But, with technology moving at the speed of light – there’s always something new that pops up. In fact, right after I hit that ‘publish’ button on a post – I’m sure somewhere, someone has just released a new travel app.
This Travel Tip Tuesday, Kelly Gallucci is sharing ten of her favorite iPhone Travel Apps. And the best part – they are all free!
Here’s Kelly –
It’s finally happened. This formerly loyal Blackberry girl is questioning her devotion and all because of apps.
Over the summer, my gluten-free father and I took a road trip to attend a family wedding. I figured our biggest problem would be finding places he could eat, but with two swipes of his finger across the iPhone’s screen, he had a list of restaurants friendly to his diet.
It was enough to have some palpable envy brewing on my part, jealous of all those vagabonds and nomads able to use their iPhones as they trot the globe.
If iPhones are your style, hopefully you’ll find these free (who doesn’t love a freebie) apps to your liking :
1. World Customs & Cultures
This is a great one! 165 countries listed and broken down so you won’t find yourself stepping on local toes. It has everything from Personal Space to Gender Issues, Taboos to Greetings. If you’re looking to blend in – this is the app for you.
2. The Weather Channel
Ever been to Scotland in January? I wouldn’t recommend it unless you fancy blue toes. This app certainly would have helped me and my best friend as we braved one of Scotland’s coldest winters. Don’t travel without it!
The wanderer’s best friend. Instant message anyone on the globe and call fellow Skype users for free! Easy, fast and excellent for travels long and short. A few bugs still exist in the video function, but once that is fixed this app will be perfect.
4. French Travel Free / Italian Travel Free
This is a sample version of an app you must pay for. It covers basic translations from greetings to emergency services and offers real voice translations so you know just how long to roll those Rs. It sounds like a good introduction for those looking to pick up a few key phrases along their travels.
When I lived in Florence, I was constantly watching the currency yo-yo back and forth. An app like this would have suited me well back then and still would today. With over 100 currencies to compare, this app is guaranteed to keep you financially on track.
Now here is a great find! This app combines the best information from trusted travel guides – leaving you with access to thousands of points of interest. You can write reviews, add photos and star favorite places too. Worried about Wi-Fi charges? You can download your travel guide before you leave and browse offline at your leisure.
7. Free Travel Journal
Nothing is better than reliving your abroad adventures and this app lets you do just that. Write, take pictures and map your experiences as you go. So when you find yourself craving the sight of the Italian countryside or the sun setting behind the Eiffel tower, it’s all just a click away!
Built for the busy business traveler and the organizationally challenged. This app keeps it all under control. Hotel reservations, car rentals, flights, restaurants – your entire itinerary is in the palm of your hand.
9. Travel Yoga
Talk about a unique app! Created by Darrin Zeer, who spent seven years in Asia studying the Eastern arts of healing, this app ensures that you arrive by plane, train or car feeling relaxed. Namaste.
From quiet pubs to quirky cafes, this app helps to find them all. It’s a great way to dig deep into a city and find those local haunts that will make your trip unforgettable.