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By @ 03/09/14 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

mawWhile it implies objectivity, “best” is almost always subjective, or — at best — qualified. When we ask for the best hotel or restaurant, the answer can be as much a reflection of our sensibilities as it is of any objective quality measure.

Generally, “you get what you pay for,” but finding “the best” isn’t simply a matter of picking the most expensive option — it’s knowing what resonates for you. In our first two years of ManAboutWorld, we’ve seen more than 100 destinations and 1,500 hotels on six continents. Much of it is a blur. But some of it stands out. Editors’ Choice winners are the ones that resonated most for us. The ones that truly shared our values. The ones we would go back to… and sometimes do, when we’re not busy searching out new and different places to recommend.  (download the list as a pdf from the link at the end)

And this year’s Awards go to…

DESTINATION OF THE YEAR: Fort Lauderdale

Gay-popular since the ‘70s, Ft. Lauderdale is still on the rise while other gay destinations are mainstreaming. With its white sand gay beach, 16 exclusively gay guesthouses (the most of any destination), and a nightlife scene that’s busy seven nights a week, Ft. Lauderdale is one of the few places where you don’t have to rely on a phone App to hook up. And while it wins our hearts with its sun, sand, surf and fun, it’s also home to the Stonewall Museum, one of the only permanent spaces in the U.S. devoted to exhibitions relating to LGBT history and culture, and the world’s first AIDS museum.

Not content to rest on gay assets, the county’s tourism promotion board sets industry standards. The county has worked tirelessly in the last year to bring new gay events and many meetings to Greater Ft. Lauderdale, and to support the advancement of LGBT rights in Florida and around the world. In July, it became the first Convention and Visitors Bureau in the country to call for a repeal of its states’ gay marriage ban. It is currently conducting the first survey of transgendered travelers, showing sensitivity to all segments of the LGBT travel market.

Previous winner: Provincetown, Massachusetts 



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By @ 14/08/14 in Gay pride, Gay travel, Gay-Friendly, ManAboutWorld, Travel

curacaoNot everywhere in the Caribbean is gay-friendly (we’re looking at you, Jamaica!) but Dutch-owned Curacao is among the gayest of all the islands, and next month they celebrate their 2nd annual Gay Pride. From September 24-28, the small island of charming European architecture, cute boys, and 35 beaches, celebrates the LGBT lifestyle in the region. Go for the fun, the UNESCO World heritage Sites, the boys and the colors and the turquoise water. This is one of the most unique and lively prides in the world.

The charming, adults-only Floris Suite Hotel is the host hotel for Curaçao Pride and centrally located to all the events.

 

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By @ 16/07/14 in City Seen, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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You can’t know Andalusia without understanding its native dance flamenco.

The best place to learn about it is at this museum dedicated to this mesmerizing and sexy dance form, masterminded by and named for the renowned flamenco dancer, Cristina Hoyos who grew up nearby. Tucked into a side street of the popular, lively Alfalfa Street, home to much of Seville’s outdoor nightlife scene, the museum is housed in a gorgeous 18th-century casa de palacio (an opulent former private residence) which employs cutting-edge multimedia technology to tell the story of flamenco and its fascinating global influences (hand movements from India, hip swaying from the Caribbean, etc.) It depicts some of the great practitioners of this art form. Be absolutely sure to reserve tickets to a performance by some of the best artists in an intimate 80-seat venue.

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By @ 03/06/14 in Big Island, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Hawaii, ManAboutWorld, Travel
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ManAboutWorld’s editor Ed Salvato was quoted in the recent New York Times piece, “For Gay Destinations, Thinking Outside the Obvious.” ManAboutWorld was also included as a resource in the Times piece, “Finding Comfort and Safety as a Gay Traveler.”

Here’s a section quoting him naming the Big Island as one of his favorite off-the-beaten track destinations:

Popular with tourists, Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, and the busy Waikiki area in particular, may be the most obvious choice for L.G.B.T. travelers heading to Hawaii, and it is well worth a trip if you’ve never been. There are plenty of gay bars and gay-friendly businesses, and the 24th annual Honolulu Pride Parade and Celebration is coming up on June 7.



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By @ 27/05/14 in Andrew Villagomez, Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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From the Tri-state area, Andrew Villagomez is a jack of all trades when it comes to everything travel, style, writing and photography. Personal and professional journeys have brought him to London, Paris, Spain, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, the Caribbean and throughout the states as he continues to add drop pins on his map.

He maintains men’s fashion and a travel lifestyle blog, Vee Travels, and has contributed as a freelance writer to publications including Details.com, AskMen, Thrillist, Latina.com, Out, Passport and NewNowNext.

