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In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

GENERAL:
How to be a Badass (healthy) Travel Girl (Go Girlfriend)
Got travel on your calendar? Whether it’s for business or fun, there’s no shortage of temptation to eat your way through your travels. A glass of wine here, a cheese tray there, a buffet for breakfast every chance you get. How’s a girl to stay healthy while traveling?
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IRELAND:
5 Ways To See Ireland Now (Towleroad.com)
Along with marriage equality in Ireland, the country just hung out a giant rainbow-colored “you are welcome” sign to the world. (Oscar Wilde, Irish poet, playwright and satirist, who was persecuted for being gay, would be stunned!) Within a few hours of the historic vote, Tourism Ireland launched an LGBT website and released a video inviting the gay world to visit Ireland. And what better time than now? Clearly the Irish are welcoming and accepting and imagine how amazingly fun Dublin Pride (June 19-28) will be on the heels of this historic vote!
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PHILIPPINES:
Yes, Taxi Driver: I’m a T-Bird (ozy.com)
If you travel in metro Manila, locals say you’re risking your life. It doesn’t matter if you take a bus, a jeepney, a motorcycle with a sidecar or the train. It doesn’t matter if you, God forbid, walk or bike. To move through the megalopolis is to pray you’ll survive. But, as my friends instructed me when I moved here, there is a special danger that comes with taking a taxi.
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TAIWAN:
First Pink Dot LGBT rally in Taipei attracts 3,000 (Gay Star News)
Pink Dot, which originated in Singapore where sexual relations between men are criminalized, has also been organized by LGBT groups in Hong Kong and Okinawa (Japan) annually.
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UK, ENGLAND:
London’s Gay “Barcode” Club Abruptly Closed (Gay Star News)
Gay club Barcode, based in Vauxhall, London, announced it will be closing after one last party on Saturday. The club has not revealed any details about why it’s closing, but posted an event called ‘The Closing Party’ on Facebook, and said: “Barcode closes its doors for the last time on Sunday morning May 31st.
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USA, OHIO:
Cleveland Rock City: Visiting the Hall of Fame and Beyond (Shermans Travel)
When this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction airs on HBO on May 31, you’re actually seeing a taped version of the ceremony that took place on April 18 at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Why do they tape it? The answer is simple: The actual ceremony is five hours long. That’s what’s great about it. And if you want to attend a ceremony in the future – and have your own Cleveland rock-themed weekend — you can. Here’s how to do it.
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USA, TEXAS:
Tallywackers, Dallas’ All-Male Version of Hooters, Opens for Business (Towleroad.com)
A Dallas restaurant serving up muscular waiters in tank tops and skin-tight short shorts/underwear opened for business this week after a Craigslist help wanted ad for the eatery got national attention in April.
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