Field Trip
Explore your neighborhood’s hidden gems

Looking for a quick getaway, but have limited time to research options? Consider Google’s Field Trip app, which runs in the background of your phone and highlights points of interest in your immediate area. The app’s not for everyone; people who get annoyed about push notifications, for example, or those not keen on sharing their location information with apps should skip this download. But for those who don’t mind sharing, Google offers everything from restaurant recommendations and pieces of local history to unexpected festivals and events you might enjoy. The app pulls from a number of content sources, including Zagat and Thrillist, for its unusual pieces of info, and lets users choose how frequently they want updates from any given source. For the best experience, consult Field Trip when you’re in a densely packed area — it has more limited use out in rural areas. Free, for Android and iOS devices.

— Hayley Tsukayama

Field Trip app (The Washington Post)