Whether you’re on vacation somewhere warm or sunny, or just enjoying the extended summer heat-wave closer to home, this is the time of year when a lot of guys put some focus and energy into dating.
We’ve been studying the numbers at Gaydar. With 20 years of experience in the ups and downs of dating, one of the clear trends that has emerged from Gaydar’s community is that July and August are some of the busiest dating months in the calendar.
It’s at this time of year that guys are registering themselves on dating platforms like Gaydar, it’s at this time of year that guys are sending the most messages, it’s at this time of year that guys are meeting up to see where a conversation may take them. In 2017, the August bank holiday weekend saw a 44% spike in guys using Gaydar to see who might be in their location and looking for some fun.
This peak in activity means that right now is a great time to set-up your online dating profile, or refresh it to make sure it best reflects who you are and what you’re interested in.
There’s lots of reasons why this time of year is such a peak of dating activity. People tend to take time off during the summer months, there’s a couple of bank holidays that mean we have time on our hands, or the good weather could be encouraging you to try new things and immerse yourself in new experiences. This is also a time of year when a lot of guys go on vacation.
There’s something about being on vacation — about being away from home — that makes you feel a bit more liberated, a bit more confident, and a bit sexier.
After all, that’s what travel is all about — giving you a break from your every-day routine, taking you out of the familiar, and giving you the opportunity to enjoy some new and exciting experiences.
Your vacations don’t have to revolve around dating, but it’s undeniable that a little holiday romance adds a bit of spice to your travels and gives you some great anecdotes to share with your friends back home.
So where’s the best place to book if you’re wanting to boost your dating potential while travelling?
After all of those months of working out in the gym, you need an opportunity to really strut your stuff, and the several new pairs of swim-briefs that you’ve purchased for the occasion.
Queer beach destinations such as Sitges, Ibiza, Mykonos, and Gran Canaria are ideal if you’re on tour with a gang of friends — tanning, relaxing, drinking, and meeting plenty of hot guys all intent on doing the same. Nothing boosts your confidence like a good tan and a few drinks.
Increase your chances of meeting some cool guys by exploring edgy and interesting cities. Size doesn’t always matter, but generally it does. Berlin has a well-deserved reputation for being a sexy city-break destination. Berlin’s great range of bars and clubs and big parties means that there always seems to be plenty of hot guys from around the world looking for fun. Madrid is another city-break destination that always delivers.
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Saunas and Spas
Most destinations that you’ll visit will have a bathhouse or sauna that will give you an almost guaranteed encounter of some description, but there’s lots of places where saunas and spas are part of every day life.
In Helsinki there’s one of the swimming pools in the centre of town that offers nude swimming for men. It’s sort of not sexual but then at the same time it totally is. You shower, swim a bit, sit in the sauna, shower, swim a bit more, and just keep repeating that for a few hours.
Japan is another place where they really go big for public bathing. The more traditional accommodation options will feature an open shower room, where you sit side-by-side soaping up with the other guys before immersing yourself into a large hot bath, and then into the sauna.
You’ve just missed the Gay Games that were recently held in Paris, but there’s all sorts of LGBTQ sporting tournaments held around the world at this time of year. With all of the pressure, adrenaline, and testosterone of a sporting event, people need to have an outlet, to get some release — that’s why sporting events are a total dating hot-spot.