Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Findery, a bulletin board

From the cofounder of Flickr comes a new travel app that's three parts photo-inspired sticky notes and one part treasure map.

Name: Findery

Available for: Website and iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

What it does: Geo-tags "notes" all over the world connecting people with places, and places with stories. Create your own "notemaps," or list of notes. Even better - discover the world through other travelers' lists.

Cost: Free

What's hot: Lots of hyper-local travel apps point out hotspots, but Findery delves deeper, encouraging travelers and locals to imprint their memories and stories on a place. I loved searching for a destination and not knowing what I was going to find - a piece of history, a personal anecdote, etc. If you want to devour all the content for one region, type your destination in the search bar and then click on "Notes matching 'Peru' " and you can scroll through quickly. I found a tiny Peruvian beach town called Mejia that the locals of Arequipa frequent. The traveler (@tjh) from Pleasanton, Calif., couldn't wait to get back.

What's not: Don't forget to scroll right to left for more content. It felt counterintuitive, but that's small potatoes once you get the hang of it. When searching for destinations, look for green dots as well as profile pics. It might look as if there are only a few markers in a place, but zoom in on the map and you'll see the green dots reveal many more.

Worth it? Absolutely - it's completely addictive.

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