I’ve recently been spouting the benefits of an iPad for entertaining the kids on a trip, but another enormous benefit of such a device is it can bring to your fingertips an eye popping amount of essential travel information. Introducing Triposo! Brought to you by two ex-googlers (Jonn Tirsen and Douwe Osinga), Triposo make travel guides using relevant content that is freely available from seven different sources including Wikitravel, Wikipedia, World66 and Openstreetmap. The guides are made using clever algorithms, and for the technically curious here is a little explanation on how it’s done.
There are currently over 50 travel guides for Android (plus a world guide), and over 30 travel guides for iPhone and iPad. Of course this is only the tip of the iceberg and there are more destinations to come. The apps come with a map of the city and can be used for sightseeing (great tips on landmarks and not to be missed sights mostly courtesy of wikipedia), restaurants and nightlife. The best thing about this app is that it’s offline enabled. So no more lugging around heavy paper travel guides and no searching for a Starbucks for free wifi!