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By @ 09/04/18 in Event, Gay travel, Jean-Pierre Soutric, Lisbon, Travel

Lisbon in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineWhen I was little, the Eurovision Song Contest was THE show of the year, seen on TV by all Europeans across the old continent but not across the Berlin Wall as for all men my age that was the official limit of our world i.e., the Free World. (This year’s Eurovision Song Contest takes place May 8-12 in Lisbon; photo above by Pedro Simões)

Story by Paris-based ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Jean-Pierre Soutric (below)

Jean-Pierre Soutric, ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent representing FranceThat said, for all us “boys and their moms,”  that show was not to be missed. It was a night of elegance and great music. All songs (that was the rule then) had to be interpreted in the artists’ home country’s respective languages. (Today artists choose whatever language suits them.)

I absolutely adored listening to the Italians, Germans, Dutch, Brits of course, the Spanish, not to forget the most exotic songs in Finnish, etc. My mom would share her admiration for the beautiful gowns worn on the occasion, severely condemning any “laisser-aller” if anyone had not dressed-up.

A brief (personal) gay history of Eurovision Song Contest

One day the Wall came down and more countries would be invited. All of a sudden, we would start to get acquainted to Hungarian, Russian and Hebrew, too. The show grew as did Europe as a political entity. All men my age are unconditional Europhiles. The show was the materialization of our dreams. Not only would it encourage young artists to express and showcase their culture, it would also become the stage for further tolerance. Abba won in 1974. In 1998 transgender Dana International won the coveted award for Israel. In 2014, the bearded Conchita Wurst in his couture gown won it for Austria.

Conchita Wurst as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The other lady in Gold

The show takes place in the winning country of the previous year and this year it’s in beautiful Lisbon. The White City by the Tagus River is one of the most pleasant capitals of Europe thanks to its wonderful climate and charming people. Historic and set on several hills like Rome, it has changed a lot lately but for the best as old districts have all been carefully restored. Foodies will love to visit and so will night owls.

My top hotel recommendations
  • Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon set amidst the elegant Edward VII’s gardens
  • Bairro Alto in the heart of the chic and animated Chiado (the hotel is currently under renovation)
  • Memmo Alfama high above the old city for the most spectacular views over the river and city
  • Carmo Lisboa also in Chiado and close to the ruins of historic Carmel
Bites and more
  • Mercado da Ribeira, the old covered market now a place to experience all kind of foods in a very casual atmosphere. Opens for coffee and pasteis de nata quite late
  • Sea-Me, a must-go if your idea of sea-food is stuck in boring souvenirs (be sure to book ahead)
  • A Cervicheria in Principe Reias, cool and very popular restaurant (ask for a seat at the bar); be patient and enjoy a glass of Portuguese white wine outside (you will love the way Portuguese dress in fine weather)
Gay life

Gay bars, restaurants etc are all close to A Cevicheria à Principe Real and Bairro Alto. No need to cab or drive. I personally like Finalmente as the club has been around as much as I have(!); check-out Posh Lisbon; and TR3S Lisboa, “where the bears are” I will do for you in May when I visit on the occasion of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Come back here and/or check our Facebook page during Eurovision Song Contest 2018 (May 8-12).

Airline Tips
  • U.S. travelers can take TAP, Portugal’s national airline, to any of their 65+ destinations throughout Europe and Africa and get up to five days in Lisbon to enjoy the festival on the way for no additional airfare. Check their website for more details.
  • Also, download TAP Portugal Stopover app for hotel discounts, complimentary wine at restaurants, and free experiences like walking tours, gallery and museum admission, and other discounts.

 

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By @ 03/09/15 in Ashton Giese, Gay travel, Gayography LGBT news, Lisbon, ManAboutWorld, New Orleans, Travel
Southern Decadence, New Orleans in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine & Gayography

Southern Decadence

GAYography gay travel news update  is brought to you by ManAboutWorld correspondent Ashton Giese who publishes this indispensable digital gay travel news update weekly.

Difficult news from New Orleans where one of its most popular gay bars burned down, just days before one of the most festive times of the year for the LGBT community: Southern Decadence. Stay tuned for more as the GAYographer travels there this weekend.

Where will you spend your Labor Day weekend? Two Bad Tourists provide the best brief guide to Lisbon – and if you’re traveling Europe Globetrotter Girls hands over the best tips and trick for budget travelers. This and all the critical LGBT news abroad in this week’s GAYography brief!

This weeks’ Brief: eepurl.com/bxOrEf

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 every Thursday.

Photo: Egoiste via Flickr

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By @ 15/07/15 in Daily Dose, Gay travel, Lisbon, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Gay-friendly Lisbon in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineToday’s DDTI (*Daily Dose of Travel Inspiration) comes to us from gay-friendly Lisbon via our newest correspondent Little Phil, a prolific Instagrammer who’s traveling around Europe this summer.

Need some travel inspiration? Then look no further than Lisbon, Europe’s second-oldest capital. The city of Lisbon benefits from a subtropical climate, which means short winters and long hot summers. If the amazing weather isn’t enough to entice you, then the stunning beaches, like the scenic Cascais (above), surely will. But there is more to this magical city than just the beaches and balmy weather. Originally built over seven hills, the city boasts some of the most breathtaking views in Europe and there are numerous hilltop terraces or “miradouros” where visitors can take in the picturesque cityscape from on high. A beautiful mix of the old (sights like Castelo de São Jorge) and the new (the majestic Vasco da Gama Bridge), Lisbon is ideal for those who love to explore.

You can check out our unique digital-born gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free guides 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! More about Lisbon hereGay-friendly Lisbon in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

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By @ 11/04/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the world's leading digital gay travel magazine

The scenic farmland of Emilia Romagna (and one very curious sheep!)

Download our latest issue here and come with us on an Italian road trip like you’ve never experienced. The ManAboutWorld team set out to explore the hidden alleys of Italy’s most authentic city, Bologna, and then we head out on an epic road trip through the world’s greatest food region: Emilia Romagna. Follow us as we meet the (very cute) men who make the parmigiano-reggiano cheese, the aged-vinegar, the wine, the pasta, and the meat that has made Italy a culinary destination for centuries.

