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By @ 09/18/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

noma

 

Lucky Peach recently published this account from chef Rene Redzepi on why he’s decided to close Noma in Copenhagen, known internationally as the world’s best restaurant.



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By @ 09/17/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Belvedere Castle: designed in 1869 by Calvert Vaux (co-designer of Central Park.

An aerial view of the Belvedere Castle, designed in 1869 by Calvert Vaux.

Ask a traveler to name the best neighborhood and New York and they’ll rattle off a few familiar names — the West Village is usually high on the list, Chelsea, too, SoHo for the rich and fashionable, and Williamsburg for the hipsters. We know Brooklyn is for the cool kids and Hell’s Kitchen is for the gay boys. They each have their share of culture and performances, restaurants and cozy cafes, and some are renowned for the gay life. But what if there was a ‘hood in NYC that had it all, plus enough nature to make you forget you were living in a labyrinth of steel ad concrete?



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By @ 09/10/15 in Dublin, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Ireland is quickly seeing the effects of becoming a country that has the freedom to marry. In less than a few months since the historic referendum, it is estimated that 13% or more of the hospitality economy is made up of gay and lesbian travelers. LGBT Capital has said that the LGBT market has contributed $943 million to the economy alone.

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By @ 09/09/15 in Billy Kolber, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, London, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Big Ben in London, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Big Ben

Our editor Ed Salvato is on a European tour, currently in London for the week. He updated us with a few images from his trip, including these. Check back here, on our Instagram feed or on Facebook over the next two weeks to see photos from  his travels and those of our colleague Billy Kolber who’s also in Europe on this Uniworld river cruise sailing from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

G-A-Y gay club in London, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

G-A-Y

The London Eye in London, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The London Eye

For more photos, click ‘read more’ below

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By @ 09/04/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Milan Expo, Italy, as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

By the time I had touched down in Milan for 2015 Expo, it had already been wowing travelers for more than three months. The expo — the quinquennial event, previously in China, and scheduled to be in Dubai come 2020 – was themed this year around food sustainability, with 140 participating countries.

Milan Expo, Italy, as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Each country’s pavilion took around two years to complete, and each one is a marvel of art and culture, capturing the essence of the country, its innovation, its farming, and its vision toward the future.

Milan Expo, Italy, as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Milan Expo, Italy, as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Milan Expo, Italy, as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

DOWNLOAD MANABOUTWORLD: Please check our unique 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.

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By @ 08/10/15 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Fort Lauderdale may just be the best gay American city we’ve got, where gays have been welcomed for decades to live, explore, and enjoy a taste of the good life. It’s 38 square miles of sprawling, sun-soaked metropolis and miles of white sand beach, and in the center of it all, one of the great gayborhoods in the world — Wilton Manors.

Our free guide to Fort Lauderdale delves deep into the city, highlighting the best of its restaurants, nightlife, shopping, culture, and gay guesthouses. In the years before the Stonewall riots, when ideas like gay marriage were still far-fetched pipe dreams, these guesthouses were sanctuary’s, a place where gay men could be themselves, free to flirt and frolic (among other F-words) without fear of prejudice.

The free guide puts the spotlight on gay locals who reveal their favorite hotspots and hidden gems, and we even dish out a few fabulous day-trip ideas, for those mornings when you want to get out of town for the chic fast-paced buzz of Miami, or the laid-back opulence of Palm Beach.

Download the ManAboutWorld on the iTunes App Store or Google Play for tablet or smart phone and get the guide for free. For a free three-month subscription to the magazine, click here.

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By @ 07/30/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Cecil, the beloved lion of Zimbabwe, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Cecil, the beloved lion of Zimbabwe

Can’t help but think of Cecil. This Saturday, “filmmaker and photographer Louie Psihoyos, will project digital light images of endangered species onto the building in an art event meant to draw attention to the creatures’ plight and possibly provide footage for a coming documentary,” said The New York Times. The light show is this Saturday night, from 9pm-12am, on southern facade of Empire State Building.

We were so saddened to learn about the death of Cecil, the beloved, 13-year-old lion famous to visitors of the Hwange National Park in western. Cecil was allegedly killed by a Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, who is said to have paid $55,000 to hunt the animal. Reports say Cecil was found skinned and beheaded after the hunt.

Palmer has since incurred a whirlwind of Internet backlash, threatening Tweets, negative Yelp reviews, and protests outside his dental practice, which he has closed for a number of days. While we don’t support internet shaming; we do support conservation; this dentist’s action seem questionable but in some instances legal trophy hunting helps preserve endangered animals.

Those interested in learning more about human beings contribution to the extinction of endangered species, we recommend the Pulitzer Prize -winning book “The Sixth Extinction,” by Elizabeth Kolbert.

