Category Archives: Gay travel magazine

By @ 12/23/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Photo du jour, Travel
Marrakech

Marrakech

Our Global Correspondent Sebastian White is a communications manager for a major airline and a frequent, passionate traveler. We spoke to him about his love of travel and selected his journeys as this month’s Parting Shots in our magazine. Here’s the expanded story and more of his photos.

1. Why do you love travel?
When I was younger, I thought of travel as ticking places off a bucket list. Then one day, in someplace faraway and unfamiliar, it clicked: travel is a lens through which we learn about ourselves and begin to understand our tiny place in the bigger world. It’s about realizing the world goes on forever – and it goes on with or without us.

2. How far in advance do you plan your trips?
Spontaneity has always been my thing. I’m almost always a last-minute traveler. More than once I’ve been at the airport and still not sure where to go!

3. Who do you travel with?
I love the flexibility of traveling solo. But I always try to visit friends in other cities, or make new ones.



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By @ 12/02/13 in Event, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay-Friendly, Hotels, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel
Meyer Riegger Miriam Cahn Nachdenken über cyan, magenta etc. 8.11.2010 Courtesy Meyer Riegger

Meyer Riegger
Miriam Cahn
Nachdenken über cyan, magenta etc. 8.11.2010
Courtesy Meyer Riegger

What a great excuse to escape from whatever chilly winter place you live in. Art Basel Miami (December 5-8) is one of the most important gatherings of artists, curators, galleries, collectors and looky-loos on the plane with over 250 of the world’s leading galleries participating and over 50,000 visitors every year.

And what a setting. With its endless sandy beaches and beautiful Art Deco architecture, not to mention a few great art museums, buzzing restaurants and thumping nightlife, Miami is a fabulous place to take in art and other objects of beauty, namely hunky guys running, biking and swimming. For a full rundown of what’s happening visit the Art Basel website. To find out where to stay, eat and play in an absolutely fabulous way, download our our Miami issue (Jan/Feb 2013).

Wynwood, the arts district, is one of the centers of action during Art Basel. Be sure to check out R House, an exciting new gay-owned restaurant, art gallery, lounge set to open the same week. It’s owned by Tom Shirk who also owns the fabulous White Porch Inn in Provincetown, which has recently been named one of the “Top Art Inns” by BedandBreakfast.com.

 

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By @ 11/20/13 in Brazil, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Sao Paulo, Travel

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ManAboutWorld’s latest issue is ready for download! Subscribers: Open your iPad, tap on ManAboutWorld, go to Library, download and enjoy. Non-subscribers may find us in the AppStore. Or click on our website to subscribe and get access to all our back issues!

Can you guess which city this is? It’s our main feature and you’ll be surprised at all the treasures we’ve uncovered here.

Other coverage includes:

  • Iguazu Falls
  • Curatiba
  • St. Martin/Sint Maarten
  • 6 fabulous Starwood Preferred Guest Honeymoon hotels

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By @ 11/13/13 in Correspondent, Event, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Kelly with her young prince

Kelly with her young prince

By Jerry Bartell

A celluloid dream sequence awaits at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pa. Glide by beautifully costumed women at its “Grace Kelly – Beyond the Icon” exhibit. All of them are Grace Kelly. In her wedding dress from “High Society.” In hunting attire from “Mogambo.” In Diors, Chanels and Balanciagas worn off set. She charmed directors, as their displayed notes to her attest. The camera adored her, as scores of photos reveal. (Through 1/26/14.)

Kelly began acting at the Bucks County Playhouse, in nearby New Hope, as another Michener exhibit, “Local Mill Makes Good,” shows. “If you were at Bucks County,” says Angela Lansbury in a short documentary on view, “you were doing just fine.” Photos, programs and posters show Kitty Carlisle Hart, Tyne Daly, Robert Redford and many others doing just fine.  (Through 3/2/2014.)

If your visit to the Michener Museum is part of a weekend in Bucks County, consider an entirely salubrious stay at the Inn at Bowman’s Hill. The suites at this  B&B include baths with whirlpool tubs and multi-jet shower/steam rooms and handsomely designed bedrooms with featherbeds and antique furnishings. The bounteous breakfast features full English breakfasts and specials like a souffle omelet with your choice of fillings. For elegant comfort food dinners (great meat loaf, pork chops, burgers), stop in down the road at Bowman’s Tavern.

Click here to download the indispensable gay guide to New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Click “Read More” for more photos of the lovely Miss Kelly.



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By @ 11/13/13 in Correspondent, Gay cruise, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Travel

CDR_02152013_0090_RSVP_Caribbean_2013 copyBy Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent

Since 1985, over 100,000 guests have discovered RSVP Vacations. Now owned by Atlantis Events—among the best brand names in gay vacations—RSVP Vacations has a new president Randel Roper. Formerly of Starwood Hotels, Randel brings a new energy to RSVP.