Follow us (and our expert team) as we explore Italy’s best kept secret.

Inside this month’s issue, you’ll also find:

— An in-depth, insider’s look at Milan

— New openings in New York, Berlin, Auckland, Fort Lauderdale, and Lisbon!

— The skinny on a few of our favorite  hotels in Boston, Philly, and Washington

DOWNLOAD MANABOUTWORLD!
You can check out our cool, digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free guides 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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2015 Editors’ Choice Awards

By @ 09/10/15 in

Editors' Choice Awards 2015, the best of the best of gay travel from ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Today we announce our 2015 Editors’ Choice award winners.

These are, simply put, the destinations, hotels, tour operators and other travel and hospitality suppliers that we consider the best of the best in gay travel today. It’s not a scientific survey but rather the opinionated perspective of the ManAboutWorld staff of three along with our network of global correspondents. We’ve crisscrossed the planet, slept in a lot of beds, jumped on planes and trains, ocean liners and luxury yachts, rickshaws and jitneys, participated in river cruises, events and parties and talked with 100s of other gay travelers to come up with this list. These are the ones that resonated with us — the ones that truly shared our valuesThe ones we would go back to … and sometimes do, when we’re not busy searching out new and different places to recommend.

With 44 new award winners this year, there’s so much to explore … Check out the returning winners and the new ones below or, better, download the issue directly to your iPhone, iPad or Android device today and check them all out.

A big congratulations to this year’s winner! (If you’re a member of the media and would like to speak to us about the awards, please contact Ed Salvato.)

Editors’ Choice Awards: Destination of the Year

IRELAND: Last May, Ireland made history by becoming the first country to legalize gay marriage by popular vote. Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny described the Irish as “a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people who say yes to inclusion, yes to generosity, yes to love, yes to gay marriage” It was a decision that seemed impossible just a few years ago, and one that opened the door to gay people, and showed a compassionate and welcoming side of Ireland for people of all genders, races, and sexualities.

And while it’s historical political feat has earned our top prize for destination of the year, it turns out, all politics aside, Ireland is a spectacular country of ancient castles and rolling green hills, of rugged coastlines and dynamic cities. And those red-headed Irish boys.

Previous winners: Ft. Lauderdale & Provincetown 

GAYBORHOOD of the Year

Chueca, Madrid: In late 2009, Spain’s economy took a nosedive, and in the years since, the country underwent a sort of reinvention. In the heart of Madrid, a small neighborhood known as Chueca, the center of the LGBT community, went back to its roots and began relying on the most talented entertainers, restauranteurs and hoteliers to encourage madrileños to keep spending (and giving them a better reason to). It was a struggle that forced the city to find itself again, to prove it can stand out from other European cities.

Today, bustling Chueca is one of the great gay neighborhoods of the world steeped in its proud heritage — welcoming, unique, and setting an example for the rest of the country to follow. The neighborhood starts at Gran Via and runs north for about a mile stretching east to west between Calle Hortaleza and Paseo de Recoletos. Though drinking in local bars and cafeterias can be inexpensive in Madrid, in gay bars and clubs it’s notoriously expensive. The nightlife in Madrid starts late and goes until the sun comes up, with some parties starting at 7am and lasting well into the following day.

Previous winners: MontrealWilton Manors (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

 EVENT OF THE YEAR

GAY WINE WEEKENDSonoma Valley’s Gay Wine Weekend comprises three full days of gay wine events. The annual June event is a gem of Sonoma summertime, home to some of the world’s most prestigious wines and wineries. You can experience world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP Receptions, wine tasting excursions, champagne brunch and wine auction in one of the most famous luxury wine destinations in the world. Now in its fourth year — and hosting more than 600 guests — the weekend raises funds for Face to Face, the Sonoma County HIV/AIDS Network, and has helped raise about $130,000 over the course of the past six years.

Previous winner: World Pride, Toronto

TOUR OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

HE TRAVELThe 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 moving more gay passengers per year than almost every other one except for Atlantis/RSVP. HE Travel was formed from the combined businesses of Hanns Ebensten Travel, Alyson Adventures and Out Quest (formerly Out West) Global Adventures and offers trips ranging from classic (rafting the Grand Canyon) to exotic (Antarctica) and consistently introduces new tours every season.

Previous winners: Out Adventures & Brazil Eco Journeys  

ADVENTURE OF THE YEAR

Patara Elephant Farm, Chiang Mai Thailand: In the northern reaches of Thailand, in Chiang Mai, there is a spectacular Elephant farm known as Patara, a magical excursion we experienced on our trip with Out Adventures. Through an ecologically and environmentally considerate facility, you can scrub, ride, and interact with rescued and rehabilitated elephants.

Previous winners: Arctic Norway  & Obeid Naser Al-Amamreh Bedouin Guide, Wadi Rum, Jordan 

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN

#LoveIsLove, Fort Lauderdale, Florida: The hashtags were flying in Fort Lauderdale this year, when the Greater Fort Lauderdale Visitor’s Bureau launched its #LoveIsLove campaign celebrating gay marriage. A 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 ground-breaking and timely effort. Lance Bass served as ambassador of the event and used his celebrity to further the social reach.

Previous winner: #LoveTravels, Marriott International

AIRLINE OF THE YEAR

Delta Air LinesDelta has long been a favorite of ours, but their support this year of gay pride in many cities, (the company offered discounted first-class tickets to pride in many instances!) and their focus on delivering better customer service while their competitors (ahem..American and United…ahem) floundered. Based out of Atlanta, Delta has strived to be a strong LGBT partner and continues to show their support.

Previous winners: JetBlue: Cape Air and Porter Airlines 

SHOPPING DESTINATION of the Year

ProvincetownProvincetown has always had the perfect blend of small-time charm with big city swagger, and its shopping scene may be its secret weapon that lures posh New Yorkers and Bostonians every summer. It’s also one of the last towns of such notoriety to be virtually chain-store free. Our favorite store MAP remains the gold-standard for uber-hip boutiques, now in a larger, more central space; Tim-scapes has hipster cool duds while the Loveland boutique sells clothing, antiques, and quirky trinkets. The best time to go is right now, with end-of-summer-season discounts accelerating until the inventory is gone.

