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By @ 06/21/18 in Allister Chang, Gay travel, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Travel

Andaz Scottsdale in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineA uniquely Sonoran getaway with stunning views of Camelback Mountain, the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa is a good choice if you’re looking for blue skies, private relaxation, and Arizonan cowboys. A close collaboration with Cattle Track Arts & Preservation, a local artists’ commune, creates a special feeling that you’re joining a close-knit community when you check-in.

Location

Located on 23 -acres in exclusive Paradise Valley with amazing views of Camelback Mountain, this Andaz is located two miles north of Old Town Scottsdale for galleries, museums, art walks, restaurants, and the Fashion Square shopping center. Less than a mile from the Cattle Track Arts & Preservation compound, you can ask for a quick shuttle over in the resort’s Teslas to check out these local artists’ studios. Great mountain hiking, biking and running can also be found in The Valley of the Sun. Nearby, it’s a short trip to go kayaking in the Salt River with Arizona Outback Adventures or to take a private hot air balloon ride with Hot Air Expedition (an activity that’s extra popular here because it’s almost always sunny!).

Andaz Scottsdale in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Cattle Track Artist Mark McDowell

The resort has an artist-in-residence program that provides guests with opportunities to interact with local artists throughout their stay. These artists create all the artwork around the resort, from painting, pottery, to photography. Once you’ve entered this secluded Andaz bubble, it’s easy to forget that you’re only 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Rates

During Scottsdale peak season (winter), rooms start at $399 per night and suites start at $2,500. The (ANDAZ)RED Cabana + XL Pool View King Package starts at $629 per night, including a snack upon arrival, a signature (RED)-inspired breakfast and a special departure gift. At the Resort’s restaurant, Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen, local flavors like avocado toast with cress start at $14, and room service for fresh-creations like the AZ grass fed burger ($22) cost a delivery charge of $5. Bespoke poolside cocktails start at $10.

Room/Bathroom

Each of the 201 bungalow-style guestrooms and suites has a shower with double showerheads, with enough space to comfortably fit 8. You’ll feel serious FOMO every second you aren’t partying with college boys from ASU in this shower. Reserve a room with a private outdoor patio to keep the party going outside, with chaise lounges and high walls for additional privacy. Perfect to fill in between your tan lines. The guestroom interiors were conceived by EDG Interior Architecture + Design, with colorful nods to mid-century designers like Alexander Girard. Guestrooms and suites range from 350 to 1,800 square feet, with Spanish-style front terraces.

Andaz Scottsdale in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Amenities and services

The Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary is worth spending a full day (or ten) at. Champagne pre- and post- personalized treatments heighten your senses to take in the novel smells and textures of indigenous ingredients, like prickly pear treatment oils. The 12,000-square-foot spa includes four indoor and three outdoor treatment rooms, outdoor hydrotherapy pools, a nail and hair salon, eucalyptus steam rooms, outdoor relaxation lounges and an exclusive private pool for spa guests. Sunbathe, steam, swim, and repeat. Next to the spa is the Andaz’s gym, whose walls come down when weather permits (i.e. when it’s not too sunny and beautiful outside). Erg outdoors with a straight-shot view of Camelback Mountain.

For better people watching, take a dip in and lounge by Turquoise Pool, which has over 150 chaise lounges and day beds in addition to 13 private cabanas. Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen, the Resort’s restaurant and bar, features innovative use of plancha cooking techniques by Executive Chef Adam Sheff. Delicious fresh-cooked dishes featuring local ingredients are available to eat in or order in as room service from 6:30AM to 10:00PM. For a show, order the Mercury Mirage cocktail, smoked tea infused over proofed rye whisky with smoked chili bitters. Don’t forget to take advantage of the complimentary “adult treats” by the pool every day at 11:30AM.

Gay factor

Artsy and progressive, this Resort sees a diverse clientele, including many gay couples and families. Open Grindr and you’ll find a mix of ASU college students and pumped-up Arizonan daddies. In March this year, Andaz Scottsdale joined 4 other Andaz resorts to partner with (RED), the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver. The (ANDAZ)RED Cabanas provide a portion of each booking to support (RED)’s fight to end AIDS.

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa
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By @ 06/18/18 in Gay travel, Giuseppe Giulio, Travel

Giuseppe Giulio's top 5 gay Italy hot spots in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine Beauty, the romantic town of Naples and the soaring height of Etna are just some of the treats in store for LGBT travelers making their way to this country — a gay-friendly jewel in the world. Here, we take a look at my 5 top Italy hot spots.

Sicily

One of the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is an autonomous region of Italy Places that also includes several smaller isles. Home to every great Mediterranean civilization, Sicily is rich in art and history; from Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples to Palermo’s Baroque churches.

Lakes

The Romans were first to see the potential of the Italy lakes as a holiday destination. They built their sumptuous villas in some of the prime positions around Como and Garda, where the southern foothills of the Alps sweep down towards the Mediterranean and the fertile plains of northern Italy.

Giuseppe Giulio's top 5 gay Italy hot spots in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineVenice

Venice never loses its capacity to enchant in Italy. There’s a reason why it’s popular: the sheer loveliness of an exquisite city that seems miraculously built on water. It’s important to remember Venice’s churches and museums offer antique glories aplenty, but there is also a vibrant art scene, even away from the Art Biennale.

Tuscany

Italy’s most famous region, Tuscany conjures images of beautiful rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees. The many pleasures of Tuscany include tasting wine in Chianti, simply relaxing in hill towns such as San Gimignano or exploring Renaissance art in Florence.

Naples

Naples, Italy birthplace of pizza has drawn many hungry visitors, including those hungry for culture: its historic center is the largest in Europe, covering over 4,000 acres and 27 centuries. Piazza Bellini, by day a quiet square with cafes to relax from the hustle and bustle in the nearby Via dei Tribunali, at night a popular hangout of young Neapolitans.\

Giuseppe Giulio's top 5 gay Italy hot spots in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Story and photos by Giuseppe Giulio

Giuseppe Giulio, IGLTA member, is a Travel Design and Digital PR Specialist, who serves several tour operators, online magazines and startups reaching the LGBTA community using SEO, Web 2.0, Social Network marketing and Strategic Online Media Placement.

 

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By @ 06/11/18 in Barry Hoy, Gay travel, Shanghai, Travel

Barry Hoy and his partner with Shanghai in the background in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineShanghai literally means the city by the sea, and it is the gateway to China. There are endless things to do and see, like shopping in high-end venues for designer items, or stroll through the backstreets for photo opportunities… or to hunt for interesting trinkets and traditional Chinese handicrafts.

Read Barry’s Journey to Asia, Part 1: Discover Hong Kong.

Read Barry’s Journey to Asia, Part 2: Kuala Lumpur here.

Where to Stay

Jing An Shangri-La – Located on the Puxi side of the Huangpu River in the Jing An Business District – one of Shanghai’s most prestigious and fashionable business and commercial districts. The hotel boosts spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of the city.

Peace Hotel – This has been a Shanghai landmark for over eight decades, enjoying a premier location on the Bund. The hotel faces the Pudong area over the Huangpu River, where you will find all the impressive high-rise buildings and towers.

