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By @ 08/06/13 in Gay travel, Glasgow, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Glasgay! is a beacon of sanity in a hypocritical and naughty world. Ian McKellen, The Late Show BBC TV – 1993

GLASGAY! 2013, Scotland’s annual celebration of LGBT culture, runs from October 9 through November 9.

According to the show organizers, “The central theme to the programme will be “LEGACY”. We will celebrate the particular legacy that gay, lesbian and transgendered artists have made to the festival. We also note the progress of LGBT Equality and the emergence of our artists from the artistic side-lines to mainstream success and visibility.

If you pass through London be sure to download this month’s issue of ManAboutWorld with great coverage of the Old Country.

Photo: Production still from a production of Genet’s “The Maids” produced and adapted by Glasgay artists Pauline Goldsmith and Derek McLuckie 

 

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By @ 08/02/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Krakow, ManAboutWorld, Paul VanDeCarr, Travel

Paul VanDeCarr at Sibro cafe-bar, Krakow

ManAboutWorld Correspondent Paul VanDeCarr traveled to Krakow, Poland with his boyfriend. He brings us back this report.

I just had a really fun and affordable four days in Krakow with my boyfriend. And so can you. Except maybe not with my boyfriend. This beautiful Polish city has a relaxed vibe and plenty of English-speaking folks (helpful for a non-Polish speaker such as myself), and, at least at this time of year, an agreeable climate.

We stayed in the lovely Kazimierz district, the old Jewish quarter, at the comfortable and gay-friendly Młynek hostel. The stay came with a delicious breakfast (there’s a good veggie option) at the ground-floor restaurant, which stays open late; and, in one-stop-shopping style, there’s even a weekend nightclub, called Love, in the basement, where lesbians, gays and straights drink and dance to what I must say is rather loud music.



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By @ 07/30/13 in Event, Gay pride, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel

_MG_2731It ain’t easy being gay in Eastern Europe, that’s for sure. (See Russia and its anti gay laws.)

So it’s important to support expressions of pro-gay behavior. Prague is in the Czech Republic, not in Russia. But still only 11% of Czech gays and lesbians are out in their workspace. The them is “coming out.”

If you’ve got some vacation time and money to burn, why not head to Prague August 12-18 and enjoy some Czech Pride? More info below from the event sponsors.



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By @ 07/30/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Photo du jour, Travel

Our Associate Editor Kenny Porpora is in Brazil on assignment and sent us a few photos from the beautiful Iguazu Falls.

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Here’s our Kenny with his new Brazil jacket.

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By @ 07/28/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Our Associate Editor Kenny Porpora is in Brazil on assignment and sent us a few photos from Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo.

The famous disco, "The Week."

The famous disco, “The Week.”

 

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By @ 07/27/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Nikko Lencek-Inagaki, Travel

nikkoMeet our newest correspondent Nikko Lencek-Inagaki. He’s not only a correspondent he’s also our assistant editor, responsible for some of the great editorial you images you enjoy each issue. We are happy to have him on board!

Nikko Lencek-Inagaki was born in NYC to two immigrants from opposite ends of the planet and has spent the better part of his life exploring every place in between. He’s picked bones from the ashes of a traditional Buddhist funeral in Japan, back-packed through Central Europe on a dime, caught fever in Costa Rica, and, well, what happens in Berlin stays in Berlin.

All the good travel advice and worthy recommendations he wished he’d had in advance have been contributed over the years to a number of publications, most recently Out Traveler where he was Web Editor, and TRACE, where he was an Associate Editor.

Nikko is based in Brooklyn, New York, where he still enjoys long walks on the beach.

Connect with Nikko on Instagram or via LinkedIn.

 

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By @ 07/23/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Hannes Pálsson, Iceland, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Gazing at the sun in the Westman Islands

Gazing at the sun in the Westman Islands

Meet our newest correspondent Hannes Pálsson.

Hannes was born and bred in Iceland at a time when there was little else to do but develop a sense of adventure. The absence of  TVs and computers during his childhood meant that Hannes grew up feeling like there was always something to explore and experience. This sense of adventure has propelled him to visit over 30 countries thus far. Since joining Pink Iceland, he hasn’t had much time to travel as his time is now spent designing and planning other people’s travel or weddings in Iceland.

