Online photo encyclopedia Fotopedia has a bank of over half a million photos from across the world on its site, and is a great place to search for photos of specific locations or simply browse the extensive galleries for inspiration.
Fotopedia’s latest iPhone app, Heritage, has over 25,000 photos of World Heritage Sites at your fingertips including some of the most famous and historic locations on earth. Each location has information from UNESCO and Wikipedia, making the app your own personal handheld guidebook.
Heritage has built-in GPS and sharing functionality, so you can send your favourite pictures to friends and family and share them on Facebook and Twitter, a great way of suggesting a location for your next trip.
A great way of viewing a selection of locations is to choose Slideshow mode – you can stop this at any point when you want to find out more about a destination simply by tapping the screen which will then bring up more information.
We were particularly impressed with the speed of the app, along with the quality of the photography and comprehensiveness of the location descriptions, and enjoyed some amazing pictures of the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls in Venezuela and learning more about the historic Abu Simble temples in Egypt.
Heritage offers both travel inspiration and is a travel guide, useful at the planning stage and also when you’re on location. And, for those who didn’t pay attention during History class, this is an ideal way of making up for lost time.
Fotopedia Heritage is available free on iTunes for iPhone and iPad