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By @ 09/21/12 in ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

San Francisco (Photo by Jeremy Brooks/Flickr)
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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. This week he even cites us at ManAboutWorld!

*What’s the best place to wear skinny jeans, thick-rimmed glasses and a precisely-trimmed messy beard? Sorry Williamsburg, but the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles has been named “America’s Best Hipster Neighborhood.”  (via Forbes)

*Your mama taught you to look both ways before crossing the street.  Now, just in case you are too busy texting, New York City streets are going to remind you.  (via NY Daily News)

*What apps do you need to enhance your next trip?  Travel bloggers extraordinaire Carlos Melia and Matt Long break down the best travel apps to download.  (via dot 429  & Landlopers)



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By @ 09/21/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

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One of our readers asked us for our recommendations for the city’s top vegetarian restaurants. He must have missed the ones we included in our recent issue! So we’re surfacing them here.

There’s nothing inherently gay about any of our choices for best vegetarian restaurants in New York, except they’re in neighborhoods our readers are most likely to explore when they visit.

It’s hard to find great vegan cuisine anywhere, but the “animal-caring” Blossom has three outposts serving great vegan, including gluten free, fare all organic and sourced as locally as possible. Blossom is in several locations though we like the one in Chelsea best (natch).

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By @ 09/18/12 in Gay travel, Hotels, New York

Photo Credit: flickr.com/istolethetv

With gay travelers welcomed at virtually every hostelry in the city, it can be hard for visitors to choose. Indeed, the paradox of choice leaves travelers spending hours poring over maps, reading reviews, comparing rates, and dissecting user-generated comments before making a reservation.

ManAboutWorld Magazine makes it easier, with opinionated recommendations that cut through information overload. There are 431 New York Hotels listed on TripAdvisor, yet fewer than 1 in 8 make our list. (Our list could be called the 50 Shades of Gay Hotels, since there’s only one truly gay hotel in New York.)

You’ll save lots of travel planning agita by reducing your consideration set to the 51 hotels (and 3 B&B’s) chosen by ManAboutWorld’s in-the-know Global Correspondent team, and grouped by neighborhood with advice for choosing among the neighborhoods as well.



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By @ 09/16/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Our newest correspondent is a young Danish businessman who lives in Tel Aviv, Israel, drawn to that country by love. Jonas West Eilersen travels the world, including gay capitals like London, NYC and Paris and decidedly less gay countries like Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia.

Jonas is originally Scandinavian, from Denmark, where he shunned journalism school in favor of becoming a sociologist.

He spent six years acquiring his Sociology B.Sc. and M.Sc. at the University of Copenhagen, with extended stints in Sydney and Berlin during this time. After having worked as a management consultant in London, in the aviation and tourism industry, for close to five years, love brought him to Tel Aviv, Israel, where he currently resides.

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By @ 09/14/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

The times they are a-changin’. Start planning your fall foliage getaway now. (via NY Times). Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/josefseibel/5537653702/sizes/l/

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 hills are alive with the sound of “Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo.”  Halfway between Salzburg and Innsbruck, an Austrian hotelier recently opened what might be the world’s first hiking trail devoted to the art of the yodel.  (via BBC)

*The Golden Arches ditch the beef.   The world’s first all-vegetarian McDonald’s restaurants are opening at two of India’s most-visited pilgrimage sites: near the Golden Temple in Amritsar and at the base of the mountain shrine Vaishno Devi.  (via CNN GO)

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By @ 09/13/12 in Digital Publishing

Check out one of our great inspirations. The guys behind The Un:Limited magazine have created an interactive art and fashion magazine dedicated to the unlimited possibilities of digital publishing. It’s really cutting edge:

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By @ 09/09/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld

Rangel soaking in the Caribbean waters surrounding San Andrés island, Colombia.

Our São Paulo-based correspondent (businessman and former model), Rangel Vilas Boas visited Colombia recently with his husband Tomás. Here’s a photo report he sent us after his trip.

On our first day on the island of San Andrés, we rented a golf cart and drove all the way around the island. There are a lot of activities you can enjoy all over, and at one point you can jump from a rock directly in the sea, very fun (see below)!

 MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE JUMP

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By @ 09/07/12 in Gay travel, Travel

We are very pleased (and fortunate) to announce that Carlos Melia has joined ManAboutWorld as our newest Global Correspondent.

