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By @ 03/28/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

ManAboutWorld's free ultimate guide to weddings, honeymoons and celebration travelCheers and a clink of some bubbly for ManAboutWorld’s free Ultimate Guide to Weddings, Honeymoons + Celebration Travel. Just download the free ManAboutWorld app and check your library of issues for this guide. Tap on it and start planning your next celebration travel experience. You need an iPhone, iPad or Android device to view the guide.

It started with the destination wedding. As our families — both by blood and more modern definitions — live increasingly spread-out lives, the idea of bringing people together somewhere other than our hometowns becomes increasingly attractive and practical. As long as people are getting on a plane, why not make it somewhere exciting and different? For those of us in expensive places like New York and London, exotic can also end up being less expensive.

The trend quickly extended to other celebrations, and at ManAboutWorld, we can think of no better way to celebrate a wedding, birthday, anniversary or any personal or professional milestone than gathering a group of friends and/or family for a special travel experience.

From our personal experience doing this — a 40th birthday in South Africa, a 50th birthday in Merida, an ManAboutWorld's free ultimate guide to weddings, honeymoons and celebration travelanniversary trip on a yacht in Greece — we know that the celebration trip can be exceptionally rewarding. But the planning and execution involves lots of decisions and details that can quickly derail the good times. We turned to some of our Global Correspondents and other experts who specialize in group travel to help us sort through the process, and help you plan your own memories-of-a-lifetime trip.

They are available to help you plan your own milestone travel experience — you’ll find their bios and contact information in the last section of the guide. There are special considerations when the destination celebration you’re planning involves a wedding. Where appropriate we’ve highlighted those considerations throughout this section of the guide.

Here’s are some of the topics covered in the guide:

ManAboutWorld's free ultimate guide to weddings, honeymoons and celebration travelDeciding on an experience/style
Timing your trip
Finding and working with an expert
Planning your budget
Choosing a destination
Managing a guest list
Communicating excitement
Social media strategies
Planning a ceremony
All the little details
Packing for your trip
Preparing for your departure
Enjoying the moment
Managing group dynamics
Embracing the unexpected
Easing your return
Sharing your memories

 

 

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By @ 03/21/16 in Brian Garrido, Gay travel, Travel
Easter Egg, Abbey Style in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Easter Egg, Abbey Style

For some gays and lesbians, Easter means a swinging chalice and chanting; others drink bloody Marys’ and search for Peter’s cotton tail (he’s still asleep in his Calvin’s). In case you need a guide to finding an Easter egg brunch, here are a few coastal suggestions with a prairie stop.

New York City
Where: Elmo Restaurant
Why: Put on your fashionable Easter bonnet, Madge.
What Easter Egg to Hatch: Build your own omelet. A bargain at $10, plus you’re with Mr. Last Night, you’re ordering an all-white omelet with veggies, trying to impress.

West Hollywood
Where: The Abbey Restaurant and Lounge
Why: In two decades, impresario David Cooley’s former coffee shop grew into restaurant, dance club, neighborhood joint, watering hole, and nightclub. Everything but the kitchen sink.
What Egg to Hatch: Hashed Beef & Eggs. $12

Ft. Lauderdale
Where: Rosie’s
Why: It’s hot and it makes you thirsty. You need someplace where everyone knows your name. It’s Rosie’s, a Fort Lauderdale favorite with Sam and

Brian Garrido in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Foodie, Brian Garrido

George, instead of Sam and Diane. It’s about the tropical outdoors, the bad drag shows, beverages but most of all the camaraderie. (And the food is pretty good too!).
What Egg to Hatch: Crab Eggs Benedict. $10.95

San Francisco
Where: Starbelly
Why: At Castro-located Starbelly, the food is seasonal and locally-sourced. Housemade chorizo pizza with a baked egg is sublime. In San Francisco, sexual ambiguity is the norm. Inhabitants are consumed with brewing home beers, wild-caught tuna and walking around naked.
What Egg to Hatch: Housemade Chorizo Pizza with Eggs and Cilantro. $16.

Denver
Where: Linger
Why: It’s a former mortuary, now a restaurant. Perfect place for Easter. More importantly, Denver peeps appreciate what’s on their tastebuds. (We don’t mean the tongue piercings either.)
What Egg to Hatch: Hangover Ramen. $17.

Photo credit:The Abbey Restaurant and Lounge



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By @ 03/19/16 in Galapagos Islands, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, S. Arestis & S. Chaneac, Travel

Nomadic Boys are heading to the Galapagos, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The Galapagos Islands!? Yep, you read that right. We followed the Nomadic Boys all over Asia. We’d follow this handsome gay couple anywhere. So off we go to the Galapagos Islands! They’re beyond cute and fun and informative and they really dig deep into a destination, including the gay culture. And they’re not afraid to eat a bug or two in the interest of reporting to you, dear reader.

The Nomadic Boys are delighted to announce they are hosting their own gay cruise to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador this October. They would love you to join them on board the luxurious M/Y Yacht between 13-22 October, with prices starting from $6,848 per person, which includes 2 nights in Quito and  8 days all inclusive cruise. You can find out more information here.

Seb palm trees Flower Island Palawan, the Philippines

The tour includes:

  • 2 nights in Ecuador’s capital city, Quito, at the gay-owned Casa Joaquín Boutique Hotel in the heart of La Mariscal.
  • 8 days / 7 nights all-inclusive cruise exploring the Galapagos Islands, travelling in style on board the luxurious yacht: the M/Y Passion. (It has a sundeck with a Jacuzzi…just sayin’!). Take a virtual tour of the yacht.