ManAboutWorld: Check out our unique digital gay travel magazine for way more than this “Cecil” honorary light show … 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 publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, get illuminated.
Photo credit: Vince O’Sullivan



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By @ 06/08/15 in Gay travel, LA/West Hollywood, ManAboutWorld, Travel
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LA Dodgers gay pride night as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

 

On June 19, the Los Angeles Dodgers will host LGBT night, featuring a first pitch by Lisa Vanderpump, a special appearance by Lance Bass and the National Anthem will be performed by Ty Herndon. Show your pride and come out to celebrate. Each ticket PACKAGE includes a ticket to the game and a VOUCHER redeemable for a commemorative LGBT night t-shirt. Tickets range from $38-$73.

 

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By @ 05/19/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Vienna

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We love the gay streetlights in Vienna — two gay guys holding hands! We recently covered Vienna and the crazy Eurovision event. The grand finale of the competition will be May 23. Click here to subscribe and read our in-depth, expert-sourced coverage.

Here’s a fabulous photo of last year’s winner Conchita Wurst (credit: LifeBall Conchita_Akzeptanz). Click here to read what we wrote about the event on Towleroad. 

Conchita Wurst as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The other lady in gold

 

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By @ 05/13/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

cambodia

Our recent article for Towleroad highlights the best of Cambodia and Laos, two of the least developed countries in Southeast Asia, tucked between Thailand and Vietnam. Tourism is a bright spot in both countries, and based on our short exploration, it is easy to see why. Despite the difficult history and circumstances, people greet visitors with enormous smiles and warmth. Cambodia’s magnificent Angkor Wat complex, rediscovered in the 1850s, is a bucket list draw for world travelers. It has brought about tourism infrastructure development, and some of the same free-wheeling tourist economy trappings — good and bad — seen in more developed tourist economies. By comparison, Laos is most notable for its relative lack of development, but here too, the power of tourist spending is changing the landscape — literally and quickly.



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By @ 05/08/15 in Auston Matta, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

ibiza

Our friends at Two Bad Tourists have big news on the first-ever Ibiza Pride and a huge summer giveaway!

Are you planning on visiting Ibiza? In case you haven’t heard, Ibiza is hosting its first gay pride this summer from July 8th to 12th and it’s going to be big! We’ve partnered with the Ibiza Gay Pride team to giveaway 2 All Access Passes.

The winner of the giveaway will receive 2 free t-shirts, 2 welcome bags and 2 wristbands providing free access to all 8 parties including the opening party, all nighttime events and daytime pool party. Each pass normally costs 200€ (promo price until May 25th) so the total prize is valued at 400€! You can find out more about the events and parties on the Ibiza Gay Pride website or check out their Facebook page for regularly updates.

What’s the Catch?

There’s no catch – all you have to do is signup with your email address. We’ll add you to our mailing list and you can unsubscribe at anytime. We don’t spam but we do send out a monthly newsletter and occasional new blogs posts by email. This giveaway also helps promote Ibiza Gay Pride, which is important since it’s the first year and they need help spreading the word. Also note that the prize doesn’t include any travel assistance, flights or accommodation so you’re on own for that. But once you arrive, you’ll have access to all the events throughout the week with the wristband.



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By @ 05/07/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

rhapsody

The New York Times recently had a great story about the semi-new Rhapsody magazine, available to first-class United Airlines passengers, and the new influx of A-list literary stars that populate the magazine.

“As airlines try to distinguish their high-end service with luxuries like private sleeping chambers, showers, butler service and meals from five-star chefs, United Airlines is offering a loftier, more cerebral amenity to its first-class and business-class passengers: elegant prose by prominent novelists,” the article said.

Passengers will read stories from Pulitzer-winner Anthony Doerr, and award-winners such as Joyce Carol Oates (Black Water, Blonde) and Karen Russell (Swamplandia!)

 

Photo credit: Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

 

 

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By @ 05/01/15 in Asia, Daily Dose, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, Travel
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ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Michael Siebert visited Bangkok and stayed at ManAboutWorld Editor’s Choice award winner the Sofitel So Bangkok. Here’s his report, just in; and above a self portrait he took (using a timer) of him and a friend.
Sofitel So Bangkok is a fantastic, well-located hotel combining together elegant French luxury and warm Thai hospitality and styled by Monsieur Christian Lacroix.
The pool is spectacular along with the view.  If you are a chocolate lover, be sure to visit the “chocolate lab” at ground level, as well as the rooftop bar, Park Society.  An excellent time to visit is during the Thai new year in April each year; lastly, don’t miss out of the water fight in the Silom area during the new year.

*DDTI: Daily dose of travel inspiration.



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By @ 04/27/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

gaygraves

The Gay Graves Tour, a one-of-a-kind tour at Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark in Brooklyn, returns for spring 2015. The tour will introduce you to the famous and the not-so-famous gay men and lesbians who are among the permanent residents at Green-Wood. The Gay Graves Tour is conducted entirely on foot. Tickets are $30 per person.

