While there are plenty of helpful tools to book flight tickets and hotels, it’s completely different when it comes to travel guides. This is where the new app (and my latest obsession) TripScout comes in. Being both time time-saving and up-to-date, this is the future of travel guides.
Have you ever tried searching for travel tips online only to a) end up printing a bunch of pages from a travel blog or b) buying a physical travel guide from one of the major publishers? I have. And this is exactly why I was more than happy getting to know a brand new travel app called ‘TripScout’. I admit that I had my doubts (I have tried so many travel apps only to be left even more confused or frustrated!), but when you’re promised curated local audio guides, which have been featured by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure and The Wall Street Journal, you simply have to give it a go.
So what does TripScout do? To sum it up, it gives you the freedom to explore a new destination on your own terms and at your own pace. Simply download the app from iTunes (so far, it’s only available for iPhone and iPad) and start navigating around your selected city without using data. The app works on an offline map with GPS allowing you to find and explore new neighborhoods, restaurants, cultural sights etc. while you learn about local history as you go along. The best part? You don’t ever have to pull out a map or a physical guide book again, which saves you a lot of time! Also, I’m a big fan of the fact that the app implements historical knowledge and cultural facts, so that you actually learn stuff while exploring.
So far, TripScout covers 40 destinations worldwide, but more are added on a regular basis. The price of a guide is between €1-€3 and each purchase benefits locals causes around the world, for example projects in Guatemala and Honduras. Check out the website for more information or get to know the man behind TripScout, Konrad Waliszevski.