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By @ 08/10/15 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Fort Lauderdale may just be the best gay American city we’ve got, where gays have been welcomed for decades to live, explore, and enjoy a taste of the good life. It’s 38 square miles of sprawling, sun-soaked metropolis and miles of white sand beach, and in the center of it all, one of the great gayborhoods in the world — Wilton Manors.

Our free guide to Fort Lauderdale delves deep into the city, highlighting the best of its restaurants, nightlife, shopping, culture, and gay guesthouses. In the years before the Stonewall riots, when ideas like gay marriage were still far-fetched pipe dreams, these guesthouses were sanctuary’s, a place where gay men could be themselves, free to flirt and frolic (among other F-words) without fear of prejudice.

The free guide puts the spotlight on gay locals who reveal their favorite hotspots and hidden gems, and we even dish out a few fabulous day-trip ideas, for those mornings when you want to get out of town for the chic fast-paced buzz of Miami, or the laid-back opulence of Palm Beach.

Download the ManAboutWorld on the iTunes App Store or Google Play for tablet or smart phone and get the guide for free. For a free three-month subscription to the magazine, click here.

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By @ 06/08/15 in Gay travel, LA/West Hollywood, ManAboutWorld, Travel
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LA Dodgers gay pride night as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

 

On June 19, the Los Angeles Dodgers will host LGBT night, featuring a first pitch by Lisa Vanderpump, a special appearance by Lance Bass and the National Anthem will be performed by Ty Herndon. Show your pride and come out to celebrate. Each ticket PACKAGE includes a ticket to the game and a VOUCHER redeemable for a commemorative LGBT night t-shirt. Tickets range from $38-$73.

 

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By @ 06/04/15 in Ashton Giese, Gay pride, Gay travel, Gayography LGBT news, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Tel Aviv Pride as seen in  ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Tel Aviv Pride

This column is brought to you by Ashton Giese, ManAboutWorld correspondent and editor of the GAYography newsbrief.

Ready for Pride Month? Find out the best spots all over the country for Pride & parties — Tel Aviv Pride starts next week. There’s controversy in Pittsburgh where groups have pulled out of the parade to protest Iggy Azelea — she’s NOT too fancy lately. Abroad there’s trouble in Korea — where the Pride Parade has been cancelled for the first time — and Moscow (where it’s always cancelled).

If you’re feeling super proud, you might even venture to a nude beach — discover the world’s best “clothing optional” ones and read an account about taking on the challenge (tough for us prude Americans).

Click here for this week’s GAYography brief.

A vital resource for LGBT travelers, focusing on news, vacation insights, advocacy and current events in major cities around the globe, the GAYography brief is published each Thursday. Subscribe here & like!

Photo: Tel Aviv Pride by Atomische * Tom Giebel



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By @ 05/19/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Vienna

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We love the gay streetlights in Vienna — two gay guys holding hands! We recently covered Vienna and the crazy Eurovision event. The grand finale of the competition will be May 23. Click here to subscribe and read our in-depth, expert-sourced coverage.

Here’s a fabulous photo of last year’s winner Conchita Wurst (credit: LifeBall Conchita_Akzeptanz). Click here to read what we wrote about the event on Towleroad. 

Conchita Wurst as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The other lady in gold

 

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By @ 05/13/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Our recent article for Towleroad highlights the best of Cambodia and Laos, two of the least developed countries in Southeast Asia, tucked between Thailand and Vietnam. Tourism is a bright spot in both countries, and based on our short exploration, it is easy to see why. Despite the difficult history and circumstances, people greet visitors with enormous smiles and warmth. Cambodia’s magnificent Angkor Wat complex, rediscovered in the 1850s, is a bucket list draw for world travelers. It has brought about tourism infrastructure development, and some of the same free-wheeling tourist economy trappings — good and bad — seen in more developed tourist economies. By comparison, Laos is most notable for its relative lack of development, but here too, the power of tourist spending is changing the landscape — literally and quickly.



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By @ 05/08/15 in Auston Matta, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Our friends at Two Bad Tourists have big news on the first-ever Ibiza Pride and a huge summer giveaway!

Are you planning on visiting Ibiza? In case you haven’t heard, Ibiza is hosting its first gay pride this summer from July 8th to 12th and it’s going to be big! We’ve partnered with the Ibiza Gay Pride team to giveaway 2 All Access Passes.

The winner of the giveaway will receive 2 free t-shirts, 2 welcome bags and 2 wristbands providing free access to all 8 parties including the opening party, all nighttime events and daytime pool party. Each pass normally costs 200€ (promo price until May 25th) so the total prize is valued at 400€! You can find out more about the events and parties on the Ibiza Gay Pride website or check out their Facebook page for regularly updates.

What’s the Catch?

