For the intrepid traveller tourist guidebooks are a real hassle. Lugging around chunky annuals which describe local sights and sounds is no way to explore a new country but now there is an app to help international culture vultures soak up the travelling experience without the need for a bagful of books.
App developers are now selling mobile apps aimed at travellers and gap year students. These top selling mobile apps now tell you everything; from the city’s history, where to stay, eat entertain, and sightsee.
For some people, the prospect of being guided by a mobile app while they explore a new country would fill them with dread, as it seems to be going against the spirit of adventure. But if you really want to make the most of the place you’re staying and make sure you don’t miss out on any must-see attractions, than why not get little bit of help from your trusty mobile phone. Following the app’s recommendations can be a hit or miss prospect. One way to actually tell if the app’s recommendations suit you is to check out what they recommend in your own city.
Guidepal: What you can expect from the app.
For kick off, do not expect long, drawn-out coverage of history, culture, geography, and the language of the place you’re investigating. Guidepal App for iPhone offers a brief introduction to the location you have chosen and breaks down the review in to manageable and helpful chunks.
Sections in the app include:
Know the City – Useful facts, tips, areas, and transport. Get the lowdown on the most important facts and features of the chosen location. Whether you need to catch a train or simply find your bearings, Guideplan can help.
See and Do – Places and events of interest
This will probably be the most often-used section of Guideplan. It is here where you will really be able to get under the skin of your new location: local haunts, must-see attractions and all the upcoming local events.
Eat and Drink – Places for casual for formal dining.
One of the best things about exploring a foreign country is sampling the local cuisine. Guideplan shows you all the top rated eateries and a few hidden gems for those who enjoy off-the-beaten-track type places.
Nightlife – Entertainment.
All the sights, sounds and buzz of the local nightlife, including the best bars and clubs for the international reveller to frequent.
Maybe not everyone’s idea of a good time, but it’d be a shame to explore a new city or town and not discover what the place has to offer in terms of shopping.