While Hannes is a meticulous planner he very strongly believes in embracing the unplanned adventures every holiday seems to spring on him. From being mistaken for a reporter in Prague and subsequently interviewing an Oscar nominee to winning a prize for best fake orgasm in front of a room full of theater-goers in New York he tries never to miss an opportunity to experience something new.

Connect with Hannes on Facebook and Twitter.

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By @ 07/18/13 in Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, Helena, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel

kidsBy ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent and Traveling Gay Dad Paul J. Heney

Our trip through Glacier National Park ended on a challenging note, as we took a last hike to Avalanche Lake–a ranger told us it was an easy 2 mile (each way) hike with a beautiful view at the end of a lake with waterfalls cascading into it. Both our guidebooks listed it is an “easy” hike. But it was anything but. The 500-ft elevation gain felt more like 2,000 ft. Our feet were exhausted by the end; the view was stunning, but we slugged back to the car and decided we were done, to the hotel it was.

I’d originally planned to have us stay in Kalispell, Montana that evening, the main town at the western end of the park. But the best lodging option seemed to be the Pine Lodge in nearby Whitefish. I didn’t know anything about Whitefish and I guess I assumed it was sort of a crummy suburb of Kalispell, 15 min north. I couldn’t have been more wrong.



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By @ 07/18/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
1988- Elizabeth Taylor and Liza Minnelli attended a benefit at the Sheraton Centre honoring Michael Jackson

1988- Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli and Whitney Houston attended a benefit at the Sheraton Centre honoring Michael Jackson

The Times Square Sheraton may boast the best uptown location of any major hotel, and we love that it’s walking distance to Hell’s Kitchen, perfect for gays looking to party it up in Manhattan’s new gay mecca without having to worry about cab fare. In recent years, as Hell’s Kitchen has slowly been replacing gay outposts like Chelsea and the West Village, it’s become more and more logical to stay uptown.

The hotel recently underwent a massive $160 million renovation and it shows. The lobby has a grand feel about it, a classy lounge, a great restaurant and a terrific, below-level gym. The rooms themselves aren’t huge but feel intimate and cozy rather than small.  It’s still not a party hotel – you’ll notice plenty of families and children – but it’s one of the best options in a rapidly evolving area, where hot clubs and gay bars are now infiltrating what once was the sole hangout of camera-toting Midwestern tourists.

Once outside the revolving glass doors, you’re a five-minute walk to Central Park, Columbus Circle, and another 5-10 from Fifth Avenue shopping. In the other direction, you’re an equal distance from Times Square, Broadway, the Ed Sullivan Theater, and of course, Hell’s Kitchen proper. The hotel has been popular with iconic gay-popular celebrities, too, as witnessed by this classic photo from 1988.

 

 

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By @ 07/16/13 in Billy Kolber, Europe, Gay cruise, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Let your gay freak flag fly! Photo courtesy Source Events.

Let your gay freak flag fly!
Photo courtesy Source Events.

By Billy Kolber. Originally published in HuffPost Gay Voices

There’s never been a better summer and fall to cruise in Europe. There are still five all-gay (big- and small-gay) cruises to choose from this summer, offering a remarkable breadth of styles, ports and experiences. Every one of these cruises is reason enough to go, but If you’ve never tried a gay cruise, here are five more:

  1. There’s no better place to make new friends. Seriously, next to college and summer camp (both of which you’ve probably outgrown), gay vacations offer the best opportunity to share new experiences with new people. Ask any gay cruise veteran the best part about their vacation, and they inevitably say, “Making new friends.” As adults, we don’t have many environments that are conducive for making new best friends. Cruising is one of them.
  2. It’s a vacation from planning a vacation. Not that there aren’t options (particularly on the big gay cruises, there are dozens of dining and entertainment opportunities every moment of the day), but the freedom comes in choosing to do what you feel like, when you feel like it, and having it all available without much planning or thinking, and almost all of it without an additional charge.
  3. Value. Most guests spend a few hundred dollars beyond the upfront price for drinks, shore excursions, spa treatments and other extras. And some spend thousands. But you can easily go the whole trip without spending an extra dime.
  4. Variety. If you have Gay-DD, European cruising was made for you. You’ll get to sample lots of different places and cultures. What could be more fabulous than drinking wine in Bordeaux one day, hitting the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao another, and then dancing the night away in Ibiza, all without ever repacking your suitcase?
  5. Community. And the freedom to be yourself within it. Whether your freak flag flies toward silly, sexy or serious, there are few experiences as liberating, empowering and supportive as an all-gay environment.

