One great way for a small mobile app developer to get started is to create an app about something they really love. Some may call it a “hobby,” but it usually works out better if that hobby is a passion. One combination of “hobbies” that many Australians are passionate about is hiking and camping.
Here are some of the best hiking and camping apps of 2014.
“Wiki” always means that the app is user-generated. It contains information about camping and hiking spots from people who have actually camped or hiked in those places. People who use the app can not only find out about venues, but they can also provide updates and reviews. Sites listed include backpacker hostels, campsites, day stops, caravan parks, information centres and other points of interest.
It is available for iOS and Android for $4.99. The Android version has a free trial period of 14 days.
Campee is similar to WikiCamps: a user-generated, Australian camping app. Any user can edit, add or share information. It is mainly used for caravan parks and campgrounds. Most locations have information about power, toilets and rules concerning pets and fires, along with lots of photos and user reviews.
All information can be viewed even while offline, but connectivity is required to use the interactive features. Campee is free, but only available for iOS devices at this time.
Australian Road Trips
This is a more standard app; all of the information was put in during app creation and development. Australian Road Trips contains over 3,000 photos covering over 300 different routes across Australia. Each route contains recommendations on tourist attractions, restaurants, camping and lodging. This app is available on both iOS and Android and costs $4.99.
BackCountry Navigator GPS Pro
This app is only available on Android and costs $11.99, but those who use it attest to its worth. BackCountry Navigator GPS Pro allows the user to download aerial photos, topographic maps and road maps to your Android smartphone. Once downloaded, a map can be used when offline. GPS can be used to track your trip and add waypoints.
This app is available for a free 21-day trial.
MapMyHike GPS Hiking
This app comes from the same team that produced MapMyWalk and MapMyRun. It allows you to log your hikes while viewing information such as navigation, elevation, distance and pace using GPS. If you want to share your data with friends, they offer a free online account. It is available free on both Android and iOS devices.
If you want to upgrade to the Pro version, which costs $7.99 per month or $37.99 per year, you get added features such as live tracking, coaching, route recommendations and training plans.
First Aid by the Australian Red Cross
This app isn’t trendy and doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but it can save your life. It is a free download on both iOS and Android and provides information on most first aid situations. It is built to be interactive so that it is easy to use in emergencies.
Your New App
We know hiking and camping might not be your passion, but we hope this helps you develop an idea for an app within something you are passionate about. While passion isn’t necessary, it can often give the fledgling mobile app developer the inspiration they need to develop a great app and the motivation to stick to it when things aren’t going well. It also guarantees that the person engaged in the app creation and development knows a lot about the niche they are working in.
So, what is your favourite hobby? What is your passion? What are the problems that people face in that niche that could be solved with an app? Have you ever said, “I wish they had an app that could solve this problem?”
If so, you could end up creating a successful app and helping a lot of people who like the same things you do. Call 1300 650 253 today.