App Review: Field Trip

Field Trip App Review

I first read about Field Trip a couple of months ago and was really disappointed when I found out it was only available on Android, but would soon be available for download on my iPhone. As soon as the iPhone version was available, I immediately downloaded it to see if it was all it was hyped up to be.

Field Trip is a Google developed mobile app that sends you alerts when you are near a point of interest. The app allows you to have a “Field Trip” like educational experience by the user accessing information on the app about the experiences that are nearby.

You can also select your interests (think architecture, cool & unique, food, lifestyle) inside of the app so that it sends you notifications based on the things that you are most likely to want to explore.  Within each of the interest categories, you can see the sources that the content is being pulled from and you can actually select which sources are relevant to you. For example: Food Network and Eater are listed inside of the food category and you can select if you’d like their results to display.

The Verdict: [Read more…]

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Travel Tech Monthly Roundup

Travel Tech Roundup February

1. Roadtrippers: This is a website that I could actually find myself perusing before every road trip. Enter your beginning and end destinations and Roadtrippers will show you all points of interest, restaurants and other pit stop ideas along your route. It also estimates total time in the car, fuel price and total mileage.

2. For Less Guides: For Less Guides allows you to locate discount vouchers for area attractions, use offline maps of street and metro maps and save your favorites to your app. It is currently available in Amsterdam, London, San Francisco and New York. It is designed as a free, offline way to store all of your favorite and relevant itinerary information. I find this the most important, as I often do not want to launch apps when I am traveling internationally due to high data costs.

3. SeatGuru Update: The SeatGuru mobile app update has done away with their somewhat outdated interface and has updated it so you can view high definition pictures of specific seats on an airplane. It is definitely something to consider before your next long haul flight. [Read more…]

That’s the Spirit

Spirit Air

I’ve heard a range of reviews of Spirit Airlines, a low-cost carrier that is relatively new to the market. I’ve heard comments that if there was a loss of cabin pressure, a credit card machine would drop down before you have access to the oxygen mask, but I’ve also heard solid reviews about their low fares and quality product. Word to the wise: they absolutely do charge you for just about everything, but if you are forewarned and prepared, you can end up saving quite a bit of money flying with them. I flew Spirit to New Orleans last weekend, and I found the crew to be friendly, the plane clean, and we were on time getting to our destination.

Flying Spirit reminded me of flying on EasyJet in Europe. Yes, when you travel on Spirit you will pay for your carry-on bag, for any kind of beverage service, and a host of other ancillary fees, but I saved over $300 on my base fare flying Spirit. I would have had to carry-on a heck of a lot of bags and drink the entire beverage cart to make up for the fare difference. [Read more…]

What Travel Tools and Resources Do You Love?

Nancy McCabe Map

As most of you probably know, I am working on an exciting new site design for The Everyday Adventurer which will probably go live in a little over a month. One of the things that I am excited to include is a list of resources for you to have access to each time you are planning a trip. While I was compiling my list, I thought it would be fun to ask all of you a few questions about what tools and resources you use for trip planning and how you go about picking your next great travel destination. I would love it if you would answer in the comments area below, or shoot me an email at lindseyhchandler {at} gmail.com if you would rather share that way!

1) What websites or tools do you use to figure out where you want to go next?

2) What is your favorite travel related mobile app?

3) Once you’ve hit the road, what is your must have resource?

Want to see my answers to these questions? [Read more…]

Travel Tech Monthly Roundup

Travel Tech Roundup

This month I have found quite a few startups, mobile apps and online resources that could make your next trip a bit easier, more luxurious or even less expensive. Have another new innovation or travel discovery that I missed? Leave me a comment so I can consider them for next month’s roundup!

1. Dcovery:  This app has a really pretty user interface that allows you to combine all of your favorite published material on a destination all in one place. Say you have a NY Times Travel article, a blog post from The Everyday Adventurer and a Fodor’s guide, you can put all of your favorite bits together to make an itinerary for you next destination.

2. Google Flight Search Update: Sometimes we don’t know exactly where we want to go until we see the price. Now, Google Flight allows you to search from a certain location (IE:DFW) to a region of the world (IE: Eastern Europe, Caribbean etc.). Love this!

3. The Indie Around The World Booking Engine from BootsNAll allows travelers to plan a multi-stop trip using their user-friendly search engine. Whether you are taking a gap year, a sabbatical from work or are even just going to multiple places during a trip, this tool makes RTW travel so much easier.

4. Silvercar is a new entrant into the car rental market that has totally re-imagined the rental experience. [Read more…]

Keep Track of Your Bag (And A Personal Rant)

TrakDot
In the spirit of the luggage tags I rounded up yesterday, I thought I would introduce a new and innovative idea that is meant to be placed inside of your luggage. Launching in April, Trakdot is a luggage tracker that alerts you whether your checked baggage has made it with you to your destination via text or email. The device is also smart enough to go into “sleep mode” at a certain altitude to abide by regulations.

The thing is, there isn’t much you can do about it if your luggage doesn’t make it on the plane. However, I can understand wanting to have peace of mind that it at least is where it’s supposed to be (especially if you are transporting something valuable) or you can begin to take action to find it a little sooner.

**And now I will enter my personal rant on why I would actually consider purchasing this ** [Read more…]