Looking at apps that are great for road trips or vacations, this week we’ll focus on a very popular one that most of you have interacted with before, Yelp.
Yelp came about in 2004, was initially a failure as an email based platform, before succeeding wildly by the end of the next year when it was relaunched as an online review source.
Yelp is pretty simple. Basically, when you go anywhere, and I mean anywhere, you can then go online via your computer or your mobile phone and leave a review. You can do this by reviewing plumbers, oil change establishments, and even retail stores in your hometown. You can also do this for travel businesses like hotels, attractions, and restaurants too and that is where the payoff is for road tripping enthusiasts.
Part of the deal when on a road trip is that sooner or later you’re going to end up in an unfamiliar location and be in need of a bed for the night, a good meal, or something fun to do. That’s where Yelp comes in. All those Yelp users who’ve visited that location before you have hopefully left helpful reviews. You can then pull up the app on your phone and get an updated list of the best place to spend the night or get a bite to eat.
This takes a lot of the guesswork out of the task of deciding where to stay, eat, or play. It’s important though to give back on Yelp. When you leave town, take a few minutes and rank the establishments you did business with. Write a review too. Did you love that appetizer last night? Was your bed way too hard? How about the pool? Was it clean or did it smell kind of gross?
Be honest in your reviews. Help the next traveler coming along behind you be able to take advantage of the same recommendations you just did. Also, be fair to the owners of the establishment. If they did a good job, reward them by saying so to their future customers.
Yelp can be very valuable to you and the traveler who comes along after you.
Yelp is available for both Android and Apple.