VIEWPOINT

Ralf Obergfell - Urak Lawoi

Beating of the wave
Ralf Obergfell

I was out in the Andaman Sea, in the waters just close to the Malaysian maritime border, when the Tsunami struck. I was visiting Koh Lipe as a tourist and had b...
Juan Julia Axel Hotels

Growing up gay
Juan Julia

I will always remember back to the time when we first launched the Axel Buenos Aires. Soon after the grand opening, I received a letter from an Argentinian teen...

TUNING IN
ADAM MARTIN

I was recently told that millennials need something to do with their fingers. It may be for this reason that they were slow to embrace the ever resurgent podcas...
Zack Cahill asks you to stop and think before you travel

DELAYED GRATIFICATION
ZACK CAHILL

Imagine I’m a genie, and I’m going to grant your wish, giving you the perfect holiday. Take a moment to picture it in detail. Where would you go? What would you...
Portrait of Philip Blackwell, Ultimate Library

WELL READ
PHILIP BLACKWELL

Despite my day-job, I rarely find the time to read books. And when I do, it's usually when I am on holiday – and then I'm faced with the daunting task of select...
All New Buddymoons

THE ALL NEW BUDDYMOONS
UWERN JONG

It was a chance meeting, up in a glass bubble hovering over the Flamingo Hotel in Vegas. I was in the ‘High Roller’ – quite literally, and I say this in the bes...
Man on boat in Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

SLOWER TRAVEL
UWERN JONG

So here’s the thing. I am all for the slow travel movement – there’s nothing more I’d love to do than amble my way around the world, taking time to get to place...
Zack Cahill goes climbing in Railay, Thailand

GOING PLACES
LOANN HALDEN

About nine months ago, while perched on the edge of boat off the Argentinean coast, one of the southern right whales we’d been observing, swam in for a closer v...
Gay Cruising, Illustration by Brett Ryder

CARRY ON CRUISING
UWERN JONG

When it comes to precious vacation time, gay men can be fickle. In my many years of trying to understand the travel behaviour of this valuable niche, I’ve come ...
Lobby

FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT
RICK STIFFLER

To my eight year old self, my first experience of a hotel was heavenly, but far from luxurious. Being a military brat, my family moved every two years, and we t...
Somtum Der NYC East Village

TASTE OF ISAN
THANARUEK LAORAOWIRODGE

Thailand is on my mind, after spending three weeks unwinding over the festive period. The sights, sounds – and particularly, the flavours and tastes of Thai foo...
David Horne

PREENING PIONEERS
LEO MORGAN

It’s no secret that, generally, men care about their appearance more than ever before. Men, both gay and straight, have grooming regimes – and are talking openl...

BRIDGING BORDERS
LOANN HALDEN

There we were, five casual acquaintances thrown together on a youth hostel tour, in a car headed out of South Africa. As we neared the border, our driver said, ...
Travel and Train

TRAVEL AND TRAIN
ZACK CAHILL

When it comes to sticking to an exercise plan, nothing throws a spanner in the works like travelling - whether on business or on holiday. Buffet breakfasts, the...
NYC

I LOVE NYC
REGINALD CHARLOT

Reginald Charlot is the VP of Tourism Development for Europe, the NYC & Company, the New York City tourist board. I caught up with him to find out what he f...
Laptop Man

TRAVEL TRENDS
UWERN JONG

Between economic uncertainty, earthquakes, blizzards, hurricanes, volcanoes and the threat of terrorism, the first few years of this decade, the twenty-tens (or...