Category Archives: Gay travel

By @ 06/26/13 in Bob Witeck, Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Welcome to our newest Global Correspondent, Bob Witeck!

Bob Witeck thinks of the world as his teacher, but not to be tamed. A native of Washington D.C., he founded his long-admired LGBT public relations and public affairs firm to look out for global clients, issues and trends. And to write.

His career spans from politics to public relations to authoring the first-ever book on LGBT marketing (“Business Inside Out,” 2006 Kaplan). While his business and leisure travel already have taken him to five continents, he hopes one day to conquer all seven. He and his husband, Bob, love the spontaneity and surprises that come from travel, new friends and fresh encounters, dining al fresco, and avoiding long lines everywhere.

Follow Bob on Twitter @bob_witeck
Connect with Bob at www.Witeck.Communications too.

 

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By @ 06/21/13 in Asia, Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Nepal, Parting Shots, Scott Holman, Travel

Scott Holman-Kathmandu

In each issue we share our favorite photos from ManAboutWorld’s peripatetic Global Correspondents. We occasionally highlight some of those here. Today we explore Kathmandu, Nepal brought to us by Scott Holman. In his words:

One of my favorite shots from this trip. Kathmandu is all developing-nation chaos but it has these beautiful, colorful juxtapositions such as this popcorn seller and ice deliverer.

In spite of the craziness, Kathmandu is incredibly fascinating. Gorgeous temple districts, great food, lively street life all with a backdrop of the Himalayas. If you get the chance, have a meal on a rooftop restaurant where it all seems so much more peaceful.

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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 @ 06/12/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Philadelphia, Travel
Philly's Gayborhood; J Smith for GPTMC

Philly’s Gayborhood; J Smith for GPTMC

Celebrating a decade of getting its history straight and nightlife gay (riffing off their groundbreaking LGBT advertising campaign), the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection is promoting a very gay summer (and early fall). Here’s a look at some of the most popular events to plan a weekend visit around. (Before you go, download our September 2012 issue.)

  • Summer Pink Pub Crawl guides participants to some of the Gayborhood’s favorite watering holes beginning at Tavern on Camac then onto the Venture Inn, Tabu Sports Bar and finally Voyeur Nightclub. Those wearing pink can join the sipping for $25 while non-pink wearers can join the fun for $5 more at $30. July 13 pinkpubcrawl.com
  • QFest welcomes independent LGBT filmmakers to town to screen dozens of movie premieres and attend other celebrity-studded events. July 11-22. qfest.com
  • The Philadelphia Phillies welcome thousands of gay and lesbian fans to Citizens Bank Park each August for Gay Day. August 7. 1 Citizens Bank Way, (215) 463-6000, phillygaydays.com
  • Gender Reel takes a look at transgender life during a special art and film festival featuring live music and special events. September 19-21. (215) 732-2220, genderreelfest.com
  • Philadelphia celebrates National Coming Out Day with OutFest, a block party in the heart of the Gayborhood that’s made up of drag shows, games, bar crawls and shopping. Philadelphia’s celebration is the largest Coming Out Day street festival in the world. October 13.
    (215) 875-9288, phillypride.org

 

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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 Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Aaron Drake travel shotWelcome to our newest correspondent!

Aaron Drake was corn fed, born and raised in Ohio before relocating to California at the age of 20. He graduated magna cum laude with honors from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Mass Communication & Social Issues. The former editor of Frontiers magazine, Los Angeles’ local gay rag, Aaron has also freelanced for The Advocate, Outlook Weekly, GayCities and OutinAmerica.com.

Aaron was introduced to the exciting world of travel during college when he studied abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since then his travels have taken him throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Whether it’s enjoying the lifestyle of luxury travel, cozy gay resorts or a wilderness adventure, he is always itching to find the next breathtaking experience. He is also an actor and singer/songwriter. Aaron is married and lives with his husband and their mischievous Cairn Terrier in L.A.

Follow Aaron on Twitter: @theaarondrake

Connect with him on LinkedIn

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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 @ 05/23/13 in Berlin, Dining/food/wine, Gay travel, Niazi Rubez, Travel
Facil

Facil

ManAboutWorld Global Correspondents Niazi Rubez and Marcio Chapman ate and sipped their way across Berlin. Here are their favorite restaurants.

Gustav heuriger

A typical grastropub: cozy, the atmosphere is relaxed. Patrons greet the waitress by her name. The menu is based on Austrian food. The wine selection is small, focused in Austria and Germany. Wines by the glass are a good and reliable option.

Motzstrasse 10-10777 – Schöneberg

Tel 030/21280140

Facebook.com/Gustav.Heuriger

Café des Artistes

Restaurant, winebar and art gallery. As the name suggests the focus is French cuisine. Tasteful decor, silverware, linen table ware give a certain air of refinement. The service is very friendly. The Wine Bar is perfect.

Fuggerstrasse 35-10777 – Schöneberg

Tel 030/23635249

www.artistico-Berlin.com



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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 @ 05/15/13 in Cristian Flores, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Our newest Global Correspondent Cristian Flores is a passionate traveler, photographer and master of Photoshop. He added our ManAboutWorld logo to this photo he took in Patagonia. We feel like we were there in spirit!



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By @ 05/12/13 in Chicago, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Perched alongside Chicago’s most famous parks (at South Michigan Ave and Balbo Street), the Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel has a long, rich history and a desirable set of assets and amenities that make it a worthy choice for gay travelers.

