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By @ 06/01/17 in Gay pride, Gay rights, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Twitter chat

LGBT pride travel safety Twitter chat Tuesday, June 6, 1pm ET; follow #prideguide

Join @MAWTravel, @TravelGov and @OutRightIntl for an important chat about LGBT Pride travel safety, Tuesday, June 6 at 1pm EST. Just follow #PrideGuide on Twitter.com.

Pride is a season of joy and celebration, and we want you to travel, let your Pride flag fly and come back safe! Please follow along with us during this important LGBT Pride travel safety chat. Ask questions. Answer questions. Just be sure to join in the conversation. Look at some of the amazing participants we have including: The U.S. State Department; Centers for Disease Control; Human Rights Watch; OutRight Action International; NYC & Company; TravelGuard; IGLTA; and many more!

See you on Tuesday, June 6 at 1pm ET!

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By @ 12/08/16 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
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We prefer our cake by the ocean, and our Pride on the beach! Fort Lauderdale Pride is turning forty, which means it’s officially the hot daddy of Pride parades, and celebrating its milestone on the beach for the first time ever.

That’s right, Pride will be celebrated this year on the white sand beaches of the most LGBT-welcoming city on earth. The annual event is on Sunday, February 26th 2017 and for the first time on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Expect tens of thousands to show up for world renowned entertainers, local and national exhibitors, food courts and of course, Lauderdale’s world-class white sand beaches.

The celebration is expanding this year with programming for families and seniors, and adding educational and history exhibits, sporting areas, and even a first-ever Sober Zone. Pride will take place at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park South,  adjacent to the B Ocean Hotel & Resort, which just putting the final fabulous touches on a major renovation. For the best experience, stay there or the adjacent (and also recently-renovated) Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, and purchase one of the limited VIP passes with front row seating, premium cocktails, and a VIP restroom.

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By @ 08/31/16 in Dallas, Gay pride, Gay travel
Dallas Gay Pride in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Dallas skyline at night

What better way to beat the ‘back to school’ blues than heading out of town to celebrate Dallas Gay Pride, September 18. And you thought Pride season was a wrap till next June. No Sirree! Dallas Gay Pride is one of the largest outside of the more expected June-July pride season. We covered it in the most recent issue of ManAboutWorld along with a number of other tours, events and destinations:

Now’s the time to get out there and celebrate Pride in the biggest, gayest way you can. Make a weekend of it during Dallas Pride. The community will be even more fun, friendly and welcoming than it normally is given the tragic event that unfolded in Orlando. Produced by the Dallas Tavern Guild, Dallas Pride consists of a series of events culminating in a boisterous parade on Sunday, September 18. Don’t miss the headliner, Erika Jayne from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills boasting 10 Billboard number-one dance hits.

The Dallas CVB offers specific trip-planning recommendations for your visit for Pride.

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By @ 07/18/16 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Verdirame, Travel

ann arbor sign low resWhen thinking about Michigan cities, it’s safe to say that Ann Arbor—and the neighboring town of Ypsilanti—would likely not even make the top 5, which is all the more reason it is so surprising to find not only a substantial gay community, but one that has been thriving for several decades thanks in part to the prominence of the University of Michigan. Many in Ann Arbor believe the city of approximately 200,000 to be so open, that dedicated gay venues are almost unnecessary because gays are welcomed everywhere (even though there are still several gay bars and gay-owned businesses).

Ypsilanti even elected an openly gay mayor, Amanda Edmonds, below, who will happily tell you that AmandaEdmonds-228x300being a lesbian had very little effect on her campaign. All of these things make Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti (or Ypsi, as the locals call it) a great place to spend a few days, especially in the summer. Story and photos by By Michael Verdirame. Read on for our top recommendations for when to go and where to play, eat and more. Click here for a FREE three-month offer to subscribe to ManAboutWorld.

When we go: The upcoming annual gay pride celebration, called OutFest (August 5-7) is hosted by the Jim Toy Community Center. Named after one of the most notable figures in the gay community in Michigan, the center promises a weekend that celebrates “queer identities, community, and allyship.” It won’t be the biggest pride celebration you attend this year, but it makes this weekend the perfect time to schedule a trip to Ann Arbor to discover everything it has to offer.

Where we stay: Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti aren’t huge sprawling metropolises, so you won’t be overwhelmed with all the hotel options. Much of the visitor infrastructure centers around the UM campus, so if you are inclined to stay in your favorite chain hotel, we can guarantee you will find it here. There are, however, a few notable choices in the downtown area of Ann Arbor that are worth checking out, if for no other reason than their convenient centralized location.

