Let’s face it. It’s a technology world we live in today. As always, I will continue to coach you to put the phone in your pocket as much as possible while traveling, allowing you to fully immerse and experience your destination while you explore with all of your senses. But with a little bit of effort before you leave, these apps for your devices will allow you certain freedoms: no more cumbersome guidebooks, connect quickly (and with little or no cost) with loved ones at home, gain easy access to maps and all kinds of other cool stuff. Share some of the ones YOU love, and I will share with my readers in another post.
1. Viber or Facebook Call internationally for free with Wi-Fi connection. Make sure your loved ones allow Facebook messaging, and use the phone calling option, or download the free VIBER APP before you leave. Why pay the international phone rates our phone companies are charging?
2. Wickr Me This free app is a very private and secure messenger…safe enough to share credit card details and things that you do not want to be a permanent record on social media. Voice messaging is enabled as well. It requires IOS 7.0 or later, compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Also available in tons of languages!
3. Gate Guru Long layover ahead, by design or by accident, needn’t be stressful. Use this app to learn what’s near your gate, how long it will take to get there, and read reviews of restaurants and hot spots to pass the time in style.
4. Gas Buddy Driving for vacation or to visit family this year? This one helps you find the nearest stations and pricing, too.
5. Oanda Currency Converter This one will not only convert, but gives you the current exchange rate.
6. WiFi Map www.wifimap.io Find the closest wi-fi hot spot, and even learn the password!
7. Postagram This one’s cool! It’s a bit retro…you can send a REAL postcard with your own photo using this app. The app is free, then send one for as little as $2. 3 for $5, 7 for $10 and 16 for $20.
8. PackPoint Packing for Sheraton There are a few others out there, but this one is free and has great reviews. Don’t forget any of your essential items next time you pack for a trip. It even gives you weather tips.
9. Google Translate This is really helpful. Translate between 103 languages by typing. Offline: Translate 52 languages when you have no Internet. Instant camera translation: Use your camera to translate text instantly in 29 languages.
10. Sit or Squat: Restroom Finder by P&G Productions Are you phobic about public restrooms? This one’s for you. It tells you whether you should sit of squat! Grin. Perfect for those long car rides, for sure. I can giggle about this one, but I have a friend who would PAY for this app. Enjoy!
Remember, if I am working with you to plan your vacation, one of the many perks will be a FREE detailed travel guide for your cruise ports or world-wide destination and, if available, a current review by a travel industry professional of the hotel you have chosen. And, just for the month of December, 2016, I can send one for a resort or destination you are considering that you found online in your own search for FREE. This is a service that I normally provide only to my loyal clients.
Peace on Earth, Bobbie
PS Please share your own favorite travel apps when you get a chance, and I will share with my readers!