The summer months are already upon us and it’s hard to believe June is almost over. But we know many of you are just getting started on planning your time off and as someone who lives and breathes the definition of road warrior, I thought I’d share my ultimate travel necessity to help you prepare: Yelp!
I’m not the only one who relies on Yelp to find restaurants, salons, hotels, pubs, parks and more on the go. In fact, a whole slew of travel reporters and publications have named Yelp as their go-to guide while on the road.
Our friends at BootsnAll recommend Yelp as one of the 6 online tools that enrich your offline experiences. With a presence in the U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland and France (phew!), we
couldn’t agree more!
USA Today named Yelp’s iPhone application as one of its top 10 free travel apps, noting: “Yelp has made a name for itself as the one-stop shop for reviews of just about everything, from restaurants to beaches, museums, salons, and auto shops. Need a dentist, pharmacy, or (hopefully not) a doctor? Turn to Yelp to find out which places get the locals’ approval.”
Traveling for business? No problem! As Business Insider points out, Yelp can help you find that perfect restaurant for a vegan client or a hotel with free wi-fi to catch up on emails between meetings.
Perhaps most originally (or should I say deliciously?), The Economist used Yelp to find some mouth-watering BBQ while road-tripping in the South. The reporter even mused: “The chains by the highway exist only because travelers don’t have the information to find something better without wandering around a strange town for a wasted hour. Julia Child said once that she preferred the Quarter Pounder at McDonald’s because when you’re on the road, you’ve got to eat something. What if she’d had the Yelp app?” We think Julia would have been one happy camper with a little Yelp in her life.
Finally, for those of you who are relaxing staycation-style, MSNBC details how locals use Yelp in their hometown to find unexpected treats — or you can check out our own Summer Weekly Yelp that provides you with your very own local tour guide, dishing out tips and tricks in over 35 cities from London-town to the Bay!
How are you going to use Yelp on your travels this summer? Let us know on our Facebook page!