Category Archives: Gay travel

By @ 09/13/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New Orleans, Travel

Matt & Beau in ManAboutWorld's New Orleans GuideManAboutWorld’s brand new New Orleans Guide is available for download. You’ll find our take on Crescent City but we also turn to locals, including Beau Ciolino and Matt Armato, a Nola couple who launched their food-focused lifestyle blog, Probably This in 2015. The blog is filled with stunning photography, educating you on how to create delicious treats like Shaken Iced Almond Matcha Latte. Subscribe to ManAboutWorld for your free guide to the Big Easy to read more about Beau and Matt, New Orleans and gay-friendly destinations around the globe. Follow Matt and Beau as they document their lives in New Orleans on our Instagram @probablythis and take note of their top recommendations in New Orleans.

CocktailsHands down, Cane and Table is the best place to grab drinks. They have a friendly and knowledgeable staff, a gorgeous French Quarter courtyard, and some delicious snacks as an added bonus. Their focus is tiki cocktails, which are generally great boozy refreshments on a hot New Orleans summer day, or really just any hot day since they pretty much happen all year.

HotelWe’ve never stayed in a hotel in this city, but the Ace Hotel New Orleans just opened recently, and it’s cute af.  We can very highly recommend the rooftop pool along with the accompanying cabana bar Alto; and the house restaurant Josephine Estelle is incredible. We’ve heard they leave you a fresh bag of Zapp’s chips in every room.

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BrunchThe courtyard at Sylvain is just flawless, and there is no better spot to grab hearty, filling, Southern-style brunch. Plus, their cocktail game is one of the best in the city. Definitely try the pork shoulder and grits. For drinks, try an Orange Lazarus Spritz or one of their amazing house-made Bloody Mary’s.

Sunday/FundayWe have to go classic with this one; the Country Club is a Bywater restaurant/bar/pool, and yes that was pool. It used to be a clothing-optional situation which was sometimes fun and sometimes weird. Anyway, you can still go for drag brunch and then head on back to the cabana bar for something to drink while you soak up that Sunday sun.

OutdoorCrescent Park is a lovely outdoor space in a gorgeous new development in the Bywater that runs along the riverfront and has great views of the city skyline. It’s a convenient and scenic spot for a short bike ride, a run, or a picnic. There’s also a small dog run which our little dude Fox “swipes right” for.

Hidden GemLocated in Esplanade Ridge, 1000 Figs is the cutest café we’ve ever feasted our eyes upon, and its menu is full of delicious Mediterranean classics. It’s the most Instagram-ready little room ever, and it’s VERY little. You simply cannot leave this place without trying the smoked chicken salad sandwich and the falafel platter.

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By @ 09/12/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, Travel

The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineHold onto your hats, gloves and scarves while at the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park. The largest hot spring in the U.S. (and third largest in the world), the Grand Prismatic Spring is just north of Old Faithful and is worth the visit.

Travel Tip:

  • If the accommodation in the park is full, the city of Gardiner, MT, at the northern entrance of the park, is a good location for a base.

Besides visiting Yellowstone. ManAboutWorld correspondent Michael Siebert is living and working in Australia, as an independent traveling optometrist

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Michael Siebert

throughout Australia and New Zealand, where all his passions, patient care, photography, philanthropy and travel are merged into one.

Connect with Michael on Instagram, at or via Facebook.

ManAboutWorld has information on many more destinations around the world! Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

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By @ 08/31/16 in Dallas, Gay pride, Gay travel
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Dallas skyline at night

What better way to beat the ‘back to school’ blues than heading out of town to celebrate Dallas Gay Pride, September 18. And you thought Pride season was a wrap till next June. No Sirree! Dallas Gay Pride is one of the largest outside of the more expected June-July pride season. We covered it in the most recent issue of ManAboutWorld along with a number of other tours, events and destinations:

Now’s the time to get out there and celebrate Pride in the biggest, gayest way you can. Make a weekend of it during Dallas Pride. The community will be even more fun, friendly and welcoming than it normally is given the tragic event that unfolded in Orlando. Produced by the Dallas Tavern Guild, Dallas Pride consists of a series of events culminating in a boisterous parade on Sunday, September 18. Don’t miss the headliner, Erika Jayne from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills boasting 10 Billboard number-one dance hits.

The Dallas CVB offers specific trip-planning recommendations for your visit for Pride.

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By @ 08/12/16 in Bangkok, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel
Gold Statue Detail in Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Gold Statue

We love Thailand. And with it near or at the top of the world’s most visited destinations, we’re not alone. But for gays Thailand has long held a special place, with its sincere welcome and enormous tolerance for all — regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression.

ManAboutWorld’s new guide to Thailand—available for free in the ManAboutWorld app on the App Store, in Google Play and as a PDF — is an expert-sourced, exhaustive look into the Land of Smiles – from the cities, to the rural northern countryside, to the stunning southern beaches. It delves into every facet of traveling, from suggested itineraries, transportation advice, where to eat and sleep, and even how to get laid.

Here’s a little taste of what you can expect. To read the full guide download the app or the PDF. And yes there’s more!

Fire juggler in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine; meet him in Thailand using one of our Thailand gay travel experts

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Gay Thailand

Thailand gay scene is known throughout the world, a welcoming, often naughty network that thrives in its major cities and beach communities. In Bangkok, Silom is the ‘hood you want , with the two main party streets, Soi 2 with its discos and clubs and Soi 4 with its bars and restaurants, Silom is considered the main gay area of Bangkok.

