Phoenix is Hot

Story and images by Ed Salvato; above hikers tackling Camelback Mountain Phoenix is a sprawling city — the nation’s fifth largest — a collection of palm tree-studded cities and towns ringed by mountains, where a car is in indispensable necessity. The similarities to Los Angeles are striking, right down to analogous municipalities, including exclusive ParadiseContinue reading “Phoenix is Hot”

Get Your Gay on: LGBT Event Round-up

Lots of upcoming events and travel deals for gay and lesbian travelers — even armchair travelers — all over the world. Gay Travel Expo in NYC The New York City Gay Travel Expo takes place Wednesday May 12 from 4pm to 9pm. According to the event organizers: you can learn about new travel destinations, rediscoverContinue reading “Get Your Gay on: LGBT Event Round-up”

Ed Answers your Travel Questions on Derek & Romaine

Photo courtesy of Derek and Romaine Travel editor, writer, and expert Ed Salvato was on Derek & Romaine on Sirius/XM OutQ recently answering listener questions. Callers threw all sorts of questions on a wide range of topics including: Sundance and skiing in Park City, UT; Best time to go to Barcelona; Cheapest way to getContinue reading “Ed Answers your Travel Questions on Derek & Romaine”

Miami Creates First LGBT Visitor and Local Center

On your next visit to gay-popular Miami, escape the sun and grab some rainbow-hued shade at the brand-spanking new LGBT Visitor Center, housed in Old City Hall at 1130 Washington Ave in the heart of the gayest stretch of South Beach. The center is scheduled to open on April 15. “It will become a placeContinue reading “Miami Creates First LGBT Visitor and Local Center”

Win a Trip to Gay Days

Esurance is giving away a trip for two to Orlando Gay Days 2010, happening June 1-7th. According to the PR representative at Esurance, the winner of their free trip will receive: A 3-night stay for two at the Doubletree Resort Orlando $2,000 travel money 9 one-day or single-event tickets to any Gay Days Orlando event,Continue reading “Win a Trip to Gay Days”

Bears in the United Kingdom

Move over Buckingham Palace, Britain is promoting a slew of unusual attractions and events targeting gay bears and their admirers. From a press release by VisitBritain, the nation’s official tourism authority, ” Hirsute and cuddly critters of all ages will find a wealth of holiday experiences to satisfy their particular appetites, alongside the traditional appealsContinue reading “Bears in the United Kingdom”

Passengers Manifest

I am back ashore, my weeklong Caribbean cruise with Atlantis events over, the reality beginning to settle in. Over 2,400 gay men (along with some lesbians and straight family and friends) came together on the most beautiful cruise ship on the high seas (according to Conde Nast Traveler and other authorities) in a surge ofContinue reading “Passengers Manifest”

I Can’t Even Cruise Straight

I’ve been on a dozen cruises, including six Atlantis sailings, two on RSVP, a pair with R Family, and a couple of straight voyages. I really enjoy Atlantis trips for a variety of reasons. I love the ships they charter, including the gorgeous Solstice, the vessel I’m now on and the Royal Caribbean ships, likeContinue reading “I Can’t Even Cruise Straight”

Enjoying a Late Winter Solstice on an Atlantis Cruise

“I am from Turkey. This is my 22nd Atlantis cruise and second aboard the Solstice. I love these cruises.” This enthusiastic quotation isn’t from a fellow passenger. It’s from one of the heterosexual crew. When gay cruising started approximately 25 years ago by Atlantis’ sister company, tour and cruse operator RSVP, it was a veryContinue reading “Enjoying a Late Winter Solstice on an Atlantis Cruise”