09Aug

TripDoc: A New Travel App

I met Debbie from Delicious Baby briefly at TBEX 2010.  I have been reading her blog since it’s start and wanted to find out more about one her advocacy projects, Passports for Purpose, which raised enough money to build a school in Cambodia last year.  This year they’re building a village in India.  I was already impressed by her work, but today I am even more impressed.  She has created a new app called TripDoc, available in the iTunes store.
TripDoc helps you keep track of the things you want to do when you travel, and puts them all on a handy map so that you can find your way between your hotel, attractions and restaurants. It’s such a good idea.  I often forget places I’ve been to, as well as recommendations from friends once I’ve gotten to a destination.
What TripDoc Lets You Do:
  • Keep track of recommendations that you get from friends, guidebooks, websites and magazines. Adding new places is easy – just search for the name, and click on the right place.
  • See all your places on one map.
  • Show your current location on the map, and easily get directions to the closest restaurant, attraction or back to your hotel.
  • Keep a list of favorites so you don’t miss a thing.
  • Mark places as visited.
  • Keep your list of places for your next trip.
  • Send information about your favorite places to friends along with your personal notes.
You can buy a copy at the Apple AppStore or you can test drive TripDoc for free.
I downloaded the free version to check out.  The app starts with a personalized letter signed by Debbie and her husband, stating that to get started, they’ve added recommendations from their favorite travel bloggers.  They include tips from more of my favorite bloggers: Pam Mandel from Nerd’s Eye View, Beth Whitman from Wanderlust and Lipstick, Caitlin Fitzsimmons of Roaming Tales, Amie O’Shaughnessy of Ciao Bambino and Lauren of Northwest Cheapsleeps.
Right now the locations are limited to the ones they have reviews for: Honolulu, London, New Delhi, Paris, Rome, San Francisco and Vancouver, but the list will grow as you add your favorite spots and recommendations.  The map features pointers marking the various destinations.  When you click on the spot’s name, it leads you to it’s information and directions.  It’s very useful and I can tell I’ll be using this to catalog all the information I need for future trips.  Just recently, I went to Israel and was given restaurant advice back here the U.S. (most via Facebook).  It would have been very handy to put it all in one place like TripDoc.

Disclosure: I have met the founder of TripDoc.  However, all of the opinions expressed above are my own and I was not compensated to review this product.

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