. Lauderdale 2016 travel guide is available for download now.

It’s 38 square miles of sprawling, sun-soaked metropolis and miles of white sand beach, and in the center of it all, one of the great gayborhoods in the world — Wilton Manors.

The free Ft. Lauderdale 2016 travel guide puts the spotlight on gay locals who reveal their favorite hotspots and hidden gems, and we even dish out a few fabulous day-trip ideas, for those mornings when you want to get out of town for the chic fast-paced buzz of Miami, or the laid-back opulence of Palm Beach.

Our free guide to Fort Lauderdale delves deep into the city, highlighting the best of its restaurants, nightlife, shopping, culture, and gay guesthouses. In the years before the Stonewall riots, when ideas like gay marriage were still far-fetched pipe dreams, these guesthouses were sanctuary’s, a place where gay men could be themselves, free to flirt and frolic (among other F-words) without fear of prejudice.

Download the Ft. Lauderdale 2016 travel guide

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By @ 06/28/16 in Gay pride, Gay travel, James Careless, ManAboutWorld, Toronto, Travel

Omni King Edward hotel for gay pride TorontoLooking for a hotel for Gay Pride Toronto? Look no further! ManAboutWorld Correspondent James Careless recently visited and provides this report on the Omni King Edward Hotel. James recently wrote about another fabulous Toronto hotel, the Windsor Arm Hotel.

Top/bottom line: Originally built as Toronto’s premier luxury hotel in 1903, the ‘King Eddy’ (as Torontoians have long called it) has just undergone a $40 million renovation/restoration – and it shows. Located just east of Yonge Street on King Street, the Omni King Edward is deep in the heart of downtown and close to the theater district, high-end shopping, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Distillery District, and Toronto’s renowned Gay Village (Church and Wellesley). It features 301 over-sized rooms that seamlessly mix old-fashioned Edwardian class and spaciousness with modern style, appointments, and amenities. The result is a sense of airy elegance.

Rates: There are all sizes and kinds of rooms available at the King Edward; including the Luxury Executive (800 square feet) suites that include sitting rooms with 180 degree curved walls on one side and multiple windows. Not surprisingly, the King Edward’s combination of location, quality interiors, two excellent dining rooms (the Consort Bar is full service; Victoria’s Restaurant is exclusively for Afternoon Tea, which has been a tradition since 1903) is not cheap. But compared to other cookie-cutter luxury hotels that charge comparable rates, the King Eddy is worth it. Prices start at $215 (C$269.10) for a 350 square foot Deluxe Room, to $323 (C$404.10) for the Luxury Executive suite. If you are feeling particularly grand, the 1,800 square foot Royal Suite is available; you’ll have to call for prices. This one-of-a-kind, two-story hotel-within-a-hotel comes with a sunken living area, a formal dining area for eight people, a work area, two fireplaces, and full kitchen with butler’s entrance. Personally, I have stayed in most of Canada’s grand old hotels over the years; including the Chateau Lake Louise and Toronto’s Royal York. But the renovated King Edward is the only one I have ever visited that is traditional without being stuffy or dated – and the redecorated rooms (I toured all of the options) are superb.

Omni King Edward hotel for gay pride Toronto

Location: One reason I love downtown hotels is that they tend to be close to the action; whatever the action may be. On the classy side, the King Eddy is within walking distance of top restaurants, theaters, and clubs. At the same time, it is a short subway ride to the Gay Village in all of its textures; from LGBT entertainment venues to steamrooms and beyond. (I like to cover the waterfront.) A must-see destination that is close to the King Eddy is Club 120; two blocks’ north at 120 Church Street. Club 120 is a legendary Toronto LGBT restaurant and diner, and is home to Mandy Goodhandy; Toronto’s witty transgender comedienne. Club 120 also hosts LGBT dances, live music, and stand-up comedy nights.(Check www.club120.ca for the latest events.)

Room/Bathroom: The King Edward’s rooms are all very individual, from the Deluxe to the Royal Suite. You’ll find stylish, comfortable furniture; big firm beds, and bold interior decorations; including the signature scarlet wall behind each bed with its monogrammed King Edward pillows. The bathrooms have also been completely updated; many of which have seen their tubs removed in favor of large walk-in showers with glass walls. Everything is fresh and well-appointed; as are the understated restaurants and the big two-story lobby with its giant chess pieces! If you can afford it, go for the Luxury Executive suite with its curved walled sitting room. It is literally a good walk to go from the bedroom past the bathroom, in order to get to the sitting room. You will feel like royalty!