Along with writing and blogging, Andrew also has a growing passion for photography, which you can see more of on his blog, and he has shot street style and travel photos for a number of the publications he contributes to. Down the road Andrew hopes to offer services beyond editorial to utilize his knowledge and skills in travel, men’s fashion and publishing.

Learn more about Andrew and contact him viaFacebook.com/andyveenyc, Facebook.com/VeeTravels and VeeTravels.

You can follow him on Twitter at VeeTravels and Instagram also at VeeTravels.

 



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By @ 21/04/14 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Jeffrey James Keyes, ManAboutWorld, New York, Parting Shots, Travel
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Our Global Correspondent Jeffrey James Keyes moved to New York the moment he turned 18 and never looked back. Sixteen years later, he is a playwright, travel writer, and photographer currently living in the Big Apple. He currently contributes to ManAboutWorld, Metrosource Magazine, Instinct, The Luminesce, Queerty, and GayCities and has had plays developed and produced in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. We spoke to him about his passion for travel, and we selected his journeys as this month’s Parting Shots in our magazine. Here’s the expanded story and more of his photos.

1. Why do you love to travel?

Travel was never an option when I was growing up. The furthest trip I took when I was a child was to my family’s farm near Ashland in Northern Wisconsin. In high school I was able to participate in a foreign exchange program and studied in Offenbach, Germany. Upon returning from Europe I became stir crazy and saved every penny so I would be able to travel and see the world. I applied for every grant and program, even working with the church by teaching vacation Bible school in the Caribbean and building orphanage floors in the mountains of Guatemala. I’ve grown to feel a bit like Juliette Binoche in the film Chocolat, whenever I am in one place for too long I feel the need to hop on a plane and immerse myself into another world. Unlike Binoche in the film, I’ve set my anchor down in New York City and call it my home. Being able to travel, write about my adventures, and share my pictures through my editorial work is an extraordinary opportunity. Through working in LGBT media I’m able to share information about safe and welcoming destinations and offer advice as to how to curate a much-needed vacation. I share the stories of the people I encounter and pass on something.



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By @ 10/01/14 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Rich Rubin, Travel

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Welcome to ManAboutWorld’s newest correspondent, Rich Rubin.

Rich Rubin has written about travel for over twenty years now. He’s thrilled to be back in touch with the team behind ManAboutWorld, having been an early contributor to OUT&ABOUT. He has served as travel editor for Genre and is currently Food and Wine editor for Passport Magazine. His stories have appeared in Saveur, Caribbean Travel & Life, Bride’s, Modern Bride, Travel & Leisure, and many other publications. In his copious free time, he is Producing Artistic Director of Quince Productions, which produces Philadelphia’s only LGBT Theater Festival, GayFest!. He serves on the board of the Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus.

Follow Rich on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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By @ 13/11/13 in Correspondent, Gay cruise, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Travel

CDR_02152013_0090_RSVP_Caribbean_2013 copyBy Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent

Since 1985, over 100,000 guests have discovered RSVP Vacations. Now owned by Atlantis Events—among the best brand names in gay vacations—RSVP Vacations has a new president Randel Roper. Formerly of Starwood Hotels, Randel brings a new energy to RSVP.

RSVP is drawing a diverse group of passengers aboard their trips. According to Roper, women are now 10 percent of their passengers. He anticipates 350 lesbians to join RSVP for their February sailing aboard the brand new MSC Divina for a Caribbean sailing from Miami on February 15th.

One reason for the increasing draw of women travelers is due to the work of Rachel Pearson, RSVP’s first lesbian executive producer who is responsible for operations and entertainment. Women traveling on RSVP will find lesbian comics Jessica Kirson and Poppy Champlin. There are women-only brunches, disco and cocktail hours.

“Our women passengers find RSVP an alternative to Sweet and Olivia,” claimed Roper. Sweet and Olivia cater to lesbian travelers offering cruises and land-based trips.

That’s not to say that gay men—who still account for 90% of the ship—will have to forgo their leather and underwear parties. With more Europeans and South Americans discovering RSVP Vacations, the clientele is diversifying beyond RSVP’s traditional American base.



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By @ 12/10/13 in Correspondent, Gay honeymoon, Gay marriage, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay-Friendly, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Courtesy: Four Seasons Baltimore

Courtesy: Four Seasons Baltimore

By Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent

With 13 states in the U.S. (as well as the District of Columbia) now with legalized same-sex marriage, there are more and more choices for same-sex couples to choose from for destination weddings and honeymoons. In the first year since same-sex weddings became legal in New York, NYC & Co found that more than 8100 same-sex licenses were issued in the city alone.

