Author Archives: Ken Porpora

By @ 12/26/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New Orleans, Travel

neworleansIn 2015, New Orleans will be one of our cities to watch, a great town of food, music, boozy nights, European-inspired architecture, and its renaissance is now. It’s always been a great American city, but NoLa has what it takes to be a great international city, too. Find out why in our latest issue where we unveil the 15 Best Places To Go In 2015.

 

 

 

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By @ 12/23/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Christmas-in-All-Different-Languages-CardsTo our readers from around the world, we want to thank you for your support, and wish you the happiest of holidays.

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By @ 12/22/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

sunsetCaptiva Island, connected by bridge to Sanibel Island off the coast of Fort Myers, Florida, maybe be Florida’s most naturally beautiful, best kept secret. We visited this past week and explored the quiet, isolated island to find all of its hidden gems. For mainstream trip-planning information, visit the official website.

 

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By @ 12/20/14 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Our correspondent Jeff Guaracino fills us in on some bigs news hitting Fort Lauderdale in 2015:

Always ahead of the curve, Ft. Lauderdale announced last week at the 15th annual Community Marketing International Conference on Gay and Lesbian Tourism a groundbreaking transgender travel initiative. For the next three years, the Southern Comfort Transgender Conference will convene there. Ft. Lauderdale is the first destination to address the needs of the Transgender community with specific ads and messaging that is sensitive to this unique group.



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By @ 12/19/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Uncategorized

edisonTraveling is about being open to surprises, even when the destination may not seem like your forte. In Fort Myers, FL, a nondescript city on the southwestern region of the state, where even the locals admit the city leans a little on the sleepy side, we stumbled onto the most surprising hidden gem we’ve come across in sometime. The Edison and Ford Winter Estates is a treasure for the city, housing original phonographs created by Edison — the world’s very first iPod, if you will. Guests can take a tour and listen to centuries old music in its original form, among other inventions dreamed up by Edison. A tour of his house next door is also a serene stroll on the water.

 

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By @ 12/18/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Our Florida Gulf tour has led us to the isolated and stunning Captiva island, where we boarded a small cruise ship and headed out onto San Carlos Bay to search for dolphins. We didn’t have to do much searching at all. These dolphins were show-offs, flipping and flopping, soaring along the white, foamy waves left behind by the speeding vessel, leaping and diving to the delight of the passengers.

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By @ 12/15/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

dali1Our voyage throughout St. Petersburg continued today with a trip to the Dali Museum for the Dali/Picasso exhibit, the only one of its kind outside of Spain, a mesmerizing and meditative exploration through the careers of both me. Here are a few of our favorite moments from the exhibit.



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By @ 12/12/14 in Billy Kolber, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, Las Vegas, ManAboutWorld, Travel

????????ManAboutWorld spoke at the the 15th Annual Conference of Tourism and Hospitality hosted by CMI at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Speaking on press trips, our Publisher, Billy Kolber (center) and Editor-in-Chief, Ed Salvato (left) along with myself, discussed best practices to creating press trips, from abstract tips about themes and chemistry to considering the more fundamental needs of a writer, like WiFi and accommodations. If you’re in the industry and organize or attend press trips, this guide is for you. Download it now free!

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By @ 12/11/14 in Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Travel

postcard innI arrived last night in Tampa, took a quick drive down 275-S to St. Pete, and checked into the Postcard Inn On The Beach, a funky, chic shack of a hotel right on the beach, and we mean it; the hotel property leads right into the sand and the Gulf Coast. The hotel has a quirky lobby of bookshelves, surfboards, cozy couches arranged in bright, beachy colors. The rooms are simple, with surf-themes, and we particularly loved the wall art that could be construed as two gay surfer boys holding hands. (Perhaps not, but that’s my story.) Flat-screen TVs, tons of outlets, strong WiFi, and a cheap eats snack shack on the beach next to a cabana of late-night loud music equals a great shabby beach hotel to start off the trip.

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By @ 12/07/14 in Asia, Billy Kolber, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Uncategorized

seoulOur publisher, Billy Kolber, snapped this great photo yesterday during his visit of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea.

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By @ 12/04/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel

artArt Basel begins today in Miami – known worldwide for its fascinating art exhibits that have recently taken a backseat to the celebrity sightings and A-list after parties. The event runs until Dec. 8.

We covered Miami in our Winer 2013 guide, and our pal Jack MacKenroth shared his favorite Miami hidden gems with us last month! You can read about all our secrets by subscribing here!

