6 Gay Hookup Apps To Try Out

Eh, gay hookup apps. So many using them but most of them don’t want anyone else to know about it. How about using them when you travel?

I have a friend who is never using any of the hook-up apps at home. However, he is an expert on these applications when it comes to travel. He has them all lined up before he flies out of Sydney. To be honest, I have not heard of some of them before. Let’s share knowledge about gay hookup apps and you might try some out one day. With the help of my friend and some research I was able to review six of gay hookup apps – out of quite many more.

What helps us with this is the wealth of gay hook-up apps that are available all over the world. But these apps are about more than just flings and friendship. They’re also completely necessary in some countries you’ll visit in order to find out more about the gay scene.

Sure, you might prefer to try out gay saunas while traveling, but in countries where homosexuality is seriously frowned upon or outright illegal and is pushed underground, there is no way of connecting with the gay community apart from gay hookup apps. Places like India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Turkey all have a vast gay network, but it’s almost impossible to find if you are just walking the streets. So, it turns it is not just about gay hookup as we use it at home.

Photo of two gay men sharing a drink after meeting on Grindr

Consider safety

Using hookup apps like Scruff, Grindr, and Hornet is your way to tap into the gay scene. Great help to 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).

Even if it’s not your thing at home, you will definitely want to download one (or more!) of these hookup apps when traveling to help you discover not just new people, but new things, on your adventure.

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Let’s see what gay hookup apps are available

1. Grindr

Grindr is the most well-known and most-used gay hookup app all over the world. If you’re only going to get one, it should be this one! It’s a social networking app that picks up on your phone’s location to show you anyone who might be ‘of interest’ nearby (they have to be on the app too, of course!).

When you log in, your grid will show you pics of people nearby, in order of distance. – If you’re feeling lazy, you’ll know who to tap on first! Once you tap, you’ll see a profile and have the opportunity to chat and exchange more photos. It’s banned in some countries, like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Where it’s available, there’s a good chance much of the gay community will be using it.

2. Taimi – Gay hookup app

Elevating the game is Taimi, a newcomer designed for gay men seeking real connections. It’s the first app that essentially combines free gay dating opportunities with a gay social network. It provide you with endless opportunities to effortlessly and swiftly form quality connections. So not just hook-ups, but something more substantial – or just friends and expanding your network. Because surely it’s not just us that occasionally pines to for new gay connections which don’t involve sex?

I also love that Taimi is focused on the security and safety of its users with special verification and authentication systems to keep fake accounts out. There is nothing worse than a professional catfish, right? And there is also the possibility of creating groups where users can launch discussions, organize events, cooperate and collaborate with NGOs. This is the social network aspect, and we are obsessed with it.

There is also a collaboration with The Trevor Project, meaning users can contact Trevor immediately from their profiles and the possibility of making video calls! Taimi is one of the best gay apps currently out there! So get downloading now to form quality connections, stay safe, and share without being judged!

3 Scruff

You guessed it from the name, Scruff is the slightly rough-around-the-edges version of Grindr. Developed for those guys who like a little, well, Scruff! It’s free and good if you want to filter down your options a little bit. The users tend to be that bit more masculine and a little older than on Grindr. Although, with its growing popularity, there are plenty to choose from.

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Scruff tends to be used more for hook-ups, although there is also a match option if you’re looking for a date. You can scroll for nearby and around the world, so you could always set up a meet-up in your destination in advance. It hasn’t got quite the same mass range as Grindr. That does mean it flies a bit more below the radar in LGBT unfriendly countries, so it is less likely to be banned.

Scruff gay hookup application for queer travelers - review

4. Hornet

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. There are also more photos, so you can check that profile pic isn’t just an anomaly!

What makes Hornet so great for gay travelers is the community features that help users network beyond dating. You can follow people for updates, see events and stories, and search for things happening near you. It’s a good insight into the local gay scene. Hornet getting bigger and bigger all over the world, particularly in Latin America. In many countries, you might have better luck here than Grindr.

5. Planet Romeo (previously Gay Romeo)

It started in Berlin and has now spread around the world and, while heavy on the hookup, 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.

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The app is free, and it just takes creating a quick profile to get you in touch with tons of guys all over the world. You can filter down a lot, so your feed won’t get full up of people who don’t get your heart racing and save your favorites. It’s popular in Europe so next time you travel there, download this first!

6. Blued – Gay hookup app

What? This is the largest gay social network in the world?! You’d be forgiven for thinking it was Grindr, but in terms of users, Blued pips it to the post. Why? 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. The network is now in partnership with Hornet. Like its partner, it’s all about creating a safe community, with verified profile features, the ability to go live with followers, and group conversations. For this reason, it’s great to tap into the gay community where you’re traveling, particularly if you’re in Asia.

Well, according to my friend, there is some twenty gay hookup apps available. I am not going to got through all of them here. Please feel encouraged to do some search and find out more yourself.

One more thing might be important. I change my opinion about gay hookup apps after talking about them with my friend. Eh, another proof that you can teach an old horse new tricks. Or something like that.

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