At T+L, we’ve long been covering the travel app space, and admittedly take a special shine to products that make our trips (and yours!) a little easier—and more fun.
Enter Gogobot’s spanking-new mobile app for the iPhone. Out today, the free iOS app replicates the Gogobot experience, a social travel network that seamlessly integrates with Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter allowing friends to share travel advice and information on the go. Layer on easy access to personalized trip plans created on Gogobot.com, a GPS-enabled “what’s nearby” geo-search feature for restaurants, bars, shops, etc., plus nifty digital postcard capabilities, and you have a pretty powerful travel resource in the palm of your hands.
The downsides really have nothing to do with the app itself. As anyone who’s traveled with an iPhone, forgot to turn off data, and been slapped with a sky-high bill knows, roaming is an issue, and right now the app does not work “off-line,” i.e. it’s best for travel within the U.S. This will be remedied by an updated version out later this year. And good news for Android phone users—there’s an app for you coming in 2012.
So whether you’re just goofing off sending “Greetings from Dunder Mifflin" insta-postcards from the office or in need of serious travel advice from your social network about where to find the best po’boy in New Orleans, this smart, elegant app is worth a look, and a download.
Adrien Glover is the deputy digital editor at Travel + Leisure.