Travel apps to stay tuned in and hip

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.

‘StayHip’ App

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.

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About The blog of travel & lifestyle journalist Melody Wren

Melody is a freelance writer because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. She writes about travel, food, lifestyle and green living. Melody loves staying in a place long enough to get acquainted. Local customs, markets and traditional cultures are magnets for this writer. When not writing she’s either on the road, in the air, or savoring something tasty. Most of her travels feature outdoor adventures of some sort, although she typically avoids sleeping on the ground. She is an ordinary person that enjoys challenging and pushing herself, facing fears with an eye on experiential travel. She needs to do it, feel it and see it so she can write about it. Her hope is that her stories encourage readers to get out there and do the same.
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