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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

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

 

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By @ 04/11/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the world's leading digital gay travel magazine

The scenic farmland of Emilia Romagna (and one very curious sheep!)

Download our latest issue here and come with us on an Italian road trip like you’ve never experienced. The ManAboutWorld team set out to explore the hidden alleys of Italy’s most authentic city, Bologna, and then we head out on an epic road trip through the world’s greatest food region: Emilia Romagna. Follow us as we meet the (very cute) men who make the parmigiano-reggiano cheese, the aged-vinegar, the wine, the pasta, and the meat that has made Italy a culinary destination for centuries.

Follow us (and our expert team) as we explore Italy’s best kept secret.

Inside this month’s issue, you’ll also find:

— An in-depth, insider’s look at Milan

— New openings in New York, Berlin, Auckland, Fort Lauderdale, and Lisbon!

— The skinny on a few of our favorite  hotels in Boston, Philly, and Washington

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You can check out our cool, digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free guides 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 @ 04/04/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Ronnie D'Amico, San Francisco, Travel
Annie Leibovitz, portrait photographer, poses with her photographs on display at the launch of WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. The international touring exhibition, commissioned by UBS, will be in London from Jan. 16 until Feb. 7. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Annie Leibovitz,

San Francisco’s exhibition and gallery culture landed two coveted, and globally in demand, exhibits from Annie Leibovitz and Oscar de la Renta this Spring. And both will have you visit two classic city landmarks to explore.

This story is brought to us by San Francisco-based Ronnie D’Amico, ManAboutWorld’s latest global correspondents. (Below)Ronnie D'Amico, ManAboutWorld correspondent

WOMEN: New Portraits by Annie Leibovitz

Found in a repurposed hanger in the Presidio, WOMEN: New Portraits by Annie Leibovitz, is a continuation of her 1999 series of famous photographs known as “Women” that Leibovitz started more than 15 years ago which documented real women of all backgrounds and levels of power. Many of the three dozen new portraits have never been displayed before and offer intimate stills of Gloria Steinem, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Jane Goodall, Alice Waters, Sheryl Sandberg and more.

It makes sense for Annie to choose San Francisco as one of the 10 exhibiting cities for this traveling show. Annie attended the San Francisco Art Institute where she took her first photography class, and, in November 2015, she received a Contemporary Vision Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

If you’ll miss the San Francisco exhibits, you have a chance to see it when it moves to Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico, Istanbul, Frankfurt, New York and Zurich.

Exhibition Dates & Hours:
March 25 – April 17, 2016

Saturday-Thursday: 10am–6pm (Last admission at 5pm)
Friday: 10am–8pm (Last admission at 7pm)

Cost: Free; Advance booking highly recommended.

 Location: The Presidio’s Crissy Field, 649 Old Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94129

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Oscar de la Renta one of the two exciting Exhibits coming to San Francisco

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta The Retrospective

 Who better than André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine, to curate an Oscar de la Renta Retrospective? San Francisco’s de Young Museum, located in Golden Gate Park, was chosen as the world premiere site for the exhibit that includes more than 130 pieces, from over five decades; a joint collaboration with the house of de la Renta and the late designer’s family.

 The Retrospective is themed and grouped by creative stages and his evolution with his earliest work for Balenciaga in Madrid to Lanvin in Paris, and then Jane Derby in New York that eventually became de la Renta’s.

There isn’t a shortage of celebrity red carpet pieces either. You’ll find Rhianna, Amy Adams, Nicki Minaj, Jessica Chastain and Taylor Swift.

 Exhibition Dates & Hours:
March 12, 2016 – May 30, 2016

Cost: Premium $50; Premiums (Members) $30; Adults $30; Seniors (65+) $25; Students (w/ current ID) $15; Youths (6–17) $15; Children (5 and under) FREE; Members FREE

Exhibits Audio tours available: $8 General, $7 Members. Purchase here.

Location: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

**For more on the San Francisco art and museum scene check out San Francisco’s Art Scene Branches Out

Photos of the exhibits:

Top: Annie Leibovitz, portrait photographer, poses with her photographs on display at the launch of WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. The international touring exhibition, commissioned by UBS, will be in London from Jan. 16 until Feb. 7. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Middle: Courtesy Ronnie D’Amico

Bottom: Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta LLC

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By @ 03/28/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

ManAboutWorld's free ultimate guide to weddings, honeymoons and celebration travelCheers and a clink of some bubbly for ManAboutWorld’s free Ultimate Guide to Weddings, Honeymoons + Celebration Travel. Just download the free ManAboutWorld app and check your library of issues for this guide. Tap on it and start planning your next celebration travel experience. You need an iPhone, iPad or Android device to view the guide.

