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By @ 04/11/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Seville

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Tucked inside a southern region of Spain, just across the strait from Morocco, exists this gorgeous city or Moorish architecture, where flamenco was born and cute waiters serve tapas at bustling eateries until the wee hours. Our very own Editor-In-Chief Ed Salvato will travel to this storybook city from May 3-6 to explore the gay scene and reveal its secrets. Look for our insider guide in an upcoming issue. 

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By @ 03/26/14 in Event, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Provincetown, Travel

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Liza Minnnelli and Alan Cumming perform together for the firt time ever at the Crown & Anchor August 4. Tickets ($185-350) are already on sale for this rare one-night only live performance. The 7:30pm show is sold out but there is still some availability for the 9pm performance.

A few words about the show from the Crown & Anchor:

Liza Minelli and Alan Cumming have a lot in common. Not only do both love to act, sing, and perform but they both owe practically their entire careers to the musical “Cabaret.” Liza won an Oscar for the 1972 movie version of the musical and Alan won a Tony 20 years later for the 1998 revival at Studio 54 (a place that Liza was more than a little bit familiar with). Now is the first time you get to see the two do songs from the ground-breaking show together!

Tickets are $185 – $350 and go on sale EARLY MARCH. To buy tickets, visit www.onlyatthecrown.com.

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By @ 03/19/14 in Correspondent, David DiGiacomo, Event, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Las Vegas, ManAboutWorld, Party, Travel

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Our very own ManAboutWorld Correspondent (and circuit party aficionado) David DiGiacomo provides the lay of the land for Matinee Las Vegas, scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend along with his top tips for maximizing your enjoyment.

Matinee Las Vegas will take place over Memorial Day weekend (May 23-26). The party brand Matinee was launched over 15 years ago in Ibiza. It has evolved internationally with lavish events including Circuit Festival Barcelona (August 6-17). Upon expanding the brand to North America, the founders asked Patrick Crough and Jake Resnicow to oversee and produce all parties in the USA and Canada.

The first Matinee event was held during Pride NYC on Governors Island. Matinee Las Vegas debuted in 2011. The weekend will feature eight events over four days and nights. The party starts out Friday 9 pm-5 am at Share nightclub. Friday event DJs are Taito Tikaro, Nina Flowers and Felipe Lira.



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By @ 03/17/14 in Adam Groffman, Cologne, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Story and photo by Berlin-based ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Adam Groffman

I’ve now visited Cologne twice and I’d say it’s one of my favorite cities in Germany. With nearly 10% of the local Cologne residents identifying as gay or lesbian, according to the local tourism office, the city has a unique and special atmosphere. Maybe it’s the upbeat attitude of the local residents in Cologne. Maybe it’s the innate friendliness that seems to define the city. Or maybe it’s the fact that people will actually start conversations with strangers on the street. This open-minded attitude and friendly atmosphere makes Cologne a friendly and fun place to visit — and it’s why I’ve been back twice in the past six months!



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By @ 03/13/14 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Paul Teixeira, Travel

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San Francisco-based ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Paul Teixeira was invited on a preview tour of the new Airbus 321 Trans Continental aircraft at San Francisco’s SFO airport. His report:

American Airlines revealed their new Airbus 321 Transcontinental (A321T) aircraft and simultaneously we realized all the good American has been up to during their massive re-branding and merger effort. This will be your new must fly domestic luxury route between Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO) and New York (JFK), and by new, we also mean nostalgic, as they have brought back the class and luxury from the flying glory days of past.



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By @ 03/11/14 in Big Island, Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Hawaii, Honolulu, Kauai, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Aloha!

ManAboutWorld’s latest issue is ready for download. Subscribers: Open your iPad, tap on ManAboutWorld, go to Library, download and enjoy. Non-subscribers may find us in the AppStore. Or click on our website to subscribe and get access to all our back issues.

This is our coolest — and hottest — cover, yet.

Learn why we love Hawaii and its beautiful aloha spirit.

Other coverage includes:

  • Gay family travel to Kauai
  • Washington, DC
  • Merida, Mexico
  • Panama City, Panama
  • 6 fabulous honeymoon hotels
  • and more

Wait, not a subscriber? (Est-ce possible ?! :). Become one now and get access to all our back issues for free.

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By @ 03/08/14 in Adam Groffman, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Gay-Friendly, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots
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Tel Aviv, Adam Groffman

Our Global Correspondent and true man about world Adam Groffman quit his job as a graphic designer in Boston and went on a life-changing 15+ month trip around the world. Since 2011 Adam has been living in Berlin – Europe’s most hipster city. His blog, Travels of Adam, focuses on finding the coolest cultural things to do around the world. 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.

Why do you love to travel?

