Travel Expert

18 01 2016

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 2.57.38 PMEd Salvato is editor in chief of ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine designed for smartphones and tablets. Get: FREE 3-month subscription! He’s also an author, global gay travel expert & author. Read his bio. Need travel advice? Post a comment below or send an email. Header photo above: Cristian Ricardo Flores.

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Photo du Jour: Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

28 06 2016
Photo du jour: Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

This photo of Yorke Peninsula, South Australia was taken by ManAboutWorld correspondent, Michael Siebert

The Yorke Peninsula is a 3-hour drive from Adelaide, South Australia. It’s a playground for outdoor adventurers and photographers dream. More information: http://www.southaustralia.com/it-it/places-to-go/yorke-peninsula/about





Upcoming Art Events in Berlin

16 06 2016
Street art, berlin

Street art, Berlin

Berlin is a super gay-friendly destination and still one of the best bargains in Europe even though prices are starting to spike. Why not go now? Here are a few art events through October to time your trip with courtesy of our friends at Berlin Tourism www.visitBerlin.com. Photo above by Troels Johannesen via Flickr Creative Commons 

►9th Berlin biennale for Contemporary Art

until September 18, 2016 at various locations

Since its inception in 1998, the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art has become one of the art world’s premier cultural events. It brings together some of the most influential artists, thinkers, and personalities and presents a cross section of artworks by internationally renowned as well as emerging artists. Each edition of the Biennale features around 50 Berlin-based artists with the majority of them producing new works for the exhibition. The events explore artistic developments to present, the unseen and the unfamiliar at the core of Berlin’s inspiring atmosphere. The New York based collective DIS are the curatorial team of this year’s Biennale edition. The upcoming events will function as a platform for collaboration of different kinds, embracing contradiction, blurriness, and confusion.

►Dada Africa: Dialogue with the Foreign

August 5 – November 7, 2016

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Dadaism and the Berlinische Galerie will throw a big party to celebrate the occasion. About 120 works from collections in Germany and abroad will be presented in five sections. Dadaist works engage in a direct dialogue with artifacts from Africa, Asia and Oceania. The show reveals how much the Dadaists looked to art beyond Europe in formulating their new aesthetic departures. DADA’s revolutionary attack on traditional notions of art and culture in the early 20th century laid the groundwork even then for new ways of seeing the Other.

►Long Night of Museums

August 27, 2016

Berlin’s popular Long Night of Museums is poised to again become an inspiring and fun late night event, when some 100 large and small museums, presenting established and new collections, open their doors from 6 pm Saturday evening until 2 am Sunday morning. Music, theater, and culinary events will enhance the permanent and temporary exhibitions and promise to make the nighttime museum visit a unique experience. Buy just one ticket and you get unlimited access to a special shuttle bus service and admission to all participating venues and events.

►5th Berlin Art Week

September 13-18, 2016, various locations

A key fall event, the Berlin Art Week is dedicated to contemporary art and combines exhibitions, art fairs, art awards, and an auxiliary program featuring talks, films, and tours. The Berlin Art Week provides new, surprising insights into private collections, project spaces, and the city’s sites of artistic production. Center pieces this year will again be the art fairs abc art berlin contemporary and Positions Berlin – Art Fair.

►European Month of Photography

October 1 – 31, 2016, various locations

Since 2004, the European Month of Photography has been taking place every two years in Berlin, presenting a wide range of exhibitions and events on historic and contemporary photography. The largest German festival for photography presents a collaboration of museums, cultural institutions, galleries, embassies, project spaces, as well as local photography schools. On the occasion of its 10th anniversary 2014, the EMOP Berlin had an impressive record to its name: 2 million visitors, 500 exhibitions by as many partner institutions, 30,000 photographic works shown, and 2,000 participating photographers.

►Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Hieroglyphics

September 23 – February 12, 2017 at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art

Referring to his cityscape paintings, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, the German expressionist painter and one of the founders of the artists group “Die Brücke“, spoke of “hieroglyphs as signs of expression.” Immediate ecstasy, Kirchner wrote, leads already in the preliminary sketch to “complete hieroglyphs.” The variety of visual experience, “ecstasy,” is reduced to abbreviations, to eloquent details such as hats, shoe tips, window frames, or bridge arches. With this focus, the upcoming exhibition directs attention toward 18 works by the artist in the museum’s own collection, ranging from the early Seated Nude of the Dresden Brücke period, to Bathers on the Beach and dense works Meadow Flowers and Cat from the artist’s late works.

►Feuerle Collection opens in former WWII bunker

October 2016

Collector Désiré Feuerle is planning to open a private museum in late 2016, to house his collection of international contemporary and Southeast Asian art, as well as Chinese design. Just like the well-known Boros Collection, the Feuerle Collection will be permanently be displayed in a former World War II telecommunications bunker, which has been refurbished by British architect John Pawson. The museum aims to provoke a dialogue between works of different cultures and eras. After a sneak preview during the 9th Berlin Biennale, the official grand opening of the Feuerle Collection will be celebrated in October 2016.





Twitter Chat Tuesday, June 7 3-4pm. Follow #PrideGuide

6 06 2016
Travel safetyTune in to #prideguide on Twitter tomorrow June 7th, for a very important Twitter chat! LGBTI Travel Twitter Chat sponsored by U.S. Department of State (@TravelGov) and us (@MAWtravel)
Follow ‪#‎prideguide‬!

When? Tomorrow – Tuesday, June 7; 3pm – 4pm ET; 12 noon-1pm PT
Goals: This Twitter chat focuses on safe LGBTI travel overseas. The idea is to connect with gay U.S. citizen travelers and Travel safetyanswer any questions they have about safety, logistics, or other issues while traveling abroad and to introduce them to the resources available at Travel.gov (and elsewhere) for LGBTI travelers and all travelers.

