As a long time customer of Lonely Planet printed guides, I used this app for local planning while I travel. But now it’s an exorbitant ripoff. I’ll just resort to using TripAdvisor or Fodors or Frommers. Uninstalling now...
Lonely Planet has always been my “go to” guide, so I downloaded the app. I am disappointed. The print guides are easy to read and find the desired information, organized in a logical manner, and everything within is useful. They are good value. Their app is just not user friendly. To get to anything requires a much bigger investment than buying one of their guides. I can understand they cannot give away their intellectual product, but the user must first get enough information to feel the cost will bring them value. Similar to buying their books. For example, I am in a book store and am interested in a guide book on Mexico City. I first look at the books by different authors/providers. I read front and back covers, the types of information offered, the price points of restaurant and lodging information and how they organize it, and compare the price of the two or three books I like best, etc. I am not interested in buying books at this time on every place in the world. I will buy a book about another place when I get ready to go there. A similar online approach is what I expected. Give me an overview of Mexico City, climate, when to go, etc. If I still think I want to go to Mexico City, then give me an online price (similar to the book price) and for that purchase an interactive version of what would be in the print book I will probably continue to get their guide books, as I love them, but this app, for me, is not practical, user friendly, or good value. I don’t care to pay a higher cost yearly for access to the world, just a reasonable price for the info on the place I want to go today. Next year i will again pay for information on a different place. None of that yearly fee at a higher price because I get info on the world. No value there for me.
App layout is very good but gets pricey if you want more than a month. App is iPhone only even though it shows up as an iPad app.
If you want to live in a world of fake information, carrying on complaining about the subscription cost. Those of us recognise what it costs to support writers, publishers and app developers are happy to pay for this quality of information and functionality.
I decided to take a look at this app after reading the glowing reviews. Alas, my limited experience has left me wanting. I recently took a trip to Austin and beforehand did a ton of research to figure out all the best places to go. I didn’t spend a penny. So when I found this app, I decided to see what they felt was worth seeing in Austin, not realizing there was a pay wall. After a little looking, I noticed that, while there are a few more worthwhile locations that I missed, there are also a few prime spots that this app missed as well. Then it started telling me I needed a subscription. Huh? I’m not asking for a travel agent. All this information is free elsewhere on the internet. Yet you want me to pay $40/year? When the public has no way of suggesting places you guys missed? Umm no. It may be nicely organized and developed, but that’s not worth a subscription. Maybe a one-time payment. Maybe.
Just use google or trip adventure app
App crashes upon start. Was hoping to use to plan my trip to Denver, but that’s not looking like an option anymore!
as a broke college student who loves to travel this app was amazing to me but they ruined it by making it a subscription service now i cant afford to use it and losing out on a very valuable resource
I’ve used this app for years when I happened to be in a city traveling for work. It was great! But I would only use it three or four times a year so there’s no way I am going to pay for the new subscription model. I see you now have 8,000 cities instead of 275. Maybe keep the original 275 as free. VERY disappointed in this change, good thing TripAdvisor is still free
I love it!