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By @ 12/26/19 in CheckOut, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay-Friendly, Hotels, Marriott

Moxy Boston Downtown in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineA welcoming option located in a choice area of the city, the Moxy Boston Downtown offers terrific value and plenty of inviting spaces including their small but well-equipped rooms with staff that’s super friendly but also incredibly responsive and professional. 


The location is truly central. You’re located smack dab in the middle of Boston’s small but well-regarded and popular theater district with live performances of all genres available all year long. You’re steps away from other key Boston treasures including the Boston Common and Public Garden; the financial district; Downtown Crossing (retail); the New England Medical Center; and a 10- to 15-minute walk to Boston’s South End, the historical LGBTQ+ neighborhood. There are Bluebike stations (shared bike system) nearby as well as several T (subway line) stations; and if you pack light, South Station Train Terminal (served by Amtrak; bus lines; Silver Line free transport from Logan International Airport); is a mere 10-minute walk. 


Marriott’s millennial-focused brand Moxy is a vibrant, friendly hotel concept with a youthful and fresh atmosphereMoxy Boston Downtown in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine and an emphasis on the experiential aspects of lodging rather than the room. While the accommodations are small they have a bed, outlets, a TV, a clean well-lit bathroom and bath amenities (though oddly lacking body lotion and shelves for bath products). Most of the rooms have 149 square feet of space (including the one we stayed in recently). The Wicked Awesome View corner rooms have 174. The all have nearly floor-to-ceiling windows with great views of the city which allow in lots of light making the room feel much bigger. Request a higher room if you like views. They are pretty much unobstructed the higher you go. And with four elevators in service you’re never waiting long even during peak periods.

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The focus of the Moxy brand is on the shared spaces which are playful and inviting. At the Boston property, which opened in late 2019, the ground level includes a photo booth — with very flattering theatrical lighting — encouraging guests to share their pictures on their social media platforms. The second floor “Living Room” includes most of the width of the tall, slender modern tower and offers grab-and-go options, a snack-and-light-bites oriented restaurant (in partnership with a local restaurateur), a full bar and cafe. Upon check in you’ll receive a  voucher for a Moxy cocktail.  

Moxy Boston Downtown in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineThere’s plenty of space in the Living Room to spread out and work. There’s also a foosball table and nostalgic board games available to patrons. This area is open to the public. The rooftop Mezz, which is only open to hotel guests, is an unfinished space with seating and an outdoor balcony with stunning views of the city. Grab a cocktail on the second floor and head up here to soak in the views.

The hotel also offers a small gym which has several cardio machines, a good selection of free weights and other machines, mats and medicine and Bosu balls. You can also fill your refillable water bottle at the fountain.

A note on service: The staff here is young but very professional and super friendly. If you wish to be addressed with your honorific, perhaps try the Ritz Carlton. If you want to engage in friendly banter with a truly hospitable staff, the Moxy is the better choice.

Gay Factor

The brand’s friendly, anything-goes vibe encourages self expression and uniqueness, both of which make LGBTQ guests Moxy Boston Downtown in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazinefeel comfortable and welcome. Showing up with your same-sex partner at check in for example doesn’t raise an eye. You’ll almost always find other queer guests as well as staff. If anything, guests older than millennials may wonder whether they’ll be welcome but we’ve found in our many Moxy stays that it’s not about age as a number but rather as an outlook. If you’re an app-based person of any age, you’ll like it here. If you like the idea of spending less time in the room and more just and out exploring or chilling with a Chai tea or cocktail among other travelers in a common area, you’ll like it here. If you want more upscale experience or more services, you may want to just go across the street to the W Boston; but you will be welcome here no matter what your age. 


Like most properties in Boston the rate here can really vary especially depending on events including theatrical and other performances in the nearby cultural venues. During a recent holiday stay we found rates of around $100 per night, which is extraordinary given the amenities as well as the Bonvoy points you can accumulate. At peak times including graduation season (there are many institutions of higher learning throughout the region), rates throughout the city can be exorbitant. Those periods may be a good time to cash in those Bonvoy loyalty points but reserve as far in advance as the system allows.  

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By @ 02/07/18 in Boston, Ed Salvato, Film festival, Gay cruise, Gay family travel, Gay honeymoon, Gay pride, Gay ski, Gay travel, Gay-Friendly, Travel, Travel Show

Meet Ed Salvato at the Boston Globe Travel Show Sat Feb 10Meet ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato at the Boston Globe Travel Show, Saturday 1:30pm at his presentation entitled LGBTQ Travel: Hot Destinations, Cool Events & Unforgettable Experiences. Get a FREE ticket to the show here. The travel show takes place at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.

