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By @ 02/19/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
St.Pete's Beach pier as seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

The beautiful St. Pete Beach pier

This month, we hit the road, up and down Florida’s west coast, intent on solving one of the great travel mysteries of our time: if the Gulf Coast of Florida is still in the shadow of Miami, then how the hell is it so sunny? It’s a good question and one we were determined to get to the bottom of. And we mean “the bottom.” So we set out to explore some of the Gulf Coast’s best cities: St. Petersburg and Tampa and their small town neighbors like the pristine family harbor town of Clearwater, and the strange Greek enclave of Tarpon Springs. We drove down to Sarasota, and further still to the idyllic islands of Captiva and Sanibel, where we sailed into sunsets and watched dolphins leap like trapeze artists.

And what we found was a region ready to burst out of the shadow of Miami and into its own as Florida’s undiscovered gay hot spot. We found cities like St. Petersburg, young and bustling with first-rate museums and cool, hipster restaurants, a vibrant live music scene and cute gay boys holed up inside straight bars.

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By @ 02/17/15 in Gay travel, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine Rio's Carnival rehearsal

Just before Carnival officially began last week, there was a final rehearsal at the Sambodromo. The highlight of carnival is the Rio Samba Parade in the Sambodromo, a massive stadium where tickets are required. Nightly parades last until dawn.

Our correspondent Jeff Guaracino chimes in with some news about the fantastic Rio Carnivale!

CARNIVAL IN RIO: PARTY ON!

 When you picture Rio de Janeiro, do you think of sexy people partying? You’d be right.

Brazil’s Carnival is known worldwide as the “world’s biggest festival” full of culture, dance, food, samba, parades and music. Tourism officials estimate 977,000 tourists joined local revelers this week at Rio de Janeiro’s 2015 Carnival.



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By @ 02/16/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Mark Vogler, San Francisco, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Our friends at Out In The Vineyard about The Big Gay Train

On March 28, our wonderful friends at Out in the Vineyard return yet again to host The Big Gay Train, a very special event where gay winemaker’s board a Napa Valley train and pair their reds and whites with fresh, muli-course meals. It’s the gay, wine-soaked, culinary adventure of the season, an opportunity to meet interesting gays, eat some great food, drink some wine, and mingle with some friends. The event runs from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Tickets start at $185 and VIP passes will run as high as $215.

 

 

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By @ 02/11/15 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Steve Rodriguez and Ed Salvato as seen at the New York Times Travel Show

Steve Rodriguez interviews ManAboutWorld editor Ed Salvato

Steve Rodriguez from Progressive Pulse, a great resource for lifestyle articles, videos and more, caught up with our editor in chief Ed Salvato at the New York Times Travel Show and got his take on the 15 most fabulous destinations everyone should consider in 2015. See the interview here.

 

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By @ 02/11/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Gorgeous ice-capped mountains and glacial waters in Alaska

For a traveler, Alaska can seem as unmanageable as it is beautiful. It’s a vast, sprawling, and utterly massive state; at more than 660,000 square miles, it’s bigger than Texas, California, and Montana combined. It has 15 national parks, a pretty but small capital city in Juneau, and some of the most wondrous vistas in the world So how do you do Alaska? The first thing you’ll need to accept is that you can’t do it all; you’re going to have to choose which side of Alaska you want to see. The mess of islands that comprises Southeastern Alaska is gorgeous and unique but perhaps better for a second visit. The most common way most travelers see Alaska is by cruise line. An Alaska Cruise is a trip of a lifetime, and if you go, the best time to do it is June through August, and we recommend choosing a small ship rather than a large one so that it’s easier to lose the crowds, escape the overdeveloped ports, and experience Alaska’s nature and wildlife in greater depth and relative peace.

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By @ 02/10/15 in Gay travel, Hawaii, Kauai, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel
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Blue skies on the gorgeous island of Kauai

Our intrepid correspondent, Paul Heney, chimes in with another fun post about how to bring exotic locales to you when your travel aspirations and your wallet don’t match up:



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By @ 02/05/15 in Billy Kolber, Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay digital magazine

Gay couple gets wed on sunny Fort Lauderdale beach

 

Our publisher Billy Kolber will be participating in the Love Is Love free wedding ceremony of gay and straight couples on the sunny beach of Fort Lauderdale. Check back for more photos from the event!

Update Thursday, Friday 5, 2015
Here’s a photo from the event today. Congrats to all 100 newlyweds!

