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By @ 11/06/17 in Aaron Drake, Charleston (SC), Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld

Middleton Place in Charleston, SC and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineWelcome to Charleston, South Carolina, y’all. Down South you’ll find an unexpectedly fun LGBT travel option, one where horse-drawn carriages wheel down cobblestoned streets lined by stately Antebellum mansions. This city has a storied past and a bright future, filled with thoughtful perspective of its deep history dating back to 1650 and a rich LGBT life. It boasts fine luxury accommodations, delicious Southern cuisine, lively nightlife and a wealth of activities that will give you the true Charleston experience. Here are our favorites from our visit to the heart of the Lowcountry.

Belmond Charleston Place

The Belmond Charleston Place located in Charleston’s downtown historic district combines top-of-the-Belmond Charleston Place Suite in Charleston, SC and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineline amenities with a decidedly Southern flare. Upon check in you will see the hotel lobby’s 17th-century Georgian open-arm staircase, 12-foot crystal chandelier and Italian marble throughout. Guests with a little extra budget should consider a room on the Club Level; here, along with a great city view from the hotel’s top two floors, you’ll get special perks like exclusive access to the lounge for complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon tea and an ideal spot for a nightcap. Visitors can look forward to the hotel’s full-service European-style spa and the hotel’s award-winning Charleston Grill. The knowledgeable staff will help you find your way around Charleston. You’re immersed in the city’s history as soon as you step outside the hotel’s doors.

Charleston Grill

Rated as the third best fine dining restaurant in the U.S. by TripAdvisor, Charleston Grill serves a menu of contemporary Southern and cosmopolitan cuisine created by Executive Chef Michelle Weaver, with seafood and local ingredients, paired with a list of more than 30 wines. Dishes such as the seared foie gras with blackberry preserves and signature crab cakes offer a unique take on traditional options. Dinner is accompanied by a live jazz band nightly. Oh, and don’t skip dessert—the Brown Butter Apple Cake alone is worth the trip South.

Bulldog LGBT History Tour

A new addition to the city’s offerings is a look at Charleston’s history from the LGBT perspective. The Bulldog LGBT private walking tour takes visitors on a walk through history—one that’s ripe with LGBTs who were instrumental in shaping the city, living and dead. You’ll hear stories from the scandalous account of Dawn Langley Simmons, a well-known transgender author who turned society on its head by transitioning and marrying an African American man, to the infamous backstory of a familiar name forever memorialized in the words of Edgar Allen Poe—the beautiful Annabel Lee.

Bulldogs Ghost Tour

Of course as one of the oldest cities in the country, you know there will be ghosts. The Bulldog Ghost Tour takes visitors into the city’s original jail. Going in at the dead of night—in pitch dark—is terrifying enough, but along with the guide’s true-to-life stories of the prisoners that found their way here (including common criminals and prisoners of war), you’ll learn all about executions that took place here and who is said to still be walking the halls.Belmond in Charleston, SC and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Dudley’s

At Dudley’s, the city’s sole queer hangout, expect a night packed with high-energy drag performances and a dance floor with a diverse crowd of the city’s inhabitants and international visitors alike moving en masse to a live DJ spinning pop favorites. Enjoy nightly drink specials and a changing calendar of weekly events. (We recommend getting there early as it fills up fast and there will likely be a line to get in.)

Middleton Place

At Middleton Place visitors can take a stroll through the nation’s oldest landscaped gardens, catching colorful azaleas and camellias in full bloom. But this National Historic Landmark also gives a peek into a four-generation span of American history. Once owned by one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Arthur Middleton, the property was formerly a working rice plantation. Though the plantation’s main buildings were set ablaze after the Civil War, visitors can still see the house museum where antique furniture, porcelain dishes and portraits from the family’s collection were saved and put on display, along with a dedicated museum to the African American slaves who worked there.

Lewis Barbecue

A visit to the South wouldn’t be complete without some authentic barbecue and all the fixins at Lewis Barbecue. John Lewis, former pit master at award-winning Texas BBQ joint La Barbecue, brings his custom smokers to prepare the perfect BBQ’d beef brisket, pork spareribs and beefribs.

