I’m always on the lookout for cool new apps which might help me travel smarter and easier while making the experience more fun and delicious (because food is king). So when some fellow bloggers reached out to let me know about Pepo — a new app which connects people with experts across a variety of interests — I was intrigued. While the app isn’t strictly a travel app, I was most interested in getting advice from bonafide travel experts. After downloading the app and giving it a try, I’ve written a short review so you can see if Pepo will be a good fit for you!
Pepo is easy to set up and has new users choose up to six areas of interest before recommending some channels to follow. The number of options aren’t overwhelming but are diverse enough to provide something of interest for just about anyone. I picked topics including wanderlust, adventure, and budget travel. The channels recommended included some familiar names, such as Hippie in Heels and Travels with Adam, as well as some new ones. I was particularly excited to see a channel dedicated to experiencing the hidden side of Lisbon, as that’s been a dream destination for several years now!
Ease of Use
Filling it out my profile was easy, and it wasn’t long before I’d finished and was able to browse the channels I’d subscribed to. I was quickly impressed with the design of the app. Content is easy to access and scroll through, with a diverse range of reactions and interactions guests can make with the content and the travel expert who produced it. In a world saturated with social media, Pepo is refreshing for its focus and depth, providing a variety of ways for hosts to share valuable information, including live Q&A sessions, videos, photos, and taking guest questions.
Variety of Choice
Finding information about backpacking and general travel can be easy, but my primary interest in Pepo is its application for finding information on specific destinations. With that in mind, I did a few searches for channels relating to destinations I’m keen to visit: one popular and one a little more obscure. I was able to find a great channel for Bali, with plenty of expert tips and recommendations for digital nomads such as myself. Score one point for Pepo!
The selection for Georgia (the country) proved a little more sparse, but I did find a fledgling channel on Tbilisi, which is where I plan to base myself if I end up going. The fact that there is a Tbilisi channel was impressive enough and shows that Pepo is not just a location-specific app (as many travel apps tend to be). While the information on the Tbilisi channel is limited now, I’ll keep tabs on it for the future. I’m sure it will grow over time!
Activeness of Travel Experts
I chose Atlas: Lisbon Unhidden to test this and posted a question about can’t-miss foods I should sample while visiting the city. I figured that’s bound to be relevant someday, hopefully, sooner rather than later! The channel host and Lisbon travel expert, Ellis Dixon, approved and answered my question that very day, which was impressive. Add to that the way my stomach was growling after her recommendations, and I can definitely say Pepo is going to be staying on my phone.
…in general, you need some meat and some fish. For meat, go to Pabe, an old Portuguese steak house in Marques de Pombal. It’s pricey but oh-so-worth-it. For fish, go to Cacilhas across the Tejo to a lace called A Tricanita for a huge platter of crab, shrimp, clams, and buttery bread and I dare you to finish it all! For dinner with a side of fado, go to Povo in Cais do Sodré between 9 and 11pm for excellent music and a great menu. Try the octopus, pics pau, and the peppers there and save room for dessert! Bon appetit!” – Ellis Dixon
God, someone please book me a plane ticket already!
Social media and travel apps come and go. Many are interchangeable, many are uninspired. I’ve installed and uninstalled many over the years, but few have grabbed my interest and held it in the way that Pepo has. Pepo’s intuitive, easy-to-use layout and design make getting information and browsing posts a breeze, and the focus provided by the channels makes getting your questions to the right travel expert a breeze. It’s a great concept that’s well executed, and it’s something I’ll be using to help plan future trips!
Pepo gets The Open Road Before Me’s seal of approval… give it a try!