Traveling? There's an app for that. Actually, there are
thousands of apps for that, just like there are thousands of apps
for anything else you want to do. But there aren't that many apps
that are free and still really good.
I get at least a handful of press releases every week from
companies promoting their new app for travel. Some will help
parents find the nearest playground, others offer GPS-like services
while still others aim to keep all those pesky travel documents
The newest one I've been playing with is goby. It's a website
(goby.com) as well as a free
iPhone/iPod/iPad app. Since I don't have a coveted i-anything, I
used the service online. (There is an older version of goby
available for Android phones, but the newest features aren't on it
Good for parents of picky eaters
I am particularly fond of goby's restaurant search function. As
the parent of a son who was a very picky eater, I always found
vacations to be stressful. We would carefully choose a restaurant,
read every entry on the menu and pick something we thought he would
like…only to have him reject the choice.
If we had had goby, we could have plugged in our need for food
and the location we needed it, then arranged the search results by
cuisine or proximity. (There's a rating search function as well,
but it didn't matter to my son if the joint was a five-star spot or
not. We needed food he would eat and we didn't want to be driving
across town with two hungry, cranky kids.)
There are plenty of apps and I'm curious which ones you have
used to find things your kids would like to do or places they might
like to eat when you travel?
Win an iPad2
If you try goby and, like me, can't use it on the go because you
don't have an i-anything, you have a chance to win one if you join
me on Twitter Monday night from 8-9 pm Chicago time. Goby is the
sponsor of our #TMOM family-travel-themed Twitter chat this week.
The app is free, so the company is giving away an iPad2 to. One
lucky party participant. Details are on my TravelingMom.com site.
You have to leave your name in the
comment section of this story and send at least one tweet
during the #TMOMGoby Twitter chat on Monday May 23 to be eligible
to win. Then follow me on Twitter @CindyRichards
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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