Gaycation Magazine - Issue 14 Travel Like a Local

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EXPLORE London's

Regent's Canal

How to Make

Pad Thai Live

Like a Local: Denver, Oakland & Fort Lauderdale

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Founder/Editor-in-Chief DJ Doran Executive Editor Aaron Drake @theaarondrake Feast Editor Joe Morales Webmaster / IT Nic Baslock Social Media Gregory L. Kiep @gregorykiep Contributors Caroline Blaha-Black Kelsy Chauvin @kelsycc Gregory L. Kiep @gregorykiep Ben Lambert @highsocietyhobo Meg Ten Eyck @dopesontheroad Advertising Department National Advertising Representative Rivendell Media 212-242-6863 Subscription Department Article and Photo Submissions General Info Social Media GaycationMagazine GaycationMag +Gaycationmagazine1 GaycationMag gaycationmagazine gaycationmagazine April 2015 Issue 15



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About the above photo: Palm trees and clouds over Lake Merritt, Oakland, California. Photo by Visit Oakland and Greg Leong Send address changes and subscription info to: Gaycation Magazine 931W 75th St Suite 137-215 Naperville, IL 60565 ISSN 2378-7279 (print) ISSN 2378-7287 (online)

Postcards 34 Walk Like an Elephant 38 A closer look at eco-volunteers working with pachyderms in Thailand There’s This Place... Break Away to Brno


Lingering Along London’s Regent’s Canal


What Was I Thinking? The Not-So-Solo Traveler


Gaycationers 66 Photos of people showing off their best gaycation.

About the above photo: Vintage car in Oakland California. Photo by Kelsy Chauvin


Letter from the Publisher



Advertising Index



The Wire 10 LGBT travel news and information Local Living 18 Tips for Exploring Oakland, Denver & Fort Lauderdale through the eyes of its Inhabitants Events 27

COLUMNS Cruising Corner


Feast 28 How to make Pad Thai like a local

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Letter from the Publisher

Dear Gaycationers, As we approach our very first anniversary, I want to take a moment to personally thank you for discovering and reading Gaycation Magazine. Last year, we launched Gaycation as the first LGBTQ travel magazine that truly focused on real gay travel issues, news and information for the sophisticated traveler. Our team of imaginative writers offered readers stories and articles about off the beaten path LGBTQ-friendly destinations that were edited from a mature perspective. The fundamental goal from the very beginning was to provide a travel publication that not only offered unique travel and travel-related content, but also included dazzling photography that helped transport our readers to exotic locales across the globe and transform perspectives about that destination. Since our inception we have sought out talented, inspiring travel writers, editors and creative professionals to contribute to Gaycation Magazine. One of these people is a successful travel writer in his own right, a Global Correspondent for Man About World and a former editor of Frontiers Magazine, Aaron Drake. Aaron has also been a regular contributor to Out Traveler, Amtrak’s Ride 6


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with Pride and other LGBTQ travel publications and it is now my pleasure to welcome him as our new Executive Editor. In addition to Aaron’s accomplished writing style, Aaron will bring his passion for travel and adventure to our team. I am looking forward to working with Aaron as we continue to produce a publication that is worthy of you, our readers. Please join me in welcoming Aaron and don’t hesitate to reach out to him to say hello. Gaycation Magazine is committed to bringing you travel experiences from across the globe by gay travelers who have gone before you. Whether you are reading about eating Cricket Tacos in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, spending Christmas in the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth, Washington or Following Lesbians on the Loose, Gaycation Magazine will always be about the transformative travel experience and not just fancy hotel rooms and pool parties. Thank you for continuing to support and read Gaycation Magazine and for being a subscriber. We appreciate you! Thank you,