The Unplugged Travelers – And Why They Still Use Mobile Apps On Their Journeys

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What is unplugged traveling?
It is said that the unplugged traveler does not use a device while traveling. These tourists are looking for a new, authentic experience. By disconnecting their phones and tablets, they feel more connected to their destination.

But do they really?
On their destination, unplugged travelers use their phones differently. They refrain from using messaging applications like WhatsApp, e-mail, and social media like Facebook and Twitter. But they still use their phones! People use their camera functionality, more than anything else. And what about the music applications and e-reading functionalities? Even more importantly: pretty much all travelers book online and find information on local restaurants and other hotspots. Before they arrive, and while they’re at their destination. It seems that unplugged travelers are not completely unplugged at all!

Why an app?
Unplugged travelers want to feel unplugged: so create an app that gives them that feeling. Make an app that gives users a direct connection to their destination. An app that is not about technology, but about the place the user is in. Content is, once again, key. Make sure travelers can book through your application. Be sure that the app is to be used offline. Let users make an in-app to-do list before they leave, so they can use the app only on the moments they need to. Develop personal tours from inhabitants of the destination for that authentic feeling.

Need help? We know what we’re talking about. Send us an e-mail about reaching unplugged travelers and we’ll get back to you!

International cooperation: RISK CHANGE

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The project focus is twofold: The terrible risks the migrants are taking and the change needed in Europe to receive the migrants in our countries.

During this project, along with 10 international project partners, we will research related subjects concerning migration in Europe, like: multiculturality, migration policies, international cooperation, creating dialogues and solidarity.

As the project continues in the next four years, we will keep you posted on the developments. Expect interesting exhibitions, research papers, symposiums, conferences, all bundled in an innovative digital platform to ensure communication towards the European public.

New website

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You might have read about it: we’ve been working at a huge update for the 7scenes platform. Very soon, we’ll be able to show you the first results. But until then, we’ve got something else to show you. We’ve created a new website, making it way easier for you to browse our platform, projects and to check out the latest news. Want to meet our team? Now you can!

Keep on following us in the next month to get updates on our new developments. We’ve been working at a new CMS, admin and a new mobile webapplication. But more importantly: in a few months, our new mobile apps will be finished. And this is where we’ll let you know more about our design and usability decisions, our content development and more. We’ll keep you posted via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Inspiration Day Xplore Bruges

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In 2015 7scenes and the city of Bruges (Belgium) created the Xplore Bruges platform. The goal of the project? To make the huge amount of digital cultural heritage available to an audience as large as possible in a meaningful way. One year after the launch of the first app of the project, it is time to see what we’ve learned. What is the current state of affairs, and how can we place the project in the general Flamish digital landscape?

On March 3rd, Heritage Cel of Bruges and Tourism of Bruges offer a full day of lectures on presenting digitalised heritage. Interested? The program is available online. Part of the program is a citywalk through Bruges using the mobile Xplore Bruges app. We certainly recommend it!

Overview 2015

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Update Platform

2015 was an important year for 7scenes. We started on a huge update of our platform – but more about that soon. A lot more visible, was the launch of no less than five brand new applications. Let’s see what we did in 2015!

Xplore Bruges

Bruges may not be Belgium’s biggest city, but it certainly is a beautiful one, visibly full of history and heritage. The city picked 7scenes to create their heritage platform Xplore Bruges, which shows visitors the way around the city to touristic landmarks and heritage objects. We started out with a mobile app in 2015, but much more will follow early in 2016.

Visit Me!

Flemish city Mechelen contains no less than five UNESCO heritage sites and over 300 listed buildings. Even the experienced tourists may get lost in all the city has to offer. Working with Mechelen Tourism, we designed a mobile app to guide tourists through the city. Users can walk interactive tours or discover touristic point of interest on a map.

NTR Routes

7scenes is the platform for mobile storytelling. No wonder that Dutch Broadcasting Cooperation NTR chose us to make their application NTR Routes. A cross media way to experience television shows – on the locations where scenes are shot or where they refer to.

The Great War

In 2018, the First World War will be over for exactly 100 years. Not much of the horrible stories of those days remain visible – especially in the area in Belgium between occupied land and battle lines. 7scenes created cycling and walking tours using 3D audio to show what life was like in 1914-1918.


Dutch landscape is a collective art, telling us stories of survival, domestication and inventiveness. NLroute lets you experience this. NLroute is a bundle of seven routes through the Dutch landscape, showing you the way in the landscape and its relation to the basic DNA of Holland.

Launch ‘100 Jaar Groote Oorlog’ App

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What did the Scheldeland look like during the First World War? Few people understand the role this region to the south of the Scheldt played in this war. Battles were fought, and then a siege followed that lasted for years. Little remains from that time; what was destroyed was carefully rebuilt. Naturally, there are visible traces, like the forts around Antwerp. But less visible are the tales of burning cities, of spies and soldiers, of burned bridges..

This app lets you discover the Great War in the Scheldeland. You will find cycling and walking routes through the loveliest places of this water-rich region. And in the meantime, you can travel back through time. Thanks to 3D-audio and photographs, you can see what happened here a century ago. You can listen to personal stories from the residents of yesteryear at the places where they experienced them.

Be your own navigator on the regional map. Discover hotels, little restaurants, cafés, shops, museums and more. Enjoy the Scheldeland – and learn about the past!

Check it out on: iPhone, Android or Web!