Best iPhone Apps for Gay Travel

There are something like 60,000  iphone apps and the numbers grow every week! Of course, the LGBT community is getting in on the app action as well.  And if you are traveling, some of them are really  handy!

GayCities. The app can use the location awareness of your iPhone to locate “gay-friendly” bars, hotels, and restaurants in your current location. You can also manually choose a city from the list of metro areas GayCities covers.

Keep in mind, most of these apps are not visually appealing and slow to load. However, they are convenient when you travel and save the hassle of signing online, to do search and look for things.

The GAY COMMUNITY  app  bills  itself as the WORLD’S FIRST Gay Community Application (GCA) for the iPhone!

This application is designed to help you find and connect with members of the GLBT community around you.

Use the navigational ‘Gaydar’ function to find people in your local area, or if you are looking to travel, simply search the destination ahead of time and see if there is anyone around that you would like to catch up with when you arrive, to show you around the gay friendly cafes restaurants and clubs.

HopStop is your city transit guide. They provide door-to-door subway and bus directions and maps for several metropolitan cities.  So you can be on any corner, and ask it  how-to-get-to …You can also search for places to eat, drink, sleep and see in the City Guide.

With HopStop you can:
– Send directions by e-mail or text message to a cell phone directly from the website
– Plan a trip with multiple destinations using the Itinerary.
– Get directions or the locations of nearby subway and bus stops remotely on your cell phone or PDA with the HopStop Mobile service.

HOWEVER, right now, the service only serves  Boston, Chicago, London, Long Island, New Jersey, New York City, San Francisco, Washington DC, and a few other surrounding smaller cities. But more are being added all the time.

And another app that looks for locals on line is  GRINDR.  Really great for those traveling alone and looking to make new  friends…..or  friends  with  benefits.  Almost 1,000,000  users in just under 6 months, GRINDR is growing at leaps and bounds.

Chat with local guys in seconds.The go-to place for gay, bi, and curious men to meet, the location-based Grindr is FREE, FAST, and FUN. It uses GPS technology in your iPhone and WiFi in iPod Touch to determine your exact location and instantly connect you with guys in your area. Simply launch Grindr to see local guys (the closest appear first) and view pictures, stats, and map locations at a tap. It’s that easy. And since Grindr doesn’t ask for your email address or require account registration, it’s totally discreet.

I was in  Toronto last month at a club, and signed in,  and found a young hottie 200  feet away from me  in the same  bar!  We said  HI, had a drink, and…..well,  I will leave the rest to your imagination!

There are lots more iphone apps for the gay traveler not mentioned here.  These are just a few of the more popular ones.  But if your search the apps store  for  GAY  TRAVEL,  you will find many more, and some very city specific.

What did we ever do before the internet and cell phones???

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