Outlets in Buenos Aires

Author: , February 28th, 2013

Gurrachuga Street Outlets, Buenos AiresTIP.!!! In the mood for a shopping spree while in Buenos Aires? Check the new Palermo over Gurruchaga Street with premium outlets with brands like Etiqueta Negra, Cardon, La Martina. All local brands with stores worldwide but almost 50% off. Yes people, believe or not, I also do outlets, not all can be Lanvin or Barney’s in your life. Gurruchaga Street in between Cordoba and Corrientes Avenue.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at The Carlos Melia Blog

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Gauchos and Folklore at La Bamba de Areco, Argentina

Author: , February 28th, 2013

Gaucho - Carlos MeliaOver the weekend on my search for off the beaten path luxury experiences outside Buenos Aires, I came to the rural area of San Antonio de Areco, known by many as the cradle of the Guacho culture, right in the heart of the region known as La Pampa. For this I visited and stayed overnight at Estancia La Bamba de Areco, located approximately two hours from the city of Buenos Aires.

Gauchos is the way to refer to the residents of the South American pampas, Gran Chaco, or Patagonian grasslands. Equivalent in a way to cowboys in North America. Experts in herding the cattle, full of traditions, mysticism and an incredible symbiotic bond with the horses, their best friend.

One of the main attractions at La Bamba de Areco, same as many other estancias in the area, is the chance to meet then face to face, learn from their culture, and enjoy them performing the old traditional skills and games, such us the bolas, the ring, herding, pato, polo and them most moving and unique, horse whispering.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog

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Confessions of a Lesbian Cruise Virgin

Author: , February 28th, 2013

Celebrity Reflection Luxury SuiteSharon Kersten, a lesbian traveler who had never taken a cruise before, took a sampler cruise, and she reports back on the, um, virginal experience at Passport Magazine:

All of my preconceived notions about large cruise ships were obliterated within the first hour. The check-in was seamless, and everywhere I turned there was a Celebrity staff member ready to assist. Our Aqua Class stateroom was surprisingly spacious, especially the bathroom, which had a glass-enclosed shower and lots of space for toiletries. For me, the best part was the 54 square-foot veranda, just in case I felt a bit claustrophobic, which to my surprise, did not happen.

Follow her adventures over at Passport.

Everything You Need to Know About Grand Canyon Rafting

Author: , February 28th, 2013

RaftingPlanning an adventure trip down the Grand Canyon?  Edge Boston has you covered with some great tips to help you prepare for white-water rafting. From Arizona River Runners:

Dress for the river, not the runway:

A river trip will obviously involve a significant amount of time on the river, which means that you will be on, near, and perhaps in the water. Clothes should be fast drying and okay to get wet. Leave the trendy denim at home. Bring quick-drying nylon shorts and shirts that will dry off quickly or will be dry by morning.

Take protection (yeah, for the sun too):

Sun protection is very important when getting ready for a Colorado River trip. If you haven’t traveled to Arizona before, it is important to understand how powerful those rays can be. Lip balm and lotion with an SPF 30 is recommended and should be reapplied often.

Read more over at Edge Boston.

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Asheville, North Carolina Draws Gay Travelers

Author: , February 28th, 2013

Looking for a gay-friendly mountain getaway? Or an oasis for the LGBT community in the heart of the South? Echelon has the skinny on Asheville, North Carolina:

…the beautiful mountain town is eclectic, artsy and very diverse with so many things to do. Within a few blocks, visitors can dance with hippies at the drum circle, browse galleries for exquisite art, dine at world-class restaurants and sample 50 local craft beers. All of this could be after a day of seeing waterfalls. Home to famous Biltmore House, Asheville is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Echelon profiles “RomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide, a 600-page online free resource with 2,000+ photographs, gives plenty of “insider” tips.” Some of their top 10 for gay travelers:

  • Restaurants: The farm-to-table craze is really cooking with dozens of locally-owned restaurants downtown that create menus with seasonal bounty from North Carolina farms. After dinner, stop by French Broad Chocolate Lounge for dessert.
  • City B&B or Mountain Cabin: There are many gay/lesbian-owned or friendly grand bed and breakfast inns and secluded cabin vacation rentals. So all can relax and be themselves with other guests.
  • Drinks: From beer to wine to coffee, there’s no chance of getting thirsty. Since Asheville is Beer City USA, there are many pubs downtown (including ten breweries). Smokey Tavern is a friendly gay bar.

Gay Travel Events in Philadelphia in 2013

Author: , February 28th, 2013

Planning a trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sometime in 2013? Check out Travel Video News’ great list of gay and gay friendly events:

“The heart of Philly’s Gaybourhood may be centered on 13th and Locust Streets, but there are plenty of LGBT-friendly reasons to visit throughout the region,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC), which in 2013 will commemorate the 10th anniversary of its groundbreaking LGBT advertising campaign with the memorable tagline Philadelphia – Get Your History Straight And Your Nightlife Gay(R). GPTMC will mark the anniversary year with LGBT advertising and communications promoting all-things gay in Philadelphia.

