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By @ 05/20/13 in Event, Gay pride, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Israel, ManAboutWorld, Middle East, Travel

israel 2Tel Aviv has come into its own in recent year with a gay scene as large as many similar size cities in North America and, depending on your tastes, with some of the hottest guys in the world. Exhibit A is the irresistibly hot Ori Avrahami, pictured above and below, the muscular cover model for F.O.D’s Pride issue. Learn more about F.O.D. on Facebook.

We are sending a writer to Pride so we’ll have our own Tel Aviv guide soon. For now, download F.O.D.’s guide for a round up of Pride activities as well as recommendations for where to stay, eat, play/meet and more.

Additionally blessed with a terrific beach, really nice weather, great food and proximity to popular Middle East attractions from religious sites in Jerusalem and the Dead Sea to Petra and more, Tel Aviv is well worth a visit. We love it during Gay Pride when all the boys come out to play from throughout the region. Tel Aviv Gay Pride is Friday June 7 but there are events throughout the week leading up to June 8.

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By @ 05/16/13 in Chicago, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Jeff Guaracino, Las Vegas, ManAboutWorld, Travel
The fabulous Cosmopolitan Hotel

The fabulous Cosmopolitan Hotel

By ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Jeff Guaracino

Great trip ideas can come from travel columns like this one, from your favorite travel magazine or recommendations from friends and family. Business travel — if planned correctly — can be a perfect time to research your next pleasure trip. Yes, I know we are always in a rush to get to that next meeting, answer that pesky text or resolve the work emergency, but hey it’s travel. Don’t forget to stop and smell the fun!

Viva Las Vegas—midweek

I was invited to speak at the Las Vegas International Tourism Safety and Security Conference. I hadn’t been to Las Vegas since 2007, so I was excited to see what had changed along the famed Las Vegas Strip. A midweek trip proved to be an exceptional option to avoid the crowds but still enjoy all of the amenities that Vegas has to offer.

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

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Our newest Global Correspondent Cristian Flores is a passionate traveler, photographer and master of Photoshop. He added our ManAboutWorld logo to this photo he took in Patagonia. We feel like we were there in spirit!



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By @ 05/12/13 in Chicago, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Perched alongside Chicago’s most famous parks (at South Michigan Ave and Balbo Street), the Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel has a long, rich history and a desirable set of assets and amenities that make it a worthy choice for gay travelers.

It’s steps from Millennium and Grant Parks, home to art museums, fountains, lush lawns, outdoor performance spaces and, of course, the famous reflective “Cloud Gate” sculpture, informally known as the Bean. It’s near the financial and theater district, the Loop (and the “El,” what we know of as the subway in New York). Downtown is where most major hotels are located in Chicago. Boystown is a good $20 cab ride away but you can hop on the Red Line which goes right to the heart of Boystown in about 20 minutes for a lot less. (Take the El at Harrison and get off at Belmont.) There’s shopping and a Starbucks on the Concourse level below the lobby.

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Credit: www.flickr.comphotos22746515@N024865734246.jpg



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By @ 05/11/13 in Around the world, Australia, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Melbourne, Paul Teixeira, Travel

 

Full disclosure: This is Sydney but it's a hot pic

Full disclosure: This is Sydney but it’s a hot pic

ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Paul Teixeira and his partner Jose are in the midst of an 87-day global gay adventure. He agreed to document his trip here with highlights from many destinations around the world. In his own words:

Cocktails in Melbourne

To add some more fun to the ManAboutWorld Novermber 2012 Melbourne long weekend suggestions, we sampled a bunch of gay operated and friendly high end cocktail bars in the central business district. These will wet your palette and are a brilliant place to meet someone. There is a large amount of these themed prohibition style bars and lounges in the area and they all have a different ambiance and cocktail assortment to offer. They are open late on most nights and they make quality carefully mixed and innovative cocktails you’ll want to sip all night long while socializing. Some offer small bites as well in case you need something sweet or salty to go along with your drink.



