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By @ 10/22/15 in Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Sergio Scardia, Travel
Sergio Scardia, ManAboutWorld global correspondent

Sergio Scardia (also known as Gios) is a scruffy happy-go-lucky fellow, who loves exploring the world. Gios loves his country, Italy, and especially his home region of Puglia, the “heel of the boot” of Italy; and his family and friends all around the world.

He enjoys beautiful sunset over the sea, spending time on the beach, great food, good wine and a few beers. And he has lived in Los Angeles, London, Madrid, Milan (so far). and is always eager to get to know more of this small world. Gios decided to start doing full time what he enjoys the most: travelling around the world and to tell it all in his brand new blog, The Scruffy Italian Traveller.

He’s also a selfie addict: most of his pics are shameless half-naked ones. (Editor’s note: We’re sure you will not mind!) Follow him on Instagram and Twitter to see what he is up to these days.



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By @ 10/19/15 in Daily Dose, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Myanmar, Travel
Myanmar temple as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine by Kenny Porpora

Myanmar temple

Our associate editor Kenny Porpora is traveling around Myanmar this week conducting research on a series of articles on  the country that we will publish early in 2016. For now, you can enjoy his updates on our Facebook page. Here are a few photos that he took.

DDTI* is your Daily Dose Of Travel Inspiration.

Children in Myanmar as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine by Kenny Porpora

Children in Myanmar

Myanmar from a balloon as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine by Kenny Porpora

Myanmar from a balloon

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By @ 10/13/15 in Editors' Choice Awards, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

ManAbout gay travel awards winners, ManAboutWorld magazine

The very best in gay travel was recognized today with the unveiling of ManAboutWorld’s 3rd annual Editors’ Choice Gay Travel Awards. Ireland, Ft. Lauderdale, Delta, HE Travel and Gay Wine Weekend lead the select group of 50 new inductees, adding to over 100 returning winners. Congratulations to the new 50. Visit here for the complete list of Editors’ Choice Gay Travel Awards winners. Contact ManAboutWorld’s editor in chief Ed Salvato with questions.

THIS YEAR’S WINNERS:

DESTINATION OF THE YEAR: Ireland

We awarded Destination of the Year to Ireland for its historic marriage equality referendum and its emphatic global invitation to LGBT travelers to experience their unique hospitality.

“Ireland is the first country to embrace marriage equality by popular vote, but even more significantly, Ireland showed the world that a country of strong faith could look beyond outdated traditions and uphold the religious values that embrace its LGBT family,” said ManAboutWorld’s co-founder Billy Kolber.

AIRLINE OF THE YEAR: Delta Air Lines

For New York-based ManAboutWorld, Delta Air Lines has long been a preferred carrier. They are recognized this year for their sponsorship of GLAAD, the IGLTA and gay pride in many cities, their innovative discounts on first-class travel to many pride festivals, and their devotion to delivering consistently superior customer service while their legacy competitors floundered.

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN: #LoveIsLove, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The hashtags were flying in Fort Lauderdale this year, when the Greater Fort Lauderdale Visitors Bureau launched its #LoveIsLove campaign celebrating marriage equality. One hundred couples of all sexual orientations took to the beach to wed, snap photos, and share on social media to spread the word of marriage equality in a brave and groundbreaking and timely effort.

“When marriage equality became law in Florida, Ft. Lauderdale was quick to invite couples of all sexual orientations, including heterosexuals, to celebrate the triumph of love in highly publicized event,” says ManAboutWorld editor in chief, Ed Salvato. “It was a truly heartwarming act that reaffirmed that it’s all about the right to love whom you want, but in a way that reflected the characteristic hospitality in one of our favorite destinations on the planet in a smart and successful social media execution.”

Lance Bass was marriage ambassador for Ft. Lauderdale's #loveislove campaign

Lance Bass, marriage ambassador, #loveislove

GAYBORHOOD OF THE YEAR: Chueca

Madrid’s thriving Chueca area, is recognized for its thriving gay scene and ongoing renaissance. Like previous winners Le Village in Montreal, and Wilton Manors in Fort Lauderdale, Chueca remains a vibrant gay neighborhood, in an era where so many similar areas are being mainstreamed.

