Kayaking and Sandboarding in Florianopolis | Florianopolis, Brazil | I love outdoor sports, and anywhere I go in the world I go for it… Brazil was no exception. This time Kayaking and Sandboarding… and I was lucky enough to have my friend and colleague, the extraordinaire photographers Jurriaan Teulings to document this moments. He is so such and amazing photographer, that he even makes me look great….
My essence captured in one SHOT by Jurriaan Teulings | Florianopolis, Brazil | I have been photographed all over the world, by both professional and amateur photographers… but today I was surprised by a photo that, my personal friend and colleague Jurriaan Teulings, took of me at the Fish Market in Florianopolis, Brazil last week. Truly Jurriaan… first time in my life that I feel someone has captured the essence of who I am as a person and what I do in a PHOTO. !!! THANK YOU mate. Great spending time with you in Brazil. Till next Vodka Martinis together somewhere else in the world my friend. Check his website for more AMAZING shots around the world www.jurriaanteulings.nl. Thank you Jurriaan. CM
The Focus Group Radio features Thailand with Carlos Melia | The Focus Group Radio | Tim Bennett and John Nash, Co- hosts of THE FOCUS GROUP at Sirius XM OutQ 108 interview Khun Srisuda Wanapinyosak – Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand New York Office and Carlos Melia – www.carlosmeliablog.com, during the course of the 29th IGLTA Annual Convention in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The Focus Group, an entertaining look at the out side of business, every Saturday morning LIVE at 11am EST, with a replay on Sunday’s at 10am. ( www.focusgroupradio.com ). Check the whole show featuring various destinations like Argentina, Manchester, among others. CM
Tourism Thailand and Carlos Melia at IGLTA Annual Convention | Florianopolis, Brazil | During the course of the 29th. IGLTA Annual Convention taking place all this week in Florianopolis, Brazil, Tourism Thailand New York office, hosted at Taiko Restaurant the international LGBT Media, Travel Agents and Tour Operators from around the world. The main purpose of this event was to present Thailand as the leading LGBT Friendly destination in Asia and to announce the launching of the dedicated LGBT Microsite for Thailand under the name of Go Thai Be Free (www.gothaibefree.com) to be online in just a few weeks.
Sand Boarding in Praia da Joquina Florianopolis | Florianopolis, Brazil | There is a first time in life for everything, they say right, and this time here in Florianopolis, where I have been spending this full week, was the time for Sand Boarding (or should I say SAD Boarding, judging by the videos below). Same as Snow Boarding, but in the warm hemisphere, in between the sand dunes of Praia do Joquina, only minutes away from Lagoa da Conceicao and Praia Mole in Brazil. Only 20 Reales for a full hour of adrenaline, stunning 360 panoramic views, and lots of fun.
GPS Carlos Melia Ihla do Papagaio Brazil | Santa Catarina, Brazil | Good Morning everyone from Ihla do Papagaio at Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil. Early morning emails and work, but before a short stroll by the beach right in front of my bungalow. Stunning Pousada Ihla do Papagaio. Unfortunately the internet connection is a bit slow to upload more photos or videos, but I will do so, as soon as I get back to hotel Il Campanario in Jurere. Have a great day everyone. CM
Il Campanario Hotel Check IN at Jurere Florianopolis | Florianopolis, Brazil | Oi Galera. !!!! just arrived to Florianopolis and Jurere Beach, to the Il Campanario Resort where I will be spending the next 7 nights. This hotel will be the host venue of the 2012 IGLTA Annual Convention. Right on the beach and approximately 30 minutes away from the International Airport of Florianopolis. Have a look at my apartment, which includes 2 rooms and a full bathroom. As you may know by following, not exactly the type of hotels I frequent, but hey it is comfortable and charming. No complains whatsoever, I am in Brazil and on the beach, so all great right.
GPS Carlos Melia onboard TAM Airlines NYC to Florianopolis | Brazil | New adventures, take me to new destinations and continents. This time I crossed all the way from Asia to North America to catch my TAM Airlines flight from New York City to Florianopolis (see video above). Still in transit at Rio de Janeiro International Airport, waiting for my connecting flight to my final destination, Florianopolis, where I will be taking part of a Press Trip which will include Florianopolis, my favorite Lagoa da Conceicao, Parrot Island and Ponta dos Ganchos. The second part of my trips is focussed to the 29th IGLTA 2012 Annual Convention, where I will take part of their mentors program and also participate at the Media Trade Show.
I choose THAILAND over and over | Carlos Melia | I CHOOSE THAILAND. !!! I can choose from any destination in the world. But over and over I personally choose THAILAND. That is why I am heading back for another month of adventures and to spend my birthday there on the Orient-Express Train from Bangkok to Singapore. Destinations I will be covering during the next two months at www.carlosmeliablog.com are: Thailand ( 29th FEB – 02nd APR including Bangkok + Chiang Rai + Chiang Mai + Golden Triangle). Orient-Express Train Bangkok to Singapore (mid March). Dubai (02nd – 05th APR). New York (05th – 07th APR). Brazil (07th – 16th APR including Florianopolis and Rio de Janeiro). Argentina (16th APR – 13th May). Stay Tuned. !!! Carlos Melia and Thailand Gay Travel . PS. Anyone around these destinations ? Contact me. !!! Cheers. CM
CarlosMeliaBlog says present to IGLTA Global Convention 2012 | Florianopolis, Brazil | Still two month away, but CarlosMeliaBlog has already confirmed participation to the upcoming 2012 IGLTA Global Convention to take place at the idilic Florianopolis in Brazil. The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s Annual Global Convention is the world’s premier educational and networking event for the LGBT tourism industry. Join us in Florianopolis, Brazil 12-14 April, 2012 for our 29th conference – the first in South America. This year’s educational programming will showcase ways to tap into the incredible growth of South America’s LGBT market while also providing key information for expanding your LGBT business globally.