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By @ 12/08/12 in Gay travel, Hotels, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

The second annual Hotel Week NYC™ takes place January 4 – 20, 2013, with room rates of $100, $200 and $250 available at a variety of hotels — some of which typically charge upwards of $500 a night.

Guests can check in for a fraction of the cost of a regular stay over this 17-day period in January, which is typically one of the slowest months in New York City for tourism.

Click to read the hotels and prices below. Be sure to download our brand new NYC-guide available for the iPad as a stand-alone guide to NYC for $2.99 in the ManAboutWorld App.


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By @ 12/07/12 in Correspondent, Europe, Gay travel, Ivan Quintanilla, London, ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

“Royal babe, indeed!”

Global Correspondent Ivan Quintanilla is an actor, traveler and blogger extraordinaire. Once a week he provides a re-cap of noteworthy travel stories. We pilfer his round-up (with his permission) so you don’t have to. Follow his travels at TravelingIQ.

*Royal babe, indeed!   Refusing to be overshadowed by his future niece or nephew, a mural of a shirtless Prince Harry now permanently hangs in the London gay club, Manbar  (via Evening Standard).

*Not without controversy, “Europe’s first gay-friendly mosque” opened in Paris this week–welcoming gay Muslims and allowing men and women to pray together (via France 24).



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By @ 11/24/12 in Gay travel, Ivan Quintanilla, ManAboutWorld, Nudity, Travel

 

Contemplating clothing

Global Correspondent Ivan Quintanillais an actor, traveler and blogger extraordinaire. Once a week he provides a re-cap of noteworthy travel stories. We pilfer his round-up (with his permission) so you don’t have to. Follow his travels at TravelingIQ.

*You can leave your heart in San Francisco, but keep your privates to yourself.  The city’s supervisors have voted to officially ban public nudity, marking the end of an era for the City by the Bay.   Exemptions, however, are being made for Folsom Street Fair and similar festivals.   (via Huffington Post)

*Uganda plans on passing anti-gay laws carrying life imprisonment for homosexuality… wait for it… as a “Christmas gift.”  (via BBC News)



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By @ 11/19/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Park City, Travel, UT

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But what if you don’t like to ski, snowboard or slalom? Is Park City for someone who hopes the urge to exercise passes? Yes.

Even if you never venture outdoors, Park City offers a slate of attractions to pack a no carb burn itinerary. Spend time on Day 1 at the Park City Museum, a must visit for all visitors. Here splendidly detailed exhibits trace the city’s history to its origins as a tough mining town whose jail had the occupancy rate of a  swank Park City Hotel during Sundance.

Books on local history, as well on every other subject, fill the cozy, compact spaces ofDolly’s Bookshop, an independent store thriving since the 1970s. (For local color, try a thriller by Utah crime writer Michael Norman.) Color also splashes across canvases exhibited in Park City’s many galleries, its mountains and valleys a perennial attraction to painters and photographers. Rotating exhibits appear at the Kimball Arts Center, where you can also take one-day classes from resident painters, print makers and sculptors. The other arts thrive as well in several other city venues.



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By @ 11/13/12 in Africa, Gay travel, JuanCarlos Medina Gedler, ManAboutWorld, Marrakech, Morocco, Parting Shots, Travel

We received some amazing images for our Parting Shots section in the magazine (that’s the last section of ManAboutWorld featuring photos our readers send us based on a theme).

The theme was “Markets.”

The image above was sent to us by JuanCarlos Medina Gedler, a tireless curious world travel/documentary photographer (as well as one of our correspondents).

This Moroccan image of spices for sale in the medina were taken in Marrakech.  Other images (not shown here) portray many other goods such as hats and clothing laid out on the ground just outside walls of the souk by the merchants that can not afford to have an establishment inside the Medina at the souk. Also you can see many colorful fruit and vegetable carts around Marrakech pulled by donkeys.

Keep checking back this month for the stories behind the Parting Shots.

