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By @ 02/27/17 in Adelaide, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Adelaide Fringe Festival in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazinePanti Bliss at the Adelaide Fringe FestivalThe Queen of Ireland, Panti, invites you into her gender-discombobulating, stiletto-shaped world, exposing the stories behind the make-up. Story by Michael Siebert; photos courtesy of artists.

A one-woman show detailing how a drag queen from Ballinrobe, Ireland, has become a  national f*cking treasure.  In a series of self-appreciative and self-deprecating comments, this ‘not so average’ girl describes how her life story dragged her into becoming a national celebrity for openly speaking her mind … on national television!

Go spend a fast and furious hour with Panti and be seduced by her personal narrative of the facts and fictions of being a self-proclaimed – and nationally recognised – star. From her sex life to activism, from family stories to stage moments, Panti puts it all on the table and serves you a story that is certain to keep you turned on.

After Adelaide Fringe, Panti will be in Perth on February 23, at the Astor Theatre, and in Sydney on March 1, at the Enmore Theatre.

If you cannot make her shows in Australia, her story is told in her memoir, Woman in the Making.

  • 10 March 2017, Glasgow Tramway, Take Me Somewhere Festival
  • 12 March 2017, Draiocht, Blanchardstown
  • 25 March 2017, Ballymaloe House, Cork
  • 1 April, Cardiff, Sherman Cymru
  • 5 Wed – 8 Sat April, London, Soho Theatre
  • 20 April, The Source Arts Centre, Thurles
  • 25 April 2017, Home, Manchester

Adelaide Fringe Festival in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineDragapella! Starring the Kinsey Sicks

Four drag queens, from the USA, penetrated the borders of Australia and descended upon Adelaide for Adelaide Fringe Festival from February 17 to March 19.  They will have you laughing at songs about Isis, Donald Trump and even smuggling dildos.  These “girls” are witty, sharp, creative and have a set of pipes that will make any man, woman or transgender yearn for more.  If you cannot catch them in Australia they will return to the heartland of their homeland.  This F5 twister of wigs, gloves, eyelashes and sashes touches down in Kansas City, in April, and will be bringing their healing power to the Midwest.  This quartet can cure any “sicksness.”

  • 28 April 2017, Kansas City, MO, Arts Asylum
  • 29 April 2017, St. Louis, MO, TBA
  • 2-3 June 2017, Palm Springs, CA, The Purple Room
  • 9-11 June 2017, Sacramento, CA, Elks Tower
  • 16-17 June 2017, San Francisco, CA, Nourse Theatre
  • 18 June 2017, Seattle, WA, Triple Door
  • 19-23 June 2017, South Lake Tahoe, CA, The Loft Theatre and Lounge
  • 29 June 2017, Pleasanton, CA, Firehouse Arts Center

Adelaide Fringe Festival in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineHANS:  Mein Camp. Fantastisch! Fabelhaft!  

Hans, the Boy Wonder of Berlin, Accordion Master and Leg Split Artist, returns to Adelaide Fringe for 23 shows this year.  In the first week, Hans secured the title of Best Cabaret show at Adelaide Fringe 2017.  Hans’ current show, Mein Camp, details Hans’ journey towards world domination.  One highlight of the show is Hans on the keyboards with his political singing essay and twist on the ABBA single “Money, Money, Money.”

There are many reasons to love Hans from his spontaneous German-style critique of audience members fashion choices to his world record of playing non-stop Madonna songs on the accordion for 29.5 hours.  This Mein Camp, not only pitching in Adelaide, is heading to Edinburgh in August 2017.  

This Boy’s in Love by Adriano Cappelletta

Fall in love with Adriano on his personal quest for true love.  An hour-long narrative detailing intimate moments of pashing, ectasy and despair, which may or may not lead to a fairytale ending.

 

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By @ 02/14/17 in Gay tours, Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, LA/West Hollywood, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Travel Show

LGBT travel show at the LA Convention Center Feb 18-19Meet the ManAboutWorld team at an LA travel show and pick up free stuff(!) at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show February 18-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown LA.

ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato will moderate a fun, information-packed LGBT travel panel at the Show on Sunday, February 19 at 2:45pm.

Register here for a free ticket but hurry we only have a limited supply.

All are welcome! Our booth provides information (and free guides) for all travelers (gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and our straight ally friends). The panel is designed for LGBT travelers as well as 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 LGBT 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. Come with your travel questions. This is a session you won’t want to miss!

