Category Archives: Gay travel magazine

By @ 07/27/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Nikko Lencek-Inagaki, Travel

nikkoMeet our newest correspondent Nikko Lencek-Inagaki. He’s not only a correspondent he’s also our assistant editor, responsible for some of the great editorial you images you enjoy each issue. We are happy to have him on board!

Nikko Lencek-Inagaki was born in NYC to two immigrants from opposite ends of the planet and has spent the better part of his life exploring every place in between. He’s picked bones from the ashes of a traditional Buddhist funeral in Japan, back-packed through Central Europe on a dime, caught fever in Costa Rica, and, well, what happens in Berlin stays in Berlin.

All the good travel advice and worthy recommendations he wished he’d had in advance have been contributed over the years to a number of publications, most recently Out Traveler where he was Web Editor, and TRACE, where he was an Associate Editor.

Nikko is based in Brooklyn, New York, where he still enjoys long walks on the beach.

Connect with Nikko on Instagram or via LinkedIn.

 

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By @ 07/16/13 in Billy Kolber, Europe, Gay cruise, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Let your gay freak flag fly! Photo courtesy Source Events.

Let your gay freak flag fly!
Photo courtesy Source Events.

By Billy Kolber. Originally published in HuffPost Gay Voices

There’s never been a better summer and fall to cruise in Europe. There are still five all-gay (big- and small-gay) cruises to choose from this summer, offering a remarkable breadth of styles, ports and experiences. Every one of these cruises is reason enough to go, but If you’ve never tried a gay cruise, here are five more:

  1. There’s no better place to make new friends. Seriously, next to college and summer camp (both of which you’ve probably outgrown), gay vacations offer the best opportunity to share new experiences with new people. Ask any gay cruise veteran the best part about their vacation, and they inevitably say, “Making new friends.” As adults, we don’t have many environments that are conducive for making new best friends. Cruising is one of them.
  2. It’s a vacation from planning a vacation. Not that there aren’t options (particularly on the big gay cruises, there are dozens of dining and entertainment opportunities every moment of the day), but the freedom comes in choosing to do what you feel like, when you feel like it, and having it all available without much planning or thinking, and almost all of it without an additional charge.
  3. Value. Most guests spend a few hundred dollars beyond the upfront price for drinks, shore excursions, spa treatments and other extras. And some spend thousands. But you can easily go the whole trip without spending an extra dime.
  4. Variety. If you have Gay-DD, European cruising was made for you. You’ll get to sample lots of different places and cultures. What could be more fabulous than drinking wine in Bordeaux one day, hitting the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao another, and then dancing the night away in Ibiza, all without ever repacking your suitcase?
  5. Community. And the freedom to be yourself within it. Whether your freak flag flies toward silly, sexy or serious, there are few experiences as liberating, empowering and supportive as an all-gay environment.

Ready to come aboard?

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By @ 07/03/13 in Around the world, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Paul Teixeira, Travel
FREEDJ

FREEDJ

ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Paul Teixeira and his partner Jose are in the midst of an 87-day global gay adventure. He agreed to document his trip here with highlights from many destinations around the world. In his own words:

We recently spent six fabulous nights in Paris as part of our 87 day round-the-world trip, and thanks to the exclusive ManAboutWorld Paris guide, we had the inside track knowledge which made it that much easier to have an amazing time.

We must post about some additional nightlife discoveries to add to your choices. We found the newer club FREEDJ to be our favorite for most any night. They have hot friendly bartenders and a great looking clientele, both locals and visitors. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, they open their downstairs brick arched underground dance club to get down with some of the best current pop remixes. Sunday is their creative church themed “MESS” party with glow rings and glow rosaries, candy communion like wafers, bartenders in custom shirts and costumes, and a nun dressed DJ. This party goes until 3AM, and if you still have it in you, the staff and friends may take you to the locals after party at L’Enchanteur. You’ll get to go until 7AM at this Dance/Karaoke bar and party with most of the locals and staff at the bars in the area.

Get yourself to Paris and enjoy some of the best and varied gay nightlife in Europe!

 

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By @ 06/29/13 in Gay pride, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, iPad, ManAboutWorld, New York, San Francisco
This was our inaugural cover: NYC!

This was our inaugural cover: NYC!

Happy Pride to all from the staff of ManAboutWorld.

If you need travel tips for New York, San Francisco or any of the many other destinations we’ve covered, be sure to subscribe to our magazine using this link (and get an extra two months free!).