100 newlyweds on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale, as seen in ManAboutWorldl gay travel magazine

100 newlyweds wed today (Feb 5, 2015) as part of #loveislove campaign

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/ft-lauderdale-loves-the-gays-100-couples-get-107433069502.html

 

 

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By @ 01/30/15 in Buenos Aires, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen inManAboutWorld,  the gay travel magazine.

The Pink Palace in the heart of Buenos Aires

 

It’s interesting times in Buenos Aires. The country’s draconian currency controls have created two conditions that benefit travelers: The unofficial “blue” currency exchange rate makes it more affordable than ever to visit the “Paris of South America.” And the inability to import goods has spurred a rush of creativity in locally-produced handicrafts, clothing and other goods. Bring cash and head to Florida Street or our favorite Cambio in the Promenade Alvear at Posadas 1564 to exchange your dollars or euros for pesos for a 25-30% discount to the official rate. Most small restaurants and shops will offer a similar rate if you ask to pay in dollars or euros.

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By @ 01/29/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Mykonos, Travel
A red-domed church in Mykonos, as seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

A red-domed church on stunning Mykonos, Greece

Every gay boy knows about Mykonos, which is probably why you don’t hear much about it. It’s almost a cliché to recommend it as a vacation spot. But while you were busy looking for the next gay island paradise, Mykonos evolved, shed its touristy, overexposed skin, and reinvented itself as an island that has only gotten better with age. A new wave of art, culture, and farm-to-table restaurants have swept the island, the clubs are better than ever, and the island itself is timeless beauty, still unmatched by any of those imitators out there.

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By @ 01/26/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
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Gorgeous Puglia village under blue skies.

Puglia lies in the most southeastern part of the Italian peninsula — the heel of the “boot,” wedged between the Adriatic and Ionian spurs of the Mediterranean. The result is miles of mostly rocky coastline on the east along the Adriatic, and mostly sandy beaches on the west along the Ionian Sea, with flat, fertile land in- between. The greatest testament to the region’s gay friendliness is the fact that it has an openly gay governor, re-elected twice. Outright gay exuberance centers on the coastal town of Gallipoli — affectionately dubbed “Gayllipoli” — which has become the summer destination for gays from all over Italy.

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By @ 01/23/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
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Mary Lou Williams at the piano at Cafe Society in 1944

Our friend Andrew Lear wrote this fun and interesting piece on his new Oscar Wilde tour of New York:

New York is truly one of the great gay cities. Ever since the days before the Civil War, when Walt Whitman hung out with his Bohemian friends at Pfaff’s Beer Cellar at Broadway and Bleecker, it has been a major center of gay life. It is true that the city often tried to repress it, but since the late 19th century, the city has had drag shows and gay baths and bars and cafés which, if not exactly gay, tolerated openly gay behavior—or even used it as an attraction for customers. And the city has been a mecca for gay people from other, more repressive parts of America and home to an astonishing list of famous and fascinating LGBT personalities and talents, from Whitman to Bessie Smith to Cole Porter, Rudi Nureyev, Andy Warhol, and so on.

 



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By @ 01/21/15 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
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Ed Salvator, Editor-in-Chief of Man About World magazine, to speak at New York Times Travel Show

Catch our editor in chief Ed Salvato moderating the LGBT panel he creates for the show every year. Or catch him on the U.S. State Department panel on travel safety. Or catch him in the “Meet the Expert” booth where he’ll personally answer your burning travel questions. The New York Times Travel Show is this Saturday, January 24th at the Javitz Center. It’s ginormous, so be sure to plan time to walk the show floor too. ManAboutWorld is a media partner, so we can hook you up with a $3 discount — instructions below.

  • 1:00 pm. Ed moderates  a panel “L.G.B.T. Travel: Hot Cruises, Events
    and Destinations for 2015” which he assembled and which includes LGBT travel experts Merryn Johns, Jeff Guaracino,  Zachary Moses and Bob Witeck. Room 1E10.
  • 2:00pm. Ed is available one-on-one to answer your travel questions. Look for him in the “Meet the Expert” area Exhibition, Booth #939
  • 4:00 pm, Ed will participate in a panel organized by the U.S. State Department: “U.S. Travelers: Smart, Savvy and Safe.” Room 1E13.

