Author Archives: Ken Porpora

By @ 03/25/15 in Gay cruise, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Ask a gay friend who’s never been on a cruise if he’d like to go on one, and he’ll probably decline.
I wouldn’t be caught dead on a cruise!
Then ask a friend who’s been on one and he’ll likely say it was the best vacation he’s ever had. In our experience, it’s pretty much blogbinary: The uninitiated would never go on a cruise, but once they do, they’re ready to book their next one by the third day. How could so many otherwise perceptive, bright and imaginative people be so wrong, and what on earth could produce this 180-degree turnaround?
In our current issue, (available now on iPad and Android tablet with our $1 trial subscription) we eradicate the myths of gay cruising and explore the adventure, romance, and life-changing friendships you’ll experience. We stocked the issue full of information, exhaustive research (including our survey of gay-friendliness among the cruise lines), inspiring tales, and answered all of your questions so you’ll be ready to cruise this summer.



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By @ 03/24/15 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
ManAboutWorld Editor-in-Chief, Ed Salvato

ManAboutWorld Editor-in-Chief, Ed Salvato

Our editor-in-chief Ed Salvato will join the New York Travel Festival panel on April 18 to discuss “What Gay Travel Gets Right:What other niches can learn from LGBT marketing.” Moderated by Mark Chestnut, Ed will join Matt Skallerud to discuss what has made LGBT travel marketing strategies successful, how these tactics work for other niches in the travel industry, what tactics won’t work, or need to be adjusted for different audiences, and how niche travel marketing evolving.
The festival organizers have offered us the following discounts:
  • ‘MAW15’ is $5 off of Weekend Traveler Ticket
  • ‘MAWIND’ is $25 off of Weekend Industry Ticket

To purchase tickets, click here and enter the appropriate code.



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By @ 03/23/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Prague, Travel
Sunrise-in-Prague
On August 15, Prague will be dressed in rainbows and gays for its fifth Gay Pride event, proving again that it remains Eastern Europe’s most tolerant country, and one of the world’s most desired travel destination for gays.



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By @ 03/20/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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“Gay America, rather than being confined to a few places, spreads across every major region of the country,” says a new Gallup report, published today in The New York Times. Nationwide, Gallup says, 3.6 percent of adults consider themselves gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. And even the parts of the country outside the 50 biggest metropolitan areas have a gay population (about 3 percent) not so different from some big metropolitan areas. It’s a reflection in part of increasing tolerance and of social connections made possible by the Internet.”

 

 

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By @ 03/19/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld magazine

GetEQUAL protests outside the Delta airport in Georgia

The Georgia chapter of GetEQUAL, a grassroots LGBT empowerment organization, will be welcoming travelers at the domestic Delta terminal of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with a  sign that says “Welcome Heterosexuals,” demonstrating the impact of Georgia’s latest bill on its tourist industry. The Georgia State Assembly is about to pass House Bill 218 and Senate Bill 129 — both would allow the state government, corporations, and privately-owned businesses to discriminate on the basis of their “strongly held religious beliefs.”



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By @ 03/18/15 in Daily Dose, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, London, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Brompton Cemetery, London

Spring in Brompton Cemetery, London; showing signs of life

Our Editor-in-chief visited London and sent back this photo from the Brompton Cemetery where a colorful hint of spring adorns the resting place of many notables from the mid 19th century and later.

According to the Royal Parks website:

Brompton Cemetery is one of Britain’s oldest and most distinguished garden cemeteries. It combines historic monuments, trees and wildlife with the stories of the remarkable people buried here. This beautiful landscape is the only Cemetery in the country owned by the Crown and managed by The Royal Parks on behalf of the nation.

 

 

 

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By @ 03/17/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

“For this first time in history, New York City’s famed St. Patrick’s Day parade will welcome an LGBT organization into its ranks,” reports MSNBC. “But equality groups and prominent political allies, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, remain unsatisfied with the parade’s level of inclusion.”

 

 

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By @ 03/16/15 in Europe, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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The Wall Street Journal reported earlier today, “The euro briefly hit a fresh 12-year low against the dollar early in Asia trade Monday, with investors seeing little reason to buy the common currency at a time when eurozone and U.S. monetary policies are continuing to diverge.”

 

 

 

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By @ 03/12/15 in Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Travel
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The view from the terrace of the Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, just south of St. Helena.

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A room at the Auberge with doors opening onto a private terrace and overlooking sweeping wine country vistas.

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The rugged coastline of Carmel, a 17 mile stretch of gorgeous and rocky beach.

 

 

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By @ 03/10/15 in Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

The famous lone cypress tree of Carmel

Our road trip through wine country kicked off today with a coastal ride through stunning Carmel, an exquisite small town of just under 4,000 people. From here, we’ll drive up to Healdsberg in Sonoma, through gay-friendly Guerneville, and southeast to St. Helena and Yountville. Check back for more photos and recommendations!

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By @ 03/05/15 in Auston Matta, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in manAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Two boys hold hands on the steps of an ancient church

Our correspondent Auston Matta of Two Bad Tourists is back with this new, funny, and insightful list every traveling gay should read.

