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January 29, 2015

The momondo PR manager on his achingly cool hometown

I've lived here since... November 2005.

I've stayed because... Copenhagen is a capital city that feels like a town, so you get the perks of being in a big city but none of the traffic, noise and hassle – you can ride your bike literally everywhere, all year round. Copenhagen is by far one of the most liveable places that I know of in the world.

January 28, 2015

The Calvin's Head author on his beautiful hometown (plus gay bar 'Prik' and leather bar 'Argos'...)

Originally from New York City, author David Swatling moved to Amsterdam in 1985. We caught up with him recently for some insider tips on how to get the most out of a visit to Amsterdam.

What are some of the best things about living in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam is a beautiful city with a rich cultural history. The Dutch are committed to LGBT rights. Same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001.

January 27, 2015

On the road with the Swedish footballing superstar, from New York to New Zealand

Footballing legend and handsome Swede Anton Hysén shocked the world when he came out in 2011 – becoming one of the world's only openly gay professional footballers in the process.

However, Hysén's passions extend far the football pitch. Not only did he win the Swedish version of Dancing with the Stars in 2012, but he's also a keen traveller. We caught up with him to talk travel highs and lows...

January 27, 2015

He'll be joined by Cucumber star Beth Black at queer student event

Newspaper columnist Owen Jones, Cucumber star Beth Black have been announced as speakers at this year's National Student Pride.

They will be joined by the BBC's Evan Davis, presenter of Newsnight and Dragons' Den.

The popular events returns for its 10th anniversary from 27 February to 1 March, with activities centered around the University of Westminister's Marylebone campus, as well as club nights at London's Heaven nightclub.

The event will also feature a careers fair, attended by the like of Google, the Royal Navy and Barclays.

January 26, 2015

On the road with the Chatty Man star, from caravanning in Devon to slumming it in the Costa Rican jungle with his boyfriend...

Last night, we caught up with Chatty Man host Alan Carr at the InterLaw Diversity Forum Winter Carnival to benefit the Albert Kennedy Trust, where he hosted an auction to help raise money for homeless LGBTI teens.

January 26, 2015

We delve into the back catalogue of landscape and travel photographer Weerapong Chaipuck

Bangkok-based photographer Weerapong Chaipuck has been making waves for years with his incredibly moving, intensely colourful snapshots of Asia.

For more information about Chaipuck, and to see more images that'll make you want to quit your job, up sticks and see the world, visit his 500px.com website by clicking here.

Right: Cemara Indah Village at sunrise

January 25, 2015

Do you have an amazing photo from your adventures? Gay Star Travel wants to share holiday pics from LGBT people and allies

Home of the iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, and not forgetting the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney seems to embody the best of everything that is quintessentially Australian.

24 year-old Sam Hawli was born and raised in Sydney. We caught up with him for his tips on how to get the most out of your visit...

What are some of the best things about living in Sydney?

January 23, 2015

Cory Jobe is the (handsome) new face of tourism in the Midwestern state

The state of Illinois has a new director of tourism – the openly gay Springfield city council member Cory Jobe.

Jobe was formally the Deputy Chief of Staff for the state under both the late Judy Baar Topinka and Leslie Munger.

Jobe will juggle his commitments until May 31 before commencing his new job full-time in June, Governor Bruce Rauner announced earlier this week.

The 41-year-old politician was previously elected Ward 6 alderman in April 2011, with 95% of the total votes cast.

January 22, 2015

Former Gimme Gimme Gimme star and out gay actor on his travel heaven and hell, from Bombay to the USA

Where has been your best holiday and why?
Driving across the USA, from Thousand Islands to LA and back again over four weeks with two friends and an old one-eyed Golden Retriever called Cassie. We went everywhere and did everything. A million motel rooms on a million highways. Heaven. Always on the move, every state different, no time for boredom.

January 22, 2015

On the road with TV personalities, activists and models galore

Jason Carter [right] – on-air host and Pit Crew member for RuPaul's Drag Race

Best known as the most talkative of the Pit Crew on RuPaul’s Drag RaceJason Carter has also built on his modelling career to become a widely loved on-air host for television and social media entertainment programs.

January 21, 2015

Travel search site's new guides also encompass Barcelona, Berlin and New York

Travel search site momondo.co.uk has launched a new series of comprehensive city guides for iPhone users – that are completely free to download and use.

Following on from momondo's popular iPad app, the guides will encompass 11 cities around the world: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Lisbon, London, New York, Paris and Rome, with more cities to be added throughout the year.

January 21, 2015

'I'm under strict instructions to take my boyfriend!' says winner Eamonn Clarke

Gay Star News reader Eamonn Clarke is the winner of the Gay Star Travel Expo grand prize, we can reveal.

Eamonn and his partner will be heading to Vienna in May for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Eurovision Song Contest Final, after Gay Star News teamed up with Visit Vienna and Austrian Airlines for the giveaway.

