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By @ 11/09/15 in David Alport, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Sardinia, Travel

Sardinia' stunning beaches and more in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

This past summer, passionate traveler and founder of the award-winning seminal gay travel newsletter OUT&ABOUT, David Alport traveled to Sardinia with his partner and a couple of gay friends. Luckily they brought the gay (since there’s not much of a scene there) but they did discover Sardinia’s stunning beaches, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality.

  1. Why did you choose to go to Sardinia?

Sardinia rose to the top of my list because my good friend Simone grew up there and offered to host six of us at his family’s home. I was also excited to see a less touristy part of Italy, where we had a better chance of soaking up a real slice of Italian life. Oh, and finally there was the call of Sardinia’s famous turquoise blue sea and spectacular beaches … it was hard to argue with that.

  1. Who did you travel with?

I always say that the single most important factor in a travel experience is who you go with. For this trip, I went with my partner Jake and two other couples, both of whom I adore. Needless to say, we had a blast. Because Sardinia is a pretty low-key place, I suggest traveling there with friends rather than solo.

  1. What surprised you most about Sardinia?

Sardinia is a very simple island. While boasting many of Italy’s assets — great food, physical beauty, amazing shoreline — its charms are more subtle than the rest of Italy’s. Visiting Sardinia is about slowing down and relaxing. Tourist life is entirely focused on the beach, and if you don’t truly enjoy beach-going, Sardinia is not for you. I was a bit surprised by how provincial the island felt, which was actually a wonderful discovery. The one exception to this is on the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) on the northeast corner of the island, where the richest of the world’s rich bring their yachts and fabulosity. A couple days is all you need here, but if you want to experience the lifestyles of the rich, do put it on your list.Sardinian Beach Scene in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

  1. What is Sardinia’s the gay community like?

There are gay people everywhere, of course, but Sardinia is not about the gay scene. Costa Smeralda is by far the most international spot, but it doesn’t have much of a gay vibe. Down in Cagliari, the island’s capital and biggest city, there is a vibrant street scene at night, and some bars where gays are more likely to gather. But there are not really any gay bars here. The Sardinians, like most Italians, are a bit more closed about their gayness.

  1. Favorite moment was…

Every day held the same favorite moment: Arriving on a new beach that was even more spectacular than the one before it. Sardinia will simply floor you with the beauty of its coastline.

  1. Best time to go to Sardinia

Summer is when you want to be in Sardinia. May, early June and September are the perfect months because it is a bit cooler, but I personally love a hot day, which it is throughout the peak summer months of July and August.

  1. Gay factor

As noted, it’s very low. But you will not feel uncomfortable.

Al fresco dining in Sardinia, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

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By @ 10/07/15 in Alaska, Dillon Davis, Gay travel, Parting Shots, Travel

The stunning vistas of Alaska, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineDillon Davis is ManAboutWorld’s associate photo editor. He recently visited Alaska and brought back this photo report. This piece was originally published in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine.

  1. Why did you choose to go to Alaska?

I have always wanted to see Alaska so when my friend, Greg (in the photo above) was planning a trip for his 30th birthday I jumped at the opportunity to tag along.

  1. Who did you travel with?

My best friend since childhood. Throughout his 20’s he had challenged himself to visit all fifty states before his 30th birthday. With forty nine states in tow, Alaska would be his finish line.

  1. What surprised you most about Alaska?

Between the sun never fully setting and the cinematic sprawl of the landscape, Alaska took on a sort of otherworldliness that I couldn’t possibly have anticipated.Gorgeous landscapes in Alaska, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

  1. Favorite moment was…

When hiking in Denali national park on the Mt. Healy Overlook Trail we came across a moose wandering nearby. Before it noticed us and ran off, we stood still and quiet, awestruck by its towering grandeur.

  1. Best time to go to Alaska

I think the best time might be late August when the weather is still on the warmer side, the tourism season hasn’t come to a close, and the Northern lights make an occasional appearance.

  1. Gay factor

From hiking, canoeing, and camping to whitewater rafting or just enjoying a fresh caught salmon, Alaska has many opportunities for male bonding and rugged adventure.