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By @ 05/11/13 in Art, Event, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Party, Travel

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You have to love it when a destination promotes itself as having balls!

Who would have expected it from “stodgy” old Vienna? Well, actually we would have. Vienna’s is not just the capital of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. It’s also a center for innovation, exciting modern art and lots of cool and cutting-edge events. Including these balls, or dances.

Below and on the next page are some of the events we think will most appeal to LGBT travelers sent by our friends in the tourism office who were the ones who gleefully tee’d them up as a city with balls. If you decide to head to Vienna, be sure to download our free app and subscribe or purchase our January/February 2013 issue.

The Life Ball (May 25, 2013) is Europe’s wildest – and highest grossing – AIDS/HIV charity event. Everyone from the Federal Chancellor to Hollywood A-listers makes their way to Rathausplatz for the fashion show, before letting their hair down for a night of hard partying. Life Ball tickets are a seriously hot commodity, but everyone can enjoy the spectacular opening ceremony and fashion show free of charge.



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By @ 04/30/13 in Amsterdam, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
The new king and queen

The new king and queen

Today is Queen’s Day in Amsterdam, held annually on April 30.

But today is a special celebration as it marked the abdication of the popular monarch of The Netherlands, Queen, now Princess Beatrix in favor of his son, Prince, now King Willem-Alexandre and his fabulous new wife, Queen Maxima, the first-ever queen from Argentina.

Always a popular holiday Queen’s Day 2013 is even bigger because of this milestone event, marking the first time there has been a king of Holland in 120 years. (Hat tip David Mixner.)

If you’re heading to Amsterdam, subscribe and download our great guide to that super gay-friendly city (in the December issue).
Our kind of queen!

Our kind of queen!

 

 

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By @ 04/29/13 in Gay travel, Travel
Things are looking up in Ptown

Things are looking up in Ptown

Provincetown has announced its upcoming schedule of events. ManAboutWorld’s Provincetown article is scheduled for the June issue. Stay tuned for that. Meantime, start thinking about when you might want to go to coincide with some of these fun activities.

May

Run to the Top! Take a walk or run to the top of the 252-foot Pilgrim Monument to raise money for the Cape Cod Firefighter/EMS Cancer Relief Fund. This afternoon event on May 4 lets everyone take a journey up the tallest all-granite structure in the United States.

Cape Cod Women’s Music Festival. This event on May 11, in its second year, celebrates and honors women in music. Funds raised will be used to fight ovarian cancer. Performers include Nicole Nelson, who appeared on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Sisters in the Name of Love. For 20 years, this show has raised funds for AIDS Support Group and Helping Our Women. This year’s event takes place May 11.

Outer Cape Choral. Boasting 140 singers, this group will perform May 17-19, featuring the works of Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo and others.

Monumental Yard Sale. This popular event takes place May 17-19 throughout the town, and will feature a production of “Let’s Make a Diva!” The show is a tribute to TV, with “Drag Queens on one channel, great dancers and amazing live singers on the other stations.”

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By @ 04/26/13 in Gay travel, Ivan Quintanilla, ManAboutWorld, Travel, TravelingIQ
Too sexy for my keffiyeh

Too sexy for my keffiyeh

Global Correspondent Ivan Quintanilla is an actor, traveler and blogger extraordinaire. Once a week he provides a re-cap of noteworthy travel stories. We pilfer his round-up (with his permission) so you don’t have to. Follow his travels at TravelingIQ.

*The price of beauty is deportation.   Or so discovered Omar Borkan Al Gala (pictured above) and two other men, deported from Saudi Arabia for being… wait for it… wait for it… too handsome (via Asiantown.net).

*Time to expand your destination wedding options.  On Tuesday, France became the 14th country to allow same-sex marriage (Yahoo).  The next day, the Rhode Island Senate approved legislation to make the “Hope” state the 10th in the U.S., in addition to Washington D.C., to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples (via The Advocate).