ManAboutWorld’s chief content officer, Ed Salvato, the world’s leading LGBTQ travel expert, will highlight new cruises and tours, not-to-miss events and up-and-coming hot spots around the world. Ed has visited six continents and over 75 countries as an out gay traveler. He’s also written for all the leading LGBTQ travel publications and is the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs’ LGBTQ travel expert, so bring your travel questions!

Meet Ed Salvato at the Boston Globe Travel Show Sat Feb 10

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By @ 02/01/17 in Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Travel, Travel Show

Meet the LGBT travel dream team at the San Francisco/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show, Feb 11-12Meet the ManAboutWorld team and pick up free stuff(!) at the San Francisco/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show February 11-12 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato will moderate a fun, information-packed LGBT travel panel at the Show on Sunday, February 12 at 2:30pm.

Register here for a free ticket but hurry we only have a limited supply.

All are welcome! Our booth provides information for all travelers (gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and our straight ally friends). The panel is designed for LGBT travelers as well as travel professionals interested in learning about trends, destinations, tours, cruises and events. All you need is an open mind and the passion to travel. Join this interactive and informative panel with leading experts in gay, lesbian and LGBT family travel.

Our moderator, ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato leads a very well-traveled group in a lively discussion touching on new cruises and tours, not-to-miss events and up-and-coming hot spots around the world. Come with your travel questions. This is a session you won’t want to miss!

We’ll be covering the world of LGBT travel, which is big! But among the many takeaways, here are three:

• Destinations to put on your must-go list in 2017 and beyond
• Events around the globe that are popular with LGBT travelers
• Travel opportunities for gay families


Travel experts include:


Meet ManAboutWorld's Ed Salvato at the Travel & Adventure Show, San Francisco, Feb 11-12

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By @ 07/09/15 in Ashton Giese, Gay travel, Gayography LGBT news, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Invasion of the Pines, Gayography in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineThis gay travel news column is brought to you by Ashton Giese, gay travel magazine ManAboutWorld correspondent and editor of the GAYography newsbrief.

On your way to P-town? Pray to Jesus — since he apparently was gay — that your United flight won’t be grounded. Plus find the 200 greatest gay bars in the world, (un?) edible eats in the Philippines and find out what it’s like to be a gay Palestinian.This week’s GAYography brief also includes some great events like next week’s National Geographic Nerd Nite with photojournalists who’ve traveled the world in DC and the classiest happy hour in NYC at the Rubin Art Museum.

Click here to sign upA vital resource for LGBT travelers, focusing on news, vacation insights, advocacy and current events in major cities around the globe, the GAYography brief is published each Thursday. Subscribe here & like!

You can check out our unique digital-born gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!



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By @ 06/17/15 in Billy Kolber, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Tom Goss, Travel

tom gossA warm welcome to our newest ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Tom Goss. There he is above with a lobster and below without. Check back here for his contributions which will include some fun travel videos.

Tom Goss is a singer, songwriter and storyteller based in Los Angeles, CA. Tom has spent the last decade aggressively touring. performing over 1,000 shows in 100+ cities, traversing 40 states and 5 countries. An adventurer at heart, there are few places where Tom can’t find something to climb over or jump off of.

Connect with Tom on the following social media platforms:

Meet all of our Global Correspondents here. Subscribe to ManAboutWorld here and find insights from Tom, our global correspondents and the staff writers at the magazine Billy, Ed and Kenny.


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By @ 06/04/15 in Ashton Giese, Gay pride, Gay travel, Gayography LGBT news, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Tel Aviv Pride as seen in  ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Tel Aviv Pride

This column is brought to you by Ashton Giese, ManAboutWorld correspondent and editor of the GAYography newsbrief.

Ready for Pride Month? Find out the best spots all over the country for Pride & parties — Tel Aviv Pride starts next week. There’s controversy in Pittsburgh where groups have pulled out of the parade to protest Iggy Azelea — she’s NOT too fancy lately. Abroad there’s trouble in Korea — where the Pride Parade has been cancelled for the first time — and Moscow (where it’s always cancelled).

If you’re feeling super proud, you might even venture to a nude beach — discover the world’s best “clothing optional” ones and read an account about taking on the challenge (tough for us prude Americans).

Click here for this week’s GAYography brief.

A vital resource for LGBT travelers, focusing on news, vacation insights, advocacy and current events in major cities around the globe, the GAYography brief is published each Thursday. Subscribe here & like!

Photo: Tel Aviv Pride by Atomische * Tom Giebel

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By @ 05/25/15 in Chicago, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

LGBT veteran monument as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineUPDATED May 27 with actual photo from event. (Credit: Jean Albright via Facebook.)

We hope you’re enjoy this long weekend and unofficial kick off to summer. Also be sure to give some thought to the veterans (LGBTQI and S) who’ve served this country.

In a first, LGBT veterans will be honored today with the first such monument in a national cemetery. The dedication takes places today, Monday, May 25 — Memorial Day — 2pm at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois, one hour south of Chicago.