Carlos Melia is a travel expert, blogger, niche marketing consultant, wedding planner, jet-setter, and bon vivant, who travels around the world discovering what’s new and cool in luxury travel and hospitality. He has over 25 years of experiences in this industry. He’s known by many as the “Little Gay Marco Polo” and the “International Luxury Gay Travel Guru.”

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By @ 09/05/12 in Gay rights

No, not the kind you spritz.  We’re talking the city, also spelled Köln and Kœln.  It’s one of the eight places to go NOW/NEXT in our October issue… and I was there last weekend digging up the inside gay scoop.  Our trip corresponded with the thank you dinner for the Cologne Pride 2012 volunteers, where ManAboutWorld was welcomed by the organizing committee.  They were happy we were writing about Cologne.  We were happy to learn about their outreach program bringing gay activists from more oppressive countries to Cologne Pride for inspiration and networking.  What a great way to help advance human rights globally.

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By @ 08/30/12 in Uncategorized

Photo by flickr.com/CarbonNYC

First just let me say thanks, on behalf of Ed, Kenny and myself, to all of you who have downloaded the ManAboutWorld Magazine App since it first appeared on the App Store just 3 weeks ago… We’d like to hug each and every one of you, but you’re in FORTY FIVE different countries! That fact alone is exciting and humbling and so encouraging.  So thank you, merci, xièxiè, obrigado, danke, tak, Спасибо for showing the love from all six continents!

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By @ 08/24/12 in Gay travel, Travel

 

A pampered pooch

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.

*New York City’s High Line, the park built atop an old elevated railway, has completely transformed the West Side of Manhattan, and not everyone is happy about it.  (via NY Times)

*Uganda, the African country known for its horrific “Kill the Gays Bill” that seeks to punish homosexuality with a death sentence, held its first ever gay pride parade with nearly a hundred people.   (via The New Yorker)

*Suffering from constipation during your travels?  Chew gum.  Nauseous?  Eat ginger.  (via NY Times)

*Run, fetch, poop, sleep:  It’s a dog’s life!  Fido deserves a vacation too.  (via Out Traveler)

*Stay ahead of the curve–quite literally–at this year’s best up-and-coming hotels.  (via Travel & Leisure)

*Americans eager to travel to Cuba may have to wait a little longer as the U.S. puts the breaks on “people to people” licenses.  (via USA Today)

What did he miss?  Share your favorite travel news posting on his Traveling IQ Facebook page.

 

 

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By @ 08/13/12 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Travel

You know you want it!

If you’re not familiar with the iTunes Newsstand, getting to your free issue may seem complicated.  Let us make it easy for you.  Our free issue is delivered as a free one-month trial on the purchase of a ManAboutWorld subscription within the free ManAboutWorld App.  Getting it is simple, but requires a few steps:

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By @ 08/09/12 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Travel

ManAboutWorld’s beaming parents (from a page in the actual magazine available on the iPad.)

Launching a business inevitably takes longer and cost more than you expect it to.  So when Ed and I started planning the Inaugural Issue, we gave ourselves the broad goal of “Summer 2012,” and while we originally hoped to be out with a sneak peak issue in June, we soon realized it would become our August/September launch issue, which as of Tuesday, August 7th, went live on the App Store Newsstand.  Whenever I veered towards despondency over the delays and obstacles, I just googled the latest news on Citi Bike.  They also had the same launch goal… and Mayor Bloomberg behind them.  ManAboutWorld is just me, Ed and Kenny (who are both still working other jobs), with a supporting cast of Correspondents, contributors, contractors and cheerleaders, without whom we could not have done it.

It’s been a fascinating journey, which we will periodically write about here — in part to give much deserved credit to those people who helped us launch; in part to help others who might benefit from our experience, and in part to engage you, our members, in a dialog about how ManAboutWorld can best inform and inspire your own journeys.

If you haven’t gotten your copy of the inaugural issue yet, you can download it as a free trial from the App Store.  Please do, and let us know what you think.  We’re already hard at work on our next issue (October), and we’re eager to hear your feedback, suggestions, questions and criticisms.  Please share them in the comments here, and we’ll do our best to reply to each and every one of them.

