Mobile phone applications, called apps, are quickly becoming an everyday necessity for smartphone users everywhere. Now millions of travelers are beginning to rely more on these portable programs than guidebooks, because guidebooks can’t send postcards of you standing before the Parthenon to your friends or give you precise directions to the nearest restroom.
Here’s a list of quality travel apps for both Apple’s iPhones (the most popular smartphone) and Google Android system phones (the fastest growing smartphones). Remember: our travel agency is all of these apps combined into one, so be sure to have our phone number and email address in your phone!
Top Travel Apps: iPhone
Packing – You’ll never forget the camera again! Packing helps you create lists of necessary items for your next vacation that you can check off as you pack.
HearPlanet – Consider this your pocket tour guide. HearPlanet tells you what attractions are nearby and then plays the Wikipedia description of that attraction aloud.
Lonely Planet Phrasebook – There are many language convertor apps, but this one speaks the translated phrase aloud so that the listener can determine what you need.
Toilet – For those times when you really need to go in a foreign land, tap the Toilet icon, pick the local language, and show it to a kind stranger who can point you to the right direction.
Postino – We all take pictures with our phones. Now Postino gives you the ability to turn those pictures into real postcards you can send to friends, complete with a handwritten message and virtual stamp, right from your phone.
Top Travel Apps: Android
Nru (Near You) – A virtual compass created by Zagat that literally points you to nearby Zagat-rated restaurants. Also includes reviews, menus and prices.
ConvertMe – This nifty little app not only converts currency, but also shoe and clothes sizes, measures, distances and more.
WikiPock – Now you can carry an encyclopedia in your pocket. WikiPock allows you to access all three million Wikipedia articles on your phone without an internet connection!
Compass – Never get lost again. Compass uses the accelerometer in your phone to keep you going in the right direction.
-Travel Tips Quarterly