Category Archives: Gay travel

By @ 03/11/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel
Typo?

Typo?

Winter Party 20, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force‘s celebration of 20 years of partying with a purpose, climaxed with Winter Party Beach Party on Sunday, March 10. And what an explosion of male (and female) pulchritude. What’s arguably the hottest collection of gay men on the planet at that time, Muscle Beach coaxes hot fellows from the entire world but mostly North and South America with the promise of the company of other hot fellows. Though it mostly skews to younger age range (20s-40s), there’s pretty much someone for every taste.

Though the party is over, for those in the Northeast this is a great time to go to Miami with reliably warm and sunny days and pleasantly cooler evenings. ManAboutWorld recently visited Miami. Check out our January/February issue for our reportage. We also checked out the fantastic hidden-in-plain-sight the Betsy – South Beach and the Grand Beach Hotel. Stay tuned for write ups about these two properties and other discoveries.

 

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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 @ 03/04/13 in Gay travel, Gay-Friendly, Hotels, Porn, Sex

Now that all the big name hotel chains are fighting over the pink dollar, it’s time to re-examine what really makes a gay-friendly hotel. Attention hoteliers: Here are new benchmarks from the editors at ManAboutWorld Magazine.

Have you stayed in a hotel that makes the grade? Tell us about it in the comments!

1. Electricity.
Not just the vibe at the bar, but the number of accessible outlets in the room. You’ve seen the research. We’re early tech adopters, and our stylish satchels are filled with Bluetooth-enabled devices that need charging. We may be quite adept at getting down on our knees, but don’t make us do it looking for an outlet.

2. Lighting.
Just one criteria here: Dimmers. Low lighting is sexy, romantic and makes everyone look better… especially those of us on the north side of 25. Even CFL bulbs are dimmable now, so don’t pull the environment card on us. They’re more expensive. We’re worth it.

3. The Deep Clean
Your rooms? Obviously. But I’m talking about that internal cleaning we perform in preparation for butt sex. (In case it got lost in that sanitized-for-the-Fortune 500 marketing survey you bought: butt sex is one of the defining activities of the gays, after the gym, but well before brunch or shopping.) Give us a hand-held shower we can connect a douche nozzle to. Or at least a showerhead we can hang a Streem Master on. That ceiling-mounted rainforest showerhead is chic, but if we have to call the Whatever/Whenever desk for a six pack of enema bottles, it’s not cute.

4. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Speaking of sex, we often like to watch and film ourselves having it. Give us a strategically placed mirror — facing the bed please, not the closet we came out of a long time ago.

5. Equal Access Porn
Don’t try to appease us with a few generic gay and bi titles on demand. Just give us an easy way to connect our computer/iPad/camcorder to the TV screen, and enough bandwidth to stream TimTales. Is that too much to ask?

6. Do Unto Others
There was a time when your float in New York’s gay pride parade meant something. Now it feels like pandering. If you want to appeal to our sense of social justice, we want to see your rainbow flag fly in places where our gay brothers and sisters face intolerance, injustice and violence, like Jamaica, Uganda and Russia. That will impress us.

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By @ 03/03/13 in Event, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Party, Travel
This is just a fraction of the crowd

This is just a fraction of the crowd

For those needing a reason beyond weather for visiting Miami, our favorite event is Winter Party Festival, celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2013 from March 6-11, when those sad saps stuck in winter climates are at their wits’ end and ready to party under the hot Florida sun.

This year, the Shelborne Hotel will serve as the pool party host, though all of South Beach is convenient to the large roster of parties and events. All Winter Party proceeds benefit the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and local Miami nonprofit organizations serving the LGBT community. Our favorites: the “Under One Sun Pool Party” on Saturday and the actual Winter Party on the beach on Sunday, both outdoor daytime events so you get to drink and dance in the daylight, surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful men, wearing the least amount of clothing.

(Excerpted from ManAboutWorld’s January/February issue, including Miami. To download the entire issue for free, click here.)

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By @ 03/02/13 in Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel
Gay parenting: a walk in the park!

Gay parenting: a walk in the park!

The two biggest joys of my life are being a dad and traveling. While I often travel with just my partner, I also very much enjoy taking time to show my two sons (ages 5 and 12) the amazing world we live in.