TOUR OPERATOR OF THE YEAR: HE Travel

The granddaddy of all gay tour companies, HE Travel was founded in 1973 by Hanns Ebensten who was widely credited as the “inventor” of gay travel. Today it’s among the most innovative and fastest-growing tour operators, second only to Atlantis Events/RSVP Vacations in the number of gay passengers it ‘moves’ each year. We recognize them for continuing Hanns’ legacy of opening more of the world for gay travelers to visit safely and comfortably.

EVENT OF THE YEAR: Gay Wine Weekend

Sonoma Valley’s Gay Wine Weekend uncorks three full days of wine events bringing together gay winemakers and gay wine lovers. The annual June event organized by Out in the Vineyard is a gem of Sonoma summertime, home to some of the world’s most prestigious wines and wineries.

ADVENTURE OF THE YEAR: Patara Elephant Farm, Chiang Mai Thailand

In Chiang Mai in the northern reaches of Thailand there is a spectacular Elephant farm known as Patara, a magical excursion featured on trips with tour operator Out Adventures. At this ecologically and environmentally considerate facility, you can scrub, ride, and interact with rescued and rehabilitated elephants.

THIS YEAR’S LIST INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING 50 NEW INDUCTEES

Recognizing the best in gay travel among hotels, restaurants, nightlife, culture and spas, we list below the new inductees to the list. Access the full list of awardees, including previous winners on our website. Click “Read More” to continue reading the list.

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By @ 10/13/15 in Ashton Giese, Gay travel, Gayography LGBT news, ManAboutWorld, Travel
The GAYographer represented the newly minted OutRight Action International at Tectonic Theater's benefit reading of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

Benefit reading of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

The GAYographer represented the newly minted OutRight Action International at Tectonic Theater’s benefit reading of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. 

This week read about Copenhagen, London and Edinburgh – as well as all the important news. But be careful if you’re headed somewhere sunny; discover why you should be worri  ed about tanning – both fake & real. Follow the GAYographer to Philly this weekend and DC the next – or perhaps you’ll be in Atlanta for this fall’s best Pride.

Get this week’s brief here.

A vital resource for LGBTIQ travelers, focusing on news, vacation insights, advocacy and current events in major cities around the globe, the GAYography brief is published every Thursday.

DOWNLOAD MANABOUTWORLD: Check out our digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. 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 @ 10/12/15 in Asia, Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

A sweeping view of the Bagan Temples in Myanmar

We are thrilled and excited to announce our newest adventure, a 10-day excursion to Myanmar and Thailand, a once-in-a-lifetime trip to two of the most spiritual, tumultuous, arresting countries on Earth. And we get to do it with our friends at Belmond, who are among the greatest luxury brands today. The editors here will have a chance to experience Belmond’s luxurious river cruiser through Mandalay Bay, their five-star accommodations —  the Belmond Governor’s Residence in the Dagon Township — and to be part of an ancient civilization.

In the days to come get ready for posts here for how I’m preparing for this trip and then the trip itself. Also check out Instagram and Facebook feeds for photos, thoughts, impressions and recommendations.

We also invite you to comment and post with any questions or comments you may have. Feel free to leave a comment on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear your impressions. We are excited about trip and we plan on writing it up in a future issue of the magazine but the more we know what you are interested in, the better and more focused our coverage will be.

We’ll begin our adventure in Bangkok where we’ll stay at the towering Mandarin Oriental overlooking the seemingly endless

Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok

skyline. After to days of exploring the chaotic, debaucherous and deeply religious city, we’ll depart for Myanmar, where we’ll land first in Yangon and then over to Bagan where we will  board a river cruise through the Mandalay, stopping in small, ancient towns and taking in the historic temples.

DOWNLOAD MANABOUTWORLD: Check out our digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. There are a few FREE publications in all of the apps — including a free and fabulous guide to Thailand (on tablets only) — 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 @ 10/10/15 in Gay ski, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, New Zealand, Travel
ManAboutWorld's Michael Siebert (left). and his friend Joao at gay ski week Queenstown

ManAboutWorld’s Michael Siebert (left).