Where to Eat

Here are a few suggestions: 

  • Yong Yi Ting at the Mandarin Oriental – A one Michelin star restaurant featuring Chef Tony Lu and his unique vision, combining the diverse gastronomic influences of Shanghai and its neighbouring provinces.
  • 1515 West at the Jing An Shangri-La – The 1515 West, Chophouse & Bar combines the aesthetics of an old Shanghai movie set with the décor of a classic American bar and grill.
  • Din Tai Fung – This is the chain of restaurants that made Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) famous, so it’s only logical that they serve some of the best in the world.
  • Yang’s Dumpling – With multiple locations throughout the city, they serve their famous pan-fried soup filled buns.
  • Shanghai Grandmother (by the Bund) – Shanghainese restaurant with many classic local dishes.
Adventures in Shanghai by Barry Hoy for ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineGay Nightlife

There are not many gay bars in Shanghai, but here are a few top picks of places to go for a drink and to meet locals:

  • Lucca – One of Shanghai’s best-known gay bar and club in the French Concession area. It gets busy on weekends and attracts upscale local and international crowd.
  • Happiness 42 – Modern and chic, with a sexy red lighting throughout the bar. It’s a good place to start off the night.
  • Paw & Six – Located in the same building as Lucca on the sixth floor, this place attracts more of a bear crowd.
  • Snap! – Monthly party where people gather for a night of dressing up and dancing. Each party generally has a unique theme, and the location may change so you should check with a local or on WeChat (Chinese social app) for details.

Did you know that most visitors require a visa to enter China? Want more information about this and the Transit Visa Exemptions? Visit asianmapleaf.com to read more about our adventures in Shanghai. Also, stay tuned for more of our ultimate must-see travel stops around the Globe.

Read Barry’s Journey to Asia, Part 1: Discover Hong Kong.

Read Barry’s Journey to Asia, Part 2: Kuala Lumpur here.

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By @ 06/06/18 in Gay travel, James Careless, The CheckOut, Toronto, Travel

Hotel X, Toronto in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineThe brand-new, stylistically-striking Hotel X Toronto in Toronto, Canada is anything but yet another cookie-cutter urban luxury hotel crammed into a downtown lot. Hotel X Toronto is a very short taxi/Uber/Lyft ride from everything that Toronto has to offer; making it an ideal headquarters for enjoying Pride Toronto or any other event in Canada’s largest city. Story by ManAboutWorld correspondent, James Careless.

Amenities

Worth noting: The 404-room, 30-storey Hotel X Toronto is likely correct in claiming that it offers “a wealth of amenities unrivalled by any downtown hotel, including four indoor tennis courts, a full-service spa, two year-round heated swimming pools and TEN X TORONTO—a 90,000 square foot athletic centre with its own children’s area.” In addition to its restaurants (with options for vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan diets), Hotel X Toronto has an art gallery, beer garden, stadium-style movie theaters, event spaces, historical exhibits, and the three-storey rooftop SkyBar with – again – unparalleled views of downtown Toronto and the lake. The multi-story ‘living wall’ at the Front Desk – literally a vertical surface of plants rising high above one’s head – is impressive in its own right.

Rates

Hotel X Toronto is currently in what is known as a ‘soft opening’ until the end of July 2018, when it will officially open. This means that the hotel is still in the process of getting everything running – and giving guests price breaks as a result of it. (Note: Everything I experienced while there gave me the feeling that the hotel was fully operational.)

The good news: “During the soft opening period of Hotel X Toronto, you will find rates reduced as much as 30%,” said Celso Thompson, the hotel’s director of Sales and Marketing. “At any time, the hotel offers a prepaid, non-refundable option which clearly is the best deal if you are certain about your travel plans. Rates start at $350 for the entry level rooms.”

The bad news: You’ll have to go through Hotel X Toronto’s booking sites to get actual prices. Still, 30% is 30% off – and that is on top of the US dollar being worth about $1.20-$1.25 Canadian.

Hotel X, Toronto in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Location

Located at spacious Exhibition Place (home of the Canadian National Exhibition – CNE — every summer, and various Class A events and conventions year-round), Hotel X Toronto is right on the shore of Lake Ontario. It is far enough from the downtown core to have a clear, unobstructed view of the lake, the nearby Toronto Island with its parks and airport, and Toronto’s major buildings; plus the lakeshore’s Ontario Place and the 1840s-era stone Stanley Barracks at Fort York.

Having grown in Toronto and spent many summers at the CNE in all its gaudy midway glory, I could never have imagined a true luxury hotel being located on the fair grounds. But much has changed at Exhibition Place. New convention/display buildings have been added (like the Enercare Centre) and older spaces renovated, while the rundown Exhibition Place grandstand has been replaced by the modern BMO Field (home of the Toronto FC pro soccer team). The historic Stanley Barracks next door has been restored and softened with the addition of gardens.

Add the fact that Hotel X Toronto is right on Lake Ontario, yet so close to the downtown hub (transit is available, in addition to taxis and walking), and this hotel combines the best of open waterfront breeziness with downtown urban access. It is a welcome alternative to the very best downtown cor hotels that are crammed together, through no fault of their own. (Runners will particularly like the quick access to the lakeshore and its open spaces, rather than being confined to car-packed downtown sidewalks.)

Room/Bathroom

I was fortunate to stay in a corner suite, on the 18th floor of Hotel X Toronto. I walked into an entrance hallway that angled left to the spacious modern bathroom (including a glass-walled shower with space for more than one), then turned right into a truly roomy bedroom with floor-to-ceiling full glass windows on two side.

The view alone from this suite justifies the price of admission. It is one of the best that I have seen in Toronto’s many downtown hotels. But the quality of Hotel X Toronto’s modern furniture and appointments is also worth mentioning: The wood, metal, leather and fabric far are above the usual hotel fare. They and the room’s fabric walls make you feel like you are staying in someone’s elegantly-decorated high-end condo; rather than yet another unsuccessfully pretentious hotel.

I was also struck by the bathroom’s elegant fittings, and the little details that were tended to; such as having two bathrobes and slippers available rather than just one. The room service was also a treat: What a luxury to have smoked salmon Eggs Benedict delivered to one’s room for breakfast!

Hotel X, Toronto in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Gay Factor

If ‘Gay Factor’ translates into superb modern design with no false flash, elegance and quality in all things, and the sense that staying here somehow raises one’s game and sense of self, Hotel X Toronto has tremendous Gay Factor. That said, what I have just said applies to anyone, regardless of gender or orientation – as long as they have class, style, and a sense of how to comport themselves in public.

Meanwhile, Hotel X Toronto is a quick taxi/transit ride to everything in downtown Toronto; be it the city’s famous Gay Village, the Rogers Centre (home of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball club), the Theatre District, the business core, shopping, or the Toronto Island (accessible by an underground tunnel at the nearby Island Airport, or a short ferry ride across the harbor; well worth it).

About the Checkout

ManAboutWorld highlights properties we have recently and personally stayed at, and is editorial, not advertorial. Like virtually all travel publications, we sometimes accept discounted and sponsored travel, but ManAboutWorld is beholden to no one but you. Our recommendations are based solely on the experience and opinions of our editorial team and trusted network, putting our readers’ interests above all. If you ever have an issue with anything we recommend, please let us know. We always have your back, and your travel satisfaction in mind. Read our full disclosure here.

