There was a time when the mobile phone was used for little more than communication – an emergency line for when you were traveling, out and about and needed to contact someone quickly. In the decades since the first mobile phone was created however, we’ve seen monumental changes. As illustrated by an infographic posted by the Computer Science Degree Hub, mobile phones evolved from simple brick phones in the 1980s to powerful machines in the early 2000s. In 30 years, the smartphone has evolved to become one of our most trusted tools.
When smartphones began to accept third-party applications and add-ons, it became clear that the possibilities for functionality would be endless, especially for explorers and travelers. Software developers, Gaming Realms, a company that hosts the gaming portal Free Bingo Hunter says, improved mobile internet capabilities have facilitated the increased adoption of smartphones, as they’ve allowed for a greater number of things to be done on the device. Unfortunately, 50% of all smartphone app usage is still from gaming, and many travelers are sure to find that there hasn’t been an app that provides all the features one would want.
There are many that come close, of course. Trip Advisor’s range of smartphone apps are a great start, providing information on most destinations, as well as reviews of establishments and outdoor experiences. However, the app can be severely limiting for those who like to go off the beaten path, and documenting your journey can’t be done right from the app itself either. For those who like to maintain a travel journal, an app like Off Exploring might be the better choice, especially for when you find yourself without an internet connection most of the time. Still, the app can only do so much, and we find ourselves asking: what does a travel and exploration app need?
Perhaps it’s a combination of everything: an app that crowdsources information on top destinations, as well as alternative experiences in a region, allowing users to share their experiences and document their trip with photos, with interactive maps that are available offline. The app should also have a list of emergency numbers in each country, so you know just who to call should you ever find yourself in a bind. Weather forecasts would also be a great addition to the list of features. Right now, there are several apps that provide these features separately, but the ultimate travel and exploration app should have all of them in one neat package.
Such an app would take years of collating information, and making it all available offline would require huge amounts of space in the local memory of the smartphone, but with innovation on smartdevices continuing through the years, it doesn’t seem impossible for us to get this app in the future. What other features would you like to see in the ultimate travel app?