When you’re traveling with nothing more than a 3-inch screen in your hand then there aren’t too many ways to stay connected with family and friends. Fortunately, there are dozens of social apps available today that can allow the solo traveler to remain better connected with the world. So how connected and social you want to be is your choice with or without a travel companion. With that being said, let’s take a look at what they are.
Travel App #1: Photosynth
This social app provides travelers with the ability to share their photos in unique, panoramic format. They’ll be able to spread their images across platforms like Bing Maps, Windows Live, and even Facebook. Photosynth is a very popular free social app for travelers and can be downloaded on any Apple smartphone or mobile device.
Travel App #2: Gowalla
This social app could closely be compared to Foursquare. It will allow travelers to browse through local recommendations and even find out the locations where their friends have been. With Gowalla, you’ll be able to acquire expert advice on the best times to travel as well as where to travel. This app provides in-depth guides which are offered from popular travel companies like National Geographic.
Travel App #3: Every Trail
If you are an avid hiker and would like to remain connected with your fellow hikers then Every Trail is the way to go. It will connect you with other hikers via social networking and you’ll be able to track important information including elevation, speed, and distance of your hikes. Every Trial will allow you to view more than 300,000 hikes that other users have already partaken in.
Travel App #4: 1000 Places
This is an iPad app that will show you 1,000 must-see destinations around the world. These locations span all around the world and you’ll be able to see interactive descriptions and images of where other travelers have already gone. It’s a great way to experience the world through other people’s eyes as well as share your own adventures while on the road.
Travel App #5: All Snow
If you are eager to hit the slopes then you won’t want to go anywhere without first downloading the All Snow social traveler’s app. It comes equipped with trail conditions as well as useful information provided by other skiers and snowboarders. After your runs, you can share your own experiences and reviews with fellow riders. It’s a free app that can be downloaded from the Apple store.
Nowadays, it is hard to be alone because so many people are connected to the internet via their smartphone. The good news is that you are no longer limited to always bringing someone with you on your adventure physically. One can feel like they are part of a group when traveling alone by using apps that allows them to connect with travelers with common interests, friends and family back home, and strangers with a fancy for following other people’s adventures. So get out there and explore, just remember to keep the world updated!
Noc enjoys using travel apps to help make travel more fun and sometime uses Travel Advantage Network for lodging options.