Whitewater rafting in Alaska, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

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By @ 05/27/15 in Gay travel, Jeffrey James Keyes, ManAboutWorld, New York, Parting Shots, Travel
La Recoleta Buenos Aires

La Recoleta Buenos Aires

Cemeteries are the subject of the Parting Shots section of this month’s issue of the magazine. Here are a few of our favorite shots. Story and photos by Jeffrey James Keyes

  1.   Why do you check out cemeteries when you travel?

I think some of the most incredible artwork can be found in cemeteries, I love seeing how some are well maintained and others have the feel of a secret garden, like you’ve stumbled into some storybook garden with trees and vines growing over the statues and graves. All cemeteries have the same peaceful vibe, it automatically grounds me and reminds me that life is fleeting. Whenever I leave a cemetery I feel slightly recharged, like I’m ready to live and tackle the world.

  1. Do you travel to places you know will have cemeteries or do you simply check out cemeteries when you find them?

I often investigate if there is an interesting cemetery whenever I travel and to my best to make it there. El Cementerio de la Recoleta in Buenos Aires is listed in all the travel books because it’s where Eva Peron rests in her family mausoleum. I always seem to stumble on cemeteries wherever I go, and make an effort to go in and take a walk. You never know who you’re going to “run into” in these beautiful places.



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By @ 04/17/15 in Bhutan, Gay travel, Jim Smith, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Travel
Phallus worship in Bhutan, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

That’s a big one

Jim Smith is the founder of Coda Tours, http://www.coda-tours.com/ a leader in small group luxury travel for the gay and lesbian market since 1998. We asked him to provide photos of his recent trip to Bhutan for the Parting Shots section of this month’s issue of the magazine. Here are more of his photos and a Q&A with Jim Smith on his passion for that part of the world.

1. What do you love about travel to Bhutan, Burma and Southeast Asia?

The service! Five-star hotels in Asia have the best attention and service of anyplace in the world. I often end up searching local markets for unexpected, revelatory things in my hotel room to take back and integrate into my design theme at home. I could be very happy living the rest of my life in 5-star Asian hotels.



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By @ 03/10/15 in Gay cruise, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Travel, Uncategorized
A hot couple on an Atlantis cruise as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

A very hot couple on an Atlantis Caribbean cruise.

This month’s Parting Shots come to us from ManAboutWorld reader, Bart Foster, a full time real estate agent with Keller Williams in Boston. Bart’s also a passionate amateur photographer who loves cruises. He shared his photos and impressions from an Atlantis Caribbean cruise he took in March 2014. before his first cruise.

Why do you love to cruise?

What other venue can you go to and find your shy (ish) partner “fresh on the boat” posing with strangers for a photo (below)? Had to be his cute hat. Everybody comes for a good time. You unpack only once, no need to hunt for a place to eat, different nightly parties like the White Party , T-Dances (Dog Tag Military)  (Under the Rainbow) (70-80’s Disco), Pools and hot tubs, excursions with hot guys, and smiles. And if you know who to talk you, maybe a not so private breakfast with the 2nd in command.

My shy boyfriend and his new friend pose for a photo.

My shy boyfriend and his new friend pose for a photo.



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By @ 12/19/14 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Travel, Uncategorized
From The Musée du Louvre

From The Musée du Louvre

Men of stone are the subject of the Parting Shots section of this month’s issue of the magazine. Here are a few more photos that didn’t make it into the issue. (Photos this page by Jeffrey James Keyes.)

Millsgarden, Stockholm

Millsgarden, Stockholm



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By @ 11/07/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miles Mitchinson, Parting Shots, Travel
Santorini Greece-Some of the best viewpoints on Santorini require some work to get there. But staring out over the perfectly blue Mediterranean Sea is worth it.

Santorini Greece-Some of the best viewpoints on Santorini require some work to get there. But staring out over the perfectly blue Mediterranean Sea is worth it.

Miles Mitchinson is the founder of Detours Travel, a “group of family and friends who all share a love of traveling.” We asked him to provide photos for the Parting Shots section of this month’s issue of the magazine. Here are more photos of Detours trips and a Q&A with the aptly named Miles.

  1. Why do you love to travel?

I have lots of reasons why I love travel, and each trip feels like it fulfills a different “love”. I love the simple battery-recharging pleasures of a beach trip, but the travel I love most are the trips that I’m taken out of my comfort zone, trying something new, working through unfamiliar situations, and immersing myself into a unique experience.

  1. How far in advance do you plan your trips?

One of the great parts about a travel is the anticipation of an upcoming trip so I’ve always tried to book a trip several months in advance. The more pre-trip daydreaming the better! That said, I’m also one to spontaneously jump on a plane if a good opportunity arises.

