Last year we reported on how travel magazine startup TRVL was forging its own path in iPad publishing by offering beautifully designed content for free, allowing you to download only the articles you want. Now a new version of the app has been launched, with a new look and additional features.

TRVL’s redesign really is gorgeous. The Dutch startup has gone back to the drawing board, completely revising all their existing content to fit the new look, too. That was significant work for the small team, but the attention to consistency really pays off with a satisfying user experience.

New features include a reworked UI, the ability to see where individual photos were taken on a map and new social sharing options.

TRVL works with a team of freelancers to produce its content, and each issue focuses on a different part of the world. The company is committed to keeping its core product free, and it’s exploring the possibility of sponsorship deals and premium, paid-for options in order to generate revenue. Advertising isn’t out of the question either, but co-founder Michel Elings says that they would have to be carefully thought-out, relevant to the content and not ruin the user experience.

If you love exploring new parts of the world, or just appreciate high-quality examples of the new world of publishing, TRVL is well worth downloading.

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