Nomadic Boys head to Galapagos Islands, ManAboutWorld gay travelMore ManAboutWorld, please! Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe from Stefan & Sebastien and our other global correspondents. 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 @ 03/14/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Travel
Eiffel Tower, Paris in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Eiffel Tower, Paris

We discovered a side of Paris we’d never seen before. A new Paris. A Paris forced to survive unspeakable terror and rebuild itself, reinvent itself, and reestablish itself as the greatest city in the world. And now it’s ready to show you why it’s the city the entire world has imitated for centuries.

So, enough of the Champs-Elysees and the Louvre. We’ve heard it all before. Lets talk about the Paris of now: the cute hipster boys of SoPi, the scene at Huabu, the vintage hotels of Oberkampf, and the members-only basement clubs. Our latest guide reimagines Paris like you’ve never known it, set to launch you into the city’s hottest neighborhoods, newest restaurants and chicest new bars. (And yes, we can help you find your way through your beloved, traditional Paris, too. We’ve got you covered.)

Download the March issue and we’ll introduce you to the people, places and things you need to know to plan the perfect trip through the world’s greatest city.

Also in this issue: Myanmar, Sicily, Greece, Hawaii, a gay family on a Carnival cruise and much more.

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!

Photo: Juanedc.com via Flickr Creative Commons



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By @ 03/07/16 in Buenos Aires, Gay travel, John Walker, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Croque Madame in Buenos Aires and ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Croque Madame

First time in Buenos Aires?ManAboutWorld correspondents John Walker and Gavin Patterson recently visited and offer first-time travellers to Buenos Aires a starting point for a really successful vacation. Here are a few of their suggestions to kickstart your ‘BA gay stay.’ManAboutWorld last covered Buenos Aires in December 2013. If it’s your first time in Buenos Aires, begin your exploration here.

Aspen Square, Palermo Soho
To find a hotel like Aspen Square is definitely a tip to be shared. The rooms are large, tastefully furnished and very comfortable. The staff couldn’t be more accommodating and helping visitors become acquainted with their beautiful city is what they do best. Breakfast is hearty and all inclusive and if you need to unwind there’s a small gym and pool on the top floor. The best part is the location in the heart of hip Palermo Soho, just a few minutes walk from the best restaurant precinct in Buenos Aires. It’s a safe and restful sojourn for the savvy traveler.

Croque Madame and the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo
Lunch at Croque Madame in Buenos Aires is a total treat. Set in the old coach house of the Museo Nacional de

Dancer in Buenos Aires and ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Dancer in Buenos Aires

Arte Decorativo, this divine little restaurant has class and sophistication at a reasonable price. Arrive early and you will secure one of the sought after tables surrounding the fountain in the garden. The elegant decor inside hints at the splendour associated with times past. The museum opens for free tours at 2pm and, although sometimes overlooked by visitors, it is an absolute must. Filled with exquisite European antiques, paintings and sculptures, this grand mansion houses some of the most priceless works in this part of the world.

Peuteo Bar, Palermo Soho
Sampling gay bars in a foreign city can sometimes make you feel like Cinderella; it can be hard to find the right fit. Peuteo Bar in Palermo Soho has the magic mix of evening chic, fun and frivolity. Perfect for quieter cocktails during the week, on Friday and Saturday night the party anthems are pumping and the place is packed. Combine a dinner in trendy Armenia Square with drinks around the corner at this cosy, hospitable little bar. Most will find it a perfect fit and you might just meet a few of the local handsome princes.

Pepo Pepona Gay Restaurant
A welcome kiss by the owner hints at a night full of friendly festivities at Pepo Pepona. Although the waiters will deliver a serving of ground pepper you will never forget, dining in Buenos Aires’ only gay restaurant is definitely not the ‘main course’. That would be the entertainment which begins about 12am with four extremely handsome and very well-endowed strippers gyrating and pulsating around the tables for optimum crowd pleasure. Each representing an erotic fantasy, the doctor, once out of his scrubs, was able to work his stethoscope with specialist precision. Hot and bothered, you’ll be begging for an encore. Don’t miss this evening of lustful, latino treats.

Esquina Carlos Gardel Tango Show
Esquina Carlos Gardel Tango Show is about flare and passion, agile leg flicks and close sultry embraces. The orchestra above the stage ensures the rhythm of Tango is incisive, exciting, powerful and provocative as the tango dancers, in their brilliant colourful costumes, charm and mesmerise the audience. The show highlights both traditional and contemporary tangos with open gestures, intricate footwork, elegant lifts, kicks, and drops. The show is held in a beautiful traditional theatre which oozes the luxury and splendour of the tango era with its refined furnishings, nostalgic artworks and photographs. An all-inclusive, á la carte dinner is served before the show.

BA Gay Travel
Armando at BA Gay Travel (IGLTA affiliated) will design a tour or package a holiday to suit your needs. His 7 night Gay Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls extravaganza with flights, transfers, private English speaking guides and accommodation is a sensational way to experience some of the best the country has to offer on a short stay. The company also specializes in gay wedding ceremonies and will arrange all the legal and celebratory details while you enjoy a relaxing, leisurely time in the city. Prices are affordable and the service is outstanding. Local knowledge and understanding will make your vacation truly memorable and hassle-free.

 

 

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By @ 02/29/16 in Gay travel, Indonesia, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, Travel
Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

This photo was taken in early January 2016 at Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia near a seaweed farm. In the distance you can see Bali. During the wet season (October -April ), it will rain frequently in Bali; however, it almost never rains in Nusa Lembongan and the island is only a 30-minute boat ride from Bali.

