Trippy Launches Travel App for iPad

Nothing fuels a case of wanderlust like a big screen full of pictures. Trippy, the social travel site where travelers can find and share recommendations, has released a new app for the iPad.

With a grid full of iconic images like trolley cars in San Francisco or a crystal blue shoreline in the Philippines, Trippy’s interface looks a little bit like Pinterest’s. It’s a mix of hotels, restaurants, landmarks, and other things that make traveling fun.

You can browse through places you’ve been and create a “been” board to relive your memories and advise other travelers on where to go. You can also create a “want” list of places you’d like to go next. You add detail by commenting on the images.

Switch to map view, and you’ll see your destinations dotted along a map with the images on the left. It’s instant gratification for people who might otherwise use a map on the wall with thumbtacks to mark where they’ve been.

But Trippy is not just a mobile scrapbook; it has a GPS integration as well. If you search “nearby,” you’ll find new places that other travelers have recommended on the app. This is good for creating a travel itinerary on the fly.

Founder J.R. Johnson sold his previous venture, VirtualTourist, to Expedia in 2008. He launched Trippy in open beta in October 2011 after the app became a Battlefield Finalist at the TechCrunch Disrupt.  The company’s iPhone and iPad apps can be found at the iTunes Store.

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