Technology: Awesome Social Travel Apps Part III

As a backpacker, we know that you need to pack light. We also know that you’re trying to keep your wallet from becoming too light – if it isn’t already.  Lucky for you, there are a lot of awesome, cheap (if not downright free) social travel applications out there that can be uploaded directly to your iPhone or smart phone and enhance your trip without expanding your travel backpack.

Read on to see what creative, cool things can happen when you blend social media with technology and travel:

5. Qype

For when you’re on your last dollars or euros and need to make sure that the restaurant you spend them on is pretty damn good – or at least the cheapest one!

Social Travel App Yelp - presented by Gomio HostelsThese two sites work as the ultimate power duo, and the behemoths and holy grails of free, local review applications. With Qype being the largest user-generated local review site in Europe, and Yelp boasting over 27 million local reviews more-heavily focused in North America, you have some major travel destinations covered between the two of them.

6. Yelp

What we like most about these applications, and why we found them beneficial to include as part of Godashboard, is the keyword user-generated local reviews.  When you need to plan the essentials of your trip, we know how important it is to have reliable, honest ratings of hostels, restaurants, bars, and so on from real backpackers and locals like you, not from marketing schemes.  There’s also a large variety in the places on which you can browse reviews –

Social Travel App Qype - presented by Gomio Hostels

from your traveling fundamentals like food, nightlife, and arts and entertainment, to the businesses you might not ordinary think of like shoe cobblers or barbers, there is always someone, somewhere that has offered their sincere feedback about a location.

Moreover, we like that these apps connect you to local events. Both offer a tab for Events that shows you what’s happening around the neighborhood on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis.  Nothing is better then being able to catch a seasonal, local festival or show that you wouldn’t otherwise have been able to know about or plan.

 

Like this post?  Check out more awesome social travel apps in Part I and Part II!


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