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By @ 10/26/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Global Correspondent Ivan Quintanillais 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.

*Be afraid, be very afraid as you travel to the terrifying island of mutilated dolls in Mexico, a witches market in Bolivia, or the the site of a nuclear disaster in Ukraine.   (via MSN)

*Feed your nightmares.  Stay in a remote Swedish earthen hut surrounded by wolves.  Or stranded on an island off Croatia where the seas are too choppy to escape at night.  Or at any of the “World’s Creepiest Hotels.”  (via ARTINFO)

*How’s Casper as a friendly bedfellow?  Spend your night with guests who refuse to check out of these haunted hotels.  (via Conde Nast Traveler)

*From Provincetown to Copenhagen, gays find tricks and treats this Halloween.  (via Gaytravel.com)

*If you’ve ever wanted to sleep on the dissecting table of a morgue, Tasmania has the hotel for you.  (via Conde Nast Traveler)

*From Salem witches to the Headless Horseman, the Northeast is a scary place.  Spend your Halloween exploring some of the spookiest spots in New York and New England.  (via NY Times)

What did I miss?  Share your favorite travel news in the comments below or by posting on the Traveling IQ Facebook page.



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By @ 10/25/12 in Art, Gay travel, New York, Travel

Christopher Columbus is in the house. Photo courtesy Dan Allen

Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in the 1492. Now it’s your turn to discover him back.

A 13-food tall statue of Signore Columbus has been sitting atop a 75-foot granite column in the center of Columbus Circle since 1892 and though it’s in one of the most prominent spots in the city the statue itself is not well known, barely glimpsed as cars, cyclists and tourists hurry by.

Cue artist Tatzu Nishi:

Nishi’s project re-imagines the colossal 13-foot-tall statue of Columbus standing in a fully furnished, modern living room. Featuring tables, chairs, couch, rug, and flat-screen television, the décor reflects the artist’s interpretation of contemporary New York style. He even designed wallpaper inspired by memories of American popular culture, having watched Hollywood movies and television as a child in Japan. Discovering Columbus offers both a unique perspective on a historical monument and a surreal experience of the sculpture in a new context. Allowing us to take a journey up six flights of stairs to a fictional living room, Tatzu Nishi invites us to discover for ourselves where the imagination may lead.

For more information or to reserve your free pass, visit the website of Public Art Fund.

Thank you to Dan Allen for providing his insights and this great photograph.

 

 

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By @ 10/23/12 in Digital Publishing, Gay travel magazine for iPad, iPad

Apple announced the new iPad mini today, starting at just $329. And we’re pleased to announce that ManAboutWorld will be available on the new iPad mini.  You won’t need to do anything on your end – your subscription will automatically download the correct issue on whatever iPad you own.  Sweet, huh? Are you planning to get a mini?

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By @ 10/23/12 in ManAboutWorld

With a name like Miles, Miles Mitchinson was destined to travel right from the beginning.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Miles has spent most of the past 10 years working, volunteering, and traveling through almost every corner of the world.  His traveling started with a “quick” trip to New Zealand in 2003 and has developed into a full-time passion for experiencing all the world has to offer.

A desire to share this passion and these incredible experiences with other gay people led to Miles recently co-founding Detours Travel, a gay owned and operated tour operator specializing in 15-day international adventures.  Detours introduces a less-restricting and unhurried group travel concept to ensure an unforgettable travel experience for their clients.

Follow Miles on Facebook at www.facebook.com/detourstravel

Connect with Miles at www.detourstravel.com

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By @ 10/21/12 in Gay rights, Gay tours, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Out Adventures, Tour operators, Travel

Picture yourself here next May

Travel by land and set sail (on a beautiful yacht) with Out Adventures next May. Reserve now for this special trip, the first land + sea tour by gay-owned and run Out Adventures.

The trip has been organized by our very own Robert Sharp, one of ManAboutWorld’s very first global correspondents and very early supporters.
According to Robert participants will:

Explore historic monuments & dance the night away in Zegreb, hike through connected lakes and waterfalls in Plitvice, rest easy in 4 star hotels and on a Deluxe category Yacht, enjoy Roman architecture in Split, swim at every stop along the Dalmatian Coast and Makarja Riviera, walk along the medieval city wall in Dubrovnik, and more!

For more information click here.

Though still a conservative society in many ways, LGBT citizens have been benefiting from more rights in recent years. More info on LGBT rights in Croatia:



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By @ 10/18/12 in Gay travel, Travel

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

In 2009, Adam quit his job as a graphic designer in Boston and went on a 15+ month trip around the world. The life-changing journey took him to places like North Africa, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia. Since 2011 Adam has been living in Berlin – Europe’s most hipster city. His blog, Travels of Adam, focuses on finding the coolest cultural things to do around the world.