Hominy Grill in Charleston, SC and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineHominy Grill 

James Beard Award-winning Chef Robert Stehling sets the scene of a scrumptious Southern meal with his take on classic Southern dishes like shrimp n’ grits, Charleston Nasty Biscuit and signature cocktails. The Hominy Grill is housed in a charming single family home that only makes diners feel even more like they’re enjoying a home-cooked meal.

Magnolia’s Uptown Down South

Also located downtown in Charleston’s historic district, Magnolia’s Uptown Down South‘s chef duo Kelly Franz and Don Drake created a delectable menu of true Lowcountry cuisine infused with contemporary elements and fresh ingredients. Try the Fried Green Tomatoes or boiled peanut hummus for starters.

Darling Oyster Bar

Take full advantage of Charleston’s close proximity to the Atlantic and enjoy fresh seafood—specifically Darling in Charleston, SC and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineoysters at Darling Oyster Bar. Executive Chef Jo DiMaio has it all covered for the picky eaters; you can order them fried, baked or raw. We highly recommend popping in for brunch and ordering The Captain. You may not even need to order oysters after that!

Aaron Drake, correspondent for ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineStory by ManAboutWorld correspondent Aaron Drake.

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By @ 10/24/17 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, New York

Halloween Parade in New York and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineHalloween is gay Christmas—a veritable holy day for a large portion of the LGBTQ community. When the Village Halloween Parade started in 1974, the Stonewall Riots had recently happened and queer people were gaining visibility in a new way. While mainstream culture wanted LGBTQ people to stay quiet, the community wanted to get loud. And what’s louder than an unruly queer Halloween parade? Ever since, the parade has been the City’s most over-the-top costume party.

So here’s how to do Halloween in New York City the right way. You’ll need to know where to party and how to recover once it’s all over, and we’re here to help.

Getting in the Spirit

Before the parties and the costumes, you have to set the mood. Luckily, a city like New York has so much history that it’s bound to come with a few ghosts…if you know where to look. The “House of Death,” for instance, on West 10th Street in the Village, is an old brownstone that is often considered the most haunted place in NYC with residents claiming ghost sightings that go back decades. Then there’s the Chelsea Hotel on West 23rd Street, famous for being the site of many celebrity deaths: the poet Dylan Thomas and Sid Vicious’ girlfriend Nancy Spungen both died here. Back in the Village, there have also been rumblings of the Gay Street Phantom, a cloaked figure that may be a socialite from the Prohibition era when a popular speakeasy was located at 12 Gay Street. We can’t say for sure the ghost is gay, but any supernatural being who goes by the name of the Gay Street Phantom is at least questioning. (For other ghostly locations, see NYCgo’s guide to haunted New York City.)

Ghost Tours

If you don’t want to go looking for ghosts yourself, you can hire a tour guide to do it for you. The two-hour Greenwich Village Ghost Tour takes you through the historic Village tracking ghost sightings, murder scenes and burial grounds. Even spookier is the Haunted Lantern Tours at Fort Totten Park in Queens. The Urban Park Rangers give you lanterns to explore Water Battery Gate in the dark while sharing spooky stories.

Stonewall Happy Hour and Costume Party

OK, so you’ve set the tone and heard some ghostly tales. The Halloween weekend is here and you’re ready to party! We suggest you start where it all started—The Stonewall Inn. On October 29, they’re hosting a Halloween happy hour and costume party that shouldn’t be missed. The very talented Veronica Scorcia and The Cake Boys will perform, with a costume contest and raffle for prizes. It’s a great chance to visit this landmark of LGBTQ history and see it at its most fun and carefree.

Biggest Gay Halloween Party

On the Saturday before Halloween, set sail on a three-hour midnight cruise aboard the Haunted Ghost Ship. You’ll dance in the shadows of the skyline to DJ Danny Verde, and you can enter a massive costume contest. The ship offers dramatic views of the City, plenty of heated indoor space and special features like a full laser/EDM show.