Affordable Luxury

For most visitors Thai luxury is a bargain. Most luxury hotels, restaurants and experiences cost 30-60% less here than they do in other popular tourist destinations. While many of these experiences are still a relative splurge for most travelers, your splurge dollars go much farther here.

Legendary Hotels

Bangkok’s hotels are legendary, with many appearing on lists of the world’s best year after year. At every price point, you can expect superior service and genuine hospitality. In the luxury strata, expect to be wowed. You’ll find all of the international brands, styles ranging from traditional Thai to cutting-edge modern, and good options all over the city.

When To Go

Monks in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine; meet them in Thailand using one of our Thailand gay travel expertsGetting to know Thailand can be tricky, and you’ll need an expert who’s been to help you figure out when to go, why to go, which beaches to visit when, when to strip down for a gay circuit party, and when to skip it. The country has events and festivals throughout the year (Songkran and G Circuit are two favorites) and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, if you go at the right time. We also feature an in-depth transportation advice, how to use airline points, plus our expert approved apps and online resources to help you navigate the country.


Thailand’s beaches are located on two primary bodies of water: the Andaman Sea to the west of Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand to the east. Choosing between them is mostly a question of when the rains fall — for the best weather, avoid the Gulf of Thailand resorts like Koh Samui from September through December, and avoid Andaman Sea resorts like Phuket and Krabi from April through October. If you do travel in the rainy season, expect deep discounts and typical tropical rain patterns: hard rain for an hour or two, followed by sun. For diving and snorkeling, it’s a little more disruptive — the rain and runoff often create longer-lasting suboptimal conditions.

Download ManAboutWorld to get the FREE Thailand guide: Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

Photo credits: Fire Juggler by Mark Fischer; Gold Statue by Selda Eigler


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By @ 08/11/16 in Gay honeymoon, Gay marriage, Gay travel, Hotels, ManAboutWorld, South Africa, Travel

12 apostles poolWhen trying to decide where to spend your honeymoon, most places make you choose: the cosmopolitan city life or the quiet rural getaway? The sunny beach paradise or the intrepid adventure? Luckily, when you choose South Africa, you can do them all.  And when you go, you stay at the Twelve Apostles Hotel, an intimate five-star property romantically nestled between a breathtaking mountain range and the ocean. Get inspired (and get plannin’) for your upcoming honeymoon in Cape Town or beyond with ManAboutWorld’s FREE guide

Cape Town remains a pioneer in gay hospitality, and the Twelve Apostles furthers that notion with their exquisite honeymoon packages which include personalized embroidered towels, sparkling wine, a rose petal turndown, a sensual couples massage, and a visit to their gorgeous spa.

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The hotel itself is across the street from Oudekraal Beach, far enough away from Cape Town’s city center to ensure the serenity and peace you and your new hubby desire, but close enough to zip into town for some urban nightlife. It’s also near Camps Bay, a fabulous beach community with gorgeous vistas. The rooms are a mix of African art and modern amenities, a country-chic vibe made tropical with sweeping ocean views. We suggest a romantic dinner for two at one of the hotels haute restaurants, a five-star dining experience that won’t break the bank (remember, the Rand is currently .70 cents on the dollar, making Cape Town’s honeymoon bliss as affordable as it is luxurious.)

12 Apostles in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineIf your lofty honeymoon dreams haven’t been achieved with those sunset beach strolls and romantic dinners, we recommend a scenic drive to the gorgeous town of Stellenbosch, a bucolic wine country getaway, where you’ll swear you’ve been transported to Tuscany. Spend an extra day or two with your husband sipping on local South African wines and noshing on some of the best cuisine in the continent.

For honeymooners who love the intimacy of romantic beach walks, sunset naps, breathtaking excursions into the wild, city life craziness and the respite of wine country heaven, South Africa has it all. And when we want to do South Africa in affordable style and luxury, Twelve Apostles is the only five-star resort we choose.

For affordable luxury, culture and romance in Cape Town and beyond, check out ManAboutWorld’s FREE guide now12 Apostles in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine.

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By @ 07/26/16 in Bangkok, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel
Picture yourself in lovely Krabi Island, Thailand and get there with our Thailand gay travel experts, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Our experts can get you here (Krabi Island, Thailand)

Our newly-updated Thailand guide (FREE in the ManAboutWorld app) debuted today, with even more information and inspiration for this magical Kingdom provided by our Thailand gay travel experts. Thailand is a favorite destination for gay travelers, a place of spectacular beaches and temples, delicious food, and friendly people. A place where service levels are high, prices are low, and instagrammable moments never end. Check out our correspondent’s recent video from Thailand here.

To celebrate the launch of the guide, we’ve gathered special offers from Thailand gay travel experts their whose insider tips helped create the guide. Download the guide today in the ManAboutWorld App, available free in the App Store and Google Play.

Thailand gay travel experts. Contact the world’s foremost Thailand gay travel experts to book these special offers:

1. Steele Luxury Travel is well-known their discounted Business and First Class airfares to Thailand and

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Dane Steele, Steele Travel

beyond. It’s a long trip, and you’ll love making it in the front of the plane at an incredible price. They also offer hotel upgrades, resort credit, flexible check-in/check-out times and VIP treatment through the Virtuoso Luxury Hotel program.


