Tourlandish Review

Tourlandish Review

Every once in a while you discover something that seems to be like God’s answer to your prayers.  I always wished that tourists visiting my city of Mumbai would get a guided tour without actually having to depend on local tour operators.  There’s a simple reason to this: local tour operators won’t be able to offer the perfect mix of touring options according to a person’s choice.

I thought, may be some day I would create such a tool that would give people just want they wanted and liked with the local twist and then magically I discovered Tourlandish.

Tourlandish is like your personal concierge service to New York City. If you’re traveling to New York and want in on any of the major tourist attractions of the city this is your go-to app!

Tourlandish Options

Created by a proven team including Varun Khona (CEO), Vikram Jit Singh (CTO) and Suren Sultania (COO) this app lets you book local activities straight from your pocket.

Here’s my review of this interesting app.

Features

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 In-app purchase

The best part about this app is that all the purchases are in-app and there’s no hassle of being re-directed to a new window to make payments.

Wide Range of Categories

Currently Tourlandish has 9 categories: Walking Tours, Food & Drink, Broadway, Around NYC, Activities, After Drink, VIP, Arts and Landmarks.

For me, this largely covers what an average tourist would want to do. I was personally loved the fact that they have quite a few walking tours. As a traveller I enjoy taking long walks around the city and that feature really made me like the app a little more.

Pros

Last Minute Deals

No plans when you land in New York? Tourlandish has got you covered now! The last minute deal functionality adds a lot of value to its proposition.

Savings

Most bookings with Tourlandish give you a nifty discount.  Not bad for a last minute deal is it?

Cons

Android Only

As of now, the app is available for Android only. That’s a bit of a bummer for iOs or Windows phone users.  Hopefully that’s something Tourlandish would be working on!

New York City Only

It’s a startup and offers deals for New York only. With time, I’m sure they will expand to cities across the world very soon.

Final Word

Value for money

I really think that this app gives you better value for your money. Saving on most of your transactions is really cool and as a discount hunter nothing pleases me more.

Convenient

The highlight of this app would be its convenience. As a tourist to a new city you really wouldn’t know where to look for what and I know many people who are just too lazy to research about the city they are visiting to for work or any other purpose.

This app fill this stop perfectly!

Need to expand

Needless to say the Big Apple isn’t everything.  Tourlandish needs to expand its offerings to other cities around the world.

Give it a shot here:

What do you think of my Tourlandish review? Do share your thoughts in the comments below.

Guides With Me

REVIEW: GuideWithMe Offline Travel App

Another offering from the stables of MapsWithMe is called the GuideWithMe app. As the name suggests it’s an extensive guide to specific countries and it lists the popular cities/states/regions of the country. The details of the places are sourced from WikiTravel and thus can be considered to be fairly accurate with in any case I’d recommend using it with caution.

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While travelling places we don’t always get the best deals on communication and at such times offline maps come in handy.  GuidesWithMe is completely offline and that gives you the liberty to get a decent over view of places at your convenience. You also have telephone numbers of the places that are famous, which can be helpful when you are out all day and need to call up to check availability. There’s an inbuilt map which can be downloaded as an add-on to keep you pointed in the right direction.  Here are some pros & cons:

PROS:
1. Completely offline
2. Easy to use and very intuitive
3. Coupled with the MapsWithMe app, it would be the perfect guide book for your travel

CONS:
1. While the app is offline based, there could have been an online component in the form of a forum.  A traveller will eventually find WiFi and reading discussions or comments about such places would surely be beneficial, from my point of view.
2. Should have come with the detailed maps since it’s a single country guide app.

Overall it’s a great app to keep handy during your travel. It would surely make your life much easier on the road, while giving you the liberty to get wonderfully lost.

Maps With Me Pro

REVIEW: MapsWithMe Travel App

Travel is getting tech savvy and the mobile devices boom has enabled the traveller to carry the world in his/her pocket. Now your mobile device helps you call, stay connected socially and help you find your way on the move. I love twitter and I happened to come across the MapsWithMe travel app during one of those fun events like #ttot.  I’m always curious about new technology and I was drawn into checking out their website. Two words, offline maps & no-grey-screen maps came out glaringly.  I downloaded the app and I was seriously impressed, so I decided to get in touch with them and review their product. MapsWithMe have been very kind to have offered me their Pro version.  Here’s what I liked about the product.Screenshot_2013-11-23-22-05-44

So, when you download the travel app and launch it for the first time, it does a small download to get the world map in place. Once that’s done you are ready to kick off.  The user interface is very intuitive. You can get your way around all its features very easily and usually within a tap of a button.  When you selected the region you want to explore or plan to travel to, just download the detailed map of that place.
This is great for those who love to research and know about their destination well in advance and it also lets the whimsical people find places that fit their fancy.  I love to plan my trips, even to the exact minute if possible and I really would find this handy. The biggest positive in all of this is that it is completely offline. Once you’ve downloaded the detailed map for a region/country you can search for a little food stall right at the corner of a street offline!

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The maps are rich in details. You can search for food joints, shops, hotels, sights, entertainment, atms, and even transportation individually or see them simply overlaid on to the map. The GPS constantly gives you the correct direction and the distance from your marked destination.  Another helpful feature in this travel app is the note tool. You can pin down locations that you want to visit and add a note to it. It’s a handy tool especially when you are unsure of how you plan to spend your day while travelling.

The biggest pro of this app is that it works offline.  MapsWithMe gives a great viewing experience to the user as it doesn’t get those grey patches you typically see when you zoom into a map online. I downloaded the detailed map for India and I was impressed by the quality of information that the maps gave.  I’d surely recommend this app for digital nomads and frequent travellers.

You can check out the features and download the app for your iOS/Android device by clicking on this link: http://mapswith.me/en/home

Do leave your thoughts on this review in the comments below!