Weber’s Boutique Hotel is a charming option that includes a full service hotel and restaurant and an low res ivyindoor pool, making this an attractive choice year-round. There are walking and jogging paths in the adjacent park, and it is located only a short Uber ride away from the dining and shopping downtown.

The Graduate is located in the heart of downtown, within walking distance to shopping and the gay nightlife of Ann Arbor. Catering to out-of-towners eager to take in a football game at the University of Michigan’s famous “Big House,” this hotel offers football weekend packages in addition to boasting its authentic, intellectual vibe. The Graduate is probably the best choice for those looking to combine a convenient location with a unique hotel experience.

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By @ 06/28/16 in Gay pride, Gay travel, James Careless, ManAboutWorld, Toronto, Travel

Omni King Edward hotel for gay pride TorontoLooking for a hotel for Gay Pride Toronto? Look no further! ManAboutWorld Correspondent James Careless recently visited and provides this report on the Omni King Edward Hotel. James recently wrote about another fabulous Toronto hotel, the Windsor Arm Hotel.

Top/bottom line: Originally built as Toronto’s premier luxury hotel in 1903, the ‘King Eddy’ (as Torontoians have long called it) has just undergone a $40 million renovation/restoration – and it shows. Located just east of Yonge Street on King Street, the Omni King Edward is deep in the heart of downtown and close to the theater district, high-end shopping, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Distillery District, and Toronto’s renowned Gay Village (Church and Wellesley). It features 301 over-sized rooms that seamlessly mix old-fashioned Edwardian class and spaciousness with modern style, appointments, and amenities. The result is a sense of airy elegance.

Rates: There are all sizes and kinds of rooms available at the King Edward; including the Luxury Executive (800 square feet) suites that include sitting rooms with 180 degree curved walls on one side and multiple windows. Not surprisingly, the King Edward’s combination of location, quality interiors, two excellent dining rooms (the Consort Bar is full service; Victoria’s Restaurant is exclusively for Afternoon Tea, which has been a tradition since 1903) is not cheap. But compared to other cookie-cutter luxury hotels that charge comparable rates, the King Eddy is worth it. Prices start at $215 (C$269.10) for a 350 square foot Deluxe Room, to $323 (C$404.10) for the Luxury Executive suite. If you are feeling particularly grand, the 1,800 square foot Royal Suite is available; you’ll have to call for prices. This one-of-a-kind, two-story hotel-within-a-hotel comes with a sunken living area, a formal dining area for eight people, a work area, two fireplaces, and full kitchen with butler’s entrance. Personally, I have stayed in most of Canada’s grand old hotels over the years; including the Chateau Lake Louise and Toronto’s Royal York. But the renovated King Edward is the only one I have ever visited that is traditional without being stuffy or dated – and the redecorated rooms (I toured all of the options) are superb.

Omni King Edward hotel for gay pride Toronto

Location: One reason I love downtown hotels is that they tend to be close to the action; whatever the action may be. On the classy side, the King Eddy is within walking distance of top restaurants, theaters, and clubs. At the same time, it is a short subway ride to the Gay Village in all of its textures; from LGBT entertainment venues to steamrooms and beyond. (I like to cover the waterfront.) A must-see destination that is close to the King Eddy is Club 120; two blocks’ north at 120 Church Street. Club 120 is a legendary Toronto LGBT restaurant and diner, and is home to Mandy Goodhandy; Toronto’s witty transgender comedienne. Club 120 also hosts LGBT dances, live music, and stand-up comedy nights.(Check www.club120.ca for the latest events.)

Room/Bathroom: The King Edward’s rooms are all very individual, from the Deluxe to the Royal Suite. You’ll find stylish, comfortable furniture; big firm beds, and bold interior decorations; including the signature scarlet wall behind each bed with its monogrammed King Edward pillows. The bathrooms have also been completely updated; many of which have seen their tubs removed in favor of large walk-in showers with glass walls. Everything is fresh and well-appointed; as are the understated restaurants and the big two-story lobby with its giant chess pieces! If you can afford it, go for the Luxury Executive suite with its curved walled sitting room. It is literally a good walk to go from the bedroom past the bathroom, in order to get to the sitting room. You will feel like royalty!

