Warning: This app may give you a serious case of wanderlust.
So, I’ve been playing around with Facebook’s TripAdvisor app, since the Where I’ve Been app has been so unceremoniously discontinued. (You can see a picture of the old app on my About page.) On the whole I like the new app.
I can see all the cities where I’ve been/ want to go:
I can select only the cities where I’ve been:
Or only the cities where I want to go:
And my favorite cities. Funnily enough, they’re all in the same corner of the world:
Whereas the old app (Where I’ve Been) filled in the entire country if you’ve visited it, this map just pins specific cities. This is good and bad. It gives you a new perspective on your travels. Before, I was more focused on going to new countries just so I could fill in more of my map. Now I realize that I primarily want to see more cities in countries where I’ve already been — England, France, Italy, Spain, etc. This app has severely increased my wanderlust! It’s also forced me to think about all the cities and towns I’ve ever visited, which has been a nice trip down memory lane.
One thing I don’t like about these apps is that they tend to turn traveling into a game or competition. I can see where all my friends have been, and my first impulse is to see whether I’ve “beaten” their country count.
I also found a bug in the app. It’s saying I’ve been to a place called Bangko, Indonesia – which I never was – and I can’t get it off my map! It’s been bugging me, since it’s throwing my city and country count off. Anyone know how to fix this?