This post has been brought to you in association with RueBaRue.
We all know that there is an app for everything – but the goal, at least for me, is to discover *really* useful apps, which really make my travelling time easier, amongst other things. Cue RueBaRue, which is a new app which promises two things: to help you plan an upcoming visit to a city in a much easier way and really help you with something: adjust your interests to your pace.
What do I mean ‘pace’? Well, not all of us want to see 48 attractions in one day. Sometimes, less is more. And a girl has to find a place to rest her legs in between the shopping and museum-hopping.
To plan a visit to a city, need to select it from a choice of 17, including major US cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Washington DC and Chicago, and of course, some of the greatest cities in the world like London, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Rome, Singapore, Dubai, Vancouver and Tokyo. More cities are coming soon, so worry not.
For the purposes of this review, I picked Barcelona as ‘my city’. Why? Because I know it well and I know what I would want to see in a day, ‘Mrs. O-style’, aka a relatively slow pace.
We all have different travel styles – and different times to explore a city, and this is what I found quite intriguing about the app. Because it calculates the time between each activity, and, more importantly, it allows for travel time in between locations, so it is VERY handy.
When you start planning your trip, you can do so from an itinerary from scratch, or if you are curious, select a pre-planned itinerary (where again you are given the opportunity to choose your interests and pace). Everything is editable, so if you don’t want to go to place A or B, you can just delete it.
One feature that I also quite liked (having been disappointed a few times in real trips before), is the fact that if you add your dates (you can make them up, of course), it will actually tell you if where you chose to visit is open or not. I don’t know about you, but I have before made my way to a museum or an attraction and find it closed. It happens to shops quite a bit in Europe (not just Sundays, in some places it is also Monday morning) – my most recent one was the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur which close on a Monday. Or a restaurant. So it is a handy feature.
Adding and removing ‘attractions’ is super easy, and you can also add (and should add) your accommodation details (I picked a random hotel) and restaurants. The reason why this is important is because it gives you an idea of how much time you will need between place A and B, and it does so ‘Google Map’ style where it tells you how long it will take to walk, by taxi/car and public transportation. It actually connects you to Apple or Google Maps so you can know for sure how to get there.
As you start building your itinerary, a map starts being built – it will be available offline at all times (which is also a plus).
I have been testing this app for a couple of weeks now, and found it most useful – it is super easy to use, and actually adds value as it lets you REALLY select what you would want to see, but does it in a clever way: you can actually not know what you should see in a new city, and it does the homework for you. With a plus – if you are not interested at all in place A or B, then it just magically disappears.
I like the look and feel of the app (in other words, it does look pretty), and I have no problems recommend my readers to download it – it is free and available from the App Store (other versions will be available soon). Any feedback you have once you download will be very useful to its developers, so please let me know of any thoughts and ideas.
Disclaimer and Fact Box: I was compensated by RueBaRue for my time in reviewing this app. The company has not seen my review prior to publishing and opinions are, as always, my own. The app really is very good. You can also visit RueBaRue’s website for additional trip ideas, including some of my own (for example, a NYC shopping guide or my secret places in London).