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By @ 04/02/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Travel

parisApril in Paris conjures up romantic images of you and a special someone strolling along the Seine, warm croissants in hand.

Make it happen with ManAboutWorld’s latest issue with lots of up-to-the-minute coverage of the City of Light. If you subscribe already, download April with the app. If you don’t subscribe, download the issue in the AppStore here.

Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eisenbahner/



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By @ 04/01/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Travel
It looks a lot cooler in the magazine!

It looks a lot cooler in the magazine!

Paris is in the house!

Our April issue is ready to be downloaded. Here’s a screenshot of the cover but you have to see the animated version in the magazine.

If you already subscribe, just download it from within the magazine app. If you don’t subscribe (est-ce possible?!), click here to get a complimentary 3-month subscription:http://bit.ly/WP2013FREE.

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By @ 03/30/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Teixeira, Travel
Can you say "planner"?

Can you say “planner”?

We have 6 weeks in Europe included in our 87 day RTW trip, and here’s how we planned them.

We started listing some 18 cities and realized it was too dense. We’ve hardly been anywhere in Europe prior, and we know we will return, so we focused on more time per city. Our entry point coming from Bangkok is Vienna on May 16th, and we need to get to Stockholm on June 19th. See my previous post for how this fits into the world journey. We have 1st class rail passes so we can enjoy the European landscape, but longer hops we are doing with flights. We also are centering weekends on the cities we feel may have bigger gay party scenes. 

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By @ 03/28/13 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Travel
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dalbera/5411120701/in/gallery-25063318@N00-72157633097848135/

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We’re putting the finishing touches on our April issue which includes a whole lot of coverage of Paris. Till then, we thought we’d show you this treasure we uncovered at Le Musée-Jardin Paul Landowski. Enjoy.

If you subscribe to ManAboutWorld, thank you! If not, click here for instructions on obtaining a complimentary 3-month subscription.

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By @ 03/23/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel
Ok, I could get into this.

Ok, I could get into this.

Our correspondent, Paul J. Heney, likes baseball enough to travel for spring training. Hey, he’s a dad! Catch his early ball-game fever.

It sure doesn’t feel like Spring across most of the Northern half of the U.S. But what if you could combine some glorious sunshine and warm temperatures with a close-up look at some well-muscled athletes right about now?

The Cactus League season is wrapping up, but it’s not too late for a last minute getaway. The season runs from February 22 to March 30, and encompasses 15 of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams (the rest train in Florida). All of the ballparks are within a 30 mile drive of downtown Phoenix, making it fairly easy to take in a few games at different ballparks over several days.



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By @ 03/22/13 in Gay travel, Las Vegas, ManAboutWorld, Travel
They're hot plus they can wash your clothes on their abs!

They’re hot plus they can wash your clothes on their abs!

Vegas will get just a tad hotter this Memorial Day weekend with the return of Matinée Las Vegas Festival.

Our friends at Matinée are asking fans to

feel the revolution this Memorial Day – the party revolution, that is.  The festival that has become world famous for re-imagining the elaborate party experience with blazing pyrotechnics and production by Cirque du Soleil and Matinée Ibiza, returns to Las Vegas with the biggest dance festival of the summer. Taking place Friday, May 24th thru Monday, May 27th, MATINÉE LAS VEGAS FESTIVAL will play host to over 8,000 clubbers dancing to twenty of the world’s leading DJs at eight high-energy party events.



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By @ 03/21/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Teixeira, Travel
Ok, is this guy a planner or what?

Ok, is this guy a planner or what?

Having won First/Business RTW tickets, I was seriously wondering how to possibly use them effectively? For those that are unfamiliar, a RTW airline ticket basically lets you fly a particular alliance around the world with a limited number of stops, governed by routing rules, and at a cut rate from buying individual one way tickets. I won equivalent award miles to book the tickets within the Star Alliance. Unfortunately, their award RTW tickets carry more restrictive rules over paid ones.



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By @ 03/20/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Tiny little Tybee Island (a spot of land in the eastern most part tip of Georgia, lying within the influence of Savannah) plays host to Gay Days 2013, featuring a raft of fun events, including Cornholing. Check out its description and origin here but basically you toss bean bags into a hole.

