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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5 Reasons To Visit Thailand Now

8 02 2016
Sergio and his smile at the beach in the Land of Smiles (Thailand) and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Sergio and his smile at the beach

So many people had recommended Thailand as a great place to visit, with so many enthusiastic reviews and comments about this beautiful country and its inhabitants. I had very high expectations… and all of them were fulfilled. I just came back from a three-monts trip around Southeast Asia, and Thailand was both the first and last stop of my trip. It’s definitely a recommendable destination whatever your idea of perfect holidays is. Why you should choose Thailand then?

This report on Thailand — the Land of Smiles — was written by Sergio Scardia, the Scruffy Italian Traveler an ManAboutWorld’s latest global correspondent.

Here just five reasons to love the Land of Smiles:

  1. Are you a foodie? Tired of the boring Western food, in desperate need of a break from pizza, burgers, buns. don’t hesitate! Thai street food, with its gorgeous fresh recipes full of vegetables and natural flavours, its fresh fruit juices, amazing rice based currys… will conquer your belly, and make you feel home!
  2. Are you a party fan? Looking for big nights out, plenty of booze, music and crazy beach Sergio in the Land of Smiles (Thailand) and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineparties, or buzzing bars in the best areas of the cities, no place in the world is better than Thailand! Gay bars in Bangkok and Phuket, for example, are full of locals and visitors every night of the week, and at weekends even packed! So they are a great choice for some good fun!
  3. Are you looking for a relaxing environment, sandy tropical beaches for a honeymoon-like holidays… you will find plenty of them in Thailand! Krabi, Koh Lipe, Koh Tao are my favourite ones so far… but many more breathtaking amazing places are just waiting for you to discover them!
  4. Are you looking for some “me time”, in need of relax and meditation, to free your mind from stressful Western lives? Or for a cultural holidays, because your dream is wandering for hours around ancient temples, feeling lost in time… well, don’t think twice! You will find plenty of opportunities in Thailand!
  5. Are you interested in hiking, rafting, swimming in beautiful lakes, rivers, spending hours under natural waterfalls, looking for the most beautiful snake, butterfly, monkey, or rat to capture in your pics, as well as meeting local people in their own villages, or looking for a bit of adventure? You must definitely try Thailand!

See? In the so called Land of Smiles, you can virtually find anything you are looking for! Are you still in doubt? Plenty more pics of beautiful Thailand on my Instagram account,instagram.com/gios981. Should we organize a trip together? Just get in touch.

Sergio in the Land of Smiles (Thailand) and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine





Paddleboard Yoga with Dennis Hensley

1 02 2016
Dennis Hensley, doing yoga paddleboard in the Caribbean, reporting for ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

What up, dog?

After getting a quick lesson in how to navigate, our teacher Katie paddled with us from the beach to an anchored rope line in the bay where we attached our boards. Then the class proper started with no gongs, no Enya, just the sound of the wind and the waves and Katie’s expert instruction. As a semi-experienced yogi, it was interesting to discover what poses were feasible on a paddleboard and what had to be modified. You’re thinking, ‘Please don’t go into Crescent, Katie. There’s no way.’ Luckily, there was no Crescent but we did do a twist of Warrior 2 on one knee with a foot hooked over the board’s side that I kind nailed. I fell in five times while my yoga pal Scott only fell in once but when the water’s that gorgeous and refreshing, falling in is half the fun.

I love to take yoga classes when I travel especially if the setting is somewhere really unique, like a skyscraper in Dubai or a beach in Zihuatanejo. My favorite travel yoga experience to-date came courtesy of Sup Fit on the island of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. What made the class special was not just the gorgeous locale — near the Marriott resort beach — but the fact that we were on paddleboards. [This story is written by ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent, Dennis Hensley, who is shown in these photos posing up a yoga storm.]

Dennis Hensley, doing yoga paddleboard in the Caribbean, reporting for ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Preparing for paddleboard yoga

My favorite part was at the end when you lay there like you’re dead AKA savasana. You’re facing the sky with your hands dangling in the water while Katie says a few inspiring words about the “ebb and flow” of life and it just doesn’t get any better than that. Scott told me after that a fish brushed up against his hand during savasana as if to remind him exactly where he was. I tried not to be jealous.

So if you find yourself in St. Thomas—perhaps on a cruise—and want to do something unique for your body, mind and soul, check out Sup Fit VI paddleboard yoga. Our class was $29 for 75 minutes and they also offer a Sup Fit resistance training class that if that’s more your thing. Getting touched by a fish is extra.

Dennis Hensley, doing yoga paddleboard in the Caribbean, reporting for ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

It’s harder than it looks

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Venice, We Love You

28 01 2016
The Grand Canal, Venice

The Grand Canal, Venice

Built up around clusters of tiny islands, connected only by an array of bridges, Venice is so cleverly and beautifully crafted, it looks and feels as if it’s floating on water. This illusion of ‘floating’ is part of what makes the city so alluring – the waters of the Adriatic are always in sight, lapping against the walkways and buildings, waiting to encroach.

