I was introduced to Nomad by a friend and ever since being the travel enthusiast that I am, hooked on to it! The travel app is released as a beta version which provides information about places to travel around Bangalore. According to Mink 7, the app developers, they plan to open the platform to users so that they can crowd-source new location content from travel enthusiasts using their app.
What I love about the app is its easy-to-use navigation, pleasing design and colours, beautiful pictures, well thought of filters, glitch free operation, a link to maps & driving directions and above all the range of places covered! And to think I’d seen most places around!
What prompted the app developers to spend time and build this app? Harsha M.V. from Mink 7 has the answer to that, “Being an Travel enthusiast and foodie we travel far and wide in search for adventure and food. Having run a 8750+ Bakasura community for close to two years. We are looking to exploring food outside the city as well – resulting in weekend trips to places like Mysore, Mangalore, Udupi, Ambur for food. We wanted a handy source to help us plan our trip and found that the existing solutions are incomplete and are more of hobby projects. So we went ahead and build our solution which turned out to be very helpful for our friends and family as well. Having Experience in Product Development and particularly User Experience and Design we were sure we can stand out from day one.”
About opening their travel app to other locations and how they plan on getting location information, Harsha said, “Food and Travel is something most of the masses love to indulge in and we are sure that crowd sourcing the content wont be hard. We are trying to figure out the most effective way to do the same. Once our Platform will go live and we will be a global app not just other parts of India. We see that France, US, Spain, China are the most visited Countries in the world year on year.”
While its not perfect yet, it certainly can get there soon and with that belief here are a few additions I can think of, introduce ratings by users (provisions to include user comments/photos), include more filters (user rating, kid friendly, elderly friendly/wheelchair access, best time to visit with a month-wise selection choice) and provide more information (hotels/lodges, public transport, food).
Also, having travelled around a bit, I see a few key places are missing and it would be a good idea to add them right away – Bannerghatta national park, Mysore, Bylakuppe monastery, Chitradurga fort, Puttaparthi, Chikmagalur, Mangalore & around, Pondicherry, Coimbatore, Mahabalipuram, Kodaikanal, Pattadkal, Badami, Mantralaya, Karwar, Udupi and Srirangapatna.
All said, its going to be my one stop solution for a quite a few weekends from now…long drives here I come! Thank you Nomad for making it more interesting & easier to travel around namma Bengaluru.
Strongly recommend this to every Bengaluru local/ visitor – a MUST HAVE :)
Screenshots From Nomad Travel App:
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