I learned an important lesson about traveling with kids many years ago. We were going to Europe and decided to take Joshua (then 5). Josh was all about trains, so part of the tour involved the high-speed trains he always talked about, including a ride through the Chunnel to London. It was a fantastic trip, encompassing much of Germany, The Netherlands and greater London.

Years later, what does he remember of the trip? The trains? The museums? The statues in London? The food? Heck no. He remembers feeding the ducks in a pond at the Munich Olympic Park. (He could do that three minutes from our house!) The moral is that you have to plan plenty of open, unscheduled time, to let the wandering attention of little ones call the shots sometimes.

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By @ 03/01/13 in Adam Groffman, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

travels-of-adamManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Adam Groffman has been in the news recently

Adam’s travel blog featuring the “coolest cultural experiences from around the world” was nominated as one of the top 5 best LGBT blogs in the 2013 Weblog Awards, otherwise known as the Bloggies. The Bloggies are determined by internet voting from the public, and are the longest running (since 2001) and one of the largest blog awards. Travels of Adam receives visitors in over 100 countries!

Adam was also recently featured online in AFAR Magazine and is always working on his next Hipster City Guide.

Congrats to Adam!

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By @ 02/26/13 in Gay travel, Jeff Guaracino, Travel

 

Now, that's Italian!

Now, that’s Italian!

By Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent

Rome for the weekend? You bet! With the Pope’s stunning announcement of his retirement and spring upon us, now is an exciting time for a quick weekend escape to the Eternal City. Here are my three tips for your three perfect days in Rome.

1.     Plan ahead of time

Of course you can’t see all of Rome in just a weekend, but you certainly can see the historic center of Rome. To maximize your time and to avoid long lines, it is essential to have a game plan before you go.  Keep in mind that every minute will count and don’t plan on sleeping much.

If this is your first visit to Italy, it pays to work with a travel agent or an incoming tour operator to help you find the best deals and to plan your trip. Quiiky is the first and only Italian tour operator specializing in gay and lesbian travel. Quiiky is a five-year old company affiliated with Sonders & Beach. Quiiky is a member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association. Quiiky can arrange all of part of your trip. Be sure to ask about a private tour guides in Rome. Private tour guides, while expensive, are a smart way to get lots of local knowledge and they can customize a tour to suit your interests. Visit quiiky.com.

Adventurous travelers will find it easy to self-organize a trip to Rome too. You can buy most of your tickets online and in advance. There is also plenty of information online on the history of Rome and the historic attractions. Now with Google Maps and Google Images, you can almost map out and visualize your entire trip even before you leave.

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By @ 02/25/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Robert Sharp, South Africa, Travel
Watch out below!

Watch out below!

We wrap up each issue with a section we call “Parting Shots” — images taken by our Global Correspondents around a theme, which was “modes of transport” this month.

In the words of our Correspondent Robert Sharp,

The world’s tallest bungee on the Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa was so epic that my shrieks could be heard from the viewing platform half a mile away!

Click here for more information about Out-Adventures‘ global gay tours. Click here to claim your free issue to ManAboutWorld to see other Parting Shots and read our other coverage including South Florida (Ft Lauderdale, Key West, Palm Beach, Miami), Berlin, Burlington (VT), Vienna and more.

 

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By @ 02/19/13 in Gay rights, Gay travel, London, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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By Tanya Scholl

Looking for a drink in a cool place or do you have a case you need solving? With no Sherlock Holmes to help you, there’s a new spot in London to have a cocktail while solving case. Submit a reservation request to Evans & Peel Detective Agency on 310c Earls Court Road in London, and commence your inquiry.

Whether for a date for two or for a group of friends, a reservation has to be made online to guarantee your reservation. A hostess will allow you in, and as you head downstairs; you are then greeted in what could have been Watson’s office to state your case.   Upon being heard, you then can ponder on the feedback, and more importantly, have a drink.

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By @ 02/18/13 in Gay travel, Louise Rafkin, ManAboutWorld, Travel

photo copyAs implied in their title, our Global Correspondents are a worldly lot. They send us tips, updates, photos and videos from their travels. Here’s the latest from one of our WomenAboutWorld, Louise Rafkin.

Sunset at Bungus Beach, West Sumatra.  The views are rivaled by the food: spicy, small plates of fish and meat cooked in coconut and spiced to perfection. And not another tourist in sight.



