Hummba is a travel application that provides users with information using audio travel guides. The application offers a significant amount of detail. Users can search for destinations or explore popular destinations featured on the Hummba homepage. Each is listed with a large Google Map, pinpointing popular locations that can be explored. The user can also see each specific location the guide covers, a brief overview of the location and the current user rating. Users can also post reviews for the guide to help others decide which are the best to download and use. A button is available on the location page to give the user access to the downloadable travel guide. Users can also browse by people, routes, groups and explore uploaded postcards and their place of origin.
Hummba was founded in April of 2009 by Mark Allewell. The application was designed to combine travel and social networking with a mobile focus. Hummba has enjoyed some popularity, with mentions on blogs and websites as well as reviews from actual travelers. Many users love the audio format because it allows them to enjoy a location without staring at a book or map to learn about it.
There are more travel websites available on the web today than any one person could ever need in their lifetime. The concept is not new, but Hummba manages to add its own flavor to the existing collection of online tools for travelers. Rather than create another text guide, the application gives travelers something different using audio guides. Users can learn about an area by hearing rather than reading, freeing up their eyes to take in the location.
Hummba has a colorful design highlighted by bright orange and a smiling, headphones wearing globe logo. The design works well for most. It may seem a little cluttered at times, especially on pages that contain the few banner advertisements scattered throughout, but most users have come to expect this on travel websites. For the most part Hummba is clean, organized and gives plenty of real estate to the Google Maps at the top of each page.
A new user can join the Hummba community by clicking the orange “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. Two blue buttons are available for users who prefer to sign up with Facebook or Twitter. Those who take the traditional route are asked to supply a first and last name, username, password and email address. The user is advised that they must check their email inbox for a verification message. This must be accessed before the user can login.
Just like many other travel websites, Hummba offers its services for free. There are no subscription fees and the user is not required to make a purchase. Free access helps keep users interested, especially considering that many would opt for the numerous free online travel resources that are already available. The free price also makes the audio format even more enticing to new users.
Hummba is a great resource for anyone who plans to travel soon. The application gives users a different way to learn about an area while they are there. There is a good bit of information on the site and users can post and read reviews to help the Hummba community decide which audio travel guides are the best. The design is user friendly and provides an appealing alternative to the traditional text travel guide.