It all starts with this little thing called City Guides; this app, provided by TripAdvisor, is basically a catalogue of some of the most popular cities in the world, 31 of which are located in Europe, 26 in North America, 15 in Asia & Australia, and 10 more in Central and South America, Middle East and Africa.
This main app lets you choose the city you’ll be traveling to, then easily download all the necessary data for that city in a self-standing app. So you’ll end up with two TripAdvisor apps on your device, but for good reason.
TripAdvisor – A Reliable travel guide
I chose Amsterdam as I was headed there for a four-day trip; and I couldn’t have been more grateful to have such a reliable travel guide to assist me in my tour of what I’d definitely call a tangled city. Don’t know if you’ve ever been there, but Amsterdam is definitely a great city to get lost in (among other things); the streets all look a lot alike and their names are almost impossible to read if you’re not familiar with the language.
Choosing a hotelAfter you find the hotel that best suits your needs, you can easily move on to the next step and book your room using whatever service you’re more comfortable with, be it booking.com, Travelocity, Priceline or others.
Restaurants, Clubs and Shopping venues
In a system quite similar with the one I’ve previously described for choosing a hotel, the app will help you make informed decisions about the best choices when it comes to eating, clubbing or shopping. You can either choose from the best places in town, or go for whichever is closest (or cheapest). The best part is that you don’t even need an internet connection for that. Once you’ve downloaded the city app, you have all the information with you at all times.
Attractions and suggested itineraries
Big cities come with an impressive number of attractions; and as it might not always be an easy task to choose from them—especially when you’re in town only for a couple of days—the TripAdvisor app will assist you with that as well; and you don’t even have to stick to the descriptions, as you can base your decisions on comments left by other users who have actually visited them!
If waiting in line is not your thing, you can also purchase the tickets to nearly all attractions with the app.
Other helpful features
TripAdvisor’s city apps have a great number of uses; from helping you get around the city, to locating all nearby ATMs, creating your very own trip journal, or providing you with self-guided tours created by experts, the app will definitely serve as a great pocket-size travel guide.
Currently available for iPad, iPhone, iPod, Windows phones, Android devices, and Nokia phones, most features will work just fine without any type of internet connection, so you won’t have to spend your vacation scouting for Wi-Fi or carrying huge city maps wherever you go.
TripAdvisor Official Video
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