The largest gay ski event in the southern half of the world sees hundreds of people flock to Queenstown, NZ during the last part of August and early September, every year, for a full week of skiing, drinking, dancing and adventure. The next official DNA Gay Ski Week will happen August 27 to September 3, 2016.  Start making your plans now. Here’s a report by ManAboutWorld correspondent Michael Siebert who is pictured here (on the left in the photo above) with his handsome friend, Joao. They enjoyed Gay Ski Week with hundreds of gay ski and boarding aficionados but also spent a little time exploring Queenstown and surroundings.

Queenstown is an adventure town. Consider skydiving and all the other options available to a fun-seeker.  Days trips to Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are available; however, I would consider an overnight boat tour so that you are able to see the sound at sunset and sunrise. Exploring the lake area is a lovely option as well.  Another option:  One could rent a car in Christchuch and drive through the lake regions for some spectacular views, but the drive is approximately 6-7 hours from Christchurch to Queenstown.

Ski season in Queenstown is from mid-June to early-October.  If you plan for early October you just must might have the slopes to yourself and it is a perfect time to stay at Pounamu since it is just outside their busy season.

This year, our gracious host, Pounamu Apartments was a an excellent place to call home for a week of skiing and relaxation. The views and comfort, along with the excellent hospitality, you will feel like a local in no time.  Pounamu is short 10-minute walk to the city center; however, you will have the comfort of your own kitchen, fireplace, fantastic views, service and the staff are available to help customize your trip to your liking.  If walking is not your thing, rent a car for your trips to the mountain and surrounding areas; however, walk to the center of town, the traffic will drive you mad and parking can be difficult. Pounamu offers covered car parking and free WiFi. You can also relax in the outside spa after a day on the mountains.

Skiing in Queenstown does require a short bus ride (if you do not have your own car) to any mountain (three to choose from) and the bus stop is just outside the front steps of Pounamu.

Can’t wait till next August? ManAboutWorld will cover gay ski events in the Northern Hemisphere in our next issue. Stay tuned.

ManAboutWorld's Michael Siebert (right). and his friend Joao at gay ski week Queenstown

Michael and his friend at the Pounamu Apartments

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By @ 10/07/15 in Alaska, Dillon Davis, Gay travel, Parting Shots, Travel

The stunning vistas of Alaska, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineDillon Davis is ManAboutWorld’s associate photo editor. He recently visited Alaska and brought back this photo report. This piece was originally published in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine.

  1. Why did you choose to go to Alaska?

I have always wanted to see Alaska so when my friend, Greg (in the photo above) was planning a trip for his 30th birthday I jumped at the opportunity to tag along.

  1. Who did you travel with?

My best friend since childhood. Throughout his 20’s he had challenged himself to visit all fifty states before his 30th birthday. With forty nine states in tow, Alaska would be his finish line.

  1. What surprised you most about Alaska?

Between the sun never fully setting and the cinematic sprawl of the landscape, Alaska took on a sort of otherworldliness that I couldn’t possibly have anticipated.Gorgeous landscapes in Alaska, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

  1. Favorite moment was…

When hiking in Denali national park on the Mt. Healy Overlook Trail we came across a moose wandering nearby. Before it noticed us and ran off, we stood still and quiet, awestruck by its towering grandeur.

  1. Best time to go to Alaska

I think the best time might be late August when the weather is still on the warmer side, the tourism season hasn’t come to a close, and the Northern lights make an occasional appearance.

  1. Gay factor

From hiking, canoeing, and camping to whitewater rafting or just enjoying a fresh caught salmon, Alaska has many opportunities for male bonding and rugged adventure.

Whitewater rafting in Alaska, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

DOWNLOAD MANABOUTWORLD: Please check out Parting Shots and a lot more great content in our unique digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. 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 @ 10/06/15 in Brussels, Gay travel, Jonas Rask, ManAboutWorld, Travel
La Demence in Brussels is one of Europe's hottest parties, as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

La Demence

La Démence in Brussels is a long-running hot gay European party you’ve probably never heard about. We asked our beloved London-based correspondent Jonas Rask to tell us about it and even discovered an airline discount that may come in handy if you make European connections.

