An iPhone can be one of the best tools that we can carry along with us when we travel. It is great for staying in touch with friends and family back home of course, and it can help you navigate around a foreign city with ease as well. It will also tell you where to find a good place to eat, help you book a hotel, and even allow you to check-in to your flight. But thanks to some creative and innovative app developers, Apple’s smartphone is capable of much more than that as well. Here are six great apps for travelers to have on their iPhone the next time they hit the road.
PackPoint Packing List Travel Companion
PackPoint is an app designed to help you prepare for an upcoming trip by helping you decide what items you should take along with you. The app can generate automatic packing lists based on how long you’ll be gone, the current weather at your destination, and the activities that you’ll be doing while you’re there. Then, when it comes time to pack your bags, you simply run through the checklist adding the items that are suggested. It is fast, easy, and painless.
When traveling there is always a lot of paperwork you have to make sure you bring along. You’ll want hard copies of flight information of course, and hotel reservations as well. Not to mention rental cars and restaurant reservations, and confirmation numbers for tours and special events that you might be attending too. TripIt can take all of that data and store it in one place, making everything easier to find and more organized. It can also sync your schedule over to Apple or Google calendars, and provide directions to your destination too. For frequent travelers, this app can be a lifesaver.
Google Translate has always been a handy app, quickly and easily helping us to overcome language barriers by translating words and phrases into more than 90 different languages. But earlier this year it also received a new feature called Word Lens that lets you point the camera of your phone at a sign, and have the app actually translate what it says in realtime right on the screen. This can prove invaluable in helping you to find your way around cities where you don’t speak the language ver well.
If you spend a lot of time in airports than GateGuru is a must-have app on your phone. Not only does it tell you what restaurants, bars, and other amenities can be found in the terminal where you are located, it will also provide flight arrival and departure information, TSA security wait times, weather forecasts, and more. It even has maps of many major airports, allowing you to navigate your way around much more efficiently.
When you visit a new destination do you like to eat, sleep, and drink like the locals? That’s what Localeur is all about, helping you discover all of the hidden gems that only the locals are aware of when you’re visiting a new destination. The app provides tips and reviews from the people who actually live there, letting you know what is worth doing, and what should be skipped. It can be in invaluable tool when planning a trip to a new city.
There are a plethora of apps available on the App Store that allow you to share the experiences of your travels with friends and family back home, but none manage to do it better than Tripcast. With this app installed on your iPhone you’ll be able to post photos, comments, and notes for anyone following your adventure, and they can reply back, ask questions, and offer advice along the way too. Tripcast even creates a geotagged map of your journey with photos inter-spliced to show where you were at along the way. Traveling as a group? The software will allow everyone to share their photos in a central spot as well, making it easy to see the shots that others have captured on the trip.
The best part about all of these great apps for travelers is that they are all free. That means there is no excuse to not download them before setting off on your next trip.