Nomad GPS Tours
I’ll admit it. I have the sense of direction of a gnat. A blind gnat. For this reason, I frequently use the maps function on the iPhone while trying to figure out if I’ve come from the subway facing north or south. Being a city woman now, I frequently get asked for directions from tourists (clearly they do not know who they are talking to) which often leads me to contemplate the fact that I really don’t know that much about my own city. Like many urbanites, I have my schedule my routine and don’t very too much from it!
When I saw that Nomad GPS was GPS related I was intrigued. And that it would help me discover new parts of my own city? Cool! I dove in to find out just what it was all about.
How it works:
- Select City or GPS location: Easy! I like straight forward.
- Selection radius: 1, 2 or 5 miles (I’m on an island so I picked 1 mile)
- Launch! (Idea: I think that this app should automatically launch upon completion of the two criteria: city/gps & radius).
- Next: Depending on if you chose GPS or city, yellow flags will pop up around your red ‘pin’ (very similar to the ‘regular’ maps function)
Using the GPS:
I actually found this way the most helpful, since the flags it put up found things closest to where I am RIGHT NOW. As a tourist, I’m thinking this is probably the most helpful. As in, it’s raining in the park, what’s the closest activity available??
Once you click on a flag and then actually want to go to that location, turn by turn instructions are included upon hitting ‘Launch’
Idea: Assuming these are walking not driving directions?
I do like that the exact address, reviews from Yelp and phone number (when available) are included with each location.
Using the City:
When you TRULY want to roam, I think this is the best way to use this app. Drop a pin into the general area you want to go and then watch the flags light up the map! Very cool way to truly explore the city without the tourist buses, etc. With a bank of 30 major cities to choose from, this app is off to a great start. I am however looking forward to an expansion of the ‘smaller’ cities that have unexpected treasures and just nifty stuff to go do & see.