For $3 off your registration, click the Registration link: then click on consumer tab and enter discount code:  SPKR

 

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By @ 01/20/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
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The Matterhorn behind the snow-capped green alps of Zermatt

We’ve said it before — if you only ski in Europe once in your lifetime, make it Zermatt, a quaint, posh town tucked in the shadow of the Matterhorn, full of cobblestone charm and some of the best skiing in the world. From afar, the city glows with the surrounding hug of the Alps. It’s a destination worthy of your time and money any year, but this year, the world will turn its attention to Zermatt to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first Matterhorn ascent.



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By @ 01/19/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
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Milan canals at dusk


Italy’s second city is one of the underrated of Europe and often lost in the shadows of Rome, Venice and Florence. Being under-touristed has its advantages: Milan is more authentic. It’s filled with real Milanese just click-clacking off to work in their designer shoes along beautiful stone streets going about their day-to-day business and not full of camera-toting visitors. The men are fashionable and attractive. Moreover its churches, fashion, historic art, canals, and cuisine (plus its proximity to Lake Como) provide ample reason to see Milan as a great world city. Come Spring, it will host the
2015 Expo.

 

 

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By @ 01/16/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New Orleans, Travel
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Beignets and coffee at the famous Cafe du Monde

Some cities demand to be seen now and New Orleans is one of them. A city in the midst of an evolution, its post-Katrina rise to become one of the most culturally and culinarily exciting cities in America is something to behold. You could have come last year, and you can come the year after, but 2015 is witnessing a city in its prime. The official tourism office’s guide to LGBT New Orleans is info packed.

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By @ 01/15/15 in Gay travel, London, ManAboutWorld, Travel
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The Royal Baby, Prince George being held by his father

LONDON is one of the great cities of the world, and rarely do you need an excuse to go; the history, the art, the clubs, and the theater are reason enough. The city’s hot right now for a lot of reasons, and while some gay boys might want to hop the pond to see Tom Daley in his speedo, we have a few better reasons. Come April, Prince William and Kate Middleton will welcome their second baby into the world — and the world, as usual, will be watching. Don’t just watch! Go there and witness this historic event for yourself. Ignore those April showers and focus on the dynamic East End and the fantastic street markets. For official gay and lesbian London, click here.

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By @ 01/13/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Washington
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Washington, D.C. at dusk

WASHINGTON, DC is in its prime, as a city and as a gay destination. Its evolving culinary, art and culture scenes can compete with the major metropolitan players and is crowding out its fading reputation as a crime capital. Welcome to DC, the hip, foodie, art hub with a whole lot of history. In April 2015, the natural wonder of the city converges with its bloody past, when the city’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival and the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination align for special events, exhibits and the best natural show in town. The festival runs March 21-April 12, and is among the best for glorious cherry blossoms. 

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By @ 01/12/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Taipei, Travel
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How quickly things change. We listed Taipei as one of the 15 Gay Places to go in 2015 because it’s the new gay capital of Asia. We’ve come to know city as an Asian leader of tolerance, of progressive thought and freedom, so the recent police harassment experienced by attendees of gay New Years parties has left us confused and disheartened. A trusted friend of ours reported that “at three separate gay nightclub events, every patron was placed under suspicion and detained for hours with little reasonable cause.” He said the outcome was a vow to not return, though we hope the opposite is true and we are hopeful for a more tolerant future for what should be Asia’s LGBT trailblazer.  And a caution to us all that LGBT progress in conservative cultures is often a bumpy road. In happier Asia news, Vietnam abolished its ban on gay marriage!!!!!  
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By @ 01/06/15 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, Key West, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel

VowsCongratulations, Florida! On Jan. 6, the Sunshine State became the 36th state to legalize gay marriage. And so we immediately started thinking of places you could spend your honeymoon. The above photo of Little Palm Island, just off the coast of Key West, isn’t too shabby of a choice. But whether you celebrate at the St. Regis in Bal Harbor or the Delano in Miami, the real news here is that Florida is finally on the gay marriage map!

 

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By @ 01/05/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

gay-ski-weekendWe’ve heard folks call Stowe the “Aspen of the East,” but it’s not quite: Aspen wishes it had this kind of New England charm. Tucked away in the Green Mountains of Vermont is this quaint ski town that every year hosts Winter Rendezvous from January 22-26 http://www.winterrendezvous.com a five-day gay extravaganza of skiing, snowboarding, dog-sledding (sometimes in drag) and pretty much every outdoor activity you can dream up. But it’s so much more than that, and so is Stowe.

Check out our November issue by clicking here to get all the insider goodness on Stowe and this awesome annual event.

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