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By @ 05/31/18 in Gay pride, Gay travel, Travel, Travel safety, Twitter chat
ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine; twitter chat on LGBTQ travel safety Join our annual Pride LGBTQ travel-safety Twitter chat happening Tuesday, June 5. It’s hosted by Ed Salvato at ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine with our partners at the U.S. Department of State Consular Affairs via TravelGov.
We’ll discuss how to stay safe during the busy summer travel and LGBTQ pride season. Join this important conversation Tuesday, June 5 2pm-2:45pm ET by following #PrideGuide on Twitter.
Pride LGBTQ travel-safety Twitter Chat participants usually include:
Below are the topics we’ll discuss so you can think about your contributions and questions or feel free to pre-program your replies.
See you on Twitter Tuesday, June 5 at 2pm ET. And remember to set your  !
Pride LGBTQ Travel-Safety Twitter Chat; Tuesday, June 5, 2pm, #PrideGuide
2:00 pm ET
Q1: Before we get into #travelsafety, tell us … What is your next big trip this summer? And where are you traveling for LGBTQ Pride 2018? #PrideGuide 
 
2:05 pm ET
Q2: Do you feel it’s safe to travel overseas for LGBTQ Pride celebrations, gay or lesbian cruises or parties in Europe? How about in Eastern Europe? Russia? Israel? What precautions is it best to take? #prideguide
 
2:10 pm ET 
Q3: Today 74 countries criminalize same-sex relations. How do you get information in advance of a trip to help ensure your safety? #prideguide 
 
2:15 pm ET
Q4: Which travel agents, tour operators and content providers do you use for information on LGBTQ issues, destinations and events — especially in more exotic destinations? #prideguide
 
2:20 pm ET
Q5: What resources do you use from the U.S. State Department, TSA, CDC, HRW and other organizations committed to LGBTQ travel/safety in destinations around the world? #prideguide 
 
2:25 pm ET
Q6: What are the biggest concerns for lesbian travelers (especially when going to destinations with anti-LGBT attitudes or laws)? #prideguide  
 
2:30 pm ET
Q7: What are the greatest concerns for transgender travelers heading to airports and to destinations around the world? #prideguide 
 
2:35 pm ET
Q8: How concerned should LGBTQ travelers be about health issues and what can we do to prepare? #prideguide
 
2:40 pm ET
Q9. Anything can go wrong when we travel. What’s the best way to prepare for the unexpected? #prideguide
Ed Salvato



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By @ 05/29/18 in Asbury Park, Gay travel, NJ, Travel

Asbury Park, NJ in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineAlthough New Jersey towns such as Point Pleasant and Wildwood are well-known for their summertime beaches and boardwalks, Asbury Park is a shore town that has appeal all year round. Not only does it offer unique restaurants, trendy events, and a lively nightlife, but the LGBTQ community’s involvement in bringing business back to the town has made it a welcoming environment for all. Story by Christi Peace.

Typical Summer Day in Asbury Park

Obviously, Asbury Park’s clean and relatively inexpensive beach is one of the places to visit during the summer. But whenever you get tired of the surf and sand, you can always stroll along the mile-long boardwalk to do some shopping and sample the beach-side cuisine. From Korean fusion tacos and Cuban tostones to crepes and seafood, the small stretch of boardwalk has a variety of foods for beach-goers to try.

If you’d like to cool off from the summer heat and don’t mind walking a few blocks away from the beach, head to Cookman Creamery for an assortment of both regular and (surprisingly creamy) dairy-free ice cream. There are some seats outside the parlor next to an unorthodox garden that is open to the public, filled with old items that were repurposed in an artistic manner. The little garden is a reminder that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

Throughout the summer, small festivals and pop-ups also tend to take place on the weekends in spots like Kennedy Park, Bradley Park and Convention Hall. While some are centered around a theme (such as vegan food) others simply offer the chance to purchase original, handcrafted wares from vendors.

And if you happen to be around on the first weekend of June, don’t forget to attend the Pride Parade that Asbury Park has hosted for over 25 years. In addition to the parade of local LGBTQ groups, the event features musicians, food vendors, informational booths, LGBTQ-themed merchandise and more. It’s a celebratory and inclusive event for you and your partner to attend.

Asbury Park, NJ in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Off-Season Activities

Just because the beach is no longer an attraction when the summer ends, doesn’t mean this shore town goes dormant. Asbury Park’s real appeal comes from the popular businesses that reside along Cookman Ave. and Lake Ave. where there’s an array of restaurants, bars and quirky spots to fill your time.

If you’re into mysticism, you may get a kick out of Paranormal Books & Curiosities – a small book shop that exclusively sells supernatural-themed publications and other items. They even hold occasional paranormal events, such as a Krampus Festival in December which celebrates the nightmarish, inverted version of Santa Claus. Or if you’re feeling more inclined to watch a movie than read a book, The ShowRoom is a small theater that screens indie films for movie buffs to enjoy. Animal lovers can even visit Catsbury Park, the recently opened and aptly named cat cafe where patrons sip their drinks while awaiting their turn to enter an adjacent room filled with furry felines.

There are quite a few unique spots to enjoy local food as well. One such place is The Speakeatery, a sandwich shop with a 1920’s theme. Not only is the name itself a play on the old speakeasies of the Prohibition Era, but each specialty sandwich is named after famous figures, terms and events of the roaring 20’s. Some of their delectable options include ‘The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,’ which is loaded with every single deli meat they offer, and the vegetarian ‘Dizzy Dame’ sandwich. It may take a while to get seating, so you can always place an order and visit the nearby Rock & Roll-themed bakery, Confections of a Rockstar, while you wait.

Nightlife in Asbury Park

There are plenty of bars for adults to visit during their stay in Asbury Park. The popular Johnny Mac House of Spirits is known for its energetic atmosphere, eclectic décor and free mini pizzas that come with each drink purchase. Meanwhile, Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten has a more rustic, spacious interior where you can sit with your friends at a communal table while drinking craft beers.

If you’re in a dancing mood, head over to Paradise. This popular gay nightclub is located on the ground floor of the Empress Hotel. You and your partner can dance alongside other LGBTQ clubbers, grab a drink, sit and relax poolside, or participate in events such as drag shows and karaoke night.

Music-lovers should definitely consider visiting the Stone Pony while they’re in Asbury Park to see who is playing at this acclaimed venue. Artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi performed here when they were just starting off, so you never know what next big hit you may get the chance to see on this small stage. Make sure to get your tickets in advance!

Where to Stay

You could always check Airbnb to see if any locals are opening their doors to visitors. In a town where quite a few beach houses proudly fly the rainbow flag, it shouldn’t be too hard to find LGBTQ-friendly hosts (if you book far enough in advance). If you’d prefer the more traditional route, the Asbury Hotel offers highly-rated lodgings. Guests have their pick of several types of rooms, from a ‘standard queen’ to a ‘park suite’ with ample space and a deluxe king bed. Hotel features include a pool, rooftop bars, and interior lounge/food areas with book-lined walls, board games, coffee, open mic nights and more.

