Category Archives: Gay travel

By @ 04/21/13 in Billy Kolber, Gay travel, Japan, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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After months of grounding by the FAA, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is poised to take flight again in the next few weeks. And that’s great news for those of us who fly, especially in the back of the plane. (Originally published in the Huffington Post.)

A lot has been made of the fuel efficiency and the 30% larger, electronically-dimming windows, but the real advance for travelers is the air quality. You might not appreciate it on a short flight, as veteran travel reporter Stephanie Rosenbloom at the New York Times observed on her test flight, but flying across the Pacific to Japan as we did shortly before the flights were grounded, the difference was striking.

Photo Credit: (cc) Flickr.com/Kentaro Iemoto



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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 @ 04/12/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Mexico, Photo du jour, Puerto Vallarta, Travel

ArcencielstudiVallarta-48[1] PVThis photo comes to us courtesy of Puerto Vallarta Carnival, which took place earlier this year, but we loved the colors and the sexy look of this disguised stranger.

It’s not a gay event per se but with all those feathered, bejeweled and made-up guys, there’s certainly something at least a bit queer about it.

Speaking of PV, we recently covered their upcoming Pride. Click here for more information.



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By @ 04/11/13 in Event, Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Mexico, Party, Puerto Vallarta, Travel
I'll go if they're there!

I’ll go if they’re there!

Puerto Vallarta’s annual LGBT event “Vallarta Pride” will take place this year on the weekend of May 24th, 2013.

Events will start with a cocktail kick-off at Puerto Vallarta’s Casa Cupula Hotel Boutique and continue for three days, celebrating LGBT culture and Puerto Vallarta’s welcoming community with music festivals, beach parties, fashion shows, mass commitment ceremony and activities in participating bars and clubs.

To get your planning going, download our iPad app here and purchase the October 2012 issue.



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By @ 04/10/13 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Travel
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scalleja/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scalleja/

The weather in the Northeast has been spectacular. Imagine a beautiful day like that as you stroll around the heart of historic, romantic Paris with your partner? Or explore museums, hit the clubs or kick back at a cool lounge with your bestie numéro un?

Why imagine? Download this month’s issue and (re)discover the City of Light like you’ve never seen it before. Our team has all visited their recently and lived there in the not too distant past. We know and love Gai Paree and you’ll feel that as you read our family of articles on this city we adore.

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By @ 04/07/13 in Australia, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, Travel
Sunset in the Pilbara

Sunset in the Pilbara

This gorgeous sunset is brought to us courtesy of ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Michael Siebert.

It was taken at Hearson’s Cove in the Pilbara, only 20 min drive from Karratha. (Don’t worry, we had to look it up too! Pilbara is in Western Australia. Click here to learn more.)

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By @ 04/06/13 in Cappadocia, Gay travel, Travel, Turkey
Taken at 6:30am flying in a hot air balloon over Goreme, Turkey, in the heart of Cappadocia.

Taken at 6:30am flying in a hot air balloon over Goreme, Turkey, in the heart of Cappadocia.

Last year ManAboutWorld Correspondent David Alport traveled to Turkey with his partner. He snapped this photo while flying in a hot air balloon over Goreme.

If you can handle the splurge (about $200 per person), a sunrise hot air balloon ride is not only the best way to get a bird’s eye view of one of earth’s most magical and beguiling landscapes … it’s also a singular and magical experience that every traveler should experience once in a lifetime. Cappadocia is the perfect place.



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By @ 04/04/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Teixeira, Travel

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ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Paul Teixeira is preparing for a fabulous global adventure. He agreed to document his trip here with highlights from many destinations around the world. In his own words:

The time has come and we are all packed for our 87 day journey. You are probably wondering how one packs for something like this and we think the answer is simple; We are traveling light and with 24 flight segments, we don’t want to mess with checking luggage.

So we have 1 international carry-on each and a travel back pack. Of course we opted for style (and function) each getting a Tumi Alpha Bravo Knox Backpack and a Victorinox Spectra carbon fiber carry-on. We’ve condensed down to the TSA approved liquids and grooming gear, an assortment of all the meds we may need, and since we have accommodations with laundry facilities, carefully selected clothing for a week (An ultralight down hoody, 6 T-shirts, 2 polos, 1 tank-top, 1 button down, 2 shorts, 3 jeans, 1 slacks, 1 workout attire, 10 socks/undies, 1 belt, 1 sneakers, 1 semi-formal shoes, 1 board-shorts, and of course 1 speedo).  Bon voyage!