Previous winners: Buenos Aires & Amsterdam 

EDITORS’ CHOICE ACCOMMODATIONS

( indicates new in 2015)

NORTH AMERICA

Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Loews
“Upscale, great gym and close to gay neighborhood”

Atlantic City, New Jersey USA
Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa
“The best run, most luxurious, resort in town and sincere outreach to LGBT travelers”

Austin, Texas USA
Kimber Modern
“This ultra-modern hotel in the funkiest part of town is one of the best small hotels anywhere”
Heywood
“This über-mod seven-room hotel is a dream of a place to stay”

Baltimore, Maryland USA
Hotel Monaco
“Chic, hip, charming, and incredibly supportive of the LGBT community”

Boston, Massachusetts USA
Battery Wharf Hotel Boston
Super friendly welcome and unusual location on the waterfront abutting the North End with its rich Italian-American heritage.
Clarendon Square Inn
“Gay-owned 1867 townhouse is the kind of place you’ll feel a bit envious you don’t live in”
XV Beacon
“Sleek and arty yet friendly and inviting”

Chicago, Illinois USA
The Public Hotel
“Fusing great design, customer service and value”
The Dana Hotel and Spa
“Super sleek and modern”

Cleveland, OH USA
 Aloft
“On the river, with a decidedly modern, minimalist vibe that sizzles on the weekends”
Ritz Carlton Cleveland
“A surprising touch of rock & roll amidst stylish sophistication”

Dallas, Texas USA
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
“Elegant yet contemporary and surprisingly unfussy”
The Warwick
“Distinctly classic luxury in proximity to the gayborhood”
Hotel Zaza
“Chic, contemporary and sophisticated lodgings for young and hip travelers”
Door County, Wisconsin USA
Holiday Music Motel
“Big city flair meets farmland dreams”

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA
The Worthington
“The friendly and frisky Worthington has no equal”
The Grand Resort
“With a masterful balance of sexy luxury, the Grand’s continual upgrading have made it the top choice on Ft. Lauderdale beach.”
Pineapple Point
“Remains the standard of gay guesthouses after more than a decade on top”

Hawaii USA
 Lava Lava Beach Club (Big Island)
“A gay-owned resort situated right on the beach with a gay popular restaurant and bar”
Ko’a Kea Hotel (Kauai)
“Sophisticated, luxurious design and the friendly intimacy of only 121 rooms”
St. Regis Princeville Resort (Kauai)
“Epic views of Hanalei Bay from this luxurious masterpiece”
Grand Hyatt (Kauai)
“Intimate despite its large size, the Grand Hyatt Kauai delivers the quintessential Hawaii experience”
Travaasa Hana (Maui)
“Immerse yourself in a restful environment of great natural beauty and spiritual depth”
Aqua Bamboo (Oahu)
“A great value option in central Waikiki”
Royal Hawaiian (Oahu)
“One of the most beautiful, iconic and historic hotels, better than ever after a multi-million dollar renovation”

Key West, Florida USA
Alexanders
“Elegant, affordable, intimate”
Casa Marina
“Elegant and stylish for nearly 100 years”
Island House
“Sets the bar for all-male gay guesthouses”

Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Aria Resort & Casino
“Contemporary and sleek”
Cosmopolitan
“Swank and naughty”
 Delano Las Vegas
“With no casino, this swanky new hotel makes a quiet, elegant escape from the zaniness of the Strip.”
Los Angeles, California USA
Ambrose
“A distinctly local perspective”
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
“Experience originality, sustainability and hospitality in a splendidly restored downtown theater”
Andaz West Hollywood
“Modern, classic and fresh, this is the best option for style and value on the strip”
The Charlie
“Charming bungalow accommodations set amidst lush gardens”
El Tres Inn
“A chic boutique mini-hotel with apartment-style suites”
JW Marriott
“A luxurious option in the heart of the new downtown”
L’Ermitage Beverly Hills
“A discrete oasis of Asian-inspired luxury”
London West Hollywood
“For style and value, it’s hard to beat the London”
Shutters on the Beach
“The best option directly on the beach”
Hotel Covell
“A novel concept with 5 suites designed around the hotel’s fictional literary namesake”
Los Angeles Athletic Club
“Historic and elegant, with exceptional fitness facilities”

Miami Beach, Florida USA
Freehand Hostel
“An affordable place with a swank design”
The Metropolitan by Como
The most sophisticated and refined retreat on the beach
The James
“Our favorite of the Collins Avenue high-rise properties”
Townhouse Hotel
“A throwback to South Beach’s gay heyday”
Hotel Victor
“It doesn’t get more Miami”

Milford, Pennsylvania USA
Hotel Fauchère
“This sophisticated gay-owned inn screams Architectural Digest at at every turn”

Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA
Iron Horse
“Sleek hotel: all lush black leather, exposed wood beams and worn brick from the 100-year old building”

Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Grand Hotel
“Four-star Kimpton luxury in the heart of downtown, with access to the city’s best fitness center”
Le Meridien Chambers
“Sleek, modern and cheerful, with a fantastic contemporary art collection”

Montreal, Québec, Canada
Hotel Gault
“Our first choice in the city; industrial-minimalist decor and very gay-popular”
Maison des Jardins
“Super friendly, and crawling distance to the nightlife of the Gay Village”
La Conciergerie
“Quality accommodations and personal service for gay travelers for more than a quarter century”

New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Hotel Le Marais
“A comfortable mix of modern and classic in a heart-of-it-all location”
The International House
“A perfect update of a Beaux Arts heritage with minimalist modern design at surprisingly affordable rates”
Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
“An architectural stunner with genteel charm and one of the best spas in the country”

New Hope, Pennsylvania USA
Inn at Bowman’s Hill
“A standout, with beautiful grounds”

