Travel Expert

21 08 2014

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 2.57.38 PMEd Salvato is editor in chief of ManAboutWorld, the world’s 1st gay travel magazine built for iPad. Get a FREE 3-month subscription here!  He’s also a recognized industry leader and noted global gay travel expert. Read his bio. Need travel advice? He loves answering your questions. Post a comment or send an email.

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Dennis Hensley: Harboring Secrets in Long Beach

20 10 2014

darkharborOur correspondent Dennis Hensley is back with another hilarious story, this time chronicling his adventures getting lost inside a maze aboard a creepy old boat.

As amusement park Halloween scare-fests go, Dark Harbor at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, has something that its competitors don’t: one really old, seriously creepy boat.  Two of the attraction’s new-this-year mazes actually happen on the famed luxury and the historic and by all accounts haunted atmosphere just adds to the frightful fun.

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R Family Vacations Celebrates 11 years of Gay Family Travel

19 10 2014

Screen Shot 2014-10-18 at 7.20.31 PMThe latest gay travel column from Global Correspondent Jeff Guaracino celebrates 11 years of gay family travel.

R Family Vacations was founded eleven years ago by travel entrepreneur Gregg Kaminsky and Kelli Carpenter and since then 19,000 people have traveled the world with Gregg and Kelli on trips designed just for our community.

R Family Vacations is unique in the travel space. The R Family experience is for everyone. Families don’t just mean children. It can be adults with their adult gay or lesbian child or childless LGBT couples who are looking for a different experience than that of Atlantis Events, RSVP Vacations or Olivia.

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Dine Around The World: Authentic Thai Comes to The Big Apple

18 10 2014

paetrioA recent New York Times article about a new, authentic Thai restaurant in Elmhurst, Queens – Paet Rio-  seemed to both harken back to ManAboutWorld’s ‘Dine Around The World’ feature we published in our New York Takeover guide this past Spring, and look ahead to our upcoming Thailand guide. Our idea was to showcase the culinary diversity throughout New York’s five boroughs – the Poles of Greenpoint, the Russians of Brighton Beach, the Koreans of Jackson Heights, and so on – but the news of Elmhurst bursting onto the scene as NYC’s new Thai Town is welcomed news to us.

You can read all about how to Dine Around The World in New York bysubscribing here! And keep an eye out for our Thailand guide, coming soon!

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ManAboutWorld Editor Ziplines in Costa Rica

14 10 2014

FullSizeRenderIn a town known as Jaco in the center of Costa Rica, way up high in the rain forests, I leapt from a bamboo platform and flew high above the bushes and leaves, the trees and butterflies, connected to the thick chord above me by only a small metal clasp. The rain was drizzling down as it did for most of the week I was there, causing the steel chord to be slick and so even faster I sped. When I reached the end, my guide, Camillo, smiled broadly.

“How was that?” he asked.

“Amazing and scary,” I told him.

He laughed.

“You have nine more!”

We’ll be writing all about our ziplining experiences in gorgeous Costa Rica coming up in our November issue. Click here to subscribe to get an all access pass to our insider tips.





Parting Shots: Zoom Around The World With Bryan Herb

10 10 2014

kidsBryan Herb is a co-founder and co-owner of Zoom Vacations, a tour company founded to meet the evolving social, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of the gay and lesbian leisure traveler, as well as their families and friends. We asked him to provide photos for the Parting Shots section of this month’s issue of the magazine. Here are more photos of Zoom trips and a Q&A with the peripatetic Herb.

1. Why do you love luxury gay travel?

Like anyone who has been bitten by the travel bug, I love seeing new places and learning about different cultures. I notice that a lot of us in the LGBT community tend to be over-achievers and workaholics, so I especially appreciate seeing incredible destinations with like-minded people while staying in wonderful accommodations and enjoying once-in-a-lifetime activities. Luxury gay vacations are comfortable, enriching, and pampering, giving ample opportunity to recharge our batteries, and this is exactly what a vacation should do. Read the rest of this entry »





Dispatches: At the Port of Thessaloniki, Greece

8 10 2014

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Our Editor-in-Chief Ed Salvato explores Thessaloniki, an incredible Greek port city oft overlooked by tourists who opt instead to visit the more popular Greek Isles. But Thessaloniki is vibrant, bustling, and teeming with hot gay guys.





