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By @ 02/26/13 in Gay travel, Jeff Guaracino, Travel

 

Now, that's Italian!

Now, that’s Italian!

By Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent

Rome for the weekend? You bet! With the Pope’s stunning announcement of his retirement and spring upon us, now is an exciting time for a quick weekend escape to the Eternal City. Here are my three tips for your three perfect days in Rome.

1.     Plan ahead of time

Of course you can’t see all of Rome in just a weekend, but you certainly can see the historic center of Rome. To maximize your time and to avoid long lines, it is essential to have a game plan before you go.  Keep in mind that every minute will count and don’t plan on sleeping much.

If this is your first visit to Italy, it pays to work with a travel agent or an incoming tour operator to help you find the best deals and to plan your trip. Quiiky is the first and only Italian tour operator specializing in gay and lesbian travel. Quiiky is a five-year old company affiliated with Sonders & Beach. Quiiky is a member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association. Quiiky can arrange all of part of your trip. Be sure to ask about a private tour guides in Rome. Private tour guides, while expensive, are a smart way to get lots of local knowledge and they can customize a tour to suit your interests. Visit quiiky.com.

Adventurous travelers will find it easy to self-organize a trip to Rome too. You can buy most of your tickets online and in advance. There is also plenty of information online on the history of Rome and the historic attractions. Now with Google Maps and Google Images, you can almost map out and visualize your entire trip even before you leave.

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By @ 02/25/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Robert Sharp, South Africa, Travel
Watch out below!

Watch out below!

We wrap up each issue with a section we call “Parting Shots” — images taken by our Global Correspondents around a theme, which was “modes of transport” this month.

In the words of our Correspondent Robert Sharp,

The world’s tallest bungee on the Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa was so epic that my shrieks could be heard from the viewing platform half a mile away!

Click here for more information about Out-Adventures‘ global gay tours. Click here to claim your free issue to ManAboutWorld to see other Parting Shots and read our other coverage including South Florida (Ft Lauderdale, Key West, Palm Beach, Miami), Berlin, Burlington (VT), Vienna and more.

 

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By @ 02/19/13 in Gay rights, Gay travel, London, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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By Tanya Scholl

Looking for a drink in a cool place or do you have a case you need solving? With no Sherlock Holmes to help you, there’s a new spot in London to have a cocktail while solving case. Submit a reservation request to Evans & Peel Detective Agency on 310c Earls Court Road in London, and commence your inquiry.

Whether for a date for two or for a group of friends, a reservation has to be made online to guarantee your reservation. A hostess will allow you in, and as you head downstairs; you are then greeted in what could have been Watson’s office to state your case.   Upon being heard, you then can ponder on the feedback, and more importantly, have a drink.

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By @ 02/18/13 in Gay travel, Louise Rafkin, ManAboutWorld, Travel

photo copyAs implied in their title, our Global Correspondents are a worldly lot. They send us tips, updates, photos and videos from their travels. Here’s the latest from one of our WomenAboutWorld, Louise Rafkin.

Sunset at Bungus Beach, West Sumatra.  The views are rivaled by the food: spicy, small plates of fish and meat cooked in coconut and spiced to perfection. And not another tourist in sight.



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By @ 02/18/13 in Gay travel, Key West, Travel
A Cadillac being driven in the back of an Aerovias Q plane at the Key West International Airport C 1950s. From the Key West Art and Histoical Society Collection. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/keyslibraries/8091206967/sizes/l/

A Cadillac being driven in the back of an Aerovias Q plane at the Key West International Airport C 1950s. From the Key West Art and Histoical Society Collection.
Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/keyslibraries/8091206967/sizes/l/

As temps drop into the single digits in the Northeast, thoughts remain focused on warm-weather getaways. Many of our readers were inspired by our recent Key West coverage to plan trips to the gay ol’ Conch Republic and wonder what the best way is to get there.

One of our friends there, Phil Sheldon who owns HE Travel (Hanns Ebensten Travel & Alyson Adventures), Key West’s only storefront travel agency, offered this overview of the airport which has gone from a sleepy air strip serving tiny planes to today’s modern facility which welcomes small jets. He also provides handy pros and cons for the major airlines serving EYW.

Over the past decade, Key West International Airport has seen an amazing transformation of its aircraft, and of the destinations to which one can fly from here. Many of us will remember that in the late 90s the biggest plane coming to Key West was American Eagle’s 30-seat Saab 340 prop plane from Miami. Now that same aircraft is flown by United’s partner Silver, and is one of the smallest aircraft that flies into KWIA.

Here’s a summary of the commercial airlines currently operating flights at Key West International Airport, based on observations over a period of time.

