Monday, December 12, 2016

GPSmyCity Travel Article App review & giveaway

On my family’s trip to England this year, I tried a travel article app for the first time after winning one in a giveaway. It was free, so why not? After downloading GPSmyCity and getting a few clicks in, I was already won over. I would gladly pay for travel assistance like this in the palm of my hand. What exactly is GPSmyCity? It’s an app you can download onto your iOS device that delivers travel articles, city specific tours and GPS-guided navigation all in one place. (Android version will be launched in 2017.)





Ever since I discovered travel blogs, they have factored heavily into my trip planning. After reading them, I usually use a combination of different apps to pin info about where I wanted to visit, to map where they were all located relative to each other and to figure out directions to get from one place to the next. Once I started using GPSmyCity, I realized that I could finally do it all on one app without having to switch back and forth.



Why use a Travel Article app?

GPSmyCity.com has a curated collection of thousands of travel articles covering over 700 cities all over the world. As you read an article, you can click Save to download it for free to your device so that it’s accessible offline if you want to avoid roaming charges while traveling. By clicking Upgrade at the bottom of the screen, you can see all the sights in the article on an offline map and get detailed, GPS guided turn-by-turn directions to all the sights in the article for a small fee (USD 1.99).


When we were in London, it was so easy to let GPSmyCity lead me around the city. Since it was the kids’ first time there, we focused on doing the Sightseeing Walks such as “Westminster Walk.” I liked that I could easily see how many sights were part of each walk, which ones were Must See places, the total distance covered, and the approximate duration. As my husband thumbed his way through his paperback travel book to figure out where the next stop was located and to look up the description of each place, GPSmyCity had already pinpointed my location, instructed me where to go, and allowed me to immediately start reading about where we stood.


Westminster as seen from across the Thames

Browsing through all the travel articles in the app made me wish that we had more time in this incredible city. I would have loved to have a few more days to follow the suggestions of “My Favourite Things in London’s Covent Gardens” or “A Morning Walk in Kew Gardens.” Because GPSmyCity uses blogger written travel articles, there was a variety of topics and viewpoints – Harry Potter tours, vegan cafes, the best art experiences for kids, unusual sites, and more. There’s always next time, I suppose. Granted, 26 years passed between my first two visits to London.


So, I was super excited when GPSmyCity invited me to contribute to their collection. (Unexpected offers like this keep alive my dreams such as Anthony Bourdain asking me to take him around to my favorite places to eat. Too bad he isn’t as focused on chocolate as I am.) Currently, my articles include:



Two ways to access the GPS-guided travel articles.


1. Click on a link below for the article you want. If you have not already downloaded the free GPSmyCity app to your device, you will be prompted to do so. After downloading the app, you will be directed to the article, where you can choose Upgrade.

2. From the GPSmyCity app, you can browse by city to see which articles are available.

GPSmyCity

Austin travel article app

GPSmyCity

Penang travel article app



I hope you find GPSmyCity as revolutionary as I did. I can’t wait to get out there and explore more with it.


Thank you to GPSmyCity for providing free upgraded travel article apps for this giveaway. (Giveaway period has ended.) An author receives a small commission each time a paid upgrade is downloaded for her travel article app. I am planning to blow all my earnings on gelato. I can eat a lot of gelato… which is why walking tours are such a good idea for me.




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10 comments:

  1. contented travellerDecember 15, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    We have used this app before, and also vouch for it.

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  2. Cool! I just downloaded the New York City one. I am eager to see what walks are available for the city. Hope they have details to explore the different neighborhoods. #TPThursday #wkendtravelinspiration

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  3. Sounds good. I'm going to Italy next year so I think I'll download a Rome one.

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  4. Isn't he app great? I also use it and have my posts on a gPSMyCity! It has changed my traveling! Happy holidays! #wkendtravelinspiration
    (Ps - I'll upload the link up pic when I have internet again and am not on my phone)

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  5. What a fantastic app, I haven't heard of this one before but it sounds perfect and nice and easy to use! Thank you for bringing this to my attention, I have pinned this for future reference! #WeekendTravelInspiration

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  6. Awesome app! I'm going to check it out for our next trip. Thanks! #wkendtravelinspiration

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  7. Tracy McConnachie CollinsDecember 17, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Just downloaded the app onto my phone - very interested in this looks absolutely amazing! Can't wait to take a look! #weekendtravelinspiration

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  8. Sounds like a great app. I'll certainly give it a whirl when next travelling.

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  9. Love your post, as I was approached by them and declined their invitation to try it out. I am glad to see it really does work and that you recommend it! Most informative. Merry Christmas to you.

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  10. Sounds like a good app. After reading your post I began wondering if I didn't make a mistake by turning them down when they proposed to me to collaborate with them.

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