It was an interesting read (here) about the rise of the use of Apps.
I was expecting a lot more. But on further reading, I am sorely disappointed. It seems that translating what is now on the web into an App is considered innovative. Sure, it may provide some “convenience” for folks who do not seek to have time to use a proper laptop or decent sized tablet to surf the net. But I would balk at the likes of these being innovative.
For years, there has been using similar (sometimes more sophisticated) tools on the web to create travel itineraries. Sites here, here and here already perform the same function and allow you to access it via laptop, tablet, phablet, smartphone etc (we borrowed some graphics from one of them in our logo). And some form of local + traveller reviews have also existed. It’s actually a crowded field. Best of all, those on the web are free. Why pay for an App when you can use free tools that offer similar, if not more sophisticated means of planning?
So what will these seeming innovations achieve?
Not a lot in our opinion. Unless you are so busy that you can only make travel plans on your smartphone while on the go, it is likelier that you have access to both time and equipment to do the research and planning. Will you really make travel decisions that will cost you at least hundreds if not thousands of dollars impulsively?
We’ll tell you what apps we like – the ones that really help you save costs while you are on the road (read here). Out of those listed in the web link article, we like two : Happy hour finder and Wifi finder. The wifi finder can be a real saviour at times. Here’s to more innovative travel planning tools coming our way!