  • Delta: they have the largest operation here today, with three or four flights a day between Key West and Atlanta. Most flights are on Boeing 737 aircraft, the ideal full-sized aircraft for short-runway operations. All flights now offer both First Class and upgraded Economy Comfort seats.
    • Pro: Through their Atlanta hub, Delta offers the most single-change-of-plane connections throughout the US and around the world
    • Con: When strong cold fronts bring northerly winds to the island, these larger aircraft are at higher risk of being diverted or having flights canceled altogether due to our short and narrow runway
    • Useful to know: Because KWIA has the shortest runway in the entire Delta system, fliers are limited to one checked bag per person, even if you’re willing to pay for a second checked bag. For carry-on bags, it’s the same policy as other airlines – one carry-on bag and one personal item such as a purse or lap-top.
    • Coming soon: Delta has announced a handful of Saturday round-trips non-stop between New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Key West this winter; if these sell well, we may get ongoing non-stop flights to New York!



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By @ 02/15/13 in Gay family travel, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

havenOur newest correspondent, Haven Calor, is a traveling dad. Here is his first blog post.

It was July 4, 2009 in New York City, Manhattan. Sean, my husband, and I strolled from  42nd Street back up 8th Avenue to our hotel after seeing a light-hearted, romantic comedy in the evening. It was a warm evening, the stroll was romantic, and we touched hands for a few seconds and gazed into each other’s eyes: what an apropos moment for a married, gay couple of 5 years.

We even had fireworks from the Hudson River as a backdrop; however, something/some things were missing … our two, 9 month old twins, Ammon and Carter who were back home in Tennessee with grandparents. Almost simultaneously we said, “I miss the babies.”

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By @ 02/13/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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A shout out to our newest Global Correspondents.

Taipei-based Allister Chang has shaved his head to live at a Buddhist monastery in Taiwan:
https://www.manaboutworld.com/?portfolio=allister-chang

Jeffrey Sirota, who calls New York his home, is the Director of Leisure Sales for The Americas at Small Luxury Hotels of the World:
https://www.manaboutworld.com/?portfolio=jeffrey-sirota

San Francisco-based Louise Rafkin is our second (Wo)ManAboutWorld:
https://www.manaboutworld.com/?portfolio=louise-rafkin

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By @ 02/12/13 in Dining/food/wine, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Taipei, Travel
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Homey’s Café is well named

Our new Taipei correspondent, Allister Chang, wishes you a happy Chinese New Year and an auspicious Year of the Snake.

This upcoming snake year, Taipei boasts an appropriately seductive and ostentatious line-up of events. From now until early March, the Taipei Expo Park will host the city’s Lantern Festival, a traditional celebration of light that dates as far back as the 6th century. In June, hundreds of teams will race in the annual Dragon Boat Festival. In October, Taipei will host its 11th Gay Pride, as the first and largest Gay Pride in Asia.

Whether you come in 2013 to experience the colors of the Year of the Snake, or just swing by for a business trip, take advantage of the recent explosion of trendy gay cafés. Life is best enjoyed with Wifi and a good latte.

Here are Allister’s picks for Taipei’s top 5 gay-popular cafés.

Homey’s (2F., No.36, Lane 236, Sec.1, Dunhua S Rd; 02-2711-1519)

You won’t find a better dressed crowd in the city, drinking wine at 2PM with a novel, or smoking on the porch chatting with friends.  The gay owner intended for this to be a space to be spread through word of mouth, and apparently beautiful people like to tell beautiful people.

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By @ 02/01/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Ivan Quintanilla, ManAboutWorld, Travel, TravelingIQ

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

*You can leave your heart in San Francisco, you can be sure to wear flowers in your hair, but don’t forget to cover your “genitals, perineum, and anal region,” now that the city’s ban on nudity has officially gone into effect (via RT).

*With Valentine’s Day approaching, woo your honey-bunny at one of the “ten romantic places to see before you die” (via Times of India).



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By @ 01/31/13 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel, United States

Well, we didn’t exactly find any convents, but the editorial team at ManAboutWorld did find resorts that were pretty close to bathhouses … and almost everything in between. Not to mention all sorts of things that might make you squeal in delight. Or horror. Or both.

In choosing a gay resort, the “Sexual Temperature” is as important as the quality of accommodations — maybe even more important. So we spent two days in December inspecting all 19 of Ft. Lauderdale’s gay resorts (nineteen!) The results are plotted here, with our Palm Ratings of quality charted against our Flame Ratings of sexual temperature. (Click on the chart to enlarge it.)

The full report, along with our insider guide to Ft. Lauderdale’s restaurants, clubs, gyms, stores, bars, museums, sex clubs and gardens is in the January/February issue of ManAboutWorld Magazine. If you’re not a subscriber, you can download the issue as part of a free trial subscription on the AppStore, or you can become a ManAboutWorld member for free and download an old-school pdf of the full guesthouse reviews and ratings.

