Manchester boasts one of the liveliest and welcoming gay communities in the United Kingdom, rivaling even that of London. Beautiful, traditional pubs; a boisterous nightlife; and an array of activities around every corner make it the perfect destination for LGBTQ+ travelers.
The city’s gay community focuses in and around Canal Street, Manchester’s de facto LGBTQ+ village. Canal Street houses the city’s largest gay bar in Via, a somewhat eclectic establishment that sees both busy dance nights and laidback days and evenings that cater to older crowds. G-A-Y Manchester draws in the younger crowd with vibrant music and something of a funky and unique vibe. Vanilla is ranked as the U.K.’s best lesbian bar, while Churchills is the place to be for great drag shows.
Manchester is also home to Sparkle, an annual national transgender celebration, as well as the Great British Bear Bash. There’s also the annual Pride held in August. A stroll along the Rochdale Canal also offers plenty of opportunities to mingle with locals of the LGBTQ+ community here.
When not checking out the most happening places in town, Manchester also has incredible museums and parks to explore, along with the incredible architecture that England is famous for. The city is arguably a better option for LGBTQ+ travelers than London, according to many of the locals.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
As airlines start nickel and dime-ing their way into the world’s wallets, travelers have had to get crafty in order to get around newly enacted add-on fees, especially when it comes to in-flight meals. Since this luxury is no longer guaranteed on some flights, particularly on low-cost, long-haul vessels, and because airport food is notoriously overpriced, passengers pack their own food to bring on these long flights. But what types of food are allowed to pass through security and also last multiple hours on a plane in varying temperatures?
I lived in San Francisco during college so coming to visit the city and see all the changes was exciting. The Hotel Zeppelin was built in a once slightly shabby area that has since come alive with new hotels and restaurants for travelers looking for something different. We arrived at noon on a Friday afternoon and were immediately greeted by the hotel staff at the front desk. They were able to accommodate an early check-in, completed in just a few minutes. The lobby is as hip as the hotel name sounds, but it also offered a cozy atmosphere, with a roaring fire and comfy couches and chairs in the lounge area. Unique wall art, statues and lighting remind you of the cool factor.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
There are few things as adult-ish as a well-designed living space. When you stop strewing your Ikea coffee table with old magazines and straw wrappers, and start creating a “lewk” that’s more your style, it’s time to invest in a coffee table book. Sometimes pricey, these are not the tomes you curl up with in your cozy chair. They’re often hefty, artistic and fun and, if chosen correctly, a true representation of your own sense of style and interests.