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Robert Sharp, Out Adventures

2. OutAdventures offers a range of gay group tours to Thailand, where you’ll benefit from their expert guidance on the ground, and the camaraderie of amiable travel companions. They also book independent trips, using their tour industry connections to create special deals and access, like their luxury New Years package at US$450/day.  Their 6-Day Phuket Beach Break starts at just US$750 per person based on double occupancy (US$1,150 single occupancy), and includes:

  • 5 Nights accommodation (4-star hotel)
  • 5 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
  • Private arrival & departure airport transfers
  • Afternoon/Evening kayak experience
  • Welcome drink & fruit platter upon arrival
  • WiFi
  • Complimentary mini bar with wine and beer (refreshed daily)
  • Travel Insurance policy

On their group tours, you can enjoy these special benefits:

  • International Airfare Credit – for each Thailand booking made between by DEC 31, 2016, OUT
    Fire juggler in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine; meet him in Thailand using one of our Thailand gay travel experts

    Fire juggler

    Adventures will offer a $125 USD per person airfare credit towards an Economy Class ticket OR $250 USD per person airfare credit towards a Business Class ticket. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers (with the exception of the giveaway below), and applies to new bookings only.

  • Up to $500 USD Prize Giveaway – each Thailand booking made between now and DEC 31, 2016 will receive an entry into a draw to win up to $500 USD ($250 USD per person, up to a maximum of $500 USD) off their Thailand trip (either scheduled group departure OR custom tour). This offer cannot be combined with any other offers (with the exception of the Airfare Credit above), and applies to new bookings only
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Lance Stamps, Classic Travel

3. Classic Travel offers Luxury Thailand Honeymoon at three of Thailand’s top hotels: The Siam Bangkok, the Four Seasons Chiang Mai, and the Amanpuri in Phuket. The itinerary includes exclusive benefits at each hotel, including room upgrades, daily breakfast, complimentary spa and dining credits. A customized tour plan for each destination is included.

4. Rask Travel has many 3rd and 4th night free offers at some of our favorite hotels, plus extra perks such

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Jonas Rask, Rask Travel

as room upgrades, breakfast, spa and dining credits, and WiFi. They also have a suggested 8-day LGBT itinerary that can be customized according to your individual preferences.

  • Belmond Napasai – 4th night free until 30 September.*
  • Conrad Ko Samui – 4th night free until 31 October.*
  • InterContinental Samui – 3rd night free between 1-31 August.*
  • Trisara – stay 3 pay 2 until 31 October. *

*Conditions and black-out dates apply. Contact Jonas at RASK Travel to check availability and rates:

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John Clifford, International Management

5International Travel Management has been recognized globally as a boutique and luxury hotel expert. He will personally arrange special benefits for you at many properties throughout the country, including these two personal favorites:

The Siam BangkokThe Siam is an all-suite property featuring 39 of the capital’s most spacious suites, all outfitted with plush furnishings, super-sized king beds and lofty ceilings. Each suite or villa has been individually designed with original turn of the century oriental artwork and antiques.  In addition, to make your stay as relaxing and carefree as possible, each room is catered for by a personal butler. The property’s 39 rooms are set on 3 acres of prime, river frontage, in the heart of the city’s historic palace district. Riverview, pool villas (1,300 sq ft)  are perfect for a splurge.

The property boasts the world’s first luxury Muay Thai boxing studio and the stunning Opium Spa.

MAW Guest Amenities+Benefits

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & ResortPerched on a ridge overlooking the hills of Myanmar and Laos and the confluence of the Mekhong and Ruark rivers, Anantara Resort and Spa Golden Triangle is as enchanting as the region in which it’s located. Explore the surrounding forest on an elephant. Spend the day rejuvenating at the spa. Anantara’s deluxe accommodations and amenities ensure that every moment is perfectly memorable. This 63-roomed upcountry retreat is something very special. Rooms offer Lanna silks, tribal cottons and teak furnishings along with large bathtubs and local crafts

MAW Guest Amenities+Benefits

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast
  • $100 USD Equivalent Resort or Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
Gold Statue Detail in Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Gold Statue

Download ManAboutWorld to get the FREE Thailand guide: Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!


Photo credits: Krabi (top) and Fire Juggler (middle) by Mark Fischer; Gold Statue by Selda Eigler

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By @ 07/20/16 in Bangkok, Gay travel, Thailand, Tom Goss, Travel

Travelin’ Tom takes us to exotic, thrilling Bangkok in gay Thailand. He packs in a whole lot of information in a short video including magical spots like the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha; delicious street food; buzzing shopping stands; fragrant flower markets, and much more. Tom Goss is a ManAboutWorld global correspondent and a talented singer. Click on his video and follow his Bangkok adventure.

UPDATE: We *just* launched our brand new and FREE guide to gay Thailand! Download the ManAboutWorld app now on the App Store in Google Play and find the new guide in the library. Or click here for a 3-month free trial subscription offer.

For more of Travelin’ Tom videos, click here. Be sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel.

ManAboutWorld has a FREE guide to gay Thailand, including Bangkok but also the islands & beaches, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and more. Download the app (see below) and you’ll find the free guide.

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Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

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By @ 07/20/16 in Gay travel, New Orleans, Travel

New New Orleans in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineWe love new New Orleans and can’t get enough. You may know it from your first few trips there hitting the bars, doing what a gay dude does for beads. But you may not be aware of the breathtaking array of cultural, culinary, romantic and historic options just steps from Bourbon Street. That’s why we created ManAboutWorld’s first-ever FREE guide to New Orleans. Get ready to uncover the new New Orleans.