Follow Adam on his blog or via Twitter.

 

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By @ 10/17/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

The Sphinx

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

Juan Carlos Medina Gedler is a tireless curious world travel/documentary photographer. His main passion lies in capturing human ingenuity and architecture in different cultures and human expression in unique situations. His range of subjects are fairly broad, but whether he is photographing people walking into a souk in Africa or life in the last traditional village of South America or people working in a remote Caribbean island, JC’s common aim is always the same – to capture the human element in that Image taking your breath away.

He has had the opportunity to be published with his first photography coffee table book in 2010 dedicated to his father “Un día papá me dijo que soñara …” a compilation of his journey around Europe, Middle East and South America.



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By @ 10/13/12 in Gay travel, London, Travel

Our London-based correspondent, Ben Rossignol, reports on a life-changing pizza he recently encoutered. With ManAboutWorld‘s upcoming London coverage, scheduled for 2013, you’ll want to take note of this for your next visit.

Story Deli is gay friendly though not particularly gay diet friendly, but I had the most life changing pizza last night. They’re not very inexpensive either at 16 pounds but it’s probably the best Ive had in years. Also there are only two long communal tables and only pizzas and wine on the menu all at the same price. The check comes on a piece of brown cardboard. No reservations are taken and it’s cash only.

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By @ 10/09/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Don we now our gay apparel for the 13th annual Santa Speedo Run in Boston

We love Boston in the fall.

Colleges are buzzing with youthful energy, the city’s lush green treescape bursts into a riot of red, orange and yellow and, though days are getting shorter, they’re often warm followed by crisp evenings. Here are a couple of snippets from our  Boston article in the current issue of ManAboutWorld, available on the AppStore.

Like your men tall, handsome, muscular and brainy? Thought so! Grab your blanket and your surreptitiously hidden bottle of White Italian Burgundy and set up on Boston’s Esplanade (along the Charles River) to watch any number of the 55 racing events during the famous annual Head of the Charles rowing regatta October 20-21. In case it’s a chilly or inclement day, it’s worth $90 for a day pass to the Eliot Bridge Enclosure in Cambridge. You’ll have closer views of the athletes and boats, access to a cash bar, and you’ll get to hobnob with real Harvardians.



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By @ 10/09/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Relaxing in Trancoso

For gay travelers, Rio is irresistible: In addition to all of the general appeal that Rio holds for world travelers, there are the Brazilian men.

Somehow, Brazil got way more than its share of sexy, and during the Brazilian summer (our winter) it is on full display in Rio.  And, oh what a display it is. See it in pictures and video in our October issue, along with our insider guide with everything you need to plan an awesome Brazilian vacation.

Subscribe and download now!

 

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By @ 10/06/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

Oh yeah, just try it!

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.

*One wants to pluck Big Bird while the other aims to saunter down Sesame Street for four more years.  If you live in the United States and have a pulse, you have probably compared the presidential candidates on many topics.  But where do Obama and Romney stand on travel issues?  (via USA Today)

*Staten Island is going round and round to be #1.  City officials announced that the world’s largest ferris wheel, bigger than the London Eye and the Singapore Flyer, will open in New York City’s dangling borough in 2015.  (via Travel Mole)



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By @ 10/05/12 in Gay rights, Human rights, IGLTA, Uncategorized

This is the kind of support we expect of travel suppliers marketing to our community — Not just the assurance that they’re gay friendly, but a willingness to publicly support our global struggle for human rights.

Nearly a decade ago, Expedia did a deal with OUT&ABOUT to syndicate gay content on their website. In 2010, they teamed up with the IGLTA to add a “gay-friendly filter based on IGLTA membership to their hotel searches.  Last month, they came out in support of Referendum 74 supporting gay marriage in Washington State.  This week, they released this poignant video about the power of travel to create understanding.  Bravo, Expedia.  Where you book does indeed matter.

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By @ 10/03/12 in Gay travel, Greece, ManAboutWorld, Mykonos, Travel

We  received some amazing images for our Parting Shots section in the magazine (that’s the last section of ManAboutWorld featuring photos our readers send us based on a theme).

The theme was “Summer Fun.”

The image above was sent to us by Dane Steele, a tour operator (as well as one of our correspondents). This happy-go-lucky group was so pleased to be on the gorgeous island of Mykonos on a Steele Luxury Travel tour that they all playfully jumped for joy for the camera.