It started with the destination wedding. As our families — both by blood and more modern definitions — live increasingly spread-out lives, the idea of bringing people together somewhere other than our hometowns becomes increasingly attractive and practical. As long as people are getting on a plane, why not make it somewhere exciting and different? For those of us in expensive places like New York and London, exotic can also end up being less expensive.

The trend quickly extended to other celebrations, and at ManAboutWorld, we can think of no better way to celebrate a wedding, birthday, anniversary or any personal or professional milestone than gathering a group of friends and/or family for a special travel experience.

From our personal experience doing this — a 40th birthday in South Africa, a 50th birthday in Merida, an ManAboutWorld's free ultimate guide to weddings, honeymoons and celebration travelanniversary trip on a yacht in Greece — we know that the celebration trip can be exceptionally rewarding. But the planning and execution involves lots of decisions and details that can quickly derail the good times. We turned to some of our Global Correspondents and other experts who specialize in group travel to help us sort through the process, and help you plan your own memories-of-a-lifetime trip.

They are available to help you plan your own milestone travel experience — you’ll find their bios and contact information in the last section of the guide. There are special considerations when the destination celebration you’re planning involves a wedding. Where appropriate we’ve highlighted those considerations throughout this section of the guide.

Here’s are some of the topics covered in the guide:

ManAboutWorld's free ultimate guide to weddings, honeymoons and celebration travelDeciding on an experience/style
Timing your trip
Finding and working with an expert
Planning your budget
Choosing a destination
Managing a guest list
Communicating excitement
Social media strategies
Planning a ceremony
All the little details
Packing for your trip
Preparing for your departure
Enjoying the moment
Managing group dynamics
Embracing the unexpected
Easing your return
Sharing your memories

 

 

If you’re interested in advertising in this guide, download the press kit here.

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By @ 03/19/16 in Galapagos Islands, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, S. Arestis & S. Chaneac, Travel

Nomadic Boys are heading to the Galapagos, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The Galapagos Islands!? Yep, you read that right. We followed the Nomadic Boys all over Asia. We’d follow this handsome gay couple anywhere. So off we go to the Galapagos Islands! They’re beyond cute and fun and informative and they really dig deep into a destination, including the gay culture. And they’re not afraid to eat a bug or two in the interest of reporting to you, dear reader.

The Nomadic Boys are delighted to announce they are hosting their own gay cruise to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador this October. They would love you to join them on board the luxurious M/Y Yacht between 13-22 October, with prices starting from $6,848 per person, which includes 2 nights in Quito and  8 days all inclusive cruise. You can find out more information here.

Seb palm trees Flower Island Palawan, the Philippines

The tour includes:

  • 2 nights in Ecuador’s capital city, Quito, at the gay-owned Casa Joaquín Boutique Hotel in the heart of La Mariscal.
  • 8 days / 7 nights all-inclusive cruise exploring the Galapagos Islands, travelling in style on board the luxurious yacht: the M/Y Passion. (It has a sundeck with a Jacuzzi…just sayin’!). Take a virtual tour of the yacht.

Nomadic Boys head to Galapagos Islands, ManAboutWorld gay travelMore ManAboutWorld, please! Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe from Stefan & Sebastien and our other global correspondents. 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 @ 03/14/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Travel
Eiffel Tower, Paris in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Eiffel Tower, Paris

We discovered a side of Paris we’d never seen before. A new Paris. A Paris forced to survive unspeakable terror and rebuild itself, reinvent itself, and reestablish itself as the greatest city in the world. And now it’s ready to show you why it’s the city the entire world has imitated for centuries.

So, enough of the Champs-Elysees and the Louvre. We’ve heard it all before. Lets talk about the Paris of now: the cute hipster boys of SoPi, the scene at Huabu, the vintage hotels of Oberkampf, and the members-only basement clubs. Our latest guide reimagines Paris like you’ve never known it, set to launch you into the city’s hottest neighborhoods, newest restaurants and chicest new bars. (And yes, we can help you find your way through your beloved, traditional Paris, too. We’ve got you covered.)

Download the March issue and we’ll introduce you to the people, places and things you need to know to plan the perfect trip through the world’s greatest city.

Also in this issue: Myanmar, Sicily, Greece, Hawaii, a gay family on a Carnival cruise and much more.

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!

Photo: Juanedc.com via Flickr Creative Commons



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By @ 03/07/16 in Buenos Aires, Gay travel, John Walker, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Croque Madame in Buenos Aires and ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Croque Madame

First time in Buenos Aires?ManAboutWorld correspondents John Walker and Gavin Patterson recently visited and offer first-time travellers to Buenos Aires a starting point for a really successful vacation. Here are a few of their suggestions to kickstart your ‘BA gay stay.’ManAboutWorld last covered Buenos Aires in December 2013. If it’s your first time in Buenos Aires, begin your exploration here.

