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By @ 03/16/15 in Europe, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

euro

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier today, “The euro briefly hit a fresh 12-year low against the dollar early in Asia trade Monday, with investors seeing little reason to buy the common currency at a time when eurozone and U.S. monetary policies are continuing to diverge.”

 

 

 

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By @ 03/12/15 in Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Travel
wine

The view from the terrace of the Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, just south of St. Helena.

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A room at the Auberge with doors opening onto a private terrace and overlooking sweeping wine country vistas.

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The rugged coastline of Carmel, a 17 mile stretch of gorgeous and rocky beach.

 

 

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By @ 03/10/15 in Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

The famous lone cypress tree of Carmel

Our road trip through wine country kicked off today with a coastal ride through stunning Carmel, an exquisite small town of just under 4,000 people. From here, we’ll drive up to Healdsberg in Sonoma, through gay-friendly Guerneville, and southeast to St. Helena and Yountville. Check back for more photos and recommendations!

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By @ 03/05/15 in Auston Matta, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in manAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Two boys hold hands on the steps of an ancient church

Our correspondent Auston Matta of Two Bad Tourists is back with this new, funny, and insightful list every traveling gay should read.

 

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By @ 03/05/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

An outdoor food market in the heart of Paris

Gary Saperstein goes by a few monikers these days: wine expert, radio show host, Sonoma man-about-town, and founder of Out In The Vineyard, to name a few. To us, he’s friend and correspondent, and he recently spent a few days touring around Paris with a dear friend, the head chef at Sonoma’s famous The Girl and the Fig.

As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Paris by day, and its unmistakable landmark.



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By @ 03/04/15 in Allister Chang, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Boys rough-housing on the beach in San Juan

 

 

An update from our beloved correspondent, Harvard student and frequent traveler, Allister Chang:

From the team that perfected “guerilla” takeovers of straight clubs, comes gay spring break San Juan 2015! On March 25-29 The Welcoming Committee (TWC) will bring LGBTQs from eight different cities to Puerto Rico. Whether you go by yourself, with a partner, or a group of friends, you’ll meet dozens of new people, and — if my past experiences with TWC events have taught me anything — leave a trail of glitter across the entire island.



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By @ 03/02/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Rainbow colored houses along the water in Curacao

The IGLTA (International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association) will name Curacao — a Dutch owned Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela — the 2015 “Destination Pioneer” at this years conference on April 8. (Source: Gay Star News)

 

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By @ 02/27/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Out Adventures, Tour operators, Travel

 

As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Old Town Havana, Cuba

Thanks to President Obama’s recent initiative to thaw relations with our geographically near (yet ideologically distant) neighbor, it’s a little easier to go but restrictions remain in place, specifically with respect to pure leisure tourism — it’s still not legal for Americans, who must travel under a general or specific (i.e., an application and a case-by-case determination) license (visa). The main changes include an expansion of general licenses to allow 12 categories of travel without specific approval, and the use of credit cards. Don’t expect to hop on a plane, grab a hotel and hit the beach on your own just yet. There is a lot of good information about travel to Cuba, including this comprehensive Q&A in The New York Times



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By @ 02/26/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

A peaceful morning sunrise over misty Nusa Lembongan Island, Indonesia.

A breathtaking photograph of our correspondent Michael Siebert looking out onto a peaceful Indonesian morning.

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By @ 02/25/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Street scene, Cuba.

Our friend Steven Bereznai — travel writer, personal trainer, and the author of numerous books, including Gay and Single…Forever? 10 Things Every Gay Guy Looking For Love (and Not Finding It) Needs to Know — chimes in with a fascinating piece from his trip to Cuba this past January. (He’s Canadian and has the legal right to travel there as a tourist from Canada.):
 “Don’t book anything less than a 4 star.” “The food will be terrible.” “The booze will be watered down.” “Your all inclusive won’t include drinkable water.” “The resort won’t look like the brochure.” “Tip everybody.” “The locals will want to marry you.”



