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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 @ 02/15/13 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
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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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By @ 12/15/12 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Orlando, Travel

 

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

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

According to Mikael:

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

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



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By @ 12/08/12 in Gay travel, Hotels, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

The second annual Hotel Week NYC™ takes place January 4 – 20, 2013, with room rates of $100, $200 and $250 available at a variety of hotels — some of which typically charge upwards of $500 a night.

Guests can check in for a fraction of the cost of a regular stay over this 17-day period in January, which is typically one of the slowest months in New York City for tourism.

Click to read the hotels and prices below. Be sure to download our brand new NYC-guide available for the iPad as a stand-alone guide to NYC for $2.99 in the ManAboutWorld App.


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By @ 12/07/12 in Correspondent, Europe, Gay travel, Ivan Quintanilla, London, ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

“Royal babe, indeed!”

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

*Royal babe, indeed!   Refusing to be overshadowed by his future niece or nephew, a mural of a shirtless Prince Harry now permanently hangs in the London gay club, Manbar  (via Evening Standard).

*Not without controversy, “Europe’s first gay-friendly mosque” opened in Paris this week–welcoming gay Muslims and allowing men and women to pray together (via France 24).



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By @ 11/24/12 in Gay travel, Ivan Quintanilla, ManAboutWorld, Nudity, Travel

 

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Global Correspondent Ivan Quintanillais 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, but keep your privates to yourself.  The city’s supervisors have voted to officially ban public nudity, marking the end of an era for the City by the Bay.   Exemptions, however, are being made for Folsom Street Fair and similar festivals.   (via Huffington Post)

*Uganda plans on passing anti-gay laws carrying life imprisonment for homosexuality… wait for it… as a “Christmas gift.”  (via BBC News)



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By @ 11/19/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Park City, Travel, UT

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But what if you don’t like to ski, snowboard or slalom? Is Park City for someone who hopes the urge to exercise passes? Yes.

Even if you never venture outdoors, Park City offers a slate of attractions to pack a no carb burn itinerary. Spend time on Day 1 at the Park City Museum, a must visit for all visitors. Here splendidly detailed exhibits trace the city’s history to its origins as a tough mining town whose jail had the occupancy rate of a  swank Park City Hotel during Sundance.

Books on local history, as well on every other subject, fill the cozy, compact spaces ofDolly’s Bookshop, an independent store thriving since the 1970s. (For local color, try a thriller by Utah crime writer Michael Norman.) Color also splashes across canvases exhibited in Park City’s many galleries, its mountains and valleys a perennial attraction to painters and photographers. Rotating exhibits appear at the Kimball Arts Center, where you can also take one-day classes from resident painters, print makers and sculptors. The other arts thrive as well in several other city venues.



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By @ 11/13/12 in Africa, Gay travel, JuanCarlos Medina Gedler, ManAboutWorld, Marrakech, Morocco, Parting Shots, Travel

We received some amazing images for our Parting Shots section in the magazine (that’s the last section of ManAboutWorld featuring photos our readers send us based on a theme).

The theme was “Markets.”

The image above was sent to us by JuanCarlos Medina Gedler, a tireless curious world travel/documentary photographer (as well as one of our correspondents).

This Moroccan image of spices for sale in the medina were taken in Marrakech.  Other images (not shown here) portray many other goods such as hats and clothing laid out on the ground just outside walls of the souk by the merchants that can not afford to have an establishment inside the Medina at the souk. Also you can see many colorful fruit and vegetable carts around Marrakech pulled by donkeys.

Keep checking back this month for the stories behind the Parting Shots.

 

 

 

 

 

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By @ 11/10/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Global Correspondent Ivan Quintanillais 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.

*It was a good political week for gay destination weddings.  In the United States, voters made history by endorsing gay marriage–for the first time by popular vote–in Maine, Maryland and Washington state, and rejecting a ballot measure that would have enshrined anti-gay marriage law in the Minnesota constitution (via Huffington Post).  In Europe, Spain’s highest court upheld their law legalizing same-sex marriage, and the French Cabinet pushed ahead a bill that could see gay marriage legalized by next year.  (via Bloomberg)

*Will Puerto Rico become the 51st U.S. State?  Well, it’s complicated.  (via Miami Herald)

*Sri Lanka tops travel list for 2013.  (via Lonely Planet)

*Snacking on a cannoli on the Spanish Steps… Fuhgeddaboudit!  Rome is cracking down on public eating and drinking at historic sites.  (via New York Times)

*157 million (North, Central and South) Americans traveled to Europe last year, with London being the most popular destination.  See how your favorite city stacks up.  (via European Parliament News)

*Want to go fruit picking in Sweden?  Take the elevator.  A vertical farming building, currently in construction, will move plants on tracks from top to bottom floors to take advantage of sunlight and make harvesting easier.  (via Wall Street Journal)

What did I miss?  Share your favorite travel news in the comments below or by posting on the Traveling IQ Facebook page.



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By @ 11/06/12 in Asia, Australia, Canada, Gay travel, Hong Kong, ManAboutWorld, Melbourne, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Travel, Vancouver

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The City by the Bay like you’ve never seen it: Download our November issue and read a neighborhood-by-neighborhood update on what’s hot and happening in one of the most proudly out cities on the planet.

Also in this issue: Discover Costa Rica and our six Now/Next destinations — Hong Kong, Santa Fe, San Diego, Melbourne, Vancouver, and Phoenix.

Read all about it!



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By @ 11/03/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

 

Gee, thanks, Sandy

Global Correspondent Ivan Quintanillais 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.

*It has been a rough week for the eastern coast of the United States.  Much of the region devastated by Hurricane/ Superstorm Sandy is still without power and is reaching an economic damage pricetag of $50 Billion.  (via USA Today)

*For those still trying to coordinate travel during the aftermath, every major U.S. airline is waving changing fees (via USA Today), and though the hotel situation in New York is grim, one website guides you through the options.  (via Hotel Chatter)



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