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By @ 10/26/12 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Suddenly feel the urge to go surfing?

This is groundbreaking but it’s also just plain hot. Check it out here.
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With this TV ad, Ft. Lauderdale becomes among the first mainstream tourism board  to integrate gay messaging in an otherwise mainstream promotion.

DiscoverAmerica released this ad earlier this year that featured two gay men on a cable car.

But this is a great trend that we strongly encourage. It’s more and more about “traveling while gay” versus “gay travel.”

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By @ 10/26/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Global Correspondent Ivan Quintanillais an actor, traveler and blogger extraordinaire. Once a week he provides a re-cap of noteworthy travel stories. We pilfer his round-up (with his permission) so you don’t have to. Follow his travels at TravelingIQ.

*Be afraid, be very afraid as you travel to the terrifying island of mutilated dolls in Mexico, a witches market in Bolivia, or the the site of a nuclear disaster in Ukraine.   (via MSN)

*Feed your nightmares.  Stay in a remote Swedish earthen hut surrounded by wolves.  Or stranded on an island off Croatia where the seas are too choppy to escape at night.  Or at any of the “World’s Creepiest Hotels.”  (via ARTINFO)

*How’s Casper as a friendly bedfellow?  Spend your night with guests who refuse to check out of these haunted hotels.  (via Conde Nast Traveler)

*From Provincetown to Copenhagen, gays find tricks and treats this Halloween.  (via Gaytravel.com)

*If you’ve ever wanted to sleep on the dissecting table of a morgue, Tasmania has the hotel for you.  (via Conde Nast Traveler)

*From Salem witches to the Headless Horseman, the Northeast is a scary place.  Spend your Halloween exploring some of the spookiest spots in New York and New England.  (via NY Times)

What did I miss?  Share your favorite travel news in the comments below or by posting on the Traveling IQ Facebook page.



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By @ 10/25/12 in Art, Gay travel, New York, Travel

Christopher Columbus is in the house. Photo courtesy Dan Allen

Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in the 1492. Now it’s your turn to discover him back.

A 13-food tall statue of Signore Columbus has been sitting atop a 75-foot granite column in the center of Columbus Circle since 1892 and though it’s in one of the most prominent spots in the city the statue itself is not well known, barely glimpsed as cars, cyclists and tourists hurry by.

Cue artist Tatzu Nishi:

Nishi’s project re-imagines the colossal 13-foot-tall statue of Columbus standing in a fully furnished, modern living room. Featuring tables, chairs, couch, rug, and flat-screen television, the décor reflects the artist’s interpretation of contemporary New York style. He even designed wallpaper inspired by memories of American popular culture, having watched Hollywood movies and television as a child in Japan. Discovering Columbus offers both a unique perspective on a historical monument and a surreal experience of the sculpture in a new context. Allowing us to take a journey up six flights of stairs to a fictional living room, Tatzu Nishi invites us to discover for ourselves where the imagination may lead.

For more information or to reserve your free pass, visit the website of Public Art Fund.

Thank you to Dan Allen for providing his insights and this great photograph.

 

 

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By @ 10/23/12 in ManAboutWorld

With a name like Miles, Miles Mitchinson was destined to travel right from the beginning.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Miles has spent most of the past 10 years working, volunteering, and traveling through almost every corner of the world.  His traveling started with a “quick” trip to New Zealand in 2003 and has developed into a full-time passion for experiencing all the world has to offer.

A desire to share this passion and these incredible experiences with other gay people led to Miles recently co-founding Detours Travel, a gay owned and operated tour operator specializing in 15-day international adventures.  Detours introduces a less-restricting and unhurried group travel concept to ensure an unforgettable travel experience for their clients.

Follow Miles on Facebook at www.facebook.com/detourstravel

Connect with Miles at www.detourstravel.com

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By @ 10/21/12 in Gay rights, Gay tours, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Out Adventures, Tour operators, Travel

Picture yourself here next May

Travel by land and set sail (on a beautiful yacht) with Out Adventures next May. Reserve now for this special trip, the first land + sea tour by gay-owned and run Out Adventures.

