10 Things I Like About You Pt 1: Applications
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It’s the first thing that we think of when we’re trying to start something new. YouTube, Google, and TripAdvisor whatever it may be… Also (cue shameless plug) because I’m working to do social media stuffs for a startup that helps travelers socially source their itineraries and have looked up all the competing apps (the app is pretty cool but I’ll share that later).
2 quick parameters:
First, I must shout out to Apple. A quick scan of any app list will show that them sprinting past the Google Play store. However, since this is my blog, we will play by Android rules.
Second, there are apps that do everything from fold your socks to calculate, to the millisecond, what you can do in-between transits. This list will focus on how to rediscover Singapore. Asia is a tough nut to crack. Most apps are geared towards our Western counterparts so this is my Asia friendly list.
This one is one of my favourites. Probably because the backstory is pretty cool. Founded by a pair of Dutch brothers, Douwe and Richard Osinga and their friend, Jon Tirsen, the app was born out of their love for travel. Their entire team is part of the effort, travelling the world (with nothing but Triposo and cash) and adding their experiences to the application.
The app is pretty comprehensive. The home page for each country gives you a breakdown of the typical stuff that you’re looking for as a traveller: sightseeing, nightlife, tours, etc. The highlights for me were the locally sourced mini guides (I was a cheapo and didn’t pay for premium) and if you’re a tourist, their practicalities section is invaluable! Discovered the lovely Singapore Pub Crawl here 🙂
“We are wanderers and adventurers and we believe the best way to build a travel guide is to spend as much time as possible traveling to strange lands and discovering new places.” –Triposo.com
Gogobot’s designer definitely sat in some of those typography classes with Steve Jobs. Also socially sourced, Gogobot works with a Facebook style interface with an activity feed that live updates reviews of sites. When you register for it, you are asked to pick a couple of tribes, which identifies your travel style and will rank the sites accordingly. By linking to Facebook, you can also ask your community for reviews and suggestions. So no more second guessing the validity of reviewers.
To be complete honest, while the app is good, website is really much better. It is a full on community experience, including a colourful blog, community activities and the fun “Whisk me away!” button! Also if you’re at a lost as to what countries to add to your cross-continental trip, the site ranks countries based on previous tribe visitors.
“Forget tomorrow. Discover somewhere new today.” – Gogobot.com
Fantastic resource to build an itinerary! The easy to use format makes it ideal for laying out all your plans. Simple, informative and the write-ups are pretty funny. Can’t really ask for more J Oh and you can PDF the whole lot to be used for some Wi-Fi free walkabouts. Excellent for a tourist, eh for the local explorer.
An informative app. The simple layout and social feedback allows you to craft a trip. A little less activity here than on the other apps. Like Spotify, you can see the wish lists of people who have visited where you are going. Found some good plans for our off shore islands.
If Tripomatic and TripAdvisor had a child, Guidepal would probably be it. You can download ready to go guides from the app AND it lets you manage your bookings and tour reservations. User guides for Singapore are still a little sparse but they have some good info. You can also apply to be a guide with them and add to the knowledge.
Some of these apps are pretty similar but just like people they have their own quirks. Check them out and leave us some feedback on your favourites!