RSVP is drawing a diverse group of passengers aboard their trips. According to Roper, women are now 10 percent of their passengers. He anticipates 350 lesbians to join RSVP for their February sailing aboard the brand new MSC Divina for a Caribbean sailing from Miami on February 15th.

One reason for the increasing draw of women travelers is due to the work of Rachel Pearson, RSVP’s first lesbian executive producer who is responsible for operations and entertainment. Women traveling on RSVP will find lesbian comics Jessica Kirson and Poppy Champlin. There are women-only brunches, disco and cocktail hours.

“Our women passengers find RSVP an alternative to Sweet and Olivia,” claimed Roper. Sweet and Olivia cater to lesbian travelers offering cruises and land-based trips.

That’s not to say that gay men—who still account for 90% of the ship—will have to forgo their leather and underwear parties. With more Europeans and South Americans discovering RSVP Vacations, the clientele is diversifying beyond RSVP’s traditional American base.



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By @ 10/31/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Jim Werner, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Jim Werner is co-owner of fagabond.com, a full-service LGBT travel-planning website. Jim was born in Philly, raised in Philly, and lives in Philly to this day. He believes in brotherly love so much, he works to promote Philly. In addition to running fagabond.com he works for the city’s tourism office building regional, state, and national relationships with brands like Southwest Airlines, American Express, Amtrak, Comcast and Logo TV to, you guessed it, bring people to Philly. Despite his undying devotion to Philadelphia, Jim loves all aspects of tourism and travel, which is why travel writing is so important to him.

Follow Jim on Twitter @fagabond or on his website.



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By @ 10/27/13 in Correspondent, David DiGiacomo, Event, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel
Jace Harper

Jace Harper

The annual White Party Week Miami (November 27-December 2) is fast approaching. ManAboutWorld correspondent David DiGiacomo is a regular attendee. He brings us this update and his top 8 insider tips for navigating this incredibly fun event. Before you go, be sure to download ManAboutWorld’s Miami Guide (in the January/February 2013 issue).

Frank Wagner, a successful gay businessman, created South Beach Miami’s White party week for Health Crisis Network a not-for-profit HIV/AIDS service organization in 1985. White party week is a series of fund raising parties leading up the main even “White Party.” benefitting Care Resource (http://www.whiteparty.org/events). White party raises hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for Care Resource (careresource.org .)Partying to help our community? What can be better then that! It is not too late to get tickets for these events though unfortunately the host hotel National Hotel is sold out! Tips:

  1. Get the VIP event pass! It includes open bar and with the price of the drinks at these events it practically pays for itself. Do this ASAP the 4 and 5 day VIP passes are already sold out! This pass as well as other ticket options and event info can be found at whiteparty.org



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By @ 10/23/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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By Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent

When it comes to planning, buying, and taking that next trip, are you a travel top or a travel bottom? Do you feel like a travel agent for all of your friends or are you the one that replaced your professional travel agent with your own personal travel expert? Are you the travel guru or do you just want to know where and when to show up?

Take this yes or no 10-question quiz. Here is how it works. You get one point for each yes . You must answer yes or no. Count up your points and then find out your travel personality.

  1. You are the one who regularly makes suggestions of where to go next?
  2. You know your airline loyalty username and password?
  3. You consult seatguru.com before selecting your airline seat?



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By @ 10/16/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Israel, Jordan, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Middle East

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 1.43.36 PMManAboutWorld’s latest issue is ready for download! Subscribers: Open your iPad, tap on ManAboutWorld, go to Library, download and enjoy. Non-subscribers may  find us in the AppStore. Or click on our website to subscribe and get access to all our back issues!

This is the very cool cover featuring  a few goats who thought we were the silliest things for filming these ancient ruins. Looking for peaceful, stable, gay-friendly spots in the Middle East? Journey with us to Tel Aviv, Jordan and a few other spots.

Other coverage includes:

  • San Juan
  • Vieques
  • San Miguel de Allende
  • Top Halloween hotspots
  • Rovos Rail done gay

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By @ 10/15/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Robert Sharp, Travel
Nepal

Nepal

Our Global Correspondent Robert Sharp is co-founder of Out-Adventures, a gay tour company offering gay tours and vacations in over 20 countries around the globe. He spoke with us about his love of gay adventure travel. We selected his journeys as this month’s Parting Shots in our magazine. Here’s this expanded story and more of his photos.

1.   Why do you love adventure travel?
There’s a certain camaraderie involved when a group of guys is pushed outside of their comfort zone. You’d be amazed at the bonds formed when the body or mind is put under the right kind of stress.

