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Our 9 favourite gay travel apps you need to download today!

Our 9 favourite gay travel apps you need to download today!

After years of travelling the world including our big trip in Asia and in Latin America, we’ve put together our 9 favourite gay travel apps.

Whilst they aren’t all explicitly gay, they are the apps we use everyday when travelling, whether it was for booking flights, hotels, planning, networking or socialising.

ManAboutWorld

ManAboutWorld is the first gay travel magazine created specifically for iPads, iPhones and Android devices. It is a 10-issue/per year magazine with high-resolution images, well researched and written text, slideshows of images, videos and live links.

This is one of our favourite gay travel apps because the content is thorough, up to date and also available to download/read offline.

You can claim a 1 year’s free subscription worth $39,99 by clicking this link and entering the password code thanks.

Man About World one of best gay travel apps

ExpressVPN

A VPN is a way to connect to the internet via a foreign server, necessary in countries like China where the government bans access to many website like Google, Dropbox, Facebook, Pornhub and many more! They are cheap and easy to set up.

Of all the VPN services we have tried, ExpressVPN is the easiest install and works extremely well. You can download it today for iPhone and also for Android.

ExpressVPN useful gay travel apps

Vespa

Vespa is one of our favourite social networking gay travel apps. It’s also a great way to discover the gay scene of a new city, especially in Asia.

It covers 300 cities in 70 countries and tells you which parties and events are happening, as well as other useful information. For example, we used it to find out what was going on in Bangkok and discovered that not only was Balcony gay bar having a happy hour that evening, but there was also an Underwear Night happening…!

Vespa one of fav gay travel apps

Mister bnb

Mister bnb is the Airbnb equivalent for the LGBTQ community. It is one of our favourite gay travel apps for planning because unlike Airbnb, you know your host is gay (or at least gay friendly). It’s also handy because your host will most likely show you the gay scene.

It’s very easy to use and the website also offers useful destination gay guides. Once you’ve signed up, you can download the app, or use the mobile friendly version of their website and choose a stay.

Bonus: if you sign up with this link you can claim a $15/£10 travel credit. Also check out these other alternative websites to Airbnb.

Mister bnb one of best gay travel apps for planning

Grindr, Hornet, Scruff etc…

In countries where there is little or no gay scene, the gay dating apps literally become the scene. For us they were the best way to find out where to go and what is happening. Thanks to Grindr and Hornet we’ve discovered underground events in countries where homosexuality is illegal, such as the gay scene in Delhi. This is why the gay dating apps are list as one of our favourite gay travel apps.

For us Grindr is the most famous everywhere in the world, then Scruff and Hornet. Some apps like Hornet have added more social networking features which allow you to search for gay events happening near you.

Hornet one of our fav gay travel apps for networking

XE Currency

This is a crucial app every gay traveller needs, especially if like Stefan you can’t do simple currency conversions in your head!

When researching flights, places to stay, transport options, tour costs etc, you’re going to be overwhelmed with a mix of your home currency, US dollars and a bunch of local currencies from the countries you’re planning to visit.

This app nicely unites everything on one screen and also works offline.

XE Currency one of our fav gay travel apps for planning

ICOON

ICOON is a really useful app to help conquer language barriers by listing pictures of everyday objects you may need. It is sorted by category, making it easy to find the type of image you need.

We found it useful when we were a taxi in Xi’An in China and tried to explain we needed to go to the airport but driver didn’t speak any English, so we showed him a picture of the airplane in ICOON:

Icoon one of useful gay travel apps for commication

Google Maps

We found Google Maps to be the most accurate and user friendly of all the map based app. It allows you to pre download the maps for a particular place for offline use, which is very handy.

Google Maps has been one huge life saver for us during our travels in Asia, especially when travelling in India when tuk tuk drivers frequently tried to take us to the wrong destination so they could get a commission.

Google Maps one of best gay travel apps for offline navigation

Skyscanner

Skyscanner is our #1 resource for researching flights and finding the best deals online. They also have a very user friendly app. We like it because of all the flight search engines we’ve used, we’ve found it has the widest variety of flight operators, including budget ones like Air Asia and Easyjet, thereby maximising your options.

We also like the way the search results show you the cheapest prices for each month and then each day. This allows you to select the most cost effective flight around your schedule.

Skyscanner useful gay travel apps for planning

FINAL BONUS TIP: get a ChatSIM Card!

We found this to be so useful while travelling. With ChatSIM you stay connected with family and friends anywhere in the world. For a fee of €10 (£8/$11) a year you can send unlimited messages on WE Chat, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

It’s especially handy when you arrive in a new place and want to message home to say you’re ok, or chat with your friends and not incur obscene roaming charges.

Chat SIM card for unlimited messaging

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45 Comments

  1. Great post boys. I have most of them butI ICOON is one I didn’t know of. Handy!

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    • Thanks Roma 🙂

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  2. Guys, this is a great list! Some I would use next time traveling. I also had problems with Skype in Abu Dhabi (couldn’t call someone out of the country on a phone). And I think it’s great there are more gay apps coming out and it allows you to meet people who are gay in countries where it’s not accepted and illegal. That’s a great way to meet others and learn more about their daily struggles and it gives you a completely different perspective than for other travelers. Nice post!

