There are many travel apps on the market which have become essential travel gear, but the best are those that do their job well and quickly while you’re on the go. Choose the apps that are tried and tested rather than those which are still getting established. And the best thing is that most travel apps are free!
Most travellers find that apps which help them navigate; find local amenities and attractions; communicate and manage their money are the most useful travel and technology aids.
Most people are familiar with Google Maps from their computers but it is just as useful as a phone app. Google Maps can locate an address, work out a route for you, pin point hotels, estimated time to your destination, attractions and landmarks. This is a GPS application with turn-by-turn voice directions and can be used whether you’re walking or driving. You can even see 3D maps and indoor maps which show you floor plans. Google Maps is suitable for Android or iPhone.
This app will help you communicate no matter what the language of your host country (the app covers 12 languages). The app will teach you important phrases, translate what you say, talk to a live translator and teach you about the local culture. This app is compatible with iOS 5.0 or later models and iPhones.
There are a lot of things to remember when travelling and Evernote is a place to save your thoughts, ideas, itineraries, images, documents, interesting things you’ve heard about, to-do-lists and your list of travel things to remember. This free app, which is accessible from almost all devices, is easy to use as you can search your notes by keyword, tag or even text within images.
This perfect family app will help you locate family-friendly places close to where you are and along the route you are following. The app lists parks, amusement parks, kid’s museums, playgrounds, kid-friendly restaurants and other attractions that will interest kids. You can search by category or by zip code and the app also lists reviews by parents, directions and information about the attractions. This app is good for Android and iPhone.
This app helps you find out more about your surroundings. If you arrive in a new place and want information about where you are and what the place has to offer then this app is very useful. You can locate the closest bank, ATM, bar, restaurants, train station, hospital, gas station, hotel or coffee shop. The app also provides local guides about your location. You can download AroundMe from iTunes for your iPhone or iPad.