- By Parker Sheil
Summer is almost here, and with it, tourist season. Whether you’re a tourist looking to discover a city, or a business owner looking to attract visitors (for something other than free wifi and restrooms), we’ve got you covered with these five under-the-radar travel apps.
Apps For Local Experiences
When it comes to planning out activities, there are two kinds of trips: ones with kids, and those without. Luckily, these two apps cover both options.
For adults looking to learn as they travel, the classic Lonely Planet City Guides have turned their paper guidebooks into an app. While the paper copies used to sell for about $10-$15 each, the LonelyPlanet app offers over 100 international city guides for free. LonelyPlanet allows users to discover activities by browsing through places to see, eat, sleep, shop, drink, and play. Each location has its own description page, so users can learn about the history of various attractions across the world on-the-go. Perfect for travellers who like to plan ahead, the app allows users mark destinations as favorites, and then access a map of those favorite destinations/descriptions online and offline. Download on iTunes, and Google Play.
On family trips, Yuggler is an easy-to-use guide where “It’s all about Kids Activities.” This free app targets younger audiences, categorizing activities with tags such as animals, nature, sports, birthdays, playgrounds, food, and education. Users can review activities, providing feedback on ideal age ranges, gender, and the best weather/season to visit. They can also organize activities based on category, location, or previous experiences in the favorites section, and then (our favorite part) automatically track deals on favourited activities to save money on family fun. Check it out on the App Store here.
Apps for Food-Fueled Fun
As every seasoned traveller knows, a full day of sightseeing is a great way to work up an appetite. Whether that calls for kale and grass-fed beef, a michelin-level dining experience, or french fries and a Big Mac, we’ve got three apps designed for finding restaurants in new cities.
Designed for the paleo, gluten-free, or vegan diners of the world, Tasteful shows “Where Healthy Foodies Love to Eat.” Users can search for restaurants by craving and location within customizable food allergy/intolerance parameters. This app includes 252,357 restaurants across 8,000 U.S. cities, so there are sure to be plenty of options no matter the diet. Our favorite feature on Tasteful is the chatbot, who can help users find the perfect, customized option. Download iOS and Google now.
But sometimes we understand that travelling just doesn’t call for kale. For those diners who need a Big Mac stat, Fast Food is the most streamlined database. This app’s mission is to “Find the nearest fast food in seconds,” and is definitely something worth trying for yourself. Download the iOS app here.
For people committed to finding local gems, Local Eats is the best restaurant guide for authentic food experiences. A digital take on Magellan Press’ “Where The Locals Eat,” LocalEats is a list available for $0.99, and is curated by a team of human editors who recommend food of the highest quality, just like Magellan’s first 20 paper editions. We like to think of LocalEats as the local foodie friend you didn’t know you had… in 50 international cities. Available on both iOS and Android.
Sure, you want to try the best local spots, but so do the locals, and that’s reservation competition you can’t beat. Luckily, DINR has created an app that finds “Same day reservations at the best restaurants in Canada.” This free app gathers information from local restaurants so they can display open tables at the best spots in town. Maybe it’s a life-saver, maybe it’s just cool, but DINR is definitely a great asset for both tourists and locals. Download on both iOS and Android.