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By @ 06/16/13 in Dillon Davis, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Mykonos, Travel
Flickr:  Ricc_HB74

Flickr: Ricc_HB74

We asked Dillon, ManAboutWorld’s talented photo editor, to share a few words about some of his his favorite images from this month’s issue. Here’s what moved him about this image of Mykonos harbor.

When looking at this photograph, it’s hard for me not to envision a scene out of a Julie Delpley movie. One where two young lovers stroll carelessly through an exotic city, frequently happening across charming locations such as this small portside taverna.  It is nestled in a sandy patch of shoreline carved out along the Mykonos harbor, where the narrow hillside streets give way to a vast expanse of water and small motorboats. Conversation is illuminated by a single strand of electric bulb lights, strung up to the mast of an old fishing vessel long since settled ashore. What more perfect setting for a moment in life, one worth re-watching time and time again.

Find lots more fabulous images in our June issue. It’s also packed full of hot summer travel tips.

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By @ 06/09/13 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Zachary Moses

funimage3Welcome to our newest Global Correspondent, Zach Moses!

Zachary is the Director of Marketing & Adventure Tour Development for HE Travel; the world’s first gay tour operator. His title is long, but is an understatement for the many hats he wears. Zachary has spearheaded the re-branding of HE Travel; formerly two distinct companies: Hanns Ebensten Travel & Alyson Adventures.

Recently named one of the top 35 travel professionals under the age of 30 by Travel Agent Magazine, Zachary has been making a splash in the gay travel scene. He discovered his love for travel as a stand-up comic. While planning his tours all over the western United States,  he discovered his knack for communicating with people and coordinating travel.

Zachary’s passions are travel, comedy, writing, playing guitar and exotic foods.

Follow Zach on Facebook or his blog.

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By @ 06/08/13 in Boston, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

The lobby

The lobby

Hotel Commonwealth, a super-friendly boutique hotel in a bustling neighborhood in Boston, has been hiding in plain sight for a decade. With a recent renovation, it is high time that gay visitors gave it a second look. The hotel is rather elegant from outside and inside. The entrance leads upstairs (it’s a tad confusing but you’ll get used to it pretty quickly) to an inviting lounge with big comfy chairs and the incredibly friendly reception area. Well trained, the front desk staff are quick, efficient and fonts of local knowledge.

The hotel is in Kenmore Square with a Green Line subway station right under the building; a major (and beautifully designed) bus station across the street; and a major Hubway (bike share) station also across the street that always had bikes available during a recent weekend visit. This system is inexpensive ($6 per day) and tourist friendly. The hotel is near Boston University so expect a young, vibrant neighborhood with great places to eat (many very budget focused). The only drawback to this neighborhood would be during a Red Sox game. With Fenway Park just behind the hotel, the crowds may be rather difficult to navigate when a game lets out.

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By @ 05/27/13 in Around the world, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Gay-Friendly, Japan, Paul Teixeira

 

But, but, but ... I've never!

But, but, but … I’ve never!

ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Paul Teixeira and his partner Jose are in the midst of an 87-day global gay adventure. He agreed to document his trip here with highlights from many destinations around the world. In his own words:

ManAboutWorld’s March 2013 issue has an impressive and informative exclusive on Gay Japan, including a long weekend article on Tokyo. For our first visit to Tokyo we relied heavily on this article and we were not disappointed.

If we were to add anything to supplement this article, it would be that even though you will be promptly and completely overwhelmed with sensory input, complicated city navigation and a myriad of choices for everything, the city and its people are extremely pleasant, orderly, and helpful. Taking care to plan what you are doing and looking for help will quickly show that it is actually not that difficult at all, even for first time visitors.



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By @ 05/20/13 in Event, Gay pride, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Israel, ManAboutWorld, Middle East, Travel

israel 2Tel Aviv has come into its own in recent year with a gay scene as large as many similar size cities in North America and, depending on your tastes, with some of the hottest guys in the world. Exhibit A is the irresistibly hot Ori Avrahami, pictured above and below, the muscular cover model for F.O.D’s Pride issue. Learn more about F.O.D. on Facebook.

We are sending a writer to Pride so we’ll have our own Tel Aviv guide soon. For now, download F.O.D.’s guide for a round up of Pride activities as well as recommendations for where to stay, eat, play/meet and more.