It’s easy to fall in love with Venice (and possibly even fall in love in Venice). The city’s splendour is beguiling and intoxicating – the moment you spy the gondoliers navigating the Grand Canal, you will be hooked and you won’t want to leave. This Venice update is brought to us by ManAboutWorld correspondent  Phil Rake.

But the most thrilling way to experience Venice, is to wander the different sestieri (or neighbourhoods) and allow yourself to get lost amongst the narrow thoroughfares and maze-like alleyways. Secret courtyards decked in marble, hidden gardens that overlook the canal, and secluded passageways that lead to stunning vistas – you’ll be amazed at what you can discover. 

But it’s what’s above the surface that will truly enthral you. The city has some of the most grand architectural structures you will ever see, like the Byzantine inspired Basilica di San Marco and the Venetian-Gothic Doge’s Palace – products of its affluence and of a time when Venice was the principle trading hub between Europe and Asia. The city is also renowned for its art and culture, with the legacies of famous Venetians like Vivaldi, Tintoretto, Titian and Andrea Palladio living on in and around, not only Venice, but also the world at large. Whether your a fan of classical music, opera, history, art or cuisine, you won’t be short of things to see or do in Venice.

A handsome gondolier, Venice

A handsome gondolier

Venice is exceptionally pretty, so there is never a bad time to visit. In the Spring and Summer, the sun infuses the city with a warmth and glow, lighting up the buildings like radiant treasures. However, like the French Riviera, Venice in the high season gets unbelievably busy, so prepare yourself for the crowds. If you aren’t put off by the drop in temperature, then you should definitely visit in the colder months, as there is a haunting beauty to Venice at this time of year, especially when it’s misty. There is also a greater chance of experiencing the fabled acqua alta or high tides, which flood parts of the city (thereby creating opportunities for some potentially amazing photos).
View of the Chiesa di San Geremia from the Grand Canal

Regardless of when you visit, Venice is one of those places you can’t help falling in love with. Like a kiss from a handsome Gondolier, this city will take your breath away and you won’t be able to resist its charm.

View of the Chiesa di San Geremia from the Grand Canal, Venice

View of the Chiesa di San Geremia from the Grand Canal

ManAboutWorld has plenty more info on Venice and many more destinations around the world! Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!





Video: Travelin’ Tom Does Park City, Utah

25 01 2016


ManAboutWorld’s very own Travelin’ Tom leads us down the mountain in Park City, Utah. His video includes a lot of information from how tourism helped save Park City to the steals and deals you can still find in this cool sort of hippie-ish town. Tom demonstrates us his technique skiing and inner-tubing. Tom Goss is a ManAboutWorld global correspondent and a talented singer

For more of Travelin’ Tom videos, click here. Be sure to subscribe to hisYouTube channel.

ManAboutWorld for free! Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!





Gay Travel Update From Around the World

19 01 2016
Centro Cultural Kirchner, Buenos Aires, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine; gay travel update

Centro Cultural Kirchner

ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine keeps you up to date on gay travel options in major global cities. ManAboutWorld’s travelin correspondents stay on top of hip things to do in a score or two of our favorite cities. Here’s their latest gay travel update.

VENICE, ITALY
In the past several years, the very gay-friendly Caffe Centrale has benefited from significant upgrades. The eccentric and modern space feels more elegant and sexy. The service is friendlier and the food, which was wonderful to begin with, is even more scrumptious. Be sure to try the beef tenderloin in Amarone wine sauce or maybe the Catalana of crustaceans (salad of grilled shellfish), but definitely order their mojito in the pot, for dessert. It’s Venice, so you can even have a gondola drop you off, or pick you up, from their canal-side dock. Now how romantic is that? — Arthur Wooten

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
If you’re in BA, check out the fabulous new Kirchner Cultural Centerwhich has already been welcoming approximately 10,000 patrons a day who walk around an ornate, turn-of-the-last-century building that has been converted into what promoters claim is the fourth-largest cultural center in the world. Best of all, everything in it is free, from video installations to comedy acts to symphony concerts and contemporary musical acts. — Pablo DeLuca (see above)

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
The Godfrey Hotel Boston is scheduled to open early January 2016 in Boston’s much improved Downtown Crossing district, which was the primary retail area of Boston a century ago then went into a decline towards the end of the 20th century. With its central location between Boston Common and the financial district, Downtown Crossing is re-emerging with trendy new residential and commercial buildings. The hotel, situated in a gorgeously renovated building, will offer luxurious accommodations in the center of the city as well as complimentary high-speed WiFi and other perks. — Kenny Porpora

BANGKOK, THAILAND
The Accor-managed Pullman Bangkok Hotel G provides a nice option for gay travelers thanks in part to its location at Silom 188, just a few blocks away from all the action. The hotel was recently remodeled and includes an excellent breakfast. The gym could use an update, but it is sufficient. The hotel may remind you of Delano in Miami: very white, clean and modern. If you want an amazing facial treatment, make a left out of the hotel and bring that tired mug into Dahra Beauty and Spa at Silom 154 for some pampering. — City Seen correspondent, Michael Siebert  (photo below)