Besides visiting Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia. 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 @ 02/25/16 in Ashton Giese, Gay travel, Travel

Gayography gay travel newsbrief in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineThe Russian State says it will make you straight and Indonesian authorities are going back to the dark ages — claiming gay rights are a proxy war against the society – and worse than a nuclear attack! Plus discover the best spots in Rome with Two Bad Tourists complete gay guide to the city & get tips on finding romance (i.e. vacation sex) from an experienced traveler.

Find all the latest critical LGBTIQ travel news – as well as travel tips in this week’s #GAYography brief

A vital resource for LGBTIQ travelers, focusing on news, vacation insights, advocacy and current events in major cities around the globe, the GAYography brief is published every Thursday. This brief is brought to you by ManAboutWorld global correspondent and all around good guy, Ashton Giese



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By @ 02/24/16 in Buenos Aires, Correspondent, Gay travel, John Walker, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Floralis Genérica in Buenos Aires and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Floralis Genérica

Six enormous 23-metre high stainless steel petals made from brilliant, mirror-finish, stainless steel form a massive flower sculpture created in 2002 by Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano. The flower sculpture (Floralis Genérica) sits above a reflection pool and amazingly opens and closes its petals according to the time of day.

This update was brought to us by ManAboutWorld correspondents John Walker and Gavin Patterson. Here’s more info about Floralis Genérica.

ManAboutWorld has plenty more info on Venice and 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 @ 02/17/16 in Art, Event, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Monaco, New York, Travel
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero in Monaco takes New York and in ManAboutWorld gay traevl magazine

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero

With a population of plus or minus 38,000 souls Monaco takes New York, population 8.4 million and the Big Apple swoons. Monaco, an independent microstate on France’s Mediterranean coastline, showcases its rich heritage from now through February 21. If you’re curious about this beautiful Principality and you’re in New York, this is a perfect opportunity to experience Monaco’s culture, which is surprisingly broad and deep for such a small destination.

The main act is Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo performing Cinderella at New York City Center, accompanied by an exhibit of behind-the-scenes photographs at the New York Headquarters of the auction house, Christie’s, and a culinary week highlighting the Principality’s cuisine with Monaco’s visiting chef Paolo Sari at Circo and Le Cirque restaurants. Other details released by the Consulate General of Monaco follow.

Cinderella at New York City Center
Led by talented director-choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo performs its mesmerizing modern rendition of Prokoviev’s Cinderella at New York City Center:

Thursday, February 18 – 8:00 pm
Friday, February 19 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 20 – 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Individual tickets are now on sale at the theater box office at 131 West 55th Street, by phone at City Tix on (212) 581 1212 or online at www.nycitycenter.org.

On Thursday, February 18, Cartier and the Consulate General of Monaco co-host an opening night VIP experience featuring tickets to

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero in Monaco takes New York and in ManAboutWorld gay traevl magazine

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero

Cinderella followed by an exclusive cocktail reception under the patronage of Monaco’s Ambassador to the United States. Guests can mingle with members of Les Ballets’ company and feast on organic treats prepared by Monaco’s Chef Paolo Sari. The Opening Night Experience package is $300 per person and may be purchased online at www.monaco-nyc.com. Space is extremely limited. Proceeds to benefit Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.

Flavors of Monaco
Between Monday, February 15 and Saturday, February 20, Circo and sister-restaurant Le Cirque will partner with Monte-Carlo SBM to host Chef Paolo Sari, Executive Chef of the Monte-Carlo Beach whose restaurant, Elsa, is the world’s only 100% organic Michelin-starred restaurant.

Chef Sari will apply his innovative and avant-garde farm-to-table style to create the week’s prix-fixe 100% organic menus – lunch and dinner at Circo; 6-course degustation dinner only at Le Cirque.

  • Circo, 120 West 55th Street, (212) 286 3636, reservations@circonyc.com, www.circonyc.com
  • Le Cirque, 151 East 58th Street, (212) 644 0202, reservations@lecirque.com, www.lecirque.com

Photos: Inside Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (C) A. Blangero

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By @ 02/16/16 in Australia, Australia, Gay travel, John Walker, New Zealand, Travel
Downunder: Australia and New Zealand by John Walker correspondent for ManAboutWorld gay trabvel magazine

Sydney

Travel Downunder with ManAboutWorld’s Global Correspondents John Walker and Gavin Patterson who recently traveled to Australia and New Zealand, the great southern lands ‘downunder.’ Walker and Patterson founded their travel website GayMenOnHoliday.com, providing reliable tips and tales about getting ‘the most bang for your pink buck.’

According to this peripatetic duo, “You’re sure to find something you’ve always wanted to see; an opera house on a harbour perhaps. Maybe you’ll also find something completely unexpected.” This is a great time to travel downunder: the U.S. dollar is strong against the New Zealand and Australian currencies and it’s their summer. Here are the top 10 experiences in Australia and New Zealand in their words:

Touring in this part of the world is easy. The exchange rate for US visitors leaves a little for those extras and you’re bound to make a few new ‘mates’ along the way. You’ll be wanting to do some selfies with cuddly koalas, kangaroos and kiwis but don’t forget the fun of the beaches and bars. The restaurants will have you drooling and the succulent steaks, lamb and the plentiful, fresh seafood create culinary nirvana.