Located in Brussels, Belgium, La Démence has its 26th year celebration weekend starting 30th October – expect three full days and nights of complete and utter debauchery. It’s Europe’s funnest gay party event – for its sheer mix of muscle marys, country bumpkins and drag queens and its international atmosphere. Expect quite a few flights being booked solid with Eastern European hotties travelling to town. Brussels Airlines also offers 10% off its entire Europe and Middle East network (use code: DEM2015 on the booking page). Hotels are already booking up.

If you can’t make this weekend, check the site for their other parties and events including an annual gay cruise.

To help you plan where to stay, eat, and what to do, download ManAboutWorld on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. There are a few FREE publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription.

Photo: Courtesy La Démence.



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By @ 10/05/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Gay destintation update includes the new Whitney Museum in New York

The Whitney, New York

Every issue of ManAboutWorld is packed full of essential and inspiring travel information including City Seen, a round-up of new (or new to us) hotels, restaurants, attractions and events brought to us from global gay destinations by our correspondents.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago
The first of a new Hyatt lifestyle brand that aims to be at the center of where you want to be, the 257-room hotel set in a historic building stakes its claim in Chicago’s premier business district. It couldn’t be more perfectly placed if we picked it ourselves. Oh, that’s right, we did. From museums and architecture boat tours to the Magnificent Mile and every kind of restaurant you can imagine — the Windy City is yours for the taking. The renovated 1920s-era Art Deco skyscraper (with some stunning views) offers bright, modern rooms with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, mini-fridges and coffeemakers. Upgrade for a city view room with separate sitting area. Hotel amenities include a decent fitness center, the Cochon Volant (flying pig) French restaurant, with a casual yet crisp air, a bakery and a rooftop bar with fab views.

— Rich Martino

DALLAS, TEXAS Cafe Momentum
For a unique dining experience that will also make you feel good about yourself, head over to Café Momentum, a non-profit restaurant designed to provide troubled youth with valuable skills that will prepare them to enter the workforce and teach them responsibility, hopefully setting them on the right path for the future.  Under the guidance of Chef Eric Shelton, the “interns” here work as servers, dishwashers, cooks, and even do the laundry for the clothes worn here by the workers.  Not only is this place a great opportunity to see some terrific service to the community in action, but the food is good too!

Michael Verdirame

MIAMI, FLORIDA 1 Hotel South Beach 
Opened amid a flurry of new hotel brand launches around the world, 1 Hotel South Beach has been living up to its hype and has been garnering a lot of favorable press and attention among hotel critics and guests alike. This months-old oceanfront resort boasts spacious, light-drenched rooms (700 square feet on average) and an eco-consciousness baked into its DNA: the very comfortable mattresses are hemp-blend, there is a fleet of electric Teslas at your disposal (distance parameters apply), there are no bottled waters or disposable shampoo bottles and the entry key is made of wood! Also in tune with the major hotel trend of experiential travel, you’ll find a range of experiences on offer from kayaking in a nearby mangrove (which we did … it was amazing!) to stargazing and more. Tom Colicchio’s Beachcraft restaurant is delicious and well worth visiting even if you don’t stay at the hotel. Hotel development plans call for an 18,000-square-foot fitness center and a spa.

Ed Salvato 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK Whitney Museum of American Art
My god, where do we start? The Whitney is a triumph of art and architecture and it represents an emphatic exclamation point on the development of a part of town that was once best known for its slaughterhouses. The Meatpacking district’s cobblestone streets are now dotted by chic boutiques, tony bistros, camera-toting tourists and the starting point of the fabulous High Line elevated park. The industrial-looking Whitney sits at the very beginning of the High Line and offers views from every level of the museum both inside and outside. The art is, of course, simply stunning. The current exhibit, America Is Hard to See, includes a who’s who of modern American art works from the early 1900s through the present, opening with one of Marsden Hartley’s iconic images of gay love and war. Start on the 8th floor and make your way down to the 5th floor via the stairs to enjoy the unexpected views from each level. Check this link out for free tours.

