Author Archives: Ken Porpora

By @ 04/30/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

pride

Come June, gay pride will takeover the world, invading one world city at a time, which is why we’re releasing our INSIDER GUIDE TO PRIDE  in the upcoming May issue, revealing all of our secrets about New York, San Francisco, Madrid, Tel Aviv, and Taipei pride, so you know where to party, where to sleep, and how to do it right! Click here to subscribe for access to our Pride insider round-up (plus tons of expert info on Barcelona, Copenhagen, Wales, and Budapest!)

 

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By @ 04/29/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

thailandpicNo, the sign above isn’t the motto of Thailand, though head to the right hedonistic city (we’re looking at you, Pattaya!) and it very well may be. Instead, it’s just a funny sign we loved during our exploration through this gorgeous country and found it apropos for the time and place. More outrageous photos to come and we continue our adventures down through Phuket and Koh Phi Phi! And be sure to subscribe to get our full insider guide to Thailand coming soon!

 

 

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By @ 04/28/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

patara

In Chiang Mai, a spiritual northern city of Thailand, our Editor-in-Chief and four of our global correspondents found themselves at the Patara Animal Farm where they became proud new elephant owners (but just for the day.) It’s just one unforgettable excursion you’ll experience when trekking through this gorgeous country, where urban chaos and tropical beachfronts and hedonistic port towns and ancient, rural farms all converge. We’ll be covering Thailand in an upcoming issue and sharing all of our stories and insider tips.

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By @ 04/26/14 in Adam Groffman, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

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FIVE GUYS!
Yes, FIVE of our Global Correspondents came together from New York, Berlin, and beyond to meet up in Bangkok last night to explore all that Thailand has to offer. If you’re not a subscriber, you can rectify that here to get our insider guide to Thailand – Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Koh Phi Phi – in a soon-to-be-released issue. And check out the bios of all our impressive correspondents here

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By @ 04/25/14 in Gay travel, Key West, Provincetown

Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 10.09.22 AMGoogle Maps Street View now offers a ‘back in time’ feature that allows you to travel back to 2007 (to present) and see how your favorite gay destinations have changed over the years. It’s a cool new feature to shed some light on how P-Town, Sitges, and Key West (as seen above) have morphed in the last near decade, and to also give you a glimpse of the landscape to help plan your trips. We’ll be traveling to Key West next month, and yes, we’ve covered the rest. To check out the best gay guides to all of your favorite summer destinations, check out our June 2013 issue and subscribe here.

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By @ 04/25/14 in Asia, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Thailand

bangkok rooftopIt’s going to be a hectic few days for our Editor-in-Chief as he traverses Thailand, from Bangkok to Pattaya to Chiang Mai to Phuket to Koh Phi Phi. Ed too a second to send us this stunning photo from the rooftop of his hotel overlooking the verdurous treetops and epic Bangkok skyline just beyond. If you have any Thailand photos or stories from your travels, send them along to kenny@manaboutworld.com. And look for our insider coverage of Thailand in an upcoming issue!

 

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

jerusalem

 

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 kenny@manaboutworld.com.

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By @ 04/23/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

bangkok

In honor of our Editor-in-Chief, Ed Salvato, taking off this morning to Thailand, we thought this gorgeous image of the Wat Arun, the temple of dawn, by the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok, was appropriate. Look for our insider guide to Bangkok in an upcoming issue.

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By @ 04/22/14 in Asia, Travel Tips Tuesday

 

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Many of us dream about traveling in a Singapore Airlines First Class Suite on an A380. But we found a way to make that dream come true.  We (the very royal We) recently had the opportunity to fly in seat 2A on Singapore Airlines flight #26 from Frankfurt to JFK. Jealous? Most of our friends were. So let us share a little secret with you, because we didn’t pay the regular $6,648.00 fare to book it. Instead, we used just 47,375 frequent traveler points to do it. And so can you. Here’s how:

1. You’ll need KrisFlyer Miles

While Singapore Airlines is a StarAlliance carrier, they don’t load First Class Suites for partner redemption.  So you’ll need to get a KrisFlyer account, and earn some miles. But you don’t need to fly Singapore Airlines to do it. You can earn them on any StarAlliance partner. You can also transfer them in from three very popular frequent traveler programs: American Express Membership Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and LeClub Accorhotels (check singaporeair.com for additional partners in markets outside of the U.S.)

