Last November, Kat McArthur won the Startup Weekend Gold Coast in Australia, and ditched his corporate ties for his own startup business. The idea was called Ample at the time, but has since then developed into app that helps maximize your time while consolidating your interests. Wunderwalk finds the coolest things in your city (or the city you’re traveling to), with the highest ratings and check ins, similarly to Foursquare, but then uses Google Maps so as to find those points of interest, restaurants, bars, shopping, etc, in your immediate vicinity and then plots a route for you, easily accessible on your map. The app attempts to create the ultimate day by alleviating
stress and maximizing time, because we all live hectic lives.
Contrary to sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp, that only provide a comprehensive map of the city, which pin each restaurant or landmark, Wunderwalk recommends a concise, unique and strategic walking route that encompasses all of your plans. The first of it’s kind, this dynamic map isn’t just for travelers, though. It’s also ideal for those discovering their city, or hoping to maximize their weekend afternoons. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you create an avatar, and then you fill out “I’m hungry for…”, “I’m thirsty for…”, “I’m looking for…”, “I’m shopping for…” and based on your answers, anything from burritos, to craft beer, to monuments, or shoe shopping, the app creates a personalized route just for you, that is located simply and concisely. It allows you to check off of your must-sees, and your cravings, all while giving specific instructions for walking stops, with the real total time and distance.
Most importantly, it has the option to view the “Best Walks” created other people and rated the most highly, so that you can discover what other travelers or locals have.
Similarly to Yelp, Wunderwalk needs local recommendations for it’s itineraries, but the map interface was created to allow all your plans be consolidated into one, so as to eliminate the research and googling needed to plan your day. Most importantly, it has the option to view the “Best Walks” created other people and rated the most highly, so that you can discover what other travelers or locals have.
The current app launched it’s beta this June in it’s hometown of Brisbane, but this it has plans to take on the world. Available on iOS and Android Google Play, it will soon be coming to Cairo, New York, London, Singapore, and San Francisco. As of now, Wu
nderwalk is based in online maps, which means that data roaming must be accessible and is completely free to download.