Have you been to a gay resort? What’s your ideal Sexual Temperature/Resort Quality combination?

 

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By @ 01/25/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

AA logoAmerican Airlines recently unveiled its new design which is evident in their airline fleet as well as their website, ticket, signage and other customer-facing marketing collateral.

Beyond the superficial, there are big changes planned, but they have just begun. They’re upgrading everything — more new planes on order than any other carrier — delivery of 3/month, plus a completely new lie-flat business class, digital entertainment and power at every seat in economy, tablet-enabled flight attendants, upgraded bedding and sleepwear in first class intercontinental flights, new flight attendants and new customer service training — but it’s just starting to phase in — the current state is old planes, old grumpy crew, and just a sub-standard experience all around.

The new design is just part of it, but we think the point of making a big deal about it is to call attention to all of the changes that are planned, to help staunch the desertion of frequent travelers who have grown weary of how bad things are at AA.

We polled our network of frequent flying Global Correspondents to get their impressions. Not surprisingly, some loved it; some liked it; and some just plane hated it! Read on.

LOVE IT!

I love the new look, I’ve been loyal to American since day one, 2 million miles flown and Platinum forever.  To me it looks like they are incorporating the US Airways look into the AA new scheme as it sounds like the merger will go forward. The new look is refreshing and long overdue!

Jon Makhmaltchi

Love it! American needed a new look to match its fabulous first class.

Jeff Guaracino

Great! It has a much cleaner  in design than before. And more “global” too.

Niazi Rubez



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By @ 01/22/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Rangel Vilas Boas, Travel

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In every issue we bring you beautiful photos from around the world taken by our Global Correspondents. This gorgeous picture was taken by our São Paulo-based Rangel Vilas Boas. In his words:

This photo is from Patagonia, in Argentina and Chile. This is a picture of my beloved husband, Tomas Mosaner, during a trip to this wild region. In this trip we visited Fitz Roy, in El Calafate, Argentina; Torres del Paine, Chile; and Ushuaia, in Argentina, also know as Tierra del Fin del Mundo (Place of the End of the World, in a literal translation from the Spanish to the English).

To see all our Parting Shots and read our most recent issue (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale,  Key West and more!), click on over to the App Store via this link.

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By @ 01/10/13 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

Have budget and PTO but don’t know where to spend them? Looking for the right gay-friendly getaway? Your wife wants a spa weekend but you want a camping trip?

Help is on the way!

Please come by the New York Times Travel Show’s annual LGBT travel panel on Saturday, January 19 3pm-3:50pm and hear from a knowledgeable group of avid, savvy travelers: Merryn Johns, Michael Luongo, Jerry PortwoodJoseph Pedro and myself. Free tickets to the consumer days are available, first-come, first-serve, with the code IGLTA13! http://ow.ly/gGcZT.
Before or after the show be sure to visit the IGLTA booth 342 to pick up the latest magazines by these and other media partners as well as information about gay-friendly hotels, destinations, attractions and events around the world.
Also be sure to come with your gay/lesbian travel questions. The panel can help you spend those dollars, discover the gay (and lesbian-)-friendlest destinations around the globe, and hopefully maintain vacation and same-sex marriage bliss with a perfect luxury/wilderness combo at what promises to be a lively session.

 

Subscribe to ManAboutWorld here (first issue free!).

 



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

 

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

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

According to Mikael:

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

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



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

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

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

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


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

 

“Royal babe, indeed!”

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

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

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



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

 

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

*You can leave your heart in San Francisco, but keep your privates to yourself.  The city’s supervisors have voted to officially ban public nudity, marking the end of an era for the City by the Bay.   Exemptions, however, are being made for Folsom Street Fair and similar festivals.   (via Huffington Post)

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

The theme was “Markets.”

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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By @ 11/12/12 in Asia, Correspondent, Event, Gay travel, Miles Mitchinson, Party, Thailand, Travel

Thailand’s island of Koh Phangan

By ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Miles Mitchinson

The original Full Moon Party started almost 30 years ago on what was once a sleepy, idyllic island in the Gulf of Thailand. Since then, the island of Koh Phangan, off the east coast of Southern Thailand, has paved its roads and opened its doors to crowds of up to 20,000 partiers (though usual attendance is around 15,000) who arrive for one night of debauchery on Haad Rin Beach every single month.

While not an exclusively gay event, you don’t have to look far to find pockets of us partying through the night and well into the morning on this gorgeous white sand beach.  Oh, and 99% of the boys are shirtless … just in case you were wondering.

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