Other activities include strolling along the beach, sampling fresh seafood and partying. Presented by GaySavannah.com, this inaugural LGBT event will unite area residents and visitors for a full weekend of festivities.

According to Reilly Sharp, the PR spokesperson for GaySavannah.com:

We want to create a signature event that will showcase Tybee’s laid-back styleTybee has always been very welcoming and supportive of the gay and lesbian community. We invite everyone to experience Tybee’s relaxed coastal style and warm Southern hospitality.



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By @ 03/15/13 in Event, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Provincetown, Travel
OMG, Miss Richfield 1981!

OMG, Miss Richfield 1981!

This just in highlights from the Provincetown Business Guild 2013 Calendar. For great trip-planning information, check out our Provincetown Long Weekend article in our September issue. (Download the magazine here.)

  • June 26-30: Provincetown International Film Festival. The 15th annual Provincetown International Film Festival is dedicated to showing new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of acclaimed and emerging directors, actors and producers.
  • July 1-7: Independence Week 2013. World-class DJs and parties make this the most popular July 4th destination on the circuit.
  • July 23-27: Girl Splash. The destination summer event for lesbians. Pool party, clam bakes, dune tours, and white hot dances. Come play at the beach!
  • August 3-10: Family Pride Week. A chance for children to meet other children with LGBT parents and for parents to meet other parents and share experiences. A parade and plenty of activities for all ages.
  • August 18-24: Carnival Week celebrates its 35th birthday! A week-long celebration of the 2013 theme “Viva Las Vegas” that transforms Provincetown into one big party. Boat cruise, inn stroll, music, special events, and of course, the famous carnival parade on the 22nd that attracts over 65,000 viewers and marches the length of Commercial Street.



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By @ 03/13/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Teixeira, Travel

 

He's smiling for a reason!

He’s smiling for a reason!

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:

I’m Paul Teixeira and back in 2007 I won 2 Continental Round The Word (RTW) airline tickets from the American Express Wishlist. Flash forward to today after tons of planning and finally an approved leave of absence from work, this trip is actually taking place, and my partner and I leave on April 3, 2013 for an 87-day adventure. This blog series will capture some of our planning efforts as well as our adventures and discoveries along the way. Oh, did we mention the long haul flights are all first and business class? Fortunately with the Continental/United merger, our major segments are with the Star Alliance, so we’ll be providing first hand opinions and details of which carrier’s premium cabin services are worth it.

Check back here starting in early April and enjoy Paul and Jose’s excellent gay travel adventure.

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By @ 03/13/13 in Correspondent, Event, Gay travel, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, New York, Palm Springs, Party, Travel
Angel, devil, both?

Angel, devil, both? (Photos Courtesy of DDPR)

By Jeff Guaracino

If you missed the Winter Party Festival in Miami this past weekend you still have time to travel to one of your favorite dance events.

For 32 years, a decadent dance party helped to define the New York spring travel calendar. Next weekend, The Saint At Large will stage RITES XXXIV: THE BLACK PARTY. This year’s theme is “Rough Trade at Luna Park.” Held on the weekend closest to the vernal equinox, this party starts on Saturday, March 23rd at the legendary Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

Get ready for an adventure. This dance party is set in the outskirts of Rome in an abandoned amusement park. Strange Live Acts will be played out as a 5-act opera set in a cinematically inspired immersive environment. The fantasy ends sometime Sunday.

If staying up all-night dressed in your best leather is not for you, you might be interested in the Black Party Expo, now in its fourth year.



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By @ 03/11/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel
Typo?

Typo?

Winter Party 20, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force‘s celebration of 20 years of partying with a purpose, climaxed with Winter Party Beach Party on Sunday, March 10. And what an explosion of male (and female) pulchritude. What’s arguably the hottest collection of gay men on the planet at that time, Muscle Beach coaxes hot fellows from the entire world but mostly North and South America with the promise of the company of other hot fellows. Though it mostly skews to younger age range (20s-40s), there’s pretty much someone for every taste.