However, it’s the rich, rugged landscapes, the endless green rolling pastures, the flourishing rainforests and the azure seas which dominate this

Selfie with Kangaroo-Downunder: Australia and New Zealand by John Walker correspondent for ManAboutWorld gay trabvel magazine

Selfie with Kangaroo

part of the world. Ancient lands with fascinating indigenous heritage offer travellers safe, hospitable destinations for a discovery holiday like no other. Dive in, soak it up and roll around like there’s no end to this dream.

These top 10 little gems might just whet your appetite.

1/Dining Under The Big Hanger

Ripples is perfect for chic, relaxed, dining, with seasonal Italian food and stunning views of Sydney Harbour and its iconic bridge, affectionately referred to as ‘the big hanger’. After dinner take a stroll through Luna Park to Lavender Bay. Along the boardwalk you will be treated to a setting sun which creates a romantic mauve shimmer on the water.

Take the ferry to the restaurant from Circular Quay and on your return the lights of the imposing city skyscrapers and the soaring sails of the Opera House will welcome you back. Finish off with a post dinner drink at Pullman Grand Quay, ECQ bar. This ultra-modern bar has uninterrupted views back over the harbour and ‘the big hanger’. (See photo above)

2/Sydney’s Best Gay Beach

Little Congwong at La Perouse in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney is the choice for the local gay crowd. Walk straight across Congwong Beach past the happy families and take the path to the right and walk about 300 metres to a set of stairs and the beach is at the bottom.

On a hot weekend the beach is packed with nude, sun worshippers but during the week it is much less crowded. This beach is small, sheltered and the dazzling, crystal clear water of Botany Bay makes it perfect for swimming. The chilled vibe makes relaxing easy. Feel like a stroll? The rocks to the left hand side of the beach lead right around the headland to even more fun.

3/Melbourne and Lord Coconut

Head straight for Degraves Street, just near Flinders Street Station for a famous Melbourne coffee. The narrow lanes are a unique part of the Melbourne cafe scene, with their Parisian style small tables, tiny crowded shops and treasure trove of food and coffee aromas filling the air.

While in the area, you might find the wedding or engagement ring for you and your husband-to-be while shopping at Lord Coconut in Melbourne. It feels like a mens’ den, showcasing unique jewellery fashioned by forty specialist jewellers who craft exclusive designs for discerning men. 

Caluzzi Bar-Downunder: Australia and New Zealand by John Walker correspondent for ManAboutWorld gay trabvel magazine

Caluzzi Bar

4/Hobart and MONA (Museum of Old and New Art)

Take a ‘Posh Pit’ ride on the ferry to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart where champagne, canapés and cute cabin crew create an ‘absolutely fabulous’ introduction to this unique place. Finish with an all-inclusive tasting tour of the vineyards.

Back at the port, check out Salamanca Place (http://www.salamanca.com.au) for a plate of the freshest seafood around. If it happens to be a Saturday, the 300 stall market is famous for locally produced food, beers and wines as well as unique arts and crafts.

5/Wellington and the Ortega Fish Shack 

Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum, is located right on the harbour front. Entry is free and the displays of Maori culture from weapons, carvings and art works to a magnificently restored Maori Meeting House, provide a true sense of how the indigenous people of New Zealand lived before white settlement.

Ortega Fish Shack (http://ortega.co.nz/about/about-us) is a hidden gem and serves outstanding seafood. An award winning chef, top shelf local produce, striking decor and friendly staff are a real recipe for success.

6/Rotorua and the Polynesian Spa

The hot mineral baths of the Polynesian Spa in Rotorua, New Zealand (http://www.polynesianspa.co.nz) have renowned therapeutic properties and are listed in the top 10 spas by Conde Nast Travel. Treat yourself and your loved one to an indulgent experience, including a private spa room overlooking the thermal lake on sunset.

Te Puia is a cultural centre built on the edge of a geothermal valley and here you will see the amazing Pohutu Geyser and the legendary mud pools. Check out the Kiwi House for a glimpse of the nocturnal national symbol.

6/Napier and the Art Deco Festival

Delirious about art deco and dying for a dress up? Napier, New Zealand has the largest Art Deco Festival (http://www.artdeconapier.com/events.html) in the southern hemisphere. Prohibition parties were never as much fun as this. The summer festival in February each year is a huge dress up event attracting 40 000 people and with new festival manager Jonathan Smith there is bound to be more gay happenings on the agenda like an Art Deco pool party.

For a slice of Art Deco on any day try the Emporium Eatery and Bar, part of the award winning Masonic Hotel. This stunning place has joined a few select establishments in New Zealand voted one of the world’s best bars.

7/The Bay of Islands and Waitangi

A kilometre or two out of Paihia is the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where the famous Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British and the chiefs of the Maori tribes. The grounds have stunning views over the bay and a huge flagstaff marks the point where this historic event took place.

At the Carved Meeting House a Maori cultural group perform a spectacular, traditional welcome (Haka), explain their rituals and present tribal songs and dances. Within the treaty grounds there are three war canoes, one of which is the world’s largest ceremonial canoe at a staggering 35 metres long and needing up to seventy hunky Maoris to row.

8/Lake Taupo and Huka Falls

Amazingly beautiful and formed 2000 years ago by a fiery volcanic eruption, Lake Taupo is the size of an inland sea. A perfect playground for swimming, fishing, sailing and adventure sports like para-gliding and jet skiing. Majestic snow covered Mt Ruapehu, the largest active volcano in New Zealand, sits in the background while swimmers enjoy the warm geothermal currents in the lake.

Huka Falls just outside Lake Taupo blasts out more than 220,000 litres of water every second. Stand on the foot bridge to witness the roar and energy as the water crashes into pools below. For further excitement take a jet boat ride below the falls.