For me, traveling is a great way to learn, see and experience new things. While I might try new things when I’m home, it’s when I’m out exploring a new part of the world that I really begin to embrace change and try new things. I’ve learned so much from traveling — not just typical skills a backpacker or traveler might pick up, but life skills too.

1. How far in advance do you plan your trips?

It varies. I tend to plan at least a month or two beforehand, but I’ve been known to book quite a few last-minute trips. Sometimes if the airfare is right, why not?!

2. Who do you travel with?

I’ve traveled every which way and I can’t honestly tell you how I prefer it. I’ve done group tours, trips with friends or groups of friends, alone and with my boyfriend. I think there’s a time and a place (and a destination!) for every type of travel.



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By @ 03/06/14 in Correspondent, David DiGiacomo, Event, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Party, Travel
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ManAboutWorld correspondent David DiGiacomo has been to the White Party Palm Springs several times and brings us his top tips for enjoying this desert event celebrating its 25th anniversary.

This year’s White Party Palm Springs marks the 25th-anniversary since this legendary party began. This year it takes place April 25-28 2014. White Party Palm Springs was founded and is produced by Jeffrey Sanker who’s been dubbed “the high priest of gay parties.” The White Party started out with only 300 attendees in its first year and now anticipates hosting over 30,000 revelers from all over the world. Each year Sanker tries to introduce new and upcoming talent to perform at his events throughout the weekend. Such stars as Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, and Icona Pop have all performed at the White Party. I attended two years ago and decided it was time to revisit White Party Palm Springs this year. I have a few tips for those planning to attend the event.

  1. Eat at LULU 200 South Palm Danyon Dr. The food is excellent for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s also a great place to have a drink before heading out.
  2. East Arenas Rd hosts a slew of gay bars all within all within a few hundred feet of each other.



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By @ 02/27/14 in Aaron Drake, Baltimore, Correspondent, Film festival, Gay family travel, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel

birthdayBy ManAboutWorld correspondent Aaron Drake.

This Sunday night, the Baltimore Queer Film and Media Festival gets audiences warmed up with a screening of Chad Darnell’s mockumentary Birthday Cake. The B’More QFest, which takes place June 12-15, 2014, will feature LGBT films from around the world — with a hat tip to Maryland, of course — special performances by the loveable Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace) of his one-man show Fruit Fly: Do Gay Men Become Their Mothers?, and queer-themed art exhibits.

Birthday Cake’s Darnell recently made the rounds on the gay film circuit with his prequel short, Groom’s Cake, which swept up many festival awards. The next preview event for this year’s B’More QFest will be the Del Shore Southern Tragic Humor Double Bill on April 6, featuring the gay cult classic Sordid Lives with Leslie Jordan and Olivia Newton John.

For more about B’More QFest, this year’s film lineup and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.Bmorequeer.org.

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By @ 02/26/14 in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Ibiza, London, Madrid, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Prague, Travel

This article samples one originally published in Iberia Airline’s blog Love2Fly. To read the rest of this article, click here or the link below.

When it comes to LGBT travel, few experiences are as rewarding as travel to Europe. There’s such an amazing variety of cultures, environments, climates, and experiences – all on the most liberal continent on the planet, thanks to the encouraging social (r)evolutions of the 21st century, making most of Europe an ever more gay-friendly destination. There are hundreds of welcoming cities large and small, as well as towns and rural areas, which I could steer you to, depending on your interests, but let me start off by highlighting a handful of the top most prominent, and you could say gay-friendliest:

AMSTERDAM

Say ‘Amsterdam’ and your mind conjures contradictory images, both sublime and profane: Rembrandt and peep shows, coffee shops and cannabis, cobbled streets and red light districts, historic canals and sleazy bars. After all these years, the city remains the godfather of gay pride and the birthplace of LGBT rights, rebellious and uninhibited, and as effortlessly beautiful as ever. The world’s first legal gay and lesbian nuptials were officiated here, and the Homomonument first gay monument was constructed here more than a quarter century ago. The queer scene in Amsterdam is one of the largest in Europe and boasts more than a hundred gay and lesbian bars, clubs, saunas, shops, and hotels. Though summer is the most crowded and fun, Amsterdam attracts visitors all year with gay-oriented events like Pink Christmas in December and King’s Day in April (we of course preferred when it was called Queen’s Day (ahem), but it’s still way popular with gay girls and boys). Flights from Spain, from the USA


BARCELONA/SITGES

As an urban destination, the capital of the Catalonia region is as close to the total package as it gets – a stylish culinary, cultural, nightlife, and design capital with its own spectacular architectural flavour (hello, Gaudí!) and great beaches even right in town, not to mention nearby: The fetching Mediterranean seaside town of Sitges (above), a half hour south, is one of Europe’s top gay resorts. Barcelona has arrived on the gay circuit with a party called, well, Circuit, which attracts thousands of men every August, and following that there’s Girlie Circuit Lesbians for las chicas. Then of course there’s Barcelona’s “Gaixample” – ground zero for a large, diverse (twinks to bears and beyond), and active LGBT scene and community. There are scores of fabulous places to stay, eat, and play gay – but virtually the whole city is welcoming, so spread your rainbow-hued wings. Flights from the UK, from the USA

Click here to discover the other fabulous destinations Ed wrote about.

