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The Week in Travel (1/18/13)

The world of travel moves fast!   Let’s keep up–together.   On Fridays,  Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:

Sydney Sizzles

Sydney Sizzles

*Baby, it’s cold outside, but it ain’t nothing compared to the coldest city on earth–Yakutsk in Eastern Siberia–where temperatures plummet to minus 45C/49F (via The Independent).  In an alternate hemisphere, Sydney, Australia, records its hottest day ever at 45C/114F (via Sydney Morning Herald).

*The United States of America is inaugurating Barack Obama as its President on Monday.  And Washington D.C. will be celebrating from Mall (via Washington Post) to Ball (via NY Times).

*The Gray Lady names Rio de Janeiro #1 (via NY Times).  Find your top travel destination for 2013 (via Traveling IQ).

*While in Mexico, don’t drink the water; while in Beijing, don’t breathe the air (via NY Times).

*In air travel news: the Boeing Dreamliner is a nightmare (via USA Today), and American Airlines unveils a new look to mixed reviews (via NBC News).

*Looking for love in all the wrong places?  Book a trip to one of America’s Cruisiest Gay Cities (via About.com).

What did I miss?  Share your favorite travel news in the comments below or by posting on the Traveling IQ Facebook page.

(Photo via Toby Zerna/Sunday Telegraph)

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IQ on Proud FM: Washington, D.C.

Ivan Quintanilla is the featured travel expert on Toronto’s Proud FM Radio “Your Morning With Richard & Chris.”

Click on the link below to hear Ivan and the boys talk about gay travel to Washington, D.C.:

Washington DC travel segment (4 min.)

And for more information, check out the Washington, D.C. Tourism website at Washington.org

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Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend

From January 13-15, Washington D.C. trades the khakis and polos  for a little leather and rubber.  Every year on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend our nation’s capital attracts some 2,000 visitors for Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend (MAL) .   The festivities kick off on Friday with the Opening Reception at this year’s host hotel, the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill .  Throughout the weekend, the hotel’s Leather Exhibit Hall serves as a bazaar of leather goods for bad boys.   With events that range from bar crawls to dance parties to, of course, the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather Contest on Sunday, MAL is filled with friendly fetishists, leather and Levis men, and titillated tourists.

During the day, the host hotel is the center of all activity with the most amazing people-watching this side of the Mississippi.  Don’t miss the opportunity to mingle at the hotel’s Leather Cocktails on Saturday evening.  Come nighttime, Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club is the place to move your boots to the dancing beats.

On Saturday, the club hosts the nationally popular Blowoff Party featuring DJs Richard Morel and Bob Mould’s signature mix of indie rock, electro and house.  On Sunday, the venue is home to the MAL official closing party, Reaction with DJ Quentin Harris.

A little intimidated?  Don’t be.  The crowd is ultra friendly and won’t bite… unless you want them to.

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