As it stands there are already many excellent travel apps and services to help a person get from Point A to Point B. Kayak and Hipmunk are great for travel arrangements, FlySmart is nice for gate notifications and flight status updates, Uber can bring me a tight ride to roll around town in, Airbnb is great for finding a place to stay, TripIt or Tripcase can keep my itinerary organized but my new goto app for places to go is definitely—definitely—Gogobot. This is an app that I don’t just like—I love it.
Wherever I go, whatever my destination, there are nearly endless options as to what I can see, do, eat or where I can stay. Even in the age of Google and TripAdvisor I need a better gauge of what I will personally find interesting, good or worth my time and money. It can be overwhelming looking through search results for “things to do” in a destination like San Francisco or New York. Plus, who has time to sift through all that info?
Gogobot has become my new default travel activity filter because it’s super convenient, well designed and makes it easier to separate all possible choices (such as sights to see or restaurants to eat at) from the ones I would actually be inclined to like.
When you launch Gogobot it’s immediately apparent that this app was DESIGNED. It’s downright pretty. The default screen hits you with three buttons: Stay, Eat and Play. Press one and cards will load with options pulled from your current location which can be sorted by distance (auto) or best match. From there you can scroll through cards with images, ratings and tags. The tags are useful for determining whether you might be interested in a particular experience—things like local, families, outdoor, green, design, adventures, foodies, luxury.
Of course you can also search for something to do outside of your current location as well—great for planning a trip ahead of time.
Under the three main buttons you’ll see activities you’ve saved for later organized by area followed by a basic weather forecast. But next comes one of my favorite features: the trending button. When pressed, you’ll see recommendations based on what’s popular in the selected area.
What’s crazy about this app—and where it earned a ton of credibility with me—is that it found some stuff to do in my local area that I had no idea about. Stuff I’d want to check out. Stuff I’d never heard of before. Off-the-beaten-path stuff. Awesome.
I love how Gogobot tells me what groups of people a certain place is popular with. For instance, I looked up a local restaurant and found the following popularity breakdown:
- 98% Local
- 83% Families
- 82% Foodies
- 66% Students
- 66% Nightlife
- 59% Adventure
- 59% Business
Using those same categories, I can filter Gogobot’s results to show me only results that vegetarians or trendsetters like.
While this app is great for planning trips in advance, what I really appreciate is it’s ability to find something I’ll like on the fly. As a frequent business traveler, I find myself with extra time on my hands in between meetings or wanting to try some great local food. Gogobot saves the day.