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By @ 05/10/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Sheep dog at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland with Brendan Vacations

Sheep dog at the Cliffs of Moher

Celebrate your love in Ireland with Brendan Vacations, as featured in ManAboutWorld’s guide to Weddings, Honeymoons and Celebration Travel. [Download it for free.] Ireland is a magical place with hospitable, engaging people. It’s the only country on the planet that granted marriage equality by a referendum (a year ago this month) — overwhelmingly exclaiming that LGBT people are truly welcome here.

Gorgeous and gay friendly, Ireland makes a perfect backdrop to any celebratory experience. Whether you’re traveling as a

The Temple Bar Pubfront in close up with artwork of medieval characters in Ireland with Brendan Vacations

The Temple Bar

couple or in a big group, Brendan Vacations — leaders in vacations in Ireland and Scotland — will help you customize your trip built around fabulous venues throughout the country with options created to meet any budget from Guided Vacations to Self-Drive. ManAboutWorld recently visited on a Private Chauffeur trip which included the stunning Cliffs of Moher (above) the renowned and so-Irish-it-hurts Temple Bar (right) and the gay-owned Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, (below) with phenomenal food among many other stops.

Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge in Ireland with Brendan Vacations

Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge

These locales are shown here but don’t take our word for it. Go, now! Note: The dollar is strong against the euro which is used in the Republic of Ireland so a vacation in Eire is more affordable than ever.

For surprisingly affordable luxury, culture and romance in Ireland with Brendan Vacations, download ManAboutWorld’s FREE guide now.

Please note: Brendan Vacations is a sponsor of the Weddings, Honeymoons and Celebration Travel guide. Read our full disclosure here.



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By @ 10/13/15 in Editors' Choice Awards, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

ManAbout gay travel awards winners, ManAboutWorld magazine

The very best in gay travel was recognized today with the unveiling of ManAboutWorld’s 3rd annual Editors’ Choice Gay Travel Awards. Ireland, Ft. Lauderdale, Delta, HE Travel and Gay Wine Weekend lead the select group of 50 new inductees, adding to over 100 returning winners. Congratulations to the new 50. Visit here for the complete list of Editors’ Choice Gay Travel Awards winners. Contact ManAboutWorld’s editor in chief Ed Salvato with questions.

THIS YEAR’S WINNERS:

DESTINATION OF THE YEAR: Ireland

We awarded Destination of the Year to Ireland for its historic marriage equality referendum and its emphatic global invitation to LGBT travelers to experience their unique hospitality.

“Ireland is the first country to embrace marriage equality by popular vote, but even more significantly, Ireland showed the world that a country of strong faith could look beyond outdated traditions and uphold the religious values that embrace its LGBT family,” said ManAboutWorld’s co-founder Billy Kolber.

AIRLINE OF THE YEAR: Delta Air Lines

For New York-based ManAboutWorld, Delta Air Lines has long been a preferred carrier. They are recognized this year for their sponsorship of GLAAD, the IGLTA and gay pride in many cities, their innovative discounts on first-class travel to many pride festivals, and their devotion to delivering consistently superior customer service while their legacy competitors floundered.

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN: #LoveIsLove, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The hashtags were flying in Fort Lauderdale this year, when the Greater Fort Lauderdale Visitors Bureau launched its #LoveIsLove campaign celebrating marriage equality. One hundred couples of all sexual orientations took to the beach to wed, snap photos, and share on social media to spread the word of marriage equality in a brave and groundbreaking and timely effort.

“When marriage equality became law in Florida, Ft. Lauderdale was quick to invite couples of all sexual orientations, including heterosexuals, to celebrate the triumph of love in highly publicized event,” says ManAboutWorld editor in chief, Ed Salvato. “It was a truly heartwarming act that reaffirmed that it’s all about the right to love whom you want, but in a way that reflected the characteristic hospitality in one of our favorite destinations on the planet in a smart and successful social media execution.”

Lance Bass was marriage ambassador for Ft. Lauderdale's #loveislove campaign

Lance Bass, marriage ambassador, #loveislove

GAYBORHOOD OF THE YEAR: Chueca

Madrid’s thriving Chueca area, is recognized for its thriving gay scene and ongoing renaissance. Like previous winners Le Village in Montreal, and Wilton Manors in Fort Lauderdale, Chueca remains a vibrant gay neighborhood, in an era where so many similar areas are being mainstreamed.

TOUR OPERATOR OF THE YEAR: HE Travel

The granddaddy of all gay tour companies, HE Travel was founded in 1973 by Hanns Ebensten who was widely credited as the “inventor” of gay travel. Today it’s among the most innovative and fastest-growing tour operators, second only to Atlantis Events/RSVP Vacations in the number of gay passengers it ‘moves’ each year. We recognize them for continuing Hanns’ legacy of opening more of the world for gay travelers to visit safely and comfortably.