 

 

 

 

 

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By @ 11/12/12 in Asia, Correspondent, Event, Gay travel, Miles Mitchinson, Party, Thailand, Travel

Thailand’s island of Koh Phangan

By ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Miles Mitchinson

The original Full Moon Party started almost 30 years ago on what was once a sleepy, idyllic island in the Gulf of Thailand. Since then, the island of Koh Phangan, off the east coast of Southern Thailand, has paved its roads and opened its doors to crowds of up to 20,000 partiers (though usual attendance is around 15,000) who arrive for one night of debauchery on Haad Rin Beach every single month.

While not an exclusively gay event, you don’t have to look far to find pockets of us partying through the night and well into the morning on this gorgeous white sand beach.  Oh, and 99% of the boys are shirtless … just in case you were wondering.

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By @ 11/10/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Global Correspondent Ivan Quintanillais an actor, traveler and blogger extraordinaire. Once a week he provides a re-cap of noteworthy travel stories. We pilfer his round-up (with his permission) so you don’t have to. Follow his travels at TravelingIQ.

*It was a good political week for gay destination weddings.  In the United States, voters made history by endorsing gay marriage–for the first time by popular vote–in Maine, Maryland and Washington state, and rejecting a ballot measure that would have enshrined anti-gay marriage law in the Minnesota constitution (via Huffington Post).  In Europe, Spain’s highest court upheld their law legalizing same-sex marriage, and the French Cabinet pushed ahead a bill that could see gay marriage legalized by next year.  (via Bloomberg)

*Will Puerto Rico become the 51st U.S. State?  Well, it’s complicated.  (via Miami Herald)

*Sri Lanka tops travel list for 2013.  (via Lonely Planet)

*Snacking on a cannoli on the Spanish Steps… Fuhgeddaboudit!  Rome is cracking down on public eating and drinking at historic sites.  (via New York Times)

*157 million (North, Central and South) Americans traveled to Europe last year, with London being the most popular destination.  See how your favorite city stacks up.  (via European Parliament News)

*Want to go fruit picking in Sweden?  Take the elevator.  A vertical farming building, currently in construction, will move plants on tracks from top to bottom floors to take advantage of sunlight and make harvesting easier.  (via Wall Street Journal)

What did I miss?  Share your favorite travel news in the comments below or by posting on the Traveling IQ Facebook page.



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By @ 11/06/12 in Asia, Australia, Canada, Gay travel, Hong Kong, ManAboutWorld, Melbourne, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Travel, Vancouver

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The City by the Bay like you’ve never seen it: Download our November issue and read a neighborhood-by-neighborhood update on what’s hot and happening in one of the most proudly out cities on the planet.

Also in this issue: Discover Costa Rica and our six Now/Next destinations — Hong Kong, Santa Fe, San Diego, Melbourne, Vancouver, and Phoenix.

Read all about it!



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By @ 11/03/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

 

Gee, thanks, Sandy

Global Correspondent Ivan Quintanillais an actor, traveler and blogger extraordinaire. Once a week he provides a re-cap of noteworthy travel stories. We pilfer his round-up (with his permission) so you don’t have to. Follow his travels at TravelingIQ.

*It has been a rough week for the eastern coast of the United States.  Much of the region devastated by Hurricane/ Superstorm Sandy is still without power and is reaching an economic damage pricetag of $50 Billion.  (via USA Today)

*For those still trying to coordinate travel during the aftermath, every major U.S. airline is waving changing fees (via USA Today), and though the hotel situation in New York is grim, one website guides you through the options.  (via Hotel Chatter)



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By @ 10/31/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

This is HOW MANY FEET UP?!

We  received some amazing images for our Parting Shots section in the magazine (that’s the last section of ManAboutWorld featuring photos our readers send us based on a theme).

The theme was “Summer Fun.”

The image above was sent to us by Michael Siebert, an optometric physician (as well as one of our correspondents).