New York, New York USA

The Archer
“In a neighborhood full of generic slim tower hotels, the Archer brings a sense of style and sophistication and a classic view from its rooftop bar”
Cambria Hotel and Suites Chelsea
This well located Chelsea hotel offers value and great views from its rooftop bar.
Chelsea Pines Inn
“Impeccably managed and friendly”
Crosby Street Hotel
“Charming, with a refined British sense of service”
Eventi
“This Kimpton skyscraper offers the nicest rooms and best service of Chelsea’s mid-range hotels”
High Line Hotel
“A registered landmark with a prime Chelsea location”
NoMad Hotel
“A heavy dose of European chic with beautifully designed public spaces and interiors”
The Quinn
“A stunning art-focused hotel with an edgy yet refined vibe”
Regency Hotel
“Gay-managed modern glamour after a $100 million facelift befitting its Park Avenue address”
Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott Central Park
“These co-located properties feature the most spectacular views of Central Park at irresistibly affordable rates”
Wythe Hotel
“Rave reviews for this 72-room three-story glass and aluminum Brooklyn boutique hotel”

Ogunquit, Maine USA
Admiral’s Inn
“A winning combination of local charm and full-service amenities”

Orlando, Florida USA
Waldorf-Astoria Orlando
“An oasis of style, sophistication and luxury”
Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista Downtown
“Surprisingly chic for a Holiday Inn”

Palm Beach, Florida
Grandview Gardens
“Spacious, traditionally-furnished rooms set amidst lovely gardens”
The Breakers
“A sprawling resort at the top of its game”

Palm Springs, California USA
Ace Hotel and Swim Club
“So darn cool, sprawling and popular with non-guest local hipsters and gays”
East Canyon Hotel & Spa (4.5 Palms)
“A spectacular hotel and spa”
Hacienda  (5 Palms)
“No property has received more accolades from us than The Hacienda. From our very first Editor’s Choice awards at OUT&ABOUT,  the Hacienda has stood the test of time”
Pura Vida (5 Palms)
“Sleek modern design, and luxury amenities”
Santiago (4 Palms)
Comfortable and sexy, without being sex-focused, Santiago charmed us with attention to detail”
The Parker
“The best mainstream resort in Palm Springs — posh, elegant, chic”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
Hotel Palomar
“Stylish decor and professional, friendly service”

Phoenix, Arizona USA
Arizona Biltmore
“This stunning luxury resort has spared no detail”
Hotel Palomar
“A sophisticated and cosmopolitan choice in the heart of downtown”

Portland, Oregon USA
Ace Hotel
“Bohemian-chic Ace was founded here by three gay men, with fresh thinking about what a modern hotel should be”
Heathman Hotel
“A National Historic Landmark oozing with sophistication, luxury and sustainability”

Provincetown, Massachusetts USA
8 Dyer Hotel
“Classic beachy chic” (4.5 Palms)
Brass Key
“Set the standard for gay guesthouse resorts” (5 Palms)
Carpe Diem
“A modern, sexy and sophisticated stand-out” (4.5 Palms)
 Eben House
“Elegant yet minimalist option in Provincetown from same owners as Salt House Inn”
Inn at 7 Central (unrated)
“A relaxed, casual style from new energetic young and gay owners”
Land’s End
“A gothic-chic masterpiece” (5 Palms)
Prince Albert Guest House
Provincetown’s best gay location” (3.5 Palms)
Salt House Inn
“Martha Stewart meets André Balazs loaded with Cape Cod charm filtered through an urban sensibility” (4.5 Palms)
White Wind Inn
“A great guesthouse and a solid value with a stellar location” (4 Palms)

Rehoboth, Delaware USA
Bellmore Inn & Spa
“The go-to for upscale accommodations”
Silver Lake Guest House
“Lakefront elegance and comfort”

Québec City, Québec Canada
Auberge Place d’Armes
“Its design and location make this quirky and charming small hotel a top choice”
Hotel Le Germain-Dominion
“A gem in the Old Port area, with modern, cozy-chic accommodations”

SAINT PETERSBURG, FL USA
The Birchwood
“St. Pete’s sexiest downtown boutique with a delicious restaurant and thriving rooftop”
Loews Don Cesar Hotel
“The gold (or should we say pink?) standard for Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Don Cesar remains the go-to for A-listers”


San Diego, California USA
Andaz San Diego
“Downtown’s most upscale design hotel”
Pantai Inn
“Balinese style meets in tranquil La Jolla”
Tower 23
“A fabulous choice in Pacific Beach”

San Francisco, California USA
Best Western Americania
“Our top mid-range recommendation in town”
Hotel Vitale
“Understated elegance with spacious, stylish rooms — it’s the best hotel in the Embarcadero”
Intercontinental San Francisco
“Sleek and modern, it’s the nicest hotel closest to the gay action in SoMa”
Parker Guest House
“This gay-owned Victorian on the Castro-Mission border has long been a favorite”
St. Regis San Francisco
“Everything you could want in a modern luxury hotel”

Santa Fe, New Mexico USA
Inn of the Five Graces
“One of the most romantic places we’ve ever stayed”
Inn of the Turquoise Bear
“This lovingly-restored gay-owned historic inn remains one of our favorite places to stay”

Seattle, Washington USA
Ace Hotel Seattle
“As hip as they come; very central and convenient with an unbeatable price”
Gaslight Inn
“A very comfortable and well-appointed gay-owned B&B”
Hotel 1000
“One of Seattle’s most stylish luxury properties”

Sonoma, California, USA
MacArthur Place
“Beautiful grounds and individually decorated rooms.

TAMPA, FL USA
Epicurean Tampa, Florida
“A hidden gem in the heart of Tampa’s nightlife scene. This hipster boutique is not to be missed”

Toronto, Ontario Canada
The Drake
“Fabulous artist-designed rooms”
Four Seasons Toronto
“Spiffy new flagship property for the posh iconic brand founded here”
Thompson Hotel
“Its rooftop pool and lounge is one of the sexiest, most happening spots in town”

Washington, DC, USA
Hotel Monaco
“Modern, stylish interiors in a classic Georgian building with a tourist-perfect location”

Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Opus Hotel
“A best-bet, with stylish, generously sized rooms”
Shangri-La Vancouver
“Nothing surpasses the pampering of the Shangri-La’s first North American outpost”

Vermont, USA
Moose Meadow Lodge
“Combines rustic charm with creature comforts”
 Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa
“Casual, gay friendly and Ideally located”