 

 

 

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By @ 07/26/12 in Uncategorized

We love the carefree ease of modern gay travel, and we’re increasingly aware of the negative and positive impact our travel can have: environmentally, socially, politically, culturally. The mainstream travel community is increasingly addressing this impact, through initiatives that foster positive change in the world, and minimize negative consequences. Sometimes these issues are clear, but often they are multi-layered and nuanced. Awareness and dialog are the first steps in creating positive change, and fostering both is a core part of our mission—particularly around issues that relate to LGBTQIA rights around the world (if we lost you at T, QIA are Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Allied).

Twenty years ago, in the inaugural issue of OUT&ABOUT, we rated the airlines based on how gay-friendly their frequent flyer policies were. Today, our consumer issues have been addressed, and we’ve been embraced as a lucrative niche market in much of the western world. But there are still many places where gay people face harsh legal, institutional, and social discrimination, including places that are gay-popular travel destinations. In every issue of ManAboutWorld, we’ll explore how our pink dollars and visible presence can advance the cause of equal rights for everyone, and the sometimes unexpected ways our visiting, spending and boycotting can hinder that cause. We’ll also look at issues of sustainability and social impact, introduce you to travel companies addressing these issues, and connect you with local causes and organizations in the places we write about.

Read about HIV criminalization, New York’s Ali Forney Center and The International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission below, and share your thoughts in the comments!

The Oslo Declaration on HIV Criminalization

We were surprised by our own ignorance of the widespread ways that HIV+ people have been criminalized by the inappropriate and overly-broad use of criminal law to regulate and punish people living with HIV for behavior that in any other circumstance would be considered lawful. For HIV+ people, mutually consensual safe sex with no disease transmission can result in prosecution. Spitting on a police officer can be charged as attempted homicide. Equally surprising, this practice is occurring in some of the most tolerant and gay-progressive countries—like Norway and Sweden—featured in our inaugural issue, as well as Canada and 35 states in the U.S.A.

Our friend Sean Strub, a long-time leader in the fight against AIDS/HIV, has taken up the cause of HIV Criminalization, launching the Sero Project. You can learn more about HIV Criminalization there, and then sign the Oslo Declaration on HIV Criminalization, adding your voice to the movement to end this injustice.

Ali Forney Center

Inspired by Pack For A Purpose, we started looking for ways that gay travelers can provide direct support to gay organizations in the places we write about.  In conjunction with our Savvy Guide to New York, we’re partnering with the Ali Forney Center—the nation’s largest and most comprehensive provider of homeless LGBT youth shelter and services—to provide support to homeless LGBT youth in New York.  If you’re in or coming to New York, you can help by donating new (as in unused) toiletries—like all those extra hotel-sized soaps you’ve been collecting over the years, socks, underwear and tank tops. You can call 212-222-3427 to coordinate your donation at their agency, Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm at 224 W 35th Street #1500.

The International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission


We’re working with the IGLHRC to explore and promote the ways that gay travelers can advance human rights for everyone, everywhere. We’ll be discussing these in future issues, but you can provide direct financial support right now, through their website, and by shopping the ManAboutWorld Approved pages in our magazine, where you’ll find links to purchase travel-related products and services from which ManAboutWorld earns a commission. We split that revenue 50/50 with the IGLHRC  to support their work.

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By @ 05/15/12 in Gay rights, Gay travel, Human rights, IGLHRC, Travel

As part of our commitment to fostering dialong and engaging our members in the advancement of gay rights for our brothers and sisters all over the world, we have partnered with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IHLHRC).

Join Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, me and editor in chief Ed Salvato at A Celebration of Courage, IGLHRC’s 2012 Human Rights Awards in New York City July 16th.

ManAboutWorld is proudly sponsoring the travel raffle, with great prizes, including:

Toronto
Two nights at the luxurious Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square, two round-trip tickets (Newark-Toronto) on the glamorous Porter Airlines with direct service to downtown Toronto and two Toronto CityPASS booklets, which is one of the best ways to “SeeTorontoNow.”

Las Vegas
Two night at the fabulous Wynn Las Vegas or Encore Las Vegas and two VIP tickets to Le Rêve – The Dream.

Ft. Lauderdale
Two nights at the lovely Grand Resort and Spa, plus two Greater Fort Lauderdale VIP Passes.

Provincetown
Two nights at the centrally located Prince Albert Guest House.

New York
Private group tour of Metropolitan Museum of Art for up to six people on a Monday when the MET is closed to the public. The tour is led by a Museum Producer.




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By @ 05/15/12 in Uncategorized

We’re super excited to debut ManAboutWorld.   Stay tuned for our first issue coming Summer, 2012!

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