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By @ 04/25/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New Zealand, Travel
Wellington, the  capital

Wellington, the capital

Photo and story by ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent, Michael Siebert

With all the hoopla about France’s vote to become the 14th nation allowing same-sex marriage. Let’s not forget about the 13th. On April 17, 2013 New Zealand lawmakers pass a bill in favor of gay marriage with a wide majority, with 77 votes in favor and 44 against. Gay-rights advocates celebrated outside parliament after the bill was passed, making New Zealand the 13th country to legalize gay marriage.

Click here to watch lawmakers and the public singing the New Zealand love song, “Pokarekare Ana.”

We covered Auckland, New Zealand in our December 2012 issue. Click here to subscribe and download.

 

 

 

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By @ 04/22/13 in Baltimore, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Philadelphia, Travel
He tried (and loved) the 4 Seasons spa but this is not our writer.

He tried (and loved) the 4 Seasons spa but this is not our writer.

By ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Jeff Guaracino

Do you need to getaway quick? Does room service and a maid sound just fabulous?  Travel doesn’t always have to be far away from home (just far enough!). Could it be as easy as checking into a local luxury hotel that is part treat and part escape. When you travel as much as I do, sometimes a hotel can be just another hotel. There are two close-by hotels that surprised me both by their incredible views, luxurious but affordable prices, and staff who make everyone feel VIP. And guess what? They are both in two cities that are worth spending more time in — Baltimore and Philadelphia.

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By @ 04/21/13 in Billy Kolber, Gay travel, Japan, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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After months of grounding by the FAA, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is poised to take flight again in the next few weeks. And that’s great news for those of us who fly, especially in the back of the plane. (Originally published in the Huffington Post.)

A lot has been made of the fuel efficiency and the 30% larger, electronically-dimming windows, but the real advance for travelers is the air quality. You might not appreciate it on a short flight, as veteran travel reporter Stephanie Rosenbloom at the New York Times observed on her test flight, but flying across the Pacific to Japan as we did shortly before the flights were grounded, the difference was striking.

Photo Credit: (cc) Flickr.com/Kentaro Iemoto



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By @ 04/13/13 in Barcelona, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Travel

Scott Holman, Barcelona Mies van der Rohe PavilionThe last section of our magazine is “Parting Shots,” which are photos taken by our Global Correspondents, subscribers and other friends who send us their favorite image relating to that month’s theme. Our April theme was architecture. Here’s the story behind one of our favorite pictures: the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona from ManAboutWorld friend, contributor, and graphic designer Scott Holman. If you already subscribe, download April from within the app. If you don’t subscribe, download the issue in the AppStore here.

After years of studying art history and design, I have a few iconic pieces/locations on my list of stuff to see in person. This Mies van der Rohe was originally designed and built for the 1929 International Exhibition, was disassembled right after and reconstructed in 1980. It has been on my list since art school days and it was exciting to see it live on a 50th birthday trip.

 



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By @ 04/12/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Mexico, Photo du jour, Puerto Vallarta, Travel

ArcencielstudiVallarta-48[1] PVThis photo comes to us courtesy of Puerto Vallarta Carnival, which took place earlier this year, but we loved the colors and the sexy look of this disguised stranger.

It’s not a gay event per se but with all those feathered, bejeweled and made-up guys, there’s certainly something at least a bit queer about it.

Speaking of PV, we recently covered their upcoming Pride. Click here for more information.



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By @ 04/11/13 in Event, Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Mexico, Party, Puerto Vallarta, Travel
I'll go if they're there!

I’ll go if they’re there!

Puerto Vallarta’s annual LGBT event “Vallarta Pride” will take place this year on the weekend of May 24th, 2013.

