Fortune struck down on me and I’m wanderloving around the world for at least 15 months. As I’m working remotely, I’ve recently felt that I have to combat the proclivity toward overworking as a result of subconsciously overcompensating for not being at the quintessential desk. Last month in Budapest I had a delicious lightbulb moment that has brought us all here, to this post.
GOAL: Do 1 new, immersive thing a day. Period.
True, it sounds beyond feasible, more like laughably easy. But unless you’ve worked remotely while traversing the globe, working graveyard shifts to be on calls in the PST when you’re in Indochina, it’s hard to judge. Since I truly started as a digital nomad in April, it became shockingly clear how little I was seeing the cities I was in due to working all.the. time. I felt guilty if I wasn’t working and thus, was up at 0800 and back down around 2300 or beyond due to feeling bad. QUE?? Right, so, here we are.
With typical (for me) divine intervention, the TripScout app found me at just the perfect moment. After a quick & gratis download, I took a cursory glance. I liked what I saw and delved a little deeper. More divine intervention and my next residence was on their list 😉 This app will get me to my personal goal and I am grateful! Read on to see how and why this app is lit.
Possibly one of the dopest things I’ve seen in a travel-guide app is this function, which is not yet on every guide they own, but fingers crossed it will be. The audio comes up right after initial download of a guide and it may vary lightly in time span, with the majority being under five minutes. Some are guided by locals, tour guides, and even the Founder, Konrad. This is an excellent way to feel the old-school, headphone tour meshed with the new-school digital platform. Personally, this function alone sets TripScout apart and makes me feel like I made a great choice in downloading at all.
Breadth of Info
Unshocking, a travel guide app stocked with pertinent information. What I like in particular is the quick, barely a paragraph summary that keeps the tourist in the movement mode (not having to stop, look down for ten minutes, get their phone stolen by an errant moped rider, and ruin their trip). Beyond that, not only is the phone number, address, website, hours of operation (some), price ($, $$, $$$) clearly shown, but when clicking on directions, it even offers Waze! This is great because in some countries, Apple/Google maps aren’t fully accurate (parts of Sicily, Portugal, etc) and in others, waze is the only way one can get around (cough, cough, Costa Rica). AND THEN, one can click more info and the entire FourSquare page on that particular location comes up to further your knowledge base. Lastly, mark as visited (which my organizational butt really enjoys). Dig it.
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Oh, so progressive. Allow this visual to speak for me because I absolutely love this; as my readers might be aware from a previous voluntourism post.
That Offline Mode Tho
This one is close to the bottom of the list because it’s not exactly original, but it’s also so necessary that it will never not be in the top five portion of any list I make. An app has to have this mode for the frequent traveler or it doesn’t warrant itself as a world-class app! I’m just being 100% here. The ability to download an entire city guide and never have to use up your data and/or wait for that insidious wifi signal is actual, GOLD.
Combo Pro & Con
The number of cities is growing and therefore, obviously, not every city is up there! But, I want it all! Just kidding (or am I)? The team is clearly working diligently to increase the amount of city guides they own and they even ask for the viewers’ help with pop ups requesting city recommendations. One can’t really ask for more than foresight, right?
Other Apps That Try & Don’t Make it For Me
- Afar has entirely too much to read on the go – which is understandable as the app was created as a branch off their magazine. Maybe, stick to the zine?
- Minube feels a bit too social media-y for my liking. You connect with others through the app and add your own photos & video … instagram? Snapchat? Hello? Yea, nah, too similar to everything else on my phone.
- TripAdvisor, we get it, you’re still a player in this game. But at this point, you may have been in the game so long that you need to clean out and reset. There is just too. Much. to. Read! Also, all these reviews from people who influence the tourist so much so that their own opinions become too swayed before ever setting foot in the city/the temple/the restaurant/etc. No bueno.
- Triposo literally mentions in its summary, “crunch through websites & reviews to provide you with …” Exactly the bone I had to pick with TripAdvisor is the same here – too impersonal. TripScout quite literally scouts locales and finds off the beaten track spots combined with the touristy ones that absolutely have to be visited. I respect that right there! Lots of time, energy & effort go into a modus operandi such as that. Thanks for the quality.