While traveling I’ve been using the iPhone for almost everything. There is an app for everything, and to bring the iPhone on your travels is extremely helpful and maybe one your most important belongings out there.
I listed up ten apps I use the most, and hopefully some of them will be useful for you as well.
I know that Spotify is not a dedicated travel app, but it is the app I use the most while traveling, by far!
The app is the possibly the best music app on the planet at the moment. It is available in most countries in Europe and North-America.
Although this app is geo-restricted for downloading and registering it is highly usable over sea’s and it syncs without any problems. I at least have any problems using it in any of the countries I’ve been to so far.
You can have 2000 offline songs on your smart-device.
You can search and sync new songs while abroad.
You can make playlists on the go, and log on to Spotify from a random PC and get your playlists directly on that new device.
Simply this app deserves the 1. place.
Pr month: 20$
This app is brilliant to hook up your new place to stay on the go. Search City, accommodation type, price range and ratings. Sort out your search results by the same terms as above.
3. Trip Advisor
If you need any information about the place, Trip Advisor got it. Easy to use and you got smart functions like bookmarking information and making it available offline in situations where you don’t have any WiFi.
This is a norwegian app, however, it is a brilliant app. You can update the change rates when you want, and it is working offline.
You can convert more or less all the currencies there is. They are listed with the country code and the national flag. If you want to arrange the list in one particular order you can do that too.
5. Convert Units
The app is a tiny bit confusing to begin with, but when you figure it out it is truly amazing. I’m used to the metric system, but there’s still a lot of countries using stones and thumbs and feet and whatever they had back in the stone age. So a Unit Converter while traveling is a must.
This is an app from Amazon, it is available on all smart-devices. It allows you to buy and download e-books directly in the app, and of corse they are readable offline. You got about 950 000 books to choose from in a lot of different languages.
Carrying books while traveling adds a lot of weight to your backpack, so to got 10 books on your amazon account is a good idea. Let’s follow up with the technology shall we? Most books are a tiny bit cheaper as well.
7. Google Maps(Native App)
I can’t count the times I’ve used this app while traveling. You do need an internet connection to use it. However, find the route you need to walk while in a cafe, and when you walk out you’ll still have the map. If you need to walk far and need more detailed pictures, just take a couple of screenshots. Simple and very easy.
8. Flash Light
Stupid as it may sound, but this is an app I’ve used multiple times. In hostels early in the morning or late at night when everyone is sleeping you don’t want to turn on the lights in the entire room to find something in your bag. Hence the flash light on the phone. If your traveling in a more “off-the-beaten-track” places a lot of hostels and budget places to stay only offers electricity at certain times, how stupid is the flash light in those situations?
Price: There’s multiple apps for the flashlight, so find the cheapest one. You’ll find them for free, but they are full of ads. If you don’t want ads you’ll be looking at 0,99$ apps.
9. Google Translate
although this is an online app it allows you to save translations offline. You may encounter situations where a few local sentences is helpful. The app will show the text on fullscreen by a click on a button. Easy to use and it will help you out when you least expect it. A good app to have on your smart-device.
10. Fit IT!
This is actually a game. A good app to get your mind going. It’s a puzzle game and trust me, you’ll have tons of time in waiting halls and longer bus rides where this game will be a life saver. It got a good load of different puzzles, and difficulty levels. I bet you can’t do the expert one! Write in the comment field if you did and a screen-shot!
EA has indeed put together the famous boardgame monopoly for iPhone and iPad. If you got the iPad in hand you can play with friends or new travel buddies in your hostel. A great way to kill some time on the bus or whatever brings you around. It do suck some battery, but turn off the animations and such and it will last for a long time. A good app that make waiting go a little faster.
Price: 2,99$ (worth every cents)