The trip has been organized by our very own Robert Sharp, one of ManAboutWorld’s very first global correspondents and very early supporters.
According to Robert participants will:

Explore historic monuments & dance the night away in Zegreb, hike through connected lakes and waterfalls in Plitvice, rest easy in 4 star hotels and on a Deluxe category Yacht, enjoy Roman architecture in Split, swim at every stop along the Dalmatian Coast and Makarja Riviera, walk along the medieval city wall in Dubrovnik, and more!

For more information click here.

Though still a conservative society in many ways, LGBT citizens have been benefiting from more rights in recent years. More info on LGBT rights in Croatia:



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By @ 10/09/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Relaxing in Trancoso

For gay travelers, Rio is irresistible: In addition to all of the general appeal that Rio holds for world travelers, there are the Brazilian men.

Somehow, Brazil got way more than its share of sexy, and during the Brazilian summer (our winter) it is on full display in Rio.  And, oh what a display it is. See it in pictures and video in our October issue, along with our insider guide with everything you need to plan an awesome Brazilian vacation.

Subscribe and download now!

 

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By @ 10/06/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

Oh yeah, just try it!

Global Correspondent Ivan Quintanilla is an actor, traveler and blogger extraordinaire. Once a week he provides a re-cap of noteworthy travel stories. We pilfer his round-up (with his permission) so you don’t have to. Follow his travels at TravelingIQ.

*One wants to pluck Big Bird while the other aims to saunter down Sesame Street for four more years.  If you live in the United States and have a pulse, you have probably compared the presidential candidates on many topics.  But where do Obama and Romney stand on travel issues?  (via USA Today)

*Staten Island is going round and round to be #1.  City officials announced that the world’s largest ferris wheel, bigger than the London Eye and the Singapore Flyer, will open in New York City’s dangling borough in 2015.  (via Travel Mole)



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By @ 10/02/12 in Brazil, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Rio de Janeiro, Travel

Download the soon-to-launch October issue and see these two and more

Billy and I are putting the finishing touches on the October issue of ManAboutWorld, which we hope to publish very soon.

Meantime, feast your eyes on these beauties, a mere hint of the gorgeous imagery and great recommendations you’ll gorge on once the issue is ready to be downloaded to your Newsstand. Notice also the nifty little “on/off” button, which allows you to enjoy local music to really get you in an Ipanema state of mind.

We cover Brazil and its best beaches with a native perspective (thanks in part to Billy’s Brazilian husband and our fabulous São Paulo-based correspondents Rangel and Niazi.

If you haven’t yet downloaded ManAboutWorld, get your inaugural issue free via this link.

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

 

A hunky sunscreen butler, Ritz-Cartlon South Beach, Miami

Global Correspondent Ivan Quintanilla is an actor, traveler and blogger extraordinaire. Once a week he provides a re-cap of noteworthy travel stories. We pilfer his round-up (with his permission) so you don’t have to. Follow his travels at TravelingIQ.

*Sometimes you just want need a young man to lather up the sunscreen on hard-to-reach spots.  Going beyond the complimentary shampoo and conditioner, hotels are enticing with free amenities like a personal tanning butler in South Beach, a pet goldfish in San Francisco, and a Rolls-Royce in Beverly Hills.  (via USA Today)

*According to Claire Danes, Israelis “work very hard, worry very hard and play hard and well.”  The recent Emmy winner talks about filming “Homeland” in Tel Aviv, and poses for photos throughout Israel’s party capital.  (via NY Times)



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By @ 09/23/12 in Dining/food/wine, Europe, Gay travel, London, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

We think some the most delicious and affordable tacos we have had in New York City are at La Esquina. Here’s our write up from this past summer’s inaugural issue of ManAboutWorld, which included a definitive guide to the best of gay New York. Here’s what we wrote about it:

This secretive and chic Mexican brasserie is hidden beneath an ordinary deli on the corner of Kenmare. With your reservation (book three weeks out!) verified by the Men In Black standing guard at a door marked “Employees Only,” you’ll walk down a candle-lit stairway, through the kitchen and into a sexy, brick-walled dungeon. Worth it for the ambience alone, the tacos are affordable and delicious—a rare combination even above ground in NYC.