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By @ 02/18/13 in Gay travel, Key West, Travel
A Cadillac being driven in the back of an Aerovias Q plane at the Key West International Airport C 1950s. From the Key West Art and Histoical Society Collection. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/keyslibraries/8091206967/sizes/l/

A Cadillac being driven in the back of an Aerovias Q plane at the Key West International Airport C 1950s. From the Key West Art and Histoical Society Collection.
Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/keyslibraries/8091206967/sizes/l/

As temps drop into the single digits in the Northeast, thoughts remain focused on warm-weather getaways. Many of our readers were inspired by our recent Key West coverage to plan trips to the gay ol’ Conch Republic and wonder what the best way is to get there.

One of our friends there, Phil Sheldon who owns HE Travel (Hanns Ebensten Travel & Alyson Adventures), Key West’s only storefront travel agency, offered this overview of the airport which has gone from a sleepy air strip serving tiny planes to today’s modern facility which welcomes small jets. He also provides handy pros and cons for the major airlines serving EYW.

Over the past decade, Key West International Airport has seen an amazing transformation of its aircraft, and of the destinations to which one can fly from here. Many of us will remember that in the late 90s the biggest plane coming to Key West was American Eagle’s 30-seat Saab 340 prop plane from Miami. Now that same aircraft is flown by United’s partner Silver, and is one of the smallest aircraft that flies into KWIA.

Here’s a summary of the commercial airlines currently operating flights at Key West International Airport, based on observations over a period of time.

  • Delta: they have the largest operation here today, with three or four flights a day between Key West and Atlanta. Most flights are on Boeing 737 aircraft, the ideal full-sized aircraft for short-runway operations. All flights now offer both First Class and upgraded Economy Comfort seats.
    • Pro: Through their Atlanta hub, Delta offers the most single-change-of-plane connections throughout the US and around the world
    • Con: When strong cold fronts bring northerly winds to the island, these larger aircraft are at higher risk of being diverted or having flights canceled altogether due to our short and narrow runway
    • Useful to know: Because KWIA has the shortest runway in the entire Delta system, fliers are limited to one checked bag per person, even if you’re willing to pay for a second checked bag. For carry-on bags, it’s the same policy as other airlines – one carry-on bag and one personal item such as a purse or lap-top.
    • Coming soon: Delta has announced a handful of Saturday round-trips non-stop between New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Key West this winter; if these sell well, we may get ongoing non-stop flights to New York!



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By @ 02/15/13 in Gay family travel, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

havenOur newest correspondent, Haven Calor, is a traveling dad. Here is his first blog post.

It was July 4, 2009 in New York City, Manhattan. Sean, my husband, and I strolled from  42nd Street back up 8th Avenue to our hotel after seeing a light-hearted, romantic comedy in the evening. It was a warm evening, the stroll was romantic, and we touched hands for a few seconds and gazed into each other’s eyes: what an apropos moment for a married, gay couple of 5 years.

We even had fireworks from the Hudson River as a backdrop; however, something/some things were missing … our two, 9 month old twins, Ammon and Carter who were back home in Tennessee with grandparents. Almost simultaneously we said, “I miss the babies.”

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By @ 02/14/13 in Brazil, Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Rangel Vilas Boas
Rio de Janeiro

Rangel and Tomas at Beach Beat, gay party in Sapucaí

Our Sâo Paulo-based correspondent, Rangel Vilas Boas, was at Mardi Gras in Rio de Janeiro this month. Here are a few images.

 



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

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A shout out to our newest Global Correspondents.

Taipei-based Allister Chang has shaved his head to live at a Buddhist monastery in Taiwan:
https://www.manaboutworld.com/?portfolio=allister-chang

Jeffrey Sirota, who calls New York his home, is the Director of Leisure Sales for The Americas at Small Luxury Hotels of the World:
https://www.manaboutworld.com/?portfolio=jeffrey-sirota

San Francisco-based Louise Rafkin is our second (Wo)ManAboutWorld:
https://www.manaboutworld.com/?portfolio=louise-rafkin

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By @ 02/12/13 in Dining/food/wine, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Taipei, Travel
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Homey’s Café is well named

Our new Taipei correspondent, Allister Chang, wishes you a happy Chinese New Year and an auspicious Year of the Snake.

This upcoming snake year, Taipei boasts an appropriately seductive and ostentatious line-up of events. From now until early March, the Taipei Expo Park will host the city’s Lantern Festival, a traditional celebration of light that dates as far back as the 6th century. In June, hundreds of teams will race in the annual Dragon Boat Festival. In October, Taipei will host its 11th Gay Pride, as the first and largest Gay Pride in Asia.

