Out Magazine and Lords South Beach Help You Become A 'Man About Town'
If lack of inspiration has been the one thing stopping you from a long weekend in Miami this fall, then here's something that might get your creative juices flowing. Out magazine, in collaboration with ultra-gay hotel Lords South Beach, has devised a new travel app called Out-N-About, designed to aid (mainly gay) travelers navigate all the cultural offerings of the city.
Out and Lords are calling the program a "digital concierge," and it can be downloaded for free onto your iPad, iPhone or iPod. It's tough when we hear about these hotel-generated e-travel guides. On the one hand, we love exploring places on our own (walking down dark side streets has landed us at some pretty great parties); on the other, we find it hard to ignore any new service a hotel has to offer—especially when the hotel has enlisted the help of a few cultural experts. Four of them, to be exact.
Four categories—nightlife, shopping, culture and outdoors—make up the searchable fields inside the app, each represented by a different 'man about town.' Depending on your intended activity (get drunk, go for a hike, max out your credit card), just tap one of their faces and start scrolling.
Promoter Josh Woods is charged with pinpointing all the hotspots for dancing, drinking and general chilling out (Woods, it should be noted, was awarded the "Best Of NYC" title by The Village Voice's Michael Musto in 2010). The three other names include: fashion writer Kristian Laliberte, art curator Tim Goossens, and Lords South Beach founder Brian Gorman, who knows a thing or two about sightseeing in Miami.
Have you tried out this travel planner app yet? We wanna hear about it!