Paul Noble’s ‘Villa Joe’ (Front View) 2005–6; courtesy the Gagosian Gallery
It’s happened to the best of us: a misplaced passport, forgetting the great novel your smartest friend recommended, shelling out for a sub-par latte before you realize the best coffee shop in the city is the next block over. And what was that new farm-to-table restaurant everyone is talking about?
No one is immune to the woes of trying to plan a trip efficiently, trying to fill your time with all the gastronomic and cultural high points of your destination. Save yourself the strain and download Soon, the new app that’s making keeping track of your plan (and staying sane) easier than ever. Soon helps you find the democratically top-rated attractions in any destination, lets you build your own itinerary, and then displays your ideal guide on a city grid. With a clearly visualized agenda right in your pocket, your trip can be as relaxing or productive as you need it to be. It’s also great for staying entertained on the road: as you’re recommended books, movies, music, podcasts, and more, you can add them to Soon instead of later trying to recall everything by memory. Then, when you’re dealing with that long layover or quiet night in, just open the app and see which movies you reminded yourself to watch. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Here’s how to best utilize Soon for your travels:
Create your list Add your destination in the ‘City Lists’ menu and explore the map, which showcases popular attractions, bars and restaurants.
Work together Add collaborators to your City List plan so that you can work from the same itinerary.
Add your own picks If a friend told you about a great restaurant, or you read about a cool music venue, search for it in the app and add it to your City List. The process is simple: click the airplane with the ‘+’ in the upper right corner when you’re previewing each attraction. Your City List map will start to fill up with all the things you want to do, helping you economize time by grouping nearby attractions together.
Discover something new Explore the other menu categories – Restaurants, Bars & Clubs, Stores, Museums, Hotels, Cafés, Places – and search within your target city. You’ll be presented with some of the most popular attractions in each.
Pay it forward Once you visit an attraction, go into the app and check it off your list. You’ll be prompted to leave a reaction – on a ‘hated it’ to ‘loved it’ scale – which helps Soon recommend these places to other users.