Tips

While visiting this small yet lively LGBTQ haven, you’ll generally want to stick to the two aforementioned streets and the beach region, since those are the safer areas geared towards tourists. Unlike some NJ beach towns, there is quite a bit of parking all along the beach, but you’ll most likely have to pay at a nearby meter. If you or your partner are driving in the evening, make sure to drive carefully so as not to risk being pulled over for suspected drunk driving. And keep in mind that Asbury Park has plenty of other unique, fun, and even historical places/events to offer – so look into all your options before booking your trip!

 

 

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By @ 05/14/18 in Gay travel, Patrick T Cooper, Pittsburgh, Travel

Pittsburgh in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazinePittsburgh is oozing with food, style, steel, sophistication and tons of technology. Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh make this community a haven for research and development. Additionally, technology firms are sprouting up daily. There is an ingrained, humbled, and rhythmic work ethic that vibrates throughout the city.

The Steel City gritty spirit is bridging the gap of past with present day. Did you know that Pittsburgh has more bridges than any other city in the world? Now you do. There are 446 bridges in Pittsburgh to be exact. Oh and as you prepare to experience this amazing destination we hope you are welcomed into the elite club of Uber’s driverless car experiment. Yes, that is correct an Uber without a driver. On fire, is an understatement.

This American gem is bustling with culture, food and tons of activity. Here is glimpse of our “Bite Out of the Burgh.” Story by ManAboutWorld global correspondent Patrick T Cooper and photos by Terry A Sprunger.

EAT

Pittsburgh’s food scene is growing astronomically and is an incubator for several rising stars in the culinary world. Feel your tummy in The Strip District you will not be disappointed. You can eat yourself into a coma but make 2 stops Enrico Biscotti Company and Smallman Galley

Enrico Biscotti Company: Hopefully you will get a chance to meet the incredible personality of Chef Roy Godin when you stop at Enrico Biscotti Company. The food is divine but it’s all in the personality that makes this dining experience unique and evergreen.

Tyler Benson, Pittsburgh in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Tyler Benson at Smallman Galley

Smallman Galley: Tyler Benson is one half of the brilliant team behind the Smallman Galley. The galley serves as an incubator and an accelerator of young talent and artisans in food. Inspired by global travels your taste buds will be forever grateful as you indulge in innovative food and beverage concepts.

STYLE

Andy Warhol Museum: Who doesn’t know the name Andy Warhol? However, did you know that Andy was a native of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Spend the day in this beautiful presentation of Warhol’s oeuvre and become inspired to live larger than life.

Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

SOPHISTICATION

The Duquesne Incline: Thanks to engineer Samuel Diescher and The Society for the Preservation of the Duquesne Heights Incline you can experience a moment in history. Preserving a piece of history… there is a level of sophistication in this. Climbing the steep incline offers a moment of reflection and gratitude for people that dare to dream. Upon arrival at the top of the incline prepare to go into selfie overload and to capture amazing landscape photography of Pittsburgh.

Do yourself a favor and adventure in person to see Pittsburgh’s STYLNOLOGY.

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By @ 04/16/18 in Art, Gay travel, New York, Paris, Travel

PIaf! The Show in New York City and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineThe French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s leading French cultural center, partnered with Gil Marsalla and Directo Productions to present the international musical hit PIAF! THE SHOW from Wednesday through Saturday, April 18–21 at 7:30pm at FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, between Madison & Park. And we were invited to experience it.

Piaf! The Show in New York and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineInspired by the Oscar-winning movie La Vie en Rose, PIAF! THE SHOW is a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse who was also a beloved icon of the gay community, particularly that of France. Conceived and directed by the Nice-based Gil Marsalla, this special concert stars Anne Carrere, a young French performer hailed as “Edith Piaf’s legitimate musical heiress.”

In two 45-minute acts, the show will narrate the rags-to-riches story of the Parisian singer’s career through her unforgettable songs, complemented by a visual tapestry of previously unreleased photographs and images of famous locations of the Edith Piaf era. PIAF! THE SHOW premiered in 2015 as a tribute to “The sparrow of Montmartre” on the centennial of her birthday. With over half a million tickets sold in more than 30 countries and rave reviews worldwide, this is a rare chance to see the show in the New York! (Photo by Alain Biguet.)

 

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By @ 04/09/18 in Event, Gay travel, Jean-Pierre Soutric, Lisbon, Travel

Lisbon in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineWhen I was little, the Eurovision Song Contest was THE show of the year, seen on TV by all Europeans across the old continent but not across the Berlin Wall as for all men my age that was the official limit of our world i.e., the Free World. (This year’s Eurovision Song Contest takes place May 8-12 in Lisbon; photo above by Pedro Simões)

Story by Paris-based ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Jean-Pierre Soutric (below)

Jean-Pierre Soutric, ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent representing FranceThat said, for all us “boys and their moms,”  that show was not to be missed. It was a night of elegance and great music. All songs (that was the rule then) had to be interpreted in the artists’ home country’s respective languages. (Today artists choose whatever language suits them.)

I absolutely adored listening to the Italians, Germans, Dutch, Brits of course, the Spanish, not to forget the most exotic songs in Finnish, etc. My mom would share her admiration for the beautiful gowns worn on the occasion, severely condemning any “laisser-aller” if anyone had not dressed-up.

A brief (personal) gay history of Eurovision Song Contest

One day the Wall came down and more countries would be invited. All of a sudden, we would start to get acquainted to Hungarian, Russian and Hebrew, too. The show grew as did Europe as a political entity. All men my age are unconditional Europhiles. The show was the materialization of our dreams. Not only would it encourage young artists to express and showcase their culture, it would also become the stage for further tolerance. Abba won in 1974. In 1998 transgender Dana International won the coveted award for Israel. In 2014, the bearded Conchita Wurst in his couture gown won it for Austria.

Conchita Wurst as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The other lady in Gold

The show takes place in the winning country of the previous year and this year it’s in beautiful Lisbon. The White City by the Tagus River is one of the most pleasant capitals of Europe thanks to its wonderful climate and charming people. Historic and set on several hills like Rome, it has changed a lot lately but for the best as old districts have all been carefully restored. Foodies will love to visit and so will night owls.

My top hotel recommendations
  • Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon set amidst the elegant Edward VII’s gardens
  • Bairro Alto in the heart of the chic and animated Chiado (the hotel is currently under renovation)
  • Memmo Alfama high above the old city for the most spectacular views over the river and city
  • Carmo Lisboa also in Chiado and close to the ruins of historic Carmel
Bites and more
  • Mercado da Ribeira, the old covered market now a place to experience all kind of foods in a very casual atmosphere. Opens for coffee and pasteis de nata quite late
  • Sea-Me, a must-go if your idea of sea-food is stuck in boring souvenirs (be sure to book ahead)
  • A Cervicheria in Principe Reias, cool and very popular restaurant (ask for a seat at the bar); be patient and enjoy a glass of Portuguese white wine outside (you will love the way Portuguese dress in fine weather)
Gay life

Gay bars, restaurants etc are all close to A Cevicheria à Principe Real and Bairro Alto. No need to cab or drive. I personally like Finalmente as the club has been around as much as I have(!); check-out Posh Lisbon; and TR3S Lisboa, “where the bears are” I will do for you in May when I visit on the occasion of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Come back here and/or check our Facebook page during Eurovision Song Contest 2018 (May 8-12).

