Some great authors on Wenzani
We thought it was high time to give you an update on where we’re up to with Wenzani, and what better way than to introduce you to a few of our fantastic Wenzani experts. We’re creating a guide packed full of cool places to go and things to do, and this just wouldn’t be possible without on the ground advice from our local and traveling experts who make sure we don’t miss those tucked-away bars or just-opened restaurants.
Here’s a sample of just a few of the experts whose recommendations we publish already…
Name: Robert Reid
Location: New York
Bio: Robert is Lonely Planet’s US Travel Editor. He’s written two dozen guidebooks (including USA & Canada, Europe& Southeast Asia) and articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and ESPN. He also writes the Reid on Travel blog at reidontravel.blogspot.com
Name: Joseph Bindloss
Bio: Joe Bindloss is the author of more than 50 eating, drinking and travel guides to London and cities around the globe. Read more at www.bindloss.co.uk.
Name: Ekua Impraim
Location: San Francisco
Bio: Ekua Impraim is a San Francisco-based writer and avid traveler who explores her home with a keen spirit of adventure. Follow her on her world travels at her blog, Girl Unstoppable.
Name: Shawn Low
Bio: Lonely Planet author, sometime TV personality, comic-book collector, coffee addict, barely bilingual. Shuttles between Singapore and Melbourne. Twitter @shawnlow
Think your recommendations should appear alongside these guys, plus Lonely Planet, Time Out, Frommer’s and other iconic travel publishers in one snazzy app? Does the world deserve to know where you ate last night?
If so, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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It’s finally here - Wenzani launches today
Today we launch the public beta of Wenzani – the world’s free, easy-to-use mobile guide that helps you discover amazing experiences.
Wenzani is the first app of its kind that allows users to tap into leading content from multiple expert sources like Lonely Planet, Time Out, BBC Travel, Eyewitness Guides, Frommer’s Travel and others and combine it with socially-curated recommendations to create a personalized guide like no other. It’s ideal for locals who want to get to know their cities better as well as for travelers seeking authentic experiences everywhere they go - Wenzani has great recommendations in just about every corner of the globe.
How many times do you find yourself out and about and wondering where the best places might be to eat, drink, hang out or hear some music? Or maybe, just a fun place to take the kids? Wenzani takes traditional expert advice (guides and listings) and steps it up by offering instantly updated information with relevant recommendations. It uses your location as well as a secret sauce algorithm to serve up places and events curted just for you. It also supplements the advice of experts with great picks from your friends and allows you to instantly share your experiences as they happen.
So what does Wenzani mean anyway? It’s actually a Zulu word that means ‘What are you doing?’ Wenzani wants to help you figure out what to do next. You can check out what the experts say or query your friends and compare notes.
We have inherited much of our DNA from Lonely Planet, one of the world’s most loved brands with a long-established reputation for trusted expertise in travel. However, to bring users the best mix of expert content, we’ve partnered with the finest guide publishers around the world, including Eyewitness Guides, TimeOut, Frommer’s Travel, W Cities and others. Although usually considered competitors, we have joined forces to do something unique and give our users the most comprehensive guide possible.
The public beta is the start of the journey for us and we welcome and encourage feedback from users on how to make Wenzani even better. We launch on iPhone with other devices coming soon.