A Fabulous Trip to New York Doesn’t Just Happen

29 09 2014

nycAccording to our Global Correspondent Jeff Guaracino it is very easy to make expensive travel mistakes. So don’t do it. This post is dedicated to helping gay travelers travel better, smarter and fabulously, especially when visiting New York. Here are Jeff’s insider trips that will make you the next NYC trip expert travel planner. For more travel tips to the Big Apple, download our New York City Travel Guide.

Global Eats
The biggest mistake in travel planning is picking a restaurant last-minute. As important as where your rest your head and in which class of airline cabin that you fly in is the restaurant that you choose! The restaurant is your time to show your power as the ultimate “in-the-know” travel planner. Looking for ideas? To really impress check out my two favorite recommendations.

Brunch at The Garden at the elegant, Art Deco Four Seasons NYC is not just a meal, it is a decadent, accessible New York experience. The seasonal, locally sourced menu takes visitors on a culinary tour of the best of New York. From Harlem’s authentic fried chicken and waffles to Brooklyn’s Warm Pastrami Tartine that you would swear your Bubbe would have made and the Four Season’s signature Pigs In a Blanket—a lemon ricotta pancake with chicken sausage. In honor of this week’s Miss America pageant, it was fitting to try the Ms. Congeniality cocktail with Four Seasons in-fused hibiscus vodka, limoncello and fresh watermelon. Check it out at http://www.fourseasons.com/newyork.

Think the Four Seasons is a budget buster? Not really. Yes, it is not inexpensive but when you consider exceptional service in an over-the-top beautiful room filled with aroma of fresh flowers and the occasion celebrity sightings, brunch at the Four Seasons is worth every penny.

Looking for a new find for dinner? The Wayfarer located at 57thStreet and 6th Avenue is just steps from romantic Central Park. The two-story new restaurant located adjacent to the Quinn Hotel is perfect for a date for two in a casually elegant space reminiscent of a Parisian brasserie boosts 19th Century New York atmosphere and modern artwork to stimulate your dinner conversation. The menu is diverse from fresh Oysters and Maine Diver Sea Scallops. Reserve at thewayfarernyc.com.

A NYC Hotel Find
The Muse Hotel by Kimpton is my new “find” in Times Square Manhattan. It is tucked away in the middle of everything but you could almost miss this shouldn’t be missed hotel. New York City once known as unfriendly seems to have made a decidedly friendlier turn. My travel companions each remarked on the friendliness of the airport and car rental staff and at check-in at the Muse was downright perfection. Guest check in was like meeting two friends who were beaming that you made it over to their home for the weekend. (Two free drink coupons at the hotel bar and a Raid the Mini-bar $15 credit was cool! We all need friends like them!)

The problem with most hotels in NYC especially around Times Square is the noise. Unless you are on a high floor (typically more expensive) you risk not sleeping in the city that never sleeps. The Muse is special because of incredible location just steps from Times Square and Broadway and that surprisingly comfortable rooms face interior courtyards that give ample light and serenity at night. Most 6th floor hotel rooms in NYC could be very noisy, not in this retreat.

Choosing your hotel should not be on price alone. Add up Kimpton’s 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index and free Wi-Fi for Kimpton Karma Loyalty Rewards member plus, a hosted Wine Hour each night, The Muse is a value.

If you’re planning on being in New York anytime for the Gay High Holy Day of Halloween, book the “Spook and Shiver” package. It includes two tickets Blackout, the ultra-creepy, walk-through haunted house experience; a Spooky Lych-eye cocktail and holiday appetizer at the hotel’s NIOS lounge; and trick-or-treat candy turndown service.

Outward Bound columns can be found at www.epgn.com and are always worth a reread.

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Jeff Guaracino is the author of Gay and Lesbian Tourism: The Essential Guide for Marketing.

 








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