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By @ 02/24/15 in Berlin, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld magazine, the gay travel magazine

“Scenes from the Land of Hirschfeld” inside the Schwules Museum

One of our favorite correspondents, Paul Heney, is back with another great piece about his recent travels to Berlin:

Berlin took a little time to grow on me, but after four trips here over the years, it’s a place I love to visit. The city’s eclectic style, extensive arts scene, in-your-face “German-ness” and plentiful shopping—not to mention its very gay-friendly vibe—adds up to a lot of fun for the gay traveler.

I had a great opportunity to visit the city’s famed Schweules Museum, now celebrating its 30th anniversary. Schweules, one of the world’s mot renowned institutions for researching and communicating the LGBTQ experience.

Through March 31, the museum is showcasing a fascinating exhibit, “Porn That Way,” a look at the history of gay, lesbian and trans porn. And there is a lot of history, and some pretty interesting insight into what gay porn meant, not to mention how it shaped what men considered sexy. From early work that seemed closeted and subversive to the photorealistic Tom of Finland drawings—and from the gay-for-play muscled hunks that tried to show a healthy counterpoint to AIDS victims to the self-made online empires like Corbin Fischer, the show tries to show how the different eras of gay pornography related to the times.

There’s also an in-depth examination of lesbian porn, including the “produced by men for men” variety, as well as the woman-produced, safe-sex, female-centric movies and magazines.

So if you’re in Germany’s capital city anytime soon, make sure to stop by Schweules before heading over to Brunos for your underwear and gymwear shopping! It’s a worthwhile stop to pay homage and learn more about that media that no one likes to discuss in public—but that everyone watches in private.

 

 

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By @ 02/23/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, St. Pete's, Travel
As seen in the latest issue of ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

The trendy Birchwood boutique hotel in downtown St. Petersburg

The Birchwood is the best hotel in St. Pete and our first choice when staying downtown. It has just 18 rooms, all of them spacious and tastefully designed with claw-footed tubs. No frills here: no gym, no pool, but a first-rate restaurant in the lobby — Birch & Vine — and a weekend hotspot of a rooftop bar in The Canopy. If you’ve come to the area to visit the Dali Museum and explore downtown’s ever-burgeoning scene, you’ll want to stay here.

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By @ 02/19/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
St.Pete's Beach pier as seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

The beautiful St. Pete Beach pier

This month, we hit the road, up and down Florida’s west coast, intent on solving one of the great travel mysteries of our time: if the Gulf Coast of Florida is still in the shadow of Miami, then how the hell is it so sunny? It’s a good question and one we were determined to get to the bottom of. And we mean “the bottom.” So we set out to explore some of the Gulf Coast’s best cities: St. Petersburg and Tampa and their small town neighbors like the pristine family harbor town of Clearwater, and the strange Greek enclave of Tarpon Springs. We drove down to Sarasota, and further still to the idyllic islands of Captiva and Sanibel, where we sailed into sunsets and watched dolphins leap like trapeze artists.

And what we found was a region ready to burst out of the shadow of Miami and into its own as Florida’s undiscovered gay hot spot. We found cities like St. Petersburg, young and bustling with first-rate museums and cool, hipster restaurants, a vibrant live music scene and cute gay boys holed up inside straight bars.

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By @ 02/16/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Mark Vogler, San Francisco, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Our friends at Out In The Vineyard about The Big Gay Train

On March 28, our wonderful friends at Out in the Vineyard return yet again to host The Big Gay Train, a very special event where gay winemaker’s board a Napa Valley train and pair their reds and whites with fresh, muli-course meals. It’s the gay, wine-soaked, culinary adventure of the season, an opportunity to meet interesting gays, eat some great food, drink some wine, and mingle with some friends. The event runs from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Tickets start at $185 and VIP passes will run as high as $215.