According to the Windy City Times:

The monument, which was spearheaded by Stanley J. Jenczyk, junior board member of the Chicago chapter of the American Veteran’s for Equal Rights ( AVER ), was approved late last year by Ronald E. Walters, interim undersecretary for memorial affairs.

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By @ 05/24/15 in Dublin, Gay marriage, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Yes means yes!

Yes means yes!

Congratulations, Ireland. Way to lead the world. This is the first time gays have been granted marriage equality through national referendum. (They like us, they really like us.) It feels like it marks a significant milestone in the journey to equality for LGBT people. Read more in today’s New York Times.

Now, let’s start planning a trip to Eire to join the festivities.

Photo: Ken Danieli.


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By @ 04/24/15 in Asia, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

The cover of our April issue is very Zen!

We are beyond excited to announce that ManAboutWorld is now available for the iPhone!

Go to the App Store on your iPhone and download it now. If you already subscribe to the magazine, you’ll see our brand new April issue there. Whether or not you subscribe, you’ll find the FREE ManAboutWorld Guide to West Hollywood which is brought to you by our friends at Visit West Hollywood.

If you aren’t yet a subscriber, let’s change that, shall we?! Click here for a FREE three-month offer and start receiving ManAboutWorld directly to your pocket. Yes, it not only provides trip-planning information and travel inspiration, it kinda feels good to, especially if you have it set to vibrate!

Below (and above) are screen grabs taken direclty from the iPhone!



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By @ 02/11/15 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Steve Rodriguez and Ed Salvato as seen at the New York Times Travel Show

Steve Rodriguez interviews ManAboutWorld editor Ed Salvato

Steve Rodriguez from Progressive Pulse, a great resource for lifestyle articles, videos and more, caught up with our editor in chief Ed Salvato at the New York Times Travel Show and got his take on the 15 most fabulous destinations everyone should consider in 2015. See the interview here.


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By @ 01/14/15 in Gay travel, Jeff Guaracino, Las Vegas, ManAboutWorld, Travel
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Bellagio – Salon Bellagio – Barber Room

Our correspondent Jeff Guaracino relieved stress in Las Vegas. Discover his secret. 

Did you ever fantasize about taking a trip and just being a spa harlot? I mean literally every day — maybe twice a day or more — having every part of your overworked, super stressed body made to feel as beautiful Cleopatra herself? Every once in a while, doesn’t everyone need a “strip-n-dip” trip?

You’ve heard of the spa vacations. Almost every tourism office around the world wants us to come to their destination for the ultimate spa experience. The lure? Facials, massages, body scrubs, pedicures, manicures, hot tubs, and saunas. Each and every treatment promoted with a unique twist or that extra special experience. A particular rock for that rock massage or the perfect men’s moisturizes for the face or even a concoction of various oils and lotions blended into a signature treatment.

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By @ 08/29/14 in Gay travel, LA/West Hollywood, ManAboutWorld, Travel

mysteryThe small house has an ugly facade, and from Sunset, you can’t even see it. All that exists from the street is a unpronounced sign that says “First Edition.” Walk through the entranceway to a dead-end, take a right down another alley, down some stairs and hidden away is this little house called Mystery Pier Books. Inside, you’ll meet Harvey, a gracious, soft-spoken host who will let you browse the small two-room house full of some of the world’s rarest first edition books. This store is a wonder. It’s a classic piece of West Hollywood, unknown to most, a museum of literature, housing first edition copies of In Cold Blood, works by Faulkner and Hemingway, some of which are priced in the $100,000 range. On the wall, photos of Johnny Depp and Pierce Bronson and other celebrities who frequent the shop.

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By @ 06/03/14 in Big Island, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Hawaii, ManAboutWorld, Travel
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ManAboutWorld’s editor Ed Salvato was quoted in the recent New York Times piece, “For Gay Destinations, Thinking Outside the Obvious.” ManAboutWorld was also included as a resource in the Times piece, “Finding Comfort and Safety as a Gay Traveler.”

Here’s a section quoting him naming the Big Island as one of his favorite off-the-beaten track destinations:

Popular with tourists, Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, and the busy Waikiki area in particular, may be the most obvious choice for L.G.B.T. travelers heading to Hawaii, and it is well worth a trip if you’ve never been. There are plenty of gay bars and gay-friendly businesses, and the 24th annual Honolulu Pride Parade and Celebration is coming up on June 7.

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By @ 06/02/14 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 12.13.18 PMOur editor Ed Salvato was recently on Focus Group Radio talking gay travel, just in time for the summer travel season. Listen in now.

Focus Group Radio segment with Ed Salvato.