Additionally blessed with a terrific beach, really nice weather, great food and proximity to popular Middle East attractions from religious sites in Jerusalem and the Dead Sea to Petra and more, Tel Aviv is well worth a visit. We love it during Gay Pride when all the boys come out to play from throughout the region. Tel Aviv Gay Pride is Friday June 7 but there are events throughout the week leading up to June 8.

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By @ 05/16/13 in Chicago, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Jeff Guaracino, Las Vegas, ManAboutWorld, Travel
The fabulous Cosmopolitan Hotel

The fabulous Cosmopolitan Hotel

By ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Jeff Guaracino

Great trip ideas can come from travel columns like this one, from your favorite travel magazine or recommendations from friends and family. Business travel — if planned correctly — can be a perfect time to research your next pleasure trip. Yes, I know we are always in a rush to get to that next meeting, answer that pesky text or resolve the work emergency, but hey it’s travel. Don’t forget to stop and smell the fun!

Viva Las Vegas—midweek

I was invited to speak at the Las Vegas International Tourism Safety and Security Conference. I hadn’t been to Las Vegas since 2007, so I was excited to see what had changed along the famed Las Vegas Strip. A midweek trip proved to be an exceptional option to avoid the crowds but still enjoy all of the amenities that Vegas has to offer.

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By @ 05/11/13 in Around the world, Australia, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Melbourne, Paul Teixeira, Travel

 

Full disclosure: This is Sydney but it's a hot pic

Full disclosure: This is Sydney but it’s a hot pic

ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Paul Teixeira and his partner Jose are in the midst of an 87-day global gay adventure. He agreed to document his trip here with highlights from many destinations around the world. In his own words:

Cocktails in Melbourne

To add some more fun to the ManAboutWorld Novermber 2012 Melbourne long weekend suggestions, we sampled a bunch of gay operated and friendly high end cocktail bars in the central business district. These will wet your palette and are a brilliant place to meet someone. There is a large amount of these themed prohibition style bars and lounges in the area and they all have a different ambiance and cocktail assortment to offer. They are open late on most nights and they make quality carefully mixed and innovative cocktails you’ll want to sip all night long while socializing. Some offer small bites as well in case you need something sweet or salty to go along with your drink.



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By @ 04/22/13 in Baltimore, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Philadelphia, Travel
He tried (and loved) the 4 Seasons spa but this is not our writer.

He tried (and loved) the 4 Seasons spa but this is not our writer.

By ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Jeff Guaracino

Do you need to getaway quick? Does room service and a maid sound just fabulous?  Travel doesn’t always have to be far away from home (just far enough!). Could it be as easy as checking into a local luxury hotel that is part treat and part escape. When you travel as much as I do, sometimes a hotel can be just another hotel. There are two close-by hotels that surprised me both by their incredible views, luxurious but affordable prices, and staff who make everyone feel VIP. And guess what? They are both in two cities that are worth spending more time in — Baltimore and Philadelphia.

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By @ 04/13/13 in Barcelona, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Travel

Scott Holman, Barcelona Mies van der Rohe PavilionThe last section of our magazine is “Parting Shots,” which are photos taken by our Global Correspondents, subscribers and other friends who send us their favorite image relating to that month’s theme. Our April theme was architecture. Here’s the story behind one of our favorite pictures: the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona from ManAboutWorld friend, contributor, and graphic designer Scott Holman. If you already subscribe, download April from within the app. If you don’t subscribe, download the issue in the AppStore here.

After years of studying art history and design, I have a few iconic pieces/locations on my list of stuff to see in person. This Mies van der Rohe was originally designed and built for the 1929 International Exhibition, was disassembled right after and reconstructed in 1980. It has been on my list since art school days and it was exciting to see it live on a 50th birthday trip.

 



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By @ 03/28/13 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Travel
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dalbera/5411120701/in/gallery-25063318@N00-72157633097848135/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dalbera/5411120701/in/gallery-25063318@N00-72157633097848135/

We’re putting the finishing touches on our April issue which includes a whole lot of coverage of Paris. Till then, we thought we’d show you this treasure we uncovered at Le Musée-Jardin Paul Landowski. Enjoy.

If you subscribe to ManAboutWorld, thank you! If not, click here for instructions on obtaining a complimentary 3-month subscription.

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By @ 03/07/13 in Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Gay-Friendly, Haven Caylor, Las Vegas, ManAboutWorld
These dads are about to smooch.

These dads are about to smooch.