We’ll be covering the world of LGBT travel, which is big! But among the many takeaways, here are three:

• Destinations to put on your must-go list in 2017 and beyond
• Events around the globe that are popular with LGBT travelers
• Travel opportunities for gay families

THE LGBT TRAVEL DREAM TEAM AT THE LA TRAVEL SHOW!

Travel experts include:

Meet ManAboutWorld's Ed Salvato at the Travel & Adventure Show, San Francisco, Feb 11-12

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By @ 02/10/17 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Massimo Iacoboni, Palm Springs, Travel
The Albert Frey-designed former tramway gas station is now home to the Palm Springs Visitor Center. Photo credit: Gregg Felsen.

The Albert Frey-designed former tramway gas station is now home to the Palm Springs Visitor Center. Photo credit: Gregg Felsen.

Fancy a design-driven winter getaway? Then head to Palm Springs Modernism Week, Feb. 16 – 26

You are ready to leave those winter blues behind… but sitting idly on the beach is not your thing? Head to Palm Springs for its 12th annual Modernism Week, a cool, iconic, annual celebration of mid-century modern design and architecture that takes place each February in Southern California’s hot gay destination. Story by Massimo Iacoboni.

Modernism Week offers a compelling combination of tours and film screenings, lectures and activities throughout the Coachella Valley, and with over 20 gay men-only resorts to chose from (ranging from swanky to modest and pricey to moderate), you’ll be able to combine that self-indulgent vacay you’ve been dreaming of with the glamorous pool-side shindigs and red-carpet affairs that have become the hallmark of this celebrated design celebration.

Abernathy House is but one of the many architectural gems featured in dozens of home tours held during Modernism Week. Photo credit: Jake Holt.

Abernathy House is but one of the many architectural gems featured in dozens of home tours held during Modernism Week. Photo credit: Jake Holt.al

You will have over 300 events to chose from, ranging from all day excursions to nearby architectural hubs (Palm Desert, Claremont) and bohemian havens such as Joshua Tree (now home to dozens of Los Angeles’s most progressive art and design refugees), to dozens of celebrity house tours and lectures featuring some of the country’s foremost design and architecture glitterati.

Among the highlights: ’Modernism Week Opening Night Party,’ a chic red carpet affair with a 60s-era spy-movie theme, an homage to the James Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever,” which features a famous scene filmed at the Elrod House in Palm Springs, designed by John Lautner in 1968; a visit to nearby Bannon for cocktails at the beautifully restored, pristine vintage arcade at The Museum of Pinball., which features over 700 different pinball machines; and an homage to the art of travel itself, gay and not, at the amazing Vintage Trailer Show 

WHERE WE STAY

Gay-owned and operated, Escape Palm Springs is a lovely1950’s property welcoming all but catering primarily to the gay male traveler. With a pool surrounded by spectacular views and tropical grounds, this intimate resort offers affordable and spacious rooms with small kitchenettes and an authentic mid-century modern vibe.

WHERE WE EAT

Re-awaken the carnivore in you at Mr. Lyons, a luxurious steak-house with a menu that puts small local farms first. Renovated in 2015 as a reimagining of the old Lyons English Grille (which had operated since 1938) the dining salon is pure old Hollywood glamour. If you’re looking for a more casual experience, but still want to experience the allure of days gone by, just head to the lounge for a cocktail (or two).

WHERE WE PLAY

The Amigo Room at the Ace Hotel hosts nightly themed events featuring experimental DJs and bands, drag entertainers and dance parties, such as the evocatively titled Soft Leather, a Pansexual dress to sweat event, on February 24 at 10 pm.



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By @ 02/01/17 in Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Travel, Travel Show

Meet the LGBT travel dream team at the San Francisco/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show, Feb 11-12Meet the ManAboutWorld team and pick up free stuff(!) at the San Francisco/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show February 11-12 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato will moderate a fun, information-packed LGBT travel panel at the Show on Sunday, February 12 at 2:30pm.

Register here for a free ticket but hurry we only have a limited supply.

All are welcome! Our booth provides information for all travelers (gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and our straight ally friends). The panel is designed for LGBT travelers as well as 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 LGBT 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. Come with your travel questions. This is a session you won’t want to miss!

We’ll be covering the world of LGBT travel, which is big! But among the many takeaways, here are three:

• Destinations to put on your must-go list in 2017 and beyond
• Events around the globe that are popular with LGBT travelers
• Travel opportunities for gay families

THE LGBT TRAVEL DREAM TEAM!

Travel experts include:

 

Meet ManAboutWorld's Ed Salvato at the Travel & Adventure Show, San Francisco, Feb 11-12

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By @ 01/25/17 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel, Travel Show

 This is the LGBT travel panel dream team appearing at the New York Times Travel Show on on Saturday, January 28 at 12:15pmManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato will moderate a fun, information-packed LGBT travel panel at the New York Times Travel Show on Saturday, January 28 at 12:15pm. (More information here.)

