Lonely Planet Writer

Mapplications: a sneak peek into the future

Maps - we love 'em. As a traveller, I'm often tempted to visit new destinations armed only with a torn-out copy of a map with some scribbled notes. If I know which way's north, everything else falls into place.

These days, technology can let us enjoy maps in ways we never dreamed of a few years ago. Interactive maps, populated with rich data and multimedia, can help take our travels to the next level.

A few weeks ago, our digital map guru, Ken Hoetmer, spoke at the Where 2.0 conference in San Jose, California. He provided some insights into how Lonely Planet is working with partners to let users play with geography in cool new ways. If you love maps, you gotta see this:


Also making an appearance on the keynote screen was our Innovation Ecosystem Manager (no, he's not a zoologist), Matt Cashmore:


We hope that you'll enjoy the fun stuff that these applications will enable for travellers.

On a personal note, I'd like to send a heartfelt shout out to the entire Lonely Planet technical team. I'm thrilled that their excellence has been recognised nationally (in Australia) with their winning of an iAward. Congrats to the team, as well as our partners - Thoughtworks and Cogent Consulting - and our colleagues at the BBCW mothership.