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By @ 10/03/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Travel

kidsBryan Herb is a co-founder and co-owner of Zoom Vacations, a tour company founded to meet the evolving social, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of the gay and lesbian leisure traveler, as well as their families and friends. We asked him to provide photos for the Parting Shots section of this month’s issue of the magazine. Here are more photos of Zoom trips and a Q&A with the peripatetic Herb.

1. Why do you love luxury gay travel?

Like anyone who has been bitten by the travel bug, I love seeing new places and learning about different cultures. I notice that a lot of us in the LGBT community tend to be over-achievers and workaholics, so I especially appreciate seeing incredible destinations with like-minded people while staying in wonderful accommodations and enjoying once-in-a-lifetime activities. Luxury gay vacations are comfortable, enriching, and pampering, giving ample opportunity to recharge our batteries, and this is exactly what a vacation should do.

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By @ 09/02/14 in Amsterdam, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Travel

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Matt Stabile is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com. You can read his writings, watch his travel videos, purchase the book he co-edited or contact him via email at any time at  The Expeditioner Travel Site

1.   Why do you love travel?

I love to travel for probably the reason most travelers do: meeting new people, discovering new cultures, learning about other destinations, trying new food and getting out of my comfort zone. I also love to travel when it involves me leaving cold North American and heading somewhere warm.

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By @ 07/16/14 in Buenos Aires, Cristian Flores, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Travel
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Granadiers

 

We spoke to ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Cristian Flores about his passion for travel, and we selected his journeys as this month’s Parting Shots in our magazine. Here’s the expanded story and more of his photos.

1. Why do you love to shoot Buenos Aires?

Because it is a big city in movement, I never take the same photo the same way; I always find another point of view.

2. Do you plan in advance what you will shoot in the city?

I generally take spontaneous photographies, especially in the street.

3. What has surprised you about shooting destinations the most?

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By @ 05/21/14 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Madrid, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Seville, Travel

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ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent John Coe’s life can be summed up as a photographic journey with images defining milestones and bringing life to the mundane. During childhood, his father, a talented photographer in his own right, instilled a passion for telling stories through visual imagery. Over the years, John has exhibited his images in over 25 photo exhibits. We spoke to him about his love of travel, and we selected his journey to Spain as this month’s Parting Shots in our magazine. Here’s the expanded story and more of his photos.

The photo above was taken by John Coe in Ronda, Spain: Beautiful Christian iconography is a common sight on most Spanish streets.

1. Why do you love to travel around Spain?

I love packing in as many new and different experiences as possible in a trip, and even within the cozy region of southern Spain, there is amazing variety from city to city. Toledo, Seville, Granada, Córdoba — these are cities that are an hour or so apart by train or car, and yet so delightfully different.

2. How far in advance do you plan your trips?

For two- to three-week trips, I find it handy to block calendars and book flights about three months in advance. Then I spend the next couple of months reading, getting excited, and planning the itinerary one city at a time.

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By @ 04/21/14 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Jeffrey James Keyes, ManAboutWorld, New York, Parting Shots, Travel
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Photo: Jeffrey James Keyes

Our Global Correspondent Jeffrey James Keyes moved to New York the moment he turned 18 and never looked back. Sixteen years later, he is a playwright, travel writer, and photographer currently living in the Big Apple. He currently contributes to ManAboutWorld, Metrosource Magazine, Instinct, The Luminesce, Queerty, and GayCities and has had plays developed and produced in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. We spoke to him about his passion for travel, and we selected his journeys as this month’s Parting Shots in our magazine. Here’s the expanded story and more of his photos.

1. Why do you love to travel?

Travel was never an option when I was growing up. The furthest trip I took when I was a child was to my family’s farm near Ashland in Northern Wisconsin. In high school I was able to participate in a foreign exchange program and studied in Offenbach, Germany. Upon returning from Europe I became stir crazy and saved every penny so I would be able to travel and see the world. I applied for every grant and program, even working with the church by teaching vacation Bible school in the Caribbean and building orphanage floors in the mountains of Guatemala. I’ve grown to feel a bit like Juliette Binoche in the film Chocolat, whenever I am in one place for too long I feel the need to hop on a plane and immerse myself into another world. Unlike Binoche in the film, I’ve set my anchor down in New York City and call it my home. Being able to travel, write about my adventures, and share my pictures through my editorial work is an extraordinary opportunity. Through working in LGBT media I’m able to share information about safe and welcoming destinations and offer advice as to how to curate a much-needed vacation. I share the stories of the people I encounter and pass on something.