Pullman Hotel G, Bangkok, in gay travel update in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Pullman Hotel G, Bangkok

NEW YORK, NY
You’ll find the Natural Gourmet Institute,a hidden gem, on the second floor of a non-descript Chelsea officebuilding, where every Friday night they set the communal tables and light the candles for a three-course vegetarian (often vegan and/or gluten-free) BYOB dinner. Prepared by the student chefs and chef instructors of NGI’s Chef Training Program, it’s a unique local experience — and very affordable at $45.Billy Kolber

TORONTO, CANADA
Rapper Drake and Restaurateur Sursur Lee opened Fring’s Restaurant, a posh, celeb-laden Asian fusion hot-spot, in September, drawing heaps of headlines and a glitzy grand opening. The clubby downtown hangout is inside the old Crush Wine Bar and is expected to be the new see-and-be-seen dinner spot, with celebrity DJs, a full bar, and menu by the renowned Lee. — Robert Sharp

For even more gay travel inspiration and trip-planning information and suggestions for destinations, tours and events download ManAboutWorld’s latest issue. Start planning your next trip now!

This was originally published in ManAboutWorld’s December issue and re-posted in Towleroad on December 18. Photos: Top: courtesy Kirchner Cultural Center; Bottom: courtesy Pullman Hotel G, Bangkok.





Dennis Hensley’s Los Angeles

11 01 2016
Los Angeles

Los Angeles

The times I most often find myself thinking, ‘This could only happen in LA,’ are the special film screenings that happen all year-round all over town. I’ve seen Flashdance in the company of Jennifer Beals; Saturday Night Fever with John Travolta; Singing in the Rain with Debbie Reynolds; and earlier this year, Showgirls with Nomi Malone herself. That’s right, kids; freaking Elizabeth Berkley was in the house — well, the cemetery — and touchingly thanked the gay community for embracing the movie when the rest of the world turned against it. What a moment! It was like my Stonewall.

A well-traveled friend of mine once remarked, “Truly great cities don’t have to constantly tell you how great they are.” That observation comes to mind when I think about Los Angeles, the city I’ve called home for the last 29 years. L.A. is fine if you show up thinking we’re all about shallowness and smog and silicone because then we get to blow you away with our ever-evolving array of sights, smells, tastes, sounds and yes, guy candy.

Dennis Hensley is a writer and host of the podcast Dennis Anyone? with Dennis Hensley, available on iTunes and at

Dennis Hensley writers about Los Angeles in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

http://www.dennisanyone.net. He’s also a ManAboutWorld global correspondent. This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue ofManAboutWorld.

Brunch: Hedley’s
Though this intimate charmer is right in the heart of West Hollywood, it’s rarely crowded, the food is delicious (I alternate between the salmon scramble and the breakfast quesadilla) and the star-spotting ain’t bad either. There are only like 10 tables in the whole place, and there’s usually a famous face like Drew Barrymore, Jason Gould or Greg Berlanti at one of them.

Cocktails: Casita Del Campo
Delicious Mexican food, strong drinks and a sexy Silver Lake crowd make Casita Del Campo my pick for the spot tourists don’t know and locals love. After dinner, venture downstairs to the Cavern Club Theater, where irreverent gay favorites like Jackie Beat, Nadya Ginsburg, the Nellie Olesons and Chico’s Angels have been delighting crowds since the ‘90s.

Workout: GROOV3
For me, this deejay-accompanied, hip-hop workout is a cross between a dance party and church because I always leave sweaty, spent and totally uplifted. Whether you’re an experienced dancer or a beginner, you’ll feel right at home thanks to the no-attitude crowd and infectious spirit of GROOV3 founder Benjamin Allen whose motto is Dance Sweat Live.

Outdoors: Runyon Canyon
For a challenging hike and breathtaking photo ops of the Hollywood sign, downtown and on a clear day, the ocean, it’s hard to beat Runyon Canyon. It’s right in the middle of the city but you feel like you’re in the boonies and the shirtless hottie parade will have you repeatedly asking the time-honored L.A. question, ‘Is that dude a gay guy, soap star or both?’

Hidden gem: NOHO Arts District 
I’m thrilled to report that North Hollywood, my neighborhood since 1989, has gone from ‘How can you live there?’ to ‘How fabulous!’ in the last few years. Casual coffee hangouts like Tea Pop and the Republic of Pie have popped up alongside hip eateries like the barrel-shaped Idle Hour, which was restored to its 1940’s splendor earlier this year after decades of disrepair and endangerment.

Hotel: The Redbury  
Conveniently located near the Pantages Theater and the Red Line subway, this 57-room, Boho-styled boutique hotel houses my favorite restaurant in the city, the Middle-Eastern shared-plate paradise Cleo (order the brussels sprouts and thank me later). The Redbury also happens to be where they shot several scenes for the award-winning 2012 gay film “I Do.” (See photo below.)

The Redbury in Los Angeles

The Redbury








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