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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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By @ 06/12/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Philadelphia, Travel
Philly's Gayborhood; J Smith for GPTMC

Philly’s Gayborhood; J Smith for GPTMC

Celebrating a decade of getting its history straight and nightlife gay (riffing off their groundbreaking LGBT advertising campaign), the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection is promoting a very gay summer (and early fall). Here’s a look at some of the most popular events to plan a weekend visit around. (Before you go, download our September 2012 issue.)

  • Summer Pink Pub Crawl guides participants to some of the Gayborhood’s favorite watering holes beginning at Tavern on Camac then onto the Venture Inn, Tabu Sports Bar and finally Voyeur Nightclub. Those wearing pink can join the sipping for $25 while non-pink wearers can join the fun for $5 more at $30. July 13 pinkpubcrawl.com
  • QFest welcomes independent LGBT filmmakers to town to screen dozens of movie premieres and attend other celebrity-studded events. July 11-22. qfest.com
  • The Philadelphia Phillies welcome thousands of gay and lesbian fans to Citizens Bank Park each August for Gay Day. August 7. 1 Citizens Bank Way, (215) 463-6000, phillygaydays.com
  • Gender Reel takes a look at transgender life during a special art and film festival featuring live music and special events. September 19-21. (215) 732-2220, genderreelfest.com
  • Philadelphia celebrates National Coming Out Day with OutFest, a block party in the heart of the Gayborhood that’s made up of drag shows, games, bar crawls and shopping. Philadelphia’s celebration is the largest Coming Out Day street festival in the world. October 13.
    (215) 875-9288, phillypride.org

 

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By @ 06/09/13 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Zachary Moses

funimage3Welcome to our newest Global Correspondent, Zach Moses!

Zachary is the Director of Marketing & Adventure Tour Development for HE Travel; the world’s first gay tour operator. His title is long, but is an understatement for the many hats he wears. Zachary has spearheaded the re-branding of HE Travel; formerly two distinct companies: Hanns Ebensten Travel & Alyson Adventures.

Recently named one of the top 35 travel professionals under the age of 30 by Travel Agent Magazine, Zachary has been making a splash in the gay travel scene. He discovered his love for travel as a stand-up comic. While planning his tours all over the western United States,  he discovered his knack for communicating with people and coordinating travel.

Zachary’s passions are travel, comedy, writing, playing guitar and exotic foods.

Follow Zach on Facebook or his blog.

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

Aaron Drake travel shotWelcome to our newest correspondent!

Aaron Drake was corn fed, born and raised in Ohio before relocating to California at the age of 20. He graduated magna cum laude with honors from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Mass Communication & Social Issues. The former editor of Frontiers magazine, Los Angeles’ local gay rag, Aaron has also freelanced for The Advocate, Outlook Weekly, GayCities and OutinAmerica.com.

Aaron was introduced to the exciting world of travel during college when he studied abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since then his travels have taken him throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Whether it’s enjoying the lifestyle of luxury travel, cozy gay resorts or a wilderness adventure, he is always itching to find the next breathtaking experience. He is also an actor and singer/songwriter. Aaron is married and lives with his husband and their mischievous Cairn Terrier in L.A.

Follow Aaron on Twitter: @theaarondrake

Connect with him on LinkedIn

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By @ 06/08/13 in Boston, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

The lobby

The lobby

Hotel Commonwealth, a super-friendly boutique hotel in a bustling neighborhood in Boston, has been hiding in plain sight for a decade. With a recent renovation, it is high time that gay visitors gave it a second look. The hotel is rather elegant from outside and inside. The entrance leads upstairs (it’s a tad confusing but you’ll get used to it pretty quickly) to an inviting lounge with big comfy chairs and the incredibly friendly reception area. Well trained, the front desk staff are quick, efficient and fonts of local knowledge.

The hotel is in Kenmore Square with a Green Line subway station right under the building; a major (and beautifully designed) bus station across the street; and a major Hubway (bike share) station also across the street that always had bikes available during a recent weekend visit. This system is inexpensive ($6 per day) and tourist friendly. The hotel is near Boston University so expect a young, vibrant neighborhood with great places to eat (many very budget focused). The only drawback to this neighborhood would be during a Red Sox game. With Fenway Park just behind the hotel, the crowds may be rather difficult to navigate when a game lets out.

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By @ 05/20/13 in Event, Gay pride, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Israel, ManAboutWorld, Middle East, Travel

israel 2Tel Aviv has come into its own in recent year with a gay scene as large as many similar size cities in North America and, depending on your tastes, with some of the hottest guys in the world. Exhibit A is the irresistibly hot Ori Avrahami, pictured above and below, the muscular cover model for F.O.D’s Pride issue. Learn more about F.O.D. on Facebook.