9/Auckland and Caluzzi Bar

From the moment you walk through the door the laughs begin. Drag queens Miss Ling Ling, ‘who loves bling’, Miss Victoria, Miss Kola and the elegant Miss Taro Patch, ridiculously tall in their high stilettos, welcome visitors to Caluzzi Bar and Cabaret in the heart of Auckland. These ‘sluts with nuts’, as they call themselves, turn on a Kiwi welcome with lively, exuberant and raunchy charm, ensuring the mood from start to finish is totally upbeat and completely outrageous. Celebrating 20 years in 2016, let Captain Campbell (the very hot owner) and his bevy of high camp babes take you on a journey downunder you’ll never forget. (See photo above.)

Photos: Courtesy John Walker and Gavin Patterson.

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By @ 02/12/16 in Gay honeymoon, Gay marriage, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Cover of our Guide to Honeymoon, Weddings and Celebration Travel

Cover of our Guide to Honeymoon, Weddings and Celebration Travel

Pop the bubbly! This guide is free. If you’re thinking romance or marriage or celebration, don’t hesitate: Download our free Guide to Weddings, Honeymoons and Celebration Travel. We included our own expert advice as well as that of a number of our Global Correspondents and other travel and wedding experts who specialize in group travel to help us sort through the process, and help you plan your own memories-of-a-lifetime trip. 

All you need is an iPhone, iPad or Android tablet to view it. Go to the App Store or Google Play to download the ManAboutWorld app. Here are the topics we covered:

Deciding on an experience/style
Timing your trip
Finding and working with an expert
Planning your budget
Choosing a destination
Managing a guest list
Communicating excitement
Social media strategies
Planning a ceremony
Keeping track of the little details
Packing for your trip
Preparing for your departure
Enjoying the moment
Managing group dynamics
Embracing the unexpected
Easing your return
Sharing your memories

Whether it’s a honeymoon, wedding or other romantic or celebratory travel occasion, don’t even begin to start planning till you read this free guide to Weddings, Honeymoon and Celebration Travel! Besides romance, all you need is an iPhone, iPad or Android tablet to view it. Go to the App Store or Google Play to download the ManAboutWorld app. The guide is free. Champagne is on you!

 



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By @ 02/08/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Sergio Scardia, Thailand, Travel
Sergio in the Land of Smiles, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Sergio in the Land of Smiles

This reporton Thailand — the Land of Smiles — was written by Sergio Scardia, the Scruffy Italian Traveler an ManAboutWorld’s latest global correspondent.

So many people had recommended Thailand as a great place to visit, with so many enthusiastic reviews and comments about this beautiful country and its inhabitants. I had very high expectations… and all of them were fulfilled. I just came back from a three-monts trip around Southeast Asia, and Thailand was both the first and last stop of my trip. It’s definitely a recommendable destination whatever your idea of perfect holidays is. Why you should choose Thailand then?

Here just five reasons to love the Land of Smiles:

  1. Are you a foodie? Tired of the boring Western food, in desperate need of a break from pizza, burgers, buns…
    Sergio in the Land of Smiles, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

    Mangia

    don’t hesitate! Thai street food, with its gorgeous fresh recipes full of vegetables and natural flavours, its fresh fruit juices, amazing rice based currys… will conquer your belly, and make you feel home!

  2. Are you a party fan? Looking for big nights out, plenty of booze, music and crazy beach parties, or buzzing bars in the best areas of the cities, no place in the world is better than Thailand! Gay bars in Bangkok and Phuket, for example, are full of locals and visitors every night of the week, and at weekends even packed! So they are a great choice for some good fun!
  3. Are you looking for a relaxing environment, sandy tropical beaches for a honeymoon-like holidays… you will find plenty of them in Thailand! Krabi, Koh Lipe, Koh Tao are my favourite ones so far… but many more breathtaking amazing places are just waiting for you to discover them!
  4. Are you looking for some “me time”, in need of relax and meditation, to free your mind from stressful Western lives? Or for a cultural holidays, because your dream is wandering for hours around ancient temples, feeling lost in time… well, don’t think twice! You will find plenty of opportunities in Thailand!
  5. Are you interested in hiking, rafting, swimming in beautiful lakes, rivers, spending hours under natural waterfalls, looking for the most beautiful snake, butterfly, monkey, or rat to capture in your pics, as well as meeting local people in their own villages, or looking for a bit of adventure? You must definitely try Thailand!

See? In the so called Land of Smiles, you can virtually find anything you are looking for! Are you still in doubt? Plenty more pics of beautiful Thailand on my Instagram account, instagram.com/gios981. Should we organize a trip together? Just get in touch.

Sergio in the Land of Smiles, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Sergio at the beach



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By @ 02/04/16 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Japan, ManAboutWorld, Travel
The Wonder 500, about Japan, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The Wonder 500, about Japan, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Japan has a problem other destinations would love to have. They have a rich abundance of incredibly cool things spread throughout the country that are unique to Japan. From wild, hand-picked (and crazy expensive) green teas to delicately woven charms meant to insert in envelopes — but only for correspondence with a cheerful message — to sweet/spicy wasabi treats and much  more.

The Wonder 500 gathered 500 products from 47 prefectures and eight categories (travel, kitchenwares, housewares, stationery, interior, fashion, food and beverages) to display in an intimate venue that is open to the public (a 4 West 43rd St just west of 5th Ave). This is an opportunity to discover some of what makes Japan so special. Have some tea; try a treat; purchase a few very early Christmas presents; and escape from New  York to the Land of the Rising Sun for a delicious hour or so.