It’s available via direct download of our app where you’ll find the guide in the library. Find it on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Download it now and plan on heading to NOLA for Southern Decadence (August 31-September 5) or one of the many other fun gay and all-welcome events occurring annually. Prefer a PDF? We thought of you, too! To download it click here and get a very special offer for ManAboutWorld.

New New Orleans in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Free new New Orleans Guide on ManAboutWorld: Download our digital gay travel magazine app for destinations around the globe. Find it on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We work on smartphones, iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. You’ll find New Orleans and other free guides and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription to the actual magazine (a $39.99 value). Go on, what are you waiting for!

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By @ 07/18/16 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Verdirame, Travel

ann arbor sign low resWhen thinking about Michigan cities, it’s safe to say that Ann Arbor—and the neighboring town of Ypsilanti—would likely not even make the top 5, which is all the more reason it is so surprising to find not only a substantial gay community, but one that has been thriving for several decades thanks in part to the prominence of the University of Michigan. Many in Ann Arbor believe the city of approximately 200,000 to be so open, that dedicated gay venues are almost unnecessary because gays are welcomed everywhere (even though there are still several gay bars and gay-owned businesses).

Ypsilanti even elected an openly gay mayor, Amanda Edmonds, below, who will happily tell you that AmandaEdmonds-228x300being a lesbian had very little effect on her campaign. All of these things make Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti (or Ypsi, as the locals call it) a great place to spend a few days, especially in the summer. Story and photos by By Michael Verdirame. Read on for our top recommendations for when to go and where to play, eat and more. Click here for a FREE three-month offer to subscribe to ManAboutWorld.

When we go: The upcoming annual gay pride celebration, called OutFest (August 5-7) is hosted by the Jim Toy Community Center. Named after one of the most notable figures in the gay community in Michigan, the center promises a weekend that celebrates “queer identities, community, and allyship.” It won’t be the biggest pride celebration you attend this year, but it makes this weekend the perfect time to schedule a trip to Ann Arbor to discover everything it has to offer.

Where we stay: Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti aren’t huge sprawling metropolises, so you won’t be overwhelmed with all the hotel options. Much of the visitor infrastructure centers around the UM campus, so if you are inclined to stay in your favorite chain hotel, we can guarantee you will find it here. There are, however, a few notable choices in the downtown area of Ann Arbor that are worth checking out, if for no other reason than their convenient centralized location.

Weber’s Boutique Hotel is a charming option that includes a full service hotel and restaurant and an low res ivyindoor pool, making this an attractive choice year-round. There are walking and jogging paths in the adjacent park, and it is located only a short Uber ride away from the dining and shopping downtown.

The Graduate is located in the heart of downtown, within walking distance to shopping and the gay nightlife of Ann Arbor. Catering to out-of-towners eager to take in a football game at the University of Michigan’s famous “Big House,” this hotel offers football weekend packages in addition to boasting its authentic, intellectual vibe. The Graduate is probably the best choice for those looking to combine a convenient location with a unique hotel experience.

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By @ 07/15/16 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay family travel, Gay travel, Gay travel news, ManAboutWorld, Travel

ManAboutWorld Ft. Lauderdale Travel Guide 2016Fort Lauderdale may just be the best gay American city we’ve got, where gays have been welcomed for decades to live, explore, and enjoy a taste of the good life which is why we are proud to announce the Ft. Lauderdale 2016 travel guide is available for download now.

It’s 38 square miles of sprawling, sun-soaked metropolis and miles of white sand beach, and in the center of it all, one of the great gayborhoods in the world — Wilton Manors.

The free Ft. Lauderdale 2016 travel guide puts the spotlight on gay locals who reveal their favorite hotspots and hidden gems, and we even dish out a few fabulous day-trip ideas, for those mornings when you want to get out of town for the chic fast-paced buzz of Miami, or the laid-back opulence of Palm Beach.

Our free guide to Fort Lauderdale delves deep into the city, highlighting the best of its restaurants, nightlife, shopping, culture, and gay guesthouses. In the years before the Stonewall riots, when ideas like gay marriage were still far-fetched pipe dreams, these guesthouses were sanctuary’s, a place where gay men could be themselves, free to flirt and frolic (among other F-words) without fear of prejudice.

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Download the ManAboutWorld on the iTunes App Store or Google Play for tablet or smart phone and get the guide for free. For a free three-month subscription to the magazine, click here.

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By @ 06/28/16 in Gay pride, Gay travel, James Careless, ManAboutWorld, Toronto, Travel

Omni King Edward hotel for gay pride TorontoLooking for a hotel for Gay Pride Toronto? Look no further! ManAboutWorld Correspondent James Careless recently visited and provides this report on the Omni King Edward Hotel. James recently wrote about another fabulous Toronto hotel, the Windsor Arm Hotel.

Top/bottom line: Originally built as Toronto’s premier luxury hotel in 1903, the ‘King Eddy’ (as Torontoians have long called it) has just undergone a $40 million renovation/restoration – and it shows. Located just east of Yonge Street on King Street, the Omni King Edward is deep in the heart of downtown and close to the theater district, high-end shopping, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Distillery District, and Toronto’s renowned Gay Village (Church and Wellesley). It features 301 over-sized rooms that seamlessly mix old-fashioned Edwardian class and spaciousness with modern style, appointments, and amenities. The result is a sense of airy elegance.

