“Awesome Blog Award”? Me? It’s an Honor!

7 07 2012

In early May, I received the “Awesome Blog Content” award from my friend and ManAboutWorld correspondent (more about that in a moment), Ivan Quintanilla, founder and editor of the terrific gay-travel-oriented TravelingIQ.

This award is a grass-roots, self-sustaining initiative allowing bloggers and others toiling in social media to recognize one another’s efforts. A sort of social-media-content daisy-chain of congratulations! I’m honored and I thank Ivan, since I love  (and subscribe to) his blog.

When accepting this award, the rules dictate that I describe myself or my blog using every letter of the alphabet and pass on the award to six fellow bloggers. So here goes:

Active, Bostonian, City-oriented, Dextrous, Effective, Francophone, Gay-friendly, Hustler (mind out of gutter!), Influencer, Jocular, Kinetic, Laughing, Mellow-Not!, Open-minded, Portuguese-learning, Queer, Respectful, Spinner, Tastemaker, Unaffected, Vain, Xcstatic to almost be finished this list, Youthful, Zestful

Now the most challenging part of this initiative because I have so many deserving colleagues: I offer you six really great people to whom I pass this award and the challenge of creating an alphabetic list of self-descriptions.

LeylaFarah: Social media guru, tech nerd, fabulous woman and great friend. Follow her Tweets for surprising and informative updates.

Michael Kretchmar: New to social media but burning through the Twittersphere with an intriguing and diverse array of updates.

Dennis Hensley: Actor, travel writer, published author, podcaster, entertainer and staff writer for Joan River.

Jeff Guaracino: Tourism marketing/communications genius, published author, newspaper columnist, blogger, Tweeter.

Jennifer Auer: Family blogger, Tweeter, social media expert, content creator.

Kim Orlando: Founder and director of TravelingMom.com, a “survival guide for moms who travel.”  She is highly respected in the mom/family travel blogging world.

Congrats to the six of you! Please pass on this award to six deserving recipients.

Now, back to ManAboutWorld. I’m working with Billy Kolber to launch a new gay travel magazine, the only one built exclusively for the iPad. Please sign up here to receive the inaugural issue free: http://manaboutworld.com. It’s expected to launch this summer.


Tour of the Week: Madrid Pride with Zoom Vacations

15 04 2011

Madrid Pride — July 1-3, 2011 — is quickly gaining the reputation as most fun Pride in Europe (and among the best in the world). See it with the gay travel experts at Zoom Vacations.

You’ll stay in an old palace, truly one of the best hotels in all of Europe, and get invited to private parties and events, in addition to the public celebrations happening all over the city. You’ll even go to Toledo, one of the most historically and architecturally important cities in the world.

With stunning plazas, impressive architecture, world-renowned museums, great restaurants, and an incredibly vibrant gay scene, Madrid has its finger on the pulse of everything cool at the moment.

During Madrid Gay Pride, hundreds of thousands of gay people come to Madrid to celebrate their pride in a magnificent setting with fellow gay travelers from all over the world. Zoom Vacations really puts you in the heart of all of it.

Info: http://www.zoomvacations.com/madrid.htm

Originally published in GPS.OutTraveler.com.

Tour of the Week: Venture Out’s Turkish Delight

3 04 2011

Steveeric Venture Out’s tour name: Turkish Delight: Istanbul, Ephesus & Sailing the Turquoise Coast

Brief Description: This amazing trip starts out in fascinating Istanbul  — crossroads of Europe and Asia — with its tantalizing sights, sounds,  and smells. Read on for Venture Out’s incredibly generous deal for GPS readers only!

Three nights here are then followed by an in-depth visit  to one of the best preserved ancient Roman cities — incredible Ephesus.  The tour then heads down to the sea, where the Mediterranean meets the Aegean, and there they board gulets (traditional Turkish sailboats, now modernized for present-day comfort) and spend four relaxing days on our sailboats exploring the waters, villages, and ancient ruins of the area (including a stop on the Greek island of Kos) while enjoying delicious meals on board.Tour Dates: June 2-11, 2011

Website: http://www.venture-out.com

Deal: $400 off per person

Originally published in GPS.OutTraveler.com.

Tour of the Week: Alyson Adventures’ Alaskan Frontiers

18 03 2011

Alyson Adventures’ Alaskan Frontiers, June 25 to July 4, 2011, is a multi-sport adventure in our 49th state.

Experience the eerie magic of a sun that really never sets in mid-summer in northern Alaska on this off-the-beaten path itinerary. Explore deep into the wilderness of Denali National Park on the look out for bears, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, and North America’s tallest mountain – Mt. McKinley. (Just beware of ex-governors with guns!) Raft a wild, whitewater river.

Originally published in GPS.OutTraveler.com

Tour of the Week: Costa Rica with Out Adventures

3 12 2010

Costa Rica OUT Advetnures

Originally published in GPS.OutTraveler.com

When most people think Costa Rica, they think of beaches and sun. Although these are among the top highlights, gay-owned and gay-operated, Toronto-based Out Adventures offers a gay tour for those seeking both relaxation and adventure in this stunning, verdant, safe, and friendly country.

Few countries offer the diversity that Costa Rica does where you can watch a sophisticated gay show in San Jose one day, discover La Fortuna by bicycle the next, zip over the mist-shrouded rainforest in Monteverde after that and finish with rest and relaxation on the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.

This tour runs a few times per year and the company limits its group size to 12, claiming that a more authentic experience is achieved while traveling in smaller groups, and also with a local leader from beginning to end. Note that the February departure will also be accompanied by handsome, gregarious Out Adventure co-founder Robert Sharp.

Deal of the Week: RSVP’s Mediterranean Cruise

24 11 2010

Originally published in GPS.OutTraveler.com

RSVP is heading back to Europe next summer for the first time in four years on the new state-of-the-art ms Nieuw Amsterdam by Holland America.

There are only 2,000 passengers on this ship. While it seems funny to say “only 2,000” since that would have been an unheard of number even just several years ago, in today’s cruise terms where 6,000 are gathering for Atlantis’ sold-out 20th Anniversary Allure of the Seas cruise, it’s actually a pleasant, manageable number of fellow passengers for many cruise lovers.

Often the lowest rates (starting at $1,269 per person for this cruise) and choicest cabins are scooped up first so it may pay to plan now.

Hunky President. George Washington Like You’ve Never Seen Him

22 12 2009

Image courtesy of NCC.

This image of a handsome, bare-chested George Washington is part of a new exhibit coming to the National Constitution Center (NCC) called, Ancient Rome and America (Februar 10-August 1, 2010).

The statue in the photo is by Horatio Greenough, 1840. It’s paired with a similar, bear-chested, seated image of the Emperor Augustus from the 1st century BCE. I’ll update this post later when that image is available.

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