The travel industry loves same-sex weddings. We are a new group of potential customers. We tend to book our ceremonies very quickly and we opt-out of the standard cookie cutter ceremony. Just read the Sunday New York Times Wedding announcements, the LGBT community is anything but typical.

With so many options to celebrate our love, it pays to be a smart and well-researched groom or bride. Here are just a few of your choices to mark the most important decision of your life (that is after you come out!)



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By @ 16/09/13 in Uncategorized

Recognizing the very best in gay travel

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While it implies objectivity, “best” is almost always subjective, or — at best — qualified. When we ask for the best hotel or restaurant, the answer can be as much a reflection of our sensibilities as it is of any objective quality measure.
Generally, “you get what you pay for,” but finding “the best” isn’t simply a matter of picking the most expensive option — it’s knowing what resonates for you. We saw a lot in our first year of publication: 68 destinations and 943 hotels. Much of it is a blur. But some of it stands out. Editors’ Choice winners are the ones that resonated most for us. The ones that truly shared our values.  The ones we would go back to… and sometimes do, when we’re not busy searching out new and different places to recommend.

And this year’s Awards go to…



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By @ 11/03/13 in

Looking for our savvy and opinionated recommendations for a specific destination? Here’s the index to our back issues and guides. Destinations in red are also available as individual guides. Back issues are $7.99 within our iPad APP, Destination Guides are $4.99.

CLICK HERE for a special all-access subscription offer, with complete access to every published back-issue with your paid 1-year subscription.

NORTH AMERICA

Atlanta SEP 2013
Atlantic City DEC 2012
Austin, TX MAR 2013
Baltimore APR 2013
Boston OCT 2012
Burlington, VT JAN 2013
Chicago SEP 2014
Cleveland MAY 2014
Dallas APR 2013
Door County, WI JUL/AUG 2013
Ft. Lauderdale JAN 2013
Hawaii MAR 2014
Key West JAN 2015
Las Vegas DEC 2012
Los Angeles DEC 2012
Miami Beach JAN 2013
Milwaukee SEP 2013
Minneapolis MAY 2013
Montreal APR 2013
New Orleans OCT 2012
New Hope, PA JUL/AUG 2013
New York City SEP 2012
Ogunquit MAY 2013
Orange County, CA JUN 2014
Orlando DEC 2012
Palm Beach JAN 2013
Palm Springs MAR 2013
Philadelphia SEP 2012
Phoenix NOV 2012
Phoenix Personified SEP 2014
Portland, OR MAR 2013
Provincetown JUN 2013
Québec City OCT 2012
Rehoboth JUN 2013
San Diego JUN 2014
San Francisco NOV 2012
Santa Fe NOV 2012
Seattle JUL/AUG 2013
Sonoma SEP 2013 and JUL/AUG 2014
Toronto SEP 2012
Vancouver NOV 2012
Washington DC MAR 2014

LATIN AMERICA

Bariloche SEP 2012
Buenos Aires DEC 2013
Buzios OCT 2012
Costa Rica NOV 2012
Curitiba NOV 2013
Florianopolis OCT 2012
Iguazu Falls NOV 2013
Jujuy/Salta Argentina DEC 2013
Mendoza DEC 2013
Merida, Mexico MAR 2014
Mexico City DEC 2012
Montevideo DEC 2013
Panama City MAR 2014
Parati OCT 2012
Puerto Vallarta OCT 2012
Rio de Janeiro OCT 2012
San Miguel de Allende OCT 2013
São Paulo NOV 2013
Trancoso OCT 2012
Tulum SEP 2012

ATLANTIC/CARIBBEAN

Bermuda MAY 2013
Grand Cayman JAN 2014
San Juan OCT 2013
St. Croix JAN 2014
St. Martin NOV 2013
Vieques OCT 2013

EUROPE

Amsterdam DEC 2012
Arctic Norway SEP 2012
Berlin JAN 2013
Brighton JUN 2013
Budapest MAY 2014
Brussels OCT 2012
Cologne OCT 2012
Hamburg JUL/AUG 2014
Lisdoonvarna, Ireland JUL/AUG 2014
London JUL/AUG 2013
Lyon JUL/AUG 2013
Manchester APR 2013
Marseille APR 2013
Milan MAR 2013
Munich JUL/AUG 2013 and JUL/AUG 2014
Mykonos JUN 2013
Paris APR 2013
Puglia JUL/AUG 2014
Reykjavik JAN 2014
Rome MAY 2013
Sitges JUN 2013
Vienna JAN 2013
Wales MAY 2014

ASIA

Hong Kong NOV 2012
Hong Kong Day Trip: Lantau SEP 2014
Japan MAR 2013
Taipei SEP 2013
Thailand

OCEANIA

Auckland DEC 2012
Melbourne NOV 2012

MIDDLE EAST

Beirut SEP 2012
Jerusalem OCT 2013
Petra OCT 2013
Tel Aviv OCT 2013

AFRICA

South Africa MAY 2013

 



By @ 18/02/13 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 @ 17/10/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

The Sphinx

We are very pleased (and fortunate) to announce that Juan Carlos Medina Gedler has joined ManAboutWorld as our newest Global Correspondent.

