Last week I posted a list of some useful and fun travel apps available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. I actually came across so many I liked that I decided to split them up into two articles. So, here’s the follow-up! They’re great for every type of traveler and best of all, they’re free (or at least cheap.) It’s truly amazing what’s possible with technology these days!
This app uses the iPhone’s GPS and network triangulation capabilities to locate free Wi-Fi Internet hotspots—wherever you are in the world. You can filter by location (i.e.: café, hotel, library, etc.) and get the phone, address and directions too. There are over 145,000 free locations in 144 countries. You can even download your searches to access the locations when you’re offline. Free.
This comprehensive app displays maps for more than 100 airports worldwide. It can help you locate the nearest restroom, ATM, ticket counter, baggage claim area, parking structure, elevator or escalator. It also lists the airport’s directory with shops and restaurant information too. In addition to its valuable uses for travelers, this app also shows maps for more than 1250 shopping malls, theme parks and museums too. Free.
A popular (and oftentimes cheaper) alternative to staying at hotel is to rent private property. On this app, you can browse more than 250,000 vacation rental property listings across 145 countries—from homes and condos to unique options like yurts, castles and cabooses! Each property listing features full color photos, a list of amenities and information on nearby airports, attractions and more. Free.
This app is great for creating packing, travel, shopping and general “To Do” checklists. You can customize and personalize them by using the extensive catalog of over eight hundred types of items, essentials, clothing and accessories. Or, you can start managing your trips instantly by using one of the dozen ready-made packing lists tailored for business trips or vacations. It will even give you pre-trip reminders such as to renew your passport, buy luggage or recharge your batteries. 99¢.
This handy route planner lists the current timetables for over 200,000 trains throughout Europe. It provides up-to-date schedules, all in real time. You can even register on their website to purchase tickets while on the go. An e-ticket is sent to you via MMS that you can use when you board the train. Available in English and German. Free.
This fun app helps you discover the best places to go and things to do all over the world via community-generated itineraries. The app merges travel guide and social networking to give information on over 500,000 different destinations. You can also enter a town, city, attraction or landmark into the search tool and Spotworld will display all the “spots” that are around you—with photos, audio, text and other interactive media. You can also track and share your travel experiences with friends and family. Free.
Have you used any of these apps before? Do you have any other recommendations? Feel free to comment in the section below.