Gay hook-up apps are a great way to meet locals, but be sure to keep safe! We strongly recommend you set up a high-quality VPN on your phone before going to protect your privacy, to remain anonymous and to keep access to your favorite websites and apps. Better safe than sorry! Using apps like Scruff, Grindr and Hornet is your way to tap into the gay scene of wherever you are and find secret gay bars, underground parties, and other events.
As a word of warning, if you are traveling somewhere where LGBT rights are not great, make sure you get a secure VPN on your phone to protect your privacy and, in some places, unblock these apps. As you might guess from the name, Scruff is the slightly rough-around-the-edges version of Grindr, developed for those guys who like a little, well, scruff!
The users tend to be that bit more masc and a little older than on Grindr, although with its growing popularity there are plenty to choose from. You can scroll for nearby and around the world, so could always set up a meet-up in your destination in advance. While there are a lot of similarities between Hornet and Grindr, the newer Hornet works much more smoothly, with less of the irritating ads that pop up on Grindr to get in between you and your new piece of eye candy.
What makes Hornet so great for gay travelers are the community features that help users network beyond dating.
It started in Berlin and has now spread around the world and, while heavy on the hook-ups, also enables users to find friends, dates or learn more about LGBT issues. It aims to be a safe and friendly environment where you can live your queer life to the fullest.
The app is free and it just takes creating a quick profile to get you in touch with tonnes of guys all over the world. Wait, what?
This is the largest gay social network in the world? Well, it was developed in China and the majority of its 27 million users are there.
Internet censorship is rife in China and Blued is a way of getting around the banning of sites like Grindr. Its founder is a former policeman and committed to LGBT rights and we love that the network is now in partnership with Hornet. Although it might have been set up as a Grindr for straight people, there are now lots of gays using it; just set your preferences and enjoy the wealth of choice there.
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