2. Look for the Saver Award redemption

Singapore has three redemption levels for award tickets. Between New York and Frankfurt, you can use 67,500 miles for Saver, 130,000 for Standard, and 460,000 for Full. Plan ahead for the best chance of scoring a Saver award. Another bonus: when you book your award ticket online, you get a 15% discount. So that 67,500 becomes 57,375. (Online redemption levels start at 91,375 for Los Angeles to Singapore, and 31,875 for Hong Kong to Singapore — 3 hours and 50 minutes of inflight luxury for less than a standard domestic round trip award on U.S. carriers!)

3. Use the SPG Mileage Transfer Bonus

When you convert 20,000 SPG points to airline miles, you get a 25% bonus.  So we got 50,000 KrisFlyer points for only 40,000 SPG points. Note that the you can only transfer up to 79,999 SPG points per transfer, so the maximum transfer you can make for the maximum bonus is 60,000 points for 75,000 miles. You can only make one transfer per 24-hour period, and transfers can take up to three weeks to post to your Singapore Krisflyer account. (Mine took a week.)

4. Top-up with Membership Rewards Points

Our Membership Rewards transfer was nearly instantaneous. We transferred 8,000 Membership Rewards points on top of the 40,000 SPG points, for a total of 58,000 KrisFlyer points, redeemed 57,375 for the First Class Suite, and have 625 KrisFlyer points waiting for our next trip.

 

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By @ 04/22/14 in Asia, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel, We're heading to ...

 

The total distance from NYC to Bangkok is nearly 9,000 miles. Ed's flights stops once in Abu Dhabi.

The total distance from NYC to Bangkok is nearly 9,000 miles. Ed’s flights stops once, in Abu Dhabi.

ManAboutWorld editor in chief, Ed Salvato, is heading to Bangkok, Chang Mai and Phuket, Thailand to conduct research for our upcoming Thailand coverage in the magazine, in a travel guide and in our social media platforms. Over the next couple of weeks, be sure to check for his updates in this blog, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+ and Pinterest. Or just subscribe to the darned magazine for heaven’s sake! 🙂 Our sure-to-be-definitive gay guide to this incredibly beautiful and gay-welcoming country is scheduled for our July/August issue. Subscribers will just tap, download, lean back, swipe and enjoy! For all others, subscribe now. For the cost of a couple of Manhattans in Manhattan you’ll have a year’s worth of the best gay travel advice on the planet.

This is the second leg of the flight to Bangkok.

This is the second leg of the flight to Bangkok.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By @ 04/21/14 in Europe, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

copenhagen

Copenhagen is the happiest place on Earth … perhaps literally. The World Happiness Report from the Earth Institute at New York’s Columbia University says Copenhagen is the capital of the world’s happiest country, and we can’t find much to argue with; beautiful parks, charming, stately architecture, and a trailblazing, pioneering view of gay life makes it one of our favorite destinations. We’ll be covering Copenhagen in our upcoming May issue; you can subscribe here to download it and all of our insider European guides.

*DDTI = Daily Dose of Travel Inspiration

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By @ 04/19/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

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It’s finally here….

Our New York issue is live! The ultimate insider guide to the greatest city in the world is now available to download on iPad and Android tablet, featuring the different faces of the Big Apple that make it the most diverse and dynamic city on Earth: the classic gentleman, the Williamsburg hipster, the culture snob, the trendy scenester, and of course, the gay man.

Learn how to dine around the world within the five boroughs, discover the hidden gems and the secret tips that only a local would know, and get full access to the only hotels, restaurants, and clubs we use.

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By @ 04/18/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel, United States

Central Park/Great Lawn, Sep 2013 - 03This scene of the plush and verdant Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park looks almost like it was stolen from the Scottish Highlands. That’s the thing about New York: one minute your surrounded by soaring steel and glass skyscrapers and honking taxis puffing out exhaust, and the next, you’re nestled away in a quiet garden in the shadow of a centuries-old miniature castle. You can be anything you want in New York: the gentleman in a tuxedo strolling Madison; the hipster in skinny jeans sipping organic coffee in Williamsburg; the wide-eyed tourist in Times Square snapping photographs; the cool downtown kid dancing ’til 4am at some warehouse party; or the outdoorsy athlete, hiking his way through bucolic pastures of the city’s many parks.

In our April issue, we explore the inside track to all the faces of New York. So no matter which New York you are, we’ve got you covered.

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By @ 04/17/14 in Austin, Charleston (SC), Dallas, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New Orleans, Travel

Drink and Click™ Austin, Texas Visits The Bat Cave

Mississippi is currently trying to pass a Senate bill that would allow business owners to openly discriminate against gays. The bill, better known as “Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act” had us wondering who the hell would want to visit Mississippi anyway when the American South is packed full of the country’s most exciting and beautiful cities.

