Schmap – Travel Guides Supercharged

I love traveling. And I am fond of reading travel guides before and while traveling. I like to get the background about the places I am visiting and try to find the best bang for the buck in the limited time I am at a place. I have used Fodor’s guides and TripAdvisor forums in all my previous trips.

Recently, I came across Schmap before my trip to Las Vegas. In their words,

Schmap’s series of digital travel guides integrates dynamic maps with useful background reading, suggested tours, photos from the traveling public and reviews by local correspondents (for sights and attractions, hotels, restaurants, bars, parks, theaters, galleries, museums and more) to profile 200 destinations throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The thing I liked the most about Schmap is that it is available online as well as offline as a desktop application and have all that information in my laptop and use it during the trip.

Schmap Quick Facts

  • Schmap’s online guides offers interactive Ajax-powered dynamic maps and guide content
  • Schmap’s online also has reviews of places and slideshows. You can navigate by interests, needs or neighborhood.
  • Schmap 2.0 is the desktop application that offers you trip planning convenience.
  • You can take virtual tours, custom print full-color guides and publish itineraries.
  • You could also download Schmap Megapacks and download a bunch of guides in one shot.
    World MegaPack – 200 guides; Europe MegaPack – 95 guides; America MegaPack – 94 guides
  • Schmap also offers fully customizable mashups that you can publish to the web with a single click – Schmapplets.
  • Syndicate content via filly customizable map widgets
  • Shmapplets, in short, is way for you to share travel recommendations, trip itineraries, reviews, etc with friends and family.
  • If you are in a Travel related business, you can add Schampplets as an interactive mapping element and share information with your readers or clientele.

When you are getting ready for a trip next time, give Schmap a whirl or you could just download the desktop version and take virtual tours of faraway places.

It’s best to be prepared and make sure any shiitake happens in your trip to a new place.

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25 Responses to “Schmap – Travel Guides Supercharged”

  1. Haris December 3, 2007 at 4:19 pm #

    Cool! No more lost tracks 😀 Thanks for sharing!

  2. Blog de Viajes - Ruta Nomada April 13, 2008 at 9:05 am #

    nice resource for all of us travelers 🙂

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  3. Zath@Technology Blog June 14, 2008 at 8:05 am #

    This looks like a useful resource, I’m looking to do some travelling in the next year and this would no doubt help with my sightseeing.

    I see that they have an app for iPhones, couldn’t see one for Windows Mobile though, I hope they release one for that platform too as this info on a mobile app would be great!

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  4. ac@free annual credit reports June 28, 2008 at 7:00 am #

    Sounds awesome! Finally a way to combine real maps (not just GPS), with travel recommendations, rather than just local stores listed.

  5. Andrea June 28, 2008 at 8:52 am #

    I found out about Schmap when they contacted me via Flickr. They wanted to use a couple of my photos on their site (photos of Germany). At first I thought it might have been some kind of scam but now I actually use their site when planning my trips.

  6. Simon@Free Vector Art July 5, 2008 at 6:56 pm #

    It’s amazing how many new Web 2.0 sites and service pop up every day. There are even directories out there dedicated to cataloguing just these sorts of sites. Great to see New Zealand listed 🙂

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  7. Rakshit July 10, 2008 at 2:57 am #

    They are just keep coming. I am looking forward for free style domain names. like whatever.whatever. I heard coming soon:)

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  8. andy@ecommerce web site software July 12, 2008 at 7:06 am #

    Schmap is pretty useful when you want to use it as a desktop application, and not have to use the internet! That’s perfect for needing to check things without having to find that wifi cafe in the middle of no where, lol.

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  9. Simon@Adsense Money July 21, 2008 at 3:01 am #

    I have actually found schmap very useful. We were used to find some cool stuff to do for a two day trip we took during my school holiday and went to one of the “Top Restaurants”, and it was bloody good.

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  10. Mahmut September 21, 2008 at 6:05 am #

    good site i like it . See you later 🙂

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  11. Andrew@payday loan October 4, 2008 at 3:03 am #

    Interesting new web 2.0 startup
    nice resource for all travelers
    Thnx for sharing!

  12. Timothy Scheiman November 9, 2008 at 1:48 am #

    Get 80% off in travel benefits.

  13. Sebastian - Classifieds December 24, 2008 at 3:10 am #

    I am reading James Joyce’s Ulysses at this very moment (yeah, I know I am insane, but anyway…) and I am really fascinated by this idea of travelling through Dublin lying under all this textual cobwebs. After reading your post I am sure that if only the heroes had such astonishing device there were undoubtedly released from all this very dodging, maddening as fascinating people all over the world regardless the geographical residence. So what am I driving at? Thanks for sharing:-)

  14. Isabel - Iphone December 24, 2008 at 4:46 am #

    “More haste, less speed” as the saying goes that can maybe give the adequate explanation and characteristic to this very digital device. It’s nice idea to think that there is the guarantee of first-rate travelling round the world. Schmap just made my day! But should we remember that ” the farthest way round is the nearest way home”? I guess so.

  15. Joel December 24, 2008 at 5:28 am #

    Good post, interesting gadget. In my humble opinion, this information can be approved by every users-travelers from hitchhiker to tourist. But is there anyone who had tested this stuff and even more is using it before this very moment? Because, you know, all this digital brand-new have some week points – time-prove and rebranding

    Joels last blog post..Slot machines: have fun and win!

  16. Corey - Beach Jewelry December 24, 2008 at 6:36 am #

    Hi! I wanna travel to some more exotic countries as India, Sri-Lanka or Myanma.. are there any advics for me? or may be some visitors can help me where i can find a nice travelguide? thanx in advance!!!

  17. kast@Free Compatibility Reports December 27, 2008 at 8:02 am #

    With the price of GPS units coming down fast this past year, I wonder if services like Schmap would still be needed or in demand. I just got a 3.5″ unit for $79! Perhaps if there are more points of interests on Schmap, then there might still be a need for it.

  18. Jordan@Beachwear January 20, 2009 at 9:58 am #

    Those maps seem very detailed and also very user-friendly. It seems like a great service for any serious traveler.

  19. Marcin@Travel Guides January 22, 2009 at 1:30 am #

    Thanks for sharing, this sounds like a service that can be very useful for me.

  20. Baseball card boxes February 21, 2009 at 11:10 am #

    This one will be great for travel geeks like myself! Supergeek to the rescue!

    Baseball card boxess last blog post..So far so good!

  21. Daniel Andrews August 27, 2009 at 8:53 am #

    Like the author of this post, I like traveling as well. My favourite place is Dublin city. That’s why I like this article very much.


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