EVENT OF THE YEAR: Gay Wine Weekend

Sonoma Valley’s Gay Wine Weekend uncorks three full days of wine events bringing together gay winemakers and gay wine lovers. The annual June event organized by Out in the Vineyard is a gem of Sonoma summertime, home to some of the world’s most prestigious wines and wineries.

ADVENTURE OF THE YEAR: Patara Elephant Farm, Chiang Mai Thailand

In Chiang Mai in the northern reaches of Thailand there is a spectacular Elephant farm known as Patara, a magical excursion featured on trips with tour operator Out Adventures. At this ecologically and environmentally considerate facility, you can scrub, ride, and interact with rescued and rehabilitated elephants.

THIS YEAR’S LIST INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING 50 NEW INDUCTEES

Recognizing the best in gay travel among hotels, restaurants, nightlife, culture and spas, we list below the new inductees to the list. Access the full list of awardees, including previous winners on our website. Click “Read More” to continue reading the list.

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By @ 09/10/15 in Dublin, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Ireland is quickly seeing the effects of becoming a country that has the freedom to marry. In less than a few months since the historic referendum, it is estimated that 13% or more of the hospitality economy is made up of gay and lesbian travelers. LGBT Capital has said that the LGBT market has contributed $943 million to the economy alone.

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By @ 05/24/15 in Dublin, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Along with marriage equality in Ireland, the country just hung out a giant rainbow-colored “you are welcome” sign to the world. Within a few hours of the historic vote, Tourism Ireland released this video inviting the gay world to visit Ireland.

LGBT-friendly Ireland is ready for you to come visit, join the celebration and, who knows, maybe get gay married yourself!

Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 8.20.27 PMYou can be sure we’ll be covering Ireland in the months to come, but if you’re eager to get going, check out the summer fare sale by Aer Lingus and these tour operators:

Tour operators in Ireland

  • The very first gay tours of Ireland (in 2003) were operated for RSVP Vacations by Brendan Vacations, the leader in luxury vacations to Ireland, with four different styles of vacations, including chauffeured- and self-drive options.
  • Vagabond Tours of Ireland specializes in local experiences, offering 4×4 active vacations and small motor coach groups.
  • Rail Tours Ireland offers rail-based tours from two days to nine.

LGBT Matchmaking

Single but wanna get gay married to an Irishman (or Irishwoman)? We have just the ticket! This year’s The Outing, the 3rd annual LGBT matchmaking and music festival, takes place October 2-4. We covered it in our July/August 2014 issue. The outing is a gay offshoot of the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival (August 28-October 4) — going strong since the 1850s. This fall, we expect same-sex couples will not only be able to meet there, but get married too!

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Video and photo above courtesy Tourism Ireland. Photo middle right: Cian Markey.



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By @ 05/24/15 in Dublin, Gay marriage, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Yes means yes!

Yes means yes!

Congratulations, Ireland. Way to lead the world. This is the first time gays have been granted marriage equality through national referendum. (They like us, they really like us.) It feels like it marks a significant milestone in the journey to equality for LGBT people. Read more in today’s New York Times.

Now, let’s start planning a trip to Eire to join the festivities.

Photo: Ken Danieli.

 

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By @ 05/21/15 in Ashton Giese, Gay marriage, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Ashton in Rehoboth Beach, DE last year

Ashton (center) with friends in Rehoboth Beach, DE last year

This column is brought to you by Ashton Giese, ManAboutWorld correspondent and editor of the GAYography newsbrief.

As we approach Memorial weekend (and thus wedding season), the world could not be more gay-married! In two firsts, Ireland will (almost certainly) vote to approve a national referendum on marriage equality tomorrow and Luxembourg’s Prime Minister married his partner! Even in Asia, an Indian mom posted an ad for her gay son and in Taiwan a city implemented it’s first same-sex registry.

Have fun on Fire Island, Rehoboth or in the Pines this weekend (even if it rains you can always stay in and watch Eurovision) and if you’re on the West Coast, don’t forget to celebrate Harvey Milk Day on Friday. Enjoy Pride in Puerto Vallarta as well as Phnom Penh. However, before you head out for the weekend, give to your favorite LGBT cause for Give OUT Day today!

Please enjoy this week’s GAYography brief.

A vital resource for LGBT travelers, focusing on news, vacation insights, advocacy and current events in major cities around the globe, the GAYography brief is published each Thursday. Subscribe here & like!



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