Travel content is something you should recline with. It’s something you should spend time viewing and, hopefully, then become inspired to explore the world around you. We don’t want to create consumable content. We want to create content that creates an emotion—that incites action.
—Kerrin Sheldon, director/cofounder, Humanity
Humanity is an immersive travel documentary iPad app for explorers. While travel logs have been around for a long time, Humanity offers an impressively varied and highly interactive experience for its users. Each issue of Humanity is put together on a per-country basis, over the course of several months. Thus, each one offers a dazzling array of media and experiences through which to take in and savor a place and its people.
In the first issue, the Humanity team traveled all over Iceland. In documenting their experiences, they produced photo-reports, short documentary videos and soundscapes. Through the app, the viewer is given access to locals' voices, comes face to face with village personalities, and takes in the wondrous sights, sounds, and tiny cultural idiosyncrasies that make Iceland what it is. In short, one person's travels become a whole audience's experience (and inspiration!).
In the founders' words, "We don’t want you to check-off a country, we want you to live and breathe it, to explore its many offerings and expand your horizons. While quality storytelling will always be our main objective, we want the process of exploring a country to be exciting, interactive, and fun—just like real travel."
Maybe you don't have the time (or the money) to jet off to Iceland this very minute. If that's the case, there's no better way to start dreaming of your next trip than by living through someone else's.
Editor's Note: The Humanity app is completely free to download. The feature on Iceland, shown above, is also available for free. Each subsequent issue will be made available as an in-app purchase, starting at $1.99.