I am not very good at uploading apps yet on my Iphone 4 and have to get my daughter’s help. But there are so many incredible apps now, we all have to get up to speed, especially when there are loads available to fuel and assist our travel habit.
Using your Iphone or Blackberry for your boarding pass upload instead of printing it out is beyond clever and goes a long way to saving paper, but there is so much more you can be doing when it comes to traveling.
‘Lonely Planet Phrase Book’ App
If you don’t know the language and don’t want to make a faux pas in another language, or you just want to learn simple phrases such as excuse me and where is the bathroom, upload Lonely Planet’s app chock full of useful phrases and quick references, over 600 in over 10 languages. And the most magical thing about this app is that the phrases you ask for are sent to you via text and come in phonics, which means you can pronounce them correctly too! You can ask for audio recordings to make it even easier! How cool will you be?
‘FlightTrack Pro’ App
If you fly a lot, this app gives you information just before your flight including boarding gate status and any delays it might be experiencing. It also includes information on your flight’s departure time and its estimated arrival time, based on the plane’s current speed, altitude and location-more than you need, really! The app will also allow you to share your flight information via Facebook and Twitter, as well as email, which is useful if someone is meeting you at the airport.
If you are looking to stay in the it hotel, and city hopping is for you, get onboard with StayHip which will provide instant listings of over 400 Boutique hotels all over the world. Search by city or location and you’ll be up to date with room rates, availability and the fastest way to get there.
‘Know What To Tip’ App
Tipping can, well- tip you over the edge when you are travelling. The amount of tip you leave varies from country to country, hairdresser to concierge. Instead of pleading ignorance, which is a bad for fellow travellers, get yourself the Know What To Tip App. The app will tell you what is the appropriate tip in over 100 countries for every level of service.
‘Zagot To Go’ Restaurant Guide App
Want to eat where the locals eat, or somewhere upmarket, upscale or featuring only regional food? If you need a restaurant that is particularly vegetarian or child friendly, or somewhere near where you are staying, the Zagot To Go restaurant guide is considered one of the best in its league and now it’s available in an invaluable app. 40,000 restaurants are rated worldwide and advises on menu, value for money, directions, even the decor of the restaurant!
‘HopStop’ Route Guide App
If you are reliant on public transport, it’s worth taking at look at HopStop – this handy app will map out the route from your location to the nearest underground/subway, railway station, bus stops and taxi ranks. The app is currently available for over 15 major cities in Europe and America.
‘The Weather Channel’ App
I tend to check the weather obsessively before I travel, hoping for no interruption whatsoever, so this app would be perfect, especially if I want to continue to check the weather while I am away. The Weather Channel App provides details of weather each day globally and locally.
‘About Trip Journal’ App
If you want to keep your memories going, there is a wonderful app that allows you to capture it all in the midst of it and for always. Download images as you take them and video footage, load up blog entries and real-time updates. It’s linked to Google Earth so friends can log in to see what you’re up and where you are on your travels. It also links up to social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.