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When you are finally on your long-awaited (and probably already canceled) vacation, you may be faced with a mystery. On the one hand, you want to document your trip – for yourself so that your friends and family can see and enjoy your travels.

But on the other hand, it seems like a good idea to keep a travel journal or blog before you get to your destination, but while you’re there, no part of you wants to stop jotting down people’s names, places and attractions you just got to know. Now there’s a new app that does most of these tasks for you. Here’s what you should know.

How do I create a travel diary with an app

The app is called Hoptale, and it uses photo metadata to get information about a destination and uses it to compile a travel journal. In addition to photos and facts, you can document other aspects of your trip, including maps of the places you visited and your itinerary, which the company claims can be done in just 10 minutes.

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Hoptale is designed to be used in three different ways:

  1. Create a travel journal with minimal effort
    This is the part described above, which uses metadata from your photos to outline the basic components of a travel journal (the names of cities, landmarks you’ve visited, etc.). It’s up to you to add your own details and comments.
  2. Share your travel journal and itinerary
    Not only do you have the option to share your trip publicly (like a traditional travel blog), but you can also send a link to your journal to friends and family so they can see your photos and activities.
  3. Use it as a travel planning tool
    When you’re ready to plan your next trip, you can Discover Feed the app to find great trips others have made and get real, user-generated photos and itineraries.

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The app is free to download and use, and according to a Hoptale spokesperson, “there are currently no plans to charge users for using the full-featured app”.