Travelers around the world have created landmarks, also known as ‘Cairns’, to show the path through which they traveled. Over the years cairns have been used for various purposes, mainly for the guidance of future travelers. Now people can use cairns in the form of an iPhone app, CairnStory, to record their travel adventures.
CairnStory is the right tool to share travel experiences, as it has information for all sorts of travelers, right from those who go trekking to the skydivers. You need your iPhone’s GPS to be turned on in order to use this app. The developers have also provided a website where you can upload all the travel details that you gained while using this app, which will be helpful for other travelers who travel by the same route.
This app uses Google Maps for marking the route by which you travel. You can also add additional points on the map for reference. Apart from that, you can add photos of how the cairn looks, videos and audios about it. This app also stores other travel related stats like the speed in which you travel, the distance of your journey and how high you travel -the altitude. You can update the distance you have traveled from one point to another. You can use the GPS to mark the points on the map with different icons which you are familiar with. The GPS will also track your route along with the photos related to it. You can share your marked points with your friends by making it visible to them. I liked the ability of the app to estimate the time and distances, right from the starting point to the mid-point and all the way up to the end points.
CairnStory also creates a 3D travel record with Google Earth Touring. You can easily upload all the details of your travel to cairnstory.com and retrieve them when you need it. You can also share your travel story on Twitter and Facebook.
The user interface of CairnStory is fine. It would have been good if offline usage of the app was possible, so that it can be used in places where Internet access isn’t available. But it is very useful for people who travel through a route for the first time. As the app lets users share information of the locations they are in on major social networks, it helps them stay safe even if they are in places they aren’t familiar with. CairnStory is a must-have app for first time travelers.
Rating: 4.5/ 5