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:
- 5 Things to Do in Austin Other Than Austin City Limits/SXSW
- Fun Things to Do with Kids in Penang
- Cattle Drive at the Fort Worth Stockyards
- Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory Tour
- 36 Hours in Cody, Wyoming
- Strolling Down Armenian Street
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.
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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