An Australian iPad app that shares worldwide travel knowledge has become one of the top 10 travel products on Apple’s US App Store. Developed by Sydney-based Michael Shaw and Jaidev Soin, the free ‘Ask a Nomad’ app reached number seven in the travel products section following its 29 June release, having been downloaded more than 10,000 times.
“We had hoped it might get around a thousand downloads a month, but we took more than 7,000 downloads last weekend alone and it’s now featured on Apple’s ‘New and Notable’ page on the US App Store,” said Shaw, who works at Australian travel insurance group WorldNomads.com.
The ‘Ask a Nomad’ app lets travellers ask questions and share advice on any topic they like, without charge.
“It takes the wisdom of locals and other travellers worldwide and puts it in your iPad, giving you information that’s directly relevant and more up-to-date than any guide book,” Shaw said. “If you’re in Thailand and want to ship a surfboard home, you can just post a question and get advice from other travellers who have faced the same problem. If you want a good restaurant for kids in Copenhagen, or need advice on getting a job in Aspen, then you just ask.”
The app draws on World Nomads’ existing community of travellers worldwide who regularly respond to questions from around the globe via its website. The new app extends this by allowing travellers to reference information whether they’re online or not.
“You can browse questions and answers by continent, country, city or suburb,” Shaw said. “Or you can pose your own questions and respond to others, either posting them immediately or uploading them automatically next time you’re connected to the web.”
Questions can be asked and the app downloaded from http://answers.worldnomads.com.