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Gay Travel Apps
Whether you’re traveling across the country or around the world, you’ll probably want some help finding the best restaurants, gay-friendly accommodations, and attractions. Since no one wants to carry a guide book while traveling, a number of gay travel apps have popped up to help gay travelers find local hot spots and areas of interest.
Some of the most interesting gay travel apps also incorporate GPS technology and social media, allowing gay travelers to meet new people on the go or easily find their way around a new city.
Gay Travel Guides Go Digital
You may not be hauling a stack of guidebooks around anymore, but there’s still a lot of use in knowing the best restaurants and hotels, as well as useful tips for getting around a city or a region. Luckily, gay travel guides are still prevalent in digital form, with some of the biggest names in gay travel guides developing their own apps: Damron, a company that’s published gay travel guides for over 50 years, produces an app called Gay Scout to help travelers find nightlife, cafes, and gay friendly businesses in over 2700 cities.
There are countless other travel guide apps, from city-specific guides to wide-ranging apps that use your phone’s GPS to deliver location-specific information. Whichever one you download, these gay travel guides have several advantages for both seasoned travelers and newbies:
- Curated Content: A high-quality app like Vespa provides listings that are carefully vetted by editors and reviewers, ensuring that the listings are accurate.
- Up-to-Date Information: Unlike traditional guidebooks, apps are constantly being updated, meaning you don’t have to worry that your information will suddenly become irrelevant.
- Integration with Other Apps: Linking guides to other applications means you can tap a listing to see it in Google Maps, or read tweets about a restaurant or bar before you head out.
Gay Travel Alerts and Tips
Some of the most useful apps didn’t start solely for gay travel, but have recently added features to keep gay travelers safe and informed. When Scruff, a gay dating app, was used by police in Saudi Arabia to set up a meeting and deport a traveler due to the country’s ban on homosexuality, the app’s developers saw an opportunity to improve their platform. Now, when a gay traveler arrives in a country with anti-gay laws, the GPS-based app alerts the user to potential issues, and allows users to flag a suspicious user for entrapment. Scruff has even taken another step, partnering with the advocacy organization ILGA to maintain a website listing gay travel advisories.
Many other gay travel and social media apps are implementing similar protections to keep users safe and informed. Even if you’re not looking to meet someone in your destination, it may be a good idea to download an app with a built-in warning system if you’re heading to a destination where homophobia might be an issue.
Social Gay Travel
Of course, if you are looking to meet friends or romantic partners while you travel, there are many social media apps for gay travelers. For many travelers, meeting new people and exploring a city with people who know its attractions are the most important parts of vacation, and app developers have created many ways to socialize in a new place:
- Moovz: A growing social network designed specifically for LGBT users, Moovz advertises itself as a global network, with location-based services to help you connect wherever you travel.
- Hornet: Designed for dating and chat for men, Hornet has an easy-to-use interface and gay travel-friendly features like the “Explore” tab, which allows users to meet and chat with users in other cities.
- Scruff: While Scruff started as a hookup app for men much like Grindr, the app’s developers are responding to users by incorporating elements that make life easier and safer for gay travelers.
The Future of Gay Travel Apps
While there are plenty of gay travel apps already out there, you can bet there are still tons being developed. While larger travel companies like Airbnb and most airlines support the LGBT community, smaller developers might still have the edge in knowing what gay travelers want to know about a location and how to best serve the community.
If you travel a lot, what are your go-to apps? Let us know if there’s a must-download gay travel app we missed!