LATIN AMERICA

Argentina
Legado Mitico (Buenos Aires)
“The quintessential Palermo experience with perfect service”
Algodon Mansion (Buenos Aires)
“Recoleta’s best luxury boutique”
Cavas Wine Lodge (Mendoza)
“Sets the luxury standard in the area”
Entre Cielos (Mendoza)
“A swirl of luxury that’s as deliciously intoxicating as their house-label Malbec rose”

Brazil
Pousada Casas Brancas (Buzios)
“Airy and modern, with top-notch service”
Hotel Das Cataratas (Iguazu)
“A pampering oasis in the jungle. Oh and one of the world’s most amazing waterfalls is just outside!”
Pousada Casa Turquesa (Parati)
“Sophisticated, stylish and quite exclusive”
Hotel Fasano (Rio)
“Swanky, modernist style evoking Rio’s ‘50s and ‘60s Bossa Nova heyday”
Ipanema Plaza (Rio) “Moderately-priced rooms just steps from the gay beach
Emiliano (Sao Paolo)
“Exclusive boutique on the prestigious Oscar Freire street”
Renaissance (Sao Paolo)
“High-rise business-focused hotel, with great views”
Pousada Estrela D’Agua (Trancoso)
“Sophisticated rustic-chic”

Costa Rica
Hotel Banana Azul
“A beloved 14-room B&B on the beach”
La Mansion Inn
“Stunning in every way”
Monte Azul
“Four casitas adorned with contemporary art, set along a gorgeous riverside”
Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens
“A favorite among gay visitors, it just keeps getting better and better”

LIMA, PERU
Arts Boutique Hotel B
“A beautiful small hotel in the trendy Barranco neighborhood, with an extraordinary collection of art throughout”Merida,

Mexico
Rosas & Xocolate
“Brilliantly merging traditional and modern with a terrific spa”

Mexico City, Mexico
Condesa DF
“Personal attention that can make all the difference”
Hotel Habita
“It doesn’t get cooler than the starkly minimalist chic of the Hotel Habita”
Room Mate Valentina
“Budget boutique in the heart of the Zona Rosa”
St. Regis Mexico City
“Luxury at a fraction of the usual St. Regis price”

Panama City, Panama
American Trade Hotel
“Reflects historic aura of Casco Viejo yet projects a modern face”

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Casa Cupula
“This stylish boutique hotel is one of the best gay-owned and gay-marketed properties around”
CasaMagna Marriott Resort and Spa
“A favorite of the LGBT community for its reasonable rates and large resort amenities”

San Miguel de Allende
Rosewood
“One of the best hotels in all of mexico, a charming Colonial retreat in a majestic city”
Susurro
“Gay-owned gem with boatloads of charm”

Vieques
W Retreat and Spa
“Huge rooms with ocean views”

EUROPE

Amsterdam, Holland
The Conservatorium
“Modern luxury with a gorgeous spa”
The Dylan
“Our first choice for its artful decor and best location in the city”
Van Ostade
“The best B&B in Amsterdam, and one of the most charming in all of Europe”
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
“Steeped in history, opulently appointed and perfectly located”

Berlin, Germany
25 Hours Hotel Bikini
“A charming, hip hotel that happens to feature the exotic rumble of African wildlife thanks to its proximity to the zoo”
Hotel Adlon Kempinski
“The first choice of rock stars and royalty”
Hotel de Rome
“Undeniably posh, the hotel never feels pretentious”

Brighton, U.K.
The Amsterdam
“With seafront rooms, a sexy sauna and a gay-central location, we’d love to book a room for the whole summer”
Hotel Pelirocco
“Sexy, funky, eccentric and unforgettable”

Brussels, Belgium
The Dominican
“Our top choice in town is a gorgeous 150-room design property right next to the opera house”
Aloft Schuman
“A superbly stylish stay on the cheap”

BARCELONA, SPAIN
Axel Hotel Barcelona
“In the heart of the gayborhood, the Axel sets the standard for modern “hetero-friendly” hotels”

Budapest, Hungary
Brody House
“A private club like SoHo House, with a little less attitude and a little more art and culture”
Budapest Marriott
“The Executive Lounge deck has the city’s best views and all rooms face the river”

Cologne, Germany
Excelsior
“Top-choice for old-world luxury”
Stern am Rathaus
“Sophisticated design, great value and location”

Copenhagen, Denmark
Andersen Hotel
“Colorful and hip with excellent service and complete embrace of LGBT travelers”
Hotel D’Angleterre
“The city’s finest hotel with an unbeatable location”

Edinburgh, U.K.
Balmoral
“Gilded-age tradition meets contemporary luxury”
Hotel Portmeirion
“Idyllic setting and outdoor heated pool”
Tiger Lily
“Sexy cool glamour hidden behind a traditional Georgian facade”

Hamburg, Germany
25 Hours Hamburg HafenCity
“An outpost of nautical cool anchoring the city’s new neighborhood”
Le Méridien Hamburg
“A gay-perfect location, sophisticated modern style and a lake front view”

Lisbon, Portugal
 Internacional Design Hotel
“Stately, chic and sexy as hell hotel in the heart of Lisbon”

London, U.K.
The Boundary
“The best of Shoreditch, semi-retro and totally stylish”
Chiltern Firehouse 
“André Balazs’ London outpost brings his quirky celebrity-friendly service and style across the pond”
The Goring
“London’s ritziest hotel, fit for royalty”
Hoxton Hotel
“Loaded with flavor, smart design and thoughtful amenities at a great price”
St. Pancras Renaissance
“Blending Victorian and contemporary in a compelling 5-star way”
Soho Hotel
“Glamour in the thick of iconic London”
The Edition London
“The Marriott/Schrager love child sets new standards for luxury lifestyle hotels”
Town Hall Hotel
“Fabulously chic new hotel with surprisingly low rates”

Lyon, France
Cour des Loges
“The crème de la crème of lodging; sumptuous and romantic”

Madrid, Spain
Only You Hotel and Lounge
“Luxury and style in the heart of the gay neighborhood”
Room Mate Oscar
“Modern style and the most gay-popular rooftop bar in town”
The Ritz Hotel
“The grandest address in Madrid”

Manchester, U.K.
Radisson Blu Edwardian
“Low-key luxury and sophisticated, contemporary style”
Velvet Manchester
“Stunning boutique style in the heart of the gay village”

