So imagine this for a second, you did all the hard work, saved enough money to book that flight and finally, today is the day 1 of your travels.
You arrived in the new city all excited and ready to explore.
So many things to do, to see, to eat, to try.
As a smart traveler, you already know this and even wrote a list of things you wanted to see but in the rush of things, you forgot where you put it.
You spend next 10 mins going through every pockets on your backpack and hand carry but with no luck.
You have no idea where is that piece of paper!
You know you have been in this situation before but you remind yourself, people forget things so what!
You try googling but get overwhelmed with too many options and want to get a local personal opinion. So, you decide to go out and ask a receptionist. She tells you what you want to know and nothing more.
You get a vague idea and you run with it. You are wearing your favourite clothes and shoes. You are excited to be there after counting down months and weeks like crazy!
Now, you are out and quickly you realize it’s too hot and humid.
You want a cold beverage and a snack or even a famous food that particular country is famous for. You are hungry and sweating like a pig but you don’t care anymore and start crossing another set of traffic lights in the hope to feed yourself something good, perhaps something instagram worthy!
However, you don’t even see any supermarkets around you, forget restaurants. You don’t ask anyone because they don’t understand english. You tell yourself, I should probably head back to my hotel and if i find something on the way back, great. If not, I’ll ask reception again or just spend more time googling.
You realize you been walking in circles for last 30 minutes!
You are starting to get annoyed and 45 minutes later, you are still nowhere close to your accommodation. You admit to yourself you are lost but still adamant to find your way back.
You don’t want to disappoint that traveler in you.. so, after sweating for an hour and half finally you find your way back.
You tell yourself tomorrow will be better.
Tomorrow you want to sleep in your fancy hotel bed and want to go for beautiful sunset and evening walking tour followed by dinner at the famous but hidden local gem.
But hotel management tells you guided tours are run only in the second Monday and third Wednesday mornings and there is a minimum of 5 people!
You tell them but it’s not mentioned in their website. They tell you- it is a recent change and yet to be updated in the website!
Now, you have to reorganize your travel plans.
Now, imagine this for a second,
You did all the hard work, saved enough money to book that flight and finally, today is the day 1 of your travels.
You arrived in the new city all excited and ready to explore.
But there are so many things to do, to see, to eat, to try.
As a smart traveler, you already know this and you actually live up to the definition of Smart traveler. No time is wasted on looking for piece of paper!
You have TripScout app installed in your phone.
You know with TripScout you can travel on your terms.
Local and authentic self-guided city tour whenever you want. This is every traveler’s dream aka the flexibility to travel at your own schedule and pace.
Listening to engaging audio guides on an offline map with GPS; navigating around the city without using your data or international roaming plan. And it’s customizable depending on your mood and interests. What a smart idea!
If you love exploring cool neighbourhoods, trying local restaurants, sipping the best coffee or cocktails, and seeing all the iconic sites while learning about the local history, culture, and food as you go along. You will love TripScout.
No sweating, no getting lost, no waiting around for 5 people and no hungry traveller.
As a smart traveller, you know your time is valuable and you use it accordingly.
Hence I didn’t want to include the whole research I did for you guys. So, here’s the two important questions answered from the CEO, Co-founder of TripScout Konrad Waliszewski himself.
Me: Could you please share how it all started ?
Konrad: I built the app to solve a real problem for myself. I have travelled to approximately 100 countries and I was tired of how manual the process was to figure out what to do when I arrived in a new city.
While there are a lot of great tools to help find a flight or hotel, figuring out what to actually see and do when I arrived was a pain. How do you evaluate the top 7,000 things to do on popular listings sites and who wants to be “that guy” pulling out his guidebook at every corner?
The existing tools especially lacked the ability to take you off the beaten path and show you the more local side of a city. I also loved podcasts and wanted to learn about the things I was exploring with audio guides.
I decided to use my background in entrepreneurship, technology, and travel writing/photography to fix this so that all travellers can have a better travel experience and so I can have the tool I always wanted when I travel.
Me: Future for TripScout?
Konrad: We will continue to build technology and travel the world in order to develop the best travel resource out there for the modern explorer. We are working hard to add new cities (we are just over 60 cities right now) and build features that we observe from studying travellers and destinations. We will likely always focus on being highly curated, but our product will likely start incorporating more personalization and community as well.
My readers, TripScout has been featured in the Forbes , Travel + Leisure , The Wall Street Journal , USAToday , and more other well-established organisations.
I could go on and on about how TripScout has saved me time in new cities but it will be forever and i know you don’t have that kind of time.
So hey, why don’t you to try it for yourself?
Install TripScout and use the code “annasherchand” to have free access to stress-free travel.
Let me know in comments about your experience with it. I’d love to know 🙂
Those of you who are following me on facebook, instagram and twitter– Yes this is the reason why i was asking for your next travel destinations. So, you could take advantage of free access while it’s there.
Happy Travels Tribe x
PS: I value your trust in me and hence, only recommend products and services I have tried myself first and have a positive experience with.
Hi! I am Anna, Nepali-Australian who, not too long ago, left my career in corporate Information Technology and Services to become a world traveller. Since then, I’ve travelled to over 37 countries, lived in 4 and have ticked some big adventures off my bucket list. I enjoy travel writing, travel photography, and a minimalist lifestyle. I have written for Ariana Huffington, Matador Network, TripZilla and collaborated with Hyatt Regency Hotel, National Geographic Australia, Uber, Red Cross, Lightroom, SilkAir-Singapore Airlines, Kerala Tourism Board, and some more. My goal is to show you how you can travel the world easily, safely, and adventurously on your own. I hope to inspire you to live a life you love.