If you haven’t heard of Pokémon Go (at least the name), then you may be living under a rock ;). This app is the most successful mobile app of all time, generating $2 million a day in revenue in the US market! And 40 percent of its users are adults over the age of 25. Now I know what you may be thinking, “this is just a game,” but that’s not all it can be. It can also be your next travel app. How you may ask?
Of course, you can’t book your next trip to Dubai through it, or run a search for a place to grab a fresh croissant, but it can help you come across places and cool spots in whatever city you’re in that may not be listed in your travel guide.
For those who are not really familiar with the game, the object is to “catch” digital monsters through your smartphone, and then either collect them or use them to battle other players.
Your smartphone uses your location and displays your avatar among streets and other bits of geography (rivers, parks, etc.). It looks like Google Maps, but a bone version of it (if you know what I mean).
In order to collect the monsters, you must walk around! You cannot catch them if you sit at your desk or on your couch.
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In the game, you have to go to certain checkpoint called Pokéstops, where you’ll be rewarded with points and treasures (digitally speaking). Every city has tons and tons of Pokéstops that are located everywhere. These Pokéstops are appearing at restaurants, parks, coffee shops, historic buildings, street art sites and other places that you may have missed in a city that you’re exploring.
Unfortunately, not every Pokéstop is grandeur, but it’s a new way of pointing out places that you may have missed along the way.
If you’re using this app quite often, you may want to have a portable battery charger with you as the game can drain a lot of juice. You’ll also need mobile data (doesn’t use much) or wifi (pocket wifi is great if you’re outside the country) in order for it to work.
Not every country offers Pokémon Go. Currently, it’s only available in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, UK, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Other countries are waiting for their chance to play the game as well, although the exact date is not entirely clear, yet, it will happen soon!
If you’re looking for a different way to explore new cities, check out the new game! It may become your next travel app for discovery. Happy Pokétravel ;)!