Though the party is over, for those in the Northeast this is a great time to go to Miami with reliably warm and sunny days and pleasantly cooler evenings. ManAboutWorld recently visited Miami. Check out our January/February issue for our reportage. We also checked out the fantastic hidden-in-plain-sight the Betsy – South Beach and the Grand Beach Hotel. Stay tuned for write ups about these two properties and other discoveries.

 

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By @ 03/07/13 in Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Gay-Friendly, Haven Caylor, Las Vegas, ManAboutWorld
These dads are about to smooch.

These dads are about to smooch.

¡Viva el Romance, Viva la familia, y Viva Las Vegas!

“It’s good luck for sweethearts, lovers, or spouses to kiss under this bridge. Go ahead and Happy Anniversary!” our lovely, Greek gondolier at Las Vegas’ Venetian Hotel encouraged. Sean and I were seated across from each other and we blushed, smiled and leaned across for a husband-husband smooch.  When we kissed, Carter and Ammon didn’t blink an eye, and the gondolier sighed. “How lovely, and what lovely children you two have!”

It was Labor Day week of 2012, and it was my 8th Wedding Anniversary Vacation.  Sean, Carter, Ammon, and I were all together, and it has been my favorite anniversary to date. In Las Vegas (just like any city), we lived, loved, and enjoyed ourselves as family.


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By @ 03/04/13 in Gay travel, Gay-Friendly, Hotels, Porn, Sex

Now that all the big name hotel chains are fighting over the pink dollar, it’s time to re-examine what really makes a gay-friendly hotel. Attention hoteliers: Here are new benchmarks from the editors at ManAboutWorld Magazine.

Have you stayed in a hotel that makes the grade? Tell us about it in the comments!

1. Electricity.
Not just the vibe at the bar, but the number of accessible outlets in the room. You’ve seen the research. We’re early tech adopters, and our stylish satchels are filled with Bluetooth-enabled devices that need charging. We may be quite adept at getting down on our knees, but don’t make us do it looking for an outlet.

2. Lighting.
Just one criteria here: Dimmers. Low lighting is sexy, romantic and makes everyone look better… especially those of us on the north side of 25. Even CFL bulbs are dimmable now, so don’t pull the environment card on us. They’re more expensive. We’re worth it.

3. The Deep Clean
Your rooms? Obviously. But I’m talking about that internal cleaning we perform in preparation for butt sex. (In case it got lost in that sanitized-for-the-Fortune 500 marketing survey you bought: butt sex is one of the defining activities of the gays, after the gym, but well before brunch or shopping.) Give us a hand-held shower we can connect a douche nozzle to. Or at least a showerhead we can hang a Streem Master on. That ceiling-mounted rainforest showerhead is chic, but if we have to call the Whatever/Whenever desk for a six pack of enema bottles, it’s not cute.

4. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Speaking of sex, we often like to watch and film ourselves having it. Give us a strategically placed mirror — facing the bed please, not the closet we came out of a long time ago.

5. Equal Access Porn
Don’t try to appease us with a few generic gay and bi titles on demand. Just give us an easy way to connect our computer/iPad/camcorder to the TV screen, and enough bandwidth to stream TimTales. Is that too much to ask?

6. Do Unto Others
There was a time when your float in New York’s gay pride parade meant something. Now it feels like pandering. If you want to appeal to our sense of social justice, we want to see your rainbow flag fly in places where our gay brothers and sisters face intolerance, injustice and violence, like Jamaica, Uganda and Russia. That will impress us.

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By @ 03/03/13 in Event, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Party, Travel
This is just a fraction of the crowd

This is just a fraction of the crowd

For those needing a reason beyond weather for visiting Miami, our favorite event is Winter Party Festival, celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2013 from March 6-11, when those sad saps stuck in winter climates are at their wits’ end and ready to party under the hot Florida sun.

This year, the Shelborne Hotel will serve as the pool party host, though all of South Beach is convenient to the large roster of parties and events. All Winter Party proceeds benefit the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and local Miami nonprofit organizations serving the LGBT community. Our favorites: the “Under One Sun Pool Party” on Saturday and the actual Winter Party on the beach on Sunday, both outdoor daytime events so you get to drink and dance in the daylight, surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful men, wearing the least amount of clothing.

(Excerpted from ManAboutWorld’s January/February issue, including Miami. To download the entire issue for free, click here.)