Airline Tips
  • U.S. travelers can take TAP, Portugal’s national airline, to any of their 65+ destinations throughout Europe and Africa and get up to five days in Lisbon to enjoy the festival on the way for no additional airfare. Check their website for more details.
  • Also, download TAP Portugal Stopover app for hotel discounts, complimentary wine at restaurants, and free experiences like walking tours, gallery and museum admission, and other discounts.

 

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By @ 04/04/18 in Dennis Hensley, Gay travel, Gay-Friendly, Key West, Travel

Dennis Hensley Key West update on a podcast and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineManAboutWorld correspondent Dennis Hensley was recently in Key West, Florida. He had planned to post a collection of short interviews he did with the people he met. Then Hurricane Irma happened. He did manage to organize two interviews: One with an openly gay man who ran a small tour company. And another with a woman who’s been tirelessly working to promote Key West for years. Here’s Dennis’ report.

UPDATED April 4, 2018

Key West podcast update by Dennis Hensley for ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineDennis updated his post with this very cool new podcast featuring short interviews with some of the folks he met in Key West. Give a listen here.

 

 

Cody White, passionate Key West resident

One of the people I met and interviewed while I was there was Cody White who until recently ran a small tour company with his husband RyanListen to the podcast here. In the wake of Irma, the pair decided to focus on other endeavors … but I spoke to Cody before the storm over blizzards at a Dairy Queen not far from the gay resort I was staying at, The Equator. We talked about how he ended up in Key West, what it’s like to have an Airstream trailer, Key West’s passion for costume parties, how tourists react when they learn he’s gay and why Key West is the place for him. Listen to the podcast here.

Dennis Hensley Key West update on a podcast and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineCarol Shaughnessy, Newman Public Relations, Key West

Met lots of awesome people on my trip to Key West, FL in August for Man About World magazine. One of them was local writer and publicist Carol Shaughnessy. Listen to the podcast here. Over breakfast with our small group of journalists, she regaled the table with the story of Mel Fisher, the legendary treasure hunter who spent 16 years combing the waters around Key West for treasure from a Spanish ship that sank in the 1600s.

It was such an amazing tale–complete with a $450 million ending–I asked Carol to tell it again on the podcast. We also talked about the giant rainbow flag that went from the Atlantic ocean to the Gulf of Mexico down Key West’s main boulevard and the spirit of Key West and how the community supports people in their dreams, no matter how out there they may be. I’ve heard from Carol since Irma and she said that Key West’s motto of “One Human Family” if in full display as everyone works together to get back to normal. Listen to the podcast here.

More from Dennis Hensley on ManAboutWorld here.



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By @ 03/26/18 in Gay travel, Jean-Pierre Soutric, Paris, Travel
What happened to the Gay Marais in Paris?

Has the charming Gay Marais gone? If your last visit to Paris goes back to the mid-’80s or the ’90s, Is the Marais still gay? Read all about it in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazinechances are you may not recognize the neighborhood. The days of first ever created gay-bars like Le-Village and L’Amnésia seem really far.

Things have changed but to understand what’s really happening now we may need to board the time-machine.

A little history

Le-Marais (marsh, swamp in English) goes back to the Middle-Age and was developed right after the Renaissance when the rich and famous started to build elegant mansions also known as “Hôtels-particuliers” to remain rather close to the king’s palace, the Palais des Tournelles which will be demolished eventually, allowing enough space to build a brand new square, known today as Place des Vosges and still visible today. When the Court moved to Versailles, the area started to lose its wealthy patrons. In the 19th century the rich inhabitants moved further West and South, and the old Marais started to host a new population: the many Jews who had escaped cruel persecutions, frequent in the ancient Russian empire.

Gay Marais in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineAfter WW2 Le Marais was sentenced to death, in other words: to be demolished. Too old and the bearer of tragic war memories. Thanks to a clever minister of cultural affairs, it survived the bulldozers but wont see its renaissance until the arrival of the gay community in the early 80s following the first solid renovations of historic mansions and inauguration of the Pompidou Center which will bring international light to the older part of the capital city. As often with the gay community, the street started to become prettier, flower pots popped-up in front of design stores and friendly cafés and restaurants.

The best years indeed!

Le-Marais was back, it was fashionable – luxury brands could not miss this opportunity and over the past 5 years we have seen high-end stores coming-in, replacing traditional and convenient businesses. L’Amnésia closed and so did many other gayGay Marais in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine “institutions” often replaced by luxury boutiques. Rue des Archives a whole series of top boutiques have been created by a single investor. The facades all look alike and are truly magnificent but the Givenchy, Gucci, Moncler boutiques seem a bit lost and too often quite empty. They are not terribly inviting as a security guy stands right at the door and this is never a way to say “bienvenue!” In fact Givenchy is about to close its store. Cox, Open-Café, Raid, Free DJ are still here to welcome their gay patrons. It is important to notice that Bernard Bousset first owner of the popular Open Café has declined very generous offers to sell off.

Plus ça change

Change everything so nothing changes (The Leopard, Visconti): in reality Le-Marais has never so Gay Marais in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazinebeautiful and charming. All restaurants, cafés, wine-bars, bakeries, boutiques, art galleries – not to forget the legendary department BHV, totally revamped, all are truly gay-friendly and all know what they owe to the Gay Community. We only hope this mind set will remain but further closure would not help and may simply sign the end of Le Gay-Maris!

In the meantime, it’s never been a better time to visit. So don’t wait!

ParisMarais.com

One fantastic resource for the Marais is ParisMarais.com. Created by Pascal Fonquernie, the site — which is available in seven languages — is among the world’s most visited guides on le Marais, including a large gay community section. Not a gay guide, it’s the best of le Marais, including booking hotels; information about the Jewish quarter; recommended tour guides; restaurants; history; and interviews with famous people. Download a copy of the Marais map here.

Story by ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent, Jean-Pierre Soutric, Paris, 18-March 2018, 

 

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By @ 03/21/18 in Gay family travel, Gay honeymoon, Gay tours, Gay travel, Gay travel news, Gay-Friendly, Hotels, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Travel Show

Gay travel experts Ed Salvato and Kenny Porpora at the Travel Show for ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineMingle with LGBTQ travel businesses at the first-ever LGBTQ Travel Pavilion at the Denver Travel & Adventure Show, March 24-25. For FREE tickets, click here and enter code MANVIP18. You’ll meet the ManAboutWorld team (pictured above) along with representatives of the following awesome businesses which offer tours, cruises, experiences or insurance catering to LGBTQ travelers and their family and friends.

  • Wild Rainbow African Safaris: Owned and operated by Jody Cole, the business runs under one simple philosophy—ensure every traveler has the time of their life.
  • HE Travel: Adventure, culture, leisure or luxury, HE Travel is the leader in gay travel tours and gay adventure travel today and for the last 40 years. .
  • AIG Travel: Whether you’re planning a two-day getaway, a cruise, an adventure vacation, or a month-long international holiday, Travel Guard is designed to fit every traveler and budget.
  • Depart SmartDepart Smart is on a mission to make travel awesome in life-saving ways with online tools and safety certification.
LGBTQ TRAVEL PAVILION AT THE DENVER TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW

All are welcome at the Denver Travel & Adventure Show  first-ever LGBTQ travel pavilion! Learn about hot destinations and events as well as tours, cruises and experiences right here in the U.S .and to the farthest corners of all seven continents and on the high seas — for gay, lesbian, transgender and queer travelers and their straight friends and family. All brought to you by ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

New Free Guide to Same-sex Weddings, Honeymoons and Celebration Travel by ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Ask questions. Gather information. Book travel

Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or straight, you are welcome here. Find travel information tailored for you and those you love.

