The Golden Gate Bridge is photogenic in any weather and any time of the day.
Watching fingers of fog sweep across the hills of Santa Barbara, Calif., during an early morning hike with my friend. Laughing at my Labrador as he romped through the waves at a secluded cove near Avila Beach. Witnessing the sun drop behind the Golden Gate and transform the sky into magnificent hues of pink, orange, and purple. All special moments I captured with an innovative app specifically designed for travelers: TripleSpot. The AAA app serves as a mobile guidebook, allowing users to discover new places, plan future adventures, and find fun activities based on their interests.
In developing TripleSpot, AAA wanted to create a free app with user-generated content that would encourage people to explore the world in imaginative ways.
TripleSpot is essentially Pinterest, Instagram, Foursquare, and Facebook rolled into one. To create a spot, users—or “TripleSpotters”—simply snap a photo, tag a specific location, and provide a description. As TripleSpotters generate more spots, they have the option to organize their spots into lists based on certain themes, locations, or travel dates. All spots and lists are shared with the TripleSpot community and can be placed in one or more of 14 categories, which cover everything from outdoor attractions to nightclubs. Users can search the various lists and categories for intriguing spots and “like” or comment on their favorites.
What I appreciate most about TripleSpot is that it is different from all the other social apps I use. It goes beyond the pretty pictures, mobile check-ins, and restaurant reviews. With TripleSpot, people from across the country can share special moments, stories, and experiences so that others can find a hidden gem in a certain neighborhood, learn more about a particular destination and its attractions, and create their own adventures. With this unique app, instead of simply admiring places from afar, people are inspired to venture out and explore more of the world around them.
Photography courtesy of Alejandra Saragoza
This article was first published in May 2014. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.