Category Archives: Travel
Last week I referred to an article ‘Ditch the guidebook’ in my post and mentioned that I use Google maps to mark all my points of interest and when being abroad I would use an App to have access to my maps . With the GPS function I was able to locate myself in the city and walk down my pins.
Well, happiness has ended and I am back with paper 😦 at least that in style.
Seems that not many people travel the way I do. I keep my eyes constantly open for interesting places; be it for restaurants, cafes, deli shopping, museums, culture, party places and anything with food. Anything I consider ‘good’ goes on my custom Google maps and whenever I go somewhere, I would be ready have great things at hand immediately. Sources are: other travel guides, newsletter, newspaper, friends, Facebook, internet in general, etc.
But I hardly know anyone who does it like that. Seems that most people buy a travel guide and pick things from there.
I am not satisfied with that – I want only my top picks, my personal creme de la creme at hand. Everytime, immediately. I have a good nose for quality, good stuff and trends. A truffle pig doesn’t settle for anything else/less than truffle or bellota (=jamon de bellota) once it tasted it …
As I noticed this weekend in Barcelona; Google stopped this service. Meaning, I can’t synch my maps to my iPhone anymore. Although there is a workaround, but it’s not very handy. I can access my individual cards via the Safari browser on the Google Maps App. But all my special marks and notes are not available.
I have found alternative Apps that I will test. They’re called oMaps, OffMaps, Galileo, OpenMaps and use opensource maps. But as I see from reading the descriptions I can not create custom maps, nor set personal pins nor import other maps. They offer additional service like what is near you and other peoples marks. But I am not interested in other users content, only mine.
Maybe I’m lucky with The Cartographer, I have to find out if they’re also effected by the recent change and if it suits my needs.
The Guardian has written an article on how to discover a city best – through people living there.
I started to collect all my travel tips and discoveries via my google map account quiet a while ago. There reason for it was to get around carrying all my travel guides and being noisy to discover new places constantly AND being pretty particular in my choices I needed one central place to store them.
See here some maps I made for Paris; sorted by arrondissement for better overview:
Since I have found this App I have access to them while abroad – I’m quiet happy with it. And my maps keep growing. Whenever I read something, I would add it. Read my update on this.
No need to buy paper anymore!
Just now I have discovered that SpottedbyLocals have launched their city apps – great! I get one for my next city, probably Prague. Or shall I go to Istanbul?
Another favourite information source of mine is Smart Travelling the publisher of the German weekend guides ‘A perfect weekend in…[name of city]’, they have annouced that they will also issue an iPhone App. I hope to see it soon. And of course not to forget, I like the Hedonist Guides for eating and deli shopping recommendations.
Read also this PDF article ‘Guidebook Alternatives‘ of Sunday Times listing free guides.
For sure my next stop when I’m again in London or read the article on Zeit.de Brixton Market meanwhile.
Le Cool Barcelona pointed me to this exhibition where designers where invited to create a to express their vision of the city, using a particular font and picture. See below some of them for Barcelona. Others also where made for Hong Kong, Berlin and New York. Lucky me that I will have a chance to visit this exhibition in BCN. It’s from 18th November til 5th December.