For Sunday, March 30, 2014
POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 30, 2014
Findery lets you leave your mark
From the co-founder of Flickr comes a new travel app that's three parts photo-inspired sticky notes and one part treasure map.
» Name: Findery
» Available for: Website and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
» What it does: Geo-tags "notes" all over the world connecting people with places, and places with stories. Create your own "notemaps," or lists of notes. Even better: Discover the world through other travelers' lists.
» Cost: Free
» What's hot: Lots of hyper-local travel apps point out hot spots, but Findery delves deeper, encouraging travelers and locals to imprint their memories and stories on a place. I loved searching for a destination and not knowing what I was going to find — a piece of history, a personal anecdote, etc. If you want to devour all the content for one region, type your destination in the search bar and then click on "Notes matching ‘Peru'" and you can scroll through quickly. I found a tiny Peruvian beach town called Mejia that the locals of Arequipa frequent.
» What's not: Don't forget to scroll right to left for more content. It felt counterintuitive, but that's small potatoes once you get the hang of it. When searching for destinations, look for green dots as well as profile pics. It might look like as if there are only a few markers in a place, but zoom in on the map and you'll see the green dots reveal many more.
» Worth it? Absolutely — it's completely addictive.
Los Angeles Times