Aspen Square, Palermo Soho
To find a hotel like Aspen Square is definitely a tip to be shared. The rooms are large, tastefully furnished and very comfortable. The staff couldn’t be more accommodating and helping visitors become acquainted with their beautiful city is what they do best. Breakfast is hearty and all inclusive and if you need to unwind there’s a small gym and pool on the top floor. The best part is the location in the heart of hip Palermo Soho, just a few minutes walk from the best restaurant precinct in Buenos Aires. It’s a safe and restful sojourn for the savvy traveler.

Croque Madame and the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo
Lunch at Croque Madame in Buenos Aires is a total treat. Set in the old coach house of the Museo Nacional de

Dancer in Buenos Aires and ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Dancer in Buenos Aires

Arte Decorativo, this divine little restaurant has class and sophistication at a reasonable price. Arrive early and you will secure one of the sought after tables surrounding the fountain in the garden. The elegant decor inside hints at the splendour associated with times past. The museum opens for free tours at 2pm and, although sometimes overlooked by visitors, it is an absolute must. Filled with exquisite European antiques, paintings and sculptures, this grand mansion houses some of the most priceless works in this part of the world.

Peuteo Bar, Palermo Soho
Sampling gay bars in a foreign city can sometimes make you feel like Cinderella; it can be hard to find the right fit. Peuteo Bar in Palermo Soho has the magic mix of evening chic, fun and frivolity. Perfect for quieter cocktails during the week, on Friday and Saturday night the party anthems are pumping and the place is packed. Combine a dinner in trendy Armenia Square with drinks around the corner at this cosy, hospitable little bar. Most will find it a perfect fit and you might just meet a few of the local handsome princes.

Pepo Pepona Gay Restaurant
A welcome kiss by the owner hints at a night full of friendly festivities at Pepo Pepona. Although the waiters will deliver a serving of ground pepper you will never forget, dining in Buenos Aires’ only gay restaurant is definitely not the ‘main course’. That would be the entertainment which begins about 12am with four extremely handsome and very well-endowed strippers gyrating and pulsating around the tables for optimum crowd pleasure. Each representing an erotic fantasy, the doctor, once out of his scrubs, was able to work his stethoscope with specialist precision. Hot and bothered, you’ll be begging for an encore. Don’t miss this evening of lustful, latino treats.

Esquina Carlos Gardel Tango Show
Esquina Carlos Gardel Tango Show is about flare and passion, agile leg flicks and close sultry embraces. The orchestra above the stage ensures the rhythm of Tango is incisive, exciting, powerful and provocative as the tango dancers, in their brilliant colourful costumes, charm and mesmerise the audience. The show highlights both traditional and contemporary tangos with open gestures, intricate footwork, elegant lifts, kicks, and drops. The show is held in a beautiful traditional theatre which oozes the luxury and splendour of the tango era with its refined furnishings, nostalgic artworks and photographs. An all-inclusive, á la carte dinner is served before the show.

BA Gay Travel
Armando at BA Gay Travel (IGLTA affiliated) will design a tour or package a holiday to suit your needs. His 7 night Gay Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls extravaganza with flights, transfers, private English speaking guides and accommodation is a sensational way to experience some of the best the country has to offer on a short stay. The company also specializes in gay wedding ceremonies and will arrange all the legal and celebratory details while you enjoy a relaxing, leisurely time in the city. Prices are affordable and the service is outstanding. Local knowledge and understanding will make your vacation truly memorable and hassle-free.

 

 

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By @ 02/29/16 in Gay travel, Indonesia, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, Travel
Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

This photo was taken in early January 2016 at Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia near a seaweed farm. In the distance you can see Bali. During the wet season (October -April ), it will rain frequently in Bali; however, it almost never rains in Nusa Lembongan and the island is only a 30-minute boat ride from Bali.

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

Michael Siebert in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

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 www.drmichaelsiebert.com 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 @ 02/24/16 in Buenos Aires, Correspondent, Gay travel, John Walker, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Floralis Genérica in Buenos Aires and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Floralis Genérica

Six enormous 23-metre high stainless steel petals made from brilliant, mirror-finish, stainless steel form a massive flower sculpture created in 2002 by Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano. The flower sculpture (Floralis Genérica) sits above a reflection pool and amazingly opens and closes its petals according to the time of day.

This update was brought to us by ManAboutWorld correspondents John Walker and Gavin Patterson. Here’s more info about Floralis Genérica.

ManAboutWorld has plenty more info on Venice and 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 @ 02/17/16 in Art, Event, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Monaco, New York, Travel
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero in Monaco takes New York and in ManAboutWorld gay traevl magazine

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero

With a population of plus or minus 38,000 souls Monaco takes New York, population 8.4 million and the Big Apple swoons. Monaco, an independent microstate on France’s Mediterranean coastline, showcases its rich heritage from now through February 21. If you’re curious about this beautiful Principality and you’re in New York, this is a perfect opportunity to experience Monaco’s culture, which is surprisingly broad and deep for such a small destination.

