Travel Expert

17 05 2015

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, Android tablets and iPhones. 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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The NomadicBoys Do Laos Like No One (Except ManAboutWorld)

26 05 2015

Our global correspondents Stefan Arestis and Sébastien Chaneac (theNomadicBoys) visited Laos in March and created the video you see here. Unlike many travel journalists, they not only document but participate as well. You can see they really don’t mind getting their hands dirty!

For more Laos and Cambodia and Thailand, download the April issue of  ManAboutWorld, available for iPad, Android tablet and now iPhone. Read more about the handsome NomadicBoys in their adventure piece also in the April issue. (Our Thailand guide is free!)


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Memorial Day Milestone: 1st LGBT Veterans Monument

25 05 2015
Rendering of the monument by the artist Tod Tatsul

Rendering of the monument by the artist Tod Tatsul

 

We hope you’re enjoy this long weekend and unofficial kick off to summer. Also be sure to give some thought to the veterans (LGBTQI and S) who’ve served this country.

In a first, LGBT veterans will be honored today with the first such monument in a national cemetery. The dedication takes places today, Monday, May 25 — Memorial Day — 2pm at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois, one hour south of Chicago.

According to the Windy City Times:

The monument, which was spearheaded by Stanley J. Jenczyk, junior board member of the Chicago chapter of the American Veteran’s for Equal Rights ( AVER ), was approved late last year by Ronald E. Walters, interim undersecretary for memorial affairs. Read the rest of this entry »





That Vacation To Ireland You’ve Been Dreaming About? Time To Go!

24 05 2015

Along with marriage equality in Ireland, the country just hung out a giant rainbow-colored “you are welcome” sign to the world. Within a few hours of the historic vote, Tourism Ireland released this video inviting the gay world to visit Ireland.

LGBT-friendly Ireland is ready for you to come visit, join the celebration and, who knows, maybe get gay married yourself!

Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 8.20.27 PMYou can be sure we’ll be covering Ireland in the months to come, but if you’re eager to get going, check out thesummer fare sale by Aer Lingus and these tour operators:

Tour operators in Ireland

  • The very first gay tours of Ireland (in 2003) were operated for RSVP Vacations by Brendan Vacations, the leader in luxury vacations to Ireland, with four different styles of vacations, including chauffeured- and self-drive options.
  • Vagabond Tours of Ireland specializes in local experiences, offering 4×4 active vacations and small motor coach groups.
  • Rail Tours Ireland offers rail-based tours from two days to nine.

LGBT Matchmaking

Single but wanna get gay married to an Irishman (or Irishwoman)? We have just the ticket! This year’sThe Outing, the 3rd annual LGBT matchmaking and music festival, takes place October 2-4. We covered it in our July/August 2014 issue. The outing is a gay offshoot of the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival (August 28-October 4) — going strong since the 1850s. (Why should straights have all the fun?)

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Video and photo above courtesy Tourism Ireland. Photo middle right: Cian Markey.

 





Yes means yes: Ireland Votes For Marriage Equality

24 05 2015

Yes means yes!

Congratulations, Ireland. Way to lead the world. This is the first time gays have been granted marriage equality through national referendum. (They like us, they really like us.) It feels like it marks a significant milestone in the journey to equality for LGBT people. Read more in today’s New York Times.

Now, let’s start planning a trip to Eire to join the festivities.

Photo: Ken Danieli.





Cocktails and Upgrades: Delta Gets Gay Pride Package Right

21 05 2015
Cocktails aboard a Delta flight

Cocktails aboard a Delta flight

Finally, an airline that knows what a boy really wants in his Pride Package: Cocktails and Upgrades!

Delta is offering First Class flight deals to the six Pride Festivals they’re sponsoring this year: Utah Pride Festival in Salt Lake City; Motor City Pride in Detroit; LA Pride; NYC Pride; Seattle PrideFest; and Twin Cities Pride in Minneapolis.

So, what are you waiting for fellas (and ladies)? Grab a flight, down a cocktail, and show your (first class) pride … for less!

Photo: Sarah Ackerman





GAYography brief: Your Global LGBT News Update

21 05 2015

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

As we approach Memorial weekend (and thus wedding season), the world could not be more gay-married! In two firsts, Ireland will (almost certainly) vote to approve a national referendum on marriage equality tomorrow and Luxembourg’s Prime Minister married his partner! Even in Asia, an Indian mom posted an ad for her gay son and in Taiwan a city implemented it’s first same-sex registry.

Have fun on Fire Island, Rehoboth or in the Pines this weekend (even if it rains you can always stay in and watch Eurovision) and if you’re on the West Coast, don’t forget to celebrate Harvey Milk Day on Friday. Enjoy Pride in Puerto Vallarta as well as Phnom Penh. However, before you head out for the weekend, give to your favorite LGBT cause for Give OUT Day today!

Please enjoy 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!

 





Berlin: A Year of LGBT Events

19 05 2015
Credit: © Guenther Steffen

Credit: © Guenther Steffen

We recently covered Berlin Pride (Christopher Street Day) and Folsom (below) but there are a lot more gay reasons to put Berlin on your travel radar this summer from exhibitions and street festivals to a queer night at the zoo.

EXHIBITIONS
 “Homosexuality_ies” on History of Homosexuality
June 26 until December 1, 2015

In cooperation with Berlin’s Gay Museum (Schwules Museum), the German National History Museum is planning interdisciplinary exhibitions in both museums on gay history, politics, culture and art. The culture-historical exhibition aims to contribute to a social recognition which goes beyond tolerance. It will show what political contributions the homosexual emancipation movement has made toward the development of a democratic civil society in which everyone is accorded equal rights and equal opportunities.www.dhm.de/en/ausstellungen/preview/homosexuality-ies.html 

 Gay Museum: New Location and Changing Exhibitions
Reopening June 25

Since its founding in 1985, Berlin’s Schwules Museum (Gay Museum) has grown into one of the world’s  largest and most significant institutions for archiving, researching and communicating the history and culture of LGBTIQ communities. At its new location in a converted former printing house, the museum features four exhibition spaces and a café. Exhibition highlights in 2015 include a look at Berlin’s former – and openly gay – mayor, And that’s a good thing – 13 Years of Klaus Wowereit As Mayor Of Berlin (until  17 May 2015) and Homosexuality_ies, the double exhibition in cooperation with the German Historical Museum. (above and atwww.schwulesmuseum.de/en/exhibitions/view/homosexuality-ies/),www.schwulesmuseum.de/. Read the rest of this entry »








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