Tagwhat…A Great Mobile Encyclopedia

Ever find yourself on a street, or even entire town, where you’ve never been before? Or maybe you’ve been there a thousand times before. Either way, would you like to know the story behind the businesses, museums, monuments and assorted curiosities that you are passing by at that moment? Or would you like to know about fun things to do in the vicinity?

There’s a mobile app out there that can give you this information right at your finger tips…it’s called Tagwhat. Tagwhat uses GPS technology to find your location, and then looks for content about landmarks that are near you.  Interesting stories and useful information are right there on your smart phone.  You can even filter the content to your desired interests (e.g. music, sports, dining).  You can also set-up a free account with TagWhat and upload your own content for others to use – we’ve done that with some of our videos.

I met the CEO of Tagwhat, David Elchoness, at a recent travel professional meetup in Boulder a couple of weeks ago, and he gave me a demonstration on how it works. It’s really quite simple to use and provides quick access to useful and interesting stuff about places nearby.

There’s a short video on their website, Tagwhat, that demonstrates how it works. Check it out.

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About Mike

I have a passion for adventure travel that began in 1989 with my first overseas trip: climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Having never been to a foreign country, Africa felt like being on another planet; I knew then and there I was hooked on travel. Since that time, I have visited all seven continents and dozens of countries. I’m using the experience I’ve gained in planning my own trips to help my clients plan their own adventures through my adventure travel company (http://www.offtrailtravel.com). After working as a firefighter for the US Forest Service in California and Wyoming for three years, I moved to Durango, Colorado where I graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in accounting. After graduation I moved to the Denver area where I worked in a Big Eight accounting firm to obtain my CPA license; soon afterward I began a career as an auditor with the Colorado Department of Education. My background in accounting helped me develop detailed-oriented skills that have been extremely useful in researching and planning my own travel over the years. I think this provides a unique asset to my clients in putting together their adventure travel plans. I currently live in Golden, Colorado with my wife Valerie, who shares my love of adventure travel. I’m an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club where I lead trips for club members and have taught ski lessons in their Telemark Ski School. I enjoy skiing, mountain hiking, trail running, photography, and astronomy. I take any opportunity I can get to explore new places, whether it’s on the other side of the world or just down the road.
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