The Wonder 500™ exhibition runs from January 28th until February 9th at the Exhibition Hall at 4 West 43rd Street (4-16 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036, USA) from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. daily, with admission free to the public. For more information, visit www.TheWonder500.com.

Photos: Above is ManAboutWorld editor in chief with Ritsuko Nakamura in a traditional kimono at the Wonder 500 in New York and below is a selection of items you will find there.

The Wonder 500, about Japan, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The Wonder 500



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By @ 02/01/16 in Dennis Hensley, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Paddleboard yoga prep with Dennis Hensley in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Paddleboard yoga prep

I love to take yoga classes when I travel especially if the setting is somewhere really unique, like a skyscraper in Dubai or a beach in Zihuatanejo. My favorite travel yoga experience to-date came courtesy of Sup Fit on the island of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. What made the class special was not just the gorgeous locale — near the Marriott resort beach — but the fact that we were on paddleboards. [This story is written by ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent, Dennis Hensley, who is shown in these photos posing up a yoga storm.]

After getting a quick lesson in how to navigate, our teacher Katie paddled with us from the beach to an anchored rope line in the bay where we attached our boards. Then the class proper started with no gongs, no Enya, just the sound of the wind and the waves and Katie’s expert instruction. As a semi-experienced yogi, it was interesting to discover what poses were feasible on a paddleboard and what had to be modified. You’re thinking, ‘Please don’t go into Crescent, Katie. There’s no way.’ Luckily, there was no Crescent but we did do a twist of Warrior 2 on one knee with a foot hooked over the board’s side that I kind nailed. I fell in five times while my yoga pal Scott only fell in once but when the water’s that gorgeous and refreshing, falling in is half the fun.

Yoga paddleboard requires balance, strength and focus, as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

These yogi make it look easy!

My favorite part was at the end when you lay there like you’re dead AKA savasana. You’re facing the sky with your hands dangling in the water while Katie says a few inspiring words about the “ebb and flow” of life and it just doesn’t get any better than that. Scott told me after that a fish brushed up against his hand during savasana as if to remind him exactly where he was. I tried not to be jealous.

So if you find yourself in St. Thomas—perhaps on a cruise—and want to do something unique for your body, mind and soul, check out Sup Fit VI paddleboard yoga. Our class was $29 for 75 minutes and they also offer a Sup Fit resistance training class that if that’s more your thing. Getting touched by a fish is extra.

Yoga paddleboard requires balance, strength and focus, as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Upward facing dog

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By @ 01/28/16 in Gay travel, Phil Rake, Travel, Venice
A dashing gondolier in Venice and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

A dashing gondolier


It’s easy to fall in love with Venice (and possibly even fall in love in Venice). The city’s splendour is beguiling and intoxicating – the moment you spy the gondoliers navigating the Grand Canal, you will be hooked and you won’t want to leave. This Venice update is brought to us by ManAboutWorld correspondent  Phil Rake.

Built up around clusters of tiny islands, connected only by an array of bridges, Venice is so cleverly and beautifully crafted, it looks and feels as if it’s floating on water. This illusion of ‘floating’ is part of what makes the city so alluring – the waters of the Adriatic are always in sight, lapping against the walkways and buildings, waiting to encroach.

But it’s what’s above the surface that will truly enthral you. The city has some of the most grand architectural structures you will ever see, like the Byzantine inspired Basilica di San Marco and the Venetian-Gothic Doge’s Palace – products of its affluence and of a time when Venice was the principle trading hub between Europe and Asia. The city is also renowned for its art and culture, with the legacies of famous Venetians like Vivaldi, Tintoretto, Titian and Andrea Palladio living on in and around, not only Venice, but also the world at large. Whether your a fan of classical music, opera, history, art or cuisine, you won’t be short of things to see or do in Venice.

The Grand Canal in Venice and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The Grand Canal

But the most thrilling way to experience Venice, is to wander the different sestieri (or neighbourhoods) and allow yourself to get lost amongst the narrow thoroughfares and maze-like alleyways. Secret courtyards decked in marble, hidden gardens that overlook the canal, and secluded passageways that lead to stunning vistas – you’ll be amazed at what you can discover. 

Venice is exceptionally pretty, so there is never a bad time to visit. In the Spring and Summer, the sun infuses the city with a warmth and glow, lighting up the buildings like radiant treasures. However, like the French Riviera, Venice in the high season gets unbelievably busy, so prepare yourself for the crowds. If you aren’t put off by the drop in temperature, then you should definitely visit in the colder months, as there is a haunting beauty to Venice at this time of year, especially when it’s misty. There is also a greater chance of experiencing the fabled acqua alta or high tides, which flood parts of the city (thereby creating opportunities for some potentially amazing photos).

View of the Chiesa di San Geremia from the Grand Canal in Venice and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

View of the Chiesa di San Geremia from the Grand Canal

Regardless of when you visit, Venice is one of those places you can’t help falling in love with. Like a kiss from a handsome Gondolier, this city will take your breath away and you won’t be able to resist its charm.

