There are almost as many travel apps out there as there are travel destinations. In general, they all do some things well, and some things not so well. WikiCamp is definitely in the same, erm, camp. With a focus on — you guessed it — camping, the app can help you find nearby places to pitch your tent, park your RV, or pick up some local sites. And while that can certainly be helpful, the app is also plagued with so many cool features that it might not make it worth paying for itself.
Like many apps, WikiCamps comes with a 14-day free trial. After that, a one-time payment of $1.99 is required for lifetime use. The free trial period is worth it as you can try out different destinations to see how well it will work for you. Many users report a lack of data on local attractions and camping sites, whereas our test data was rich, so it can only depend on where you’re looking. WikiCamps seems to have a strong following in Australia, so the crowd-sourced information it relies on may take some time to fill up in the rest of the world.
Beyond the actual data it contains (or doesn’t include), WikiCamps has a wealth of smart features. Tap the hamburger button in the top-left of the screen, and you’re presented with a list of nearby attractions, campgrounds, hotels, and more. Or you can enter a destination to see what might happen in the area you want to travel to.
Tap on one of the attractions and, if available, you’ll find contact details, photos, web links, user ratings, and a mapping button that lets you load directions into your favorite mapping app, such as Waze, Google Maps or TomTom Go. gives. You also get a week’s weather forecast for the site. Also, because this is a wiki created by members, you can edit the site if you notice that something is wrong or if you want to add additional information or photos, and you can also leave reviews from other users. can.
The Filter button lets you sort sites according to your search and helps clear out the clutter. For example, you can toggle the switch to include only free campgrounds that accept pets and have water features. You can see the results on the map or in the list. One unfortunate thing is that it looks like the app uses Google Maps, so you can see all the destinations Google offers, but they’re not all clickable, so things can get a little confusing.
Another cool aspect of WikiCamps is the ability to download data offline on a state-by-state basis, so you can access sites even in remote areas where you may not be able to get online. Plus, there’s a travel forum where you can ask other people any questions you have about destinations.
While the app offers a trip-planning function, we found it difficult and confusing to use. You can search on your destination, but there’s no easy way to indicate that you want to add it as an end point in your journey. Instead, you can try to create a trip by tapping on sites and tapping “Add to Planner,” but that’s a cumbersome way to go about things.
Since Wikitrips is created by the community, it can be hit or miss in terms of the information it provides. Some places have a lot of entries, while others are quite bare. And Trip Planner doesn’t seem to have much utility. But, for just $1.99 it can be a worthwhile tool to add to the resources of the frequent camper, and it’s definitely worth the two-week free trial for a spin.
Download Wikicamp from here