Now what to do when in London and you have the taco urge?  Our reader and contributor Tanya Scholl steers us to the best place to satisfy the urge for great Mexican cuisine across the pond.

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By @ 09/21/12 in ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

San Francisco (Photo by Jeremy Brooks/Flickr)
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Global Correspondent Ivan Quintanilla is an actor, traveler and blogger extraordinaire. Once a week he provides a re-cap of noteworthy travel stories. We pilfer his round-up (with his permission) so you don’t have to. Follow his travels at TravelingIQ. This week he even cites us at ManAboutWorld!

*What’s the best place to wear skinny jeans, thick-rimmed glasses and a precisely-trimmed messy beard? Sorry Williamsburg, but the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles has been named “America’s Best Hipster Neighborhood.”  (via Forbes)

*Your mama taught you to look both ways before crossing the street.  Now, just in case you are too busy texting, New York City streets are going to remind you.  (via NY Daily News)

*What apps do you need to enhance your next trip?  Travel bloggers extraordinaire Carlos Melia and Matt Long break down the best travel apps to download.  (via dot 429  & Landlopers)



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By @ 09/21/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

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One of our readers asked us for our recommendations for the city’s top vegetarian restaurants. He must have missed the ones we included in our recent issue! So we’re surfacing them here.

There’s nothing inherently gay about any of our choices for best vegetarian restaurants in New York, except they’re in neighborhoods our readers are most likely to explore when they visit.

It’s hard to find great vegan cuisine anywhere, but the “animal-caring” Blossom has three outposts serving great vegan, including gluten free, fare all organic and sourced as locally as possible. Blossom is in several locations though we like the one in Chelsea best (natch).

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By @ 09/16/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Our newest correspondent is a young Danish businessman who lives in Tel Aviv, Israel, drawn to that country by love. Jonas West Eilersen travels the world, including gay capitals like London, NYC and Paris and decidedly less gay countries like Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia.

Jonas is originally Scandinavian, from Denmark, where he shunned journalism school in favor of becoming a sociologist.

He spent six years acquiring his Sociology B.Sc. and M.Sc. at the University of Copenhagen, with extended stints in Sydney and Berlin during this time. After having worked as a management consultant in London, in the aviation and tourism industry, for close to five years, love brought him to Tel Aviv, Israel, where he currently resides.

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By @ 08/24/12 in Gay travel, Travel

 

A pampered pooch

Global Correspondent Ivan Quintanilla is an actor, traveler and blogger extraordinaire. Once a week he provides a re-cap of noteworthy travel stories. We pilfer his round-up (with his permission) so you don’t have to. Follow his travels at TravelingIQ.

*New York City’s High Line, the park built atop an old elevated railway, has completely transformed the West Side of Manhattan, and not everyone is happy about it.  (via NY Times)

*Uganda, the African country known for its horrific “Kill the Gays Bill” that seeks to punish homosexuality with a death sentence, held its first ever gay pride parade with nearly a hundred people.   (via The New Yorker)

*Suffering from constipation during your travels?  Chew gum.  Nauseous?  Eat ginger.  (via NY Times)

*Run, fetch, poop, sleep:  It’s a dog’s life!  Fido deserves a vacation too.  (via Out Traveler)

*Stay ahead of the curve–quite literally–at this year’s best up-and-coming hotels.  (via Travel & Leisure)

*Americans eager to travel to Cuba may have to wait a little longer as the U.S. puts the breaks on “people to people” licenses.  (via USA Today)

What did he miss?  Share your favorite travel news posting on his Traveling IQ Facebook page.

 

 

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