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By @ 09/22/18 in Dining/food/wine, Event, Gay tours, Gay travel, Travel
Bear naked chef cooking up a storm at la Cucina Sabina and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineTHE BEAR NAKED CHEF IS BACK!

Adrian De Berardinis, AKA “The Bear Naked Chef,” is a naked bear chef. What he lacks in clothing he more than makes up for with exquisite culinary skills. (Be sure to note though that while he’s cooking, he’s dressed!)

From November 11-17, 2018. our favorite bear is hosting a gay cooking week at a La Cucina Sabina, a luxurious Italian villa, in the tranquil foothills of the Monti Lucretelli mountains, just 30 minutes north of Rome.

Book by September 30, 2018 and receive a special Couple’s Spa Package — a $250 added value.

Chef Art Smith

This all-inclusive vacation trip includes a week at the luxurious villa; four hands-on cooking lessons, including The Bear-Naked Chef in action along with local Italian trained chefs. Adrian is bringing his friend Chef Art Smith to join for the week to add an additional dimension of fun in the kitchen.

Art Smith was previously Oprah’s personal chef and currently works with Lady Gaga, has a chain of successful restaurants, and provides private catering to the Hollywood set and music industry.

It’s much more than cooking; you’ll also experience exclusive guided excursions to medieval villages, vineyards, dinners in castles, a day in Rome and rooftop dinner, which all embraces authentic Italy, and so much more.

This post is brought to you via our partner, La Cucina Sabina.



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By @ 03/21/18 in Gay family travel, Gay honeymoon, Gay tours, Gay travel, Gay travel news, Gay-Friendly, Hotels, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Travel Show

Gay travel experts Ed Salvato and Kenny Porpora at the Travel Show for ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineMingle with LGBTQ travel businesses at the first-ever LGBTQ Travel Pavilion at the Denver Travel & Adventure Show, March 24-25. For FREE tickets, click here and enter code MANVIP18. You’ll meet the ManAboutWorld team (pictured above) along with representatives of the following awesome businesses which offer tours, cruises, experiences or insurance catering to LGBTQ travelers and their family and friends.

  • Wild Rainbow African Safaris: Owned and operated by Jody Cole, the business runs under one simple philosophy—ensure every traveler has the time of their life.
  • HE Travel: Adventure, culture, leisure or luxury, HE Travel is the leader in gay travel tours and gay adventure travel today and for the last 40 years. .
  • AIG Travel: Whether you’re planning a two-day getaway, a cruise, an adventure vacation, or a month-long international holiday, Travel Guard is designed to fit every traveler and budget.
  • Depart SmartDepart Smart is on a mission to make travel awesome in life-saving ways with online tools and safety certification.
LGBTQ TRAVEL PAVILION AT THE DENVER TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW

All are welcome at the Denver Travel & Adventure Show  first-ever LGBTQ travel pavilion! Learn about hot destinations and events as well as tours, cruises and experiences right here in the U.S .and to the farthest corners of all seven continents and on the high seas — for gay, lesbian, transgender and queer travelers and their straight friends and family. All brought to you by ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

New Free Guide to Same-sex Weddings, Honeymoons and Celebration Travel by ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Ask questions. Gather information. Book travel

Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or straight, you are welcome here. Find travel information tailored for you and those you love.

FACEBOOK LIVE SATURDAY, MARCH 24 AT 2 P.M. MDT/4 P.M. EDT

If you can’t join us at the LGBTQ Travel Pavilion at the Denver Travel & Adventure Show tune into our Facebook Live Q&A Sunday, Saturday, February 24 at 2 P.M. MDT/4 EDT P.M Meet the travel experts at the booth and ask your travel questions!

FOLLOW THE RAINBOW

Find us under the rainbow in booth number 405.

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By @ 02/16/18 in Ed Salvato, Gay cruise, Gay tours, Gay travel, Gay-Friendly, Out on Tour, Peru, Tour operators, Travel

Ed Salvato aboard the Aqua Expeditions Aria in the Amazon and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineWhen you hear river cruise you probably think, Europe, which is where the vast majority take place. And that the passengers are all much older. And white. And it’s lovely but perhaps a tad too genteel.