The main act is Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo performing Cinderella at New York City Center, accompanied by an exhibit of behind-the-scenes photographs at the New York Headquarters of the auction house, Christie’s, and a culinary week highlighting the Principality’s cuisine with Monaco’s visiting chef Paolo Sari at Circo and Le Cirque restaurants. Other details released by the Consulate General of Monaco follow.

Cinderella at New York City Center
Led by talented director-choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo performs its mesmerizing modern rendition of Prokoviev’s Cinderella at New York City Center:

Thursday, February 18 – 8:00 pm
Friday, February 19 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 20 – 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Individual tickets are now on sale at the theater box office at 131 West 55th Street, by phone at City Tix on (212) 581 1212 or online at www.nycitycenter.org.

On Thursday, February 18, Cartier and the Consulate General of Monaco co-host an opening night VIP experience featuring tickets to

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero in Monaco takes New York and in ManAboutWorld gay traevl magazine

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero

Cinderella followed by an exclusive cocktail reception under the patronage of Monaco’s Ambassador to the United States. Guests can mingle with members of Les Ballets’ company and feast on organic treats prepared by Monaco’s Chef Paolo Sari. The Opening Night Experience package is $300 per person and may be purchased online at www.monaco-nyc.com. Space is extremely limited. Proceeds to benefit Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.

Flavors of Monaco
Between Monday, February 15 and Saturday, February 20, Circo and sister-restaurant Le Cirque will partner with Monte-Carlo SBM to host Chef Paolo Sari, Executive Chef of the Monte-Carlo Beach whose restaurant, Elsa, is the world’s only 100% organic Michelin-starred restaurant.

Chef Sari will apply his innovative and avant-garde farm-to-table style to create the week’s prix-fixe 100% organic menus – lunch and dinner at Circo; 6-course degustation dinner only at Le Cirque.

  • Circo, 120 West 55th Street, (212) 286 3636, reservations@circonyc.com, www.circonyc.com
  • Le Cirque, 151 East 58th Street, (212) 644 0202, reservations@lecirque.com, www.lecirque.com

Photos: Inside Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (C) A. Blangero

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By @ 02/12/16 in Gay honeymoon, Gay marriage, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Cover of our Guide to Honeymoon, Weddings and Celebration Travel

Cover of our Guide to Honeymoon, Weddings and Celebration Travel

Pop the bubbly! This guide is free. If you’re thinking romance or marriage or celebration, don’t hesitate: Download our free Guide to Weddings, Honeymoons and Celebration Travel. We included our own expert advice as well as that of a number of our Global Correspondents and other travel and wedding experts who specialize in group travel to help us sort through the process, and help you plan your own memories-of-a-lifetime trip. 

All you need is an iPhone, iPad or Android tablet to view it. Go to the App Store or Google Play to download the ManAboutWorld app. Here are the topics we covered:

Deciding on an experience/style
Timing your trip
Finding and working with an expert
Planning your budget
Choosing a destination
Managing a guest list
Communicating excitement
Social media strategies
Planning a ceremony
Keeping track of the little details
Packing for your trip
Preparing for your departure
Enjoying the moment
Managing group dynamics
Embracing the unexpected
Easing your return
Sharing your memories

Whether it’s a honeymoon, wedding or other romantic or celebratory travel occasion, don’t even begin to start planning till you read this free guide to Weddings, Honeymoon and Celebration Travel! Besides romance, all you need is an iPhone, iPad or Android tablet to view it. Go to the App Store or Google Play to download the ManAboutWorld app. The guide is free. Champagne is on you!

 



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By @ 02/08/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Sergio Scardia, Thailand, Travel
Sergio in the Land of Smiles, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Sergio in the Land of Smiles

This reporton Thailand — the Land of Smiles — was written by Sergio Scardia, the Scruffy Italian Traveler an ManAboutWorld’s latest global correspondent.

So many people had recommended Thailand as a great place to visit, with so many enthusiastic reviews and comments about this beautiful country and its inhabitants. I had very high expectations… and all of them were fulfilled. I just came back from a three-monts trip around Southeast Asia, and Thailand was both the first and last stop of my trip. It’s definitely a recommendable destination whatever your idea of perfect holidays is. Why you should choose Thailand then?

Here just five reasons to love the Land of Smiles:

  1. Are you a foodie? Tired of the boring Western food, in desperate need of a break from pizza, burgers, buns…
    Sergio in the Land of Smiles, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

    Mangia

    don’t hesitate! Thai street food, with its gorgeous fresh recipes full of vegetables and natural flavours, its fresh fruit juices, amazing rice based currys… will conquer your belly, and make you feel home!