 

 

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By @ 02/11/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Gorgeous ice-capped mountains and glacial waters in Alaska

For a traveler, Alaska can seem as unmanageable as it is beautiful. It’s a vast, sprawling, and utterly massive state; at more than 660,000 square miles, it’s bigger than Texas, California, and Montana combined. It has 15 national parks, a pretty but small capital city in Juneau, and some of the most wondrous vistas in the world So how do you do Alaska? The first thing you’ll need to accept is that you can’t do it all; you’re going to have to choose which side of Alaska you want to see. The mess of islands that comprises Southeastern Alaska is gorgeous and unique but perhaps better for a second visit. The most common way most travelers see Alaska is by cruise line. An Alaska Cruise is a trip of a lifetime, and if you go, the best time to do it is June through August, and we recommend choosing a small ship rather than a large one so that it’s easier to lose the crowds, escape the overdeveloped ports, and experience Alaska’s nature and wildlife in greater depth and relative peace.

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By @ 02/10/15 in Gay travel, Hawaii, Kauai, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel
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Blue skies on the gorgeous island of Kauai

Our intrepid correspondent, Paul Heney, chimes in with another fun post about how to bring exotic locales to you when your travel aspirations and your wallet don’t match up:



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By @ 02/05/15 in Billy Kolber, Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay digital magazine

Gay couple gets wed on sunny Fort Lauderdale beach

 

Our publisher Billy Kolber will be participating in the Love Is Love free wedding ceremony of gay and straight couples on the sunny beach of Fort Lauderdale. Check back for more photos from the event!

Update Thursday, Friday 5, 2015
Here’s a photo from the event today. Congrats to all 100 newlyweds!

100 newlyweds on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale, as seen in ManAboutWorldl gay travel magazine

100 newlyweds wed today (Feb 5, 2015) as part of #loveislove campaign

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/ft-lauderdale-loves-the-gays-100-couples-get-107433069502.html

 

 

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By @ 01/30/15 in Buenos Aires, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
As seen inManAboutWorld,  the gay travel magazine.

The Pink Palace in the heart of Buenos Aires

 

It’s interesting times in Buenos Aires. The country’s draconian currency controls have created two conditions that benefit travelers: The unofficial “blue” currency exchange rate makes it more affordable than ever to visit the “Paris of South America.” And the inability to import goods has spurred a rush of creativity in locally-produced handicrafts, clothing and other goods. Bring cash and head to Florida Street or our favorite Cambio in the Promenade Alvear at Posadas 1564 to exchange your dollars or euros for pesos for a 25-30% discount to the official rate. Most small restaurants and shops will offer a similar rate if you ask to pay in dollars or euros.

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By @ 01/29/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Mykonos, Travel
A red-domed church in Mykonos, as seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

A red-domed church on stunning Mykonos, Greece

Every gay boy knows about Mykonos, which is probably why you don’t hear much about it. It’s almost a cliché to recommend it as a vacation spot. But while you were busy looking for the next gay island paradise, Mykonos evolved, shed its touristy, overexposed skin, and reinvented itself as an island that has only gotten better with age. A new wave of art, culture, and farm-to-table restaurants have swept the island, the clubs are better than ever, and the island itself is timeless beauty, still unmatched by any of those imitators out there.

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By @ 01/26/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
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Gorgeous Puglia village under blue skies.

Puglia lies in the most southeastern part of the Italian peninsula — the heel of the “boot,” wedged between the Adriatic and Ionian spurs of the Mediterranean. The result is miles of mostly rocky coastline on the east along the Adriatic, and mostly sandy beaches on the west along the Ionian Sea, with flat, fertile land in- between. The greatest testament to the region’s gay friendliness is the fact that it has an openly gay governor, re-elected twice. Outright gay exuberance centers on the coastal town of Gallipoli — affectionately dubbed “Gayllipoli” — which has become the summer destination for gays from all over Italy.

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