Billy Kolber 

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA Cockscomb Restaurant
Open since December 2014 and set in a former shoe factory in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood, the suggestively named restaurant is the brainchild of Top Chef winner and James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Cosentino along with partner Oliver Wharton (who’s known for his nightlife-related projects in Las Vegas). Bring your carnivore friends. You’ll find meat-centric fare with a Spanish accent and lots of pork dishes like crispy pig’s ear and wood oven-roasted pig’s head and more daring offerings like sweetbreads and bone marrow and offal. We love the exposed concrete walls and high ceilings and the local artwork though it can be a bit loud when it’s crowded, which is like every night. But that’s ok. Start with a Negroni aperitif and work your way through some of the fabulous Spanish wines on offer and you will become one with the joyful din. After, head over to one of the many gay bars clustered in the SoMa area including Powerhouse on the weekends (if you’re feeling naughty).

Kenny Porpora

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By @ 10/01/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld magazine.

Owner Will Guidara and Chef Daniel Humm get an early call from Michelin.

The New York Times today released the 2015 Michelin-stars, highlighting the very best in haute cuisine throughout the city. restaurant powerhouses like Eleven Madison Park, Per Se, Le Bernardin, Masa, Jean-Georges, and the Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare were among the big winners, retaining their three-star status (the highest honor you can receive.)

The Modern, the sleek restaurant inside the Museum of Modern Art, was boosted from one-star to two, and more the sixty restaurants received one star throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The article said, “The rankings are to be announced Wednesday night at a reception at the Manhattan Classic Car Club. (Michelin is a tire company, after all.) Unlike in past years, Michelin declined to release the ratings to reporters under a news embargo to help them prepare for the announcement. But those grand plans took a detour, as several restaurants, informed of their awards, posted the news on Twitter and other social media. So Michelin agreed to release the news in the afternoon.

The Michelin Guide New York City 2016, which lists nearly 900 restaurants, goes on sale Thursday for $18.99. For the complete ranking:michelinmedia.com.”

For more about where to stay, eat, and what to do, download ManAboutWorld on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. There are a few FREE publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription.



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By @ 10/01/15 in Gay travel, Jeff Guaracino, London, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Buckingham Palace in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Buckingham Palace

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth returned to Buckingham Palace last month as the longest-reigning British monarch. True to her reign, she returned to host the Chinese delegation. Werq!  Every August and September, Her Majesty’s subjects and royal watchers worldwide have a rare opportunity to tour the grand public rooms of Buckingham Palace. Even if you are not invited to one of the queen’s elegant garden parties, you can certainly spend a weekend in London and you too can live like a king or queen. ManAboutWorld correspondent Jeff Guaracino tells you how to plan on your own royal visit next year.

A visit to the palace is extraordinary — even when the queen is not in residence. This year’s tour, which ended Sept. 28, is called A Royal Welcome, and takes you through the public rooms of Buckingham Palace to experience what it is like to attend an event at the invitation of Her Majesty The Queen. Ticket prices are about 20 pounds (about $30.50) and benefit the Royal Trust Collection. A walk through the gardens ends your trip (after you depart the gift shop!). Check the site and start planning for next year’s tour. 

As you enter the palace, you follow in the footsteps of heads of state, prime ministers and all the other guests from every walk of life by entering the palace’s state rooms through the grand entrance. Your can imagine yourself arriving to the palace as a royal as you pass by an Australian stagecoach, displayed at the grand-entrance portico, where Her Majesty departs and returns to Buckingham Palace by carriage for ceremonial processions.

The palace ballroom is set for a state banquet, with the table dressed with silver-gilt centerpieces and a candelabra from George IV’s magnificent grand service. It is the showstopper of the tour. You can almost hear the music and the toast — it’s a real treat to see the event from the queen’s perspective right behind her chair.

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By @ 09/30/15 in Baltimore, Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel
Gay families in Baltimore, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Gay families in Baltimore

ManAboutWorld correspondent Paul J. Heney, his partner and their two growing boys brought back this report from Baltimore after a recent visit. No kids? No worries! You don’t need progeny to enjoy this article or learn practical and important trip-planning information about Baltimore, like the use of Old Bay. You don’t know what that is? Read on!

Where

Baltimore has always seemed to me to be a bit misplaced — it has that “big city with a small town feel” that so many Midwestern cities tout. But this metropolitan area of 2.7 million people is strategically placed on the East Coast, about 45 minutes north of our nation’s capital. It’s easily accessible from New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. And its modern airport has always gotten our family through efficiently. It’s not much more than an hours flight from places like Chicago or Atlanta, so it’s a nice option for a long family weekend.