  2. Are you a party fan? Looking for big nights out, plenty of booze, music and crazy beach parties, or buzzing bars in the best areas of the cities, no place in the world is better than Thailand! Gay bars in Bangkok and Phuket, for example, are full of locals and visitors every night of the week, and at weekends even packed! So they are a great choice for some good fun!
  3. Are you looking for a relaxing environment, sandy tropical beaches for a honeymoon-like holidays… you will find plenty of them in Thailand! Krabi, Koh Lipe, Koh Tao are my favourite ones so far… but many more breathtaking amazing places are just waiting for you to discover them!
  4. Are you looking for some “me time”, in need of relax and meditation, to free your mind from stressful Western lives? Or for a cultural holidays, because your dream is wandering for hours around ancient temples, feeling lost in time… well, don’t think twice! You will find plenty of opportunities in Thailand!
  5. Are you interested in hiking, rafting, swimming in beautiful lakes, rivers, spending hours under natural waterfalls, looking for the most beautiful snake, butterfly, monkey, or rat to capture in your pics, as well as meeting local people in their own villages, or looking for a bit of adventure? You must definitely try Thailand!

See? In the so called Land of Smiles, you can virtually find anything you are looking for! Are you still in doubt? Plenty more pics of beautiful Thailand on my Instagram account, instagram.com/gios981. Should we organize a trip together? Just get in touch.

Sergio in the Land of Smiles, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Sergio at the beach



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By @ 02/04/16 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Japan, ManAboutWorld, Travel
The Wonder 500, about Japan, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The Wonder 500, about Japan, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Japan has a problem other destinations would love to have. They have a rich abundance of incredibly cool things spread throughout the country that are unique to Japan. From wild, hand-picked (and crazy expensive) green teas to delicately woven charms meant to insert in envelopes — but only for correspondence with a cheerful message — to sweet/spicy wasabi treats and much  more.

The Wonder 500 gathered 500 products from 47 prefectures and eight categories (travel, kitchenwares, housewares, stationery, interior, fashion, food and beverages) to display in an intimate venue that is open to the public (a 4 West 43rd St just west of 5th Ave). This is an opportunity to discover some of what makes Japan so special. Have some tea; try a treat; purchase a few very early Christmas presents; and escape from New  York to the Land of the Rising Sun for a delicious hour or so.

The Wonder 500™ exhibition runs from January 28th until February 9th at the Exhibition Hall at 4 West 43rd Street (4-16 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036, USA) from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. daily, with admission free to the public. For more information, visit www.TheWonder500.com.

Photos: Above is ManAboutWorld editor in chief with Ritsuko Nakamura in a traditional kimono at the Wonder 500 in New York and below is a selection of items you will find there.

The Wonder 500, about Japan, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The Wonder 500



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By @ 02/01/16 in Dennis Hensley, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Paddleboard yoga prep with Dennis Hensley in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Paddleboard yoga prep

I love to take yoga classes when I travel especially if the setting is somewhere really unique, like a skyscraper in Dubai or a beach in Zihuatanejo. My favorite travel yoga experience to-date came courtesy of Sup Fit on the island of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. What made the class special was not just the gorgeous locale — near the Marriott resort beach — but the fact that we were on paddleboards. [This story is written by ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent, Dennis Hensley, who is shown in these photos posing up a yoga storm.]

After getting a quick lesson in how to navigate, our teacher Katie paddled with us from the beach to an anchored rope line in the bay where we attached our boards. Then the class proper started with no gongs, no Enya, just the sound of the wind and the waves and Katie’s expert instruction. As a semi-experienced yogi, it was interesting to discover what poses were feasible on a paddleboard and what had to be modified. You’re thinking, ‘Please don’t go into Crescent, Katie. There’s no way.’ Luckily, there was no Crescent but we did do a twist of Warrior 2 on one knee with a foot hooked over the board’s side that I kind nailed. I fell in five times while my yoga pal Scott only fell in once but when the water’s that gorgeous and refreshing, falling in is half the fun.

Yoga paddleboard requires balance, strength and focus, as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

These yogi make it look easy!

My favorite part was at the end when you lay there like you’re dead AKA savasana. You’re facing the sky with your hands dangling in the water while Katie says a few inspiring words about the “ebb and flow” of life and it just doesn’t get any better than that. Scott told me after that a fish brushed up against his hand during savasana as if to remind him exactly where he was. I tried not to be jealous.

So if you find yourself in St. Thomas—perhaps on a cruise—and want to do something unique for your body, mind and soul, check out Sup Fit VI paddleboard yoga. Our class was $29 for 75 minutes and they also offer a Sup Fit resistance training class that if that’s more your thing. Getting touched by a fish is extra.

