Travel Apps

Imported from my old blog Girl Gadabout, which is now extinct.

A few summers ago I had the privilege of collaborating with a team in creating the Southern Literary Trail app with the folks at Deep South Magazine. It was a fun project and I learned so much by helping out and offering my research and writing. It’s a great little app and you can find my review of it HERE. It’s useful for a travel app as well.

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Which brings me to the question of what kinds of other travel apps are out there? A ton. But I narrowed down my search for Alabama Travel Apps and found some that I could probably use on a regular basis.

Here are a few that I recently downloaded and would like to start using:

TriposoAlabama Triposo – This Alabama Travel app offers you complete and up-to-date city guides for Montgomery and many other travel destinations in Alabama.

This app is rated 12+ for alcohol and tobacco references. However, when I downloaded it, it stated it was for 17+ age. It seems to stay updated on a regular basis and the last update, in fact, was this month (May) on the 7th. Triposo Inc has several other international travel apps as well – Rome, Sydney, Moscow, Berlin – just to name a few. You know I’m going to have to download the Rome travel app just so I can live vicariously through my iPhone. So far I am really enjoying this Huntsville, Alabama app by Triposo, Inc. It’s easy to get around in and it is packed full of Huntsville stuff. The map lists restaurants, museums, and other noted Huntsville landmarks and things to do – each of them with a separate “page” load when clicked that lists a description along with details of services, hours, address, website, phone numbers, and Yelp reviews. There is an option for you to add your tips and photos as well. There is an area called “Travel log” and this is where your tips, photos, added places, and check-ins will show up.

quote.jpgAbout Triposo – We make great, interactive travel guides. Tomake our guides we use the content that is freely available. Open content sites like Wikitravel, Wikipedia, World66 and OpenStreetMap are among the best resources for any traveler. Our mission is to make that content relevant for you. So we mix and mash and annotate – and we distill great, relevant travel guides out of it.

By far, out of the few travel apps I am going to review here, this is my favorite. It is very detail-oriented but still simple to use. Straight to the point and no extra things on this app that are unnecessary. One of my favorite areas of this app is what they call the “Stream.” This is the latest shares from the Triposo community. If you’ve been to a place and want to share your experience, add a place, photo, or an insider tip, this is the “Stream” where it will show up. I’m not quite sure how this is different from the travel log yet. FYI – to test it out, I just added Emma’s Tea Room to the Stream.

They are on Facebook and Twitter.

Con: In order to have an account on the app, you have to sign in with Facebook. A big thumbs down. I’d rather have the option to create my own account using my email.

AlRoadTripMy next favorite app will have to be from the folks at Alabama Road Trip. This is from the Alabama Tourism Department so you know this app is going to be great. It is designed and developed by Luckie & Company.

First up, on the landing page as you open the app, you have the option of browsing by city, interest, or browse all. You can also look up Nearby Road Trips and then of course you have My Favorites. I wanted to test out the Nearby Road Trips to see what was available and three options came up. They are: Huntsville: To the Moon and Back, Decatur: Fun in the River City, and Guntersville: Where Eagles Fly.

Browsing by interest, you have many options from which to select, ranging anywhere from Arts to Golf to Sports. The cities to browse are categorized by Major Cities; Beaches & Gulf Coast; and then Other Cities. There are a lot of places I haven’t heard of listed in the Other Cites category, such as Road Trip No. 24 – Steele, Alabama and is described as, “Rocking and Rolling on the Mountains: A Driving Tour Through Steele, Ashville and Springville,” by Grey Brennan. And since Steele, Alabama is under the 256 area code, I’ll definitely have to check out this road trip in the future.

This travel app from the Alabama Tourism Department is super easy to navigate and is straight forward with content. Each Road Trip is numbered and also lists the standard, “What to See and Do – Where to Stay – Where to Eat – Don’t Miss – and Visitors Tips.

Con: if there is one, it would be that you can’t add your own input. But this is such a small “con” that I don’t even care that I can’t add my input.

world travel fengThe next two apps I downloaded were more specific to Huntsville and Florence. Each of these apps are from the same company; Feng Travel and I found the apps to be generic and quite frankly, boring. Don’t get me wrong, they seem to have their information all correct and the app was released in June 2012. If you are a new visitor to the area, this app will probably come in handy for some easy reading and general information about the area. The app also contains data such as demographics and income distribution which I find to be inconsequential. The Florence app is set up just like the Huntsville app but I find the Florence app to be more interesting, probably because I’ve been wanting to go there soon. Both of these apps are .99 cents each.

Con: Loaded with data that is irrelevant.

alabama travel guideThe last app to review is the Alabama Travel Guide. Last updated in December 2010 this app is created and sold by FidesReef. I’m going to tell you right now, I do NOT like the clipart added in with the images. This app just isn’t cutting it for me. The information provided is sketchy and the descriptions of each city are limited. For example, for Florence’s overview they simply say that, “Florence is a city in northwest Alabama near Mississippi and Tennessee.”

florence appIt’s not just the city descriptions that are limiting but all of the other information such as where to stay or eat are ridiculously short and generic. Most descriptions don’t even include hours of operation, address, or phone numbers. Different cities seem to be written by different authors – some cities may list a little more detail than others so it is hit or miss really.

The only thing it MIGHT provides as far as information for any given site or attraction is a phone number. I think it is poorly put together and is limited in functionality and information. I am disappointed with this app all the way around so I am not even going to list a con.

That about does it I suppose. What about you? Can you recommend some travel apps?

Thanks for reading,

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