Whether you come in 2013 to experience the colors of the Year of the Snake, or just swing by for a business trip, take advantage of the recent explosion of trendy gay cafés. Life is best enjoyed with Wifi and a good latte.

Here are Allister’s picks for Taipei’s top 5 gay-popular cafés.

Homey’s (2F., No.36, Lane 236, Sec.1, Dunhua S Rd; 02-2711-1519)

You won’t find a better dressed crowd in the city, drinking wine at 2PM with a novel, or smoking on the porch chatting with friends.  The gay owner intended for this to be a space to be spread through word of mouth, and apparently beautiful people like to tell beautiful people.

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By @ 02/01/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Ivan Quintanilla, ManAboutWorld, Travel, TravelingIQ

nudist-colonyGlobal 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.

*You can leave your heart in San Francisco, you can be sure to wear flowers in your hair, but don’t forget to cover your “genitals, perineum, and anal region,” now that the city’s ban on nudity has officially gone into effect (via RT).

*With Valentine’s Day approaching, woo your honey-bunny at one of the “ten romantic places to see before you die” (via Times of India).



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By @ 01/31/13 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel, United States

Well, we didn’t exactly find any convents, but the editorial team at ManAboutWorld did find resorts that were pretty close to bathhouses … and almost everything in between. Not to mention all sorts of things that might make you squeal in delight. Or horror. Or both.

In choosing a gay resort, the “Sexual Temperature” is as important as the quality of accommodations — maybe even more important. So we spent two days in December inspecting all 19 of Ft. Lauderdale’s gay resorts (nineteen!) The results are plotted here, with our Palm Ratings of quality charted against our Flame Ratings of sexual temperature. (Click on the chart to enlarge it.)

The full report, along with our insider guide to Ft. Lauderdale’s restaurants, clubs, gyms, stores, bars, museums, sex clubs and gardens is in the January/February issue of ManAboutWorld Magazine. If you’re not a subscriber, you can download the issue as part of a free trial subscription on the AppStore, or you can become a ManAboutWorld member for free and download an old-school pdf of the full guesthouse reviews and ratings.

Have you been to a gay resort? What’s your ideal Sexual Temperature/Resort Quality combination?

 

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By @ 01/25/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

AA logoAmerican Airlines recently unveiled its new design which is evident in their airline fleet as well as their website, ticket, signage and other customer-facing marketing collateral.

Beyond the superficial, there are big changes planned, but they have just begun. They’re upgrading everything — more new planes on order than any other carrier — delivery of 3/month, plus a completely new lie-flat business class, digital entertainment and power at every seat in economy, tablet-enabled flight attendants, upgraded bedding and sleepwear in first class intercontinental flights, new flight attendants and new customer service training — but it’s just starting to phase in — the current state is old planes, old grumpy crew, and just a sub-standard experience all around.

The new design is just part of it, but we think the point of making a big deal about it is to call attention to all of the changes that are planned, to help staunch the desertion of frequent travelers who have grown weary of how bad things are at AA.

We polled our network of frequent flying Global Correspondents to get their impressions. Not surprisingly, some loved it; some liked it; and some just plane hated it! Read on.

LOVE IT!

I love the new look, I’ve been loyal to American since day one, 2 million miles flown and Platinum forever.  To me it looks like they are incorporating the US Airways look into the AA new scheme as it sounds like the merger will go forward. The new look is refreshing and long overdue!

Jon Makhmaltchi

Love it! American needed a new look to match its fabulous first class.

Jeff Guaracino

Great! It has a much cleaner  in design than before. And more “global” too.

Niazi Rubez



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By @ 01/22/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Rangel Vilas Boas, Travel

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In every issue we bring you beautiful photos from around the world taken by our Global Correspondents. This gorgeous picture was taken by our São Paulo-based Rangel Vilas Boas. In his words:

This photo is from Patagonia, in Argentina and Chile. This is a picture of my beloved husband, Tomas Mosaner, during a trip to this wild region. In this trip we visited Fitz Roy, in El Calafate, Argentina; Torres del Paine, Chile; and Ushuaia, in Argentina, also know as Tierra del Fin del Mundo (Place of the End of the World, in a literal translation from the Spanish to the English).

To see all our Parting Shots and read our most recent issue (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale,  Key West and more!), click on over to the App Store via this link.

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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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