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By @ 08/28/14 in Billy Kolber, Gay travel, Greece, ManAboutWorld, Travel

delosbkOur publisher, Billy Kolber, mimics an ancient Greek statue on the historic island of Delos. So what is Delos? It’s an UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Aegean Sea just a few miles from gay-popular Mykonos. It’s also the place where mythology was born, the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, known locally as the cradle of the Gods, an island  rich with artifacts from the third millennium. We like to think of it as a fabulous day-trip after you’ve had your fill of partying on Mykonos.

 

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By @ 08/07/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

bangkok1967If you can believe it, this is Bangkok. No flashing lights. No endless skyline. No chaos and congested traffic. This photo of Bangkok was taken in 1967, just shy of 50 years ago. In the background, you see The Democracy Monument, built in 1939 at a major traffic circle in Bangkok. There’s quite a bit more traffic these days, to say the least. (And we love the three-wheel samlor that no longer exist on the streets!)

The photo is makes us nostalgic for Bangkok, where our editor-in-chief Ed Salvato recently visited, and where we’ve always had a special relationship. It is a city that’s become one of the largest and most populated in the world. Its meteoric rise to the top of desired travel destinations is one of many reasons why we dedicated our summer issue to the great Southeast Asian country.

In our issue, we cover Bangkok along with Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai. Click here to subscribe for our latest issue, on digital newsstands now!

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By @ 07/10/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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With Argentina’s great performance in the World Cup, I’m reminded of my first trip there in 1987, where I met my first penguin in Punta Tombo, at the northern tip of Patagonia. This first bird came up to check out my shoes as soon as we parked the car. Our walk down the path soon led to thousands (indeed, hundreds of thousands) of penguins all around us in this colony. Sadly, climate change has reduced the colony size by 50% in the last 20 years, and the penguins may soon be gone entirely from the area. But my experience with nature in this remote destination remains one of my most memorable travel experiences of all time, recalling that illusive moment of childlike wonder every time I am reminded of penguins, Punta Tombo and Argentina.

We wrote about Argentina in the Dec. 2013 issue of ManAboutWorld. Click here to subscribe to get al of our insider info on Buenos Aires, Salta,and Mendoza.

 

 



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By @ 07/03/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Last week marked the 40th anniversary of the largest LGBT massacre in history and we wanted to remember those who lost their lives that Sunday in New Orleans on June 24, 1973.

On June 24, 1973, a fire was set inside the UpStairs Lounge where 65 people, many of them members the nation’s first gay church, gathered for beers. It was 8pm when the doorbell of the bar rang and rang again, and when the boyfriend of the bartender Buddy Rasmussen answered the door he was hit with the smell of lighter fluid and then a fireball. 

The fire claimed the lives of 34 people and was met with lackluster coverage from police and the media. No one was ever charged with the crime though a man named Rodger Dale Nunez had claimed responsibility several times. He committed suicide in 1974.

We remember those who died in the horrific fire and pay our respects.

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By @ 06/12/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

tbtBack in 2005, our Editor-in-Chief Ed Salvato visited the Temple of Karnak in Egypt. Founded in 3200 BC (how’s that for a throwback?), Karnak is a vast complex of columns, temples and chapels in ruins but surprisingly well-preserved that had been built by more than 30 pharaohs. The great structure remains the second most visited site in Egypt (next to the Pyramids of Giza, of course.) According to Ed:

I’ll never forget seeing row upon perfect row of massive columns and thinking, how the heck did the build this in ancient times and how is it still standing today, millennia later. It sounds hokey but plan on watching the very cool light-and-sound show, which really does transport you back thousands of years where you can unleash your inner pharaoh (or Cleopatra!).

 

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By @ 05/29/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

laguna_edited-4This classic photo of 1930s Laguna Beach shows a city on the precipice of becoming a Hollywood haven for stars looking for paradise. In the decades to follow, Laguna Beach became a gay mecca before becoming a mostly conservative hotbed. We recently set out to discover just how much Laguna Beach (and Orange County) has changed over the year, and sought to seek out the gay life that still thrives. Subscribe to check out our upcoming June issue to get the lowdown on California’s most exquisite beach cities.

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By @ 05/15/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Last summer, I was driving through rural Jujuy in northern Argentina when I came upon a man sitting in a lawn chair on the side of the road beside a pick-up truck. He was selling oranges and Bungee jumping. I chose the latter, and soon I had a single loose cable strapped to my ankles standing high above emerald green water. What adventures are you looking forward to this summer? Have any extreme travel stories? Send them to me at [email protected]

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By @ 05/01/14 in Gay pride, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Taipei, Travel

gayisgoodIn honor of our massive pride issue that’s about to drop, we thought this classic photo from the first pride parade was fitting. This is Frank Kameny marching in the first Gay Liberation Day in 1970. It’s a strong reminder of just how far the parades have come these past 44 years. Subscribe now and you’ll have access to the best insider information for the biggest pride weekends in the world – New York, San Francisco, Madrid, Tel Aviv, and Taipei!

Photo credit by Kay Tobin

 

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By @ 04/24/14 in Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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We’re going way, way back to 2013 for Throwback Thursday, to my first exploration of Jerusalem, a quiet, powerful, beautiful city of enlightenment and history, posing here with four friendly Israeli soldiers. Nice guns, eh? If you have a photo for Throwback Thursday you’d like to see on the blog, send it along to [email protected]

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By @ 04/03/14 in Hawaii, Honolulu, Photo du jour

MoanaThe historic Moana Hotel opened its doors in 1901, the first in Waikiki, but as old as it is, Aikane (same-sex relationships) in Hawaii predate it by at least two centuries. The hotel is still recognizable from the outside, though everything around it has changed. The Moana isn’t one of the nine hotels we recommend in our Hawaii cover story, but you can download the full issue for free here and see them all.

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