Why go to Baltimore

Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor is the center of its attractions, and the density of things to do in such a small area makes it Gay family fun in Baltimore, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazinean ideal vacation spot for families of all shapes and sizes. The collection of museums, variety of restaurants, and waterfront activities can quickly fill up a weekend, making you wish you’d planned a few more days in this aptly named “Charm City.”

Weather is generally pleasant from spring through fall, although humidity can occasionally be overbearing in the middle of summer, so be forewarned. Baltimore has a great variety of festivals (including gay celebrations) throughout the year, so you may wish to check out the calendar at VisitBaltimore.com before planning your visit.

Gay factor

While neighboring Washington, D.C. may get more media attention for its gay life, Baltimore holds its own with its queer vibe. The “gayborhood,” if you will, is the lovely Mount Vernon neighborhood, just north of the city center, and its environs are quite LGBT popular and friendly. There are numerous theaters, art museums and gay establishments dotting this area. And who can forget that Baltimore is the beloved home of iconic director John Walters? Fellow Hollywood writers Barry Levinson and David Simon also grew up in the city. Annual LGBT-oriented events in the city include:

Planning resources

According to Tom Noonan, President and CEO of Visit Baltimore, his organization has an LGBT Tourism Advisory Committee that includes many of the city’s family-focused attractions, including the National Aquarium, Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and the American Visionary Art Museum. Noonan noted that there is a Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide http://issuu.com/baltimoregaylife/docs/baltimorelgbtguide2014?e=1223151/7404635 that is produced by GayLife, the local gay monthly. The Visitors Guide offers a wealth of knowledge, with sections on accommodations, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, congregations, neighborhoods, and even a wedding guide.

For more about where to stay, eat, and what to do, download ManAboutWorld on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. There are a few FREE publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription.



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By @ 09/29/15 in Gay travel, Madrid, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Madrid in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Madrid

Madrid is both vibrant and international, a melting pot like New York and London, and worthy of the comparison. But what does it mean to be a Madrileño? It’s not Andalusia, the country’s southernmost region and the birthplace of flamenco; it’s not San Sebastian, the gastronomical mecca to the north. Yet, you’ll find their influences in the city’s nightlife, style and food. Think of Madrid as a sort of world stage where the best of the country has come to play, cook, perform, and do whatever it takes to stand out. From the bullfighting in Pamplona to the lyrical language of the Catalans in Barcelona, you’ll find it all in the streets of Madrid. Despite a stubbornly high unemployment rate of 24% Spain’s economy is among the fastest growing economies in Europe. Tourism is thriving and American travelers benefit from an exchange rate that is much more favorable for U.S. dollar holders than it has been in a long time ($1.10 per euro as of press time).

FIVE NEIGHBORHOODS TO KNOW

If Barcelona is Spain’s daytime city, where you spend sunny days touring Gaudí architecture and splashing around on perfect beaches, then Madrid is its older, cooler brother who only goes out at night. It’s a nighttime city, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay holed up in bars. Like other metropolises of its size and magnitude, Madrid is rich with interesting neighborhoods. It’s estimated that more than half a million LGBT people live in Madrid, with many of them domiciled in or frequent visitors to these top neighborhoods.

  • The first neighborhood savvy gay travelers need to know is Chueca, Madrid’s quintessential gayborhood. Centrally located Chueca is where you’ll find the highest concentration of gay bars, clubs, restaurants, cafes, saunas, shops and, well, gay people. If a vibrant neighborhood with immense gay nightlife options is what you want, this is your top choice.
  • Malasaña is the gay hipster neighborhood just west of Chueca and bordered by the popular shopping street,
    Madrid muscle bears in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

    Madrid muscle bears

    Fuencarral. While Chueca might be seen as a neighborhood of gay stereotypes, Malasaña is more diverse with LGBT people of all types giving it a more open feel. It’s become very popular in the past decade and is filled with unique shops, restaurants and bars. Malasaña is where you’ll find a tattoo shop next to a gin bar across the street from a building decked out in graffiti-like street art where they’re serving up sushi. Given its proximity and central location, you’re still in walking distance to all the gay venues next door in Chueca but with a more intimate and unique style.