Gay Factor: Staying at a one-of-a-kind, tastefully-decorated grand hotel is a definite ‘gay factor’ perq. You won’t cringe here as you might at a pretentious ‘McClassy’ chain hotel with its knock-off modern art and mass-produced mock-designer furniture. That said, the King Eddy’s gay factor is definitely one of swanky style, not glitzy flash. Meanwhile, the location of this hotel is perfect for any LGBT guest; everything you need or want (or both) is within reach! Frankly, one stay at the King Edward, and chances are that this will be your gay HQ anytime you stay in Toronto. (And if you want to impress someone you’ve just met, this is the place.)

About the Checkout: ManAboutWorld highlights properties we have recently and personally stayed at, and is editorial, not advertorial. Like virtually all travel publications, we sometimes accept discounted and sponsored travel, but ManAboutWorld is beholden to no one but you. Our recommendations are based solely on the experience and opinions of our editorial team and trusted network, putting our readers’ interests above all. If you ever have an issue with anything we recommend, please let us know. We always have your back, and your travel satisfaction in mind. Read our full disclosure here.

 

 

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By @ 06/14/16 in Gay pride, Gay travel, James Careless, ManAboutWorld, Toronto, Travel

Windsor Arms Hotel for Toronto Gay Pride, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineLooking for a hotel for Gay Pride Toronto? Look no further! ManAboutWorld Correspondent James Careless recently visited and provides this report on the Windsor Arm Hotel.

Top/bottom line: This revitalized 1927 small four-story hotel is an utterly unique gem in downtown (Bay and Bloor streets) Toronto. Just minutes away from the city’s Gay Village (Church and Wellesley), the uber-elegant Windsor Arms is a five star hotel of just 28 suites; some of them even having multiple rooms. The insides and outsides have been lovingly restored and revived by new owner George Friedmann. Prominent guests include Barbra Streisand and Elizabeth Taylor; talk about gay culture cred. This is a host hotel for Toronto Gay Pride.

Rates: Given the Windsor Arms’ coterie of elegant suites, many fine restaurants and pampering facilities, and prime location (it is just off Bloor on the surprising quiet St. Thomas Street), prices here are not cheap. During this year’s Pride Toronto festival (it runs June 24-July 3, 2016), rates start at US$300 (C$395) and hit $1560 (C$2050) for the two bedroom Presidential suite. But think about it: This suite comes with two sofa beds and one king. Split between six people, you and your friends could have an super-luxurious and exclusive stay for just $260 each. That’s a bargain price for a small historic hotel so charming and different, you will love it as much as Babs and Liz did. It is worth noting that the Windsor Arms does not nickel-and dime its guests. The Wi-Fi is free, the in-room Nespresso coffee is quality, and the towels/dressing robes full and fluffy. Meanwhile, the hotel has been serving afternoon tea without fail since it opened in 1927; offering with delectable sandwiches, scones and pasties – and more fine teas than you ever knew even existed.

Location: Given that is close to fashionable Yorkville, still sinful Yonge Street, and Toronto’s Gay Village – plus steps from the city’s subway lines – the Windsor Arms hotel could not be better situated for gays of all flavours and levels of daring. Want access to Toronto’s very best, most exclusive shopping? It’s here. Want to visit the Gay Village and sample everything from its edgy restaurants and clubs to steamy bathhouses and other no-longer-forbidden fruits? It’s just a short walk away eastwards on Bloor to Church Street, and then south to Wellesley and beyond. Frankly, if you are of a mind to get naughty during Pride Toronto, the Windsor Arms is a logical base of operations; given that is close to everything that counts. This said, consider this elegant venue to be a refuge and place for recovery, rather than a site for bawdy revelry.

Room/Bathroom: As mentioned above, the Windsor Arms’ rooms are all individually and beautifully decorated/furnished. Windsor Arms Hotel for Toronto Gay Pride, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineOne interesting point: Many of the rooms come with their own musical instrument for guests to play, from pianos in the largest suites to guitars and Celtic harps in the smaller ones. The bathrooms are also well-appointed with high-quality fixtures. For instance, the entry level, 550 square foot Junior suite features cream-colored walls with wooden accents (http://www.windsorarmshotel.com/suites/junior_suite//) , residence-quality furniture, deep soaker tub, separate standing shower, ands an acoustic guitar. Like the high-priced suites, it also comes with ‘Butler service’. This is a separate compartment beside the front door when food, towels, and other amenities can be discreetly delivered to without you having to interact with staff.