Events will start with a cocktail kick-off at Puerto Vallarta’s Casa Cupula Hotel Boutique and continue for three days, celebrating LGBT culture and Puerto Vallarta’s welcoming community with music festivals, beach parties, fashion shows, mass commitment ceremony and activities in participating bars and clubs.

To get your planning going, download our iPad app here and purchase the October 2012 issue.



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By @ 04/10/13 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Travel
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The weather in the Northeast has been spectacular. Imagine a beautiful day like that as you stroll around the heart of historic, romantic Paris with your partner? Or explore museums, hit the clubs or kick back at a cool lounge with your bestie numéro un?

Why imagine? Download this month’s issue and (re)discover the City of Light like you’ve never seen it before. Our team has all visited their recently and lived there in the not too distant past. We know and love Gai Paree and you’ll feel that as you read our family of articles on this city we adore.

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By @ 04/07/13 in Australia, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, Travel
Sunset in the Pilbara

Sunset in the Pilbara

This gorgeous sunset is brought to us courtesy of ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Michael Siebert.

It was taken at Hearson’s Cove in the Pilbara, only 20 min drive from Karratha. (Don’t worry, we had to look it up too! Pilbara is in Western Australia. Click here to learn more.)

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By @ 04/06/13 in Cappadocia, Gay travel, Travel, Turkey
Taken at 6:30am flying in a hot air balloon over Goreme, Turkey, in the heart of Cappadocia.

Taken at 6:30am flying in a hot air balloon over Goreme, Turkey, in the heart of Cappadocia.

Last year ManAboutWorld Correspondent David Alport traveled to Turkey with his partner. He snapped this photo while flying in a hot air balloon over Goreme.

If you can handle the splurge (about $200 per person), a sunrise hot air balloon ride is not only the best way to get a bird’s eye view of one of earth’s most magical and beguiling landscapes … it’s also a singular and magical experience that every traveler should experience once in a lifetime. Cappadocia is the perfect place.



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By @ 04/04/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Teixeira, Travel

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ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Paul Teixeira is preparing for a fabulous global adventure. He agreed to document his trip here with highlights from many destinations around the world. In his own words:

The time has come and we are all packed for our 87 day journey. You are probably wondering how one packs for something like this and we think the answer is simple; We are traveling light and with 24 flight segments, we don’t want to mess with checking luggage.

So we have 1 international carry-on each and a travel back pack. Of course we opted for style (and function) each getting a Tumi Alpha Bravo Knox Backpack and a Victorinox Spectra carbon fiber carry-on. We’ve condensed down to the TSA approved liquids and grooming gear, an assortment of all the meds we may need, and since we have accommodations with laundry facilities, carefully selected clothing for a week (An ultralight down hoody, 6 T-shirts, 2 polos, 1 tank-top, 1 button down, 2 shorts, 3 jeans, 1 slacks, 1 workout attire, 10 socks/undies, 1 belt, 1 sneakers, 1 semi-formal shoes, 1 board-shorts, and of course 1 speedo).  Bon voyage!

Follow their travels here and on their blog, http://rtw87.blogspot.com/.

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By @ 04/04/13 in Gay travel, Mexico, Parting Shots, Paul VanDeCarr, Travel

mexicoThe last section of our magazine is “Parting Shots,” which are photos taken by our Global Correspondents, subscribers and other friends who send us their favorite image relating to that month’s theme. Our April theme was architecture. Here’s the story behind one of our favorite pictures of the Museo Soumaya in Mexico from Global Correspondent Paul VanDeCarr.

The museum opened in March 2011, and I visited and took this photo in June 2011. On the inside are enormous white galleries divided up by movable walls, and some excellent pieces (and some not-so-excellent). But it’s the exterior that I really like. It’s got a honeycombed pattern of reflective glass on the outside, so fluid and organic-looking that I want to lick it or eat it. It was designed by Mexican architect Fernando Romero, and funded by another Mexican and the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim Helú — the museum is named after the latter’s late wife.

 

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