Category Archives: Travel

Spain edges out France and becomes top gay travel destination in Europe

gay-travelLast week Bloomberg published an interesting article, Rich Gay Men Wanted: Spain’s Conservatives Make Tourist Appeal. I assume that the tourist industry in general likes wealthy travelers and not everyone who is gay falls into the category of rich but I thought the article was interesting nonetheless.

According to a report by LGBT Capital, tourists are flocking to Spain contributing about $6.8 billion to the local economy, edging out France as Europe’s most popular destination for gay and lesbian travelers.  The report finds that gay travelers spend on average 30% more than mainstream tourists.

Where are the best deals for lodging in NYC

travel, handsome, hunkNormally I share information with you but in this post I’m turning the tables. I have been asked by a friend to help them find an affordable option when they go to New York City next month; preferably in Manhattan. Clean, safe and if possible conveniently located are what this traveler is looking for so she can extend her business trip to enjoy some personal time in NYC.

Do you have a favorite place to stay that won’t break the bank for a traveler burdened by a budget? Share your favorite suggestions in the comments section below so all may read.

New nonstop service announced: Boston to Copenhagen and Oslo starts May 2016

CopenhagenLast week Boston Magazine reported that a new low-cost air carrier from Europe will begin offering nonstop service in May 2016 to Oslo and Copenhagen with plans to add more destinations in the near future. The previously unknown carrier, Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, will bring more competition to these markets and greater access to Eurpoe with more nonstop flights.

For those of you who may be tempted, Copenhagen Pride is August 11 -15, 2016. There is more info about gay life in Denmark and in particular Copenhagen here.

Oslo Pride dates have yet to be confirmed but their celebration was held in late June this year.  For more travel information about gay life in Oslo link here.


Travel bug

TravelSomething I have in common with a lot of my friends is a love of travel. It is hard to explain this desire to visit places (sometimes far from home), but for those of you who have the travel bug you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Last week Sergio and I booked our travel to visit family later this year in Brazil. Are you planning any trips this fall?  Do tell.  I’m always interested in hearing about favorite travel destinations.

IndepenDance on Fire Island – July 4th, 2015

Independance on Fire IslandThe Pynes Tea Party returns with IndepenDance on Fire Island on Saturday, July 4th from 5-10 p.m. at 236 Bay Walk, Fire Island Pines, NY.  This long running dance benefit on Fire Island Pines will take over 236 Bay Walk.

IndepenDance on Fire Island
Saturday, July 4th
5:00 – 10:00 PM
Fire Island Pines

All proceeds from the event this weekend will benefit the Pines Care Center, and The Trevor Project.  Below is a video from Fire Island’s InderpenDance 2011 party with Tracy Young. If you happen to be out on Fire Island this weekend have fun.

Tipping etiquette: Tipping protocol in 50 countries

travel, tipping, handsome, hunk, shirtless, abs, beardEarlier this year Condé Nast Traveler updated and re-published their 2008 article on tipping etiquette.

As the article notes, tipping rules vary by country, by region, and by scenario but fear not as this article tells you all you need to know.

Etiquette 101: Your Guide to Tipping in 50 Countries

The guide offers suggested guidelines for tipping for a variety of services travelers are likely to use and offers some helpful information that is unique to some countries / regions.

Godfrey Hotel Boston to open in DTX this fall

Godfrey Hotel BostonThe Godfrey Hotel is set to open in Boston later this fall after a $23 million renovation of the dilapidated Blake and adjoining Amory Building (built in 1904 / 1908 respectively).  The new hotel at 505 Washington Street is sandwiched between the up and coming DTX neighborhood and the lively Theater District. The building’s ground floor will be home to a George Howell Coffee shop and the adjacent six-story Amory building will house a restaurant that is yet to be named.

Gay travelers will be happy to know that the hotel is steps from theaters, restaurants, and parks.  It is also a quick ride to the the BHC high speed Provincetown fast ferry and close to several gay / gay friendly bars.

The “lifestyle” hotel will be Boston’s newest independent property and will feature 242 guest rooms.  As the fall approaches look for more information about this new hotel property.  You can also visit their website at

Below are some photos of what the rooms will look like.

Guest Room

Guest Room