I’m putting (virtual) pen to (virtual) paper on this one, not only to share some more travel tips, but to get myself organised before the next round of travel with 5 free travel apps you need to download immediately.
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sick of hearing about the data roaming charges being dropped and then it never actually happening. Some places you travel to are great for connectivity – New York, London, LA and then some where you’ll be given dirty looks if you ask for the wifi password – think boat in the middle of the Med, B&B in the back arse of nowhere… you get my drift. So download these apps from the comfort of your own wifi, travel easy and thank me later. Oh and obviously spend the money you saved on prosecco, natch.[dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]1. Smigin – choose your language, pick a section (like café, bar or shopping) and build a phrase. You’ll hear a native speaker say the sentence so you don’t have to worry about dodgy pronunciation. Once you’ve downloaded the app it works without an internet connection, magic!
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]2. Personal postcards without the kerfuffle. Just upload a pic to the Postify app, write your message and press send. Because the postcards are sent as close to the recipient as possible, they arrive much faster and can be cheaper too![dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]3. The Citymapper app has got me out of a pickle in London many a time and I’ve just realised they have a whole host of other cities available including LA, Berlin & Paris. It’s won Apple App of the Year twice and it’s not hard to see why, you could say it’s the ultimate travel app providing real time information about public transport, giving route options and costs. You’ll even receive “get off soon” alerts while underground…without signal on your phone – don’t ask me how it works, it just does.[dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]4. Keep all your travel info in one place on the TripIt app, flight details, car hire, hotel…the lot. The app automatically pulls any emails with travel details from your account such as a flight confirmation from an airline and then makes your own personalised trip itinerary. It works offline, syncs with your calendar and the paid pro version tracks points/air miles, VIP benefits and gate changes etc.[dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]5. Once downloaded, the TripAdvisor City Guides can be used anywhere without data or a connection. The self-guided walking tours are one of the best features of the app, you can explore for free at your own pace with the photos and descriptions of places along the way.[dt_gap height=”10″ /]