My Travel Bucket List 2012

My Travel Bucket List 2012  |  Carlos Melia  |   You know all those things you swear you’re going to do before you a period of time expires or you die.? Well Bucket List is where you go to keep track of them all, and here is my 2012 Travel Bucket List. Anyone willing to help to make them real and sponsor my adventures ?. My 2011 list fall short, since I went above and beyond the original list. Just as an example: Diving with White Sharks at Hermanus, South Africa (sponsored by Rhino Safaris), Training to become a Mahout at Golden Triangle, Thailand (sponsored by Four Seasons Hotels and Tourism Authority of Thailand), View of the Hong Kong bay from the tallest hotel in the World at Kowloon, Hong Kong (sponsored by Ritz-Carlton Hotel), Flying on a helicopter over the Okavango Delta to find the Baobab Tree at Okavango Delta, Botswana (sponsored by Orient-Express Hotels)… to name a few. Thank you to all the companies that supported my during 2011. Here is the list that I have compiled during the last few month for 2012 Carlos Melia Travel Bucket List, in no particular order, and same as in 2011 remaining open to new suggestions, adventures and destinations:

01. Visit Russia
02. Visit Mongolia
03. Short haul flight on a Private Jet  DONE.!!! Check here
04. Go back to Thailand (over and over and over) DONE.!!! Check here
05. Do an Orient-Express Train To Happen March 11 2012.!!! Check here
6. Go back to Lao PDR and Luang Prabang
07. Trip to Machu Picchu and Cuzco in Peru
08. Visit Mauritius
09. Visit the Maldives
10. An expedition on the Himalayas looking for the source of Ganges River
11. Dinner at the new Aqua Restaurant in Hong Kong
12. Overnight stay at the top floor of the Burj Khalifa Working on it.!!!
13. Visit the Republic of Turkey
14. Return and spend more time in Hong Kong
15. A long research trip to Colombia
16. Photographic Safari to  Bhutan
17. Return to Panama after over 6 years
18. Fly on First Class of Singapore Airlines, Emirates or Ethiad.
19. and yes…. flying on the Virgin Galactic which I do not think Sir Richard Branson will put me in the list anytime soon, but hey it is there on my Bucket List. Imagine reporting from the bloody space ha ha ha…. would I be then the first gay to be in space ?

So there you go. Have you made yours.? Hotels, airlines, tourism boards, PR agencies willing to help me make my 2012 Travel Bucket List come true, please do not hesitate to contact me. Ready to start crossing items out. Happy 2012 everyone. !!! CM

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TravelAgent Magazine Latin America for Gay Clientele

TravelAgent Magazine Latin America for Gay Clientele |  New York |  by Joe Pike for TravelAgent Magazine. Here is a copy of the interview I gave for TravelAgent Magazine in New York City about Latin America for Gay Clientele, Growing a Niche Market. Travel agent / consultant Carlos Melia offers tips on selling South America to gay travelers… (read the full interview). You may also watch the LIVE Video interview at TravelAgent. Enjoy…  CM
Travel Agent Magazine is the preferred trade publication of the agent community*  and boasts not only a powerful readership but one that’s active and engaged.Its readers are responsible for driving nearly half of all agent bookings!** Because of its reputation in the industry, Travel Agent Magazine has become the publication of choice for agents nationwide.

Gay Cruises Season 2011 multiple options available

Gay Cruises Season 2011 multiple options available December is around the corner and most of you around the world, already have your Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year Holidays gateways already sorted out. This is a list of some of the Gay Cruises scheduled for season 2011, covering multiple destinations, options and crowds. So if you find any that interests you or would you need further information please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. CM by Carlos Melia ( Ph. 212.399.6161 | Cel. 347.944.0026 | Toll Free Number 800.729.7472 Ext. 205 | | Skype/Facebook/Twitter carlosmelia ).
> An EPIC Caribbean Voyage February 19th – 26th 2011 ) • Norwegian Cruise Line’s incredible new ship that reinvents cruising once again.  You’ll be one of the first to experience the many new entertainment options of the EPIC, including special performances by the Blue Man Group and the world’s only ice bar at sea. You’ll be visiting unique, exotic islands which are waiting to be explored on this Western Caribbean Voyage from Miami to Mexico and Honduras. Cabins from USD 999 per person based on double occupancy. Government taxes and fees not included.
> Gay Group to HAWAII on Cunards Queen Victoria ( February 17th – March 03rd 2011 ) • Enjoy 14 nights on one of the most luxurious ships on the high seas. Departing from Los Angeles with 4 days at sea to experience the majesty of this ship, then sailing to visit Hilo, Honolulu, Nawiliwili, Lahaina and 4 other wonderful days at the sea. Cabins from USD 2049 per person based on double occupancy including port fees and NCF.

