In today’s age of technology, travel has become available to more people than ever before. No longer do you have to visit a travel agent to book a vacation or buy a traditional guidebook to plan your journey in the places you’re going to visit. In fact, now the availability of information is almost overwhelming and it can sometimes be difficult to know where to turn for the best advice, information and resources to make the most of your trip.
We’ve come up with a list of 9 different mobile apps that can help improve your travel experience – some LGBT specific and some mainstream, but all with the focus giving you travel inspiration and helping you to make the most of your trip.
If you’ve never used a gay dating app then you’re either living under a rock or you’ve specifically convinced yourself to avoid downloading one for whatever reason. Enter Hornet – it’s currently the #2 gay network in the world but perhaps you’ve not used it or even heard of it before? If that’s the case it’s because Hornet is extremely popular in places outside North America and Europe especially in countries like Brazil or Russia. But the app is growing and has a lot of cool features. Hornet goes beyond the typical geolocation dating app for finding sex. It’s a great tool for meeting locals in a new city and you can even search for people in places you’re planning to visit or even by interests or hashtags.
Vespa is a new app that includes updated listings to cities around the world along with reviews. It’s 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 you might not have found otherwise.
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 cozy 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. New to misterb&b? You can save $25 on your first booking by signing up with this link.
Dobot makes saving money easy by automating savings, linking savings to financial goals (like travel!) and letting couples and groups save together for a common goal. For any frequent traveler, you’ll need to have a good financial plan and you’ll likely need to save money before you head out on that big trip. This app helps you plan out your savings and automatically deducts monthly contributions to help you build a large savings to put towards your trip. New users can sign up here and get $5 free added to your account. Update: this app now charges a $1.99 monthly fee.
Lyft is Uber’s biggest US competitor (and Anti-Trump!) and is quite similar in functionality. It allows you to order a car from regular drivers using a smartphone-based app. Taking a Lyft car is easy, faster and cheaper than a traditional taxi. Lyft automatically takes care of payment with your credit card via the app. Lyft currently operates in 200 US cities plus has partnerships in 7 Asian countries so you can still use your Lyft App for rides. Rates vary based on the service but in most places you can easily get a ride for much cheaper than a local taxi. Never tried Lyft before? Sign up using this link to receive up to $50 free credit or use the code TWOBADTOURISTS when registering.
Instagram may not be specifically a travel app nor does it actually help you much during a trip or during the planning stage, logistically speaking. However, the one thing that Instagram does is inspire your next journey. Well before you know where you next trip is going to be, Instagram sits in the palm of your hand providing traveling inspiration to places you might not ever have considered. We recently started following the official account of the Faroe Islands tourism office and we’ve now decided that simply due to the amazing photos and imagery, it’s now made it to the top of our bucket list for 2017. All you need to get inspired is to follow travel related accounts with amazing photos and before you know it, you’ll be going to places that might not have been on your list before. Searching for hashtags like #travel or #gaytravel can be a good start to find cool accounts to follow.
Google Maps is our go-to mobile app for navigating any destination while traveling. Whether it’s local directions from our hotel to a restaurant or for determining distances between different destinations within a country, we use it nearly every day while traveling. In recent years Google Maps has also added useful features like the ability to pre-download the map of a city so that you can use it for guidance and directions even if you don’t have mobile data. And if you didn’t already know, your phone’s GPS is powered by satellite and always works even without a connection to mobile data or wi-fi.
This is one of the more established apps and is 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, Thailand 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 few years.
Skype is one of our top communication apps at home and on the road. You can make video or audio calls for free to other Skype users and it’s particularly useful to call home or to another country over wi-fi for extremely low rates. Simply pre-load credit to your Skype account and you can make calls for as little as 1 cent per minute depending on your location and the country you’re calling.
Are any of these apps new to you? Let us know what your favorite travel app is in the comments below!
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