Since moving to Portland four years ago, my family has favored celebrating the Christmas holiday season in Hawaii. It’s a relatively short flight from here, and it helps combat the “SAD-ness” that can creep in as the winter solstice approaches. This year we spent a week on Hawaii’s Big Island, enjoying some valuable rest & relaxation.
While we enjoyed two commercial tours, our family especially enjoyed driving tours narrated by the GyPSy Guide. As the mixed-case spelling implies, the guide is a suite of mobile apps (i.e., iOS & Android) that offer audio driving tours supplemented by location. While many travel apps offer suggestions about where to go, these apps offer insight about where you are. The apps are inexpensive, work offline, and offer excellent commentary about culture, geography & history. At the time of this writing, they are presented in English, and favor North American destinations.
This year we took advantage of the Big Island, Hawaii app. On a previous vacation, we relied on the GyPSy Guide to navigate the Road to Hana (Maui). We’ve also used the GyPSy Guide on a trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
If you have a road trip in your future, the GyPSy Guide is worth a look.