 

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By @ 03/05/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

An outdoor food market in the heart of Paris

Gary Saperstein goes by a few monikers these days: wine expert, radio show host, Sonoma man-about-town, and founder of Out In The Vineyard, to name a few. To us, he’s friend and correspondent, and he recently spent a few days touring around Paris with a dear friend, the head chef at Sonoma’s famous The Girl and the Fig.

As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Paris by day, and its unmistakable landmark.



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By @ 03/04/15 in Allister Chang, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Boys rough-housing on the beach in San Juan

 

 

An update from our beloved correspondent, Harvard student and frequent traveler, Allister Chang:

From the team that perfected “guerilla” takeovers of straight clubs, comes gay spring break San Juan 2015! On March 25-29 The Welcoming Committee (TWC) will bring LGBTQs from eight different cities to Puerto Rico. Whether you go by yourself, with a partner, or a group of friends, you’ll meet dozens of new people, and — if my past experiences with TWC events have taught me anything — leave a trail of glitter across the entire island.



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By @ 03/02/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Rainbow colored houses along the water in Curacao

The IGLTA (International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association) will name Curacao — a Dutch owned Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela — the 2015 “Destination Pioneer” at this years conference on April 8. (Source: Gay Star News)

 

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By @ 02/27/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Out Adventures, Tour operators, Travel

 

As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Old Town Havana, Cuba

Thanks to President Obama’s recent initiative to thaw relations with our geographically near (yet ideologically distant) neighbor, it’s a little easier to go but restrictions remain in place, specifically with respect to pure leisure tourism — it’s still not legal for Americans, who must travel under a general or specific (i.e., an application and a case-by-case determination) license (visa). The main changes include an expansion of general licenses to allow 12 categories of travel without specific approval, and the use of credit cards. Don’t expect to hop on a plane, grab a hotel and hit the beach on your own just yet. There is a lot of good information about travel to Cuba, including this comprehensive Q&A in The New York Times



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By @ 02/26/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

A peaceful morning sunrise over misty Nusa Lembongan Island, Indonesia.

A breathtaking photograph of our correspondent Michael Siebert looking out onto a peaceful Indonesian morning.

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By @ 02/25/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Street scene, Cuba.

Our friend Steven Bereznai — travel writer, personal trainer, and the author of numerous books, including Gay and Single…Forever? 10 Things Every Gay Guy Looking For Love (and Not Finding It) Needs to Know — chimes in with a fascinating piece from his trip to Cuba this past January. (He’s Canadian and has the legal right to travel there as a tourist from Canada.):
 “Don’t book anything less than a 4 star.” “The food will be terrible.” “The booze will be watered down.” “Your all inclusive won’t include drinkable water.” “The resort won’t look like the brochure.” “Tip everybody.” “The locals will want to marry you.”



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By @ 02/24/15 in Berlin, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld magazine, the gay travel magazine

“Scenes from the Land of Hirschfeld” inside the Schwules Museum

One of our favorite correspondents, Paul Heney, is back with another great piece about his recent travels to Berlin:

Berlin took a little time to grow on me, but after four trips here over the years, it’s a place I love to visit. The city’s eclectic style, extensive arts scene, in-your-face “German-ness” and plentiful shopping—not to mention its very gay-friendly vibe—adds up to a lot of fun for the gay traveler.

I had a great opportunity to visit the city’s famed Schweules Museum, now celebrating its 30th anniversary. Schweules, one of the world’s mot renowned institutions for researching and communicating the LGBTQ experience.

Through March 31, the museum is showcasing a fascinating exhibit, “Porn That Way,” a look at the history of gay, lesbian and trans porn. And there is a lot of history, and some pretty interesting insight into what gay porn meant, not to mention how it shaped what men considered sexy. From early work that seemed closeted and subversive to the photorealistic Tom of Finland drawings—and from the gay-for-play muscled hunks that tried to show a healthy counterpoint to AIDS victims to the self-made online empires like Corbin Fischer, the show tries to show how the different eras of gay pornography related to the times.

There’s also an in-depth examination of lesbian porn, including the “produced by men for men” variety, as well as the woman-produced, safe-sex, female-centric movies and magazines.

So if you’re in Germany’s capital city anytime soon, make sure to stop by Schweules before heading over to Brunos for your underwear and gymwear shopping! It’s a worthwhile stop to pay homage and learn more about that media that no one likes to discuss in public—but that everyone watches in private.

 

 

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By @ 02/23/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, St. Pete's, Travel
As seen in the latest issue of ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

The trendy Birchwood boutique hotel in downtown St. Petersburg

The Birchwood is the best hotel in St. Pete and our first choice when staying downtown. It has just 18 rooms, all of them spacious and tastefully designed with claw-footed tubs. No frills here: no gym, no pool, but a first-rate restaurant in the lobby — Birch & Vine — and a weekend hotspot of a rooftop bar in The Canopy. If you’ve come to the area to visit the Dali Museum and explore downtown’s ever-burgeoning scene, you’ll want to stay here.

Click here to subscribe for our latest issue and get all of our St. Pete insider tips.

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By @ 02/20/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Movie poster for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Movie poster for The Grand Budapest Hotel

If you’re rushing around this weekend trying to catch up on all of the Best Picture nominees and find yourself inspired by the exotic (and sometimes not so) cities portrayed on he silver screen, you’ll love this piece in The New York Times. Check out these 8 trips inspired by Oscar nominations, and subscribe to our magazine here for our own insider tips.

 

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