Ed Salvato is editor in chief of ManAboutWorld, the world’s first gay travel magazine created for iPad (and soon Android tablets) only. Click here for a special three-month free subscription offer.

images | Mike SlichenmyerCaptn_JackJörg Kanngiesser

 

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By @ 02/24/14 in Cancun, CheckOut, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Mexico, Paul VanDeCarr, Travel

Oasis Sens 4 gays at poolOur ManAboutWorld correspondent Paul VanDeCarr visited the Oasis Sens, an adult-only, all-inclusive resort in Cancún, Mexico. Was it as gay friendly as they promoted? Read our new column CheckOut and, well, check it out.

Basics
An “adults-only” resort hotel on the beach featuring outdoor pools, multiple restaurants with various cuisines and a friendly but not obsequious staff. Plenty of entertainments and activities such as Spanish lessons, yoga sessions, stage shows at the “Kinky Club” and cheesy but fun Mayan dance performances out by the pool. Small-to-moderate complaints like problems with the key cards or untidy spots in the common areas prevent the Oasis Sens from being a luxury hotel, if that’s what you’re looking for. The feel here is of folks splurging on a little easygoing beach vacay: the straight lady from Kansas who seemed to relish going topless, the college boy recommending “Dude, you totally have to go into the ocean wasted!!”, the middle-aged Russians in on the direct flight from Moscow, the trash-talking dykes from Dallas and the cute queeny 20-something gay friends from New York.

Location
In Cancún’s hotel zone, which feels about “authentic” Mexican as a Taco Bell. But the real attraction here is the beach, which is gorgeous. To go directly to and from the airport you have to take a shuttle (about US $15) or taxi (about US $30) respectively. Or you can take a US $1 bus ride downtown, and from there catch a cheap “colectivo” van to the airport. Downtown itself is a bit of a hike—too far to walk—though it sports a couple fun gay clubs. Don’t confuse the Oasis Sens with its sister property down the road, the Grand Oasis Cancún, which has the reputation of being a party hotel for drunk college students.



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By @ 02/18/14 in Allister Chang, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

TWC take over of a casino bar probably created its hottest night ever

This is normally the boring bar in a mainstream casino.

By Boston-based Global Correspondent Allister Chang

Boston-based The Welcoming Committee is bringing an innovative spirit of lighthearted activism into the world of gay travel. The TWC’s recent “take overs” of ski resorts, casinos, and other destinations have brought together a range of gay Bostonians. “Soon we’ll take over Cancun for Spring Break,” says Ashley Lucas, a recent hire who spearheaded the “Flannel Takeover” movement (GQBs organized specifically for our lesbian sisters).

TWC has reshaped the landscape of gay nightlife in Boston with their monthly Guerilla Queer Bars (GQB). On the first Friday of each month, TWC “takes over one of the douchiest bars in Boston.”  What Daniel initially began as a joke with 20 friends expanded to over a thousand participants by the 5th event. 

TWC was named “best gay bar” by Boston Magazine in 2012.  “The funny thing about this award,” the founder of TWC Daniel Heller joked, “is that we aren’t a bar!”  



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By @ 02/13/14 in Andy Keown, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, LA/West Hollywood, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Andy  is a tourism PR professional and frequent business traveler. In his job as communications director for Visit West Hollywood, he seeks to make connections with media and travelers around the world. He frequently visits New  York, Sydney and London, and loves seeking out up-and-coming neighborhoods and getting a feel for how people live. He’s an avid fan of anywhere with beaches, sunshine and people who know how to mix business with pleasure.

Follow him on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.



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By @ 02/10/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Our Gay Agenda, Philadelphia, Travel

PhillyThatsSoGay Philadelphia’s Library Company  opens a gay history exhibit today: That’s So Gay: Outing Early America, that looks at the questions of how we can know whether a person who lived in the past would be called lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender today.

While there’s no way to definitively answer these questions, the exhibit looks at the evidence of individuals who took part in same-sex relationships, wrote poems and novels celebrating such relationships, deviated from gender norms, and suffered for transgressive behavior in ways that are well-documented in the historical record. No surprise it’s happening in Philadelphia, the city that tapped Miss Richfield to demonstrate its dual appeal of history and gay nightlife.