There’s no catch – all you have to do is signup with your email address. We’ll add you to our mailing list and you can unsubscribe at anytime. We don’t spam but we do send out a monthly newsletter and occasional new blogs posts by email. This giveaway also helps promote Ibiza Gay Pride, which is important since it’s the first year and they need help spreading the word. Also note that the prize doesn’t include any travel assistance, flights or accommodation so you’re on own for that. But once you arrive, you’ll have access to all the events throughout the week with the wristband.



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By @ 05/07/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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The New York Times recently had a great story about the semi-new Rhapsody magazine, available to first-class United Airlines passengers, and the new influx of A-list literary stars that populate the magazine.

“As airlines try to distinguish their high-end service with luxuries like private sleeping chambers, showers, butler service and meals from five-star chefs, United Airlines is offering a loftier, more cerebral amenity to its first-class and business-class passengers: elegant prose by prominent novelists,” the article said.

Passengers will read stories from Pulitzer-winner Anthony Doerr, and award-winners such as Joyce Carol Oates (Black Water, Blonde) and Karen Russell (Swamplandia!)

 

Photo credit: Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

 

 

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By @ 05/01/15 in Asia, Daily Dose, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, Travel
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ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Michael Siebert visited Bangkok and stayed at ManAboutWorld Editor’s Choice award winner the Sofitel So Bangkok. Here’s his report, just in; and above a self portrait he took (using a timer) of him and a friend.
Sofitel So Bangkok is a fantastic, well-located hotel combining together elegant French luxury and warm Thai hospitality and styled by Monsieur Christian Lacroix.
The pool is spectacular along with the view.  If you are a chocolate lover, be sure to visit the “chocolate lab” at ground level, as well as the rooftop bar, Park Society.  An excellent time to visit is during the Thai new year in April each year; lastly, don’t miss out of the water fight in the Silom area during the new year.

*DDTI: Daily dose of travel inspiration.



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By @ 04/27/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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The Gay Graves Tour, a one-of-a-kind tour at Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark in Brooklyn, returns for spring 2015. The tour will introduce you to the famous and the not-so-famous gay men and lesbians who are among the permanent residents at Green-Wood. The Gay Graves Tour is conducted entirely on foot. Tickets are $30 per person.

Beginning at the fabulous Victorian Gothic entry gate to Green-Wood, we visit the final resting places of four gay composers: Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Jabara and Fred Ebb, as well as those of the groundbreaking lesbian artists, Violet Oakley and Emma Stebbins; plus others.

Amid centuries-old trees, fabulous works of art, and bucolic surroundings enjoy a fascinating dose of gay history, New York history and U.S. history during this unique tour.

The Gay Graves Tour will be conducted on Sunday, May 3rd, beginning promptly at 11 AM at Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St. at Fifth Ave., Brooklyn (The 25th St. R train stop is only 1 block from Green-Wood. From Manhattan & Queens, ride the express Q train to DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn, changing there to a local R train.)

For further details and to buy tickets, please visit http://walkaboutny.com/the-tours/the-gaygraves-tour/  and if your travels include final resting places, be on the lookout for “Departing Shots” by JJ Keyes in our May issue with coverage of famous cemeteries around the world.

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By @ 04/15/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Palm Springs, Travel

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Palm Springs’ heyday may have begun with the early movie and TV stars, but the town’s gay renaissance began in the ‘80s, when gay Angelenos started buying the mid-century modernhomes in a then seedy downtown. Today, Palm Springs is a stylish and popular weekend getaway from September through May, and never more glorious than it is right now. When LA is a “chilly” 68-70° in the winter and spring, Angelenos head to sunny Palm Springs for warm swimming pool weather. It’s a popular gay destination, but it’s a relatively small city, with a population of under 50,000 residents. The few gay bars and clubs it has are often deserted midweek, even in season, and when the temperature soars in the summer, the town really slows down.



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By @ 04/13/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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The New York Times takes an interesting look inside gay cruises and comes away saying “…The sense of freedom was powerful: You could be old or young, slim or heavy, and could have a loud, drunken cruise, a quiet romantic one, or even a naughty one. The many people I met who had taken multiple Atlantis cruises, 10 or even 20 or more, are clearly on to something.”

I hadn’t expected to fit in on this cruise. I thought the Atlantis experience might be too intense for me; I’d heard stories about the costumes and assumed that only impossibly young gay men with untraceable amounts of body fat would be on board. I figured that my partner, Brett, and I would feel awfully out of place.

For ManAboutWorld’s take on cruise vacations (gay and straight), download our March issue: Check out this special subscription offer. Photo credit: Brett Douglas, The New York Times

Photo credit: Brett Douglas, The New York Times

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By @ 04/07/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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The biggest LGBT travel convention of the year hits the City of Angeles tomorrow, April 8, and the whole ManAboutWorld team will join the leaders and influencers of the IGLTA and the gay travel world for the travel event of the year. If you’re coming, send us some photos and we’ll post them here!