> All Gay Cruise to Costa Rica and Panama March 06th – 13th 2011 ) • Puerto Caldera, Isla de Coiba, Panama, Gulfito, Isla del Cano Drake Bay, Quepos, Curu, Isla Tortugas. Imagine sailing on a tropical sea. There are black sand beaches, turquoise waters, emerald rain forests and white face monkeys. And above all, there is the magical, dream-like quality of sailing on the luxurious S.V. Star Flyer…enjoy a sense of joy and freedom and endless possibility. Cabins from USD 2475 per person based on double occupancy. Government fees and taxes not included.

> Tahiti & Society Islands Cruise on the Luxurious Paul Gauguin ( May 07th – 15th 2011 ) • Gay Group visiting the most romantic and beautiful destination in the world, on one of the most luxurious cruises at sea. Sail round trip from Papeete, visiting Raiatea, MotuMahana (private island), with two full days in Bora Bora and Moorea. Cabins from USD 3806 per person based on double occupancy including Flight on Air Tahiti Nui round-trip to/from Los Angeles + taxes + gratuities + meals + room service + watersports (except Scuba) + alcohol + beverage + entertainment.
> Miami Beach Pride Cruise ( April 18th – 22nd 2011 ) • In April 2011, our community is coming together in a big way. Starting with Miami Beach Gay Pride on April 16th, South Florida will show the world a true celebration of the beauty and strength of our community. Make plans now to extend the magic of Miami Beach Gay Pride by joining the group that will be departing on a 4-night cruise to the Bahamas April 18th – 22nd, on the Norwegian Sky, leaving from the Port of Miami, right after Pride weekend.  And the celebration doesn’t end there. You will return, just in time, to join the opening night of the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival which runs April 22nd – May 1st, 2011. Cabins from USD 419 per person based on double occupancy. Government fees and taxes not included.

> Scandinavia & Russia Cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas May 30th – June 11th 2011 ) • Gay Group visiting some of the  most beautiful places in the world. Whether you are looking for history, culture or plain natural beauty, chances are you will find it on this cruise vacation to Northern and Western Europe. From medieval architectural styles to modern, world-renowned museums and theater to world-class shopping, gentle rolling hills and dramatic towering fjords. An amazing adventure awaits you around every corner. Cabins from USD 1420 per person based on double occupancy. Taxes and port charges not included.

> Italy, Spain, Africa and France Cruise with overnights in Barcelona and Ibiza August 01st – 10th 2011 ) • coming out on sale NOV 08th. You can be one of the first to sail on the bran new Celebrity Silhouette ship, that has been secured for this 100% Full Gay Cruise. Sail round trip from Rome, visiting Florence, Pisa, Barcelona, Ibiza, Tunis, Naples and Ajaccio. Cabins from USD 2049 per person based on double occupancy plus taxes and tips. Single shares available.
> Rome to Venice Cruise on Windstar’s Wind SurfSeptember 03rd – 10th 2011 ) • Come and sail the Amalfi and Dalmatian coast abroad the MSY Wind Surf. Experience a new adventure that will take you on an extraordinary voyage from Rome to Venice. Sip a Posip alongside elegant bohemians in chic Hvar, explore designer boutiques in Capri or enjoy stunning view of an erupting volcano. Castles and beaches, bastions and boutiques, bright days ad starry nights, all awaits your and 312 other privileged guests as you sail towards a timeless journey. Cabins from USD 3199 per person based on double occupancy.Does not include international airfare, trip cancellation insurance, gratuities or port fees.

CM by Carlos Melia ( Ph. 212.399.6161 | Cel. 347.944.0026 | Toll Free Number 800.729.7472 Ext. 205 | | Skype/Facebook/Twitter carlosmelia ).