I’ve just joined an app called GPS My City that allows iPad and iPhone users to download my articles to use while they’re on the go (that is to say – offline).
As it’s a pretty new app, I’ll quickly explain how the concept works…
Imagine reading a useful travel article and wishing you could refer to it whenever you wanted, regardless of whether you had an internet connection at the time.
If you have access to the internet, you could always bookmark the article and return to the website later. But that would require spending money on data. And in Myanmar you’re unlikely to have a cell phone plan as telecoms is still a pretty complex affair for tourists and there aren’t tourist packages on offer as there in Bangkok and most other places.
Also, just reading through the article again will remind you of the places you wanted to visit — that swanky-sounding bar or the regional bus station — but you’d still have to stop and look up the directions to find it.
Luckily there’s now a much better way and it’s called GPS-guided travel articles. These travel articles have GPS coordinates embedded in them and a map of the route as described by the author in the article. And you can find literally thousands of these articles (from over 600 worldwide cities) at GPSmyCity. Once this app is downloaded to your phone (for which you’ll need to pay a fee of around a dollar), you won’t need to use the internet to have the article as a guide. It will show you right where you are on the map and guide you to each subsequent location… Nice eh?
Two of my posts are available on GPS MyCity and the first one listed below is available for free from Monday 25 July through Sunday July 31.
Please make sure to first download the GPSmyCity app when clicking the article link. After the GPSmyCity has been launched, the article app will appear by default; then you should click “Upgrade” to upgrade the article.
And another FYI… you can upload any travel article from GPSmyCity at no cost, which means you can read it without needing wi-fi. Should you decide that GPS-guided articles are the way to go, you’ll need to pay a fee of about a dollar. As a participating blogger, I earn a few cents when you download my posts. I hope you’ll agree that’s a good deal for us both 🙂