  • Located on the southern edge of central Madrid, La Latina is another neighborhood to know, and an up-and-coming place that’s now one of the true hipster neighborhoods in Madrid. La Latina boys are quick to tell you that Malasaña has become too mainstream. It’s where you’ll find the best tapas, diverse nightlife, a bigger immigrant community and the Rastro — the largest weekly Sunday market in Spain. La Latina is just a 20-minute walk from Chueca and most other main areas.
  • Sol is the most centrally located neighborhood in the city. It’s where the tourists are most prevalent, and gay-focused establishments are fewer. You’ll see concerts and demonstrations in Puerta del Sol and Callao plazas. 
  • On the eastern side of central Madrid is Retiro, close to the gorgeous Retiro Park, a greenspace of magnificent sculptures and monuments. If you’re looking for a quieter, more outdoor-fitness-focused atmosphere, Retiro would be a good choice: it’s packed with outdoor walking and jogging paths, and an outdoor fitness area where hot shirtless guys (and some women) work out.

¡VAMOS A MADRID

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Photos: Top: PromoMadrid; Bottom: Calvin Smith; both via Flickr

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By @ 09/28/15 in Gay travel, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Travel Tips Tuesday
Travel problem; Jeff Guaracino shares his tips in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Menacing pirate ship or sleek black Turkish yacht?!

 Travel problems: There comes a time when even the best-planned travel can go wrong. And it is usually not your fault. When travel chaos happens, remember to focus, resolve and resume. ManAboutWorld correspondent Jeff Guaracino shares his secret.

Travel problems exist. Last month’s column said to expect the unexpected, like missed connections, lost luggage, stolen items, hotel mix-ups and tourist traps. It happens. The difference between a dream trip and a lost dream trip depends on how you react to the travel adversity. It is not what happens, but rather what you do next. If you have a travel problem:

  • Focus. Above all, take action but don’t panic. Be very specific on what you need to do now to resume your trip as planned. Don’t get distracted. Resolution or viable alternatives will be your mantras.
  • Lost or stolen credit card? Cancel it now. You are not liable for charges made after you cancel your card. If you don’t know your credit card number (who does?), don’t worry! The credit-card issuer can find it for you by asking you questions, including your Social Security number. Don’t know the number to call? Google it. You just need to know the bank’s name that issued your credit card, like TD Bank or Citibank. Credit cards offer more protection than debit cards. Your credit card can also offer lots of perks in travel drama like lost-luggage protection, overnight-card replacement or referrals to reputable businesses.
  • Missed airline connection? Get on the next available flight. If you are waiting in line to talk to an airline customer-service representative, call the airline on your cell phone. The main goal is to get to anyone who quickly can rebook your flight ASAP. Airline seats are hard to find since flights are flying full. If you wait in a long line of pesky travelers ahead of you all trying to get to the same place, you will lose time to snag that last seat.
  • Hotel doesn’t have your reservation? Take a printed receipt of your confirmation from the hotel or take a picture of it on your phone. Like airlines, hotels can “oversell” and may want to “walk” you to another hotel. “Walk” is an industry term for when the hotelier intentionally oversells its hotel with the expectation that some people will not show up and the hotel can keep the rate. Insist on being “walked” one night only and to a hotel that is equal or better than the one you book. Immediately post your experience on Trip Advisor. Right now! Hotels are afraid of negative reviews. Be specific and not emotional in your review.
  • Airline lost your bags? Airlines are going to lose your luggage. It is the most personal thing that you travel with. And who isn’t mad when you don’t have fresh underwear? Don’t pack items that you will need immediately, including medication, passports, credit cards or valuables. If you are traveling on a “code share” airline ticket — meaning you bought your airline ticket from one airline but you’re flying on another carrier — chances of mishap skyrocket. But remember, unless you are carrying the Hope Diamond, you are likely going to be able to replace everything in your bag — eventually.



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By @ 09/25/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Travel
Folsom, as seen in ManAboutWorld magazine

Human pony play participants ride in carriages through Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco

Folsom Street Fair, the biggest, most legendary leather fetish party in the world is getting ready to takeover San Francisco on Sunday. The annual celebration of leather, fetish and BDSM communities brings hundreds of thousands of people to SoMa. The city is expecting some 400,000 to take over 13 city blocks to “indulge their fetishes, shed their clothes, dance, play and gawk,” according to SFGate.The official Folsom entertainment, which takes place across five stages, will be provided by artists like Ladyhawke, Missing Persons and DJ Vin Soul. But we all know the real show happens in the street.

