Travel Masks


The theme is “masks” for obvious reasons, October 31 is just around the corner. Having already written about my three favorite gay-popular Halloween celebrations, I want to focus on a different travel experience.

At a loss, I decided to get a manicure/pedicure at the Spa at the Encore Hotel on Las Vegas Blvd (“the strip”) in Sin City, where I’m speaking at the 11th Annual Conference on Gay Travel Tourism hosted by Community Marketing. The spa, pictured above, is an oasis of tranquility in the busy hubbub of Vegas.

While sitting there, the therapists, towards the end of my treatments, simultaneously told me they were applying masks to my hands and feet. Eureka! That got me thinking about the benefits of spa treatments, including masks for the hands, feet, face, whatever. Masks can transport you outside of your head-space. When budget allows, Ialways treat myself to a spa treatment of some sort when traveling.

I’m a mere dilettante with respect to spa treatments, so I asked my colleague-friend and grooming aficionado , Mark Thompson, who is also the style and travel editor at Edge Publications, for his suggestions for three great masks.

For autumn skin care

  • Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the grandmother of all facial masks, the Borghese Fango Mask, with a very satisfying mud mask experience.

Face it, summer’s over

Sexy summer skin

About The Author

In dot 429's words: "dot429's Travel writer, Ed Salvato, is highly regarded as a journalist and LGBT travel guru. Salvato's work has been published by some of the most important LGBT media outlets, including Out Traveler, The Advocate, Out Magazine, OUT & ABOUT,,, and Ed's also the on-air call-in travel expert for the Derek & Romaine Show on Sirius/XM OutQ and Proud FM Toronto. Recently Salvato joined OutThink Partners, a communications and marketing firm, where he is excited to focus on travel, tourism, and the LGBT market." "Salvato is dedicated to connecting LGBT travelers with unique, interesting, and exciting experiences offered by hotels, resorts, and attractions that invite and welcome their business. Salvato is an active member of the dot429 professional network and editorial community." I've also been developing an expertise in social media. I have managed two large social media campaigns this year. One was for a $10M 3-week-long arts festival in Philadelphia (PIFA; ; the other for Philly's 11-day Independence Day festivities (Welcome America;

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