Gay Factor: Okay, so we’re talking about a very small, exclusive hotel in the heart of Toronto close to the Gay Village, with top-end decor, furnishings, amenities, food, drinks, and high tea; plus an indoor pool with fireplace and two floors of spa facilities? Plus Babs and Liz stayed here, and their photos adorn the walls. I mean, if you don’t get the gay factor here, I can’t help you. This is a perfect place for any gay or other LGBT couple, in a hotel with a reputation for welcoming gay guests with open arms. In fact, the only complaint I could find from a gay couple was that it was difficult to leave the Windsor Arms, because it is such a wonderful place to stay.

About the CheckOut (please add this to the bottom of your writeup): ManAboutWorld highlights properties we have recently and personally stayed at, and is editorial, not advertorial. Like virtually all travel publications, we sometimes accept discounted and sponsored travel, but ManAboutWorld is beholden to no one but you. Our recommendations are based solely on the experience and opinions of our editorial team and trusted network, putting our readers’ interests above all. If you ever have an issue with anything we recommend, please  let us know.  We always have your back, and your travel satisfaction in mind. Read our full disclosure here.

 

 

 

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By @ 02/17/16 in Art, Event, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Monaco, New York, Travel
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero in Monaco takes New York and in ManAboutWorld gay traevl magazine

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero

With a population of plus or minus 38,000 souls Monaco takes New York, population 8.4 million and the Big Apple swoons. Monaco, an independent microstate on France’s Mediterranean coastline, showcases its rich heritage from now through February 21. If you’re curious about this beautiful Principality and you’re in New York, this is a perfect opportunity to experience Monaco’s culture, which is surprisingly broad and deep for such a small destination.

The main act is Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo performing Cinderella at New York City Center, accompanied by an exhibit of behind-the-scenes photographs at the New York Headquarters of the auction house, Christie’s, and a culinary week highlighting the Principality’s cuisine with Monaco’s visiting chef Paolo Sari at Circo and Le Cirque restaurants. Other details released by the Consulate General of Monaco follow.

Cinderella at New York City Center
Led by talented director-choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo performs its mesmerizing modern rendition of Prokoviev’s Cinderella at New York City Center:

Thursday, February 18 – 8:00 pm
Friday, February 19 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 20 – 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Individual tickets are now on sale at the theater box office at 131 West 55th Street, by phone at City Tix on (212) 581 1212 or online at www.nycitycenter.org.

On Thursday, February 18, Cartier and the Consulate General of Monaco co-host an opening night VIP experience featuring tickets to

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero in Monaco takes New York and in ManAboutWorld gay traevl magazine

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero

Cinderella followed by an exclusive cocktail reception under the patronage of Monaco’s Ambassador to the United States. Guests can mingle with members of Les Ballets’ company and feast on organic treats prepared by Monaco’s Chef Paolo Sari. The Opening Night Experience package is $300 per person and may be purchased online at www.monaco-nyc.com. Space is extremely limited. Proceeds to benefit Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.

Flavors of Monaco
Between Monday, February 15 and Saturday, February 20, Circo and sister-restaurant Le Cirque will partner with Monte-Carlo SBM to host Chef Paolo Sari, Executive Chef of the Monte-Carlo Beach whose restaurant, Elsa, is the world’s only 100% organic Michelin-starred restaurant.

Chef Sari will apply his innovative and avant-garde farm-to-table style to create the week’s prix-fixe 100% organic menus – lunch and dinner at Circo; 6-course degustation dinner only at Le Cirque.

  • Circo, 120 West 55th Street, (212) 286 3636, reservations@circonyc.com, www.circonyc.com
  • Le Cirque, 151 East 58th Street, (212) 644 0202, reservations@lecirque.com, www.lecirque.com

Photos: Inside Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (C) A. Blangero

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By @ 12/23/15 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

What a year it was! Looking back on 2015 there were plenty of gay travel stories that got us excited. Here are a few that we enjoyed. Happy holidays to our subscribers, blog visitors, friends and followers. We hope you come back and visit our blog frequently and consider becoming a subscriber if you aren’t already. iPhone/iPad users tap here. Android users here.

Thawing of relations between Cuba and the United States

The thawing of relations between Cuba and the USA

Cuba

Marriage busted out all over

This was before the legalization of same-sex marriage across the U.S. but it was a taste of thing to come and one of the top gay travel stories

Vows

Marriage busted out all over

Gay cruises are hotter than ever

This is from an Atlantis cruise

A hot couple on an Atlantis cruise as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

A very hot couple on an Atlantis Caribbean cruise.

 

The NomadicBoys served up a year of amazing (and fun) gay travel stories

If you don’t know these bloggers, go follow them now. They traveled throughout Asia and shared many memorable experiences.