Rates: There are all sizes and kinds of rooms available at the King Edward; including the Luxury Executive (800 square feet) suites that include sitting rooms with 180 degree curved walls on one side and multiple windows. Not surprisingly, the King Edward’s combination of location, quality interiors, two excellent dining rooms (the Consort Bar is full service; Victoria’s Restaurant is exclusively for Afternoon Tea, which has been a tradition since 1903) is not cheap. But compared to other cookie-cutter luxury hotels that charge comparable rates, the King Eddy is worth it. Prices start at $215 (C$269.10) for a 350 square foot Deluxe Room, to $323 (C$404.10) for the Luxury Executive suite. If you are feeling particularly grand, the 1,800 square foot Royal Suite is available; you’ll have to call for prices. This one-of-a-kind, two-story hotel-within-a-hotel comes with a sunken living area, a formal dining area for eight people, a work area, two fireplaces, and full kitchen with butler’s entrance. Personally, I have stayed in most of Canada’s grand old hotels over the years; including the Chateau Lake Louise and Toronto’s Royal York. But the renovated King Edward is the only one I have ever visited that is traditional without being stuffy or dated – and the redecorated rooms (I toured all of the options) are superb.

Omni King Edward hotel for gay pride Toronto

Location: One reason I love downtown hotels is that they tend to be close to the action; whatever the action may be. On the classy side, the King Eddy is within walking distance of top restaurants, theaters, and clubs. At the same time, it is a short subway ride to the Gay Village in all of its textures; from LGBT entertainment venues to steamrooms and beyond. (I like to cover the waterfront.) A must-see destination that is close to the King Eddy is Club 120; two blocks’ north at 120 Church Street. Club 120 is a legendary Toronto LGBT restaurant and diner, and is home to Mandy Goodhandy; Toronto’s witty transgender comedienne. Club 120 also hosts LGBT dances, live music, and stand-up comedy nights.(Check for the latest events.)

Room/Bathroom: The King Edward’s rooms are all very individual, from the Deluxe to the Royal Suite. You’ll find stylish, comfortable furniture; big firm beds, and bold interior decorations; including the signature scarlet wall behind each bed with its monogrammed King Edward pillows. The bathrooms have also been completely updated; many of which have seen their tubs removed in favor of large walk-in showers with glass walls. Everything is fresh and well-appointed; as are the understated restaurants and the big two-story lobby with its giant chess pieces! If you can afford it, go for the Luxury Executive suite with its curved walled sitting room. It is literally a good walk to go from the bedroom past the bathroom, in order to get to the sitting room. You will feel like royalty!

Gay Factor: Staying at a one-of-a-kind, tastefully-decorated grand hotel is a definite ‘gay factor’ perq. You won’t cringe here as you might at a pretentious ‘McClassy’ chain hotel with its knock-off modern art and mass-produced mock-designer furniture. That said, the King Eddy’s gay factor is definitely one of swanky style, not glitzy flash. Meanwhile, the location of this hotel is perfect for any LGBT guest; everything you need or want (or both) is within reach! Frankly, one stay at the King Edward, and chances are that this will be your gay HQ anytime you stay in Toronto. (And if you want to impress someone you’ve just met, this is the place.)

About the Checkout: ManAboutWorld highlights properties we have recently and personally stayed at, and is editorial, not advertorial. Like virtually all travel publications, we sometimes accept discounted and sponsored travel, but ManAboutWorld is beholden to no one but you. Our recommendations are based solely on the experience and opinions of our editorial team and trusted network, putting our readers’ interests above all. If you ever have an issue with anything we recommend, please let us know. We always have your back, and your travel satisfaction in mind. Read our full disclosure here.



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By @ 06/23/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miles Griffis, Travel

“Fellow Travelers” is an opera featuring a love story between the young Timothy “Skippy” Laughlin and the distinguished Hawkins Fuller during the Lavender Scare of the 1950s. The premiere show opened on Friday, June 17th to a sold out crowd at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio, six days after the tragic Orlando shooting at Pulse night club.

(This report is from ManAboutWorld global correspondent Miles Griffis.)

The opera’s strong exploration of McCarthy era homophobia simultaneously tugged the audience to a woeful pa

Fellow Travelers, a gay-themed opera in Cincinnati and featured in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

st while reminding them of our devastating present. They were forced to ask what progress had occurred in sixty years. The silence and breathlessness after show’s impassioned conclusion echoed with an answer of hollow bewilderment, tears hanging on eyelids, ready to jump.

“Fellow Travelers” is a rare and unique gem among live performances. It’s a craft cocktail you can sip only once. With so few gay stories emerging from Hollywood or Broadway, “Fellow Travelers” is a handsome but brisk breeze that shows why our stories never reached the light of day, why they were buried anytime they sprouted. Why this opera sits on a thin bookshelf with Vidal, Baldwin, and Isherwood. Unlike those books printed on paper the painful story shouts, and harmonizes in a masculine libretto by Greg Pierce with music composed by Gregory Spears. It cannot be ignored.

 We deserve gay stories like Fellow Travelers. We deserve operas with characters we can relate to, that we might see ourselves in. We deserve tasteful love scenes between men like the three that occur between tenor Aaron Blake and baritone Joseph Lattanzi. Queer stories are the most important things we have. Without them we cannot form ourselves. Sip this rare cocktail and consider the story it tells. Get it before it is buried.

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By @ 06/10/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New Orleans, Travel

Sylvains, New Orleans, ManAboutWorld gay travel guide

New Orleans teems with gay boys from all around the country: some come to party, some to meet new friends, and some to fall in love. And while the French Quarter may be crazed with parties and celebrations, the rest of the city swells with love and romance. Our friends at asked us to share some of our favorite romantic places, since there’s no better backdrop for romance than NOLA. Sultry, scenic, and sexy, there’s no city where courtly gestures and couple moments come as naturally or frequently. It’s not as if anyone needs an itinerary for love here, but we want to make sure the logistics don’t get in the way. 