Marseille, France
Au Vieux Panier
“Six small but charming affordable rooms decorated by local artists”
Radisson Blu
“Chic and stylish rooms with breathtaking views”

Milan, Italy
Bulgari Hotel & Spa
“The pinnacle of Milano luxury”
Hotel Spadari al Duono
“Centrally located and modern, with some of the friendliest staff in Europe”

Munich, Germany
The Charles
“Inviting, luxurious and lush”
Deutsche Eiche
“Gay-owned, modern, convivial and reasonably priced, we love the rooftop terrace and location”
Sofitel Munich
“Graceful, modern and sleek”

Mykonos, Greece
Elysium Hotel
“The most exclusive gay hotel in Mykonos”
Geranium Hotel
“Very gay popular friendly and fun place to stay”
Myconian Imperial Hotel
“Like staying with friends who happen to be super rich with exquisite taste”
Semeli Hotel
“The best budget luxury option in Mykonos town”

Paris, France
Hotel Esmeralda
“Funky charm and affordable rates in a great location”
Four Seasons George V
“In a city full of luxury, this is our first choice, and one of the best in the world”
Jules & Jim
“Funky, minimalist decor in the heart of the Marais”
One By The Five
“An unusual, dreamy escape”
W Paris Opera
“One of W Hotels’ most glam outposts, with a 9th Arr. location we love”

Porto, Portugal
Yeatman
“A cocoon of wine-deepend serenity overlooking the River Douro”

Puglia, Italy
Borgo Egnazia
“The feel of typical village with town square, fab spa and restaurants and multiple pools in serene location”

Ravello, Italy
Palazzo Avino
“The best way to experience one of the most beautiful and romantic places on earth”

Reykjavik, Iceland
101 Hotel
“Contemporary design as cool as the nearby glaciers”

Rome, Italy
Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel
“A heavenly stay at affordable rates”
JK Place Roma
“Contemporary luxury and personalized service in the heart of Rome”
Kolbe Hotel
“Mid-range luxury with reasonable prices, a great location and a copious breakfast”
Palazzo Manfredi
“Opulent and modern, with spacious rooms, a great art collection, and drop-dead views of the Colosseum”

Emilia Romagna, Italy
Locanda del Guerriero
“This castle-turned-quaint B&B in the countryside is Italy’s most charming hidden gem”

Sitges, Spain
Hotel Calipolis
“Contemporary and modern, located right on the gay beach”
Hotel Subtur
“A charming and convenient budget option”

Stockholm, Sweden
Nobis Hotel
“A marvel of sophisticated Swedish design”

TALLINN, ESTONIA

Three sisters
“Charming Medieval and amazing modern in Old Town”

Vienna, Austria
The Ring
“With a great location and consistently good service, its huge rooms at inexpensive prices are a great option between the luxe choices and bare bones options”
Sans Souci
“Serving up some significant swank without taking itself seriously”
Guesthouse
“An unbeatable location with cool Conran-designed interiors”

Warsaw, Poland
Hotel Bristol
“Elegant Hollywood Regency rooms, a grand historic building, friendly warm service and affordable rates make this our top choice”

MIDDLE EAST

Tel Aviv, Israel
Brown TLV
“Chic, gay-owned boutique hotel”
The Norman Hotel 
“Sexy, stylish, and close to the beach; you’ll fall in love with its 1920s charm”

Petra, Jordan
Petra Marriott
“Beautiful views over the valley — a great place to end your day and watch the sunset”

CARIBBEAN/ATLANTIC

Bermuda
Elbow Beach Resort
“Gorgeous, relaxed elegance”

Grand Cayman
Westin Seven Mile Beach Resort
“An impossible choice between the perfect beach and the swim-up pool bar”
Ritz Carlton
“Chic and refined retreat far from the cruise-ship crowds”

St. Croix
Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort & Spa
“Drop-dead gorgeous”

St. Martin
La Samanna
“A highly desirable stretch of paradise”
Villa Rainbow
“Small, luxurious exclusively gay guesthouse with breathtaking Caribbean views”

San Juan, Puerto Rico
La Concha
“Gay-popular four-star property in the heart of Condado”

Saba
Queens Gardens
“Luxurious, charming, private and super gay-friendly for honeymoon or tranquil getaways”

Turks and Caicos
Parrot Cay by Como
“A decadent, pampered private-island retreat”

ASIA/OCEANIA

Cambodia
Shinta Mani Club
“Stylish accommodations and winning personal service”

Auckland, New Zealand
Hilton Hotel Princess Wharf
“Gleaming, with spectacular harbor views”
Mollies Boutique Hotel Ponsonby
“Luxurious and eclectic, with great views and a day spa”

Hong Kong
Four Seasons Hong Kong
“Luxury and convenience, with a choice of rooms in contemporary Chinese or Western decor”
Intercontinental Hong Kong
“The best unobstructed views of Hong Kong harbor”
Ritz Carlton Hong Kong
“Setting new heights for luxury accommodation in Hong Kong (literally and figuratively)”
Upper House
“A Zen haven with the best of modern east-meets-west sensibilities”

Japan

Aman (Tokyo)
“The pinnacle of luxury and opulence in the heart of Tokyo with some of the city’s best views”

Capitol Hotel Tokyu (Tokyo)
“The best luxury value in town”
Conrad Tokyo Hotel (Tokyo)
“An appealing vibrancy and energy convenient to public transportation and the famous Tsukiji fish market”
Hotel Granvia Kyoto (Kyoto)
“The very first hotel in Japan to court LGBT travelers, the Granvia is strategically located atop the Kyoto rail station”
Hoshinoya (Kyoto)
“The ultimate Japanese resort experience”

Melbourne, Australia
Art Series Hotels
“Modern and laid-back, with open-plan studio suites, and decor styled around the artwork of notable Australian artists”
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
“Fashion-forward luxury”

Laos
The Apsara, (Luang Prabang)
“The perfect blend of clean, convenient, affordable and friendly”

