Planning an awesome vacation can be a real challenge. But with the TripAdvisor Offline City Guides app, it becomes almost effortless to create the perfect trip. This free iPhone Travel app packs a lot of great features and useful information into one little app that you can carry in your pocket.
You’ll have no problem finding the best rated hotels, restaurants, attractions, maps, reviews and more in this Travel app. There are also special features such as the option to create a travel journal for each of your destinations, as well as landmark postcards. And to top it off, the TripAdvisor Offline City Guides app works offline.
The TripAdvisor.com website is one source I’ve always relied on when planning vacations to unknown places. With 20+ million TripAdvisor members in the network writing real reviews, it’s a great place to start. And the TripAdvisor Offline City Guides app is an incredibly quick way to plan some great trips around the world and even closer to home.
There’s only 1 real disappointment with the TripAdvisor Offline City Guides app. And that is the limited cities included. However, you will find many of the most popular travel destination cities included in this app. To start, you can search a city or country, but it’s easier to head right into the 5 geographic categories: Europe, North America, Asia & Australia, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa.
When you find a city of interest, you download that city guide. This is probably the most time consuming part of this iPhone app. You’ll need an internet connection to download the city guides, but once you do the info is stored and you won’t need to have connectivity to use the maps and guides later, which is a great feature. However, if you want to use the turn-by-turn directions or see the very latest reviews, you’ll need connectivity.
I chose to check out New Orleans, Louisiana because I’ve been there, love it, and researched vacation plans in the past. TripAdvisor Offline City Guides has a sleek user interface that makes it easy to get around in the app. This app provides everything you need or want to know about your destination under these convenient categories: Restaurants, Hotels, Attractions, Suggested Itineraries, Nightlife, Shopping, and Tours/Tickets.
There’s even extra background information found in the “Learn About the City” category which gives you useful info for: Overview, Neighborhoods, Architecture, History, Weather & When to Go, Culture and Transportation. A little thing I really appreciated in this app was the given cost for each transportation type. That way you have an idea of what to expect to pay for a taxi cab, shuttle, etc. And all establishments (hotel, restaurant, etc.) display the price range by the number of “$” signs to help you stay in your budget.
Another great thing in TripAdvisor Offline City Guides is the “Suggested Itineraries” to give you instant plans. These suggestions are not only from TripAdvisor members, but also destination experts. I found suggestions for things to do with young kids, on a budget, and for a short stay, etc. Another thing to note about the itineraries is that with the iPhone’s GPS locator, you should be able to follow along and read about points of interest on the route. Speaking of routes, the “Point Me There” feature also uses the GPS and compass to help direct you to where you want to go.
The “My Trip Journal” is a nice idea and many will appreciate it. To use it, “Simply Check In, take a photo and add a note for each location, and your journal and travel album will be created for you automatically. You can share it with friends and family on Facebook, or just use it to remember your trip. And, you can even Check In while you are offline and share later when you are online.” One thing to note here: you will have to sign in with Facebook to sync and import your “My Saves” and to create your “Trip Journals.”
The coolest surprise for me was the “Send a Postcard” feature that gives you the ability to create and send virtual postcards featuring famous local landmarks. These photo images have pre-made greetings on them, but you can edit if you like. There are several nice photo filters to customize the stock photo image as well. But if you want to use your own photos, that’s also an option. Sharing is done via Facebook, Twitter or Email.
For me, TripAdvisor has always been my top goto source for most vacation planning. And in my opinion, the TripAdvisor Offline City Guides app is a must have vacation planner and guide for anybody who wants to quickly plan a fabulous trip with the least amount of headaches. Now, if they’d just add more cities.