“Strip and Dip” on the Las Vegas Strip

14 01 2015

As featured in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Our correspondent Jeff Guaracino relieved stress in Las Vegas. Discover his secret. 

Did you ever fantasize about taking a trip and just being a spa harlot? I mean literally every day — maybe twice a day or more — having every part of your overworked, super stressed body made to feel as beautiful Cleopatra herself? Every once in a while, doesn’t everyone need a “strip-n-dip” trip?

You’ve heard of the spa vacations. Almost every tourism office around the world wants us to come to their destination for the ultimate spa experience. The lure? Facials, massages, body scrubs, pedicures, manicures, hot tubs, and saunas. Each and every treatment promoted with a unique twist or that extra special experience. A particular rock for that rock massage or the perfect men’s moisturizes for the face or even a concoction of various oils and lotions blended into a signature treatment. Read the rest of this entry »





Trans-cendent News Out of Fort Lauderdale

20 12 2014

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Our correspondent Jeff Guaracino fills us in on some bigs news hitting Fort Lauderdale in 2015:

Always ahead of the curve, Ft. Lauderdale announced last week at the 15th annual Community Marketing International Conference on Gay and Lesbian Tourism a groundbreaking transgender travel initiative. For the next three years, the Southern Comfort Transgender Conference will convene there. Ft. Lauderdale is the first destination to address the needs of the Transgender community with specific ads and messaging that is sensitive to this unique group. Read the rest of this entry »





Kevin Mossier Paved Our Waves With RSVP Vacations

21 11 2014

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The latest gay travel column from Global Correspondent Jeff Guaracino notes the 30th aanniversaryof gay and lesbian cruises with RSVP Vacations.

GLBT travel is not just about creating a value for our community but it also how we can impact the world through our travels.

In 2015, RSVP Vacations marks 30 years of gay and lesbian cruises with a yearlong celebration highlighted by their largest cruise yet on the brand new Regal Princess.

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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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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.

 





Group Trip to Vegas? Plan it Right, Baby!

13 08 2014

When it comes to Vegas, three days may as well be three months! It’s a whirlwind city and when planned wrong, or not at all, it’s the type of vacation you need a serious vacation from. Our Global Correspondent Jeff Guaracino fills us on on how to plan the perfect group trip to Las Vegas, where to find the gay, and how to actually enjoy Sin City.

 Planning a 40th birthday party? Getting married to your long time companion? Looking for the ultimate Bachelor or Bachelorette party where the boys will only want to see boys? And, the girls, well they tend to opt for the more refined fun than the boys. Read the rest of this entry »





New Leadership Brings Energy (And Lower Prices) to RSVP Cruises

12 11 2013

CDR_02152013_0090_RSVP_Caribbean_2013 copyBy Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent

Since 1985, over 100,000 guests have discovered RSVP Vacations. Now owned by Atlantis Events—among the best brand names in gay vacations—RSVP Vacations has a new president Randel Roper. Formerly of Starwood Hotels, Randel brings a new energy to RSVP.

RSVP is drawing a diverse group of passengers aboard their trips. According to Roper, women are now 10 percent of their passengers. He anticipates 350 lesbians to join RSVP for their February sailing aboard the brand new MSC Divina for a Caribbean sailing from Miami on February 15th.

One reason for the increasing draw of women travelers is due to the work of Rachel Pearson, RSVP’s first lesbian executive producer who is responsible for operations and entertainment. Women traveling on RSVP will find lesbian comics Jessica Kirson and Poppy Champlin. There are women-only brunches, disco and cocktail hours.

“Our women passengers find RSVP an alternative to Sweet and Olivia,” claimed Roper. Sweet and Olivia cater to lesbian travelers offering cruises and land-based trips.

That’s not to say that gay men—who still account for 90% of the ship—will have to forgo their leather and underwear parties. With more Europeans and South Americans discovering RSVP Vacations, the clientele is diversifying beyond RSVP’s traditional American base.

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