Gay Factor: Staying at a one-of-a-kind, tastefully-decorated grand hotel is a definite ‘gay factor’ perq. You won’t cringe here as you might at a pretentious ‘McClassy’ chain hotel with its knock-off modern art and mass-produced mock-designer furniture. That said, the King Eddy’s gay factor is definitely one of swanky style, not glitzy flash. Meanwhile, the location of this hotel is perfect for any LGBT guest; everything you need or want (or both) is within reach! Frankly, one stay at the King Edward, and chances are that this will be your gay HQ anytime you stay in Toronto. (And if you want to impress someone you’ve just met, this is the place.)

About the Checkout: ManAboutWorld highlights properties we have recently and personally stayed at, and is editorial, not advertorial. Like virtually all travel publications, we sometimes accept discounted and sponsored travel, but ManAboutWorld is beholden to no one but you. Our recommendations are based solely on the experience and opinions of our editorial team and trusted network, putting our readers’ interests above all. If you ever have an issue with anything we recommend, please let us know. We always have your back, and your travel satisfaction in mind. Read our full disclosure here.

 

 

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By @ 06/23/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miles Griffis, Travel

“Fellow Travelers” is an opera featuring a love story between the young Timothy “Skippy” Laughlin and the distinguished Hawkins Fuller during the Lavender Scare of the 1950s. The premiere show opened on Friday, June 17th to a sold out crowd at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio, six days after the tragic Orlando shooting at Pulse night club.

(This report is from ManAboutWorld global correspondent Miles Griffis.)

The opera’s strong exploration of McCarthy era homophobia simultaneously tugged the audience to a woeful pa

Fellow Travelers, a gay-themed opera in Cincinnati and featured in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

st while reminding them of our devastating present. They were forced to ask what progress had occurred in sixty years. The silence and breathlessness after show’s impassioned conclusion echoed with an answer of hollow bewilderment, tears hanging on eyelids, ready to jump.

“Fellow Travelers” is a rare and unique gem among live performances. It’s a craft cocktail you can sip only once. With so few gay stories emerging from Hollywood or Broadway, “Fellow Travelers” is a handsome but brisk breeze that shows why our stories never reached the light of day, why they were buried anytime they sprouted. Why this opera sits on a thin bookshelf with Vidal, Baldwin, and Isherwood. Unlike those books printed on paper the painful story shouts, and harmonizes in a masculine libretto by Greg Pierce with music composed by Gregory Spears. It cannot be ignored.

 We deserve gay stories like Fellow Travelers. We deserve operas with characters we can relate to, that we might see ourselves in. We deserve tasteful love scenes between men like the three that occur between tenor Aaron Blake and baritone Joseph Lattanzi. Queer stories are the most important things we have. Without them we cannot form ourselves. Sip this rare cocktail and consider the story it tells. Get it before it is buried.

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By @ 06/14/16 in Gay pride, Gay travel, James Careless, ManAboutWorld, Toronto, Travel

Windsor Arms Hotel for Toronto Gay Pride, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineLooking for a hotel for Gay Pride Toronto? Look no further! ManAboutWorld Correspondent James Careless recently visited and provides this report on the Windsor Arm Hotel.

Top/bottom line: This revitalized 1927 small four-story hotel is an utterly unique gem in downtown (Bay and Bloor streets) Toronto. Just minutes away from the city’s Gay Village (Church and Wellesley), the uber-elegant Windsor Arms is a five star hotel of just 28 suites; some of them even having multiple rooms. The insides and outsides have been lovingly restored and revived by new owner George Friedmann. Prominent guests include Barbra Streisand and Elizabeth Taylor; talk about gay culture cred. This is a host hotel for Toronto Gay Pride.

Rates: Given the Windsor Arms’ coterie of elegant suites, many fine restaurants and pampering facilities, and prime location (it is just off Bloor on the surprising quiet St. Thomas Street), prices here are not cheap. During this year’s Pride Toronto festival (it runs June 24-July 3, 2016), rates start at US$300 (C$395) and hit $1560 (C$2050) for the two bedroom Presidential suite. But think about it: This suite comes with two sofa beds and one king. Split between six people, you and your friends could have an super-luxurious and exclusive stay for just $260 each. That’s a bargain price for a small historic hotel so charming and different, you will love it as much as Babs and Liz did. It is worth noting that the Windsor Arms does not nickel-and dime its guests. The Wi-Fi is free, the in-room Nespresso coffee is quality, and the towels/dressing robes full and fluffy. Meanwhile, the hotel has been serving afternoon tea without fail since it opened in 1927; offering with delectable sandwiches, scones and pasties – and more fine teas than you ever knew even existed.

