I am reliant on my iPhone for everything. For my calendar, my pocket point and shoot, and travel details. It’s so convenient to have everything in one digital package! Here are my must have apps for any wanderer:
TripIt - FREE – Such a smart app! It stores all your travel plans in one place. Once you make your reservations online, you can email your itinerary email confirmation to a special email and it uploads all the details. It’s even smart enough to group plans from different travel vendors. For airplane travel it has a flight status link for the up-to-the-minute details about gates, delays and airport maps. It has been indispensable for me.
Yelp - FREE – Finding great food in any location is EASY on Yelp. I just do a search for what I’m hungry for and find the one that is closest to me with the highest rating and the most reviews. We’ve used this in major metropolitan areas and on rural wanders – we’re never disappointed by crowdsourcing some good grub!
Trover – FREE – Find funky, fabulous finds that are close to you with this fun photo app. Doing a search in their “Nearby” function shows you treasures within walking distance, biking or driving. This is a fun way to burn an hour in an unfamiliar town. This app also features a social function where other Trovers can “like” and follow your photos. Fun community of talented photographers.
GrubHub – FREE – Too tired to tromp around trying to find a place to eat? Download GrubHub, and in major cities, delivered food is only a few clicks away. An online collection of delivery food, you never have to be subjected to expensive, limited room service again!
MTrip – $5.99 for each city – These are a bit pricey, but a great big city travel guide for iPhones. Add your hotel, how many days you are on vacation, and what is on your “must see” list and it will map out your itinerary over the trip. It makes suggestions of other things you might like by location and interest. Also has food and shopping recommendations, but not as strong a platform as Yelp. Informative simple attraction descriptions are handy to make the most out of your trip.
Apps I can’t wait to try out:
Urbandig – FREE – Very cool concept of walking tours by city curated by hip locals. The walking tours are organized by interest and then specialty – the food tours in San Francisco include a ice cream, locavore, and cheap eats tours. The app currently has tours for LA, San Francisco and Vancouver with more coming soon. Getting off the beaten path has never been so easy.
Postcard On the Run – FREE – Clunky, buggy interface, but the concept is awesome. You can send physical postcards of your iPhone photos to loved ones from anywhere in the world (well within cell phone range, that is). Complete with message section, actual signature and geolocate map your postcard is stamped and mailed to anyone within a few days for just for under $2 a piece. Nice physical touch for longer trips or special occasions like honeymoons or family reunions!