¡Viva el Romance, Viva la familia, y Viva Las Vegas!

“It’s good luck for sweethearts, lovers, or spouses to kiss under this bridge. Go ahead and Happy Anniversary!” our lovely, Greek gondolier at Las Vegas’ Venetian Hotel encouraged. Sean and I were seated across from each other and we blushed, smiled and leaned across for a husband-husband smooch.  When we kissed, Carter and Ammon didn’t blink an eye, and the gondolier sighed. “How lovely, and what lovely children you two have!”

It was Labor Day week of 2012, and it was my 8th Wedding Anniversary Vacation.  Sean, Carter, Ammon, and I were all together, and it has been my favorite anniversary to date. In Las Vegas (just like any city), we lived, loved, and enjoyed ourselves as family.


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By @ 01/10/13 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

Have budget and PTO but don’t know where to spend them? Looking for the right gay-friendly getaway? Your wife wants a spa weekend but you want a camping trip?

Help is on the way!

Please come by the New York Times Travel Show’s annual LGBT travel panel on Saturday, January 19 3pm-3:50pm and hear from a knowledgeable group of avid, savvy travelers: Merryn Johns, Michael Luongo, Jerry PortwoodJoseph Pedro and myself. Free tickets to the consumer days are available, first-come, first-serve, with the code IGLTA13! http://ow.ly/gGcZT.
Before or after the show be sure to visit the IGLTA booth 342 to pick up the latest magazines by these and other media partners as well as information about gay-friendly hotels, destinations, attractions and events around the world.
Also be sure to come with your gay/lesbian travel questions. The panel can help you spend those dollars, discover the gay (and lesbian-)-friendlest destinations around the globe, and hopefully maintain vacation and same-sex marriage bliss with a perfect luxury/wilderness combo at what promises to be a lively session.

 

Subscribe to ManAboutWorld here (first issue free!).

 



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

 

We recently visited Orlando and met Mikael Audebert, the indefatigable head of Converge Orlando and OrlandoGayTravel.com, a terrific local resource for planning a gay ol’ time in this city of world-famous theme parks and off-the-radar local treasures.

Here he and his boyfriend Mats pose with Trua, one of several killer whales taking part in daily spectacular shows at SeaWorld Orlando.

According to Mikael:

SeaWorld Orlando is one of the several theme parks where being gay and holding hands is A-OK! We visited six parks in four days, kissing, holding hand, and we never heard a single insult once. I loved it! Orlando is a fabulous destination for LGBT individuals all year round. The holidays really have tons to offer. The Christmas show at the magic kingdom was absolutely amazing.

To start your planning, download our latest issue and check 0ut all the great insider tips to make your visit to Orlando the best.



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By @ 08/13/12 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Travel

You know you want it!

If you’re not familiar with the iTunes Newsstand, getting to your free issue may seem complicated.  Let us make it easy for you.  Our free issue is delivered as a free one-month trial on the purchase of a ManAboutWorld subscription within the free ManAboutWorld App.  Getting it is simple, but requires a few steps:

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By @ 08/09/12 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Travel

ManAboutWorld’s beaming parents (from a page in the actual magazine available on the iPad.)

Launching a business inevitably takes longer and cost more than you expect it to.  So when Ed and I started planning the Inaugural Issue, we gave ourselves the broad goal of “Summer 2012,” and while we originally hoped to be out with a sneak peak issue in June, we soon realized it would become our August/September launch issue, which as of Tuesday, August 7th, went live on the App Store Newsstand.  Whenever I veered towards despondency over the delays and obstacles, I just googled the latest news on Citi Bike.  They also had the same launch goal… and Mayor Bloomberg behind them.  ManAboutWorld is just me, Ed and Kenny (who are both still working other jobs), with a supporting cast of Correspondents, contributors, contractors and cheerleaders, without whom we could not have done it.

It’s been a fascinating journey, which we will periodically write about here — in part to give much deserved credit to those people who helped us launch; in part to help others who might benefit from our experience, and in part to engage you, our members, in a dialog about how ManAboutWorld can best inform and inspire your own journeys.

If you haven’t gotten your copy of the inaugural issue yet, you can download it as a free trial from the App Store.  Please do, and let us know what you think.  We’re already hard at work on our next issue (October), and we’re eager to hear your feedback, suggestions, questions and criticisms.  Please share them in the comments here, and we’ll do our best to reply to each and every one of them.

 

 

 

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