NomadicBoys top 10 favorite foods in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine in top gay travel stories

 

Gracious sexually fluid winner

Conchita even helped put Vienna back on the gay travel map.

Conchita Wurst as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine and in top gay travel stories

The other lady in Gold

It was fun reviewing our photos. We only reposted a handful here. Please feel free to go back in our post.

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By @ 11/11/15 in Gay ski, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel
ManAboutWorld's November cover: the pulsating skyline of Miami at night.

Miami, our November cover

Blink and it’s November! Seems like it’s still summertime. We love the unseasonably warm weather enveloping most of the U.S. as we go to press, but it’s not helping us mentally prepare for the cold ahead. Where mother nature fails, ManAboutWorld delivers though with our up-to-the-minute guide to Miami, an easily accessible, gay-popular destination that’s undergoing an exciting transformation.

Download ManAboutWorld to discover a city bursting well beyond gay-centric South Beach. Wynwood is home to some of the most exciting galleries on the planet, especially at this moment when they’re preparing for next month’s Art Basel, which we also cover this month. Brickell feels like the capital of Latin America, filled with dining, drinking and hobnobbing. And discover some of the most exciting new hotels in the country that have recently opened their doors, a number of them located in Miami’s newly emerging Mid-Beach district.

In winter, not everyone flees to warm-weather destinations. Some people actually run towards the cold. Gleefully. For you we present a

Aspen gay ski week in ManAboutWorld (gay travel magazine)-November issue which also includes Miami

Aspen gay ski week

hot list of cool snowy events encircling the globe. Aspen Gay Ski week is still the daddy of all gay winter events, and it seems to be getting better with a reinvigorated leadership and truly welcoming vibe. We’re proud to be media partners with this event which benefits a number of worthy LGBT community organizations.

Have you seen our new Radar section? These are discoveries around the globe sent in by our correspondents and friends. We encourage you, dear readers, to send us your discoveries, which you may see included in an upcoming issue. Use our “Contact us” page on the blog. 

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By @ 10/23/15 in Gay pride, Gay travel, Taipei, Travel
Taiwan Pride in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Taiwan Pride

Taipei, Taiwan boasts the largest LGBT pride celebration in Asia, scheduled to take place Saturday, October 31. We have been invited to experience the festivities and also visit other parts of this fascinating country that is not (yet) super popular among North American LGBT travelers. But we’ve heard a lot about it already and our Taiwan-born global correspondent Allister Chang covered this up-and-coming gay destination for us in November 2012.

We’ve already been promised the world’s best bubble tea, pineapple cake and foot massages! What else is in store? Visit back here next week and find out. Also be sure to check out our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts for more regular updates. (We will use the hashtag #Taiwan.)

Here’s a map so you know where we are going. China is west of Taiwan; Korea and Japan to the north/northeast; and Philippines to the south.

Map showing Taiwan (the island, center) in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Map showing Taiwan (the island, center)

DOWNLOAD MANABOUTWORLD: We last covered Taipei in November 2012. But check back here for when we’ll include it in our magazine again (probably spring 2016). And be sure to check out our digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorld App on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. There are a few FREE publications in all of the apps and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

Image: Carrie Kellenberger via Flickr. Map: Courtesy Google Maps.

 

 

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By @ 10/10/15 in Gay ski, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, New Zealand, Travel
ManAboutWorld's Michael Siebert (left). and his friend Joao at gay ski week Queenstown

ManAboutWorld’s Michael Siebert (left).

The largest gay ski event in the southern half of the world sees hundreds of people flock to Queenstown, NZ during the last part of August and early September, every year, for a full week of skiing, drinking, dancing and adventure. The next official DNA Gay Ski Week will happen August 27 to September 3, 2016.  Start making your plans now. Here’s a report by ManAboutWorld correspondent Michael Siebert who is pictured here (on the left in the photo above) with his handsome friend, Joao. They enjoyed Gay Ski Week with hundreds of gay ski and boarding aficionados but also spent a little time exploring Queenstown and surroundings.

Queenstown is an adventure town. Consider skydiving and all the other options available to a fun-seeker.  Days trips to Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are available; however, I would consider an overnight boat tour so that you are able to see the sound at sunset and sunrise. Exploring the lake area is a lovely option as well.  Another option:  One could rent a car in Christchuch and drive through the lake regions for some spectacular views, but the drive is approximately 6-7 hours from Christchurch to Queenstown.