Ready to come aboard?

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By @ 07/13/13 in Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, Helena, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel

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By ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent and Traveling Gay Dad Paul J. Heney

Glacier National Park has been a hit with the boys so far. We’re staying at a simple place in National Park property called the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. It’s really an amazing location, about 10 miles inside the park, at the confluence of several hiking trails. Mountains seem to sprout up in every direction and the skies are an unreal shade of blue. The complex, a few miles west of the Many Glacier area, includes campgrounds, small cabins to rent, and a very old school but serviceable series of motel rooms. There’s also a very nice Italian restaurant and a gift shop that sells camping and hiking gear, along with a good selection of food and drinks.



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By @ 07/11/13 in Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, Helena, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel

 

The Montana state Capitol in Helena. Quite beautiful inside.

The Montana state Capitol in Helena. Quite beautiful inside.

By Paul J. Heney

Our first day of our first gay family trip went well. We’d decided to save some money and use frequent flier miles, so we were somewhat restricted by the airline’s (United’s) whims. We flew from CLE-IAH-DEN-HLN. A three hour layover in Houston was actually a nice gift; the kids spotted a Chili’s and begged to have lunch there. We were fine with that, because it wasn’t McDonalds. We also took a tour of about every gift shop in the B and C terminals … but I convinced the boys to save their money, as they would probably see some really cool stuff in Montana.



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By @ 07/07/13 in Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, Gay-Friendly, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel, United States
A healthy fear of bears;)

A healthy fear of bears;)

By Paul J. Heney

Our first gay family adventure—should I be nervous?

In a few days, I’ll be taking what I am deeming my first gay family trip. I’ve traveled extensively with my two sons—and I’ve traveled extensively with my partner—but the four of us have never taken a trip together. Lance and the boys get along quite well, and this trip seemed like a natural. Until I pointed out to Lance recently that he’d never been around the boys 24 hours a day for a whole week. That got him thinking a little. And me as well, I suppose. Will we get along in the car? Will everyone want to do the same activities? Who sits next to whom on the plane? Will the lack of internet connectivity and television where we’re going drive someone (me!) insane?



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By @ 07/03/13 in Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, Haven Caylor, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Carter, Haven, & Ammon Museum of Natural History

Carter, Haven, & Ammon Museum of Natural History

By Haven Caylor

My husband, Sean, and my children, Carter and Ammon started summer with a one-week vacation the second week of June. Our favorite family vacation spot isn’t an amusement park or a beach it’s New York City. Ammon, Carter, Sean, and I have some special places we return to, and we add new places as Carter and Ammon get older.

Sean and I started going to New York City on a regular basis in 2004. Carter and Ammon started going with us when they were 18 months old. We have been lucky that Sean’s mother, Nana, goes with us to take care of Ammon and Carter if we go to a late-night Broadway show, but as they have gotten older, we choose shows that Carter and Ammon can enjoy as well.

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By @ 07/03/13 in Around the world, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Paul Teixeira, Travel
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FREEDJ

ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Paul Teixeira and his partner Jose are in the midst of an 87-day global gay adventure. He agreed to document his trip here with highlights from many destinations around the world. In his own words:

We recently spent six fabulous nights in Paris as part of our 87 day round-the-world trip, and thanks to the exclusive ManAboutWorld Paris guide, we had the inside track knowledge which made it that much easier to have an amazing time.

We must post about some additional nightlife discoveries to add to your choices. We found the newer club FREEDJ to be our favorite for most any night. They have hot friendly bartenders and a great looking clientele, both locals and visitors. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, they open their downstairs brick arched underground dance club to get down with some of the best current pop remixes. Sunday is their creative church themed “MESS” party with glow rings and glow rosaries, candy communion like wafers, bartenders in custom shirts and costumes, and a nun dressed DJ. This party goes until 3AM, and if you still have it in you, the staff and friends may take you to the locals after party at L’Enchanteur. You’ll get to go until 7AM at this Dance/Karaoke bar and party with most of the locals and staff at the bars in the area.

