When it comes to travel, nothing beats the recommendation of a friend. But when it actually comes to booking a trip or buying something online, we all end up basing our decisions on reviews by complete strangers on sites like Tripadvisor, Yelp or Amazon, and let these random reviews dictate how we spend our time.
But let’s think about that for a second. Strangers who leave reviews on these sites don’t know us, and have no idea about our interests or tastes. They may be friends of the owner. They may have a personal grudge. Worse than that, they may not even exist: there is a whole industry within travel which profits from selling fake reviews.
Until now, we have used these sites because there has been no better alternative to sourcing trusted recommendations and reviews in a quick and convenient way. Though with the release of free travel app ‘Pearlshare‘, that’s all about to change.
A fantastic app which lets you build and share local travel guides, and tap into the knowledge of your friends, Pearlshare is about to leave review sites like Tripadvisor and Yelp behind. It’s easy to use, and a fantastic new way to guarantee you’re getting travel advice from sources you trust.
The Best Way to Find Travel Advice You Can Trust: Introducing PearlShare
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Pearlshare is a free app that allows you to easily build and share local travel guides. You can save all your favourite local places, or spots from destinations you want to visit (restaurants, bars, attractions etc), personalize them with quick comments, photos and tips, and then super easily share them with friends.
The app is built around ‘pearls’, which are your own ‘pearls of wisdom’! These are little nuggets of information, whether that be a great brunch spot in Sydney, a tourist attraction or a landmark. Each pearl requires you to leave a short comment about the place in 160 characters, and automatically includes handy info to include like opening hours, maps, URLs etc. They’re then available from your device whenever you need them.
The next step is to assign individual pearls to a travel guide. For instance I’m always being asked about travel to Tasmania (my home town), and where people should go. So I’ve added each of my recommendations for awesome day trips from Hobart as individual pearls, and then bundled them all together to form a guide. When people now ask for recommendations I just ping them the link and they have all the information on hand! Simple!
The nice thing is that you can share pearls and guides with your friends via any form of messaging you choose, whether or not they have the app.
Pearlshare is brilliantly simple to use, whether you’re on your iPhone, iPad, or desktop (Android version is on the way). The interface is super user friendly, and creating guides is a straightforward process with no learning curve. As they restrict your word count it’s pretty quick to throw a guide together too.
The app was born to provide a simple way of sharing recommendations with friends. It helps you find recommendations when you need them, and allows you store recommendations if you receive them when you aren’t looking.
It’s fantastic because you can quickly find and save all your favourite places, and those you want to visit, in one place, with all the details only ever a tap away. It provides nuggets of insights into places that would take hours of research to find otherwise.
Travel Advice You Can Trust
It’s not just that our friends know our tastes – swapping recommendations is fun! A big part of our social interaction is around recommending stuff to our friends, listening to their recommendations in return, and discussing our shared experiences. It’s part of the human experience.
On top of being able to forward links to individual guides, Pearlshare allows you to search through the recommendations of your friends. You can search for pearls by friend depending on what kind of experience you want, whether that’s a crazy adventure off the beaten path, or a foodie escape.
Because Pearlshare have established a large base of professional travel writers and other experts, I’ve found that even the guides from from strangers are reliable and consistently well-written (you can explore collections from other users and see what guides they have created).
Who Will Love This App
The great thing is that this app has practical use for everyone, whether you’re an intrepid traveler, an Airbnb host, or have family and friends coming to stay.
If you’re traveling and searching for a unique experience, use the app to find local recommendations on what to do. Have a guest coming to stay? Quickly create a beautiful and personalised guide to the area to share your favorite local spots.
Sick of typing up lists and trying to rack your brain for the name of that restaurant someone recommended? Create a guide as a method of collecting recommendations and keeping everything you want to do in one place. It’s a really great way to save all those “finds” for later reference.
Finding, collecting and sharing incredible places with your friends has never been easier. In the future, when we find something great, we won’t just share it, we’ll Pearlshare it!
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