Ski season in Queenstown is from mid-June to early-October.  If you plan for early October you just must might have the slopes to yourself and it is a perfect time to stay at Pounamu since it is just outside their busy season.

This year, our gracious host, Pounamu Apartments was a an excellent place to call home for a week of skiing and relaxation. The views and comfort, along with the excellent hospitality, you will feel like a local in no time.  Pounamu is short 10-minute walk to the city center; however, you will have the comfort of your own kitchen, fireplace, fantastic views, service and the staff are available to help customize your trip to your liking.  If walking is not your thing, rent a car for your trips to the mountain and surrounding areas; however, walk to the center of town, the traffic will drive you mad and parking can be difficult. Pounamu offers covered car parking and free WiFi. You can also relax in the outside spa after a day on the mountains.

Skiing in Queenstown does require a short bus ride (if you do not have your own car) to any mountain (three to choose from) and the bus stop is just outside the front steps of Pounamu.

Can’t wait till next August? ManAboutWorld will cover gay ski events in the Northern Hemisphere in our next issue. Stay tuned.

ManAboutWorld's Michael Siebert (right). and his friend Joao at gay ski week Queenstown

Michael and his friend at the Pounamu Apartments

DOWNLOAD MANABOUTWORLD: Discover the world’s best gay travel content in our unique digital magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. There are a few FREE publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!



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By @ 08/31/15 in Correspondent, Event, Gay ski, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, New Zealand, Travel
Gay ski and board at gay ski week, Queenstown, NZ in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

There’s Michael (right) with a friend about to gay ski (or board!)

Saturday Aug 29 kicked off Gay Ski (officially Gay and Lesbian Winter Pride in Queenstown, New Zealand; you know, the other down under. It’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere so those of us in the Northern Hemisphere can cool down a bit from this late August heat simply by enjoying these photos. The event goes through September 5.

Have you ever enjoyed a gay ski week? It can be really fun. All these outdoorsy athletic fellows who like going fast. The slopes can be a democratizer, too (if you can afford to go, that is), and there’s nothing like après-ski when everyone excitedly shares their best runs of the day, hair messy, facial sunburns surrounding otherwise a goggle-shaped white patch of skin. Gay ski events often include crazy drag antics. Check out the line up at this event and maybe plan a gay ski experience down under next year or in our hemisphere this coming winter.

The photos on this page were submitted by our Australia-based correspondent Michael Siebert. Below is a special one he took during the kick off. In his words:

At 4PM NZ time a rainbow appeared and literally kicked off Gay Ski Week. The timing was spectacular. The photo was taken from the balcony of our lovely hosts, Pounamu Apartments on Frankton Road.

Gay ski and board at gay ski week, Queenstown, NZ in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Now that’s a gay ski kick off!

More photos from the event.

Gay ski and board at gay ski week, Queenstown, NZ in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Gay ski and board at gay ski week, Queenstown, NZ in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine. Check out this unique digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. There are several FREE publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, get gay skiin’!



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By @ 08/21/15 in Ashton Giese, Gay pride, Gay travel, Gayography LGBT news, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Uganda
Gayography: gay travel news update, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineThis informative gay travel news update is brought to you by ManAboutWorld correspondent Ashton Giese who publishes this indispensable digital gay travel news update weekly: GAYography.
This week’s GAYography brief has some exciting new secret beaches in SE Asia as well as where to go if you want to bare it all this weekend in the Poconos. You can also follow the Atlantis Cruise around the Mediterranean or simply start at the Elixsor party in Mykonos!Plus, with the recent tragedy in Bangkok, be sure to register with the State Department when you travel abroad — especially alone! Check out all the important LGBT news from Uganda to Boston.

An important resource for LGBT travelers, focusing on news, vacation insights, advocacy and current events in major cities around the globe, the GAYography brief publishes every Thursday.

Check out a unique digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. There are several FREE publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, get downloadin’!



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By @ 08/20/15 in Auston Matta, Barcelona, Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Jumping for MyGayPride with Two Bad Tourists in Barcelona, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Jumping for MyGayPride

Our very own ManAboutWorld correspondents and gay blogger duo Two Bad Tourists want to send you to Barcelona as part of their MyGayPride promotion. This gay blogger pair is so excited about it they are jumping for joy in Barcelona (above). Read more about Auston Matta (above left who makes up one half of these two handsome, hard-working and informative blogger couple) here. Read below for information on participating in the MyGayPride promotion and start practicing your Catalan.