For some artsy, daytime romance, get an early start and head uptown to Morning Call Coffee Stand, an adorable little coffee shop where you and your boyfriend can enjoy authentic beignets and cafe au lait with views overlooking the green and beautiful City Park. Once you’re fueled up, it’s just a quick stroll through the park, around the New Orleans Museum of Art, and into the adjacent Sculpture Garden, a treasure of world class sculptures, each of them landscaped, placed, and named, and the area’s aura brought to life with romantic bridges, hidden groves, massive trees, colorful flower patches, and stunning Iris specimens. (We especially enjoyed the giant Mardi Gras beads in the branches of one tree.) The garden is free and an idyllic landscape to walk hand-in-hand enjoying thought-provoking, engaging works of art. There is no food allowed in the park.

Bourbon Street, New Orleans, ManAboutWorld gay travel guide

It could be argued that Bacchanal Wine is the quintessential date spot in all of New Orleans. A local favorite, you’ll see this cute backyard space on the edges of the Bywater on the corner to an industrial canal.  Lit with Christmas lights and warmed with a fire pit, live music, and the chatter of locals, we love the casual romantic vibe. Buy a bottle of wine and take it into the backyard, snag a table (if you can!) order some delicious food, and enjoy a cool New Orleans evening. Simple, classic, romantic. Sometimes it’s the little things.

For something a bit more elegant, treat your beau to a glimpse of old-world New Orleans, where the European influences bring a certain magic and charm. Begin your evening with a romantic dinner at the quaint Cafe Degas, an intimate French country bistro named after the impressionist Edgar Degas who briefly lived nearby. After dinner, take a quick Uber ride up Esplanade Avenue to City Park, where you’ll surprise him with Champagne and a Venetian gondola ride with Nola Gondola through the gorgeous park. Be sure to stop briefly under the bridge to write your names along with the other lovers who have passed through. 

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By @ 06/06/16 in Gay travel
Nomadic Boys are heading to the Galapagos, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine
Before you travel this summer or year, tune in for this important LGBT Travel Twitter chat on travel safety. Follow #prideguide on Twitter tomorrow Jun 7 for an LGBT Travel Twitter Chat sponsored by U.S. Department of State (@TravelGov) and us (@MAWtravel)
Follow ‪#‎prideguide‬!

When? Tomorrow – Tuesday, June 7; 3pm – 4pm ET; 12 noon-1pm PT

Goals: This LGBT travel twitter chat focuses on safe LGBTI travel overseas. The idea is to connect with gay U.S. citizen travelers and answers any questions they have about safety, logistics, or other issues while traveling Travel safetyabroad and to introduce them to the resources available at (and elsewhere) for LGBTI travelers and all travelers.

It’s an opportunity for all organizations who are concerned about LGBTI travel safety to participate in this important discussion.

Photo: Courtesy of NomadicBoys.

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By @ 05/16/16 in Gay travel, John Walker, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Uruguay


Guest relaxing in pool at the gay-only Undarious Hotel in Uruguay

Guest relaxing in pool

ManAboutWorld Global Correspondents John Walker and Gavin Patterson visited Uruguay, discovered the gay Undarius Hotel and brought back this CheckOut update.

Gay-only Undarius hotel TOP/BOTTOM LINE

If an all over tan is what you want, somewhere you can relax under tall pine trees in a private tranquil garden by a sparkling saltwater pool, then you will love Undarius Hotel. Just over twelve months old, gay owned and managed, set in a semi-rural, beachside landscape, this is a perfect place for a complete chill out.

“We are not a place for parties. We are a place for relaxation and tranquility.” (Francisco)

Undarius is owned by Francisco and Mario who built this beautiful private gay male hideaway from the ground up. Together with their friendly pooch (Tina Turner), they will make your stay one you will be sure to rave about to all your friends.


Undarius is located 20 kilometres out of Punta del Este in Uruguay and an easy three hundred metre walk from famous Chihuahua Beach. The hotel is wonderfully quiet with acres of surrounding natural bushland. The brilliant sunsets and myriad of stars in the clear black night sky are the wow factors. There are a few local restaurants a short drive away but for international standard shopping, partying and night clubbing take the highway which follows the long stretch of beaches into Punta del Este.

The grounds at the gay-only Undarious Hotel in Uruguay and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The hotel & grounds


At Undarius there are twelve rooms in total which offer three levels of accommodation.

Bunk level, is cheap and cheerful and is very popular with those travelling alone. Each person has a locker, a single bed and a shared bathroom and lots of instant buddies.

The standard rooms are modest, clean and light, with air conditioning, a queen size bed, TV, safe and a basic private bathroom.

There is one deluxe room in the complex with a king bed, TV, air conditioning, safe, cooking facilities, dining table, chairs and space for an extra bed if required.

All rooms have a balcony with views overlooking the pool and garden and are exceptionally quiet.


The main feature of Undarius is its calm, relaxing and peaceful feel. The pool and garden are the centre of activity whether for nude sunbaking or just a dip and a chat with other guests. There is a small restaurant where Mario serves a complimentary breakfast and a good morning kiss each day. They also have a limited menu for dinner which is available at an additional charge each night.