The launch point was Franz Josef Glacier….very near Fox Glacier. They are the fastest changing glaciers in the world (they are rising). In your view…you are seeing the western coastline of the south island (NZ) … the Southern Alps would be to the right in the photo, but are not visible and the glacier is beneath me. The glacier is not visible in the photo. In the photo:  me and a guide. It was an impromptu jump …. I was checking my email after the glacier heli-hike….and a girl at the front desk ask me if I was interested in a 19,000 feet tandem jump. The highest tandem jump in the world.  She said “we have an opening in 20 minutes…do you want it.” I said HELL YES!

Keep checking back this month for the stories behind the Parting Shots.

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By @ 10/29/12 in Gay travel, New York, Travel

Check out the live camera feed from the 51st floor of the NY Times Building in Midtown for shots of Hurricane Sandy.

Click here.

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By @ 10/26/12 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Suddenly feel the urge to go surfing?

This is groundbreaking but it’s also just plain hot. Check it out here.
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With this TV ad, Ft. Lauderdale becomes among the first mainstream tourism board  to integrate gay messaging in an otherwise mainstream promotion.

DiscoverAmerica released this ad earlier this year that featured two gay men on a cable car.

But this is a great trend that we strongly encourage. It’s more and more about “traveling while gay” versus “gay travel.”

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By @ 10/26/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Global Correspondent Ivan Quintanillais an actor, traveler and blogger extraordinaire. Once a week he provides a re-cap of noteworthy travel stories. We pilfer his round-up (with his permission) so you don’t have to. Follow his travels at TravelingIQ.

*Be afraid, be very afraid as you travel to the terrifying island of mutilated dolls in Mexico, a witches market in Bolivia, or the the site of a nuclear disaster in Ukraine.   (via MSN)

*Feed your nightmares.  Stay in a remote Swedish earthen hut surrounded by wolves.  Or stranded on an island off Croatia where the seas are too choppy to escape at night.  Or at any of the “World’s Creepiest Hotels.”  (via ARTINFO)

*How’s Casper as a friendly bedfellow?  Spend your night with guests who refuse to check out of these haunted hotels.  (via Conde Nast Traveler)

*From Provincetown to Copenhagen, gays find tricks and treats this Halloween.  (via Gaytravel.com)

*If you’ve ever wanted to sleep on the dissecting table of a morgue, Tasmania has the hotel for you.  (via Conde Nast Traveler)

*From Salem witches to the Headless Horseman, the Northeast is a scary place.  Spend your Halloween exploring some of the spookiest spots in New York and New England.  (via NY Times)

What did I miss?  Share your favorite travel news in the comments below or by posting on the Traveling IQ Facebook page.



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By @ 10/25/12 in Art, Gay travel, New York, Travel

Christopher Columbus is in the house. Photo courtesy Dan Allen

Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in the 1492. Now it’s your turn to discover him back.

A 13-food tall statue of Signore Columbus has been sitting atop a 75-foot granite column in the center of Columbus Circle since 1892 and though it’s in one of the most prominent spots in the city the statue itself is not well known, barely glimpsed as cars, cyclists and tourists hurry by.

Cue artist Tatzu Nishi:

Nishi’s project re-imagines the colossal 13-foot-tall statue of Columbus standing in a fully furnished, modern living room. Featuring tables, chairs, couch, rug, and flat-screen television, the décor reflects the artist’s interpretation of contemporary New York style. He even designed wallpaper inspired by memories of American popular culture, having watched Hollywood movies and television as a child in Japan. Discovering Columbus offers both a unique perspective on a historical monument and a surreal experience of the sculpture in a new context. Allowing us to take a journey up six flights of stairs to a fictional living room, Tatzu Nishi invites us to discover for ourselves where the imagination may lead.

For more information or to reserve your free pass, visit the website of Public Art Fund.

Thank you to Dan Allen for providing his insights and this great photograph.

 

 

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By @ 10/23/12 in ManAboutWorld

With a name like Miles, Miles Mitchinson was destined to travel right from the beginning.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Miles has spent most of the past 10 years working, volunteering, and traveling through almost every corner of the world.  His traveling started with a “quick” trip to New Zealand in 2003 and has developed into a full-time passion for experiencing all the world has to offer.