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The Night Of

You’ve got your costume (something Game of Thrones, perhaps?); now you need to show it off. The classic Village Halloween Parade is the place to see and be seen on Halloween. It started small back in 1974 and now has some 50,000 people jammed into the Village to see revelers and paradegoers in their best creepy outfits. The parade takes place Halloween night from 7 to 10:30pm, running up Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to West 16th Street.

Take Wednesday Off

Halloween is on a Tuesday this year. That really isn’t fair. May we suggest you take the next day off for recovery? Your morning-after hangover could be intense and, according to science, there’s only one cure: carbs! And nobody does carbs like Rosemary’s in the West Village. This gay-popular Italian spot does an excellent breakfast full of pastries, croissants and pancakes; for lunch there are panini and pastas. And there should be plenty of cute guys to ogle.

Heeling Power

And you thought going as a slutty nurse for the third year in a row was a good idea! Turns out 18 hours in heels can be rough. But this is why spas were invented. When our bodies need some serious care and rejuvenation, we disappear into the Ritz-Carlton Spa in Battery Park for its experienced therapists who perform a wide variety of massage, facial and body treatments. It’s one of our favorite New York day spas.

Shhh…

After a long weekend of crowded streets, packed bars and sharing a hotel room with five of your best buddies, you just might need some peace and quiet. To get away from it all, we like to go way uptown to The Met Cloisters, a beautiful museum featuring medieval art in a rebuilt monastery and serene gardens near Washington Heights. Or you can take a peaceful stroll through the Conservatory Garden in Central Park. Neither will be overly crowded on a weekday, and each offers a gorgeous respite to the hectic “holiday” weekend you’ve just survived. You’ll be guaranteed some silence.

Photos: Top Arbolito via Flickr; middle Istolethetv via Flickr

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This article originally appeared on NYCGo.com. ManAboutWorld is a proud partner of NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization for the five boroughs of New York City.

 



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By @ 01/25/17 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel, Travel Show

 This is the LGBT travel panel dream team appearing at the New York Times Travel Show on on Saturday, January 28 at 12:15pmManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato will moderate a fun, information-packed LGBT travel panel at the New York Times Travel Show on Saturday, January 28 at 12:15pm. (More information here.)

All are welcome! This session 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!

Register here for a ticket and use promo code LGBT for FREE entrance!

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!

Travel experts include: Kelli Carpenter, co-founder, R Family Vacations; Merryn Johns, editor in chief, Curve Magazine; Jeff Guaracino, columnist, Windy City Times and Philly Gay news and Michael Rizzi, YouTube Content Creator.

*Ed Salvato and Jeff Guaracino book-signing to follow at the onsite Bookstore. They are authors of the forthcoming Handbook of LGBT Tourism and Hospitality Marketing

This is the LGBT travel panel dream team appearing at the New York Times Travel Show on on Saturday, January 28 at 12:15pm

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By @ 12/15/15 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Travel

ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine named top gay travel app by TwoBadTourists

We are thrilled to be named as a top gay travel app by TwoBadTourists, a must-read gay travel planning and information blog. (They’re ‘bad tourists’ but they are great travelers.)

Here’s what they said about us:

This is one of the more established apps and is actually a gay travel magazine available on iOS and Android. It’s a digital-only publication that offers a subscription but also several free downloadable resources like their guides to West Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, New York City, Greece and more. We love the concept of the magazine and its interactive ability to explore the stories, media, city guides and personal accounts from both the writers as well as readers. We use the magazine to help plan trips to popular destinations across the world since they’ve covered more than 100 places over the past two years.

Click here to read the entire article (and the other four amazing gay travel app winners).

And here’s how you can download ManAboutWorld! 
You can check out our cool, 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 guides 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!

Photo: courtesy Wimbify.