Yoga paddleboard requires balance, strength and focus, as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Upward facing dog

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Ready for your own yoga paddleboard experience?:



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By @ 01/25/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Park City, Tom Goss, Travel

Travelin’ Tom takes us down the slopes of Park City, Utah. He packs in a whole lot of information in a short video including how tourism helped save Park City and that it’s a ski resort where you can still find deals. Tom shows us his technique siing and inner-tubing. Tom Goss is a ManAboutWorld global correspondent and a talented singer

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By @ 01/19/16 in Bangkok, Boston, Buenos Aires, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Toronto, Travel, Venice

City Seen gay travel update in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineManAboutWorld magazine’s City Seen keeps you up to date on gay travel options in major global cities. ManAboutWorld’s peripatetic correspondents stay on top of cool things to do in a few dozen of our favorite metropolises. Here’s this month’s gay travel update.

Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC, in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine CIty Seen gay travel update section

Natural Gourmet Institute

NEW YORK, NY
You’ll find the Natural Gourmet Institute,a hidden gem, on the second floor of a non-descript Chelsea office building, where every Friday night they set the communal tables and light the candles for a three-course vegetarian (often vegan and/or gluten-free) BYOB dinner. Prepared by the student chefs and chef instructors of NGI’s Chef Training Program, it’s a unique local experience — and very affordable at $45.Billy Kolber

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
The Godfrey Hotel Boston is scheduled to open early January 2016 in Boston’s much improved Downtown Crossing district, which was the primary retail area of Boston a century ago then went into a decline towards the end of the 20th century. With its central location between Boston Common and the financial district, Downtown Crossing is re-emerging with trendy new residential and commercial buildings. The hotel, situated in a gorgeously renovated building, will offer luxurious accommodations in the center of the city as well as complimentary high-speed WiFi and other perks. — Kenny Porpora

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
If you’re in BA, check out the fabulous new Kirchner Cultural Centerwhich has already been welcoming approximately 10,000 patrons a day who walk around an ornate, turn-of-the-last-century building that has been converted into what promoters claim is the fourth-largest cultural center in the world. Best of all, everything in it is free, from video installations to comedy acts to symphony concerts and contemporary musical acts. — Pablo DeLuca

BANGKOK, THAILAND
The Accor-managed Pullman Bangkok Hotel G provides a nice option for gay travelers thanks in part to its location at Silom 188, just a few blocks away from all the action. The hotel was recently remodeled and includes an excellent breakfast. The gym could use an update, but it is sufficient. The hotel may remind you of Delano in Miami: very white, clean and modern. If you want an amazing facial treatment, make a left out of the hotel and bring that tired mug into Dahra Beauty and Spa at Silom 154 for some pampering. — City Seen correspondent, Michael Siebert 

TORONTO, CANADA
Rapper Drake and Restaurateur Sursur Lee opened Fring’s Restaurant, a posh, celeb-laden Asian fusion hot-spot, in September, drawing heaps of headlines and a glitzy grand opening. The clubby downtown hangout is inside the old Crush Wine Bar and is expected to be the new see-and-be-seen dinner spot, with celebrity DJs, a full bar, and menu by the renowned Lee. — Robert Sharp

VENICE, ITALY
In the past several years, the very gay-friendly Caffe Centrale has benefited from significant upgrades. The eccentric and modern space feels more elegant and sexy. The service is friendlier and the food, which was wonderful to begin with, is even more scrumptious. Be sure to try the beef tenderloin in Amarone wine sauce or maybe the Catalana of crustaceans (salad of grilled shellfish), but definitely order their mojito in the pot, for dessert. It’s Venice, so you can even have a gondola drop you off, or pick you up, from their canal-side dock. Now how romantic is that? — Arthur Wooten

Venice in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine CIty Seen gay travel update section

Venice

 For even more gay travel inspiration and trip-planning information and suggestions for destinations, tours and events download ManAboutWorld’s latest issue. Start planning your next trip now!

This was originally published in ManAboutWorld’s December issue and re-posted in Towleroad on December 18. Photos: Top: Hans Randecker via Flickr Creative Commons; Middle: Courtesy Natural Gourmet Institute; bottom: Courtesy City Seen correspondent Arthur Wooten

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By @ 01/04/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

NY Times Travel ShowFREE TICKET!  Register here for a free ticket (save $20!). Use code LGBT. The panel takes place on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 12:15pm at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. It’s very easy to reach via the 7 subway line and other means. The show normally costs $20 but this pass will get you in to the NY Times Travel Show for free both days. See, it pays to be LGBT! 🙂

Find more information about the panel here.

FROM THE NY TIMES TRAVEL SHOW: All are welcome! This session is designed for L.G.B.T. travelers as well as their travel professionals interested in learning about trends, destinations, tours, cruises and events. All you need is an open mind and the passion to travel.

