Isn’t there an app for that? Ummmmmmmm. Yup. The evolution of apps is amazing. Especially for traveling.
What kind of apps do you need/want/desire when traveling?
Here’s a short list:
- Social Media
- Language Translation
- Financial Management
NOTE: I’m going to focus on iPad and iPhone since that’s what we’re taking with us.
Overall Travel Apps
Tripomatic is one of the better apps out there. It’s very simple to use. You just build your itinerary and based on where your going, the app will inform you of the more common tourist sites. This is a good place to start. If you are like us and want to do something off the beaten path, you will still have to either do additional research or ask when you are at your destination.
I like Tripomatic because it’s like a digital guidebook. It will show you well laid out tours, local weather and places to go. Also, since you’ll probably be using public transportation a good bit, it includes maps of the local subways, etc.
Trover is a photography app that will show you some amazing images of where you’re going. I’ve never been to Prague and I want a quick glimpse into what it looks like. So I open up Trover and type in Prague Czech Republic in the search bar. Below is what came back:
Can you imagine taking a long vacation overseas and not taking a single picture? I cannot. Photos are our history. They remind us of that time when we stood next to the Eiffel Tower. Or while standing on Copacabana Beach. That cool train you rode on across Europe. Or the first time you ate guinea pig in Ecuador. You want to take some good pics and you want to save them for eternity. For this trip we are taking a camera and a Connector Kit for the iPad. After we take the pics, we’re going to back them up to the iPad first, and then to the Cloud. Our app of choice is Flickr, which offers an easy interface to upload our pics. And you get 1,000 Gigabytes of free storage for your photos.
Skype is like the Swiss Army knife of communications products. You can video or voice call people all over the world for a very minimal price. We’ve used it extensively overseas and we’ve enjoyed great success. All you really need is a wifi signal and you can use Skype to call landlines and cell phones here in the United States. Basically we use our iPad as a cell phone. The only weird thing is that it somehow connects to a telephone here in the United States and dials from there. So you need to inform the person that they may get a call from California, which will be you. If that person doesn’t answer calls from an unknown number, they may miss your call.
Reina dragged me from being a cable subscriber to being a fan of Dish a few years ago. I’m glad I made the move. When I purchased Dish, I bought a Sling Media Box. Basically, the Sling Box takes the signal from your DVR and sends it out into the cloud. What that means to you is you can watch your DVR as if you were sitting in your living room. We used this extensively in Ecuador. We streamed movies, news, sports and music to our iPad.
MAPS.ME is a great app because you can use it offline. The give and take of that is it takes a huge amount of space on your device. I’ve downloaded all of the maps in Europe and South America where we’re traveling and it’s taking up over 5 Gigabytes on the iPad. It does a great job showing you restaurants, shopping centers, and metro stations. We have used this extensively and it’s a definite download before you take your trip.