UPDATE Thursday, April 9:

The men of ManAboutWorld with friends Tony and Peter.

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UPDATE Wednesday, April 8: We received our first photos from pre-convention activities of the IGLTA Board of Directors.

The IGLTA Board of Directors

The IGLTA Board of Directors

 

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By @ 04/03/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

Two Year Anniversary Of Hurricane Sandy In New York

“Gov. Cuomo has banned all non-essential, state-funded travel to Indiana in response to that state’s religious freedom law, which critics say opens the door to discrimination against gay and lesbian people,” according to NBC New York.

The ban applies to all state agencies and public colleges and universities — meaning students and faculty would not be able to participate in athletic or academic events in Indiana. Exceptions would be made for travel deemed “essential to the enforcement of state law or public health and safety.”

 

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By @ 03/26/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

lookingThe gays have been grieving, riled up on Twitter and flinging hashtags — basically aghast at HBO’s short-sighted decision to end the only gay drama on cable. Here we had a show to call our own, real and gritty and heartfelt and sexy, and HBO goes and pulls the plug. Luckily, we still have Game of Thrones to satiate our homerotic fantasies and pangs for full-frontal. But still, Looking was a gem, a milestone, the first TV show to depict this generation of gays.

But aftrer two seasons, it’s gone, and we have only the memories. And a handful of places your favorite characters hung out in and worked. So if you have no life, and no friends, and the pain of losing Dom and Patrick and Agustin is just too much, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up our favorite Looking landmarks, from greasy spoons to greasier bathhouses. Here are top choices to mourn this loss, and to remember the two seasons of a show that left us too early.



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By @ 03/25/15 in Gay cruise, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Ask a gay friend who’s never been on a cruise if he’d like to go on one, and he’ll probably decline.
I wouldn’t be caught dead on a cruise!
Then ask a friend who’s been on one and he’ll likely say it was the best vacation he’s ever had. In our experience, it’s pretty much blogbinary: The uninitiated would never go on a cruise, but once they do, they’re ready to book their next one by the third day. How could so many otherwise perceptive, bright and imaginative people be so wrong, and what on earth could produce this 180-degree turnaround?
In our current issue, (available now on iPad and Android tablet with our $1 trial subscription) we eradicate the myths of gay cruising and explore the adventure, romance, and life-changing friendships you’ll experience. We stocked the issue full of information, exhaustive research (including our survey of gay-friendliness among the cruise lines), inspiring tales, and answered all of your questions so you’ll be ready to cruise this summer.



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By @ 03/24/15 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
ManAboutWorld Editor-in-Chief, Ed Salvato

ManAboutWorld Editor-in-Chief, Ed Salvato

Our editor-in-chief Ed Salvato will join the New York Travel Festival panel on April 18 to discuss “What Gay Travel Gets Right:What other niches can learn from LGBT marketing.” Moderated by Mark Chestnut, Ed will join Matt Skallerud to discuss what has made LGBT travel marketing strategies successful, how these tactics work for other niches in the travel industry, what tactics won’t work, or need to be adjusted for different audiences, and how niche travel marketing evolving.
The festival organizers have offered us the following discounts:
  • ‘MAW15’ is $5 off of Weekend Traveler Ticket
  • ‘MAWIND’ is $25 off of Weekend Industry Ticket

To purchase tickets, click here and enter the appropriate code.



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By @ 03/23/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Prague, Travel
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On August 15, Prague will be dressed in rainbows and gays for its fifth Gay Pride event, proving again that it remains Eastern Europe’s most tolerant country, and one of the world’s most desired travel destination for gays.



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By @ 03/20/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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“Gay America, rather than being confined to a few places, spreads across every major region of the country,” says a new Gallup report, published today in The New York Times. Nationwide, Gallup says, 3.6 percent of adults consider themselves gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. And even the parts of the country outside the 50 biggest metropolitan areas have a gay population (about 3 percent) not so different from some big metropolitan areas. It’s a reflection in part of increasing tolerance and of social connections made possible by the Internet.”

 

 

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By @ 03/19/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld magazine

GetEQUAL protests outside the Delta airport in Georgia

The Georgia chapter of GetEQUAL, a grassroots LGBT empowerment organization, will be welcoming travelers at the domestic Delta terminal of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with a  sign that says “Welcome Heterosexuals,” demonstrating the impact of Georgia’s latest bill on its tourist industry. The Georgia State Assembly is about to pass House Bill 218 and Senate Bill 129 — both would allow the state government, corporations, and privately-owned businesses to discriminate on the basis of their “strongly held religious beliefs.”



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By @ 03/17/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

“For this first time in history, New York City’s famed St. Patrick’s Day parade will welcome an LGBT organization into its ranks,” reports MSNBC. “But equality groups and prominent political allies, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, remain unsatisfied with the parade’s level of inclusion.”

 

 

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