Location: Given that is close to fashionable Yorkville, still sinful Yonge Street, and Toronto’s Gay Village – plus steps from the city’s subway lines – the Windsor Arms hotel could not be better situated for gays of all flavours and levels of daring. Want access to Toronto’s very best, most exclusive shopping? It’s here. Want to visit the Gay Village and sample everything from its edgy restaurants and clubs to steamy bathhouses and other no-longer-forbidden fruits? It’s just a short walk away eastwards on Bloor to Church Street, and then south to Wellesley and beyond. Frankly, if you are of a mind to get naughty during Pride Toronto, the Windsor Arms is a logical base of operations; given that is close to everything that counts. This said, consider this elegant venue to be a refuge and place for recovery, rather than a site for bawdy revelry.

Room/Bathroom: As mentioned above, the Windsor Arms’ rooms are all individually and beautifully decorated/furnished. Windsor Arms Hotel for Toronto Gay Pride, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineOne interesting point: Many of the rooms come with their own musical instrument for guests to play, from pianos in the largest suites to guitars and Celtic harps in the smaller ones. The bathrooms are also well-appointed with high-quality fixtures. For instance, the entry level, 550 square foot Junior suite features cream-colored walls with wooden accents (http://www.windsorarmshotel.com/suites/junior_suite//) , residence-quality furniture, deep soaker tub, separate standing shower, ands an acoustic guitar. Like the high-priced suites, it also comes with ‘Butler service’. This is a separate compartment beside the front door when food, towels, and other amenities can be discreetly delivered to without you having to interact with staff.

Gay Factor: Okay, so we’re talking about a very small, exclusive hotel in the heart of Toronto close to the Gay Village, with top-end decor, furnishings, amenities, food, drinks, and high tea; plus an indoor pool with fireplace and two floors of spa facilities? Plus Babs and Liz stayed here, and their photos adorn the walls. I mean, if you don’t get the gay factor here, I can’t help you. This is a perfect place for any gay or other LGBT couple, in a hotel with a reputation for welcoming gay guests with open arms. In fact, the only complaint I could find from a gay couple was that it was difficult to leave the Windsor Arms, because it is such a wonderful place to stay.

About the CheckOut (please add this to the bottom of your writeup): ManAboutWorld highlights properties we have recently and personally stayed at, and is editorial, not advertorial. Like virtually all travel publications, we sometimes accept discounted and sponsored travel, but ManAboutWorld is beholden to no one but you. Our recommendations are based solely on the experience and opinions of our editorial team and trusted network, putting our readers’ interests above all. If you ever have an issue with anything we recommend, please  let us know.  We always have your back, and your travel satisfaction in mind. Read our full disclosure here.

 

 

 

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By @ 06/06/16 in Gay travel
Nomadic Boys are heading to the Galapagos, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine
Before you travel this summer or year, tune in for this important LGBT Travel Twitter chat on travel safety. Follow #prideguide on Twitter tomorrow Jun 7 for an LGBT Travel Twitter Chat sponsored by U.S. Department of State (@TravelGov) and us (@MAWtravel)
Follow ‪#‎prideguide‬!

When? Tomorrow – Tuesday, June 7; 3pm – 4pm ET; 12 noon-1pm PT

Goals: This LGBT travel twitter chat focuses on safe LGBTI travel overseas. The idea is to connect with gay U.S. citizen travelers and answers any questions they have about safety, logistics, or other issues while traveling Travel safetyabroad and to introduce them to the resources available at Travel.gov (and elsewhere) for LGBTI travelers and all travelers.

It’s an opportunity for all organizations who are concerned about LGBTI travel safety to participate in this important discussion.

Photo: Courtesy of NomadicBoys.



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By @ 05/16/16 in Gay travel, John Walker, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Uruguay

 

Guest relaxing in pool at the gay-only Undarious Hotel in Uruguay

Guest relaxing in pool

ManAboutWorld Global Correspondents John Walker and Gavin Patterson visited Uruguay, discovered the gay Undarius Hotel and brought back this CheckOut update.

Gay-only Undarius hotel TOP/BOTTOM LINE

If an all over tan is what you want, somewhere you can relax under tall pine trees in a private tranquil garden by a sparkling saltwater pool, then you will love Undarius Hotel. Just over twelve months old, gay owned and managed, set in a semi-rural, beachside landscape, this is a perfect place for a complete chill out.