Join this interactive and informative panel with leading experts in gay, lesbian and L.G.B.T. family travel. Our moderator, ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato leads a very well-traveled group in a lively discussion touching on new cruises and tours, not-to-miss events and up-and-coming hot spots around the world. The panel has collectively been on all seven continents and visited over 100 countries as out gay and lesbian travelers. Come with your travel questions. This is a session you won’t want to miss! NY Times Travel Show.

 



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By @ 12/31/15 in Gay cruise, Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel
Paul J. Heney and his family In Jamaica and ManAboutworld gay travel magazine

In Jamaica

From Jamaica: Our Go, Daddy writer, gay-dad Paul J. Heney, his partner and kids are on their first-ever family cruise on Carnival Cruise Line. Here’s an update from their first stop. 

Our first port of call on this Carnival cruise was Falmouth, Jamaica. I was a little conflicted about this stop. Jamaica is one of the most stridently anti-gay countries on the planet, and so I felt somewhat opposed to giving any of my tourist dollars to the local economy. In the end, I decided to not make any sort of crusade out of it, and instead tried to use it as a teaching moment for our kids. While I’ve told them in the past about areas of the country or the world where LGBT people aren’t liked or tolerated, this was more real to them. They seemed shocked that such an innocuous looking place–and somewhere that we actually were–was such a “bad” part of the world, at least in one respect. 

We devised a back story that Lance was my brother-in-law–married to my fictional sister Maureen. (They do have an Aunt Maureen, so that made it easier for them to remember.) I told them the chances of us getting in trouble for being gay was about zero, but that locals might treat us poorly or give us dirty looks if they found out. 

As we had an excursion booked through the cruise line the next day in Grand Cayman, I suggested we try a different route in Jamaica. We merely walked off the ship with no firm plans and wandered into the tiny port town. Locals selling all sorts of brightly colored clothing lined the narrow streets. The kids, Matthew in particular, seemed a little taken aback at the poverty. After walking down a few streets, one of the locals named Dennis approached me with an offer to take us to Montego Bay and back, tell us about the island, take us to a good beach and a city overlook, etc. He described himself as “a family man” like me and a Christian. We listened to his story about charging us $100 instead of the normal $120, but kept walking and showed only minimal interest. Eventually he came down to $80 and I said it was Lance’s decision because he had the wallet. Lance then got him down to $70–a pretty good deal for the 4 of us!

We spent 90 minutes at the Doctors Cave Beach Club beach, a gorgeous crescent of sand with light blue green water. A huge inflatable trampoline about 100 feet offshore was all that Josh needed to make his day. It cost us $21 (cash) to access the beach and $12 for an umbrella and a chair. Matthew quickly made friends with a little Jamaican boy and they had a splendid time playing in the waves. Lance and I enjoyed people watching and goofing in the water a bit. There were some downright amazing bodies walking about, and I could see how Stella could get her groove back on a place like this!

Afterwards, Lance showed the boys his incredible bargaining skills in a few of the local shops in Montego Bay and then Dennis drove us to a lovely overlook before heading back to the ship. He did start up a conversation about where mom was today—Matthew started to answer that she lived at home and I interrupted and said something to the effect that, “The ladies wanted a spa day on the ship.”

Friends will vouch that I’m pretty militant and am usually the first one to fight the good fight. So it was hard to bite my lip even for a few hours, but I suppose I need to pick my battles—while keeping the kids’ eyes wide open about the bigger battles we still have to face.



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By @ 12/26/15 in Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Paul Heney, Travel
Sunset in Ohio from a Megabus in ManAboutWorld by Paul Heney, Go, Daddy

Sunset in Ohio from a Megabus

Our Go, Daddy writer, gay-dad Paul J. Heney,  his partner and kids are heading to Miami for their first-ever experience onCarnival Cruise Line. The first leg of their journey proved less than glamorous aboard a MegaBus heading from Cleveland to Florida.

So maybe the “half” thing is overrated, but we’re trying to keep our sense of humor about things.

My family—including partner and two sons—are journeying down to Miami, Florida from our hometown of Cleveland. It’s all to experience a Carnival Cruise as an LGBT family, and report on it for ManAboutWorld. To economize, we decided to try taking MegaBus to Chattanooga, Tennessee, roughly the halfway point, before renting a car and driving the remainder of the way.

MegaBus was interesting. Our fares were pretty inexpensive, about $55 per person each way. We paid a couple of extra dollars for reserved seats, to guarantee some of the nicer spots and so we could be sure to all sit together. We left at 4:30 p.m. from a nice intermodal transportation center in downtown Cleveland.

Our pleather-like reserved seats were organized around a small table, allowing us space for some drinks, our phones, etc. We even pulled out our new Christmas gift (popular card game “Exploding Kittens”) and the table was great for that.