Well, think again! That’s not the experience you’ll find on this river cruise. I was invited to experience a three-day journey in Peru’s lush Amazon basin aboard the modern Aqua Expeditions Aria, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls wrapping all three customer decks which virtually blends into the jungle as it smoothly plies the inky river ways. The common areas are casually elegant: understated but sumptuous like Ralph Lauren’s flagship-store on Madison Avenue (minus piles of Polo shirts). But the most dissimilar aspect from other mainstream river cruises we’ve taken: your fellow passengers.

Out on Tour aboard the Aqua Expeditions Ara in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Amazon sunsets. Better than YouTube!

Besides our small group of lesbian and gay media and travel agents, the 26 remaining guests (all couples including two gay men) ranged in age from their late 20s to early 60s, with passengers from Japan, Australia, the U.K., Germany, Italy and American coastal states. What everyone had in common was an interest in the Amazon, one of the world’s last great unexplored regions perched high atop many the bucket list, and an open-mindedness that comes with frequent long-distance travel. No one batted an eye at our big group of homos nor at the quiet but romantic gay couple, warmly welcomed into all groups. Read on to discover a unique and enriching experience that you may not have even thought possible.

Story by Ed Salvato pictured above and below (here with a fellow traveler, Lynda Gregory)
Ed Salvato on an Aqua Expeditions cruise of the Amazon River in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine
MEMORIES AND MOMENTS ABOARD THE AQUA EXPEDITIONS ARIA
Swimming in the Amazon

The three skiffs — each filled with 8 passengers, a pilot in the back and a guide up front — motored quickly away from the Aria as the sun began its punctual descent in a blaze of glory. Sunset and sunrise times don’t vary much near the Equator. Our skiff found a remote location; the pilot cut the engine so nothing manmade drowned out the ever-present jungle sounds. Unseen birds cawed while a Black-collared Hawk swooped to the river to pluck out an unlucky fish; a troop of barely seen Titi monkeys rustled through the trees in streaks of red; the eyes of an alligator-like caiman silently broke the surface to investigate this bulky intruder.

On a skiff heading to the jungle“Ok, if anyone wants to jump in the river, now’s the time.” Crickets. Not the insects but the lack of response from my skiff-mates. We are told this is a deep part of the river, and our guide ensures us there aren’t any piranhas. Right?… right?! Ok, no one is going in. What the heck! It’s been on my life list since, well, forever. Without allowing myself more time to think, I strip down to my shorts and jump in. After a few minutes two others join me. We swim around for about a half hour. Was that a little nibble at my foot? Hmmm, maybe the piranhas were curious but realized I was just too big to eat. We get back into the skiff — an ice cold local beer as reward.

Fishing for piranhas

Each day the staff of th Aqua Expeditions Aria organized excursions, included in the price, which are mostly waterborne experiences when the rivers are at their highest levels (generally November through May) but with many land-based excursions during the drier season (generally June through October). This morning we are going to fish for … wait for it … piranhas! We’d watched local villagers grilling them for dinner, dinner-plate-size specimens with razor-sharp teeth jutting out in menacing (and obviously this time anyway futile) defense. But wouldn’t they just bite through the line? We skiff to a likely section of the river — not too deep where this carnivorous fish likes to cavort. The fishing gear is comprised of a strip of bamboo, a nylon string, hook and a little piece of chicken gristle. Very Huck Finn. Agitate the water with the tip of the pole then let the baited hook sink into the water a couple of feet. Feel a little tug? Pull sharply up and behold a piranha! Of course it’s catch and release, and we’re assured the fish feels no pain.Ed Salvato aboard the Aqua Expeditions Aria in the Amazon and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

French toast and maple syrup in the jungle

The onboard cuisine never included piranha but everything was as fresh as possible, all locally sourced from villages we visited during our journey or the farthest shipped in from Lima, a couple hours by plane and boat. The TripAdvisor reviews and magazine coverage all rave about the incredible cuisine on the Aria but how could that be true on this small boat with one chef and two assistants working in a galley kitchen no bigger than what you’d find in most New York City apartments? Well, after three sit-down dinners and our buffet-style breakfasts and lunches, I can verify, that yes, this is some of the best cruise cuisine I’ve ever eaten, all prepared by a team that came from the nearby jungle villages with a passion for cooking and a lot of training at schools in Lima.

