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By @ 08/01/15 in Barcelona, Event, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Party, Towleroad, Travel

 

Barcelona Circuit Festival 2015 in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Burning hot & wet

Welcome readers, especially those from Towleroad. Below is a continuation of the article on Barcelona's Circuit Festival 2015. Click here to read the Towleroad portion of the article. Otherwise, continue on to get you planning guide for Barcelona Circuit Festival and Circuit Ibiza.

Wristbands can be purchased online for around 330 euros, whereas one party may run you close to 40 euros, and at 20 parties in 12 days, it becomes quite costly. Wristbands also mean no waiting in long lines. You can also find them at the host hotel.

Matinee (the party producer) organizes busses leaving Plaza Catalunya to most of the out-of-town events Barcelona Circuit Festival 2015 in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine— which are many, and as much as an hour’s ride away. These busses are the best way to get around and — at 5 euros each way payable onboard —the cheapest. The bus will drop you at the party and return to the plaza, or onto the next party), so you don’t have to worry about figuring it out. But be mindful of the departure time: At the end of the party there are many more people than busses, often entailing a wait. We recommend leaving an hour before the events end if you’re using the bus.

Also remember that you’re in Spain and things run on a very late schedule. Most of the night time parties don’t truly get going until around 2am, and all events in the city of Barcelona have a hard close at 6 am. You’ll see the Spaniards arrive between 2 and 3 am. There will be people out earlier, but mostly tourists. Do as the locals do and have dinner at 9pm, drinks at midnight, and head out afterwards.

So you’ve got your wristband, but you don’t know which crazed, over-the-top parties to attend. Our one rule of thumb when it comes to Circuit in Barcelona is this: If you don’t go to the Water Park Party, you haven’t been to Circuit. This party, taking over the entire water park with a flood of more than 11,000 gays, is the number-one party of the entire 12 days. For an experience you’ll never forget, head into the middle of the wave pool packed with thousands of Speedo-clad hot wet and horny muscle boys from around the world. Then, just wait until the music really starts pumping, the boys start splashing, and the adrenaline surges as you become lost in a sea of crashing waves and hot men. It is, in a single moment, a microcosm of what Circuit is all about. Oh yes, and there are water rides too. It’s an amazing day. Here’s a cute/silly promotional video that gives you a sense of the sexy exuberance of the Water Park Party.

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By @ 07/04/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Provincetown, Towleroad, Travel
July 4th in Provincetown in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Happy 4th via our friends at Towleroad in Provincetown and Instagram

We hope you are having a fun, safe, happy, healthy July 4th with your kith and kin. We also hope you keep traveling all year round. It’s the best way to build bridges and open minds.

This photos is from our friends at Towleroad, a a leading online news source that we love for up-to-the-minute news relating to the LGBT community and some funny commentary. We contribute a weekly gay travel column. Check out our latest column, 5 Things Not To Miss: Montreal.

Photo: Courtesy Andy Towle on Instagram @andywasthere in Provincetown

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By @ 06/30/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Sonoma, Towleroad, Travel
Gay men enjoying wine during Gay Wine Weekend in Sonoma as seen in gay travel magazine ManAboutWorld

Sonoma sips

Discover white, red, rosé …. and rainbow-tinged wine of gay-popular Sonoma County. From San Francisco drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and an hour through beautiful rolling hills to a darling little town called Healdsburg, a former farming village and the most charming of many lovely towns in the County.

As recently as 15 years ago, there wasn’t much to speak of around these parts but then the Hotel Healdsburg opened in 2001 and world-famous chef Charlie Palmer came to town; soon two Michelin stars followed, transforming this one-horse town into a two-Tesla vacation haven with fantastic wineries.

It’s but one hamlet in a county of charming inns, farm fresh food, boutique shops, plenty of wineries and a surprising number of LGBT residents, winemakers, chefs and business owners, without the tourist crowds of neighboring Napa.

If you plan a trip, here are five things not to miss, especially the number-one time for gay people to visit next year.

Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 2.41.12 PM1. Hotel Les Mars: Healdsburg is centered around a main town square, while all around it you’ll find restaurants, bookstores, artisan crafts makers, boutique shops, and hotels. The Hotel Les Mars is the best hotel around, a Relais & Chateaux French maison-style hotel with ornate rooms full of dark wood armoires, antiques, 17th-century art, and shelves of tattered books along with a new restaurant, Chalkboard, a hip, rustic chic dining room that was once the Michelin-starred Cyprus.

2. SHED: In this progressive, sun-drenched, farm-to-table lunch spot next to Hotel Les Mars, market, and green space, the owners are lifelong farmers who’ve blended their philosophies on fresh produce with the simplistic virtues of California cooking. SHED has its own garden and also sources fruits and vegetables from the farmer’s market across the street. It’s among the most innovative and artful lunch counters in the state with nice options.



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By @ 03/09/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Points Whisperer, Towleroad, Travel

 

Tips for earning travel points using credit cards from ManAboutWorld via Towleroad

The joy of earning points … and traveling.

Airline frequent flyer mile credit card programs have become a focal point of many frequent traveler programs. Not only do they provide points for your everyday spending, they increasingly provide travel benefits, as do select cards from issuers like Chase, Citi and American Express. Choosing the right card (or cards) depends on a number of factors: what kind of traveler you are, how much you spend on your charge cards — even where you use them.

Fortunately, you’re not limited to a single card, and bonuses for new card acquisition are so extensive, that some of us earn more miles/points each year by churning cards than we do for flights and nights. The bonuses are typically tied to a “specific card product” — so if you have the Delta Skymiles Gold American Express Card, you can still get another bonus by getting the Delta Skymiles Platinum American Express Card. And if you cancel your Chase United Explorer Card after the first free year (and have Chase transfer your credit line to another Chase-issued travel card, like Marriott), you can apply for the United card again two years later and get the bonus again. And with the major US carriers decreasing the miles most travelers earn by flying, the miles/points earned from charge cards are even more valuable.

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