Follow their travels here and on their blog, http://rtw87.blogspot.com/.

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By @ 04/04/13 in Gay travel, Mexico, Parting Shots, Paul VanDeCarr, Travel

mexicoThe 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 of the Museo Soumaya in Mexico from Global Correspondent Paul VanDeCarr.

The museum opened in March 2011, and I visited and took this photo in June 2011. On the inside are enormous white galleries divided up by movable walls, and some excellent pieces (and some not-so-excellent). But it’s the exterior that I really like. It’s got a honeycombed pattern of reflective glass on the outside, so fluid and organic-looking that I want to lick it or eat it. It was designed by Mexican architect Fernando Romero, and funded by another Mexican and the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim Helú — the museum is named after the latter’s late wife.

 

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By @ 04/02/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Travel

parisApril in Paris conjures up romantic images of you and a special someone strolling along the Seine, warm croissants in hand.

Make it happen with ManAboutWorld’s latest issue with lots of up-to-the-minute coverage of the City of Light. If you subscribe already, download April with the app. If you don’t subscribe, download the issue in the AppStore here.

Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eisenbahner/



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By @ 04/01/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Travel
It looks a lot cooler in the magazine!

It looks a lot cooler in the magazine!

Paris is in the house!

Our April issue is ready to be downloaded. Here’s a screenshot of the cover but you have to see the animated version in the magazine.

If you already subscribe, just download it from within the magazine app. If you don’t subscribe (est-ce possible?!), click here to get a complimentary 3-month subscription:http://bit.ly/WP2013FREE.

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By @ 03/30/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Teixeira, Travel
Can you say "planner"?

Can you say “planner”?

We have 6 weeks in Europe included in our 87 day RTW trip, and here’s how we planned them.

We started listing some 18 cities and realized it was too dense. We’ve hardly been anywhere in Europe prior, and we know we will return, so we focused on more time per city. Our entry point coming from Bangkok is Vienna on May 16th, and we need to get to Stockholm on June 19th. See my previous post for how this fits into the world journey. We have 1st class rail passes so we can enjoy the European landscape, but longer hops we are doing with flights. We also are centering weekends on the cities we feel may have bigger gay party scenes. 

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By @ 03/28/13 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Travel
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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 @ 03/23/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel
Ok, I could get into this.

Ok, I could get into this.

Our correspondent, Paul J. Heney, likes baseball enough to travel for spring training. Hey, he’s a dad! Catch his early ball-game fever.

It sure doesn’t feel like Spring across most of the Northern half of the U.S. But what if you could combine some glorious sunshine and warm temperatures with a close-up look at some well-muscled athletes right about now?

The Cactus League season is wrapping up, but it’s not too late for a last minute getaway. The season runs from February 22 to March 30, and encompasses 15 of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams (the rest train in Florida). All of the ballparks are within a 30 mile drive of downtown Phoenix, making it fairly easy to take in a few games at different ballparks over several days.



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By @ 03/22/13 in Gay travel, Las Vegas, ManAboutWorld, Travel
They're hot plus they can wash your clothes on their abs!

They’re hot plus they can wash your clothes on their abs!

Vegas will get just a tad hotter this Memorial Day weekend with the return of Matinée Las Vegas Festival.

Our friends at Matinée are asking fans to

feel the revolution this Memorial Day – the party revolution, that is.  The festival that has become world famous for re-imagining the elaborate party experience with blazing pyrotechnics and production by Cirque du Soleil and Matinée Ibiza, returns to Las Vegas with the biggest dance festival of the summer. Taking place Friday, May 24th thru Monday, May 27th, MATINÉE LAS VEGAS FESTIVAL will play host to over 8,000 clubbers dancing to twenty of the world’s leading DJs at eight high-energy party events.



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By @ 03/21/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Teixeira, Travel
Ok, is this guy a planner or what?

Ok, is this guy a planner or what?

