via Travels of Adam
LOCAL, INDIE BLOG APPS
Find whatever you want…if you know where to look
My other favorite kind of travel app is of the more local variety. I love searching for local apps before visiting somewhere. Admittedly, these are the most difficult to find. But if you’ve got a favorite local blog, start there. They might have their own app you never even knew existed, or just reach out to them to see what they recommend. Of course, there’s always Google: “London local apps” etc. As an example, before visiting London, I found and downloaded an app called “British Street Food” which shows all the food trucks across the UK and how to find them, plus includes ratings & reviews. If you’re looking for something specific, it’s almost guaranteed that in this day and age, there’ll be an app for it. So just search beforehand and download a few trials to see what works for your holiday.
Honestly, I swear — it’s not just for sharing what you ate for breakfast
Okay, it’s probably apparent by now that I’ve got a slight obsession with using social media for travel tips. And understandably it works well for me considering my large (and authentic, I’ll add) following. But there are simple ways to use these apps which anyone would find useful. Twitter’s search feature is one of the best available search engines on the internet. Bet you didn’t know that. Go to the Twitter Search page and click “advanced.” You’ll find a whole lot of options including a “local” feature where you can search only tweets geotagged in a specific destination — just enter the city and hit Search! Smart PR professionals will already know about this feature (hopefully).
Even last month, I was tweeted at recently by a Tex-Mex restaurant and a pancake house when staying in Texas. Both found me through the Twitter search and could tell I was clearly interested in food as evidenced by my onslaught of disgustingly unhealthy food photos on Twitter. As a tourist, you can do the searching and see what you might find. On your phone, the Twitter app handily sorts your searches by “Top Tweets” and “All Tweets” so you can essentially see things that are either popular or else just things that are recent.
Because it’s not always fun to get lost
Google is basically my life source. It powers so much of my life, I often forget it’s everywhere I go. But as a traveler, I’d be amiss to not mention how useful Google Maps is as an app. Obviously there’s the map function so you can get from Point A to Point B. But there’s also a powerful search feature built in. Type “bars” and it’ll show you bars nearby. I personally use the app by starring/favoriting each place I plan on going to when in a new destination—that way they’re easier to find when I’m out late and confused about where I am. The favoriting of places also helps me to find them again later (when I’m signed into Google on my computer) so I can quickly leave reviews and maybe even upload a photo or two. I don’t really know why I do it—leaving reviews on Google. But somehow it feels like I’m doing something good—and the review feature built into Google Maps is just so quick & easy to do.