The world really is at your fingertips. You just need to know where to put your fingertips. So choose your cheap flight or better you cheap international flight and let your fingers do the exploring.
Though it breaks my heart to see so few people carrying books while they travel, I do miss seeing row upon row of average people reading their paperbacks well into the night while the airplane hummed through the sky. Nowadays, everyone has a tablet or a phone. This has become their one stop shop for all their needs and I mean all their needs. Craving a Starbucks in Moscow, touch an app. Flight delayed? Sweep an app. Welcome to the best apps I’ve seen in a while, they will boggle your mind at just how you were able to travel without them.
A perfect way to consolidate all your travel plans on your smart phone. Book your travel anyway that you want and then forward your confirmation emails to email@example.com from your registered email address. All of your plans will be consolidated in one spot. The TripIt app brings these plans to the palm of your hand complete with times, maps, directions and of course confirmation numbers.
FlightTrack Pro gives you up to the minute flight and gate information. Not to mention that FlightTrack Pro also ties in directly to your TripIt account and pulls in your flights automatically.¬† I couldn’t imagine traveling by air without this app because it will literally save you from missing your flight or spending the night in an airport.
Most people when they travel on business need to keep in touch with their home office and often have to schedule conference calls with people there as well. TimeScroller¬† is the best for quickly showing and suggesting a meeting time that would work best from the selected cities. You can even email the or propose a meeting/calendar invite right from the App.
Navigon North America
Say goodbye to your GPS unit. Navigon North America on your iPhone 4 works flawlessly.¬† If you have a bad sense of direction this is a must have. Having been in Europe with my husband and traveling the southern roads, we would have ended in in God knows where had we not purchased the Europe edition too.¬† It ain’t cheap but it is more than worth it.
I hate calculating tips. It bums me out so BigTipper¬† with its one touch rounding feature and the ability to slide the tip percentage up or down based on the level of service is great.
HotelPal is great place to look when you’re traveling and don’t know where to stay. Give it a location and it will show you all of the available hotels in the area and more importantly their rates/ratings. It even has photos of the properties.
When traveling to a foreign land, it’s always good to know a few basic phrases¬† just to get around. iTranslate Plus not only gives you text translations (based on Google and an internet connection), it also can pronounce the phrases via voices (each voice is an in-app purchase).
World Customs & Cultures
Do I shake hands, bow or kiss on both cheeks? That depends on the culture. World Customs & Cultures is a great App that gives you a quick rundown of the customs and culture of the land that you’re visiting.¬† Spend a moment or two to brush up on the culture for the place that you’re visiting.
GateGuru is great for domestic US airports by providing a list of the restaurants, services, shops, ATMs, etc. and where they’re located by gate. This is cool because you can see where a particular place is before you decide to settle on the place that closest to you. It’s great if you want to grab lunch before you board, a frozen yogurt or God love you a BOOK!!!