Traveling with TripScout
There are a lot of travel apps out there to choose from, but when you find a good one it can really enhance your travel experience. Recently, I found out about TripScout, an app that provides users with a self-guided city tour. Each city guide includes a list of sites chosen by a local resident, an audio guide for select sites, and a map with GPS that can be downloaded for offline use.
I was able to try out TripScout firsthand in Washington, DC and New York City, as well as browse the other city guides available, including cities I've been to in the past like Bogota. There are so many sites in each city guide to cover, but whether you're traveling for two days or two weeks you can cover a decent selection of them.
While the guide itself is great, what I really love is the ability to customize your own city agenda. Users can add places to the list for a mix of curated sites and your personal to-dos. When I recently took a day trip to New York City with a friend, we knew we wanted to get customized lipsticks made at the Bite Beauty Lip Lab and visit the Glossier makeup showroom, both in SoHo. The bus dropped us off in Chelsea on 7th Avenue so, using TripScout, we loosely planned out our day that same morning. We looked for a brunch spot closeby and checked out some other Chelsea staples in the app, like Chelsea Market and Intelligentsia Coffee inside the High Line Hotel. We then walked the High Line and worked our way south to play with makeup in SoHo.
The app is more than just a list of places to visit; it can be used one way for someone who is completely new to a city and another way for someone who has their own agenda, but wants to add a little something to it they might not have thought of. I found TripScout to be great for a quick day trip to NYC, as well as for reminding me what I have yet to visit in Washington, DC, even though I've lived in Maryland my entire life.