Have you ever found yourself between flights in a foreign city with several hours to explore but no idea what to do? It’s easy to be overwhelmed and end up wasting hours standing in line with thousands of other tourists. Avoid the lines and explore the city like a local using Travel Channel Layover Guide with Anthony Bourdain’s favorite places to eat, drink and stay. This engaging app is full of videos, photos, maps and contact information to inspire you and help you plan. Don’t just stand on the sidelines and watch – create your own layover itinerary by adding timelines, photos, notes and mapped locations.
Don’t waste precious time on the touristy destinations during your next layover. Read on to learn more about making every second in a foreign city count with Travel Channel Layover Guide.
Launch Travel Channel Layover Guide and immediately you notice a sleek, modern browsing experience. Swipe the bar cutting across the screen to browse a selection of airports in major cities across the globe, such as CDG (Paris), SIN (Singapore), LAX (Los Angeles) and many more. These cities mirror those Anthony Bourdain visits on The Layover TV show, and new cities are added for free as they air on Travel Channel.
For convenience and to keep the app from taking up too much space on your device, you must select a city and download it to explore the content. The downloads are quick, which is helpful if you’re traveling and Internet time is valuable.
Explore A City
Once you’ve downloaded a city, tap on it for Anthony Bourdain’s guide. Information is broken down into easy to digest bites. Every guide comes with a short video in which Bourdain describes what makes that city great and the best way to enjoy what the city has to offer. To get you excited about traveling, he includes a list of books to read before you visit. You’ll also see suggestions of music to get you in the mood, complete with Buy now links to iTunes. Is this feature convenient or spammy? You decide.
Should you take a cab or public transit? How far is the airport from the city? Tap Getting There for practical information on local airports and Anthony’s tips for the best transportation into the city. Bonus: the app includes a link to the airport website. Just below Getting There are the valuable Dos and Don’ts, a list of tips on how to blend in with the locals and other little gems to help you understand the culture and not make a fool of yourself.
The Layovers tab is for browsing all the fun things Anthony did in just a few hours between flights. Swipe left and right on the iPad to browse full screen photos of the eats, drinks, shopping and sightseeing. Swipe up for all the details: location, hours, price range, recommended time allotment, photos, video and Anthony’s notes.
While traveling, you can follow Anthony Bourdain’s itinerary or build your own. Tap one of the icons to add an activity to your layover itinerary, share an activity (via Facebook, Twitter or Email), or check in to that location with Foursquare. To move from the immersive browsing experience to a bird’s eye view of Tony’s Layover, tap All Locations. It’s handy to be able to filter activities by type: Eat, Drink, Do, Sleep or Shop.
Create Your Own Layover
The ability to customize and plan your own layover is what makes Travel Channel Layover Guide engaging. On the iPad you’ve got the option to view My Layover just underneath Tony’s Layover on the bottom of the screen in each city Layovers section (the same information found in tabs at the top of the Layovers screen on the iPhone). For easy viewing of your layover plans, go to My Trips. On the phone this section is listed by city for quick access, while the iPad displays a full screen map with pushpins marking all your saved cities for a richer experience.
Tap a city for access to your itinerary. The destination points are mapped out with time recommendations for traveling to and from, as well as time allotted for the activity based on Bourdain’s recommendations. It’s easy to customize your itinerary, add your own personal notes and upload photos. If you’re connected to the Internet you can use the map function to get directions. The only downside is that you can only work with the activities and locations that are in the app. If you find a cool restaurant you can’t add it to the itinerary. Also, your itineraries aren’t accessible across different devices, so if you’ve got an iPad and an iPhone you’re going to need to upload all the information twice if you want to access it.
If you’re a fan of Anthony Bourdain and yearn to travel like a local, the Travel Channel Layover Guide is a must have for planning your next layover. The app is practical, sharing tons of useful tips while inspiring you with interesting photos and videos. A mixture of downloaded content along with Internet dependent directions features makes this app convenient for travelers on the go. Cherish every minute of your short time in a city by planning your itinerary using the Travel Channel Layover Guide.