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By @ 10/19/15 in Daily Dose, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Myanmar, Travel
Myanmar temple as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine by Kenny Porpora

Myanmar temple

Our associate editor Kenny Porpora is traveling around Myanmar this week conducting research on a series of articles on  the country that we will publish early in 2016. For now, you can enjoy his updates on our Facebook page. Here are a few photos that he took.

DDTI* is your Daily Dose Of Travel Inspiration.

Children in Myanmar as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine by Kenny Porpora

Children in Myanmar

Myanmar from a balloon as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine by Kenny Porpora

Myanmar from a balloon

DOWNLOAD MANABOUTWORLD: 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!

 

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By @ 09/10/15 in Dublin, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Ireland is quickly seeing the effects of becoming a country that has the freedom to marry. In less than a few months since the historic referendum, it is estimated that 13% or more of the hospitality economy is made up of gay and lesbian travelers. LGBT Capital has said that the LGBT market has contributed $943 million to the economy alone.

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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 @ 07/14/15 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Sebastian Whilte, Travel
Bastille Day in Gay Paris in ManABboutWorld magazine

Bastille Day in Gay Paris

July 14 is Bastille Day 2015, a time of parades and parties in Gay Paris and elsewhere in France in many Francophone countries.  This tricolor contrail represents the national colors of France and comes courtesy of ManAboutWorld correspondent Sebastian White.

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. Go on, what are you waiting for!

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By @ 07/13/15 in Android, Athens, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Mykonos, Travel

Greece as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineWhether the talk is #Grexit (Greek exiting the Eurozone) or #Greekment (the new agreement with offered by European leaders to Greece), ManAboutWorld is steadfastly loyal to Greece, a country that has been graciously welcoming visitors for millennia and that has more than a few spots that warmly invite gay travelers (we look to thee Athens, Mykonos, Santorini ….). Whether Grexit or Greekment: We offer our Greek Travel Guide free to all tablet subscribers. We encourage you to visit Greece early and often. It’s a great country!

Greece is just gorgeous and there’s so much history and culture you could visit for weeks on end. And the islands: one more beautiful than the next. The Greeks: so warm and gracious to visitors … and the men. With those beards. Woof.

The banks are still closed and cash machines are running out of cash to visitors will need to think soldiersabout obtaining some euros before heading there. Non-Greek debit and credit cards should be fine, too. But even before this crisis, we found that it was always easier and sometimes cheaper to pay in cash. So get some euros before you go.

Download ManAboutWorld for the iPad or Android tablet and receive our free Greek Travel Guide. The iPhone and Android phone versions don’t have the free Greek guide. 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. Go on, what are you waiting for!
Photo credits: top: Lorena Torres Angelini via Flickr; right: Peter Macinnis via Flickr

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By @ 07/07/15 in Africa, Dion Van Aardt, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

Gay African Treehouse Safari as seeing ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

A bromantic treehouse

When you meet a man you like, you take him on a Kenyan safari. It’s a sure and fast way to really get to know someone. The pressures and intensity of long, dusty roads and roughing it in the African bush with little in the way of daily luxuries brings out the very best or worst in a person.

I decided to take Karl to a tree house I had heard about some years ago. With the car full of supplies, and a rough hand-drawn map, we set off towards the Galana Conservancy which runs along the edge of the Tsavo East National Park.

It was a very hot cloudy day and we soon found ourselves in the middle of a rain storm which

Gay African Treehouse Safari as seeing ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine turned the red, dusty road to mud. I decided then that I had better give Karl another option for the night, seeing as we did not know for sure if the tree house was waterproof let alone still in existence; and on top of this we had the Galana River to cross, which in this rain I had a feeling might be tricky. I asked him if he would like to abandon our original plan and instead head to Bigi’s Camp in Tsavo for a guaranteed soft bed and hot shower. It’s unusual to find someone who is willing to go along with me on an adventure, but to my delight, Karl insisted that we had to carry on and find this tree house.

This piece was originally published in the May 2015 issue of ManAbout world as: “The Adventure: Looking for a tree house (and love) in the Galana Conservancy on the eastern border of Tsavo East National Park, Kenya” We subtitled it: How far would YOU go to impress a guy on your first date? It was written by ManAboutWorld correspondents Dion van Aardt 

Wait did someone say “man-eating crocodiles”?! Click read more to continue the adventure. 