Thailand
Siam Hotel (Bangkok)
“An opulent, intimate urban resort where guests feel like royalty”
Sofitel So (Bangkok)
“This contemporary, sophisticated hotel is also the city’s most gay welcoming”
Dhara Dhevi (Chiang Mai)
“Sheer beauty and jaw-dropping attention to detail”
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle (Chiang Rai)
“Gorgeous tented camp tucked away in a jungle”
JW Marriott Hotel and Spa (Khao Lak)
“One of the best mainstream hotels, with modern Thai-influenced design and the longest pool in Southeast Asia”
Zeavola Resort (Koh Phi Phi)
“A pitch-perfect blend of remoteness, accessibility, luxury and casual ease”
Mai Samui (Koh Samui)
“Chic boutique hideaway on secluded beach”
Tubkaak Boutique Resort and Spa (Krabi)
“Locally owned resort distinguished by excellent, personal service and one of the best beaches in the area”
Kamala Paresa (Phuket)
“Heavenly views, impeccable service and dramatic accommodations”
La Flora Patong (Phuket)
“A handsome, contemporary, quiet oasis amidst the local hedonism”
Anantara Sikao (Sikao, Trang)
“Beautiful property surrounded by stunning rock formations, unspoiled beaches, and the breathtaking Emerald cave”
Six Senses Yao Noi
“54 traditional yet modern secluded villas with an excellent spa”

Taipei, Taiwan
W Taipei
“Our top recommendation in Taipei, a pinnacle of luxury in an otherwise modest city”

Vietnam
Six Senses Con Dao
“The ultimate exotic, remote, luxurious and contemporary resort”

AFRICA

South Africa
Ellerman House (Cape Town)
“One of our favorite small hotels of all time”
Derwint House (Cape Town)
“Exceptional hospitality at this 10-room lesbian-owned guest house at the foot of Table Mountain”
Mala Mala (Sabi Sand Game Reserve)
“Legendary, family-owned safari lodge with the best game viewing”
Sandton Boutique Hotel (Johannesburg)
“Five-star, gay-owned luxury B&B in Sandton, with impeccable service”
Singita (Sabi Sand Game Reserve)
“The most stylish and luxurious safari experience”
Twelve Apostles (Cape Town)
“The epitome of waterfront luxury”

EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS: RESTAURANTS
Bartola Corner (Buenos Aires)
Buenos Aires’ quaintest, most creative, and delicious café … bursting with style, beautiful men, and yummy brunch options”
Basa (Buenos Aires)
“Great food and a modern atmosphere make this our favorite spot for dinner”
Bottega Prelibato (London)
“A picture perfect Italian restaurant”
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails (Phoenix)
“The best restaurant to come along in some time”
Buvette (New York)
“Buvette is the perfect neighborhood restaurant with a menu straight out of Provence”
Café Cluny (New York)
“A neighborhood restaurant that’s perfect for the cobblestoned corner it sits on”
The Canteen (Provincetown)
“A modern take on the classic New England seafood shack serves up summer’s best fast-casual meals”
Cuisine Wat Damnak (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
“The very best of modern Cambodian cuisine”|
Dabbous (London)   
“This ultra-chic post-industrial-style loft space may be the best restaurant in London”
DiverXO  (Madrid)
“Every course is a work of art — sometimes performance art — at this modern Michelin 3-star restaurant”
El Vez (Philadelphia)
“Eclectic, inventive Mexican cuisine and more”
Elmo (New York)  
“The best looking stream of patrons and staff in Chelsea”
The Restaurant at the Meadowood (St. Helena)
“The gold-standard of ground-breaking, inventive, haute cuisine in North America”

La Galerie Lounge (Paris)
“New chef David Bizet reenergizes this opulent yet comfortable space”
Girl and the Fig (Sonoma) http://www.thegirlandthefig.com/
“A favorite amongst locals and tourists alike”
Gramercy Tavern (New York)
“Still our #1 go-to choice for fine dining without pretension”
Iron Gate Inn (Washington, DC)
“Smashingly successful reinvention of a long-time gem”
Lucali (New York, NY)
“Lucali is in a league of its own when it comes to old-school Brooklyn charm and pizza”
Mani (Sao Paulo)
“A contemporary farmhouse… lovely afternoon lunch or a bustling dinner”
R House (Miami, Florida)
“Art house-cum-restaurant in the sizzling and still gritty Wynwood neighborhood”
Red Door Café (San Francisco)
“An exquisitely tasteful bistro”
Repris (Sonoma)
“Repris soars as a romantic lunch spot, tucked deep inside a romantic wine cave for a romantic dinner”
Tavern Road (Boston)
“Globally influenced local favorite in lively Fort Point neighborhood”

EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS: NIGHTLIFE
Coxy (Warsaw)
“Berlin-style nightlife lands in Warsaw”
lab.oratory (Berlin)
“This sex club embodies Berlin’s shame-free attitude towards sex”
Le Depot (Paris)
“The ne plus ultra of gay sex venues in Paris, and the biggest cruising bar in all of Europe”
Mälarpaviljongen (Stockholm)
“The crowd gets gayer as the night gets later at this chic floating restaurant bar and lounge”
Mister Sunday (Brooklyn)
“Warm-weather outdoor party cool enough to draw gays from Manhattan”
Viva (New York)
“The partnership of John Blair (the Roxy) and Ric Sena (Alegria) has given gay New York its Saturday night back”
The Week (Rio/Florianopolis/Sao Paulo)
“Beautiful decor, excellent sound and lighting and the hottest crowd in town”

EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS: CULTURE
Acropolis Museum (Athens)
“Magnificent: inside, outside and the contents”
Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia)
“A remarkable priceless art collection in a brand new home”
The Dali Museum (St. Petersburg, FL)
“An extraordinary collection and exploration of Dali’s art, life and times”
Museo del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Museum; Seville) “Learn the history of flamenco at this interactive museum”
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York)
“The first and only gay/lesbian art museum in the world”
The Neon Museum (Las Vegas)
“This outdoor museum is our favorite nostalgia piece in town”
The World AIDS Museum (Fort Lauderdale)
“The only museum in the world dedicated to documentation and education about AIDS”

EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS: SHOPPING
Goods Of Desire (Hong Kong)
“Clever and surprising gifts, apparel and housewares”
MAP (Provincetown)
“Always a step or two ahead of the trends”
Ock Pop Tok (Luang Prabang)
“A social enterprise bringing award-winning textiles to Laos visitors”

EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS: SPAS
Privet Body (London)
“Male-friendly spa for grooming your “privet” parts”
Ten Thousand Waves (Santa Fe)
“This Japanese-inspired bathing-focused spa is zen perfection in a beautiful setting”
Two Bunch Palms Spa (Palm Springs)
“One of America’s original holistic spas still feels modern and fresh”



By @ 14/08/15 in Ashton Giese, Gay travel, Gay travel news, Gayography LGBT news, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Chicago's market place and more in this gay travel news update, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineThis informative gay travel news update is brought to you by to ManAboutWorld correspondent Ashton Giese who recently celebrated a successful first year of the indispensable Geography.