Keep checking back this month for the stories behind the Parting Shots.

 

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By @ 10/02/12 in Brazil, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Rio de Janeiro, Travel

Download the soon-to-launch October issue and see these two and more

Billy and I are putting the finishing touches on the October issue of ManAboutWorld, which we hope to publish very soon.

Meantime, feast your eyes on these beauties, a mere hint of the gorgeous imagery and great recommendations you’ll gorge on once the issue is ready to be downloaded to your Newsstand. Notice also the nifty little “on/off” button, which allows you to enjoy local music to really get you in an Ipanema state of mind.

We cover Brazil and its best beaches with a native perspective (thanks in part to Billy’s Brazilian husband and our fabulous São Paulo-based correspondents Rangel and Niazi.

If you haven’t yet downloaded ManAboutWorld, get your inaugural issue free via this link.

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By @ 09/28/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

A hunky sunscreen butler, Ritz-Cartlon South Beach, Miami

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.

*Sometimes you just want need a young man to lather up the sunscreen on hard-to-reach spots.  Going beyond the complimentary shampoo and conditioner, hotels are enticing with free amenities like a personal tanning butler in South Beach, a pet goldfish in San Francisco, and a Rolls-Royce in Beverly Hills.  (via USA Today)

*According to Claire Danes, Israelis “work very hard, worry very hard and play hard and well.”  The recent Emmy winner talks about filming “Homeland” in Tel Aviv, and poses for photos throughout Israel’s party capital.  (via NY Times)



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By @ 09/28/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Photo: http://www.castrostreetfair.org/

Our editor in chief is missing these events all taking place the first week of San Francisco (he’s leaving Monday, October 1. Drats!) But you don’t have to. If you hurry, you can catch one of the following fun events, whether you’re proclivities tend towards the sporty, the literary or the queer. (Or all of the above.)

  • America’s Cup World Series, Oct. 2-7
  • Fleet Week, Oct. 4-8
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Oct. 5-7
  • Litquake, Oct. 5-13
  • Castro Street Fair, Oct. 7 (This one is super gay; see photo above)
  • San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade, Oct. 7
  • San Francisco 49ers vs. Buffalo Bills, Oct. 7

The folks at San Francisco Travel have posted details on these events and others on their website, www.sanfrancisco.travel. To help you navigate around the city efficiently and economically, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency has also provided maps and other transit updates specifically related to these events as well.

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By @ 09/25/12 in ManAboutWorld, New York

With only one Michelin-starred restaurant (Del Posto), Chelsea comes up a little short for fine dining. But it makes up for it with an abundance of solid restaurants, serving a broad range of cuisines to an eclectic neighborhood crowd. There’s no shortage of places to eat and drink on 8th Ave., while enjoying the scenic pedestrian flow of Chelsea muscle boys and club kids.

Here are five of the nearly 30 gay-popular restaurants we recommend in Chelsea. For a complete listing, check out ManAboutWorld’s ultimate guide to Gay New York  — available for free in the August/September issue of ManAboutWorld Magazine with a trial subscription on the App Store.

Gascogne
This little hole in the wall on 8th Ave at 18th St. in Chelsea is one of the most overlooked secret gems in the neighborhood that has hidden in plain site for over two decades. The menu changes little over the years and offers primarily specialties of Southwestern France. The courtyard dining area is tiny but magical: eight tables in a little garden that could be in Toulouse. Polish your French; the waiters seem fresh off le bateau.

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By @ 09/23/12 in Dining/food/wine, Europe, Gay travel, London, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

We think some the most delicious and affordable tacos we have had in New York City are at La Esquina. Here’s our write up from this past summer’s inaugural issue of ManAboutWorld, which included a definitive guide to the best of gay New York. Here’s what we wrote about it:

This secretive and chic Mexican brasserie is hidden beneath an ordinary deli on the corner of Kenmare. With your reservation (book three weeks out!) verified by the Men In Black standing guard at a door marked “Employees Only,” you’ll walk down a candle-lit stairway, through the kitchen and into a sexy, brick-walled dungeon. Worth it for the ambience alone, the tacos are affordable and delicious—a rare combination even above ground in NYC.

Now what to do when in London and you have the taco urge?  Our reader and contributor Tanya Scholl steers us to the best place to satisfy the urge for great Mexican cuisine across the pond.

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By @ 09/21/12 in ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

San Francisco (Photo by Jeremy Brooks/Flickr)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremybrooks/5172519188/in/pool-976376@N22/

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

Flickr.com/photos/comprock/5104728271/

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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