“We are not a place for parties. We are a place for relaxation and tranquility.” (Francisco)

Undarius is owned by Francisco and Mario who built this beautiful private gay male hideaway from the ground up. Together with their friendly pooch (Tina Turner), they will make your stay one you will be sure to rave about to all your friends.

Location

Undarius is located 20 kilometres out of Punta del Este in Uruguay and an easy three hundred metre walk from famous Chihuahua Beach. The hotel is wonderfully quiet with acres of surrounding natural bushland. The brilliant sunsets and myriad of stars in the clear black night sky are the wow factors. There are a few local restaurants a short drive away but for international standard shopping, partying and night clubbing take the highway which follows the long stretch of beaches into Punta del Este.

The grounds at the gay-only Undarious Hotel in Uruguay and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The hotel & grounds

Rooms/BATHROOMS

At Undarius there are twelve rooms in total which offer three levels of accommodation.

Bunk level, is cheap and cheerful and is very popular with those travelling alone. Each person has a locker, a single bed and a shared bathroom and lots of instant buddies.

The standard rooms are modest, clean and light, with air conditioning, a queen size bed, TV, safe and a basic private bathroom.

There is one deluxe room in the complex with a king bed, TV, air conditioning, safe, cooking facilities, dining table, chairs and space for an extra bed if required.

All rooms have a balcony with views overlooking the pool and garden and are exceptionally quiet.

Amenities

The main feature of Undarius is its calm, relaxing and peaceful feel. The pool and garden are the centre of activity whether for nude sunbaking or just a dip and a chat with other guests. There is a small restaurant where Mario serves a complimentary breakfast and a good morning kiss each day. They also have a limited menu for dinner which is available at an additional charge each night.

Chihuahua Beach, which is officially nude, is certainly a huge drawcard with its endless sand, safe swimming and dunes at the back where you might find some extra fun. It also has a great little restaurant called Explorer right on the beach which is ideal for a light, healthy meal. Loti the owner treats all her boys like family members and don’t bother to dress for lunch. Undarius has beach chairs, umbrellas and bikes for hire which you can organise before your excursion.

 As the hotel is relatively new there is a multi-channel satellite TV in each room with some programs offering multiple language options. There are also international electrical outlets and free wifi all around the complex. Solar panels keep the pool at a perfect temperature all day long, always ready for when you decide to take the plunge. 

 GAY FACTOR

This place rocks sexiness. The extra warm welcome by hunky owners Mario and Fran is a great start to your vacation at

Sunset on the beach at the gay-only Undarious Hotel in Uruguay and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Sunset on the beach

Undarius. These gorgeous guys make your stay as pleasant as possible with personal pick-up from the airport, advice about local activities and sightseeing and when you book one of Mario’s massages you can be sure you will receive highly personal treatment.

The mostly South American clientele hangout loosely clad or completely nude in and around the pool. This is the place to discover new social networks and exchange travel tips and tales or just keep reading the novel you can’t put down.

The rooms have one way glass so you can see out but others cannot see in. In the bunk room there is a twin shower, excellent for showering with a friend. The deluxe room shower is certainly ‘peek-a-boo’ as it is situated in the ‘centre stage’ position of the main room.

Because Undarius is located out of town there is no local gay night life. However, you won’t have to try too hard to find some fun with new friends in the resort.

The owners of the beach at the gay-only Undarious Hotel in Uruguay and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The owners

RATES

Check different dates on the Undarius Hotel website for the various rates and note the hotel closes for all of June, July and August. Regular guests are offered discounts. If you make a booking directly with the hotel and out of the high season (December, January or February) rates will be cheaper.

Check out is normally at 11:00am however, if rooms are not needed, Mario and Fran are very happy to try to accommodate later check out requirements.

Undarius was a thoroughly pleasant surprise. Having stayed in many gay resorts around the world this ‘new kid on the block’ gets a tick as a favourite for warm hospitality and a carefree sojourn. And the Chihuahua sunsets will blow your mind.

ABOUT THE CHECKOUT

ManAboutWorld highlights properties we have recently and personally stayed at, and is editorial, not advertorial. Like virtually all travel publications, we sometimes accept discounted and sponsored travel, but ManAboutWorld is beholden to no one but you. Our recommendations are based solely on the experience and opinions of our editorial team and trusted network, putting our readers’ interests above all. If you ever have an issue with anything we recommend, please let us know. We always have your back, and your travel satisfaction in mind. Read our full disclosure here. Meet John Walker and Gavin Patterson here.

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