The list includes dozens of events throughout the next year.

Fire Island Bans Nudity at Beach, But There Are Other Nude Beaches Out There

Author: , February 28th, 2013

Oahu BeachFire Island is banning nude sunbathing on Lighthouse Beach, citing the beach’s increased popularity, Out Traveler reports:

Officials for the Fire Island National Seashore announced that they will start enforcing long-standing—and often ignored—laws banning nude sunbathing. The decision, they say, is based on increased popularity of Fire Island’s Lighthouse Beach, which attracts as many as 4,000 sunbathers on summer days. “We’ve been struggling to make it work because Fire Island has a history of [nude sunbathing] and people have been coming there for years,” said Fire Island chief ranger Lena Koschmann. “The more we talked about it and researched it, the more we realized that that use wasn’t compatible with an area like Lighthouse Beach.”

But don’t worry – Queerty has you (un)covered with their list of the 10 best nude beaches around the world:

It’s been reported that park rangers are cracking down on public nudity on Fire Island. but there are still plenty of gay-frinedly seashores that encourage locals and travelers to go au naturel. Check out our summer 2012 roundup of the best nude beaches on Earth, including Herring Cove in P-Town, San Diego’s Black Beach and Capetown’s Sandy Bay (above).

Gay Travel: Three Perfect Days in Rome

Author: , February 28th, 2013
Gay Rome

Photo Jeff Guaracino

Planning a trip to the Eternal City? There’s so much to do and see in Rome. Windy City has some suggestions for a short visit:

Of course, you can’t see all of Rome in just a weekend, but you certainly can see the historic center of Rome. To maximize your time and to avoid long lines, it is essential to have a game plan before you go. Keep in mind that every minute will count and don’t plan on sleeping much.

Their suggestions include:

Italy is where pizza was invented. Pizza shops are everywhere. On Via San Giovanni, check out the casual Bisteccheria Pizzeria. For an authentic Italian meal, try the Divin Ostilla Enoteca, a small wine bar on Via Ostilla 4, a short walk from the 2nd Floor. The Coming Out bar, located on the street level of the 2nd Floor, offers an affordable menu of Italian classics.

Rome’s number one tourist attraction is the Vatican (vatican.va). The Vatican is a must-visit even if you are not Catholic. There is so much to see to and to here. There is the iconic Sistine Chapel and the treasures within the architectural marvel of the Basilica of St. Peter. If you plan far enough in advance it is possible to arrange a special visit to the necropolis underneath the Basilica, where the tomb of St. Peter is located. It is best to use a local tour guide to help you set up this tour and it could take up to four months. As of January 1st, the Vatican is cash-only.

Check out the whole article here.

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Visiting Coffee Bay in South Africa

Author: , February 28th, 2013

Hole in the Wall, Coffee Bay, South AfricaFew cities along South Africa’s Wild Coast have generated as much buzz as Coffee Bay - and few backpackers hostels in South Africa as a whole are as talked-about as The Coffee Shack.

The Coffee Shack has a reputation not only as being “the” place to stay in Coffee Bay, but also as one of South Africa’s premier party hostels.

I’m not much of a partier, so it was more out of morbid curiosity – as a travel blogger, I love to investigate places, even if I’m relatively certainly I’ll hate them – that I booked my stay at the Coffee Shack. (Although to be fair, I booked only two nights – I was sure I’d have had my fill then.)

Authored By Robert Schrader – See the Full Story at Leave Your Daily Hell

Click here for gay travel resources in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.

 

In the US & Wanna Travel? Don’t Have a Passport? Try Puerto Rico

Author: , February 28th, 2013

Puerto Rico BeachIf you’re a US traveler, and you want to go somewhere different but don’t have a passport, GayTravel.com suggests Puerto Rico:

Right now is high time for you to avoid the impending freezes of next month and book your flight to San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. Why? Three reasons: One, to flee the cold (Puerto Rico’s average high in February is in the high 80s); two, you don’t need a passport (it’s a U.S. commonwealth) or changing money (they use our dollar); and three, not only is it beautiful, but the food is savory and authentic, and the historic sites will transport you back to the days of Ponce de Leon and his battle with the British. OK, there’s a fourth: The happening gay scene, with its super-sexy and “down to party” Latin men, is more than enough to keep you constantly dipping into all the island has to offer.

There’s lots of history:

Tour the two fortresses — Castillo de San Cristobal and Castillo de San Felipe del Morro — and discover not only why the foundations are slanted (think horse “leavings”) but also how dark, despondent, and medieval the internal prisons were. Ghosts are rumored to roam the forts night and day and with a quick tour within their cold and gloomy interiors, you’re bound to feel the chill of their haunted pasts.

Check out the full article and see what Puerto Rico has to offer.

Click here for gay travel resources in Puerto Rico.