All are welcome! This session is designed for LGBT travelers as well as 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 LGBT 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. Come with your travel questions. This is a session you won’t want to miss!

Register here for a ticket and use promo code LGBT for FREE entrance!

We’ll be covering the world of LGBT travel, which is big! But among the many takeaways, here are three:
• Destinations to put on your must-go list in 2017 and beyond
• Events around the globe that are popular with LGBT travelers
• Travel opportunities for gay families

The LGBT travel dream team!

Travel experts include: Kelli Carpenter, co-founder, R Family Vacations; Merryn Johns, editor in chief, Curve Magazine; Jeff Guaracino, columnist, Windy City Times and Philly Gay news and Michael Rizzi, YouTube Content Creator.

*Ed Salvato and Jeff Guaracino book-signing to follow at the onsite Bookstore. They are authors of the forthcoming Handbook of LGBT Tourism and Hospitality Marketing

This is the LGBT travel panel dream team appearing at the New York Times Travel Show on on Saturday, January 28 at 12:15pm

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By @ 12/19/16 in Amsterdam, Gay travel, Jason Paul, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Mr. Jordaan hotel, Amsterdam in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineOur correspondent, Jason Paul, explored Amsterdam and found the inexpensive Mr. Jordaan Jason Paul writing for ManAboutWorld gay travel magazinehotel in Amsterdam. Here’s his report for this month’s Radar:

While there’s nothing overtly gay about it, every detail in this boutique hotel — from shiny copper to the clever little notes everywhere feel like family. Are we biased because we scored room 69? Probably.

Mr. Jordaan hotel info: MrJordaan.nl

Mr. Jordaan hotel, Amsterdam in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

MORE ABOUT MANABOUTWORLD  

Download ManAboutWorld, our free digital/mobile-only gay travel magazine app covering destinations, themes and events around the globe including a FREE Guide to Ft. Lauderdale. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few other free publications in the app. Register here for a FREE three-month subscription.

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By @ 12/05/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Twitter chat
LGBT Travel Safety Twitter Chat Tuesday, Dec 6 at 1pm ET via #LGBTTravel

Photo: Out Adventures

As we wrote last week, we will host an important Twitter Chat on LGBT Travel Safety Tuesday, Dec 6 starting at 1pm ET. Just log into Twitter and follow #LGBTTravel. Co-hosts and partners include:

LGBT travel safety is among the most important concerns of this large and growing travel segment. Gay travelers tend to travel more than their heterosexual counterparts and travel throughout the entire world, even in the 76+ countries where homosexuality is criminalized. Lesbian travelers are also often concerned about travel safety much like their heterosexual counterparts. Transgender travelers often have concerns that their gender expression may not align with their travel documentation which may cause issues among officials at customs and immigrations.

LGBT people proudly travel the globe but how should we navigate anti-LGBT sentiment at home or around the world? Join experts and fellow travelers for a lively, timely and important discussion about LGBT travel safety, with ManAboutWorld, U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs, the CDC and more!

Follow #LGBTtravel, Tuesday, December 6 1pm ET (12pm CT; 10am PT)

MORE ABOUT MANABOUTWORLD  

ManAboutWorld is a digital/mobile-only gay travel magazine covering destinations, themes and events 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.

Photo courtesy Out Adventures.

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By @ 11/28/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Twitter chat
LGBT Travel Safety Twitter Chat Tuesday, Dec 6 at 1pm ET via #LGBTTravel

Photo: Out Adventures

LGBT travel safety is among the most important concerns of this large and growing travel segment. Gay travelers tend to travel more than their heterosexual counterparts and travel throughout the entire world, even in the 76+ countries where homosexuality is criminalized. Lesbian travelers are also often concerned about travel safety much like their heterosexual counterparts. Transgender travelers often have concerns that their gender expression may not align with their travel documentation which may cause issues among officials at customs and immigrations.

LGBT people proudly travel the globe but how should we navigate anti-LGBT sentiment at home or around the world? Join experts and fellow travelers for a lively, timely and important discussion about LGBT travel safety, with ManAboutWorld, U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs, the CDC and more!

Follow #LGBTtravel, Tuesday, December 6 1pm ET (12pm CT; 10am PT)

More About MANABOUTWORLD  

ManAboutWorld is a digital/mobile-only gay travel magazine covering destinations, themes and events 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.

Photo courtesy Out Adventures.