ManAboutWorld has plenty more info on Venice and 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 @ 01/25/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Park City, Tom Goss, Travel

Travelin’ Tom takes us down the slopes of Park City, Utah. He packs in a whole lot of information in a short video including how tourism helped save Park City and that it’s a ski resort where you can still find deals. Tom shows us his technique siing and inner-tubing. Tom Goss is a ManAboutWorld global correspondent and a talented singer

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

More ManAboutWorld, please! 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 @ 01/19/16 in Bangkok, Boston, Buenos Aires, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Toronto, Travel, Venice

City Seen gay travel update in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineManAboutWorld magazine’s City Seen keeps you up to date on gay travel options in major global cities. ManAboutWorld’s peripatetic correspondents stay on top of cool things to do in a few dozen of our favorite metropolises. Here’s this month’s gay travel update.

Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC, in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine CIty Seen gay travel update section

Natural Gourmet Institute

NEW YORK, NY
You’ll find the Natural Gourmet Institute,a hidden gem, on the second floor of a non-descript Chelsea office building, where every Friday night they set the communal tables and light the candles for a three-course vegetarian (often vegan and/or gluten-free) BYOB dinner. Prepared by the student chefs and chef instructors of NGI’s Chef Training Program, it’s a unique local experience — and very affordable at $45.Billy Kolber

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
The Godfrey Hotel Boston is scheduled to open early January 2016 in Boston’s much improved Downtown Crossing district, which was the primary retail area of Boston a century ago then went into a decline towards the end of the 20th century. With its central location between Boston Common and the financial district, Downtown Crossing is re-emerging with trendy new residential and commercial buildings. The hotel, situated in a gorgeously renovated building, will offer luxurious accommodations in the center of the city as well as complimentary high-speed WiFi and other perks. — Kenny Porpora

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
If you’re in BA, check out the fabulous new Kirchner Cultural Centerwhich has already been welcoming approximately 10,000 patrons a day who walk around an ornate, turn-of-the-last-century building that has been converted into what promoters claim is the fourth-largest cultural center in the world. Best of all, everything in it is free, from video installations to comedy acts to symphony concerts and contemporary musical acts. — Pablo DeLuca

BANGKOK, THAILAND
The Accor-managed Pullman Bangkok Hotel G provides a nice option for gay travelers thanks in part to its location at Silom 188, just a few blocks away from all the action. The hotel was recently remodeled and includes an excellent breakfast. The gym could use an update, but it is sufficient. The hotel may remind you of Delano in Miami: very white, clean and modern. If you want an amazing facial treatment, make a left out of the hotel and bring that tired mug into Dahra Beauty and Spa at Silom 154 for some pampering. — City Seen correspondent, Michael Siebert 

TORONTO, CANADA
Rapper Drake and Restaurateur Sursur Lee opened Fring’s Restaurant, a posh, celeb-laden Asian fusion hot-spot, in September, drawing heaps of headlines and a glitzy grand opening. The clubby downtown hangout is inside the old Crush Wine Bar and is expected to be the new see-and-be-seen dinner spot, with celebrity DJs, a full bar, and menu by the renowned Lee. — Robert Sharp

VENICE, ITALY
In the past several years, the very gay-friendly Caffe Centrale has benefited from significant upgrades. The eccentric and modern space feels more elegant and sexy. The service is friendlier and the food, which was wonderful to begin with, is even more scrumptious. Be sure to try the beef tenderloin in Amarone wine sauce or maybe the Catalana of crustaceans (salad of grilled shellfish), but definitely order their mojito in the pot, for dessert. It’s Venice, so you can even have a gondola drop you off, or pick you up, from their canal-side dock. Now how romantic is that? — Arthur Wooten

Venice in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine CIty Seen gay travel update section

Venice

 For even more gay travel inspiration and trip-planning information and suggestions for destinations, tours and events download ManAboutWorld’s latest issue. Start planning your next trip now!

This was originally published in ManAboutWorld’s December issue and re-posted in Towleroad on December 18. Photos: Top: Hans Randecker via Flickr Creative Commons; Middle: Courtesy Natural Gourmet Institute; bottom: Courtesy City Seen correspondent Arthur Wooten

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By @ 01/04/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

NY Times Travel ShowFREE TICKET!  Register here for a free ticket (save $20!). Use code LGBT. The panel takes place on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 12:15pm at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. It’s very easy to reach via the 7 subway line and other means. The show normally costs $20 but this pass will get you in to the NY Times Travel Show for free both days. See, it pays to be LGBT! 🙂

Find more information about the panel here.

FROM THE NY TIMES TRAVEL SHOW: All are welcome! This session is designed for L.G.B.T. travelers as well as their travel professionals interested in learning about trends, destinations, tours, cruises and events. All you need is an open mind and the passion to travel.

Join this interactive and informative panel with leading experts in gay, lesbian and L.G.B.T. family travel. Our moderator, ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato leads a very well-traveled group in a lively discussion touching on new cruises and tours, not-to-miss events and up-and-coming hot spots around the world. The panel has collectively been on all seven continents and visited over 100 countries as out gay and lesbian travelers. Come with your travel questions. This is a session you won’t want to miss! NY Times Travel Show.

 



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By @ 12/31/15 in Gay cruise, Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel
Paul J. Heney and his family In Jamaica and ManAboutworld gay travel magazine

In Jamaica

From Jamaica: Our Go, Daddy writer, gay-dad Paul J. Heney, his partner and kids are on their first-ever family cruise on Carnival Cruise Line. Here’s an update from their first stop. 

Our first port of call on this Carnival cruise was Falmouth, Jamaica. I was a little conflicted about this stop. Jamaica is one of the most stridently anti-gay countries on the planet, and so I felt somewhat opposed to giving any of my tourist dollars to the local economy. In the end, I decided to not make any sort of crusade out of it, and instead tried to use it as a teaching moment for our kids. While I’ve told them in the past about areas of the country or the world where LGBT people aren’t liked or tolerated, this was more real to them. They seemed shocked that such an innocuous looking place–and somewhere that we actually were–was such a “bad” part of the world, at least in one respect. 

