Let’s face it, there are a ton of travel apps out there that do pretty much the same thing. After you’ve found the app that houses all your itinerary info, one for translations, safety and maps, why not look for travel apps that help you go deeper and create a truly unique trip. Here are a few of my favorites.
Findery is a treasure map for travelers looking for hidden gems, off the beaten path destinations, and insider info. Travelers leave little gems, in the form of notes about places they’ve been. Then geolocation wizardry takes over.
Who knew that convince store with the dusty windows was open, let alone that Nepalese family that owns it is cooking up amazing Momo (Nepali meat dumplings) in the back? Somebody on Findery did – and they left a note which showed up in an alert on my phone when I walked by.
Findery is also great for those of us who love to share our travel tips, but don’t have enough time to get every detail into… say… a blog post. (cough. cough) I created this Findery note while at an event – and noshing the best warm olives this side of Sicily.
Ever found yourself wishing you had a Bestie in every city you visit? That perfect companion to show you around the place? Vayable may be the next best thing.
Locals put together tours that let you dig deeper into the destination. Hit Manhattan for a midnight street food experience. Explore the art scene in Berlin. Get insider info from a member of the White House Pres Corps.
Spotted By Locals
Want that “Like A Local,” experience but not quite ready to hang out with strangers in a strange town? Spotted By Locals is the way to go.
This site is built of blogs penned by locals with great insights, tips and up-to-date info on the hot new spots in town. Spotted By Locals is a great place to start with your trip planning. Once you’ve built your itinerary and hit the road, the app will be there with helpful city guide maps on the go.
Food is the only universal language. Sharing a meal is sharing of cultures, our sustenance and selves. Cookening is your invitation to the table.
Here you’ll find locals hosting dinner parties for friends and travelers. The food doesn’t get much more authentic than this, but it’s the conversation that makes the meal. Where better to hear about the places you’ll see, the history and future of a city than gathered around the table for a meal.
Dining in the homes of locals has always made me fall deeper in love with a place. How much different would our world look if we all just shared a meal?
Getting out and enjoying the outdoors is another great way to connect with a destination. I personally love a bike ride. But it isn’t always easy (or inexpensive) to find a bike to ride. That’s where Spinlister comes in.
I liken Spinlister to the AirBnB of bikes. Owners list their rides on the site and you shop for the right one. They also feature skis, surf and paddle boards too. Beyond getting equipment that isn’t generic rental stuff, you also get to pick the brain of the owner. Where is the best trail for taking photos? What lifts should you avoid after 10:00am? Where is the best beach for avoiding Kooks? Spinlister is like two apps in one when you look at it this way.
Do you use apps when you travel? What’s your favorite site for travel planning? Do tell! I’m always on the lookout for something new – like any good traveler I know there is always so much more to see.
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