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By @ 05/30/14 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Israel, ManAboutWorld, Nadav Peretz, Tel Aviv, Travel

nadavNadav Peretz was born in the ancient city of Tiberias, Israel and moved to New York City as a teenager. While in New York, he worked for The United Jewish Communities. At the age of 20 he returned to Israel to join the army and later work for the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. He served as a press and advocacy officer at the Israeli Consulate in New York, as well as a press officer in Israel’s UN delegation.

In 2008 he co-founded the first Israeli website which addressed the international gay community, Today, Nadav lives on the most happening street in Tel Aviv, Rothschild Ave. and runs his own gay travel company called OUTstanding Travel offering high-quality travel services to Israel for the gay community.

Reach Nadav and OUTstanding travel via Facebook.

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By @ 05/29/14 in Gay travel, Leyla Farah, ManAboutWorld, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel

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Our LA-based (Wo)ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Leyla Farah travels frequently. She recently visited Puerto Vallarta and wanted you to know that despite reports to the contrary, this Mexican port city is still a fabulous place to visit. You just have to know where the new hotspots are.

We know, we know. Puerto Vallarta, or PV as it’s affectionately known, has been done. The beaches, the boardwalk, the sculptures, the church, the bars. Been there, done that. PV has been a gay-friendly destination for so long that most of us checked it off of our to-do list long, long ago. But PV just might be worth a second look if you’re willing to approach it from a new angle.

The swanky district of Conchas Chinas (literally “Chinese Shells” — named for a type of sea shell found only on the local beaches) is just south of the PV most people know. Locals refer to the area as “The Hills” (as in “The Beverly Hills of Puerto Vallarta”). Just a 20 minute cab ride from the city center, it’s worlds away from the congestion, pollution, aggressive vendors and drunk tourists that can give PV a bad name.

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By @ 05/27/14 in Andrew Villagomez, Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel


From the Tri-state area, Andrew Villagomez is a jack of all trades when it comes to everything travel, style, writing and photography. Personal and professional journeys have brought him to London, Paris, Spain, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, the Caribbean and throughout the states as he continues to add drop pins on his map.

He maintains men’s fashion and a travel lifestyle blog, Vee Travels, and has contributed as a freelance writer to publications including, AskMen, Thrillist,, Out, Passport and NewNowNext.

Along with writing and blogging, Andrew also has a growing passion for photography, which you can see more of on his blog, and he has shot street style and travel photos for a number of the publications he contributes to. Down the road Andrew hopes to offer services beyond editorial to utilize his knowledge and skills in travel, men’s fashion and publishing.

Learn more about Andrew and contact him, and VeeTravels.

You can follow him on Twitter at VeeTravels and Instagram also at VeeTravels.


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By @ 05/20/14 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

6870746593_37eb94cfb9_zJune is a big month for Pride around the world but one of the biggest and best celebrations is right in New York. Let’s not forget it all started here back in June 1969, too, with the Stonewall Riots, which kicked off a global LGBT movement that keeps growing. ManAboutWorld’s soon-to-be-released May issue has an insider’s guide to NYC Pride as well as five others we think you’ll love. If you’re a subscriber stay tuned for a notification in your iPad or Android tablet. If you don’t subscribe, click here for a special all-access offer.

For a line up of NYC pride events, visit the Heritage of Pride website.

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By @ 05/19/14 in Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel


Growing up in southwestern Missouri, Scott never imagined he would get to leave the state let alone have the opportunity to travel the world. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and sang with the Whiffenpoofs, the country’s oldest collegiate a cappella group. He has traveled to more than 30 countries as a singer, tour manager, and blogger. After his fifteen of minutes of fame were up, he settled in New York to join the East Coast tech scene.

Scott currently works at Google as part of the Glass operations team and spends his time eating, doing yoga, and running. He represents the unofficial amateur wing of MAW and admits that his only masthead credits were from time spent copyediting his college newspaper.

Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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By @ 04/22/14 in Asia, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel, We're heading to ...


The total distance from NYC to Bangkok is nearly 9,000 miles. Ed's flights stops once in Abu Dhabi.

The total distance from NYC to Bangkok is nearly 9,000 miles. Ed’s flights stops once, in Abu Dhabi.

ManAboutWorld editor in chief, Ed Salvato, is heading to Bangkok, Chang Mai and Phuket, Thailand to conduct research for our upcoming Thailand coverage in the magazine, in a travel guide and in our social media platforms. Over the next couple of weeks, be sure to check for his updates in this blog, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+ and Pinterest. Or just subscribe to the darned magazine for heaven’s sake! 🙂 Our sure-to-be-definitive gay guide to this incredibly beautiful and gay-welcoming country is scheduled for our July/August issue. Subscribers will just tap, download, lean back, swipe and enjoy! For all others, subscribe now. For the cost of a couple of Manhattans in Manhattan you’ll have a year’s worth of the best gay travel advice on the planet.

This is the second leg of the flight to Bangkok.

This is the second leg of the flight to Bangkok.







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