Now in its 8th year, the street fair takes place on Folsom Street between eighth and 13th streets. For more information about Folsom, visit their website here.

A few tips for first-timers from our friends at SFist: You May See Some Things You Can Not Un-See; You Do Not Have To Wear Leather, Or Be Gay; Leave Dogs And Kids At Home; Do Not Try To Drive Through Town On Sunday; Ask Before Taking Photos (or touching!)

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By @ 09/24/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, S. Arestis & S. Chaneac, Travel
The NomadicBoys with their infamous teaspoons, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The NomadicBoys with their infamous teaspoons

This month’s Memento is “our indispensable teaspoon” by the handsome and peripatetic NomadicBoys, our roving correspondents and a gay couple sharing their tales of the road with the world. In the Memento section of the magazine we invite our correspondents and readers to share something they, ahem, acquired on the road that become an object they can’t leave for home without. Do you have a memento you’d like to share? Let us know!

by the NomadicBoys 

On board the Trans-Siberian railway, the fierce old lady Provodnitsas, train attendants look after each carriage snarling at your every move. The samovars, tea urns, dispensing hot water allow you to produce tea/soup/coffee from sachets. These obviously need a teaspoon to stir them, which Madame Provodnitsa loaned to us. We never gave it back. This simple treasure has not only become a memento of our Trans-Siberian adventure but also an indispensable tool during our travels. Along with our Swiss army knife, this simple teaspoon has unlocked the pleasures of our favorite fruit (papayas) on the beach in the Maldives or at the Kuang Si Falls in Laos. This little spoon has become so important to us that we’ve now “acquired” a second one! Too bad for Madame Provodnitsa. If only she would smile more. Follow the NomadicBoys, Stefan Arestis and Sébestien Chaneac, at nomadicboys.com

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By @ 09/23/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Swiss Guard at Vatican City, the Pope's U.S. visit, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Swiss Guard at Vatican City

While Pope Francis set forth for his trip to Cuba and the United States, we were touring Vatican City, a city-state surrounded by Rome, Italy, and the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. It’s home to the pope and a trove of iconic art and architecture.

A visit to Rome is not complete without a visit to the pope’s hometown, Vatican City and particular the Vatican Museums. We did a self-guided tour but you can also take a gay-oriented tour of the Vatican by our friends at the gay tour operator Quiiky. Here are a few photos from our trip.

Ok, now get back to your TV (or via a livestream like this at CNNGo) and watch the Pope’s arrival in Washington, D.C.

Door detail at the Vatican, the Pope's U.S. visit, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Detail from a door at the Vatican

Entrance to the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, the Pope's U.S. visit, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Entrance to the Sistine Chapel. No pictures allowed inside.

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By @ 09/19/15 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

fort lauderdale 1

Richard Grey, our good friend and managing director of the LGBT market for Fort Lauderdale, was recently interviewed by The New York Times about courting transgendered tourists. Grey has pioneered the movement of transgendered travel and his work  is being recognized on a national scale. Read his interview here.

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By @ 09/18/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

noma

 

Lucky Peach recently published this account from chef Rene Redzepi on why he’s decided to close Noma in Copenhagen, known internationally as the world’s best restaurant.



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By @ 09/17/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Belvedere Castle: designed in 1869 by Calvert Vaux (co-designer of Central Park.

An aerial view of the Belvedere Castle, designed in 1869 by Calvert Vaux.

Ask a traveler to name the best neighborhood and New York and they’ll rattle off a few familiar names — the West Village is usually high on the list, Chelsea, too, SoHo for the rich and fashionable, and Williamsburg for the hipsters. We know Brooklyn is for the cool kids and Hell’s Kitchen is for the gay boys. They each have their share of culture and performances, restaurants and cozy cafes, and some are renowned for the gay life. But what if there was a ‘hood in NYC that had it all, plus enough nature to make you forget you were living in a labyrinth of steel ad concrete?



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