Recently released for iOS and Android devices is ‘Guides’, the mobile app by the travel media company Lonely Planet. The app aims to assist users in learning about various destinations around the world as well as plan trips. Its content covers 38 cities including Rome, New York Paris and London.
Guides allows users to download individual city guides and includes approximately 1000 points of interest in each city. Users can also access offline maps of the locations. Using various categories, such as ‘sleep’, ‘see’ or ‘eat’ users can browse points of interest as well as curated content that is based on themes. For example, if a user searches ‘San Francisco’, they can view its various attractions and activities, or even a list of featured films.
Users can search attractions based on their current locations and also search for attractions that are in a particular neighbourhood. Additionally, the app offers a range of travel tips for planning trips on various budgets.
When the app is listing an attraction for a user it will include contact information, hours of operation, address and a description. Individual locations can be saved as favourites within the app or to their account with Lonely Planet.
Daniel Houghton, the CEO of Lonely Planet said in a recent statement “ We are very excited to launch Guides for mobile. We were one of the first travel publishers ever to have content available in the App Store and were a launch partner for the iPad. We have taken the time to understand what travelers need and expect from a mobile product in 2016.”