Lonely Planet has launched Guides, a new, free, city guide mobile app – a pocket travel companion on the road, or when planning a trip.
Available now for iOS and Android, Lonely Planet says the app will get you straight to the heart of a destination on your phone.
There was time when many travellers tucked copies of Lonely Planet guides into their luggage. We scribbled notes into them, ripped out pages we urgently needed for loo paper in Third World shitholes, balanced our coffees on them, sat on them rather than dirty railway station benches, and late at night curled up in bed in yet another strange, exciting new city we read and dreamed of what to do the next day. The more battered they looked, the further they had travelled and been loved and used to bits.
Can’t do that with apps. Although many of us are tucked up in bed with our phones at night, wherever we are.
We now take our phones with us when we trek, unless you’re one of those plucky off-the-grid types. Or die-hard book nerds. Guides offers Lonely Planet’s content, free of charge, curated and optimised to provide the best possible on-the-ground experience. Guides enables travellers to:
- Navigate with easy-to-use offline maps;
- Save places with simple bookmarking;
- Find great activities with filtering;
- Travel with tips such as city highlights and details on where to eat and stay.
The Lonely Planet app launched with 38 cities across six continents: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Boston, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Chicago, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kyoto, Las Vegas, London, Madrid, Montreal, Moscow, New Orleans, New York City, Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro City, Rome, San Francisco, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, St Petersburg, Sydney, Tokyo, Vancouver, Venice, Vienna, and Washington, DC.
If there isn’t an in-app guide for that city, users can request to have it added within the app – and be notified once it’s available. I would like to see cities such as Bogota, Florence, Athens, Lisbon, Melbourne, Mexico City and Los Angeles quickly added to the list.
Guides includes an average of 1,000 points of interest per city and has “near-me” functionality, which shows you sights that are within easy reach of where you are, or sights that are close by to somewhere you plan on visiting.
Daniel Houghton, Lonely Planet’s CEO is pretty excited about the app.
We were one of the first travel publishers ever to have content available in the App Store and were a launch partner for the iPad. We have taken the time to understand what travellers need and expect from a mobile product in 2016. Guides delivers Lonely Planet’s expertly-curated content in a format that is contextual and intuitive on mobile devices and which utilises the many great innovations of those platforms to deliver the best possible user experience.”
But still not as much fun.