It’s an opportunity for all organizations who are concerned about LGBTI travel safety to participate in this important discussion.




Brendan Vacations + Ireland = Perfect Honeymoon Vacation

10 05 2016
The Temple Bar Pubfront in close up with artwork of medieval characters, Brendan Vacations, Ireland

Temple Bar

Celebrate your love in Ireland with Brendan Vacations, as featured in ManAboutWorld’s guide to Weddings, Honeymoons and Celebration Travel. [Download it for free.] Ireland is a magical place with hospitable, engaging people. It’s the only country on the planet that granted marriage equality by a referendum (a year ago this month) — overwhelmingly exclaiming that LGBT people are truly welcome here.

These locales are shown here but don’t take our word for it. Go, now! Note: The dollar is strong against the euro which is used in the Republic of Ireland so a vacation in Eire is more affordable than ever. For surprisingly affordable luxury, culture and romance in Ireland with Brendan Vacations, download ManAboutWorld’s FREE guide now.

Gorgeous and gay friendly, Ireland makes a perfect backdrop to any celebratory experience. Whether you’re traveling as a couple or in a big group, Brendan Vacations — leaders in vacations in Ireland and Scotland — will help you customize your trip built around fabulous venues throughout the country with options created to meet any budget from Guided Vacations to Self-Drive. ManAboutWorld recently visited on a Private Chauffeur trip which included the stunning Cliffs of Moher the renowned and so-Irish-it-hurts Temple Bar (above) and the gay-owned Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, with phenomenal food among many other stops.

 





Battling Homophobia in Indonesia with Alturi

5 05 2016
Alturi battles homophobia in Indonesia and around the world

Homophobia in Indonesia

Increasingly outrageous and homophobic comments by senior government officials in Indonesia are creating an atmosphere of growing intolerance and hostility towards the LGBTI community there, according to Steve Roth, co-founder and director of Alturi (as well as ManAboutWorld global correspondent).  It has gotten bad enough that some of the most vulnerable in the community have been forced to flee their homes to seek protection and safety elsewhere. 

The Indonesian LGBTI network Arus Pelangi has quickly put together an emergency response program – including a safe house, relocation assistance, a national hotline and other support services – to help those most in need but their funding for these efforts is limited.  So Alturi has teamed up with Human Rights Watch and OutRight Action International to launch a campaign here in the U.S. to support their work.

With support from Americans and others around the world, Arus Pelangi will be able to provide these much needed emergency services for the LGBTI community through the end of the year.

The press release on the following page contains more details.  You can also check out the campaign here.   Read the rest of this entry »





First-Ever Guide to LGBT Business Travel- FREE from ManAboutWorld

26 04 2016
LGBT Business Travel Guide

LGBT Business Travel Guide

Get the first-ever LGBT Business Travel guide from ManAboutWorld. 

We’ve learned from experience that LGBT businesspeople and entrepreneurs face added pressures not only in the workplace but especially when they travel for business — being expected to perform at high levels amid uncertainty.

On April 25, we published the first LGBT Guide to Business Travel. As you know, business travelers have little discretion in where they go for work and for LGBT business travelers this experience can be more than confusing; it can be downright frightening. Imagine traveling to a nation like Uganda — one of 76 countries where LGBT conduct can be criminalized. Something as simple as communicating to your partner on social media raises caution flags. How do you stay connected? Meeting local LGBT people privately may put you at risk of violence or possibly to locals if in public. Who can you trust about your identity whether it is people you meet or your own employer while traveling for business? The Guide covers everything from common questions, such as choosing to be open at work, but also serious concerns about personal safety.

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ManAboutWorld’s Guide to Weddings, Honeymoons + Celebration Travel (FREE!)

28 03 2016

ManAboutWorld's ultimate free guide to weddings, honeymoons and celebration travel

It started with the destination wedding. As our families — both by blood and more modern definitions — live increasingly spread-out lives, the idea of bringing people together somewhere other than our hometowns becomes increasingly attractive and practical. As long as people are getting on a plane, why not make it somewhere exciting and different? For those of us in expensive places like New York and London, exotic can also end up being less expensive.

The trend quickly extended to other celebrations, and at ManAboutWorld, we can think of no better way to celebrate a wedding, birthday, anniversary or any personal or professional milestone than gathering a group of friends and/or family for a special travel experience.

Cheers and a clink of some bubbly for ManAboutWorld’s free Ultimate Guide to Weddings, Honeymoons + Celebration Travel. Just download the free ManAboutWorld app and check your library of issues for this guide. Tap on it and start planning your next celebration travel experience. You need an iPhone, iPad or Android device to view the guide.

 

 

Here’s are some of the topics covered in the guide:

Deciding on an experience/style
Timing your trip
Finding and working with an expert
Planning your budget
Choosing a destination
Managing a guest list
Communicating excitement
Social media strategies
Planning a ceremony
All the little details
Packing for your trip
Preparing for your departure
Enjoying the moment
Managing group dynamics
Embracing the unexpected
Easing your return
Sharing your memories

From our personal experience doing this — a 40th birthday in South Africa, a 50th birthday in Merida, an anniversary trip ManAboutWorld's ultimate free guide to weddings, honeymoons and celebration travelon a yacht in Greece — we know that the celebration trip can be exceptionally rewarding. But the planning and execution involves lots of decisions and details that can quickly derail the good times. We turned to some of our Global Correspondents and other experts who specialize in group travel to help us sort through the process, and help you plan your own memories-of-a-lifetime trip.

They are available to help you plan your own milestone travel experience — you’ll find their bios and contact information in the last section of the guide. There are special considerations when the destination celebration you’re planning involves a wedding. Where appropriate we’ve highlighted those considerations throughout this section of the guide.

 








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