Juan Carlos Medina Gedler is a tireless curious world travel/documentary photographer. His main passion lies in capturing human ingenuity and architecture in different cultures and human expression in unique situations. His range of subjects are fairly broad, but whether he is photographing people walking into a souk in Africa or life in the last traditional village of South America or people working in a remote Caribbean island, JC’s common aim is always the same – to capture the human element in that Image taking your breath away.

He has had the opportunity to be published with his first photography coffee table book in 2010 dedicated to his father “Un día papá me dijo que soñara …” a compilation of his journey around Europe, Middle East and South America.



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By @ 09/09/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld

Rangel soaking in the Caribbean waters surrounding San Andrés island, Colombia.

Our São Paulo-based correspondent (businessman and former model), Rangel Vilas Boas visited Colombia recently with his husband Tomás. Here’s a photo report he sent us after his trip.

On our first day on the island of San Andrés, we rented a golf cart and drove all the way around the island. There are a lot of activities you can enjoy all over, and at one point you can jump from a rock directly in the sea, very fun (see below)!

 MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE JUMP

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By @ 02/05/12 in

Cristian has training in photography and is based in Neuquen, Patagonia Argentina  He is a fan of off-road motorcycles and skiing; he loves mountain views and has an unrivaled passion for the beaches and the sea.

Cristian says he’s started investing in experiences, travel and experiencing cultures. He enjoys trying new cuisines and discovering unknown places, from Tierra del Fuego to the Caribbean islands, from the atacama Desert to Easter Island. The lens of his camera was able to document these incredible moments. He looks forward to sharing with ManAboutWorld readers his future travels.

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By @ 01/05/12 in

Rich Rubin has written about travel for over twenty years now. He’s thrilled to be back in touch with the team behind ManAboutWorld, having been an early contributor to OUT&ABOUT. He has served as travel editor for Genre and is currently Food and Wine editor for Passport Magazine. His stories have appeared in Saveur, Caribbean Travel & Life, Bride’s, Modern Bride, Travel & Leisure, and many other publications. In his copious free time, he is Producing Artistic Director of Quince Productions, which produces Philadelphia’s only LGBT Theater Festival, GayFest!. He serves on the board of the Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus.

Follow Rich on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Ronnie D'Amico, ManAboutWorld correspondent
By @ 01/05/12 in

Living in San Francisco, and new to the West Coast, Ronnie explores his new surroundings with the eyes of a life-long East Coaster. Born a Jersey boy, he has called Boston, New York City and South Florida home. Ronnie has a deep background in the travel and tourism industry, previously leading domestic and international public relations for the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, and public affairs for that state’s convention centers.

Ronnie believes “everything is copy” – meaning every experience, the breathtaking or heartbreaking, is writing material to share with others.

He travels to experience life outside of his own, connecting with vibrant and unexpected destinations, experiences and communities. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, North America and the Caribbean.

Ronnie currently works in corporate communications for a global ad agency and advocating for the LGBT community. He developed and published the ad industry’s first-ever LGBT mobile device habits study, recognized by the Human Rights Campaign, and published in Advertising Age.

Ronnie has a journalism degree from Northeastern University.

Follow Ronnie’s daily experiences and travels on Instagram.

Subscribe to ManAboutWorld! Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe from Ronnie D’Amico 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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Fred Van Eijk for ManAboutWorld magazine
By @ 01/05/12 in

Fred van Eijk is a frequent traveler, founder and General Manager of Travel Counsellors in the Netherlands and Belgium, travel writer and TV host. Gay father of 3 grown up kids and living in a 17th century loft on a beautiful canal in the center of Amsterdam. Loves exploring new places and returning to his favorite destinations such as Tel Aviv, the Mediterranean, Latin-America, Caribbean, the African bush and New York City. Fred has a passion to be absorbed in local communities, in spotting trends, experiencing other cultures and tasting different cuisines.

 Follow Fred on Twitter @Gaytraveltips and on Instagram Fredvaneijk 

Subscribe to ManAboutWorld! 

Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe from Fred van Eijk 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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