So, my fiancee and I are big time travelers. When we travel, we like to walk everywhere we go (after arriving at our destination of course). This allows us to take in more than we would if just speeding by in a taxi or bus. It also provides us the opportunity to discover cool places that are lesser known to tourists while also providing us with a lot of exercise. However, we are required to invest a lot of time in the early planning stage to make sure that we can visit all of the attractions on our list at least once and never have to double-back during our route which takes away from time we could spend visiting / discovering other places. Since we have an upcoming trip planned that will involve a lot of walking, I thought I’d better do something to help alleviate some of this stress. And so “Trip Planner” was born.
In today’s times, most people never leave the house without their cellphone. Since I always have mine with me, I thought it would be the perfect tool to help us navigate when we travel. Now, I know there are already a lot of navigation apps out there, but I couldn’t seem to find a single app that provides everything we need. For example, I need the ability to create a list of all the places we want to visit and the app should optimize those places into a list that involves the most optimized routes possible (ie. it should organize the places into a list that involves the least amount of walking while also making sure we get to visit every place in the list at least once and still return us to our starting point). We also have other requirements for such an app, but optimized routes is the biggest requirement.
Since I struggled to find a single app that does everything we need, the geek in me came out causing me to create my own app. It began as a Friday night “power hour” in which I spend 1 hour a night building something, anything. At the end of that hour, the app provided me all of the capabilities mentioned above. Not only can I create multiple lists with each containing multiple waypoints, but I can also choose whether I am walking or driving, whether I want to see a street view or a satellite view, the total distance & estimated travel times for every trip, and detailed navigation directions.
I now have an app that provides some of the functions I require and will continue adding more capabilities as time goes on. But, I thought I would go ahead and publish the app in its current version for anyone else that might like to have a handy tool like this. Late last night the app was finally approved by Apple and is now available in the Apple App Store for you to download [for free] and try for yourself. Below are a few screenshots of the app in action and you can find the app at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trip-plotter/id1031421711?ls=1&mt=8. Check it out and let me know what you think about it in the comments below.
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