Whenever you find yourself in an unfamiliar place, you’re most likely to use Google Maps to know what’s around the place. But you probably have no idea that you have plenty of other options. You can tap into social networking platforms and check what other folks are sharing.

But you need to have the right application and know what you’re searching for in order to uncover hidden spots.

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These handy applications that can help you explore new places include:

Spotted by Locals

This application is definitely worth mentioning as it taps into the local knowledge of people around. It helps reveal the various spots of interest that tourists might not come across. But if you’re traveling aimlessly, you’re not going to find much here.


However, this application works great in the major cities where the locals contribute the most to the busiest spots.


As a seasoned Twitter user, you’ll probably know that the platform covers almost everything. From whimsical thoughts and breaking news to unique photos of local landmarks.

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You must log in to this application and filter the tweets to see what people near your location are posting.


Instagram also lets you post and view public posts. From there, you get to explore many new places that other people visit. And to search for public posts near your location, you can navigate by searching your present location.

All the nearby places will be displayed in your search results.


On Snapchat, you’ll be able to see the stories of people and explore new places. Here, they use the location tag, and that’s how you find new places.

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