We used mTrip's mobile travel app during our trip to Barcelona and Madrid in July of 2012. Before we left, we downloaded the appropriate city guides (app is free and available on iOS and Android but city guides are $4.99 each through in-app purchase) and created custom itineraries for each destination. Using the travel guide, we were able to find attractions, museums, restaurants, shops and more. If we were planning on visiting a place not included in the app, it was easy to add it to the database. The app provides detailed information about each attraction including a description, location on the map, directions, hours, links to the website, click-to-call, prices and reviews from fellow users. As you find places you'd like to visit, you can favorite them or add them to your list to create a step-by-step itinerary for each day of your trip. When creating an itinerary, the app can suggest an order "automagically" starting at your accommodations or you can sort based on your preference.
Once we arrived in Spain, mTrip was a godsend by incorporating offline maps, travel guide, itinerary, and travel journal all in one. I've tried many separate apps for each of these functions but I loved how I had everything all in one place. Starting at our accommodations (in our case we had rented an apartment and added the address to the app database), the offline maps used the GPS on our phone to help us navigate the streets of the old quarter of Barcelona. If we strayed from our planned itinerary, we could find nearby restaurants or attractions and still get directions to our next planned destination or back to our accommodations. I'm currently using the Rome travel guide to plan our upcoming trip to Italy this summer and I've found that mTrip has added new features to make it easier to rearrange stops on your itinerary or swap itineraries from one day to another. I didn't use the journaling function last trip, but this time I'd like to add pictures and notes along the way and see how easy it is to save, sync and export this info.
Tamara G. - Spain - 2012 - We3Travel
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