2. How far in advance do you plan the trip?
I try to plan my trips around 12 months out, because I’m a busy guy, but every now and then I try to hit a new destination spontaneously.

3. Who did you travel with?
Always with a local, for part or all of my trip. There’s a certain perspective that you can’t achieve from a guidebook or the internet.



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By @ 10/15/13 in Correspondent, Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay-Friendly, Haven Caylor, ManAboutWorld, Orlando, Travel

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Haven Caylor is a ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent, father to two incredibly cute kids and one of our “Gay Traveling Dads.” He and his husband recently took Ammon and Carter to Walt Disney World Resort. Here his update from the “Happiest Place on Earth.”

‘Let the Memories Begin’ … and treasure them in your heart when the awesome adventure is over. Ammon, Carter, Sean, and I spent the 3rd week of September at Walt Disney World Resort.  For 8 adventure-filled days, we spent time in the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and the Animal Kingdom. My synoptic advise for Walt Disney World is GO THERE! Save your money, plan your itinerary (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com was my all-inclusive helper), go, and ENJOY! I also have 3 other pieces of advice I would like to share.

1) Stay on the Walt Disney World Resort. The use of its monorail and bus system is first rate. I highly recommend the Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Carter, Ammon, Sean, and I stayed there, and it was in a perfect location. We could walk to the Magic Kingdom in less than 10 minutes, and in the evenings if we were leaving from the Magic Kingdom, it was the first stop off the monorail. We had chosen to drive our own vehicle from our home in Chattanooga to Orlando, and when we parked our car upon our Bay Lake Tower arrival, we didn’t touch it again until 8 days later when we returned home.



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By @ 10/12/13 in Correspondent, Gay honeymoon, Gay marriage, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay-Friendly, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Courtesy: Four Seasons Baltimore

Courtesy: Four Seasons Baltimore

By Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent

With 13 states in the U.S. (as well as the District of Columbia) now with legalized same-sex marriage, there are more and more choices for same-sex couples to choose from for destination weddings and honeymoons. In the first year since same-sex weddings became legal in New York, NYC & Co found that more than 8100 same-sex licenses were issued in the city alone.

The travel industry loves same-sex weddings. We are a new group of potential customers. We tend to book our ceremonies very quickly and we opt-out of the standard cookie cutter ceremony. Just read the Sunday New York Times Wedding announcements, the LGBT community is anything but typical.

With so many options to celebrate our love, it pays to be a smart and well-researched groom or bride. Here are just a few of your choices to mark the most important decision of your life (that is after you come out!)



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By @ 09/27/13 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel
The ES Collection

The ES Collection

That’s our editor in chief, Ed Salvato sandwiched between two hot salesmen and sporting his new hat from Spanish-based underwear, bathing suit and t-shirt brand ES. This is just one of the photos you’ll find on our ever-growing Instagram feed. We travel the world researching destinations to make your vacation the best it can be and we snap away, “gramming” moments that show what a destination feels like. In this instance “feel” takes on a new meaning. Follow us on Instagram at @ManAboutWorld. Search for us using #manaboutworld or click here to check it out on Facebook.

 

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By @ 09/09/13 in Canada, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Scott Marquardt, Travel

travelphotoScott grew up as a prairie boy in Calgary, Alberta then traded in his cowboy boots for galoshes when he moved to the historic port city of Halifax on the East Coast of Canada. He developed a desire for travel early on thanks to his adventurous parents and a genuine curiosity about the world. Having visited over 30 countries across four continents, he’s been incurably infected with the travel bug with no plans to stop any time soon.

In Scott’s advertising career he worked on the award-winning LGBT advertising campaign for Destination Halifax and is currently on the Travel Gay Canada board of directors.

Follow Scott on Twitter @marquardtscott

Connect with him at scottgoestheworld.com

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By @ 08/09/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Kuala Lumpur, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, Travel

ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Michael Siebert visited Malaysia and sent us this picture of the Petronas Twin Towers lit up to mark Eid al-Fitr 2013, the traditional celebration of the end of Ramadan and the breaking of the fast that took place August 8.

Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers



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By @ 08/08/13 in Barcelona, Ed Salvato, Gay cruise, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Lisbon, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Picture yourself here.

Picture yourself here.

Sail aboard the luxurious MSY Wind Surf, a gorgeous five-masted sailing yacht chartered by Source Events for an all-gay cruise. It sets sail September 15, 2013 from Lisbon, one of the most charming and under-rated gems of Europe and completes it’s 8-night sailing in Spain’s gay-friendliest city, Barcelona on Monday, September 23. More info. about the cruise here.

