Backpacking in the News

Lonely Planet Launches iPhone App for Soliciting Friends’ Reviews in Real-Time


Lonely Planet recently launched (Dec. 5) an iOS app that grants users access to friends’ reviews and recommendations, in addition to content from a number of travel publications — all in real time.

The app, called Wenzani, “brings together recommendations from your friends and the world’s most trusted publishers into a fun, location-based guide that is constantly being personalized for you.”

It’s a good move on the LP’s part, to curate backpackers’ interactions via social media like Facebook and Twitter. Ultimately, the advice being exchanged can inform their own travel guide content, particularly for identifying hot new restaurants and small businesses. Because it’s all in real time, it helps the LP keep its advice fresh and updated to the minute.

One of the coolest things about the app is its ability to let friends notify each other about upcoming concerts and events in places they plan to visit (watch the video on Wenzani).

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2 Responses to “Backpacking in the News”

  1. John says:

    You should write a piece about:
    becoming an alcoholic when travelling;
    being greedy and over ambitious with travel plans;
    Realising you’ve packed the wrong shit;
    Male backpacker types;
    Picking up shitty but minor diseases;
    Cold showers;
    Cultural differences;
    Pseudo hippies…

  2. Leila says:

    This video actually sucks.. I’m dasinh and i visit copenhagen not alot, but sometimes in the years coming by .. It’s a lovely place to walk around in, you couldn’t really ask for more..Tivoli is classy’ and extremely well for both children and grownups, it’s very very pretty in the winter!While walking on Strf8get (Main area) you will see alot of different people which is so nice, thumbs up peeps.. And thumbs up for copenhagen!..I can also declare that stockholm is a nice city too!

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