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    • Thanks Melanie 🙂

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  3. I have tried Skyscanner, Currency and ExpressVPS (ofcourse Google Maps too) but im really curious about icoon!

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    • It’s a very handy app. But it made us laugh that they call it “ICOON For Refugees” on the non iPhones!

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      • hahaha! ICOON For Refugees!

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  4. I love the sky scanner app too. Haven’t heard of Icoon but can see that it would be really handy. We’ve been struggling here in Brasil now that we’ve left the big cities and don’t know any Portuguese. Hardly anyone speaks English and Spanglish does not seem to equate to Portuguese 🙂

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    • Yes! I had the exact same problem going from Brasilia to Lencois…!

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  5. Great list guys! Skycanner and TripAdvisor are my faves, and who can complain about GoogleMaps?! Icoon I have never come across and looks great! I wish I had had it throughout my previous travels but will download now for my next adventure!

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    • Thanks Vicki 🙂 Yeah Icoon’s super useful.

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  6. Everytime I see a post from you guys or discover a Pin on Pinterest etc. I spend about 5 minutes giggling to myself – you honestly look like super fun people to hang around with! Your grimaces honestly crack me up! Awesome list of apps – i love the fact that there is an airbnb equivalent with gay-friendly accommodation – hopefully one day we won’t need it anymore and everyone in the world welcomes gay people with open arms!! Sorry for the cheesy sentence…haha. But you get the drift… 😉

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    • Awww thanks Tess 🙂

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  7. Some great tips. I definitely need a currency converter when I’m traveling abroad and love how you used Grindr to figure out where folks hung out. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thanks Megan 🙂

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  8. Sweet, those are some great apps. And dang, less than 400 pounds to BKK? That’s a sweet deal. Love it <3

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    • Thank you ☺️?

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  9. I use a lot of those apps too and can’t live without them. I’m terrible at doing currency conversion in my head on the fly, but that app does it for me quickly and no one has to know I’m bad at math! 😉

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    • Me too!!!

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  10. I’ve been using 4 of these apps and have been happy with them. Interesting to know about Vespa and misterbnb. I wouldn’t have expected the former to be what it is – as Vespa to me would always be the Italian scooter brand. 🙂

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    • LOL!! Cool name though 🙂

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  11. Thanks for the great tips! I really should get around to using Skyscanner more often. (I’ve gotten frustrated in the past by other flight comparison sites that don’t include budget airlines, and when you’re travelling Australia there’s a manageable number of airlines to individually search, so has encouraged me to be lazy.)

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    • Awesome thanks Shandos 🙂

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  12. Ooo the Icoon app looks handy, though it would take away from the fun game of charades I always like to play when trying to communicate in another language! It’s interesting to learn about a whole bunch of apps that I didn’t know existed – Misterbnb…smart!

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    • Thanks 🙂

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  13. Like you said, a lot of these aren’t just for gay travelers, but I can see how some of these would be essential. I’ve never heard of MrB&B, it’s a great idea, as I’m sure not all accommodations are gay-friendly

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    • Thanks LeAnna

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  14. Great list of apps! I see a few favourites on the list – XE Currency, Skyscanner, Google Maps, and TripAdvisor. ICOON is new to me and I will check it out – thanks 🙂

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    • Pleasure 😉 Thanks for reading!

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  15. Don’t feel badly, Stefan, I’ll be in a country for a month and still need to access XE 10 times a day. And like others here I’m excited to give ICOON a try!

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    • Thanks Brianne 🙂 Glad it’s not just me – he he he

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  16. You guys seem like champions, you can feel your energy in your posts. The currency converter would be most helpful when I’m traveling, I struggle with basic maths. Haha! Great list. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thanks Anna 🙂

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  17. Great tips, skyscanner is a life (and money) saver!

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    • Agreed!!

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  18. All apps looks good but not sure if they have India specific information. Nevertheless, would try some.

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    • Thanks Himanshu. They all worked fine for us in India 🙂

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  19. I swear by many of these. Its a great time to be alive when I don’t have to memorize exchange rates or do math on the fly.

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    • Ha ha ha agreed!

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  20. I use Maps.me (rather than Google Maps) when I travel as all of the maps (and they are really good quality) are pre-downloaded, so you don’t need to have a connection. Handy.

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    • Thanks Richy and very true.

      For us though we found G maps more user friendly especially since they allow you to pre download maps.

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  21. Love your colourful blog **)

    Can i use chatsim for Grindr?

    Thanks!

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    • Thanks Bernard. Grindr not yet with ChatSim when we last tried it but if you find otherwise please do let us know 🙂

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  22. What a great list!! I already downloaded several for my upcoming trip 🙂 thank you!!!

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    • Amazing- thanks Boris 🙂

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