We devised a back story that Lance was my brother-in-law–married to my fictional sister Maureen. (They do have an Aunt Maureen, so that made it easier for them to remember.) I told them the chances of us getting in trouble for being gay was about zero, but that locals might treat us poorly or give us dirty looks if they found out. 

As we had an excursion booked through the cruise line the next day in Grand Cayman, I suggested we try a different route in Jamaica. We merely walked off the ship with no firm plans and wandered into the tiny port town. Locals selling all sorts of brightly colored clothing lined the narrow streets. The kids, Matthew in particular, seemed a little taken aback at the poverty. After walking down a few streets, one of the locals named Dennis approached me with an offer to take us to Montego Bay and back, tell us about the island, take us to a good beach and a city overlook, etc. He described himself as “a family man” like me and a Christian. We listened to his story about charging us $100 instead of the normal $120, but kept walking and showed only minimal interest. Eventually he came down to $80 and I said it was Lance’s decision because he had the wallet. Lance then got him down to $70–a pretty good deal for the 4 of us!

We spent 90 minutes at the Doctors Cave Beach Club beach, a gorgeous crescent of sand with light blue green water. A huge inflatable trampoline about 100 feet offshore was all that Josh needed to make his day. It cost us $21 (cash) to access the beach and $12 for an umbrella and a chair. Matthew quickly made friends with a little Jamaican boy and they had a splendid time playing in the waves. Lance and I enjoyed people watching and goofing in the water a bit. There were some downright amazing bodies walking about, and I could see how Stella could get her groove back on a place like this!

Afterwards, Lance showed the boys his incredible bargaining skills in a few of the local shops in Montego Bay and then Dennis drove us to a lovely overlook before heading back to the ship. He did start up a conversation about where mom was today—Matthew started to answer that she lived at home and I interrupted and said something to the effect that, “The ladies wanted a spa day on the ship.”

Friends will vouch that I’m pretty militant and am usually the first one to fight the good fight. So it was hard to bite my lip even for a few hours, but I suppose I need to pick my battles—while keeping the kids’ eyes wide open about the bigger battles we still have to face.



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By @ 12/26/15 in Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Paul Heney, Travel
Sunset in Ohio from a Megabus in ManAboutWorld by Paul Heney, Go, Daddy

Sunset in Ohio from a Megabus

Our Go, Daddy writer, gay-dad Paul J. Heney,  his partner and kids are heading to Miami for their first-ever experience onCarnival Cruise Line. The first leg of their journey proved less than glamorous aboard a MegaBus heading from Cleveland to Florida.

So maybe the “half” thing is overrated, but we’re trying to keep our sense of humor about things.

My family—including partner and two sons—are journeying down to Miami, Florida from our hometown of Cleveland. It’s all to experience a Carnival Cruise as an LGBT family, and report on it for ManAboutWorld. To economize, we decided to try taking MegaBus to Chattanooga, Tennessee, roughly the halfway point, before renting a car and driving the remainder of the way.

MegaBus was interesting. Our fares were pretty inexpensive, about $55 per person each way. We paid a couple of extra dollars for reserved seats, to guarantee some of the nicer spots and so we could be sure to all sit together. We left at 4:30 p.m. from a nice intermodal transportation center in downtown Cleveland.

Our pleather-like reserved seats were organized around a small table, allowing us space for some drinks, our phones, etc. We even pulled out our new Christmas gift (popular card game “Exploding Kittens”) and the table was great for that.

Luckily, we thought to bring a couple of throws, because, in spite of the unseasonably warm weather along the route, the bus itself was pretty cold. Lance supposed maybe the driver kept himself awake that way. The seats weren’t the luxurious coach type seats I’d guessed it would have, and sleeping was difficult. We also stopped in Columbus, Cincinnati, Lexington and Knoxville, waking everyone up about every 2 hours. We also stopped once next to a McDonalds. Although I’d packed plenty of snacks and protein bars, we were famished by that point at 1 a.m. and ate heartily. Go, Daddy, Eat!

Go, Daddy: 1 am snack stop for the crew heading towards their Carnival Cruise in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Time to eat

We stopped in Lexington to bring on two new drivers, and one immediately admonished us for having several of our carry-ons in what appeared to be shared storage space. She then took up all that space with multiple bags of her own and her daughter’s. Odd. We ended up simply moving them to a few other empty seats. (The bus was less than half full.)

I was also surprised by the random spots that Megabus picked for its “terminals” in some cities. In Cincinnati, it was literally in the middle of a large parking lot beside the freeway. Cars were randomly pointed at the bus with headlights glaring, and it felt like we were in some weird James Dean movie where a car/bus drag race was about to begin. In Chattanooga, it was simply on the side of a deserted road near an office park. It was raining heavily, and we had to retreat to a random office building nearby to wait for our Uber to take us to the rental car facility.

As I write, we’re approaching the Florida border in our rented Jeep Cherokee (nice ride!) and it’s only a matter of time before my teenaged son asks to stop at Zaxby’s for lunch. The southern fried chicken fast food restaurant is among his favorites, and he can’t get it back home. We also stopped at my partner’s favorite restaurant, Cracker Barrel, for breakfast. It’s vacation, after all. But I’m struggling to avoid the “dad body” phenomenon—especially on tropical beaches this week—so I think I may have to hit the hotel gym elliptical this evening!



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