Get yourself to Paris and enjoy some of the best and varied gay nightlife in Europe!

 

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By @ 07/02/13 in Australia, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, Parting Shots, Photo du jour

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After a breathlessly exciting week of gay news and then Gay Pride we thought it was time for a little R&R. Well, why not try a camel trek in Western Australia? That’s exactly what ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Michael Siebert did. Here’s his report, just in.

I’m at Cable Breach. In Broome Western Australia. I just took this picture. June-September is ideal weather in this area. The camel ride is the classic thing to do here … I was on ” tiny” the largest camel in cable beach.



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By @ 06/26/13 in Bob Witeck, Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Welcome to our newest Global Correspondent, Bob Witeck!

Bob Witeck thinks of the world as his teacher, but not to be tamed. A native of Washington D.C., he founded his long-admired LGBT public relations and public affairs firm to look out for global clients, issues and trends. And to write.

His career spans from politics to public relations to authoring the first-ever book on LGBT marketing (“Business Inside Out,” 2006 Kaplan). While his business and leisure travel already have taken him to five continents, he hopes one day to conquer all seven. He and his husband, Bob, love the spontaneity and surprises that come from travel, new friends and fresh encounters, dining al fresco, and avoiding long lines everywhere.

Follow Bob on Twitter @bob_witeck
Connect with Bob at www.Witeck.Communications too.

 

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By @ 06/23/13 in Cristian Flores, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Patagonia, South America

Cristian Flores, Villa La Angostura, Neuquén Province

In each issue we share our favorite photos from ManAboutWorld’s peripatetic Global Correspondents. We occasionally highlight some of those here. Today we explore La Angostura, Neuquen, Patagonia (in Argentina) brought to us by Cristian Flores. In his words:

Villa La Angostura is located in the province of Neuquen, in the north of Patagonia Argentina. It’s a small town, surrounded by mountains and forests originating on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi.

You can visit throughout the year, depending on the activities you want to perform, from June to September you can ski, because here is a major ski resort. The months with the most heat are from December to March, you can navigate the lake, you can practice water sports, or enjoy a fishing day.

Trekking through the woods, shores of a lake, riding bicycles or walking, you can do throughout the year, just depends on your spirit of adventure.



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By @ 06/21/13 in Asia, Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Nepal, Parting Shots, Scott Holman, Travel

Scott Holman-Kathmandu

In each issue we share our favorite photos from ManAboutWorld’s peripatetic Global Correspondents. We occasionally highlight some of those here. Today we explore Kathmandu, Nepal brought to us by Scott Holman. In his words:

One of my favorite shots from this trip. Kathmandu is all developing-nation chaos but it has these beautiful, colorful juxtapositions such as this popcorn seller and ice deliverer.

In spite of the craziness, Kathmandu is incredibly fascinating. Gorgeous temple districts, great food, lively street life all with a backdrop of the Himalayas. If you get the chance, have a meal on a rooftop restaurant where it all seems so much more peaceful.

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By @ 06/16/13 in Dillon Davis, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Mykonos, Travel
Flickr:  Ricc_HB74

Flickr: Ricc_HB74

We asked Dillon, ManAboutWorld’s talented photo editor, to share a few words about some of his his favorite images from this month’s issue. Here’s what moved him about this image of Mykonos harbor.

When looking at this photograph, it’s hard for me not to envision a scene out of a Julie Delpley movie. One where two young lovers stroll carelessly through an exotic city, frequently happening across charming locations such as this small portside taverna.  It is nestled in a sandy patch of shoreline carved out along the Mykonos harbor, where the narrow hillside streets give way to a vast expanse of water and small motorboats. Conversation is illuminated by a single strand of electric bulb lights, strung up to the mast of an old fishing vessel long since settled ashore. What more perfect setting for a moment in life, one worth re-watching time and time again.

Find lots more fabulous images in our June issue. It’s also packed full of hot summer travel tips.

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