Do you love to travel? Do you own an iPad? Do you want to tour the globe with the best travel tips from regular people who have lived or visited your destination recently?
Then you’re in luck!
A global travel services company called WorldNomads.com has launched an innovative mobile application designed exclusively for the iPad, known as ‘Ask A Nomad.’ The great part about this app is that it allows users to connect to a global network of knowledgeable people who can provide first-hand information about travel questions, local trips advice and where to seek assistance in that part of the world.
You can also connect with like-minded tourists from different parts of the globe as Travel Knowledge Network, which is a group of tour operators powering this app, shares their online communities’ database with the iPad app users, enabling them to ask related questions anytime, anywhere.
It also has a provision for utilizing geo location programs for searching travel related content close to the user’s current location so its account holders simply need to connect to the net and sign in to their account to ask questions, store answers and access these offline later at anytime. This is a huge advantage for tourists who face limited or no Internet access during travel, especially to remote or exotic destinations.
So, one can get pertinent advice from local experts, travel journalists, travel writers, frequent travellers and government approved tour operators all of who are reliable advisors for the region since they will have travelled extensively through the area.
As Christina Tunnah of WorldNomads.com explains this unique app for iPads from her company, “When you pose a query, your question gets routed to the travellers in the network most likely able to answer it based on their travel profile and answer history.”
After completing a simple sign up process, account holders can download the app and browse a list of Q and A from global travellers and ask their own questions from the large community of travellers; they can share their answers to become active members of the community.
If the statistics from Frommer’s Unlimited May 2011 Travel User and Experience Survey is anything to go by, it would emphasize the need for reliable and current travel content because the research reveals a considerable spurt in consumption of travel content by users of mobile devices, including iPad users. This 3rdAnnual Survey reports 52% respondents to the study used mobile devices to access travel content while travelling; out of this number, 72% were in the 18 to 34 age-bracket. That left only 38% of survey respondents using their mobile devices for planning.
However, it’s not just the convenience factor that makes the Ask A Nomad app so practical and welcome in this age of fast-travel. It’s the fact that the answers received through this application are also updated and current to different situations and a wide variety of destinations that makes it so much more fun and easy to use as compared to travel guides or travel website newsletters.