We are sending a writer to Pride so we’ll have our own Tel Aviv guide soon. For now, download F.O.D.’s guide for a round up of Pride activities as well as recommendations for where to stay, eat, play/meet and more.

Additionally blessed with a terrific beach, really nice weather, great food and proximity to popular Middle East attractions from religious sites in Jerusalem and the Dead Sea to Petra and more, Tel Aviv is well worth a visit. We love it during Gay Pride when all the boys come out to play from throughout the region. Tel Aviv Gay Pride is Friday June 7 but there are events throughout the week leading up to June 8.

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By @ 05/12/13 in Chicago, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Perched alongside Chicago’s most famous parks (at South Michigan Ave and Balbo Street), the Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel has a long, rich history and a desirable set of assets and amenities that make it a worthy choice for gay travelers.

It’s steps from Millennium and Grant Parks, home to art museums, fountains, lush lawns, outdoor performance spaces and, of course, the famous reflective “Cloud Gate” sculpture, informally known as the Bean. It’s near the financial and theater district, the Loop (and the “El,” what we know of as the subway in New York). Downtown is where most major hotels are located in Chicago. Boystown is a good $20 cab ride away but you can hop on the Red Line which goes right to the heart of Boystown in about 20 minutes for a lot less. (Take the El at Harrison and get off at Belmont.) There’s shopping and a Starbucks on the Concourse level below the lobby.

Credit: www.flickr.comphotos22746515@N024865734246.jpg

Credit: www.flickr.comphotos22746515@N024865734246.jpg



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By @ 05/11/13 in Around the world, Australia, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Melbourne, Paul Teixeira, Travel

 

Full disclosure: This is Sydney but it's a hot pic

Full disclosure: This is Sydney but it’s a hot pic

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:

Cocktails in Melbourne

To add some more fun to the ManAboutWorld Novermber 2012 Melbourne long weekend suggestions, we sampled a bunch of gay operated and friendly high end cocktail bars in the central business district. These will wet your palette and are a brilliant place to meet someone. There is a large amount of these themed prohibition style bars and lounges in the area and they all have a different ambiance and cocktail assortment to offer. They are open late on most nights and they make quality carefully mixed and innovative cocktails you’ll want to sip all night long while socializing. Some offer small bites as well in case you need something sweet or salty to go along with your drink.



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By @ 05/11/13 in Art, Event, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Party, Travel

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You have to love it when a destination promotes itself as having balls!

Who would have expected it from “stodgy” old Vienna? Well, actually we would have. Vienna’s is not just the capital of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. It’s also a center for innovation, exciting modern art and lots of cool and cutting-edge events. Including these balls, or dances.

Below and on the next page are some of the events we think will most appeal to LGBT travelers sent by our friends in the tourism office who were the ones who gleefully tee’d them up as a city with balls. If you decide to head to Vienna, be sure to download our free app and subscribe or purchase our January/February 2013 issue.

The Life Ball (May 25, 2013) is Europe’s wildest – and highest grossing – AIDS/HIV charity event. Everyone from the Federal Chancellor to Hollywood A-listers makes their way to Rathausplatz for the fashion show, before letting their hair down for a night of hard partying. Life Ball tickets are a seriously hot commodity, but everyone can enjoy the spectacular opening ceremony and fashion show free of charge.



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By @ 04/25/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New Zealand, Travel
Wellington, the  capital

Wellington, the capital

Photo and story by ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent, Michael Siebert

With all the hoopla about France’s vote to become the 14th nation allowing same-sex marriage. Let’s not forget about the 13th. On April 17, 2013 New Zealand lawmakers pass a bill in favor of gay marriage with a wide majority, with 77 votes in favor and 44 against. Gay-rights advocates celebrated outside parliament after the bill was passed, making New Zealand the 13th country to legalize gay marriage.

Click here to watch lawmakers and the public singing the New Zealand love song, “Pokarekare Ana.”

We covered Auckland, New Zealand in our December 2012 issue. Click here to subscribe and download.

 

 

 

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By @ 04/22/13 in Baltimore, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Philadelphia, Travel
He tried (and loved) the 4 Seasons spa but this is not our writer.

He tried (and loved) the 4 Seasons spa but this is not our writer.

By ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Jeff Guaracino

Do you need to getaway quick? Does room service and a maid sound just fabulous?  Travel doesn’t always have to be far away from home (just far enough!). Could it be as easy as checking into a local luxury hotel that is part treat and part escape. When you travel as much as I do, sometimes a hotel can be just another hotel. There are two close-by hotels that surprised me both by their incredible views, luxurious but affordable prices, and staff who make everyone feel VIP. And guess what? They are both in two cities that are worth spending more time in — Baltimore and Philadelphia.