Ok, I was hoping for and expecting all the incredibly fresh and exotic fruit several of which I had never heard of but everything else was a revelation. Some of the best Italian style fresh pasta I’ve ever tried. A variety of vegan options, including colors of quinoa I had never seen. Delicate sauces. Homemade bonbons. Espresso. Fresh-baked croissants. In the Amazon! Delicious. One day the manager asked if we wanted anything else. I half-jokingly said French toast and maple syrup. The next morning: voila, my breakfast choice along with syrup they prepared overnight from a local fruit.Out on Tour aboard the Aqua Expeditions Ara in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Exploring the Amazon jungle and local communities

In the drier season, the Aria team leads overland excursions. Just as on an African safari, our guides, all from local villages, are highly trained naturalists, making jaunts up and down the diluvian trails highly informative. Their eagle eyes spotted creatures who otherwise blended into their surroundings, including poisonous frogs, elusive macaws, ever-smiling sloths, countless birds and a variety of plants including rubber trees (which was the source of incalculable wealth in this part of the world for a brief period a century ago). At one point our guide’s lightning-fast reflexes allowed him to snatch a baby caiman from the shallows at the river’s edge.

The highlight of our exploration was meeting local villagers whose tiny communities dot the banks of the Amazon and its many tributaries. The main river branches are pretty busy with passenger and cargo boats and you can see puffs of smoke from villages along the banks and further inland. Some have electricity but most don’t. Their homes and community buildings (schools, clinics, administrative buildings) are perched on stilts, a hint of just how high the river gets in rainy season. A number of villages are truly remote, and there remain uncontacted peoples in the deepest most inaccessible parts of the jungle. Most villagers speak the local dialect as well as Spanish though many only speak the dialect. We didn’t meet any openly LGBT locals however our guides told us that in the jungle bisexuality especially among men is common.

Out on Tour aboard the Aqua Expeditions Ara in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Super cute school children in an Amazon village

The Aqua Expeditions Aria randomize visits to local communities so none become dependent on the gifts that passengers are encouraged to bring (mostly basic medical and school supplies). Each visit had a feeling of mutual, respectful curiosity. A highlight was our visit to a “large” community with a half dozen homes for extended families and a schoolhouse, where the children prepared several songs. Family life remains traditional with the men leaving early in the morning to hunt or fish and the women mostly remaining at home to cook and look after children. There is some agricultural cultivation by villagers who tend small plots of land. The community lives in the jungle so it was no surprise to see many animals traipsing through town, including a 10-foot long anaconda, a pair of adorable three-toed sloths, and a furry Spectacled Owl.

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By @ 01/23/18 in Billy Kolber, Ed Salvato, Gay cruise, Gay family travel, Gay honeymoon, Gay pride, Gay tours, Gay travel, Gay-Friendly, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel, Travel Show

ManAboutWorld at the LGBTQ Travel Pavilion at the New York Times Travel ShowMingle with 10 LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly travel businesses at the LGBTQ Travel Pavilion at the New York Times Travel Show this weekend, January 25-26. Get FREE tickets here with code LGBTQ. You’ll meet the ManAboutWorld team (pictured above) along with the following awesome businesses all of which offer tours, cruises and experiences tailored by and for LGBTQ travelers.

LGBTQ Travel Pavilion

All are welcome at The New York Times Travel Show first-ever LGBTQ travel pavilion! Learn about hot destinations and events as well as tours, cruises and experiences the world over — from right here in New York City to the farthest corners of all seven continents and on the high seas — for gay, lesbian, transgender and queer travelers and their straight friends and family. At the LGBTQ travel pavilion, proudly organized by Ed Salvato, editor in chief of gay travel magazine ManAboutWorld, you’ll meet a wide range of L.G.B.T.Q. travel experts, including:

Ask questions. Gather information. Book travel.

Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or straight, you are welcome here. Find travel information tailored for you and those you love.

Meet LGBTQ Travel Expert Ed Salvato 1P.M EST on Saturday
  • Topic: “L.G.B.T.Q. Travel: Tours, Cruises, Events and Destinations for 2018”
  • Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
  • Location: Booth #933
  • Meet the Experts complete schedule
Facebook Live Sunday, January 28 at 1 P.M. EST

If you can’t join us at the LGBTQ Travel Pavilion tune into our Facebook Live Q&A Sunday, January 28 at 1 P.M. EST. Meet the travel experts at the booth and ask your travel questions!