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By @ 06/21/15 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

IMG_4581The new Whitney Museum is a masterpiece. The building is cool in an industrial sort of way with drop-dead views from multiple outdoor spaces and well-placed windows; big open spaces housing some of the world’s greatest modern art; and several places to pick up cute, artsy gifts or have some very good food, wine or coffee.

And it was built over the southernmost entrance of the High Line, elevated park in the heart of the Meatpacking district with its chic boutiques, cool restaurants, hip hotels and animal slaughterhouses! It does’t get better than this. Check it out at your first opportunity, especially to see the current exhibit, TK, which has taken over the entire museum.

Insider tips:IMG_4587

  • Start on the 8th floor and make your way to the 5th. It’s in chronological order.
  • Take the cool Artschwager elevators or the stairway, which offers even more cool views.
  • Friday night at 7pm, pay as much (or as little as you like. The line starts forming by 6pm

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!

More pictures below!

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By @ 06/17/15 in Billy Kolber, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Tom Goss, Travel

tom gossA warm welcome to our newest ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Tom Goss. There he is above with a lobster and below without. Check back here for his contributions which will include some fun travel videos.

Tom Goss is a singer, songwriter and storyteller based in Los Angeles, CA. Tom has spent the last decade aggressively touring. performing over 1,000 shows in 100+ cities, traversing 40 states and 5 countries. An adventurer at heart, there are few places where Tom can’t find something to climb over or jump off of.

Connect with Tom on the following social media platforms:

Meet all of our Global Correspondents here. Subscribe to ManAboutWorld here and find insights from Tom, our global correspondents and the staff writers at the magazine Billy, Ed and Kenny.

Tom.Square.Bed

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By @ 06/12/15 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Well, actually not gay but surprisingly LGBT friendly because, well, you don’t normally associate the words gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender with our national parks system, which is witnessing increased visitation in the run up to its centennial anniversary in August 2016.

It turns out that on May 30, 2014 the National Park Service announced a new theme study to identify places and events associated with the story of LGBTQ Americans for inclusion in the parks and programs of the National Park Service. Fittingly the announcement was made outside the Stonewall Inn in New York City. For more information on what is included in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Heritage Initiative click on this link.

Summer is super high season for the parks and a lot of them are just uncomfortably crowded. Many lesser known ones are not. Here’s a recent New York Times piece on how to get the most out of our national parks this summer.  Why not celebrate both gay pride and pride in our beautiful national parks this pride season?

Photo: Arches National Park by Stephen Oachs 

 

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By @ 06/02/15 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Gay Wine Weekend hunks

Gay Wine Weekend hunks

UPDATE: The first-ever #gaywine Twitter chat was a bubbly, aromatic and balanced success! Whether you joined or missed it, check out the stream of Tweets here, where we hope you may learn a little more about the wide world of wines!

June 2: Set your watches (or an alarm app!). Today’s the day that ManAboutWorld Out in the Vineyard  and our friends at NYTravFest uncork the first-ever #gaywine Twitter chat from 3pm-4pm ET (12pm-1pm PT) and +5/6 hours in Europe.

What’s so gay about wine?! It’s not just the fruity bouquet and mouth feel! Join us, and find out much more about the hidden gay side of wine from LGBT vintners and gay-friendly wine destinations to the gayest wine weekend on the planet.

Simply log into Twitter and follow #gaywine today 3pm ET (and 12 noon PT) when we’ll start the conversation. Be sure to crack a bottle of your favorite sippable. You will be quizzed! Also please follow us at @mawtravel, @Outinvineyard and @NYTravFest

*Gratuitous beefcake photo above: Seth Fornea, Brian Maier who’ll appear in this month’s Gay Wine Weekend, courtesy Out in the Vineyard.



