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In Britain, it'd be easy to assume that once someone's in London, there's no need for them to go elsewhere for some fantastic sights and some great day trips. That couldn't be further from the truth with there being some terrific places to go for day trips within comfortable reach of The Big Smoke. Roving traveller Earl Steinbicker, previously known for his work with Waltzing Through Vienna has come up trumps again with London's Backyard, an app that aims to provide users with 25 one day adventures within a reasonable distance of London.
In each case, a suggested walking tour is provided along with various interactive maps, photos, suggestions for attractions that could be visited and some ever useful practical advice. Pretty much everything possible has been covered here ensuring that users have everything they could need in order to get the most out of each trip.
London's Backyard covers a fair amount of places ranging from the old fashioned seafront style town of Hastings to Winchester, Guildford, Canterbury and Dover. Each area is covered extensively ensuring that there's something of interest for all people. For instance, Colchester in Essex, North of London, is not only Britain's oldest record town with some extensive Celtic and Roman history to be seen, but it also offers a great zoo, popular with many people.
Less well known places such as the canal village of Stoke Bruerne and Woodstock in Oxfordshire are also examined ensuring that people can get away from the hustle and bustle of London easily, either via public transport or by car.
Many of these places might be familiar to British readers but I doubt they know a huge amount about them all making London's Backyard ideal for everone.
It's out now for all iOS devices, it's an universal app and it's a mere $2.99 which seems a good deal for over 3 weeks worth of daytrips!
Travel apps offer a dual purpose. If you're travelling to the chosen area, you can consult them at every turn, helping you along the way. If you're broke, such as I am at the moment, you can stare at the pretty pictures and dream of your next holiday. Earl Steinbicker, writer of guidebooks for over 25 years, brings you his guide to Vienna in the form of Waltzing Through Vienna. Hopefully it'll cover these two purposes rather well.
It takes you on one of 12 DIY tours of discovery, giving you step by step instructions to ensure you get to see the full route. Essentially, it's aiming to be a tour guide but a tour guide that you can control to an extent. Plus it's pretty darn hard to find a tour guide willing to work for $2.99!
Each location comes with a full description, links to its website, opening hours and prices. Descriptions of cafes and restaurants look to be particularly useful thanks to offering rough prices and a brief description of what kind of food is served.
If you don't fancy following a set route, you can always look up individual places which is a neat touch. Plus you don't have to worry about data charges as the app only needs an internet connection if you want to load up one of the website links.
While I can't say I've tested Waltzing Through Vienna in Vienna itself, it certainly looks pretty appealing. Let us know if you head off to Vienna and give this a shot. For only $2.99 it looks pretty good.