The afternoon sun has now reached the apex of the sky, it is hot and humid and rivers of sweat are now streaming down my back. My rucksack has grown very heavy and it is feeling much more than the 15 kg or so it actually is. I circle the street a second time peering carefully and closely at each building, peeking behind every gate to make sure I have not overlooked it. I check the address again, the guesthouse should be here but it’s not. I ask a pedestrian on the street and fortunately he speaks some English; “No Sir, Tashi Guesthouse close down some time ago”.
I check the date of the guidebook. It’s only 2 years old. Then again a lot can happen in two years especially in Nepal which was devastated by an earthquake some 18 months ago. I take a deep breath, tighten the straps on my backpack and set off to find somewhere to stay. If only I had known about Triposo…
The Kids Are Alright.
We live in a digital age. Millennials were even using computers at primary school and working smartphones in their teens. The skies are alive with frequencies as information flies all around us connecting wireless networks. The world is updated in real time as breaking news is streamed and uploaded instantaneously and even daily newspapers, hot off the press at 5am, are printing “old news” as inevitably somebody, somewhere shared it online at least 12 hours before them.
Yet somewhat strangely the vast majority of travellers still leave home with a heavy, chunky, printed, paper guidebook. It’s an anomaly if not even a relic recalling a bygone age of physical matter.
Of course, guidebooks remain popular with good reason. They are comprehensive, well researched and user friendly being written by travellers for travellers. One especially popular, famous line of guidebooks are even widely referred to as “The Travellers Bible” and even I usually leave home with a few either in a hard form or downloaded onto my kindle.
Sometimes though, guidebooks can go years between editions being printed and a lot can and does happen in a few years. During a recent trip to Nepal I checked into a guesthouse and perused their stock copy of the guide to Nepal. It was only 8 years old and yet it read like a history book, mentioning a Monarchy (which is now gone forever!), a Maoist insurgency (which is resolved) and talked of Nepal as a sleepy, unspoiled paradise which contrasted pretty sharply with the reality I saw; hordes of tourists being greedily hounded by packs of touts as they coursed through Thamel’s crowded streets. Crucially though, the price guide’s were way, way, off and the increases were far in excess of the usual inflation one would expect; if you set your budget by this you would find yourself running out of cash pretty fast.
The Future Is Now.
Because of the internet we are now more connected than ever. Smartphone app’s like Tinder utilize algorithms to suggest prospective life mates and commercial spyware makes very helpful suggestions as to what kind of product you may wish to purchase today. So it’s only right that Travel advice should get on board in this digital age.
There are a lot of great apps out there which make travel easier, safer and more accessible than ever. These range from currency converters which capture the latest up to date exchange information and even voice activated translation app’s which translate my rugged Northern English tones into perfect Mandarin.
Triposo is leading the travel app industry by using innovative algorithms and unique software to pioneer the field. They use a wide range of open content sources like Open Street Maps, Wikipedia and Flickr to parse the web and scour the internet for the most relevant travel information. Using this content, they create a comprehensive travel app that can surpass any guidebook.
Leave your heavy out-dated guidebooks at home and travel with Triposo for a truly comprehensive experience. You can use it to plan your trip from start to finish and keep it as a trusty companion while you travel.
For me, the biggest advantage lies in the offline maps and city guides. You can pick a city, download the guide before your trip and then on the plane, train or donkey ride ride there you can read up on the history of the destination and check out the maps to get a better sense of where you’re going. When you arrive, all these features will work offline meaning you can travel around stress-free without buying expensive date packages. Plus, if you see an activity you like or need to book a hotel, you can do that straight from the app. Do you know any guidebook that can do that?
Triposo helps travelers with all sorts of things. Use it to find the nearest ATM, figure out the coolest way to kill an hour, discover a great vegetarian restaurant, or locate the top attractions.
Whilst there may well still be place in the world for guidebooks, my smartphone is now the one item I would never hit the road without. It keeps me connected to friends, lets me take pictures and gives me access to an abundance of great apps, like Triposo, that make travelling not just easier, but actually better. Triposo is free to download in the iOS app store and Google Play store. Give it a go, it may just change the way you travel forever!