Check out our fabulous event in Chicago as we supported LGBT rights abroad with Stoli drinks above Halsted Street for Market Days! Plus important marriage equality news from around the world. Traveling this weekend to Prague, Montreal or Copenhagen for Pride? Or perhaps Maui — This week’s GAYography brief sums it all up.

Also, the hand-holding experiment started in Moscow has been repeated in Jerusalem and Lisbon – with very different results!

Get this week’s gay travel news update here.

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.

Please check our one-of-a-kind digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. 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 @ 03/09/14 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

mawWhile it implies objectivity, “best” is almost always subjective, or — at best — qualified. When we ask for the best hotel or restaurant, the answer can be as much a reflection of our sensibilities as it is of any objective quality measure.

Generally, “you get what you pay for,” but finding “the best” isn’t simply a matter of picking the most expensive option — it’s knowing what resonates for you. In our first two years of ManAboutWorld, we’ve seen more than 100 destinations and 1,500 hotels on six continents. Much of it is a blur. But some of it stands out. Editors’ Choice winners are the ones that resonated most for us. The ones that truly shared our values. The ones we would go back to… and sometimes do, when we’re not busy searching out new and different places to recommend.  (download the list as a pdf from the link at the end)

And this year’s Awards go to…

DESTINATION OF THE YEAR: Fort Lauderdale

Gay-popular since the ‘70s, Ft. Lauderdale is still on the rise while other gay destinations are mainstreaming. With its white sand gay beach, 16 exclusively gay guesthouses (the most of any destination), and a nightlife scene that’s busy seven nights a week, Ft. Lauderdale is one of the few places where you don’t have to rely on a phone App to hook up. And while it wins our hearts with its sun, sand, surf and fun, it’s also home to the Stonewall Museum, one of the only permanent spaces in the U.S. devoted to exhibitions relating to LGBT history and culture, and the world’s first AIDS museum.

Not content to rest on gay assets, the county’s tourism promotion board sets industry standards. The county has worked tirelessly in the last year to bring new gay events and many meetings to Greater Ft. Lauderdale, and to support the advancement of LGBT rights in Florida and around the world. In July, it became the first Convention and Visitors Bureau in the country to call for a repeal of its states’ gay marriage ban. It is currently conducting the first survey of transgendered travelers, showing sensitivity to all segments of the LGBT travel market.

Previous winner: Provincetown, Massachusetts 



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By @ 08/08/13 in Barcelona, Ed Salvato, Gay cruise, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Lisbon, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Picture yourself here.

Picture yourself here.

Sail aboard the luxurious MSY Wind Surf, a gorgeous five-masted sailing yacht chartered by Source Events for an all-gay cruise. It sets sail September 15, 2013 from Lisbon, one of the most charming and under-rated gems of Europe and completes it’s 8-night sailing in Spain’s gay-friendliest city, Barcelona on Monday, September 23. More info. about the cruise here.

But why this cruise and why now? Well, for one ManAboutWorld’s very own editor in chief, Ed Salvato will be on board. Though he’d like to think that should be your sole necessary and sufficient reason, there are many other enticements to get you on board:

  • Intimacy: As much as we love big gay cruises, this one will have only 300 passengers (and 190 crew).
  • Itinerary: Besides Lisbon and Barcelona, discover Ibiza, Mallorca, Malaga and more.
  • Experience: A unique journey combining sailing, a full moon party, fun activities, great entertainment and parties, delicious cuisine, a healthy dose of fitness, guest speakers, excursions and more.
  • Special offer: Mention Ed’s name when booking and get a healthy “Friend of Ed” deal! Visit the website, call (888-SOURCE8) or email.

 

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By @ 16/07/13 in Billy Kolber, Europe, Gay cruise, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Let your gay freak flag fly! Photo courtesy Source Events.

Let your gay freak flag fly!
Photo courtesy Source Events.

By Billy Kolber. Originally published in HuffPost Gay Voices

There’s never been a better summer and fall to cruise in Europe. There are still five all-gay (big- and small-gay) cruises to choose from this summer, offering a remarkable breadth of styles, ports and experiences. Every one of these cruises is reason enough to go, but If you’ve never tried a gay cruise, here are five more:

  1. There’s no better place to make new friends. Seriously, next to college and summer camp (both of which you’ve probably outgrown), gay vacations offer the best opportunity to share new experiences with new people. Ask any gay cruise veteran the best part about their vacation, and they inevitably say, “Making new friends.” As adults, we don’t have many environments that are conducive for making new best friends. Cruising is one of them.
  2. It’s a vacation from planning a vacation. Not that there aren’t options (particularly on the big gay cruises, there are dozens of dining and entertainment opportunities every moment of the day), but the freedom comes in choosing to do what you feel like, when you feel like it, and having it all available without much planning or thinking, and almost all of it without an additional charge.
  3. Value. Most guests spend a few hundred dollars beyond the upfront price for drinks, shore excursions, spa treatments and other extras. And some spend thousands. But you can easily go the whole trip without spending an extra dime.
  4. Variety. If you have Gay-DD, European cruising was made for you. You’ll get to sample lots of different places and cultures. What could be more fabulous than drinking wine in Bordeaux one day, hitting the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao another, and then dancing the night away in Ibiza, all without ever repacking your suitcase?
  5. Community. And the freedom to be yourself within it. Whether your freak flag flies toward silly, sexy or serious, there are few experiences as liberating, empowering and supportive as an all-gay environment.

Ready to come aboard?

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