Beginning at the fabulous Victorian Gothic entry gate to Green-Wood, we visit the final resting places of four gay composers: Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Jabara and Fred Ebb, as well as those of the groundbreaking lesbian artists, Violet Oakley and Emma Stebbins; plus others.

Amid centuries-old trees, fabulous works of art, and bucolic surroundings enjoy a fascinating dose of gay history, New York history and U.S. history during this unique tour.

The Gay Graves Tour will be conducted on Sunday, May 3rd, beginning promptly at 11 AM at Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St. at Fifth Ave., Brooklyn (The 25th St. R train stop is only 1 block from Green-Wood. From Manhattan & Queens, ride the express Q train to DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn, changing there to a local R train.)

For further details and to buy tickets, please visit http://walkaboutny.com/the-tours/the-gaygraves-tour/  and if your travels include final resting places, be on the lookout for “Departing Shots” by JJ Keyes in our May issue with coverage of famous cemeteries around the world.

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By @ 04/15/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Palm Springs, Travel

palmsprings

Palm Springs’ heyday may have begun with the early movie and TV stars, but the town’s gay renaissance began in the ‘80s, when gay Angelenos started buying the mid-century modernhomes in a then seedy downtown. Today, Palm Springs is a stylish and popular weekend getaway from September through May, and never more glorious than it is right now. When LA is a “chilly” 68-70° in the winter and spring, Angelenos head to sunny Palm Springs for warm swimming pool weather. It’s a popular gay destination, but it’s a relatively small city, with a population of under 50,000 residents. The few gay bars and clubs it has are often deserted midweek, even in season, and when the temperature soars in the summer, the town really slows down.



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By @ 04/13/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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The New York Times takes an interesting look inside gay cruises and comes away saying “…The sense of freedom was powerful: You could be old or young, slim or heavy, and could have a loud, drunken cruise, a quiet romantic one, or even a naughty one. The many people I met who had taken multiple Atlantis cruises, 10 or even 20 or more, are clearly on to something.”

I hadn’t expected to fit in on this cruise. I thought the Atlantis experience might be too intense for me; I’d heard stories about the costumes and assumed that only impossibly young gay men with untraceable amounts of body fat would be on board. I figured that my partner, Brett, and I would feel awfully out of place.

For ManAboutWorld’s take on cruise vacations (gay and straight), download our March issue: Check out this special subscription offer. Photo credit: Brett Douglas, The New York Times

Photo credit: Brett Douglas, The New York Times

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By @ 04/07/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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The biggest LGBT travel convention of the year hits the City of Angeles tomorrow, April 8, and the whole ManAboutWorld team will join the leaders and influencers of the IGLTA and the gay travel world for the travel event of the year. If you’re coming, send us some photos and we’ll post them here!

UPDATE Thursday, April 9:

The men of ManAboutWorld with friends Tony and Peter.

tony peter

UPDATE Wednesday, April 8: We received our first photos from pre-convention activities of the IGLTA Board of Directors.

The IGLTA Board of Directors

The IGLTA Board of Directors

 

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By @ 04/03/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

Two Year Anniversary Of Hurricane Sandy In New York

“Gov. Cuomo has banned all non-essential, state-funded travel to Indiana in response to that state’s religious freedom law, which critics say opens the door to discrimination against gay and lesbian people,” according to NBC New York.

The ban applies to all state agencies and public colleges and universities — meaning students and faculty would not be able to participate in athletic or academic events in Indiana. Exceptions would be made for travel deemed “essential to the enforcement of state law or public health and safety.”

 

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By @ 04/02/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

airbnbcuba

More than 1,000 beds have opened in Cuba, according to this article from the AP, with 40 percent of them in Havana.

“The popular online home-rental service Airbnb will allow American travelers to book lodging in Cuba starting Thursday in the most significant U.S. business expansion on the island since the declaration of detente between the two countries late last year,” said the AP.

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By @ 03/26/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

lookingThe gays have been grieving, riled up on Twitter and flinging hashtags — basically aghast at HBO’s short-sighted decision to end the only gay drama on cable. Here we had a show to call our own, real and gritty and heartfelt and sexy, and HBO goes and pulls the plug. Luckily, we still have Game of Thrones to satiate our homerotic fantasies and pangs for full-frontal. But still, Looking was a gem, a milestone, the first TV show to depict this generation of gays.

But aftrer two seasons, it’s gone, and we have only the memories. And a handful of places your favorite characters hung out in and worked. So if you have no life, and no friends, and the pain of losing Dom and Patrick and Agustin is just too much, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up our favorite Looking landmarks, from greasy spoons to greasier bathhouses. Here are top choices to mourn this loss, and to remember the two seasons of a show that left us too early.



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