But why this cruise and why now? Well, for one ManAboutWorld’s very own editor in chief, Ed Salvato will be on board. Though he’d like to think that should be your sole necessary and sufficient reason, there are many other enticements to get you on board:

  • Intimacy: As much as we love big gay cruises, this one will have only 300 passengers (and 190 crew).
  • Itinerary: Besides Lisbon and Barcelona, discover Ibiza, Mallorca, Malaga and more.
  • Experience: A unique journey combining sailing, a full moon party, fun activities, great entertainment and parties, delicious cuisine, a healthy dose of fitness, guest speakers, excursions and more.
  • Special offer: Mention Ed’s name when booking and get a healthy “Friend of Ed” deal! Visit the website, call (888-SOURCE8) or email.

 

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By @ 08/04/13 in Boston, CheckOut, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Hotels, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Perfect for a grand entrance!

Perfect for a grand entrance!

Rates
From $239 per night, but deals are available on their website as well as offers, including free WiFi when booking direct.

Basics
Formerly the Meridien and before that the Federal Reserve, this fabulous property comes with a rich history and luxurious touches from an elegant entrance and professional service to a really nice fitness facility and pool all in a convenient downtown location.

Location
Located on a beautiful oasis of green (the tiny but stunning Post Office Park), the Langham is truly meant for the business traveler but with easy access to the Orange Line subway stop at State St. (a three-minute walk), it’s an easy jaunt to gay-centric South End (get off at Back Bay Station and walk south along Clarendon or Dartmouth Streets). There’s also a Hubway bike station just outside so you can peddle pretty much anywhere in Boston, Cambridge or other nearby towns for dollars a day. It’s also within walking distance to South Street Station (Amtrak/busses) and the two high-speed Provincetown ferry lines.

Room
The rooms are spacious and have big windows. The lighting is terrific: easy to figure out and within easy fumbling distance in the middle of the night. There’s a light in the closet and lots of hangers. There are plenty of outlets in handly spots for easy re-charging of your electronic gadgetry.

Bathroom
Luxurious. Plenty of counter space to spread out your toiletries. Lots of extra towels because you know how dirty us gay travelers can be.

Amenities
We love the fitness center. Big for an urban hotel with great equipment. The pool is a luxurious treat. There’s also a sauna and jacuzzi. Bond Restaurant is a nice option and serves full meals till 10 p.m. then a lighter menu. The space becomes a nightclub/lounge on the weekends with a DJ and attracts beautiful young straights — good-looking men and women dressed to the nines. It offers great people and a really nice atmosphere and great food. If they’re on offer, try the duck flat bread and Thai spring rolls. The spa looked nice but we didn’t get an opportunity to enjoy it during our all-too-brief stay.

Room service
Available 24/7.

Bottom line
This is a great choice if you’re either on business during the week and want to stay an extra night or if you’re heading to or from Ptown or New York via the ferry or Amtrak.

Gay factor
Not the gayest hotel we’ve stayed in though Grindr showed a few people 18 to 35 feet away which sounded awfully close and likely in the hotel. This being Boston, Massachusetts, which has always been at the vanguard of progressive LGBT politics, it is of course super comfortable. No one bats an eyelash at two guys or two gals holding hands or enjoying a romantic dinner.

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By @ 08/04/13 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, London, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Screen Shot 2013-08-04 at 4.23.27 PMManAboutWorld’s latest issue is ready for download! Open your iPad, tap on ManAboutWorld, go to Library, download and enjoy. Or click here to subscribe and get two months free!

This is the very cool cover featuring London. Before hopping across the pond, dive into this issue chock full of insider trip-planning information that will save you time and money and pretty much guarantee you have a gay ol’ time in Ye Ol’ London.

Want to test out your language skills beyond the mother tongue? Then head to one of our Long Weekend destinations:

  • New Hope
  • Lyon
  • Fire Island
  • Seattle
  • Munich

Or better set sail (well, minus the actual sail) onboard the QM2 with our editor in chief Ed Salvato whose story will give you a sense of whether this trip is for you.

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By @ 07/30/13 in Event, Gay pride, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel

_MG_2731It ain’t easy being gay in Eastern Europe, that’s for sure. (See Russia and its anti gay laws.)

So it’s important to support expressions of pro-gay behavior. Prague is in the Czech Republic, not in Russia. But still only 11% of Czech gays and lesbians are out in their workspace. The them is “coming out.”

If you’ve got some vacation time and money to burn, why not head to Prague August 12-18 and enjoy some Czech Pride? More info below from the event sponsors.



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By @ 07/30/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Photo du jour, Travel

Our Associate Editor Kenny Porpora is in Brazil on assignment and sent us a few photos from the beautiful Iguazu Falls.

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Here’s our Kenny with his new Brazil jacket.

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