FACEBOOK LIVE SATURDAY, MARCH 24 AT 2 P.M. MDT/4 P.M. EDT

If you can’t join us at the LGBTQ Travel Pavilion at the Denver Travel & Adventure Show tune into our Facebook Live Q&A Sunday, Saturday, February 24 at 2 P.M. MDT/4 EDT P.M Meet the travel experts at the booth and ask your travel questions!

FOLLOW THE RAINBOW

Find us under the rainbow in booth number 405.

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By @ 03/14/18 in Gay travel, HospitableMe, LGBTQ training, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Every year, Community Marketing, Inc (CMI), the trusted leader in LGBTQ research, organizes a series of LGBTQ marketing and diversity training webinars for their clients. CMI asked HospitableMe, ManAboutWorld’s LGBTQ sensitivity and sales training division to create a webinar about their services. Above is a video recording with audio of their presentation entitled:

Engaging Service: How Brands Fail LGBTQ Guests

Presented by: Ed Salvato, Billy Kolber & Kenny Porpora
Founders, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Hospitality brands (and some destinations) were among the first to implement diversity training for their customer-facing employees, but often still fail to provide personalized, connected, authentic service. Click on the video above to learn what’s next for brands who strive to fully and warmly engage LGBTQ customers. Learn more about HospitableMe below.

More about Hospitable.Me

With a deep background in consumer-facing LGBTQ travel, the Hospitable.Me team provides bespoke training for hospitality-focused businesses. We improve service for all of your customers, by helping people look beyond gender identity, sexual orientation and relationship status to focus on individual customers, their needs and preferences.

HospitableMe provides LGBTQ sensitivity and sales training for hospitality and tourism organizationsServices

Our training programs empower service providers to deliver inclusive, welcoming, personal service to ALL customers, with an understanding and appreciation of diversity. We provide real-world experience-driven skills and tools to ensure that your people can comfortably serve LGBTQ customers with dignity and respect. We work with sales teams to identify the products, services and benefits that will resonate for LGBTQ audiences, and the strategies to reach them.

Contact us

We’re always happy to talk about your business and how Diversity + Inclusion training might benefit it. Contact Ed.

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By @ 03/14/18 in Asia, Barry Hoy, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Barry Hoy, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine correspondent

Welcome to our newest global correspondent Barry Hoy, also known as Asianmapleleaf, is an Asian-Canadian, born and raised in Toronto and transplanted to New York City. Travel is his passion, so he is always on the road or up in the air. If he’s not travelling, he’s most likely already planning his next trip. Barry fell in love with traveling the first time he flew to Asia with his family as a kid, and since then he has been exploring new destinations and meeting new friends from all around the world.

Barry Hoy is an ambassador of all things travel – he is also a travel, food and lifestyle writer who showcases great destinations, their local experiences, and all of the must see places around the world. Through his Instagram and travel blog, Barry shares these moments and his favorite destinations with his readers and followers. He is also a travel editor-at-large for Swagger Magazine, North America’s premiere men’s luxury lifestyle publication.

Follow along his adventures on Instagram and Twitter at @asianmapleleaf, or at www.asianmapleleaf.com.

Barry Hoy, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine correspondent

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Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe from our correspondent Barry 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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By @ 03/08/18 in Gay travel, Japan, Tom Goss, Travel, Traveling Tom

TRAVELING TOM VISITS KINOSAKEONSEN

Traveling Tom travels to KinosakeOnsen, a city known for its soothing and healing hot springs spas. He takes us through the countryside and to this charming town of relaxation, ancient traditions, heartfelt hospitality and delicious food.

Tom Goss is a ManAboutWorld global correspondent and a talented singer. He travels with his husband, Mike, all around the world and sends us these video updates. Click on his video and follow his KinosakeOnsen adventure. Follow Tom’s other video adventures here.

TOM’S ALSO A TALENTED PERFORMER

Tom Goss is a singer, songwriter and storyteller based in Los Angeles, CA. Tom has spent the last decade aggressively touring — performing over 1,000 shows in 100+ cities, traversing 40 states and 5 countries. An adventurer at heart, there are few places where Tom can’t find something to climb over or jump off of.

Connect with Tom on the following social media platforms:

Meet all of our Global Correspondents hereSubscribe to ManAboutWorld here and find insights from Tom, our global correspondents and the staff writers at the magazine Ed, Billy and Kenny.

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By @ 02/16/18 in Ed Salvato, Gay cruise, Gay tours, Gay travel, Gay-Friendly, Out on Tour, Peru, Tour operators, Travel

Ed Salvato aboard the Aqua Expeditions Aria in the Amazon and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineWhen you hear river cruise you probably think, Europe, which is where the vast majority take place. And that the passengers are all much older. And white. And it’s lovely but perhaps a tad too genteel.

Well, think again! That’s not the experience you’ll find on this river cruise. I was invited to experience a three-day journey in Peru’s lush Amazon basin aboard the modern Aqua Expeditions Aria, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls wrapping all three customer decks which virtually blends into the jungle as it smoothly plies the inky river ways. The common areas are casually elegant: understated but sumptuous like Ralph Lauren’s flagship-store on Madison Avenue (minus piles of Polo shirts). But the most dissimilar aspect from other mainstream river cruises we’ve taken: your fellow passengers.

Out on Tour aboard the Aqua Expeditions Ara in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Amazon sunsets. Better than YouTube!

Besides our small group of lesbian and gay media and travel agents, the 26 remaining guests (all couples including two gay men) ranged in age from their late 20s to early 60s, with passengers from Japan, Australia, the U.K., Germany, Italy and American coastal states. What everyone had in common was an interest in the Amazon, one of the world’s last great unexplored regions perched high atop many the bucket list, and an open-mindedness that comes with frequent long-distance travel. No one batted an eye at our big group of homos nor at the quiet but romantic gay couple, warmly welcomed into all groups. Read on to discover a unique and enriching experience that you may not have even thought possible.

Story by Ed Salvato pictured above and below (here with a fellow traveler, Lynda Gregory)
Ed Salvato on an Aqua Expeditions cruise of the Amazon River in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine
MEMORIES AND MOMENTS ABOARD THE AQUA EXPEDITIONS ARIA
Swimming in the Amazon

The three skiffs — each filled with 8 passengers, a pilot in the back and a guide up front — motored quickly away from the Aria as the sun began its punctual descent in a blaze of glory. Sunset and sunrise times don’t vary much near the Equator. Our skiff found a remote location; the pilot cut the engine so nothing manmade drowned out the ever-present jungle sounds. Unseen birds cawed while a Black-collared Hawk swooped to the river to pluck out an unlucky fish; a troop of barely seen Titi monkeys rustled through the trees in streaks of red; the eyes of an alligator-like caiman silently broke the surface to investigate this bulky intruder.

