Journi app.

What it does: Builds a story (or mobile blog entries) using the photos in your smartphone. Add text and click on the map icon to see highlights from your travels. If you're an armchair traveler, it allows you to view trips from either the app or the website.

Available: In the App Store, requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. In Google Play, requires Android; varies with device.

Cost: Free.

What's hot: A quick and easy alternative to setting up a website for a single trip. Allows your friends and family to follow your adventures in real time using the web, app, and email. My favorite feature: I can build my story while offline. It also marks the time and place the photo was taken. Group journaling is another option, a great tool for multigenerational trips or reunions. Your Journi can be made public or private. To see examples and follow other travelers, go to, where I found fun travels from Italy, Thailand, and Germany.

What's not: I wanted to switch the order of my diary entries (called "Moments"), but I wasn't able to do that because the app uploads chronologically. The makers say manual adjusting is coming soon.