We’ve been on the road 8 weeks now and are getting used to only having access to the Internet when we’re in a wifi zone (we decided against buying data packages). Therefore, we have come dependent …
If I had $10 for every blog about 5 great travel apps, I would be able to take my next trip business class and I almost didn’t bother reading it, but this one has some new and fresh apps and definitely some that I will try out on my next trip, so before you do what I almost did and skip this think about:
1. Smart Maps that work OFFLINE on your mobile and even have maps for some unlikely places where even Google might not be great. Maps that let you drop pins to show where you have been or might like to go and a route planner.
2. An easy to use budgeting app, where you can log what you spend in what currency against your budget and location. Enter against categories and view your spending in various forms including a pie chart which all reminds me a lot of Microsoft Money. Just an afterthought, the budgeting app doesn’t necessarily need to be used on a trip, you could use it on your phone like Microsoft Money and see where it all went.
3.Viber and Whats App. Interesting that the reason they recommended Whats App is the reason my family has started using Viber again, which is group messaging. So when I want to send a pic to my kids from the Centraal Station, they all get to say, Dad, don’t you know its 3 in the morning!? And my wife will say, I’m right here, why do you need to send me a pic of what I can see through my own eyes. I guess it’s worth it just for the windup, but seriously the group messaging on IP is worth its weight in international TXT message fees.
4. XE.COM You need an exchange rate calculator and so many people overspend when they don’t know what the current rates are. Euros are not the same as dollars and that bargain may not look so great. Update the app for the latest rates with WiFi but then it doesn’t need to be connected when you are on the market trying to decide on whether those Peruvian pan pipes are a good deal. Don’t know if they will get through MAF at the airport, but great sound!
5. Triposo. Haven’t used this one, but again it works offline and is free. Phrase translation, places to see, things to do, looks great for what it is and Lonely Planet is just too hard to carry around these days.
So, this one has something new for everyone and plenty of focus on what you can do with no mobile connection. That way you don’t have to spend half a day in New Orleans like I did trying to find a deal on a prepay SIM. I’ll still do that, but wouldn’t need to make it one of my first priorities.
Check these apps out. I will.