Category Archives: Paul VanDeCarr

By @ 03/10/15 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Paul VanDeCarr, Travel, Travel dilemma
Dharavi cricket photo

Dharavi cricket photo

In this month’s issue, we launch Travel Dilemma, a new occasional column presenting a controversial travel topic for consideration and discussion. This month our writer Paul VanDeCarr went on a walking tour of a Mumbai slum. What he found blew away our images of these poor areas (which for instance generate over $650 million in economic activity).

Before we assigned and published this story though we discussed whether the pros such as learning the stories of a marginalized community outweighed the cons including privileged Westerners seeming to exploit a developing society. We found his column enlightening and informative, giving us a newfound respect for a part of the city which we would have previously ignored or pitied.

Learn more, discuss

  • Read his piece in this month’s issue. Subscribe here.
  • Exploitative? Enlightening? Empowering? Immoral? Discuss! We’d love to know what you think. Join the discussion via the comments below or on Facebook.
  • Read more about slum tourism.

Photo credit: Dharavi cricket photo by Andreas Grosse-Halbuer

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By @ 02/24/14 in Cancun, CheckOut, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Mexico, Paul VanDeCarr, Travel

Oasis Sens 4 gays at poolOur ManAboutWorld correspondent Paul VanDeCarr visited the Oasis Sens, an adult-only, all-inclusive resort in Cancún, Mexico. Was it as gay friendly as they promoted? Read our new column CheckOut and, well, check it out.

Basics
An “adults-only” resort hotel on the beach featuring outdoor pools, multiple restaurants with various cuisines and a friendly but not obsequious staff. Plenty of entertainments and activities such as Spanish lessons, yoga sessions, stage shows at the “Kinky Club” and cheesy but fun Mayan dance performances out by the pool. Small-to-moderate complaints like problems with the key cards or untidy spots in the common areas prevent the Oasis Sens from being a luxury hotel, if that’s what you’re looking for. The feel here is of folks splurging on a little easygoing beach vacay: the straight lady from Kansas who seemed to relish going topless, the college boy recommending “Dude, you totally have to go into the ocean wasted!!”, the middle-aged Russians in on the direct flight from Moscow, the trash-talking dykes from Dallas and the cute queeny 20-something gay friends from New York.

Location
In Cancún’s hotel zone, which feels about “authentic” Mexican as a Taco Bell. But the real attraction here is the beach, which is gorgeous. To go directly to and from the airport you have to take a shuttle (about US $15) or taxi (about US $30) respectively. Or you can take a US $1 bus ride downtown, and from there catch a cheap “colectivo” van to the airport. Downtown itself is a bit of a hike—too far to walk—though it sports a couple fun gay clubs. Don’t confuse the Oasis Sens with its sister property down the road, the Grand Oasis Cancún, which has the reputation of being a party hotel for drunk college students.



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By @ 08/02/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Krakow, ManAboutWorld, Paul VanDeCarr, Travel

Paul VanDeCarr at Sibro cafe-bar, Krakow

ManAboutWorld Correspondent Paul VanDeCarr traveled to Krakow, Poland with his boyfriend. He brings us back this report.

I just had a really fun and affordable four days in Krakow with my boyfriend. And so can you. Except maybe not with my boyfriend. This beautiful Polish city has a relaxed vibe and plenty of English-speaking folks (helpful for a non-Polish speaker such as myself), and, at least at this time of year, an agreeable climate.

We stayed in the lovely Kazimierz district, the old Jewish quarter, at the comfortable and gay-friendly Młynek hostel. The stay came with a delicious breakfast (there’s a good veggie option) at the ground-floor restaurant, which stays open late; and, in one-stop-shopping style, there’s even a weekend nightclub, called Love, in the basement, where lesbians, gays and straights drink and dance to what I must say is rather loud music.



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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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