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Finding Travel Inspiration With an iPad App

2011/07/26by Donna Hull

In my ongoing quest to introduce baby boomers to travel technology, especially apps, I’ve found something that’s going to inspire, entertain and literally knock your boomer socks off. 50 Places of a Lifetime — an app for iPhone and iPad — is a visual stunner but of course that’s to be expected since it’s produced by National Geographic Traveler, one of my favorite magazines.

Divided into sections on Urban Spaces, Wild Places, Paradise Found, Country Unbound and World Wonders, the 50 Places of a Lifetime app delivers hours of destination dreaming. Fans of well-written travel pieces will revel in articles such as the one the late ABC anchor Peter Jennings wrote on Jerusalem. And watching Boyd Matson’s video of Orcas forcing a seal from iceberg safety in Antarctica is like viewing a choreographed whale ballet.

If you find an article, photo gallery or video inspiring, then click the check-mark to add that particular destination to the travel bucket list, which is built into the app. Maybe it will be the beginnings of a special boomer travel experience in your future.

The best part about 50 Places of a Lifetime app is that the travel entertainment is always available. Once its downloaded, all of the information is viewable without an internet connection. How’s that for ready inspiration?

When my travel writer and blogger friend, Jeanine Barone of  J The Travel Authority, reviewed 50 Places of a Lifetime, she wrote, “You won’t be able to take your eyes off the images and the words.” That certainly happened to me and I bet you’ll experience the same irresistible urge to spend hours browsing some of the most wondrous destinations on earth.

Check the iTunes store to download a copy of 50 Places of a LIfetime to your iPhone or iPad. At $1.99, it’s cheap entertainment. Be sure to come back here to share your thoughts about the app in our comments section. Which destinations did you add to your boomer travel list? Can you guess which ones that Alan and I added?

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A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of My Itchy Travel Feet: Breathtaking Adventure Vacation Ideas.

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nopotcooking July 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Cool! I’ve seen their books like this but didn’t know there was an app

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Donna Hull
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July 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Some of the material is from the books but they’ve added a whole new dynamic with the videos and photo galleries.

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Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell July 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I’m wondering if this app will work on an iTouch as well? 

Vera Marie Badertscher July 26, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Hey, National Geo, It would be nice to have the app for Droid phones, too.

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Casey July 26, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Just more ammo for my eventual iPad purchase, I guess!

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FitTravelersHaveMoreFun.com
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July 27, 2011 at 12:23 am

Just got an iPad last week, can’t wait to get this! Nora

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Sheryl July 27, 2011 at 12:57 am

I recently got an IPad – can’t wait to load this app. Thanks for the info.

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Sandy2118 July 27, 2011 at 1:41 am

No IPad, I’m afraid.  Is Cape Cod one of the places?  It should be!

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MyKidsEatSquid July 28, 2011 at 1:28 am

I don’t have an iPad, but I’ve used iPhone apps while on vacation to get to know more about areas–Gettysburg comes to mind, it’s such a useful tool when traveling. So convenient.

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Donna Hull
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July 28, 2011 at 4:15 am

You are right. Personally, I use the National Geographic Traveler app for bedtime reading. Guess what I dream about?

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Susan Johnston July 29, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I have an iPhone but I wonder if the small screen would really do those photos justice. Cool concept, though! 

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Donna Hull
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July 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm

You have a point, Susan. Although you could still enjoy the great writing.

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