Having won First/Business RTW tickets, I was seriously wondering how to possibly use them effectively? For those that are unfamiliar, a RTW airline ticket basically lets you fly a particular alliance around the world with a limited number of stops, governed by routing rules, and at a cut rate from buying individual one way tickets. I won equivalent award miles to book the tickets within the Star Alliance. Unfortunately, their award RTW tickets carry more restrictive rules over paid ones.



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By @ 03/20/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Tiny little Tybee Island (a spot of land in the eastern most part tip of Georgia, lying within the influence of Savannah) plays host to Gay Days 2013, featuring a raft of fun events, including Cornholing. Check out its description and origin here but basically you toss bean bags into a hole.

Other activities include strolling along the beach, sampling fresh seafood and partying. Presented by GaySavannah.com, this inaugural LGBT event will unite area residents and visitors for a full weekend of festivities.

According to Reilly Sharp, the PR spokesperson for GaySavannah.com:

We want to create a signature event that will showcase Tybee’s laid-back styleTybee has always been very welcoming and supportive of the gay and lesbian community. We invite everyone to experience Tybee’s relaxed coastal style and warm Southern hospitality.



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By @ 03/15/13 in Event, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Provincetown, Travel
OMG, Miss Richfield 1981!

OMG, Miss Richfield 1981!

This just in highlights from the Provincetown Business Guild 2013 Calendar. For great trip-planning information, check out our Provincetown Long Weekend article in our September issue. (Download the magazine here.)

  • June 26-30: Provincetown International Film Festival. The 15th annual Provincetown International Film Festival is dedicated to showing new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of acclaimed and emerging directors, actors and producers.
  • July 1-7: Independence Week 2013. World-class DJs and parties make this the most popular July 4th destination on the circuit.
  • July 23-27: Girl Splash. The destination summer event for lesbians. Pool party, clam bakes, dune tours, and white hot dances. Come play at the beach!
  • August 3-10: Family Pride Week. A chance for children to meet other children with LGBT parents and for parents to meet other parents and share experiences. A parade and plenty of activities for all ages.
  • August 18-24: Carnival Week celebrates its 35th birthday! A week-long celebration of the 2013 theme “Viva Las Vegas” that transforms Provincetown into one big party. Boat cruise, inn stroll, music, special events, and of course, the famous carnival parade on the 22nd that attracts over 65,000 viewers and marches the length of Commercial Street.



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By @ 03/13/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Teixeira, Travel

 

He's smiling for a reason!

He’s smiling for a reason!

ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Paul Teixeira is preparing for a fabulous global adventure. He agreed to document his trip here with highlights from many destinations around the world. In his own words:

I’m Paul Teixeira and back in 2007 I won 2 Continental Round The Word (RTW) airline tickets from the American Express Wishlist. Flash forward to today after tons of planning and finally an approved leave of absence from work, this trip is actually taking place, and my partner and I leave on April 3, 2013 for an 87-day adventure. This blog series will capture some of our planning efforts as well as our adventures and discoveries along the way. Oh, did we mention the long haul flights are all first and business class? Fortunately with the Continental/United merger, our major segments are with the Star Alliance, so we’ll be providing first hand opinions and details of which carrier’s premium cabin services are worth it.

Check back here starting in early April and enjoy Paul and Jose’s excellent gay travel adventure.

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By @ 03/13/13 in Correspondent, Event, Gay travel, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, New York, Palm Springs, Party, Travel
Angel, devil, both?

Angel, devil, both? (Photos Courtesy of DDPR)

By Jeff Guaracino

If you missed the Winter Party Festival in Miami this past weekend you still have time to travel to one of your favorite dance events.

For 32 years, a decadent dance party helped to define the New York spring travel calendar. Next weekend, The Saint At Large will stage RITES XXXIV: THE BLACK PARTY. This year’s theme is “Rough Trade at Luna Park.” Held on the weekend closest to the vernal equinox, this party starts on Saturday, March 23rd at the legendary Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

Get ready for an adventure. This dance party is set in the outskirts of Rome in an abandoned amusement park. Strange Live Acts will be played out as a 5-act opera set in a cinematically inspired immersive environment. The fantasy ends sometime Sunday.

If staying up all-night dressed in your best leather is not for you, you might be interested in the Black Party Expo, now in its fourth year.



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