Luckily, we thought to bring a couple of throws, because, in spite of the unseasonably warm weather along the route, the bus itself was pretty cold. Lance supposed maybe the driver kept himself awake that way. The seats weren’t the luxurious coach type seats I’d guessed it would have, and sleeping was difficult. We also stopped in Columbus, Cincinnati, Lexington and Knoxville, waking everyone up about every 2 hours. We also stopped once next to a McDonalds. Although I’d packed plenty of snacks and protein bars, we were famished by that point at 1 a.m. and ate heartily. Go, Daddy, Eat!

Go, Daddy: 1 am snack stop for the crew heading towards their Carnival Cruise in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Time to eat

We stopped in Lexington to bring on two new drivers, and one immediately admonished us for having several of our carry-ons in what appeared to be shared storage space. She then took up all that space with multiple bags of her own and her daughter’s. Odd. We ended up simply moving them to a few other empty seats. (The bus was less than half full.)

I was also surprised by the random spots that Megabus picked for its “terminals” in some cities. In Cincinnati, it was literally in the middle of a large parking lot beside the freeway. Cars were randomly pointed at the bus with headlights glaring, and it felt like we were in some weird James Dean movie where a car/bus drag race was about to begin. In Chattanooga, it was simply on the side of a deserted road near an office park. It was raining heavily, and we had to retreat to a random office building nearby to wait for our Uber to take us to the rental car facility.

As I write, we’re approaching the Florida border in our rented Jeep Cherokee (nice ride!) and it’s only a matter of time before my teenaged son asks to stop at Zaxby’s for lunch. The southern fried chicken fast food restaurant is among his favorites, and he can’t get it back home. We also stopped at my partner’s favorite restaurant, Cracker Barrel, for breakfast. It’s vacation, after all. But I’m struggling to avoid the “dad body” phenomenon—especially on tropical beaches this week—so I think I may have to hit the hotel gym elliptical this evening!



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By @ 12/24/15 in Gay cruise, Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel
Heney (left) and his family soon to join a Carnival Cruise

Heney (left) and his family

Carnival Cruise Line invited ManAboutWorld writer (our “Go, Daddy” columnist)  Paul J. Heney and his family on, what we believe is, the first-ever gay family cruise media trip on a mainstream cruise. We can’t wait to hear about their experience. Be sure to check back here for their updates. Paul’s also pretty excited. He sets out tomorrow from his homebase in Cleveland and the cruise on the 27th.

Our next big adventure starts tomorrow! My family—myself, my partner, Lance, and my sons, Josh (14) and Matthew (8), pictured above and below—will be leaving for our first cruise as a family, and I’ll be covering it for ManAboutWorld! This is likely the first time that an LGBT journalist and his family has been invited on a cruise as part of a fam trip, so props to Carnival Cruise Line for their forward thinking! We’re all so excited for this experience, and to share it with you all.

Twister water slide on the Carnival Cruise Breeze

Twister

We’ll be sailing out of Miami on the Carnival Breeze, a 3,690-guest capacity ship. It will be the largest ship I’ve been on, so I’m really curious as to how I’ll find the size—will I feel like a number or will I be pleasantly surprised by the personal attention? I’m going in with an open mind. The Breeze also has some of Carnival’s latest kids and teen activity programs, so it will be great to let my sons each experience

 Carnival asked us to get to the cruise port on our own, which was a very reasonable request. But we found airfares the week of Christmas and New Year’s to be outrageous, especially for four people. So, as part of our adventure, we’re taking MegaBus out of Cleveland on Christmas afternoon for a 12-hr overnight trip to Chattanooga, Tenn. From there, we’ll rent a car and drive the remaining 11 hours to Miami.

 Once on board the Carnival Cruise on December 27, we’ll make stops in Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

The boys are already excited about checking some countries off of their lists! And I’m already pumped about the

Dodgeball on the Carnival Cruise Breeze

Dodgeball on board

snorkeling with stingrays … and the food on board the ship … and the island views … and that blue-green water … and some romance with my honey … and great family memories, too.

While you can wait for the article in a future issue of ManAboutWorld (download the magazine here for your Apple device or here for your Android device), you can also follow along and interact with us during the trip! Please follow me on Twitter (@paulheney) or on Intragram (also @paulheney). And @MAWtravel will be retweeting some of our fun, too, so make sure they’re on your social media holiday list, too!

Heney (right) and his family soon to join a Carnival Cruise

Heney (right) and his family

ManAboutWorld highlights tours and cruises we’ve personally participated in, and is editorial, not advertorial. Like virtually all travel publications, we sometimes accept discounted and sponsored (media or press trip) 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.

Photos: Top & bottom: Paul J. Heney; Middle photos: Carnival Cruise Lines

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