It’s steps from Millennium and Grant Parks, home to art museums, fountains, lush lawns, outdoor performance spaces and, of course, the famous reflective “Cloud Gate” sculpture, informally known as the Bean. It’s near the financial and theater district, the Loop (and the “El,” what we know of as the subway in New York). Downtown is where most major hotels are located in Chicago. Boystown is a good $20 cab ride away but you can hop on the Red Line which goes right to the heart of Boystown in about 20 minutes for a lot less. (Take the El at Harrison and get off at Belmont.) There’s shopping and a Starbucks on the Concourse level below the lobby.

Credit: www.flickr.comphotos22746515@N024865734246.jpg

Credit: www.flickr.comphotos22746515@N024865734246.jpg



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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 @ 05/11/13 in Art, Event, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Party, Travel

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You have to love it when a destination promotes itself as having balls!

Who would have expected it from “stodgy” old Vienna? Well, actually we would have. Vienna’s is not just the capital of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. It’s also a center for innovation, exciting modern art and lots of cool and cutting-edge events. Including these balls, or dances.

Below and on the next page are some of the events we think will most appeal to LGBT travelers sent by our friends in the tourism office who were the ones who gleefully tee’d them up as a city with balls. If you decide to head to Vienna, be sure to download our free app and subscribe or purchase our January/February 2013 issue.

The Life Ball (May 25, 2013) is Europe’s wildest – and highest grossing – AIDS/HIV charity event. Everyone from the Federal Chancellor to Hollywood A-listers makes their way to Rathausplatz for the fashion show, before letting their hair down for a night of hard partying. Life Ball tickets are a seriously hot commodity, but everyone can enjoy the spectacular opening ceremony and fashion show free of charge.



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By @ 04/30/13 in Amsterdam, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
The new king and queen

The new king and queen

Today is Queen’s Day in Amsterdam, held annually on April 30.

But today is a special celebration as it marked the abdication of the popular monarch of The Netherlands, Queen, now Princess Beatrix in favor of his son, Prince, now King Willem-Alexandre and his fabulous new wife, Queen Maxima, the first-ever queen from Argentina.

Always a popular holiday Queen’s Day 2013 is even bigger because of this milestone event, marking the first time there has been a king of Holland in 120 years. (Hat tip David Mixner.)

If you’re heading to Amsterdam, subscribe and download our great guide to that super gay-friendly city (in the December issue).
Our kind of queen!

Our kind of queen!

 

 

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By @ 04/29/13 in Gay travel, Travel
Things are looking up in Ptown

Things are looking up in Ptown

Provincetown has announced its upcoming schedule of events. ManAboutWorld’s Provincetown article is scheduled for the June issue. Stay tuned for that. Meantime, start thinking about when you might want to go to coincide with some of these fun activities.

May

Run to the Top! Take a walk or run to the top of the 252-foot Pilgrim Monument to raise money for the Cape Cod Firefighter/EMS Cancer Relief Fund. This afternoon event on May 4 lets everyone take a journey up the tallest all-granite structure in the United States.

Cape Cod Women’s Music Festival. This event on May 11, in its second year, celebrates and honors women in music. Funds raised will be used to fight ovarian cancer. Performers include Nicole Nelson, who appeared on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Sisters in the Name of Love. For 20 years, this show has raised funds for AIDS Support Group and Helping Our Women. This year’s event takes place May 11.

Outer Cape Choral. Boasting 140 singers, this group will perform May 17-19, featuring the works of Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo and others.

Monumental Yard Sale. This popular event takes place May 17-19 throughout the town, and will feature a production of “Let’s Make a Diva!” The show is a tribute to TV, with “Drag Queens on one channel, great dancers and amazing live singers on the other stations.”

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By @ 04/26/13 in Gay travel, Ivan Quintanilla, ManAboutWorld, Travel, TravelingIQ
Too sexy for my keffiyeh

Too sexy for my keffiyeh

Global Correspondent Ivan Quintanilla is an actor, traveler and blogger extraordinaire. Once a week he provides a re-cap of noteworthy travel stories. We pilfer his round-up (with his permission) so you don’t have to. Follow his travels at TravelingIQ.

*The price of beauty is deportation.   Or so discovered Omar Borkan Al Gala (pictured above) and two other men, deported from Saudi Arabia for being… wait for it… wait for it… too handsome (via Asiantown.net).

*Time to expand your destination wedding options.  On Tuesday, France became the 14th country to allow same-sex marriage (Yahoo).  The next day, the Rhode Island Senate approved legislation to make the “Hope” state the 10th in the U.S., in addition to Washington D.C., to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples (via The Advocate).



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By @ 04/25/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New Zealand, Travel
Wellington, the  capital

Wellington, the capital

Photo and story by ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent, Michael Siebert

With all the hoopla about France’s vote to become the 14th nation allowing same-sex marriage. Let’s not forget about the 13th. On April 17, 2013 New Zealand lawmakers pass a bill in favor of gay marriage with a wide majority, with 77 votes in favor and 44 against. Gay-rights advocates celebrated outside parliament after the bill was passed, making New Zealand the 13th country to legalize gay marriage.

Click here to watch lawmakers and the public singing the New Zealand love song, “Pokarekare Ana.”

We covered Auckland, New Zealand in our December 2012 issue. Click here to subscribe and download.

 

 

 

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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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