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By @ 11/25/16 in Gay travel, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine named top gay travel app by TwoBadTouristsWanna start an LGBT travel revolution? Every time you travel, you have a vote. You vote with your travel wallet. You can choose to support LGBT-friendly travel companies, destinations, experiences, tours, airlines and accommodations or you can choose not to support those that support our community.

Disappointed with the Presidential election? Worried about LGBT rights? Maybe you are happy with the outcome? Regardless, every time you travel, you do have the power to positively transform the world. LGBT Americans will spend billions on travel next year. What hotel you choose, what destination you visit, what airline you fly, and how you plan, book, and pay for your travel can send a loud message to Corporate America. While President-elect Trump and other elected officials might say they represent the interests of Corporate America, your travel dollars have the power to send an economic message to Corporate America. From holiday travel to Spring Break and your business trip to Vegas, you can buy gay travel.

Bob Witeck founder of Witeck Communications, Inc. in Washington, D.C. said, “Gay people understand we’re not always made to feel welcome. The world has not always been very welcoming to the “few,” the “outsiders” and the “different.” Nonetheless, that knowledge can be liberating. For many LGBT people, when we recognize we aren’t going to change, why not change the world instead? Even if just one person at a time, or one brand at a time, or one destination at a time?”

Witeck continued, “I’ve had the privilege to work with some of the best of the best including American Borgata in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineAirlines and Marriott, and I have observed the pioneering work of many top brands at home and around the world. There is no longer debate that the world of travel is about welcome and respect – for all.”

Here are some tips for an LGBT travel revolution:
  1. Seek out LGBT-friendly companies. Refer to the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index at hrc.org. For example, planning a trip to Atlantic City? The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa and Caesars ranked 100%. If you have a choice in Atlantic City hotels, why not support these two leaders and let them know you did?
  1. Answer surveys! Be sure to “out” yourself on surveys. Take every opportunity to recognize how LGBT outreach has impacted your travel decisions and be sure to recognize those that do it right (like Enterprise Rent-A-Car) and those that missed the boat.
  1. Support LGBT-owned businesses and events. Small businesses are the life blood of the LGBT community. Small, gay-owned businesses are the first our community turns to financially support our issues, our politics, our community and our health. When you stay at a gay guesthouse in Key West or Ft. Lauderdale, you support the LGBT community there. Consider an RSVP, Olivia, Atlantis, R Family Vacations, or a Source Events trip. There is power and safety in numbers. Be sure to subscribe to LGBT travel publications and apps that promote and connect our community like local LGBT newspapers, ManAboutWorld, GayCities, Navigaytour, or Curve Magazine.
  1. Out yourself while booking travel. Google gay-friendly (airlines) or gay-friendly (hotels) and see what pops up and click through! Follow the links. Travel companies are following your digital trail and that’s ok in this instance. Increasingly, your digital travel purchase behavior is being tracked in a sophisticated way that also protects your privacy. The almighty dollar, like love, trumps hate.
  1. Invite others to do the same. Talk to your friends, relatives, and business contacts about how you and they can change the world by supporting those travel experiences that support equality.

# # #

Jeff Guaracino is the co-author — along with Ed Salvato, editor of this site — of the Handbook of LGBT LGBT travel revolution by Jeff Guaracino in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineTourism & Hospitality: A Guide For Business Practice.

 

 

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By @ 11/09/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New Orleans, Travel
As featured in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Beignets and coffee at the famous Cafe du Monde

Join us on Tuesday, November 15 at 1pm ET for a delicious New Orleans Twitter Chat via #EatNola. This is a great time to head to New Orleans. The “Crescent City is an extraordinary city with truly hospitable people, great culture, fantastic lodging and such amazing food. It’s even tastier during the holiday season when you experience a fantastic food festival you’ve probably never heard of Reveillon.

We’ll talk about Reveillon dinners and hear from some of the leading chefs, restaurateurs and foodies in Nola and beyond. Join us on Tuesday,  November 15 at 1pm ET via #EatNola!

To get a taste of New Orleans now, download the free New Orleans guide by accessing ManAboutWorld for iOS or Android devices and checking the library of free (and paid) guides.

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 @ 11/02/16 in David Rubin, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

Thailand travel expert David Rubin in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine
Now is a terrific time to book a trip to gay Thailand … with Thailand travel expert David Rubin. You can make your own arrangements easily enough but you may be surprised at the amazing opportunities you may miss out on. And who wouldn’t want their travel dollar to go further? The best Thailand travel booking agents will find you great deals and also get you perks, upgrades and amenities that you thought would be reserved for the 1%.

