Technology has obviously been a game-changer when it comes to queer dating, but wherever you are in the world, it's worth being aware of the local context to help you ensure that you're operating within the law and not making a faux pas when you're trying to connect with other guys.
Obviously, some countries are further down the road towards LGBTQ equality than others. In some countries, it is still illegal to have same-sex sexual encounters. In some countries, the LGBTQ community is able to celebrate events such as Pride - in others, everything needs to be a bit more on the down-low.
Let's take a look at some examples from around the world:
Canada is generally seen as one of the world's most queer-friendly countires. There are comprehensive anti-discrimination provisions in place, and 'conversion therapy' has recently been banned. There's also a large and visible LGBTQ community in Canada - especially in the major cities.
Although same-sex sexual encounters are technically illegal, LGBTQ people are able to effectively navigate their way through day-to-day life. Online dating apps provide plenty of opportunities to connect with local guys, and there are gay bars and clubs to explore.
Although traditionally quite a conservative country, in recent decades Spain has made major steps forward in terms of LGBTQ equality. Madrid, the country's capital city, is renowned as having one of Europe's biggest and best Pride celebrations. Beachside destinations such as Barcelona and Gran Canaria are always near the top of the travel wish-list for gay men looking for some sun and sand.
In general, Thailand is a pretty good place to be LGBTQ. Same-sex sexual encounters are legal, and there are anti-discrimination protections in place.
Things are tricky in Malaysia. A socially conservative country, Malaysia's laws prohibit same-sex sexual encounters and homophobia is systemic. Obviously, there are LGBTQ people in Malaysia, but you're going to need to exercise some caution.
The Netherlands is one of the countries that has really led the way and set the standard for LGBTQ equality. In 2001, the Netherlands became the first country in the world to embrace Marriage Equality and make it possible for same-sex couples to have the same marriage rights as opposite-sex couples. Today, the Netherlands celebrates its LGBTQ community - Pride celebrations in the capital Amsterdam are held on the city's iconic canals.