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By @ 05/30/15 in Gay pride, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel

The May 2015 issue is now available for download on more platforms than ever before, including iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and now Android phones. Our cover above, nimbly combines two of this month’s stories: a wine country road trip to Sonoma and Napa; and gay Pride.

In this issue we also cover:

  • Riga, Latvia for EuroPride;
  • An unexpectedly gay-friendly music festival in Nashville, Tennessee;
  • A dangerous and touching first-date story from our Kenya correspondent (involving man-eating crocodiles);
  • The perfect honeymoon hotel in gay-popular Tel Aviv, Israel;
  • Killer images of cemeteries by Jeffrey James Keyes (that’s Toto interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery below); and much more!

Download the May issue now. If you’re not a subscriber, take advantage of our three-month FREE trial subscription and start planning your next gay holiday  now.

Toto, Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Toto, Hollywood Forever Cemetery

 

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By @ 05/29/15 in Ashton Giese, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Rehoboth Beach, Travel
Wig Day at the Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Wig Day at the Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

This column is brought to you by Ashton Giese, ManAboutWorld correspondent and editor of the GAYography newsbrief.

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend? Check out great pictures (above below and via this link) from Wig Day on the Beach (#WDOTB) at Rehoboth Washington DC’s gay beach. This week’s news brief features exciting news from Kazakhstan where their Russia-like “gay propaganda” law was ruled unconstitutional, likely due to the country’s desire for the 2022 Winter Olympics. The strategy to change policies at the IOC looks to be working. Also find the latest on impending progress on marriage equality across the world.

As summer begins, get the latest information on Pride celebrations all over, and keep in mind that your own personal pride guide will be in DC, Riga, NYC and Chicago’s Market Days this summer. See you on the parade routes. Take a break this weekend and prepare your travel plans with this week’s brief. Photos by Alex Kotran

A vital resource for LGBT travelers, focusing on news, vacation insights, advocacy and current events in major cities around the globe, the GAYography brief is published each Thursday. Subscribe here & like!

Wig Day at the Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Wig Day at the Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware



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By @ 05/18/15 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Matt in Africa

Matt in Africa

Acclaimed gay travel writer Matthew Link  and a charming local named James find themselves at a trio of funerals in Accra, Ghana in the short e-book Offensive Optimism, as Matt learns about life, death and how to perfect the famous chicken dance of the Ewe tribe.

Matt has written and contributed to numerous travel books, including Rainbow Handbook Hawaii and Looking for Love in Faraway Places; Tales of Gay Men’s Romance Overseas. He has written for TIME, Newsweek, MSNBC, Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast, The Los Angeles Times, Men’s Health, and Orbitz, among many others. Matt was also the founding Editor in Chief and Editorial Director of The Out Traveler magazine, the world’s largest gay publication at the time, published by The Advocate and OUT. He’s also contributed to ManAboutWorld.

Buy it here. Click below to read more about “6 of 1″ and Ponies + Horses Publishing.



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By @ 05/12/15 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Scott Marquardt, Travel
Basilica Catedral de la Asuncion - León, Nicaragua.

Basilica Catedral de la Asuncion – León, Nicaragua.

DDTI* from our correspondent Scott Marquardt. (*Daily Dose of Travel Inspiration)

“I’m at work, this is the view ‪#‎tucantravel‬ ‪#‎travel‬ ‪#‎nicaragua‬ — at Basilica Catedral de la Asuncion – León, Nicaragua.”

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By @ 03/15/15 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, S. Arestis & S. Chaneac, Travel
Stefan and Sébastien sporting new hats.

Stefan and Sébastien sporting new hats.

Sébastien and Stefan have been together for over six years.

They quit their jobs in London in June 2014 to eat their way around Asia and create a new life for themselves.

Sébastien is a former IT geek originally from France and Stefan, an ex-lawyer, born in London is originally Greek. Together they are exploring the world and writing about their food discoveries and adventures on their Nomadic Boys gay travel blog.

Stefan and Sebastien would be pleased if you stalk them on Facebook and Twitter.

Stef Seb in Beijing

The NomadicBoys in Beijing

 

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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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