• 5 travel apps that serve as your personal tour guide

    2016-08-18

    One of the most exciting aspects of travel is becoming familiar with your destination and visiting all of the the area's attractions. As you take in the sites, it's important to have a knowledgeable guide with you to provide you with the ins and outs of each landmark. However, it can be difficult to find a high-quality tour guide with the proper expertise to offer insight into the area.

    You no longer have to worry about locating a trusted guide in your destination anymore because smartphones have come to the rescue. Check out these five phone applications that serve as personal tour guides for curious travelers.

    1. Wickitude
    According to the Wickitude website, the innovative app works for Androids and iPhones and uses your phone's GPS, movement sensors and compass to recognize your location. All you have to do is hold your phone's camera over the landmark you're visiting and the app covers the camera view with information from Wikipedia and other informative websites, providing travelers with all they could possibly want to know about the attraction.

    Turning your phone into a travel gadget can easily replace a tour guide, making it easier to choose when and where you want to go. However, perhaps the best aspect of the app is that it's completely free so you don't have to scramble for a few dollars at the end of every tour you take.

    2. Field Trip
    Need help deciding where to go and what to see once you arrive at your destination? Google's Field Trip app is available for both Androids and iPhones and gives people information regarding the nearest attractions, stores and places to eat. It even has features that will guide you to the local music scene.

    When it comes to seeing the historic sites in the area, the app can help with that too. Simply select your destination's local feed and information will pop up as you walk by places. When you're done checking out all of your desired attractions, Apple suggested letting the app direct you to the nearest gift shops and recommend trending products with the help of suggestions from publications like Thrillist.

    3. Stray Boots
    Stray Boots works for all smartphones and puts a fun twist on your average guided tour. Once you have entered information including where you are and what time you want to take your tour, the app will send you challenges to find certain attractions, answer trivia and take fun photos with your travel companions. For example, it may suggest that you start on a certain street and direct you to a particular landmark with clues that lead you there.

    However, Conde Nast Traveler noted that you're not just embarking on scavenger hunts and participating in trivia challenges, for as you roam your destination, the app provides you with fun facts and trivia about popular sites in the area to ensure you're getting the most of your trip.

    4. TourPal
    The unique app is available for iPhone and Android users and was rated among the top 20 travel apps in 60 countries, according to Apple. Not only does TourPal offer both offline and online maps, but it also gives suggestions for places to eat and shop in the area based on social media and reviews from past travelers. It has a last-minute accommodation feature that guarantees the best deals in your city as well.

    TourPal provides a one-of-a-kind guided experience with the world's biggest selection of multilingual video tours, featuring all of the largest cities and popular destinations. For various prices, depending on the tour, you get a GPS-based voice guided tour created by professional guides from the area. Every time you purchase a tour a portion of the money goes to the expert.

    5. History Pin
    History Pin provides travelers with a rare visual tour of their destination. All you have to do is hold you phone up near the site that you're visiting and the app will show you a picture of the same attraction taken long ago. You can switch back and forth between the current site and the pictures, allowing you to see a close up of the changes that occurred over time. The app's website explained that the photos and information are provided by history experts, including 60,000 citizen historians and 2,000 libraries.

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