Chihuahua Beach, which is officially nude, is certainly a huge drawcard with its endless sand, safe swimming and dunes at the back where you might find some extra fun. It also has a great little restaurant called Explorer right on the beach which is ideal for a light, healthy meal. Loti the owner treats all her boys like family members and don’t bother to dress for lunch. Undarius has beach chairs, umbrellas and bikes for hire which you can organise before your excursion.

 As the hotel is relatively new there is a multi-channel satellite TV in each room with some programs offering multiple language options. There are also international electrical outlets and free wifi all around the complex. Solar panels keep the pool at a perfect temperature all day long, always ready for when you decide to take the plunge. 


This place rocks sexiness. The extra warm welcome by hunky owners Mario and Fran is a great start to your vacation at

Sunset on the beach at the gay-only Undarious Hotel in Uruguay and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Sunset on the beach

Undarius. These gorgeous guys make your stay as pleasant as possible with personal pick-up from the airport, advice about local activities and sightseeing and when you book one of Mario’s massages you can be sure you will receive highly personal treatment.

The mostly South American clientele hangout loosely clad or completely nude in and around the pool. This is the place to discover new social networks and exchange travel tips and tales or just keep reading the novel you can’t put down.

The rooms have one way glass so you can see out but others cannot see in. In the bunk room there is a twin shower, excellent for showering with a friend. The deluxe room shower is certainly ‘peek-a-boo’ as it is situated in the ‘centre stage’ position of the main room.

Because Undarius is located out of town there is no local gay night life. However, you won’t have to try too hard to find some fun with new friends in the resort.

The owners of the beach at the gay-only Undarious Hotel in Uruguay and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The owners


Check different dates on the Undarius Hotel website for the various rates and note the hotel closes for all of June, July and August. Regular guests are offered discounts. If you make a booking directly with the hotel and out of the high season (December, January or February) rates will be cheaper.

Check out is normally at 11:00am however, if rooms are not needed, Mario and Fran are very happy to try to accommodate later check out requirements.

Undarius was a thoroughly pleasant surprise. Having stayed in many gay resorts around the world this ‘new kid on the block’ gets a tick as a favourite for warm hospitality and a carefree sojourn. And the Chihuahua sunsets will blow your mind.


ManAboutWorld highlights properties we have recently and personally stayed at, and is editorial, not advertorial. Like virtually all travel publications, we sometimes accept discounted and sponsored travel, but ManAboutWorld is beholden to no one but you. Our recommendations are based solely on the experience and opinions of our editorial team and trusted network, putting our readers’ interests above all. If you ever have an issue with anything we recommend, please let us know. We always have your back, and your travel satisfaction in mind. Read our full disclosure here. Meet John Walker and Gavin Patterson here.

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By @ 05/13/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Bachant, Travel
Amsterdam in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine


ManAboutWorld global correspondent Paul Bachant (below) visited Amsterdam, exploring beyond the Netherlands’ most visited city to bring you these easy-to-get-to but off-the-radar Amsterdam day trips.

If you are in Amsterdam and want to take a deeper dive into Dutch culture, a day trip is the perfect way to see more of the delights that Holland has to offer. There are a variety of destinations less than two hours away by train or car. We recently ventured out for a self-guided tour of the surrounding countryside where we saw windmills, quaint villages, tulip gardens and eclectic museums. This is the Holland of everyone’s imagination.

The first stop on our journey was Zaanse Schans, located just 30 minutes north of the city. The region of Zaandam was an important industrial center during the 18th and 19th centuries which led to the construction of the iconic windmills that dot the landscape. The well-preserved warehouses and workshops recall another era. You can easily get there by train from Amsterdam Central Station and a convenient ferry service runs during the summer.

Amsterdam in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Moving on and ready for lunch, we headed further north to the charming village of De Rijp. Here, colorful cottages line languid canals, which are crossed by wooden drawbridges traditional to the area. The village boasts several brick buildings from the Golden Age, a towering church with famous stained-glass windows, plus some great restaurants and shops.

Next, we headed south to the Keukenhof Gardens, where for a few weeks in the spring you can ogle the ornate flower beds in their multi-hued splendor. Surrounding the structured gardens are the vast fields of vivid tulips for which Holland is so famous. Don’t be alarmed by the overwhelming crowds at the entrance. Once inside you will be able to stroll along pathways and soak in the beauty in relative peace.

Amsterdam in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

If you are not here during flower season, a stop in Haarlem is an excellent alternative to Keuekenhof. Aside from the historic center, this beautiful city has two fascinating museums worth visiting: the Frans Hals Museum which houses the works of one of the greatest painters of the Golden Age and the Teylers Museum, one of the oldest in Europe, which showcases art, natural history and science in its collection of books, scientific instruments, drawings, painting and fossils. Haarlem is only 20 minutes by train from Amsterdam Central Station.

For more information about Amsterdam day trips and dozens of other must-go gay-popular destinations around the world, download ManAboutWorld for your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

Paul Bachant, Amsterdam in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Paul Bachant

Paul Bachant founded Insider Voyages to share his passion and expertise with those on a journey of discovery. Connect with Paul on Facebook, Instagram or at He also took the three Amsterdam photos above.

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By @ 05/13/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
OutRight International and ManAboutWorld travel auction

The U.N.

For the third year in a row, ManAboutWorld is organizing a travel auction for Celebration of Courage, by OutRight International (Formerly IGLHRC), to support their grassroots efforts to promote human rights for everyone, everywhere. 

