There are tons of apps to help you with planning your travels to a new destination. Even though I like to do all my planning sitting by the computer, sometimes mobile apps are more convenient as it features everything you need to know. In this post, I will show you one of my new discoveries – Sygic Travel App, which will not only show you all the important locations of the new destination but also help you out with your travel itinerary. And the beauty of the app is that you can do everything on the desktop too.
Why download Sygic Travel App
Sygic Travel App is available for Android and iOS smartphones and comes with free and premium features. The app shows all the best tourist attractions, information about the city and the country pulled from Wikivoyage, museums, shopping places, bus stops, restaurants, and many more. Moreover, you can create trips by adding a spot you want to visit and download an offline map of the area, so you can easily navigate through the city. So, basically, everything you need for your comfortable travel is in this app.
Free version features of the Sygic Travel App
First of all, to use all of its features, you’ll need to create an account in order to backup the trip and sync across all your devices. Once you sign in, you’ll see a couple of buttons below – search, guide, tours, hotels, and trip.
The app will use your location to determine where you are and pull the sights around you. But, if you are using the app to plan your itinerary to a new city, you can use the search and pull up the info of your destination.
Search tab is very comprehensive. Besides searching a new city, it can search sightseeing, restaurants, shopping venues, museums, family-friendly places, bus stops or train stations, nightlife spots, outdoor and relaxation areas, and accommodations. Once you search by any of those categories, the spots start to appear on the map. And one of the great features I found is showing those attractions with images whenever it’s available.
Every spot shown in the app, be it a restaurant, accommodation, sightseeing, or a convenient store, has three options on the top: Navigate, Favorite, and Add to Trip.
In order to use the navigation feature, you’ll need to get a separate application – Sygic GPS and download the map of the country you are visiting. The Options button shows route info and options, as well as to add a waypoint or change the starting spot. The navigation works both for walking and driving. One of the great features of this navigation is that also lists the places where video control takes a picture for writing you a fine. Therefore, you can easily avoid any fines on your trip.
This is self-explanatory, but I will still mention just in case. When you find a spot you are interested in visiting, you push that heart button and the app adds it to your favorites tab. Afterward, you can easily find the place through your favorites tab.
Add to Trip
This is one of my favorite features. You create a trip of the city by putting a name and dates of your visit. Then, you add all those spots you want to visit on your trip and you have every spot in one place. Very time saving and comfortable.
Guide pulls up the information about the place you are in right now or used the search bar. It lists tours offered by the companies, best guest houses within the area, and destinations around the area. It must be noted that the accommodation venues are pulled from Booking.com showing the customer review, address, and a short description of the place along with the image.
For the sake of the example, I have a 20 day trip across my country – Georgia. My first stop on this trip would be Gori. As the city is quite small with limited sightseeing options, consequently, the guide is not packed with attractions either.
The tours tab shows tours offered by various companies operating in the location you chose. This is a great option for those who are short on time or want to experience something unique. The list shows the price, duration, and customer reviews. Once you choose the tour you are interested in, it will direct you to a booking page where you’ll find all the important information about it, including the availability, highlights, full description, what the tour includes, and where’s the meeting point.
Similar to the tours tab, this lists accommodation options within the city. You can filter those according to lodging type, stars, review score, and amenities offered at the place. Once you choose the hotel that best fits your expectations, the app directs you to a separate tab that shows the location, navigation, information, and Booking.com score.
Here, you can create your upcoming trip by putting the place you are going to. Once you put the dates of your vacation, you can start adding spots to your trip as I mentioned above. Moreover, you can add notes, change the name of the trip, invite participants of your trip so that they can also contribute to trip planning, change the dates, and share on your social media channels.
Drawbacks of the Free Sygic Travel App
Sadly, the free version comes with limited features. For instance, downloading maps for offline use is not available. Additionally, when you search for a sightseeing, the information about the spot is also not available for free package users. However, you can still use navigation and other features mentioned above.
Sygic Travel Premium Features
The premium package costs only $9.99 for a lifetime use. For this small amount of money, you can full features of the app that is not available in a free version including the information of the spot you’d like to visit, using offline maps, or add a picture to an attraction to make it more convenient for other travelers too. Moreover, you can review the place and see the feedback from other travelers.