Being able to track your travels and keep a record of the places you visit is only one side of Foursquare. Not only is it a simple way of broadcasting where you are and what you're doing, it's also a fantastic tool for uncovering the hottest locations in an unfamiliar city. Every destination has a score based on its overall popularity, so the app can help you to discover hidden gems that you may never have found without it.
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Searching for great cafes or hotels is quick and easy, but it doesn’t end there. Foursquare also ties in special discounts and promotions to entice you to check-in at specific businesses and to reward you for previous check-ins. The app can learn from your visits and those of your friends, and so over time it will get better at recommending places for you.
In order to encourage you to keep using it, there are badges and points offered as rewards within the app. You can use it to follow your favorite brands and get tips and suggestions from diverse sources like MTV, the History Channel or even NASA. The app is completely free and it can really offer a valuable insight into places of interest when you are in unfamiliar territory. The fact you can access reviews and photographs from friends and people with similar tastes to you is very useful, and everyone loves a discount.