OutRight is one of the most worthy, committed and effective global LGBT organizations we know. And we are passionate about what they do. The first two auctions we organized raised over $10,000 in total. This year we hope to exceed that. Check out all the goodies we assembled here, totally over $26,000 in value! If you haven’t bought your tickets, click here.

The event will be held this year at the United Nations on May 16 with host Alan Cumming and special guest: Indian Crown Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil. It attracts a few hundred people but it’s a sophisticated audience, a real who’s who of NYC LGBT philanthropy.

OutRight International

When: Monday, May 16, 2016
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: Delegates Dining Room of the United Nations

U.N. Headquarters, Visitor’s Entrance, First Avenue & 45th Street, New York City

We hope you will join us for this year’s Celebration of Courageinside the exclusive Delegates Dining Room of the United Nations. We will be joined by Alan Cumming and India’s Crown Prince Manvedra Singh Gohil to honor the fearless work of Arus Pelangi, one of Indonesia’s leading LGBTI organizations, as well as present our 2016 Human Rights Awards.

Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with majestic views of the East River and the newly renovated United Nations headquarters, and listen to a special performance from Broadway’s number one musical, Fun Home.

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Hosted By:

Alan Cumming
Actor, artist and activist

crown prince manvendra singh gohil

Special Guest:

Indian Crown Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil
The Lakshya Trust, an HIV and LGBTIQ rights charity (featured recently in theHuffington Post).

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By @ 05/10/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Sheep dog at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland with Brendan Vacations

Sheep dog at the Cliffs of Moher

Celebrate your love in Ireland with Brendan Vacations, as featured in ManAboutWorld’s guide to Weddings, Honeymoons and Celebration Travel. [Download it for free.] Ireland is a magical place with hospitable, engaging people. It’s the only country on the planet that granted marriage equality by a referendum (a year ago this month) — overwhelmingly exclaiming that LGBT people are truly welcome here.

Gorgeous and gay friendly, Ireland makes a perfect backdrop to any celebratory experience. Whether you’re traveling as a

The Temple Bar Pubfront in close up with artwork of medieval characters in Ireland with Brendan Vacations

The Temple Bar

couple or in a big group, Brendan Vacations — leaders in vacations in Ireland and Scotland — will help you customize your trip built around fabulous venues throughout the country with options created to meet any budget from Guided Vacations to Self-Drive. ManAboutWorld recently visited on a Private Chauffeur trip which included the stunning Cliffs of Moher (above) the renowned and so-Irish-it-hurts Temple Bar (right) and the gay-owned Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, (below) with phenomenal food among many other stops.

Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge in Ireland with Brendan Vacations

Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge

These locales are shown here but don’t take our word for it. Go, now! Note: The dollar is strong against the euro which is used in the Republic of Ireland so a vacation in Eire is more affordable than ever.

For surprisingly affordable luxury, culture and romance in Ireland with Brendan Vacations, download ManAboutWorld’s FREE guide now.

Please note: Brendan Vacations is a sponsor of the Weddings, Honeymoons and Celebration Travel guide. Read our full disclosure here.

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By @ 04/27/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

We get to choose where we go on vacation. Often we don’t get to choose where we are sent for work. It’s true that LGBTLGBT business travel guide in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine businesspeople and entrepreneurs deal with additional pressures not only in the workplace but especially when traveling for work — being expected to perform at high levels amid uncertainty.

We recently published the first LGBT Guide to Business Travel. Imagine traveling to a nation like Saudi Arabia — one of 76 countries where LGBT conduct can be criminalized. Something as simple as communicating to your partner on social media raises caution flags. How do you stay in touch?

Meeting local LGBT people privately may put you at risk of violence or possibly to locals if in public. Who can you trust about your identity whether it is people you meet or your own employer while traveling for business? The Guide covers everything from common questions, such as choosing to be open at work, but also serious concerns about personal safety.


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By @ 04/21/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Monaco, Travel
The evening glow of Monaco's Riviera coastline

The evening glow of Monaco’s Riviera coastline

Celebrate your love in Monaco. Download ManAboutWorld’s FREE guide to Weddings, Honeymoons and Celebration Travel. Monaco is a country of  fairytale romance, the backdrop of so many storybook honeymoons — but never before has it been so possible to make that daydream into a reality.

At the eastern edge of the French Riviera at just 500 acres, this regal, autonomous region packs more opulence, decadence, history and style than most countries many times its size. Of course, Monaco has luxurious, elegant hotels where fantasies of princes on white horses comes true – sometimes literally. Yet, it is easily accessible, and surprisingly affordable — no more expensive than Paris or Rome  — especially with the dollar so strong against the euro.  It’s perfect to celebrate your first big trip, your first days as newlyweds or many years of wedded bliss.

You and your new husband will enjoy a morning hike, or walk by Fontvieille Harbor at night, when the city’s gone quiet, and the lamps and stars glow together. You two can gamble in one of the city’s five casinos, or, after a leisurely breakfast, make your way to the Palace by 11:55 to witness the changing of the guards, and then visit the Monaco Cathedral where Grace Kelly is buried, a few minutes away. Take a romantic quick day-trip to nearby hill town Eze — the cobblestoned streets and sweeping Cote d’Azur views are what inspired Cezanne. And, of course, the gay nightlife of Nice is easily accessible … or … simply stay in town for world-renown performances by the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and Opéra Monte-Carlo.

Ready for surprisingly affordable luxury, culture and romance in Monaco? Download ManAboutWorld’s FREE guide now.

Photo credit: Jody Sticca

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