Follow the Rainbow

Find us under the rainbow in booth numbers 120, 122, 124 and 126.

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By @ 01/16/18 in Gay cruise, Gay family travel, Gay honeymoon, Gay rights, Gay tours, Gay travel, Gay travel news, Gay-Friendly, Human rights, Travel, Twitter chat

 

Twitter chat on LGBT travel safety, Tuesday, Jan 16 2pm ET via ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

LGBT travel safety is becoming an increasingly important topic. Join ManAboutWorld, Human Rights Watchthe U.S. State Department-TravelGovOutRight Action International and many other organizations for an important chat about LGBT travel safety, Tuesday, January 16 at 2 pm EST. Just follow #LGBTtravel on Twitter.com.

We want you to travel safely all year round. Let your rainbow flag fly and come back safe! Please follow along with us during this important LGBT 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 DepartmentCenters for Disease ControlHuman Rights WatchOutRight Action InternationalNYC & CompanyTravel GuardIGLTA; and many more!

See you on Tuesday, January 16 at 2 pm ET!

MORE LGBT TRAVEL SAFETY AND OTHER TOPICS AT MANABOUTWORLD  

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By @ 02/14/17 in Gay tours, Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, LA/West Hollywood, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Travel Show

LGBT travel show at the LA Convention Center Feb 18-19Meet the ManAboutWorld team at an LA travel show and pick up free stuff(!) at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show February 18-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown LA.

ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato will moderate a fun, information-packed LGBT travel panel at the Show on Sunday, February 19 at 2:45pm.

Register here for a free ticket but hurry we only have a limited supply.

All are welcome! Our booth provides information (and free guides) for all travelers (gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and our straight ally friends). The panel is designed for LGBT travelers as well as travel professionals interested in learning about trends, destinations, tours, cruises and events. All you need is an open mind and the passion to travel. Join this interactive and informative panel with leading experts in gay, lesbian and LGBT family travel.

Our moderator, ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato leads a very well-traveled group in a lively discussion touching on new cruises and tours, not-to-miss events and up-and-coming hot spots around the world. Come with your travel questions. This is a session you won’t want to miss!

We’ll be covering the world of LGBT travel, which is big! But among the many takeaways, here are three:

• Destinations to put on your must-go list in 2017 and beyond
• Events around the globe that are popular with LGBT travelers
• Travel opportunities for gay families

THE LGBT TRAVEL DREAM TEAM AT THE LA TRAVEL SHOW!

Travel experts include:

Meet ManAboutWorld's Ed Salvato at the Travel & Adventure Show, San Francisco, Feb 11-12

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By @ 08/17/15 in Gay tours, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Gay tours in India with Zoom Vacations, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Here are a half dozen upcoming gay tours with some of our favorite gay tour operators. In the waning weeks of summer, you’re probably thinking about a final gay beach getaway and by all means get your Ptown on! But be sure to reserve some time and energy for a life-enriching gay tour, including those in quote gay-unfriendly countries. Those supposedly inhospitable places are often the most welcoming. Plus these gay tour operators wouldn’t set foot in a place that posed any sort of risk for their guests. Plus one of these tours includes actual dragons! (See below.)

The destinations are mind-blowing, the means of transportation are amazing, and you’ll be in the happy company of other gay guys. Here are a half dozen of the best and most interesting gay tours. For more, be sure to download the latest issue of ManAboutWorld. A version of this piece was originally published in ManAboutWorld and parts of it were also included in our weekly Towleroad travel piece.

SOURCE EVENTS
Treasures of Venice and the Dalmatian Coast Cruise
September 12-19
Picture yourself on an elegant five-masted luxury sailing yacht, silently coursing towards a medieval, beautifully preserved and bustling Adriatic port along the dramatic Croatian coast, cocktail in one hand, your partner in the other amid 226 other gay male guests. If you’ve enjoyed larger ship cruises, this is what you should graduate to. There are still a few staterooms available.

ZOOM VACATIONS
Gay India
October 16-28
For a first-time visitor, India, with over 1.2 billion inhabitants, can be overwhelming; also beautiful, diverse, warm, chaotic and a kaleidoscope of contrasts. Zoom has plenty of experience with first-time (and repeat) visitors to the Indian subcontinent. Their trips combine luxurious accommodations and seemingly effortless organization to provide guests with a fantastic introduction to the country.

