The market for smartphone applications is exploding and growing at an alarming rate and there are now millions of apps out there for just about everything you could think of.
There are around 17,000 travel apps on the market today; let’s take a look at the top ten for your smartphone.
(Free – upgrade for extra features available for $14.50 per month)
Wordmate gives you the ability to store all of your travel booking details, such as hotels, car rentals and hotel booking details; Save your business trip plan including meetings and conferences, flights, hotels and other transportation arrangements; LinkedIn integration, so you can quickly see if any of your contacts are heading to the same place as you. Other features include flight statuses and schedules, maps and directions, world clocks, travel directory, calendar integration, currency converter, outlook add-on and weather forecasts. This is the ultimate Swiss army knife of travel apps!
Flight View has everything you need to track arrival times, departure times, delays and cancelations, 7-day weather forecast, the ability to view car parking availability and, in some cases, it allows booking online.
Talking Phrase Books
($19.99 – $29.99)
If you’re heading to a foreign country and are unfamiliar with the local language, this app is a lifesaver. It’s a little bit pricey as far as smartphone apps are concerned but a very worthwhile investment which makes communication with locals a breeze.
The talking phrase books, from Hnhsoft, translate from English into many different foreign languages.
Telenav GPS Navigation
($9.99 per month)
Another paid for app that is well worth the investment if you’re heading to somewhere you are unfamiliar with and you lack GPS in your car. This app does require a 3G connection, as it connects via Google Maps. It features spoken step by step directions, your current position and re-routes on the fly if you take a wrong turn.
As you had probably guessed by the name, Accuweather allows you to get the local weather forecast, using your phones location feature or by manually feeding it a location.
Urbanspoon has a lot of work to be done to make it something for everyone, in that it lacks in the number of UK cities available. Even though it only offers the ability to search for places to eat, their menus and reviews in five UK cities it does boast a huge range of cities in the US and Canada.
This Blackberry app is an absolute must have when you’re out and about in a foreign land. Never get caught short again, there is nothing worse than not knowing where the nearest public toilet is, especially when it’s the younger ones who need to go.
(£1.19 – £2.39)
Sometimes, when you’re off exploring on your holiday you don’t want to be bogged down with guides, leaflets and books. The Cool Places app offers a typical travel guide for many different cities around the UK. One of the features that makes this app stand out from the crowed is the ability to ‘spin the wheel’ and be inspired for your next destination.
A simple app that uses Google Earth to let you explore your next destination from your smartphone, and even from the comfort of your own home.
AA Hotel Guide
As the name suggests this app is the ultimate way to search for hotels, view prices, availability, read reviews and book online. It’s also worth checking out the AA’s restaurant, b&b and pub apps as well.
This is a blog post on behalf of our friends at Vroomvroomvroom.co.uk.