— Bart W., via email
ANSWER: Check out the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club in Bermuda. It’s located in Hamilton so you don’t really need a car if you stay just for a couple of nights. It’s a direct 1.5-hour inexpensive flight from Logan Airport. Marcus, the new eponymous restaurant by chef Marcus Samuelsson, is fabulous. And we checked availability at the hotel. It’s pricey but not as expensive as some of the equivalent resorts in St. Barths and other tony Caribbean locales which are a lot farther and more difficult and expensive to fly to. For more information about Bermuda, download our May 2013 issue. Note that at this time of year, the temperatures are really nice for outdoors activities (70 degrees Fahrenheit) but not ocean-swimming weather!
QUESTION: A little bit of long-range planning. I’m planning to travel next summer or fall on my own for the first time since my partner of 26 years died. I would like to be among fellow gay men though not in a huge crowd of them, and I’m not necessarily looking to hook up or meet a new potential boyfriend. I’m really just looking for camaraderie. Do you have any recommendations for travel opportunities that are single-person friendly? Any other advice for a newly solo traveler?
— Dennis F. in-person question
ANSWER: One of the most satisfying tours I took as a solo traveler recently was on a Source Events cruise aboard the Star Clipper, a five-masted luxury yacht along the Dalmatian Coast (Montenegro and Croatia). It was manageably small though not too small: 250 passengers. I found everyone friendly and approachable. It was my second Source cruise and the vibe was the same both times so I’m confident you’ll be very comfortable. I spoke to so many men who say that this is one of the prime sources of meeting new friends and maintaining friendships. One note: Cabins and pricing is based on double occupancy so you’ll have to ask to be placed with a cabin mate or pay the “single supplement,” the additional price for traveling alone.