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By @ 03/08/14 in Adam Groffman, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Gay-Friendly, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots
Tel Aviv, Adam Groffman

Tel Aviv, Adam Groffman

Our Global Correspondent and true man about world Adam Groffman quit his job as a graphic designer in Boston and went on a life-changing 15+ month trip around the world. Since 2011 Adam has been living in Berlin – Europe’s most hipster city. His blog, Travels of Adam, focuses on finding the coolest cultural things to do around the world. We spoke to him about his passion for travel, and we selected his journeys as this month’s Parting Shots in our magazine. Here’s the expanded story and more of his photos.

Why do you love to travel?

For me, traveling is a great way to learn, see and experience new things. While I might try new things when I’m home, it’s when I’m out exploring a new part of the world that I really begin to embrace change and try new things. I’ve learned so much from traveling — not just typical skills a backpacker or traveler might pick up, but life skills too.

1. How far in advance do you plan your trips?

It varies. I tend to plan at least a month or two beforehand, but I’ve been known to book quite a few last-minute trips. Sometimes if the airfare is right, why not?!

2. Who do you travel with?

I’ve traveled every which way and I can’t honestly tell you how I prefer it. I’ve done group tours, trips with friends or groups of friends, alone and with my boyfriend. I think there’s a time and a place (and a destination!) for every type of travel.



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By @ 12/23/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Photo du jour, Travel
Marrakech

Marrakech

Our Global Correspondent Sebastian White is a communications manager for a major airline and a frequent, passionate traveler. We spoke to him about his love of travel and selected his journeys as this month’s Parting Shots in our magazine. Here’s the expanded story and more of his photos.

1. Why do you love travel?
When I was younger, I thought of travel as ticking places off a bucket list. Then one day, in someplace faraway and unfamiliar, it clicked: travel is a lens through which we learn about ourselves and begin to understand our tiny place in the bigger world. It’s about realizing the world goes on forever – and it goes on with or without us.

2. How far in advance do you plan your trips?
Spontaneity has always been my thing. I’m almost always a last-minute traveler. More than once I’ve been at the airport and still not sure where to go!

3. Who do you travel with?
I love the flexibility of traveling solo. But I always try to visit friends in other cities, or make new ones.



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By @ 10/15/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Robert Sharp, Travel
Nepal

Nepal

Our Global Correspondent Robert Sharp is co-founder of Out-Adventures, a gay tour company offering gay tours and vacations in over 20 countries around the globe. He spoke with us about his love of gay adventure travel. We selected his journeys as this month’s Parting Shots in our magazine. Here’s this expanded story and more of his photos.

1.   Why do you love adventure travel?
There’s a certain camaraderie involved when a group of guys is pushed outside of their comfort zone. You’d be amazed at the bonds formed when the body or mind is put under the right kind of stress.

2. How far in advance do you plan the trip?
I try to plan my trips around 12 months out, because I’m a busy guy, but every now and then I try to hit a new destination spontaneously.

3. Who did you travel with?
Always with a local, for part or all of my trip. There’s a certain perspective that you can’t achieve from a guidebook or the internet.



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By @ 06/21/13 in Asia, Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Nepal, Parting Shots, Scott Holman, Travel

Scott Holman-Kathmandu

In each issue we share our favorite photos from ManAboutWorld’s peripatetic Global Correspondents. We occasionally highlight some of those here. Today we explore Kathmandu, Nepal brought to us by Scott Holman. In his words:

One of my favorite shots from this trip. Kathmandu is all developing-nation chaos but it has these beautiful, colorful juxtapositions such as this popcorn seller and ice deliverer.

In spite of the craziness, Kathmandu is incredibly fascinating. Gorgeous temple districts, great food, lively street life all with a backdrop of the Himalayas. If you get the chance, have a meal on a rooftop restaurant where it all seems so much more peaceful.

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By @ 04/13/13 in Barcelona, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Travel

Scott Holman, Barcelona Mies van der Rohe PavilionThe last section of our magazine is “Parting Shots,” which are photos taken by our Global Correspondents, subscribers and other friends who send us their favorite image relating to that month’s theme. Our April theme was architecture. Here’s the story behind one of our favorite pictures: the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona from ManAboutWorld friend, contributor, and graphic designer Scott Holman. If you already subscribe, download April from within the app. If you don’t subscribe, download the issue in the AppStore here.

After years of studying art history and design, I have a few iconic pieces/locations on my list of stuff to see in person. This Mies van der Rohe was originally designed and built for the 1929 International Exhibition, was disassembled right after and reconstructed in 1980. It has been on my list since art school days and it was exciting to see it live on a 50th birthday trip.

 



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