On a skiff heading to the jungle“Ok, if anyone wants to jump in the river, now’s the time.” Crickets. Not the insects but the lack of response from my skiff-mates. We are told this is a deep part of the river, and our guide ensures us there aren’t any piranhas. Right?… right?! Ok, no one is going in. What the heck! It’s been on my life list since, well, forever. Without allowing myself more time to think, I strip down to my shorts and jump in. After a few minutes two others join me. We swim around for about a half hour. Was that a little nibble at my foot? Hmmm, maybe the piranhas were curious but realized I was just too big to eat. We get back into the skiff — an ice cold local beer as reward.

Fishing for piranhas

Each day the staff of th Aqua Expeditions Aria organized excursions, included in the price, which are mostly waterborne experiences when the rivers are at their highest levels (generally November through May) but with many land-based excursions during the drier season (generally June through October). This morning we are going to fish for … wait for it … piranhas! We’d watched local villagers grilling them for dinner, dinner-plate-size specimens with razor-sharp teeth jutting out in menacing (and obviously this time anyway futile) defense. But wouldn’t they just bite through the line? We skiff to a likely section of the river — not too deep where this carnivorous fish likes to cavort. The fishing gear is comprised of a strip of bamboo, a nylon string, hook and a little piece of chicken gristle. Very Huck Finn. Agitate the water with the tip of the pole then let the baited hook sink into the water a couple of feet. Feel a little tug? Pull sharply up and behold a piranha! Of course it’s catch and release, and we’re assured the fish feels no pain.Ed Salvato aboard the Aqua Expeditions Aria in the Amazon and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

French toast and maple syrup in the jungle

The onboard cuisine never included piranha but everything was as fresh as possible, all locally sourced from villages we visited during our journey or the farthest shipped in from Lima, a couple hours by plane and boat. The TripAdvisor reviews and magazine coverage all rave about the incredible cuisine on the Aria but how could that be true on this small boat with one chef and two assistants working in a galley kitchen no bigger than what you’d find in most New York City apartments? Well, after three sit-down dinners and our buffet-style breakfasts and lunches, I can verify, that yes, this is some of the best cruise cuisine I’ve ever eaten, all prepared by a team that came from the nearby jungle villages with a passion for cooking and a lot of training at schools in Lima.

Ok, I was hoping for and expecting all the incredibly fresh and exotic fruit several of which I had never heard of but everything else was a revelation. Some of the best Italian style fresh pasta I’ve ever tried. A variety of vegan options, including colors of quinoa I had never seen. Delicate sauces. Homemade bonbons. Espresso. Fresh-baked croissants. In the Amazon! Delicious. One day the manager asked if we wanted anything else. I half-jokingly said French toast and maple syrup. The next morning: voila, my breakfast choice along with syrup they prepared overnight from a local fruit.Out on Tour aboard the Aqua Expeditions Ara in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Exploring the Amazon jungle and local communities

In the drier season, the Aria team leads overland excursions. Just as on an African safari, our guides, all from local villages, are highly trained naturalists, making jaunts up and down the diluvian trails highly informative. Their eagle eyes spotted creatures who otherwise blended into their surroundings, including poisonous frogs, elusive macaws, ever-smiling sloths, countless birds and a variety of plants including rubber trees (which was the source of incalculable wealth in this part of the world for a brief period a century ago). At one point our guide’s lightning-fast reflexes allowed him to snatch a baby caiman from the shallows at the river’s edge.

The highlight of our exploration was meeting local villagers whose tiny communities dot the banks of the Amazon and its many tributaries. The main river branches are pretty busy with passenger and cargo boats and you can see puffs of smoke from villages along the banks and further inland. Some have electricity but most don’t. Their homes and community buildings (schools, clinics, administrative buildings) are perched on stilts, a hint of just how high the river gets in rainy season. A number of villages are truly remote, and there remain uncontacted peoples in the deepest most inaccessible parts of the jungle. Most villagers speak the local dialect as well as Spanish though many only speak the dialect. We didn’t meet any openly LGBT locals however our guides told us that in the jungle bisexuality especially among men is common.

Out on Tour aboard the Aqua Expeditions Ara in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Super cute school children in an Amazon village

The Aqua Expeditions Aria randomize visits to local communities so none become dependent on the gifts that passengers are encouraged to bring (mostly basic medical and school supplies). Each visit had a feeling of mutual, respectful curiosity. A highlight was our visit to a “large” community with a half dozen homes for extended families and a schoolhouse, where the children prepared several songs. Family life remains traditional with the men leaving early in the morning to hunt or fish and the women mostly remaining at home to cook and look after children. There is some agricultural cultivation by villagers who tend small plots of land. The community lives in the jungle so it was no surprise to see many animals traipsing through town, including a 10-foot long anaconda, a pair of adorable three-toed sloths, and a furry Spectacled Owl.

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By @ 02/14/18 in Billy Kolber, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, LA/West Hollywood, Travel, Travel Show

ManAboutWorld at the LGBTQ Travel Pavilion at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure ShowMingle with LGBTQ travel businesses at the first-ever LGBTQ Travel Pavilion at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show February 24-25. Get FREE tickets here. You’ll meet the ManAboutWorld team (pictured above) along with the following awesome businesses all of which offer tours, cruises, experiences or insurance catering to LGBTQ travelers and their family and friends.

  • Detours Travel: Award winning 8- to 15-day experiences through Greece, Peru, Thailand, Costa Rica, Spain, South Africa, Croatia and more.
  • Atlantis Events: The world’s largest producer of gay and lesbian cruises and resort vacations, hosting over 25,000 guests from around the world on unique experiences.
  • AIG Travel: Whether you’re planning a two-day getaway, a cruise, an adventure vacation, or a month-long international holiday, Travel Guard is designed to fit every traveler and budget.
  • Depart SmartDepart Smart is on a mission to make travel awesome in life-saving ways with online tools and safety certification.
LGBTQ Travel Pavilion at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

All are welcome at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show  first-ever LGBTQ travel pavilion! Learn about hot destinations and events as well as tours, cruises and experiences right here in the U.S .and to the farthest corners of all seven continents and on the high seas — for gay, lesbian, transgender and queer travelers and their straight friends and family. All brought to you by ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

New Free Guide to Same-sex Weddings, Honeymoons and Celebration Travel by ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Ask questions. Gather information. Book travel.

Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or straight, you are welcome here. Find travel information tailored for you and those you love.

Facebook Live Saturday, February 24 at 2 P.M. PST/5 P.M. EST

If you can’t join us at the LGBTQ Travel Pavilion at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show tune into our Facebook Live Q&A Sunday, Saturday, February 24 at 2 P.M. PST/5 P.M Meet the travel experts at the booth and ask your travel questions!

Follow the Rainbow

Find us under the rainbow in booth number 250.

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By @ 01/23/18 in Billy Kolber, Ed Salvato, Gay cruise, Gay family travel, Gay honeymoon, Gay pride, Gay tours, Gay travel, Gay-Friendly, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel, Travel Show

ManAboutWorld at the LGBTQ Travel Pavilion at the New York Times Travel ShowMingle with 10 LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly travel businesses at the LGBTQ Travel Pavilion at the New York Times Travel Show this weekend, January 25-26. Get FREE tickets here with code LGBTQ. You’ll meet the ManAboutWorld team (pictured above) along with the following awesome businesses all of which offer tours, cruises and experiences tailored by and for LGBTQ travelers.