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By @ 03/02/13 in Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel
Gay parenting: a walk in the park!

Gay parenting: a walk in the park!

The two biggest joys of my life are being a dad and traveling. While I often travel with just my partner, I also very much enjoy taking time to show my two sons (ages 5 and 12) the amazing world we live in.

I learned an important lesson about traveling with kids many years ago. We were going to Europe and decided to take Joshua (then 5). Josh was all about trains, so part of the tour involved the high-speed trains he always talked about, including a ride through the Chunnel to London. It was a fantastic trip, encompassing much of Germany, The Netherlands and greater London.

Years later, what does he remember of the trip? The trains? The museums? The statues in London? The food? Heck no. He remembers feeding the ducks in a pond at the Munich Olympic Park. (He could do that three minutes from our house!) The moral is that you have to plan plenty of open, unscheduled time, to let the wandering attention of little ones call the shots sometimes.

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By @ 03/01/13 in Adam Groffman, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

travels-of-adamManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Adam Groffman has been in the news recently

Adam’s travel blog featuring the “coolest cultural experiences from around the world” was nominated as one of the top 5 best LGBT blogs in the 2013 Weblog Awards, otherwise known as the Bloggies. The Bloggies are determined by internet voting from the public, and are the longest running (since 2001) and one of the largest blog awards. Travels of Adam receives visitors in over 100 countries!

Adam was also recently featured online in AFAR Magazine and is always working on his next Hipster City Guide.

Congrats to Adam!

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By @ 02/26/13 in Gay travel, Jeff Guaracino, Travel

 

Now, that's Italian!

Now, that’s Italian!

By Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent

Rome for the weekend? You bet! With the Pope’s stunning announcement of his retirement and spring upon us, now is an exciting time for a quick weekend escape to the Eternal City. Here are my three tips for your three perfect days in Rome.

1.     Plan ahead of time

Of course you can’t see all of Rome in just a weekend, but you certainly can see the historic center of Rome. To maximize your time and to avoid long lines, it is essential to have a game plan before you go.  Keep in mind that every minute will count and don’t plan on sleeping much.

If this is your first visit to Italy, it pays to work with a travel agent or an incoming tour operator to help you find the best deals and to plan your trip. Quiiky is the first and only Italian tour operator specializing in gay and lesbian travel. Quiiky is a five-year old company affiliated with Sonders & Beach. Quiiky is a member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association. Quiiky can arrange all of part of your trip. Be sure to ask about a private tour guides in Rome. Private tour guides, while expensive, are a smart way to get lots of local knowledge and they can customize a tour to suit your interests. Visit quiiky.com.

Adventurous travelers will find it easy to self-organize a trip to Rome too. You can buy most of your tickets online and in advance. There is also plenty of information online on the history of Rome and the historic attractions. Now with Google Maps and Google Images, you can almost map out and visualize your entire trip even before you leave.

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By @ 02/25/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Robert Sharp, South Africa, Travel
Watch out below!

Watch out below!

We wrap up each issue with a section we call “Parting Shots” — images taken by our Global Correspondents around a theme, which was “modes of transport” this month.

In the words of our Correspondent Robert Sharp,

The world’s tallest bungee on the Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa was so epic that my shrieks could be heard from the viewing platform half a mile away!

Click here for more information about Out-Adventures‘ global gay tours. Click here to claim your free issue to ManAboutWorld to see other Parting Shots and read our other coverage including South Florida (Ft Lauderdale, Key West, Palm Beach, Miami), Berlin, Burlington (VT), Vienna and more.

 

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By @ 02/19/13 in Gay rights, Gay travel, London, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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By Tanya Scholl

Looking for a drink in a cool place or do you have a case you need solving? With no Sherlock Holmes to help you, there’s a new spot in London to have a cocktail while solving case. Submit a reservation request to Evans & Peel Detective Agency on 310c Earls Court Road in London, and commence your inquiry.

Whether for a date for two or for a group of friends, a reservation has to be made online to guarantee your reservation. A hostess will allow you in, and as you head downstairs; you are then greeted in what could have been Watson’s office to state your case.   Upon being heard, you then can ponder on the feedback, and more importantly, have a drink.

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