Often times when we think of going on holiday / vacation our smartphone’s app list isn’t exactly the first thing that springs to mind is it? Typically speaking, we’re always contemplating what sorts of adventures we might go on and/or all the beautiful terrain we’ll tread across in search of fun and relaxation. However, the smart and safe traveler should pay extremely close attention to what software they’re packing, and there are several reasons as to why this is the case. First off, having some really useful apps will often save you lots of cash, meaning you can spend more on souvenirs or build up a safety reserve (just in case a disaster were to take place, i.e. – losing most of your cash). Secondly, they might also save your life, helping you to communicate and/or find your way around with ease. Anyway, without further ado, here’s our recommendation for the best smartphone apps for your next holiday…
There’s really no other way to say it, “TripIt” is a complete digital travel solution in app form. While it’s not recommended that you leave all of your planning to a service like this (you want paper copies and materials written gamble in California for money down to be available, along with physical tickets, passes and documents to always be on hand, of course), this app can actually do it. We’re talking about scheduling, integrated data concerning flight logistics, delays and more. While you can use it initially for free, which might work well for a single trip, more serious users will need to sign up for a subscription plan.
Waze is a great app for general GPS style navigation with some additional twists with regards to integrating social media features. After inputting where you’re going you only need to check out what others have to say about the matter or follow the directions onscreen.
Regardless of where you’re traveling the one constant is always the weather. WeatherPro allows you to gain access to millions of reports from all across the globe, grating you access to specific data that will ultimately help when it comes to daily planning and itinerary gymnastics.
Basically, this is an app for those who like to add a bit of spice to their trips in the form of randomness. “Pin Drop”, just as its name implies, is something of a GPS-fueled digital thumbtack board which allows you to drop “pins” on certain locales. If you’re trying to figure out where you’ve been before or maybe just catalog the course of your exploration, this is the app for you. Afterwards, you can also check out what other users have to recommend as well.
Finding a wi-fi signal or hotspot in a completely foreign area isn’t always easy, of course. Luckily, there’s an app for that – Wi-Fi Finder. All you really have to do is turn the app on and it will direct you to the nearest internet source for wireless internet. What’s even more amazing is the fact that you can grab maps for use when there’s no signal at all. You know what they say, planning ahead is everything.
Simply put – if you want to cut right through all the bull and find out what there is to see and do, wherever you are, TripAdvisor is the app you want. For a business to get a great review here is a boon, likewise, to falter is definitely a step in the wrong direction because of how many people are likely to see it over time. All in all, it’s a great way to figure out what previous patrons and guests thought of certain restaurants or hotels, long before ever setting foot in them.
Better Translator Pro
Lastly, we have an app that will likely end up being the most important you own, especially if you’re visiting a completely foreign territory and you don’t speak their language at all. No less than 11 major languages are supported in terms of audio speech recognition with 50 or so with text. Moreover, it makes use of Bing / Google online translation services, so it definitely has what it takes to take care of all your basic communications needs.