LGBTQ Travel Pavilion

All are welcome at The New York Times Travel Show first-ever LGBTQ travel pavilion! Learn about hot destinations and events as well as tours, cruises and experiences the world over — from right here in New York City to the farthest corners of all seven continents and on the high seas — for gay, lesbian, transgender and queer travelers and their straight friends and family. At the LGBTQ travel pavilion, proudly organized by Ed Salvato, editor in chief of gay travel magazine ManAboutWorld, you’ll meet a wide range of L.G.B.T.Q. travel experts, including:

Ask questions. Gather information. Book travel.

Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or straight, you are welcome here. Find travel information tailored for you and those you love.

Meet LGBTQ Travel Expert Ed Salvato 1P.M EST on Saturday
  • Topic: “L.G.B.T.Q. Travel: Tours, Cruises, Events and Destinations for 2018”
  • Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
  • Location: Booth #933
  • Meet the Experts complete schedule
Facebook Live Sunday, January 28 at 1 P.M. EST

If you can’t join us at the LGBTQ Travel Pavilion tune into our Facebook Live Q&A Sunday, January 28 at 1 P.M. EST. Meet the travel experts at the booth and ask your travel questions!

Follow the Rainbow

Find us under the rainbow in booth numbers 120, 122, 124 and 126.

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By @ 01/16/18 in Gay cruise, Gay family travel, Gay honeymoon, Gay rights, Gay tours, Gay travel, Gay travel news, Gay-Friendly, Human rights, Travel, Twitter chat

 

Twitter chat on LGBT travel safety, Tuesday, Jan 16 2pm ET via ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

LGBT travel safety is becoming an increasingly important topic. Join ManAboutWorld, Human Rights Watchthe U.S. State Department-TravelGovOutRight Action International and many other organizations for an important chat about LGBT travel safety, Tuesday, January 16 at 2 pm EST. Just follow #LGBTtravel on Twitter.com.

We want you to travel safely all year round. Let your rainbow flag fly and come back safe! Please follow along with us during this important LGBT travel safety chat. Ask questions. Answer questions. Just be sure to join in the conversation. Look at some of the amazing participants we have including: The U.S. State DepartmentCenters for Disease ControlHuman Rights WatchOutRight Action InternationalNYC & CompanyTravel GuardIGLTA; and many more!

See you on Tuesday, January 16 at 2 pm ET!

MORE LGBT TRAVEL SAFETY AND OTHER TOPICS AT MANABOUTWORLD  

Download ManAboutWorld, our free digital/mobile-only gay travel magazine app covering destinations, themes and events around the globe including a FREE Guide to Ft. Lauderdale. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few other free publications in the app. Register here for a FREE three-month subscription.

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By @ 01/09/18 in Cape Town, Gay honeymoon, Gay travel, South Africa, The CheckOut, Travel

Twelve Apostles Hotel, Cape Town in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineThe luxurious but relaxed Twelve Apostles Hotel, Cape Town, tucked into a lush national park, fronts the South Atlantic Ocean and is near vibrant communities with beautiful wide beaches — including Sandy Beach, the gay nude beach and Clifton 3rd Beach, the gay strand — and scores of cafes, markets and restaurants where you can sip a South African rosé and do some serious people watching. It’s a 15-minute drive from the city center so it would require some planning if gay nightlife is a priority. Twelve Apostles Hotel makes a good base to explore wine country.

Location

Located on a rise southwest of downtown Cape Town overlooking the dramatic swells of the South Atlantic, the hotel is flanked by Table Mountain National Park and the Twelve Apostles mountain range. Facing due west you’re almost guaranteed spectacular sunsets nightly, which you can enjoy with cocktails on the pool-side Azure Deck. The gorgeous hotel is convenient to bustling Camps Bay and Green Point, communities with numerous options for enjoying the delicious farm- and sea-to-table cuisine and wines for which South Africa is known; sunning, swimming and flirting at Clifton 3rd Beach, the gay beach and the nearby gay, nude Sandy Beach; taking in in the beautiful scenery; or frolicking in the chilly water (if you dare).

Downtown Cape Town’s tourist attractions are a little farther away but the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to town center till around 9:30pm. After that it’s an inexpensive Uber ride back to the hotel.The hotel may be better suited to a couple seeking a romantic getaway than gay visitors wishing to experience gay nightlife and meet locals since there are a few logistics involved. Best to enjoy the incredible amenities of the hotel and also the proximity to wine country. We arranged a day-trip visit to Bouchard Finlayson, which is under the same family ownership as Twelve Apostles Hotel. Wine-tinted memories are a tad hazy but the drive was lovely, the vino was flowing and the views were eye-popping on this 308-acre vineyard which also offers beautiful botanist-led nature walks.

Amenities

The Twelve Apostles operates a 16-seat screening room available to guests with a new schedule of complimentary movies each month. There’s a small but very well-equipped gym with several machines and free weights; It’s covered on nearly every surface with mirrors (including the sloped ceilings) so you can snap a few cool pumped-up photos for your, ahem, travel apps. The hotel features several dining and drinking options including a casual pool side open-air cafe, a fine-dining restaurant and a beautiful bar, all taking advantage of the incredible ocean views. We loved just hanging out on the Azure Deck by the pool noshing and sipping the hours away while enjoying the ocean views.

The spa in a lower level is a mix of African and Eastern styles. It’s small but intimate and the salt soak is a great way to detox after a day of all that pool-side wine-sipping. It also offers the Rasul Chamber where couples can rub mud on one another and then shower off (in privacy). There is also a private gazebo overlooking the ocean for couples massage.

Room/Bathroom

There are 55 deluxe guest rooms and 15 luxurious suites overlooking the mountains or the sea. Whichever direction you face, the views are stunning. The light and airy rooms are an eclectic mix of contemporary African and classical European styles (the combination of local and European styles typifying the Red Carnation aesthetic) with the modern amenities you’d expect in an upscale hotel. The bathrooms are modern and spacious and very comfortable. We love the plush bathrobes.

Twelve Apostles Hotel, Cape Town in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Presidential Suite

Gay factor

The hotel is consistently included in lists of best and most romantic hotels in the world. Family-owned luxury brand Red Carnation Hotels purchased the hotel in 2002 and painstakingly restored it and the surrounding gardens. The result is a laid-back luxury, with lots of lovely decorative touches and friendly but relaxed service.

If your  primary goal is nightlife or meeting locals, this hotel may not be the best choice for you. Nightlife is a good drive away and there aren’t that many guys conveniently nearby as you’ll quickly see on Grindr or Scruff. This is a better choice for those seeking to enjoy a romantic getaway, celebrating a milestone with another couple or small group or capping off a fun few days at a hotel closer to the action.

Rates

Rates range from US$600 and up, and include a very good breakfast.  With the U.S. dollar still very strong against the South African rand, with $1 fetching over 14 rands, accommodations, restaurants, wine and activities are a very good value. The hotel offers a range of special offers. https://www.12apostleshotel.com/offers

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