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

In addition to Thailand here are his specialities:

  • Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
  • Milestone Celebrations
  • Customized Luxury Worldwide
  • Customized Travel for Foodies
  • Luxury Villas & Yachts Worldwide
  • Private Jet Travel
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.

DAVID RUBIN

David, pictured above, founded and runs DavidTravel customized travel.

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 @ 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 @ 09/28/16 in Billy Kolber, Hotels, Marriott, Starwood

Marriott/Starwood loyalty merger

When the Marriott/Starwood merger closed last Friday, the frequent traveler world was surprised with a same-day linkage of the two loyalty programs, immediate reciprocal elite memberships, and the ability to shift points between the two programs freely, at a 1 Starpoint = 3 Marriott Rewards point ratio.

Starwood Gold Elite members (who only needed 10 stays or 25 nights to qualify) got the biggest bonus, since Marriott Rewards Gold (which requires 50 nights) offers benefits more closely aligned with SPG platinum, notably free breakfast and lounge access at most Marriott hotels. Elite qualification nights are not shared or transferable currently, so you’ll need to be careful not to split your nights in a way that jeopardizes your status.

The combination of the Marriott/Starwood programs created some unexpected bonuses for elite members. And some newly minted ways to instantly become Marriott Rewards Gold — like spending $30,000 on the SPG Amex card in a year.  Even better, are these seven sneaky clever ways to get or leverage your new status for significant travel benefits.

1. If you have an American Express Platinum Card, you’re now gold with Marriott.

Platinum Amex Cardholders get awesome benefits, including SPG Gold Elite membership. Which gives you Marriott Rewards Gold, which is even more valuable: it includes free breakfast and lounge access at most Marriott hotels — a benefit you only get at the Platinum level with SPG.

2. If you’re a Delta Skymiles Diamond or Platinum Member, you’re now gold with Marriott.

Like American Express Platinum card holders, you’re also entitled to automatic SPG Gold Elite through the Crossover Rewards program. Once you register, your SPG Gold status gets you Marriott Rewards Gold.

3. If you’re a Platinum SPG member, you’re now silver with United MileagePlus

RewardsPlus, a Marriott/United Airlines partnership offers Marriott Platinum Elites a United MileagePlus silver elite. Once your SPG and MR accounts are linked, you can apply for the benefit with United based on your Marriott Platinum status.

4. If you’re a Marriott Rewards Platinum Member, you’re now silver on Delta

SPG Crossover Rewards grants Delta Skymiles Silver membership, Once your Marriott Rewards and SPG accounts are linked, you can link your SPG and Delta accounts.

5. If you’re United Mileage Plus Gold Elite member, you’re gold with Starwood.

RewardsPlus grants Marriott Rewards Gold to United MileagePlus Gold members. And that of course, gets you SPG Gold once your Marriott and Starwood accounts are linked.

6. Transfer 90,000 Starpoints into 132,000 United Mileage Plus points.

Almost every SPG airline partner offers a 1:1 point transfer ratio. But the united ratio was 1:2, requiring twice as many starpoints. But transfer 90,000 Starpoints into 270,000 Marriott Rewards points, and redeem for a RewardsPlus vacation package. Those 90,000 Starpoints become 132,000 MileagePlus miles, and a free 7-night Marriott Category 1-5 hotel stay. (Same offer with 7 nights at a Category 9 hotel is 130,000 Starpoints; 180,000 Starpoints at Tier 5 Ritz-Carlton).

A similar Travel Package offer is available for 60,000-120,000 miles on the following carriers: Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines, AirBerlin, Air Canada, Air China, Air France/KLM, Alitalia, American Airlines, ANA, Asia Miles, Asiana Airlines, Avianca-TACA, British Airways, China Eastern, China Southern, Copa Airlines, Delta Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Frontier Airlines, GOL/Varig,  Hawaiian Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Jet Blue, Korean Air, LAN, Lufthansa, Multiplus, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Saudia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways Voyager, Southwest Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines,Virgin America. Virgin Atlantic

7. Double Your Credit Card Enrollment Bonuses

You likely already have one or the other. But you should have both, earn the enrollment bonuses, and freely transfer points between the programs. Currently, you can earn 25,000 Starpoints for getting the Amex Card, and 87,500 Marriott Rewards points for their visa card. Once you’ve earned the Marriott bonus, switch your everyday, non-Marriott spending to the SPG American Express card, since the 1 Starpoint per $1 is worth three times as much as the 1 MR point per $1 from the Marriott Rewards card.

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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 @ 09/12/16 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 @ 08/11/16 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: [email protected]

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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