In order to enter the competition, attendees had to 'pin the beard on Conchita' [see right].

Vienna

January 20, 2015

On the road with the star of E4's new gay drama Cucumber

With Cucumber, the new queer TV series from Russell T. Davies, hitting UK screens this Thursday, we caught up with one of the stars of the show, Miles Higson – who plays Beanie, the best friend of 15-year-old Adam, and who also played Hollyoaks' Seth Costello – to talk all things travel...

January 20, 2015

Gratuitous nudity sent temperatures soaring at GSN's one-stop travel shop

The Gay Star Travel Expo returned to London's Heaven nightclub for the second time last Saturday – and the one-stop travel shop featured indoor beaches, hot tubs and star performances. Not to mention male models in nothing but their underwear, who performed two fashion shows hosted by the acerbic La Voix...

January 19, 2015

Ultra-modern chic meets Elizabethan mystique at this stylish stopover, just 30 minutes from Brighton

Ah, the great, green county of Sussex. Home to an abundance of outstanding natural beauty and a slew of charming chocolate box towns and villages – and yet so many of us rarely venture out of the bustling gay mini-capital which is Brighton. But just half an hour north, perched atop a hill and boasting breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, you'll find the Tudor village of Cuckfield – and nestling its edge, the inviting Ockenden Manor.

January 19, 2015

Queer travel event featured packed political debates and killer performances from La Voix and London Gay Big Band

The Gay Star Travel Expo returned to London's Heaven nightclub for the second time last Saturday – and the one-stop-travel-shop proved a huge success, with LGBTI travellers filling the venue throughout the day.

The event featured two packed afternoon debates, the first featuring political figures Lord Cashman, Baroness Barker and Crispin Blunt.

January 15, 2015

We’ve done a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers to help inspire your 2015 travels.

Holidays, vacations, and romantic mini-breaks are special moments in our lives. Whether you’ve invested months of planning or if it’s a spur-of-the-moment spontaneous decision, we are all chasing that elusive perfect holiday.

To help inspire your travel dreams for 2015 we did a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers and asked them to share their best holiday memories and travel plans for the year ahead.

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Jack Mackenroth - advocate and campaigner

January 15, 2015

  One-stop travel shop returns to London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (Jan 17)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub next week, on January 17 – and these are just some of the experts, organisations and friends of Gay Star News who will be on hand to make the event a day to remember...

Atlantic Pride – the gay cruise line specialists will be offering GSN readers a special discount on their 2016 cruise from the Caribbean to the Canaries.

January 15, 2015

We've lived here since…
…2013. Our original plan was to move to Madrid for just 3-6 months to improve our Spanish, but we’ve been here ever since [David and Auston both grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, before moving to Chicago in 2008].

We've stayed because...
…we love big cities and Madrid has a big city vibe with a relaxed and laid back lifestyle. Spanish culture emphasizes 'working to live instead of living to work'. We love this approach to life and fit right in with our surroundings.

January 15, 2015

Cotswolds-style farmhouse meets French-style chateau in South West England stopover

Author Sinclair Lewis famously once described winter as less of a season and more of an ‘occupation’. Unfortunately that occupation – at least in January once the warm glow of Christmas has faded – often involves nothing more than willing longer, warmer days to arrive as quickly as possible. An ideal time, then, for a warming post-Christmas retreat – and the Old Manor Hotel in Wiltshire was the perfect place to escape.

January 14, 2015

One-stop travel shop takes place at London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 Jan)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub next week, on January 17 – and just one of the special guests at this one-stop travel shop will be Atlantic Pride.

The gay cruise line offers an intimate holiday with only 540 passengers, promising a friendly and relaxed atmosphere aboard its luxury ship, The Voyager.

January 14, 2015

One-stop travel shop takes place at London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 Jan)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 Jan) for the second year – and the schedule for the day can now be revealed:

12pm - 1pm: Political debate featuring Lord Cashman, Crispin Blunt MP and Baroness Barker, titled Global LGBTI rights: What is Britain's Role?

January 13, 2015

One-stop travel shop takes place at London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 Jan)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 January) – and just one of the special guests at this one-stop travel shop will be Austrian Airlines.

Austria's largest carrier, the organisation transports nearly 11 million passengers a year.

It operates a global route network of approximately 130 destinations, with those routes particularly dense in Central and Eastern Europe, with about 40 cities being served.

January 13, 2015

One-stop travel shop takes place at London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 Jan)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 January) – and just one of the exhibitors at this one-stop queer travel shop will be Gaydio.

Gaydio is a 24-hour radio station catering exclusively for the LGBTI community – reportedly tbe biggest of its kind in the world. It is the second year running the station has supported the Expo, and the team have urged GSN readers to pop along and say hello if they have any questions.