So in honor of this preposterous, soon to be vetoed bill, we decided to name our top 5 favorite southern destinations that are not Mississippi.

1. Austin, TX

We covered Austin in our March 2013 issue, and for gays, it remains the mecca of the south. Tons of fun bars, clubs, nightlife, and culture have defined this weird city full of cute cowboys and eccentric charm

2. New Orleans, LA

You don’t need much convincing to visit New Orleans – this charming, crazy, up-all-night city is unlike any other in America; from its scenic bayous to its emerging food scene, NOLA is a national trendsetter, and its acceptance of gay rights is no exception. You can find our insider’s guide to New Orleans in our Oct 2012 issue.

3. Atlanta, GA

Atlanta is a liberal blue island in an otherwise mostly red conservative state. There’s a vibrant, approachable gay scene here filled with queer refugees from the entire region. You’ll find lots of LGBT venues to enjoy, (the best of which  you can find in our Sept. 2013 issue) with the only drawback being the driving distances between the most popular venues. And the food; my God, the food.



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By @ 04/14/14 in Barcelona, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Party, Travel

barcelona

How do you say Happy Easter in Catalan?

This Sunday, we’re leaving the Easter Bunny home with the family and the baked ham for a weekend in Barcelona to celebrate the Matinee Easter Gay Weekend. The gay weekend plays host to four international parties, nine star DJs, and more hot beach bodies than you can shake a carrot at. Check out Matinee’s website for ticket pricing and event line-up. And click here to subscribe for all of our insider coverage about Barcelona coming soon in an upcoming issue.

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By @ 04/11/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Seville

seville

Tucked inside a southern region of Spain, just across the strait from Morocco, exists this gorgeous city or Moorish architecture, where flamenco was born and cute waiters serve tapas at bustling eateries until the wee hours. Our very own Editor-In-Chief Ed Salvato will travel to this storybook city from May 3-6 to explore the gay scene and reveal its secrets. Look for our insider guide in an upcoming issue. 

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By @ 04/10/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

newyorkrevisitedThere is perhaps no city on Earth more photogenic than New York. In honor of our epic, upcoming Big Apple issue, we found this striking image of the Brooklyn Bridge on a rainy, overcast morning to be apropos. For an insider’s experience through the many faces of New York City, sign-up for a free trial here.

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By @ 04/09/14 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

bearsOn May 7, Sunny Fort Lauderdale will unleash its third-annual BeachBear Weekend, an international mega-weekend drawing thousands of bears to Wilton Manors for three days of raucous parties with hot bartenders, P-Town DJs, and some of the world’s best beaches . The event – hosted by The Courtyard by Marriott who’s offering special rates and ocean views –  is $59; proceeds go to The Pride Center and Abandon Pet Rescue. Delta has come on board as the official airline of the event.

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By @ 04/08/14 in Budapest, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Fusco, Travel

budapest

Photo of the daily flag-raising ceremony at Kossuth tér outside of the Parliament building by New York-based ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Paul Fusco who recently returned from Budapest. We’ll be covering Budapest in all of its gay glory in our upcoming May 2014 issue.

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By @ 04/07/14 in Dallas, Film festival, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Newdallas

Austin has always been the blue dot in red Texas, but it’s Dallas’ burgeoning gay renaissance that has us eager to revisit this Lone Star city. For the second straight year, the annual Dallas film festival  has been a showcase of gay films that have taken over the headlines, highlighting an emerging trend of compassion for gay issues from a state known for its staunch conservative ideals.

Two major docu-dramas, ‘Queens & Cowboys’ – following a year in the life of a gay rodeo – and “Tomato Republic” – a fascinating portrait of a gay man running for mayor in uber-conservative (to out it mildly) Jacksonville– are two of several gay-themed films making waves and eliciting raves  from the festival’s increasingly liberal audience.

The festival begin earlier this week and runs through April 13. Spring is our favorite time to visit Dallas, and if you can’t make it for the festival, plan on going May 9-12 for Purple Party. Set up in 2001 as a fundraiser to help local residents living with HIV/AIDS, the Purple Party http://www.purplefoundation.org/ has become a wild celebration that draws folks from all over the area and beyond, one long party from the Opening Party on Friday to the Closing on Sunday (really, Monday morning).

Our insider coverage of Dallas can be found in our April 2013 guide here. 

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