Organize your favorite destinations with Rego

I really like to travel. Whether it’s a week exploring Paris or a free afternoon in a neighboring town, I’m game for it. It’s such fun to see new things, meet new people, and discover new treasures to visit or experience again and again. Years ago, I recorded my travels with Gowalla, the now-defunct location-based social network that let you record your trips while turing it into a bit of a game.

Today, I use Rego by Makalu Interactive and have for years. It’s a simple app designed to let you note the places you’ve been, as well as spots you hope to visit someday. It’s not a social network — though sharing options do exist — but more a personal, private database. To me, that’s a big plus.

Looks

Rego is simple and straightforward. (Tour the app.) Up top you see a map depicting your current location; below, a list of your favorite places. You can “pull” the map over the list for a larger, distraction-free view. Your current location is noted by a blue dot, while points of interest you’ve previously noted appear as yellow dots.

As for the list of spots, tap any one to view its details, including notes you’ve written, any collections it belongs to, GPS coordinates, date added, and more. There’s even an option to discover nearby places, further adding to Rego’s usefulness.

Use

What I like about this app: Rego is a list for me. There’s no liking, sharing, thumbs up, or comments to post out of obligation because someone you knew 25 years ago said something about a pizza place you both visited in the ’80s. Instead, Rego is a list of places I love at home and abroad.

I can share if I want to, but… I don’t. Instead, I add a spot by traveling to it, tapping the “+” icon in the upper right and tapping Save.

Once that’s done, a new screen is created for that spot. From here I can add a note, snap a photo, and read an inspirational quote. It’s all quite easy.

Collections keep things tidy. You can create as many collections as you like (Restaurants, Sentimental Spots, Beautiful Views, etc.) and add a spot to any one with a tap. And yes, a spot can be in more than one category, like “Sentimental Spots” and “Restaurants.”

Rego also lets you add spots you hope to visit, or aren’t currently occupying. To do so, pinch the map to zoom out. You’ll notice a target icon appears. Move that to the location you’re after and then create a new spot as described above. It isn’t entirely accurate, but I’ve been assured that you’ll be able to add spots via address in a future update.

Conclusion

Rego is quite nice. It’s easy to whip out and record your travels, and just as useful when browsing or searching for new places to visit (pull down on the list of saved spots to reveal the search field). You can also opt to open any spot in a maps app, like Apple’s Maps or Google Maps for iPhone. Now you’re a tap away from travel directions.

4 Comments for “Organize your favorite destinations with Rego”

  1. posted by Paul on

    Please forgive the shameless self promotion, but if you like Rego you may like an app that I helped create called, Pinbox.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pinbox-map-your-world/id733144754?mt=8

    It’s similar to Rego in some ways, but we think we have a more intuitive way to add and organize your pins. Unlike Rego, in Pinbox you can add pins at any address (or latitude, longitude). You can also just long-tap anywhere on the map.

    I hope you’ll give it a try. 🙂

  2. posted by FR on

    Doesn’t google myMaps desktop site do this too?
    Add locations, add descriptions, pictures, tie in google pictures. Place trips, locations, different tag colors …
    I use it to plan my trips, Connect with locations it actually shows shere I was on those times too …
    The app is a little neutered but you can see your work on it …

  3. posted by Master Wollam on

    Neither are for Android. 🙁

  4. posted by Carm Scott on

    It would be super helpful to indicate at the top if an article if an app is only available for one platform. Second time today I’ve wasted time reading about an app and getting excited only to find out it’s not available for Android. Would be nice if Apple customers wouldn’t assume the whole world owns an iPhone. Thanks.

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