 

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By @ 12/04/14 in Dennis Hensley, Gay cruise, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

Our correspondent Dennis Hensley sent us this video from his experience aboard the inaugural Regal Princess Cruise from a few weeks ago, where he was trapped on board with the entire cast of Love Boat. On February 8-15, the ship will take a gay trip to the Caribbean to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

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By @ 12/01/14 in Asia, Billy Kolber, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Mark Vogler, Travel

marcioOur publisher, Billy Kolber, tours Southeast Asia with his husband Marcio and our great correspondent, Mark Vogler. Here’s Marcio in Siem Reap eating a delicious tarantula at Bug’s Cafe. Just one of the many Cambodian delicacies. (For those of you interested in seeing a video of Billy eating a live cock-roach, click here.)

 

 

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By @ 11/28/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Turkey

istanbulHappy Thanksgiving weekend to all of you!

 

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By @ 11/24/14 in Gay travel, Greece, ManAboutWorld, Travel

TwitterManAboutWorld is excited to host our first-ever Tweet up, TODAY, Nov 25, from 2-2:30pm ET. The subject is Greece and how to plan for 2015!

To participate, just monitor the hashtag #gay2greece (via Tweetdeck, HootSuite, Twitter or any other tool you feel comfortable with) and then post your question or answer. (Be sure to refer to the question (Q for question) or answer (A for answer) and use the hashtag #gay2greece in your post or we may not see it!)

Check out @edsalvato and @mawtravel, too, to follow our conversations.

We can’t wait and look forward to your questions about Greece!

(And if you haven’t yet done so, click here to download our latest issue about Greece and all its secrets!)

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By @ 11/21/14 in Gay travel, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Travel

regaLThe latest gay travel column from Global Correspondent Jeff Guaracino notes the 30th aanniversaryof gay and lesbian cruises with RSVP Vacations.

GLBT travel is not just about creating a value for our community but it also how we can impact the world through our travels.

In 2015, RSVP Vacations marks 30 years of gay and lesbian cruises with a yearlong celebration highlighted by their largest cruise yet on the brand new Regal Princess.



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By @ 11/19/14 in Gay travel, LA/West Hollywood, ManAboutWorld, Travel

thebungalowJust off the ocean, The Bungalow is a part of Santa Monica’s Fairmont hotel property, but it’s a world unto itself, tucked away behind shrubs and ivy, and lit with strew lights and fire pits, this multi-room bar is the stylish bungalow beach house of your dreams. Monday through Thursday, it’s relatively calm, and a favorite of ours to play ping pong, pool, or hang out with friends for a drink. Come the weekend, it’s more hectic, more alive, and one of the city’s yes kept secrets. And if you have an extra $100 grand laying around, you can even rent the place out for your friends.

 

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By @ 11/17/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel

MIAMI PERSONIFIEDYou haven’t done Miami until you’ve done it with Jack MacKenroth, which is why we’re so thrilled that our incomparable jock-strapped compadre took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with us about America’s hottest city. Aside from having abs like an action-figure, Jack is a globally-known HIV advocate, an Instagram superstar, and a fashion designer, having appeared on season 4 of Project Runway. In our latest issue, Jack tells us how to do Miami his way.

Click here for a free 1-month trial subscription and see all of Jack’s insider Miami tips!

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By @ 11/13/14 in Gay travel, Greece, ManAboutWorld, New Zealand, Palm Springs, Travel

 

Our December issue has hit the digital shelves and is available now for download! Explore the beautiful, historical cities and islands of Greece — from epic Athens to lesser-known Thessaloniki, from trendy Santorini to the stunning isle of Crete — we share all of our insider secrets about one of the world’s most sought after destinations! If you need to get away sooner than later, check out our trips to Vermont for gay skiing, Palm Springs for its Christmas festival, and Auckland in February for its Big Gay Out extravaganza!

Not a subscriber?! We can fix that. Click here to subscribe to download our Greece issue and get access to our entire library of insider tips!

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By @ 11/11/14 in Aaron Drake, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel

casa-velas-puerto-vallarta-mexico-home-top11Our correspondent Aaron Drake checks in with a new Check Out, this time focusing on his latest trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and the romantic Casa Velas.

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Casa Velas is ideal for gay honeymooners, those looking for a place to say ‘I do’ (wedding packages are available), or those just looking to get away. If you’re flying solo this trip you may not encounter many other singles — but if it’s rest, relaxation and a refresh from the daily buzz you’re after, you won’t find a better option offering optimal comfort and opportunity for pampering yourself.



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