So you have reached your destination and it is a city that you have never been in, and you want a burger after the long ride. How do you find a place close by? If you have an Android powered phone or an iPhone, all you need is Sherpa by Geodelic.
Sherpa is an application that uses the GPS and 3G connection on your smart phone to determine where you are and then it will load information about the businesses and services around you. You can search through categories of services, such as bars, grocery stores, or restaurants and with the push of a button it will plot a map of where the businesses are in relation to you.
Also, if you are looking for movies in the area, Sherpa will find the movie theaters, then with just a click you can discover what movies are playing there and show times.
Another wonderful thing about this app is that it starts learning about you the more you use it. For instance, if you look up one bank often, it will start filtering out other banks in the area and only list your bank. The more you use it, the more it formats to you.
The best aspect of Sherpa is that it is completely free. It uses “location based mobile marketing” to generate revenue. This means that since they know where you are, they can place ads in the banner space that correspond to places close to you.
This is an invaluable tool for anyone who travels, but especially for motorcyclists. When trying to travel light, one thing that can cut down on both weight and hassle is to eliminate some of the electronic equipment that is packed. With apps like this, you only have to take your phone (something you are traveling with anyway, right?) to navigate your way through an entertainment filled evening.