ATLANTIS EVENTS
Club Atlantis Vallarta
November 1-8
You’ve heard of Atlantis Events cruises, but did you know they also do land-based resort weeks? It’s like a cruise in that the entire space is devoted to mostly gay male (with occasional women) guests. In addition to parties, entertainment, accommodations and food, your drinks are also included along with an array of activities from mild to demanding overseen by Atlantis’s ever-fun group of hosts. The event takes place at the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta (near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico).

Gay tours to see Komodo dragons, Komodo Island,  Indonesia, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

OUT ADVENTURES
Bali & Komodo Gay Cruise and Tour
April 29-May 6, 2016
Have you ever seen active volcanoes? Here’s your chance to do that plus visit the Water Palace of Amlapura, snorkel pristine coral reefs in Kondo and witness thousands of flying foxes in Satonda. And the best of all: You’ll see the famous Komodo dragons up close. Oh and did we mention that you’ll get to loll on some of Indonesia’s most beautiful deserted beaches? Yep, all this with the fantastic men of Out Adventure.

BRAND G VACATIONS
Panama Canal Adventure
December 2-15
Welcome aboard the 105-stateroom M.S. Saint Laurent charted by Brand g Vacations for you and 200 fellow LGBT travelers. This cruise has you pass through the marvelous Panama Canal (a must-see on your bucket list) and along the glass towers of Panama City. You’ll visit islands, beaches and jungles, including the gorgeous Manuel Antonio National Park. It leaves Cartagena, Colombia and ends in Costa Rica.

Photos: Top: the subcontinent of India courtesy Zoom Vacations; Above: Prepare for a Komodo Dragon on Komodo Island, Indonesia by Stephen Bugno.

Update: An earlier version of this article included a Coda Tour to the Balkans; this trip has been filled.

GET MANABOUTWORLD: Please check 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, 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 @ 07/29/15 in Cuba, Gay cruise, Gay tours, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

India among the best gay tours in ManAboutWorld MagazineHere’s a list of the best gay tours in the next six months. Best is of course subjective but we at ManAboutWorld know the business and we know the tour operators so this is what we call a highly informed opinion! In any event, the destinations are cool, the conveyances are cool and you’ll be surrounded by other gay guys. What’s not to love? Check ’em out.

Coda-Tours

Undiscovered Balkans September 16-30
Discover Ottoman splendors, Byzantine and Eastern Orthodox Monasteries, ancient sites and dramatic landscapes from Sofia to Belgrade with the experts of gay tour company Coda. Bordered by the Adriatic, Mediterranean and the rugged Dinaric Mountains, this land, Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited territory, boasts diverse cultures that have left their legacy across the Balkan Peninsula.

Zoom Vacations

Gay India October 16-28
India can be overwhelming especially to first-time visitors. This country of over 1.2 billion inhabitants stuns you with its beauty, diversity, warmth and the chaos and contrasts you’ll find in cities and villages alike. On our first visit we found it helpful to go in a group. Zoom Vacations combines luxury accommodations and seamless organization to provide guests with an orderly and memorable introduction to one of the world’s most fascinating and intoxicating countries, with its kaleidoscope of languages, cultures, and traditions. A trip highlight is a stay in a 5-star hotel with direct views of the Taj Mahal, which visitors have been trekking to since the 17th century and which still holds a mysterious allure.

Brand g Vacations

Panama Canal Adventure December 2-15
Step aboard the 105-stateroom M.S. Saint Laurent charted by Brand g Vacation along with 200 fellow LGBT travelers. You’ll pass through the marvelous Panama Canal, glittering Panama City, and visit islands, beaches and jungles, including the gorgeous Manuel Antonio National Park. Departs Cartagena, Colombia and ends in Costa Rica.

Out Adventures

Bali & Komodo Gay Cruise and Tour April 29-May 6, 2016
Spot towering active volcanoes. Visit the Water Palace of Amlapura. Snorkel the most pristine and diverse coral reefs in Kondo. Witness thousands of flying foxes in Satonda and see the famous Komodo dragons in person. Explore some of Indonesia’s most beautiful deserted beaches with our friends, the competent fun folks at Out Adventures.

ManAboutWorld: Check out our unique digital gay travel magazine for way more than these events … 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, hop on a tour.

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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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