One lucky winner will receive a free trip to Barcelona including two round trip tickets on Norwegian, a $350 credit with misterbnb plus airport pickup and LGBT city tours provided by Rainbow Barcelona Tours. Barcelona welcomes 1.3 million LGBT visitors each year and travelers can enjoy the popular ‘Gay-xample’ neighborhood, beaches, famous monuments, unique architecture and feel comfortable in one of the most gay-friendly destinations in Europe.

The giveaway is part of Two Bad Tourists’ successful #mygaypride summer campaign where 17 LGBT and straight-allied bloggers visited 8 European cities during gay pride. Still going strong until the end of September, the campaign has already generated 30 million impressions on Twitter and 2,500 photos on Instagram. The campaign was created by David and Auston of Two Bad Tourists, two gay bloggers who left their lives in the US to travel the world. Inspired by the diversity of gay pride celebrations they’ve seen during their travels, they want others to share their pride using the hashtag and be part of the experience.

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By @ 08/06/15 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Tom Goss, Travel
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Tom kicks it up at Winnipeg Pride

ManAboutWorld’s correspondent Tom Goss has a sporty visit to Gay Pride Winnipeg. He even busts out some skateboarding moves, without the skateboard.

Check out the ever fun, informative and talented Tom Goss exploring Gay Pride Winnipeg and more during his trip to Canada.

More ManAboutWorld, please! Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

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By @ 08/01/15 in Barcelona, Event, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Party, Towleroad, Travel

 

Barcelona Circuit Festival 2015 in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Burning hot & wet

Welcome readers, especially those from Towleroad. Below is a continuation of the article on Barcelona's Circuit Festival 2015. Click here to read the Towleroad portion of the article. Otherwise, continue on to get you planning guide for Barcelona Circuit Festival and Circuit Ibiza.

Wristbands can be purchased online for around 330 euros, whereas one party may run you close to 40 euros, and at 20 parties in 12 days, it becomes quite costly. Wristbands also mean no waiting in long lines. You can also find them at the host hotel.

Matinee (the party producer) organizes busses leaving Plaza Catalunya to most of the out-of-town events Barcelona Circuit Festival 2015 in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine— which are many, and as much as an hour’s ride away. These busses are the best way to get around and — at 5 euros each way payable onboard —the cheapest. The bus will drop you at the party and return to the plaza, or onto the next party), so you don’t have to worry about figuring it out. But be mindful of the departure time: At the end of the party there are many more people than busses, often entailing a wait. We recommend leaving an hour before the events end if you’re using the bus.

Also remember that you’re in Spain and things run on a very late schedule. Most of the night time parties don’t truly get going until around 2am, and all events in the city of Barcelona have a hard close at 6 am. You’ll see the Spaniards arrive between 2 and 3 am. There will be people out earlier, but mostly tourists. Do as the locals do and have dinner at 9pm, drinks at midnight, and head out afterwards.

So you’ve got your wristband, but you don’t know which crazed, over-the-top parties to attend. Our one rule of thumb when it comes to Circuit in Barcelona is this: If you don’t go to the Water Park Party, you haven’t been to Circuit. This party, taking over the entire water park with a flood of more than 11,000 gays, is the number-one party of the entire 12 days. For an experience you’ll never forget, head into the middle of the wave pool packed with thousands of Speedo-clad hot wet and horny muscle boys from around the world. Then, just wait until the music really starts pumping, the boys start splashing, and the adrenaline surges as you become lost in a sea of crashing waves and hot men. It is, in a single moment, a microcosm of what Circuit is all about. Oh yes, and there are water rides too. It’s an amazing day. Here’s a cute/silly promotional video that gives you a sense of the sexy exuberance of the Water Park Party.

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By @ 07/27/15 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Prague, Travel

Prague PrideThe fifth edition of the Prague Pride festival will be held Monday, August 10 until Sunday, August 16. Organizers announced this years slogan: “We all have a rainbow inside”, inviting everybody, straight and gay, to join the festival and support equality for all.

Austrian singer Conchita Wurst, winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, will be the main star of Conchitathe Prague Pride 2015 Opening Concert. The event will officially open the Pride Village on Strelecky island in the center of Prague on Monday, August 10.

Here’s the full program. Click here to see more of our Prague coverage.

Check out our unique digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, unleash your inner rainbow!

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By @ 07/16/15 in Baltimore, Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Gay Baltimore in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineOur friends in Gay Baltimore sent this update on the gay goings on coming to Charm City later this month. If you feel like you still need a little bump of Pride, Baltimore’s is really fun, homey and, like a lot of events here, queer in a good way.