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By @ 04/13/13 in Barcelona, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Travel

Scott Holman, Barcelona Mies van der Rohe PavilionThe last section of our magazine is “Parting Shots,” which are photos taken by our Global Correspondents, subscribers and other friends who send us their favorite image relating to that month’s theme. Our April theme was architecture. Here’s the story behind one of our favorite pictures: the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona from ManAboutWorld friend, contributor, and graphic designer Scott Holman. If you already subscribe, download April from within the app. If you don’t subscribe, download the issue in the AppStore here.

After years of studying art history and design, I have a few iconic pieces/locations on my list of stuff to see in person. This Mies van der Rohe was originally designed and built for the 1929 International Exhibition, was disassembled right after and reconstructed in 1980. It has been on my list since art school days and it was exciting to see it live on a 50th birthday trip.

 



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By @ 04/12/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Mexico, Photo du jour, Puerto Vallarta, Travel

ArcencielstudiVallarta-48[1] PVThis photo comes to us courtesy of Puerto Vallarta Carnival, which took place earlier this year, but we loved the colors and the sexy look of this disguised stranger.

It’s not a gay event per se but with all those feathered, bejeweled and made-up guys, there’s certainly something at least a bit queer about it.

Speaking of PV, we recently covered their upcoming Pride. Click here for more information.



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By @ 04/10/13 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Travel
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/scalleja/

The weather in the Northeast has been spectacular. Imagine a beautiful day like that as you stroll around the heart of historic, romantic Paris with your partner? Or explore museums, hit the clubs or kick back at a cool lounge with your bestie numéro un?

Why imagine? Download this month’s issue and (re)discover the City of Light like you’ve never seen it before. Our team has all visited their recently and lived there in the not too distant past. We know and love Gai Paree and you’ll feel that as you read our family of articles on this city we adore.

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By @ 04/02/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Travel

parisApril in Paris conjures up romantic images of you and a special someone strolling along the Seine, warm croissants in hand.

Make it happen with ManAboutWorld’s latest issue with lots of up-to-the-minute coverage of the City of Light. If you subscribe already, download April with the app. If you don’t subscribe, download the issue in the AppStore here.

Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eisenbahner/



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By @ 03/23/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel
Ok, I could get into this.

Ok, I could get into this.

Our correspondent, Paul J. Heney, likes baseball enough to travel for spring training. Hey, he’s a dad! Catch his early ball-game fever.

It sure doesn’t feel like Spring across most of the Northern half of the U.S. But what if you could combine some glorious sunshine and warm temperatures with a close-up look at some well-muscled athletes right about now?

The Cactus League season is wrapping up, but it’s not too late for a last minute getaway. The season runs from February 22 to March 30, and encompasses 15 of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams (the rest train in Florida). All of the ballparks are within a 30 mile drive of downtown Phoenix, making it fairly easy to take in a few games at different ballparks over several days.



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By @ 03/20/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Tiny little Tybee Island (a spot of land in the eastern most part tip of Georgia, lying within the influence of Savannah) plays host to Gay Days 2013, featuring a raft of fun events, including Cornholing. Check out its description and origin here but basically you toss bean bags into a hole.

Other activities include strolling along the beach, sampling fresh seafood and partying. Presented by GaySavannah.com, this inaugural LGBT event will unite area residents and visitors for a full weekend of festivities.

According to Reilly Sharp, the PR spokesperson for GaySavannah.com:

We want to create a signature event that will showcase Tybee’s laid-back styleTybee has always been very welcoming and supportive of the gay and lesbian community. We invite everyone to experience Tybee’s relaxed coastal style and warm Southern hospitality.



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By @ 09/28/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Photo: http://www.castrostreetfair.org/

Our editor in chief is missing these events all taking place the first week of San Francisco (he’s leaving Monday, October 1. Drats!) But you don’t have to. If you hurry, you can catch one of the following fun events, whether you’re proclivities tend towards the sporty, the literary or the queer. (Or all of the above.)

  • America’s Cup World Series, Oct. 2-7
  • Fleet Week, Oct. 4-8
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Oct. 5-7
  • Litquake, Oct. 5-13
  • Castro Street Fair, Oct. 7 (This one is super gay; see photo above)
  • San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade, Oct. 7
  • San Francisco 49ers vs. Buffalo Bills, Oct. 7

The folks at San Francisco Travel have posted details on these events and others on their website, www.sanfrancisco.travel. To help you navigate around the city efficiently and economically, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency has also provided maps and other transit updates specifically related to these events as well.

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