LGBT people have always traveled even before tourism was a major industry. But now, more than ever our community is taking to the skies, roads and rails to explore more new places with a major improvement in visibility. With growing acceptance of LGBT people and more countries approving marriage equality around the world, it’s no surprise that we now have a variety of new travel resources at our finger tips. Check out these 5 new travel apps that you need to download now!
This is one of the more established apps and is actually a gay travel magazine available on iOS and Android. It’s a digital-only publication that offers a subscription but also several free downloadable resources like their guides to West Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, New York City, Greece and more. We love the concept of the magazine and its interactive ability to explore the stories, media, city guides and personal accounts from both the writers as well as readers. We use the magazine to help plan trips to popular destinations across the world since they’ve covered more than 100 places over the past two years.
Wimbify is one of the newest players to the field and it can be described as a combination between Couchsurfing, Airbnb and Grindr (sort of-ish, but in a non-sexual way). This app allows you to travel for free by meeting LGBT people around the world that are willing to share their home, be your guide or travel together. You can earn free travel credits to redeem on the app by offering to exchange your home or time in your own city. The concept behind the application is based on the increasingly popular philosophy of the sharing economy. Wimbify was created by the founders of Quiiky Travel, an LGBT tour operator based out of Italy. They also run QMagazine, a gay publication available in both Italian and English.
misterb&b is an online service that allows you to rent short or long term spaces from gay and gay-friendly hosts around the world. Think AirBnB for gays! You can rent a loft in Soho, share a room in Barcelona, a couch in the Castro or a cosy apartment in Le Marais or Chelsea! Understanding a city’s gay scene is much more easily done with the help of a local and apartment sharing is one of the best ways to meet someone living in the city who knows the best insider advice. misterb&b has become the #1 gay hotelier in the world with more than 50,000 hosts in over 130 countries.
Vespa is a new app that includes updated listings to cities around the world along with reviews. We can’t tell quite yet how successful this app will be, but from first glance it looks well organized and better than most others we’ve seen. It’s an easy-to-use app that provides a well-curated directory of gay places all over the world. With more than 5,000 curated locations across the world- covering 300 cities in over 70 countries, Vespa can provide you with gay-friendly places anywhere in the world.
Ok, this last one is not technically LGBT focused but it could still be useful to anyone. Hotels by Day offers hotel rooms for short term, day use for reduced prices compared to overnight stays. Imagine you have to check out of your hotel room when you have a late flight (or arriving early with a late check in). You can use this app to spend a few extra hours in a hotel to drop your luggage, relax, go to the pool or shower before heading out to the airport or checking in to your main accommodation. And well, perhaps you’re looking for a few hours to spend with a friend (cough, cough…we know which apps you use) and need a private place to meet up during the middle of the day. Either way, this app has your covered. Like many of these apps, it’s new and currently has just in a handful of major US cities but stay tuned as they expand to more locations internationally in 2016.
Which of these apps have you used before? Let us know in the comments below!
Featured image via Wimbify.