Kicking off this July, Baltimore (July 25-26) will celebrate Pride for its 40th year.  This momentous anniversary will feature the best of Baltimore Pride including a garden dinner partyhigh heel racethe annual pride paradeblock party, and festival.  Baltimore will welcome travelers with LGBT events through September including performances at the renowned Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.

July 24-26 is packed with perks for travelers looking to experience a destination well-versed in LGBTQ

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entertainment.  Saturday’s Block Party performances will include the iconic voice from hit song “It’s Raining Men,” Martha Wash, Cazwell from the hilarious hip hop song sensation “No Selfie Control,” and youtube star TS Madison.  The celebration continues on Sunday in Druid Hill Park with a full day festival featuring country-crooner Steve Grand, regional and local performers, vendors, the Lady Lisa Memorial Drag Stage, and a Family Zone.

For more information on Baltimore’s LGBT events click here or visit http://baltimorepride.org/.

You can check out our unique digital-born gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free guides in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. We’ve covered Baltimore in depth. Go on, what are you waiting for!

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By @ 07/06/15 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Montreal, Travel

Gay Pride Montreal

Gay Pride Montreal (Fierté gai, à la française) unfurls its giant rainbow flag, fabulous (and talented) drag queens, hot hot go-go boys and a whole lot of amour August 10-16. It’s one of our favorite Prides on the continent and combines the je ne sais quoi we love about French-speaking Canada with a friendly and enthusiastic (not to mention well-organized) British/North American vibe. Pride includes a week of activities and culminates with a parade on the 16th — the city’s largest.

It’s a great reason to visit but not the only one. Montreal hosts a fantastic annual international fireworks competition which features pyrotechnics companies from around the world displaying their best and most explosive effects. If you don’t get enough of our own fireworks over the July 4th weekend, the Montreal events take place every Wednesday and Saturday from now through August 1.

Visit this site for more information about the event and to see the schedule, times and featured countries. Locals argue over the best viewing spots; in reality there are many. One of our readers swears the best is from the roof top of the Auberge Hotel in the old port though we prefer the Sky Club rooftop (below) since it’ll have the added benefit of being packed with gay boys.

Whether you come for the fireworks or to make your own during Montreal Gay Pride, take note of a few of our things not to miss:

Gay Pride Montreal1. Stay fabulous or stay gay: The contemporary Hotel Gault stands behind an 18th-century stone facade in the heart of Montréal’s historic district, our first-choice lodging recommendation in the city. If you prefer to stay gay, The 352-room Gouverneur Hotel Place Dupuis at the edge of the Gay Village is perfectly located for exploring the city and crawling home from the bars. Service is friendly, though the rooms and public areas are tired, and in need of renovation.

2. Take a selfie with Pink Balls: It’s art and it’s definitely kinda gay. Over 170,000 illuminated pink bulbs stretch along Ste-Catherine East (the heart of the gay village) and just beg to be included in your Instagram feed.

3. Party like a French rock star: This French-accented town knows how to party and entertain. You don’t even have to travel far with some of our favorites clustered in the Village: Code (great music and vibe); Sky(amazing terrace); and Black Eagle/Aigle Noir (for the leather and bear set and their admirers);

4. Catch a show. If you haven’t seen Mado and her talented troupe of performing cabaret queens, you haven’t really seen drag. Many of them actually sing, with great voices, and choreograph intricate dance routines. You can visit the club or find out where they’re performing during Montreal Gay Pride.

5. Video tour. If you can’t get there in person, check out gay-friendly Tourism Montreal’s web series, “Montreal Boy: Some Strings Attached” and enjoy a virtual French-Canadian romance à trois.

We published this in Towleroad and re-post it here for our readers who may have missed it. 

This weekly Towleroad travel column is brought to you by ManAboutWorld, an immersive digital gay travel magazine for iOS and Android devices from Billy KolberEd SalvatoKenny Porpora, and nearly 75 Global Correspondents.

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By @ 06/29/15 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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What a week! After a favorable ruling by the Supreme Court allowing gay marriage and a weekend of coast-to-coast Gay Pride celebrations, the LGBT community now pivots to other important battles. But first let’s take a moment, enjoy the victory and do something we’ve always done: travel (with ManAboutWorld)!

ManAboutWorld with 10 issues per year provides travel inspiration along with practical travel planning information. We celebrate gay travel and you with a three-month free offer. We’re sure you’ll love our magazine and timely advice.

You can check out our unique digital-born gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

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