Just a few weeks ago I was visiting New York, and as you can imagine, it was incredibly easy to get lost. Even though the streets are numbered and run parallel to one another, I seemed to walk down a side street and find myself in an unexpected neighborhood.
Even more complicated than navigating the streets was navigating the Museum of Natural History: Four floors with multiple halls, exhibits, and viewing areas. Imagine my excitement when I found an App that could direct me through the museum while I looked at exhibits. It even answered helpful questions.
There are so many great travel Apps at your fingertips today that allow you to explore your new surroundings in an easy, organized way.
I highlighterd a handful of must-have travel Apps in a previous Winterline post, but here are a few to add to the list.
Six must-have travel Apps for students taking a gap year, studying abroad, or simply traveling to new places.
Spyglass is an advanced compass and GPS navigational App for the iPhone and iPad. It comes in handy as a car, bike, boat, aircraft, vehicle or walking compass and GPS navigation to drive cycle, sail, fly or hike off the road, in the field or woods, in the sea and in the air. Using augmented reality, the App overlays compass, GPS and location info on top of visuals captured by an iPhone camera or the map itself. It can measure distance, sizes of objects, your speed, altitude and potential arrival time to the target. You can use it as a waypoints tool, sextant, compass, rangefinder, speedometer, inclinometer and more.
Stay.com lets you explore new travel destinations and join together a loose itinerary for what you might want to see, do, and eat when you arrive. You can plan new trips from the App, as well as import itineraries you've designed on their website. The offline functionality, including maps, makes this App a superb resource for international travelers.
Gate Guru is an app that helps you navigate through the world’s best and worst airports. It provides great tips and a list of services to make your airport layovers less frustrating and more productive. Need to know if your favorite restaurant is there, check the App. Looking for a place to relax and unwind, the App will easily locate lounge areas. Navigating in unfamiliar airports can be frustrating—this App takes away the frustration by providing useful information during your airport travel.
Gogobot dishes up interesting things to do for any type of traveler across a wide range of cities around the world. It has suggestions for family friendly activities, stuff for outdoorsy people, in addition to the typical shopping/eating/site-seeing agenda. The App helps users plan the perfect trip: nearby airport information, editorial best-time-to-go information for top cities, and destination-specific activity feeds, so users can get an on-the-ground feel for a destination, before they arrive. You can create collaborative lists to make a fully functional itinerary, organizing by day, by activity, or by city.
5. XE Currency
XE Currency is a great App for the financially forward thinking (or frugal) traveler. It gives you up to date exchange rates on your money and can be used to calculate prices in shops or restaurants as well. Now you can make sure a currency exchange is displaying the right rates and double check you’re not being taken for a ride.
If you are traveling abroad, the worst case scenario is to walk into a hostel not knowing what to expect. With this App you can book 30,000 properties in 180 countries. View hostel photos, reviews, availability, pricing and more. You can also see last minute availability and location based on your search results.
There are so many incredible Apps to make traveling easy, fulfilling, and fun.