A desire to share this passion and these incredible experiences with other gay people led to Miles recently co-founding Detours Travel, a gay owned and operated tour operator specializing in 15-day international adventures.  Detours introduces a less-restricting and unhurried group travel concept to ensure an unforgettable travel experience for their clients.

Follow Miles on Facebook at www.facebook.com/detourstravel

Connect with Miles at www.detourstravel.com

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By @ 10/21/12 in Gay rights, Gay tours, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Out Adventures, Tour operators, Travel

Picture yourself here next May

Travel by land and set sail (on a beautiful yacht) with Out Adventures next May. Reserve now for this special trip, the first land + sea tour by gay-owned and run Out Adventures.

The trip has been organized by our very own Robert Sharp, one of ManAboutWorld’s very first global correspondents and very early supporters.
According to Robert participants will:

Explore historic monuments & dance the night away in Zegreb, hike through connected lakes and waterfalls in Plitvice, rest easy in 4 star hotels and on a Deluxe category Yacht, enjoy Roman architecture in Split, swim at every stop along the Dalmatian Coast and Makarja Riviera, walk along the medieval city wall in Dubrovnik, and more!

For more information click here.

Though still a conservative society in many ways, LGBT citizens have been benefiting from more rights in recent years. More info on LGBT rights in Croatia:



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By @ 10/18/12 in Gay travel, Travel

We are very pleased (and fortunate) to announce that Adam Groffman has joined ManAboutWorld as our newest Global Correspondent.

In 2009, Adam quit his job as a graphic designer in Boston and went on a 15+ month trip around the world. The life-changing journey took him to places like North Africa, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia. 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.

Follow Adam on his blog or via Twitter.

 

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By @ 10/17/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

The Sphinx

We are very pleased (and fortunate) to announce that Juan Carlos Medina Gedler has joined ManAboutWorld as our newest Global Correspondent.

Juan Carlos Medina Gedler is a tireless curious world travel/documentary photographer. His main passion lies in capturing human ingenuity and architecture in different cultures and human expression in unique situations. His range of subjects are fairly broad, but whether he is photographing people walking into a souk in Africa or life in the last traditional village of South America or people working in a remote Caribbean island, JC’s common aim is always the same – to capture the human element in that Image taking your breath away.

He has had the opportunity to be published with his first photography coffee table book in 2010 dedicated to his father “Un día papá me dijo que soñara …” a compilation of his journey around Europe, Middle East and South America.



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By @ 10/13/12 in Gay travel, London, Travel

Our London-based correspondent, Ben Rossignol, reports on a life-changing pizza he recently encoutered. With ManAboutWorld‘s upcoming London coverage, scheduled for 2013, you’ll want to take note of this for your next visit.

Story Deli is gay friendly though not particularly gay diet friendly, but I had the most life changing pizza last night. They’re not very inexpensive either at 16 pounds but it’s probably the best Ive had in years. Also there are only two long communal tables and only pizzas and wine on the menu all at the same price. The check comes on a piece of brown cardboard. No reservations are taken and it’s cash only.

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By @ 10/09/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Don we now our gay apparel for the 13th annual Santa Speedo Run in Boston

We love Boston in the fall.

Colleges are buzzing with youthful energy, the city’s lush green treescape bursts into a riot of red, orange and yellow and, though days are getting shorter, they’re often warm followed by crisp evenings. Here are a couple of snippets from our  Boston article in the current issue of ManAboutWorld, available on the AppStore.

Like your men tall, handsome, muscular and brainy? Thought so! Grab your blanket and your surreptitiously hidden bottle of White Italian Burgundy and set up on Boston’s Esplanade (along the Charles River) to watch any number of the 55 racing events during the famous annual Head of the Charles rowing regatta October 20-21. In case it’s a chilly or inclement day, it’s worth $90 for a day pass to the Eliot Bridge Enclosure in Cambridge. You’ll have closer views of the athletes and boats, access to a cash bar, and you’ll get to hobnob with real Harvardians.



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