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The exhibit is open weekdays through October 17th, but ManAboutWorld suggests visiting in early March, so you can also attend the LGBT party at the Philadelphia Flower Show on March 2.  For more information on where to stay, eat and play in Philadelphia, check out the most recent coverage in this month’s ManAboutWorld Magazine.

If you’re visiting it may be tempting to hop back on a train to New York, Baltimore or DC if you’re from one of these nearby metropolises but the city really is more fun when you stay over. The thoughtful team at VisitPhilly  has made it easier with the enticing VisitPhilly Overnight Hotel package, including (among other events and benefits) the incredibly fun PHS. Philadelphia Flower Show.

Photos courtesy: Library Company.

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By @ 02/05/14 in Correspondent, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, IGLTA, IGLTA Foundation, ManAboutWorld, Travel

BA 2We are very proud to announce that our very own editor in chief Ed Salvato has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the IGLTA Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tourism globally along with Richard Gray.

We are thrilled to have Ed Salvato and Richard Gray join the IGLTA Foundation Board of Directors,” said Board Chair Charlie Rounds. “They each bring unique skills that will allow us to better educate both travel professionals and the traveling public about the value of LGBT global travel.

For details, please click READ MORE below to read the press release sent by the IGLTA Foundation .



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By @ 01/29/14 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Hannes Pálsson, Iceland, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Reykjavik, Travel

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Our Global Correspondent and Iceland native Hannes Pálsson grew up in the absence of  TVs and computers during his childhood leading him to a live of exploration and real-world experiences. This sense of adventure has propelled him to visit over 30 countries thus far and join  Pink Iceland, the country’s only LGBT tour company. We spoke to him about his love of Iceland and 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?

My favorite thing about traveling in Iceland as opposed to my usual city breaks is the feeling of constant awe. I love the fact that I am made to feel small, humbled, by Mother Nature, rather than human achievement. Never have I felt more connected to something greater than the sum of human achievement than when traveling around Iceland

2. How far in advance do you plan your trips?

I seldom plan more than a couple of months in advance and more often then not I get sent a good deal and end up panic booking hotels for the following week!

3. Who do you travel with?

I love traveling on my own but I tend to travel more with my partner or my friends these days. I also try to go on holiday with my extended family every two or three years. Read on for the rest of the interview and for some gorgeous photos of Iceland!



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By @ 01/24/14 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
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By Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent

The Super Bowl kicks off in New Jersey and close to New York City on Sunday, February 2nd.

More than one billon people will tune in to the see the Super Bowl. Don’t have tickets to the game? New York will be hosting dozens of Super Bowl viewing parties at city bars, hotels and restaurants.

There are a series of official weeklong events that kick off on Monday, January 27th with the “Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular,” a free, ticketed event with performances by Daughtry and Goo Goo Dolls and the Macy’s Fireworks show. The kickoff event, the first to ever be associated with a Super Bowl, will be along the Hudson River at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. For all the official information on the Super Bowl, visit www.nynjsuperbowl.com.



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By @ 01/19/14 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Travel

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Update:

What did you think of HBO’s Looking which debuted Sunday, January 19? LA Times loved it. How did SF look?

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Like just about every gay man in America we are eagerly anticipating Looking, HBO’s new series about three men in San Francisco seeking love debuting tonight (Sunday, January 19).

If you decide to head to San Francisco to look for yourself, be sure to download our San Francisco article. Get an “all access” subscription with this special offer here and download the November 2012 issue and get ready to leave your heart in San Francisco.

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By @ 01/11/14 in Auston Matta, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Auston grew up in Phoenix before escaping to Chicago in 2008. He worked as an engineer for six years before deciding to quit his office job and travel around the world with his husband. Since early 2012, they have traveled to nearly 50 countries across the globe and run the travel blog TwoBadTourists.

Auston currently works part-time as a freelance engineer and travel writer, while continuing to explore Europe and beyond from his home base in Madrid. His ridiculous organization, travel savvy and financial planning has helped provide the ability to travel indefinitely.

Follow Auston on his blog or Facebook.

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By @ 01/11/14 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Iceland, ManAboutWorld, Reykjavik, Travel, Vladimir Martinez
Blue Lagoon courtesy Rainbow Reykjavik

Blue Lagoon courtesy Rainbow Reykjavik

By ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Vladimir Martinez

The third annual Rainbow Reykjavik Winter Pride Festival will take place January 30-February 2. This Winter festival has been growing in popularity every year with fans coming from all over the world and joining the local LGBT community to admire the breathtaking landscapes, swim in geothermal waters, enjoy exquisite cuisine and, well, party. Vladimir, who runs the gay travel resource site Gay Travel Advice, is not going to miss the opportunity to attend this year.

Read on to discover more about this weekend. For a more compete guide to Reykjavik, be sure to download our soon-to-be-released January/February issue. What, you’re not a subscriber? Click here for our special offer and start traveling with ManAboutWorld.

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