The holiday & travel iPhone Apps you shouldn’t leave the country without! The digital era is truly upon us, gone are the days of Desert Island Discs style articles and programs. After all who wants to take 8 clunky vinyl’s with them when you can get tens of thousands of songs on a device no bigger than your hand. The only challenge you have is how to charge it, however with the advent of mini solar chargers, you’ll never be without a power source again, especially when you are stuck on a beach in Turkey!
As you can imagine we are all avid travellers here at Travel Wasp and between us we have put together, what we think, should be your top 5 iPhone Apps when you head off on holiday this year. Of course there are literally thousands of apps out there on all manner of smart phones and tablets that would work just as well as the ones listed, these are OUR top five:
The first thing that puts anyone off using their phone abroad is the cost of data, especially when there isn’t a Wi-Fi network available. Onavo is an application that works on both the iPhone and Android to help manage your data usage. Often there are apps using your data without you realising, the app allows you to disable these. In addition Onavo compresses the data you are using – this will bring down the cost of your roaming phone bill by up to 5 times what it would normally cost you.
These days it’s easier than ever to stay in touch with friends and family at home whilst we are away enjoying the sunshine in some foreign climate. However, just like data roaming charges, calling home can be expensive from your handset. Do you remember the days we used to go and buy phone cards from kiosks that we had to then go and use in a stinky phone box? The most cost effective way to make calls from overseas now lies with Skype. If you are already using Skype at home you’ll be pleased to know that you can now get the popular program as an app on your phone, meaning you can make the same low cost calls using the internet data (Free Wi-Fi), rather than that of your calling plan. For those of you that don’t have an iPhone, the Skype App also works on the iPod and the iPad.
Personally when I am on my holidays and there is a day with a chance of rain, the last thing I want to do is let the ‘chance‘ of rain ruin my plans for the entire day. Enter the WeatherPro App. As well as the usual forecasting tools you get as standard on your handset, Weatherpro also has live rainfall radar. So why is this useful? Well, imagine if you could see exactly where the rain was falling and in what direction it was heading at any given minute. You’ll never get caught out in the rain again.
It doesn’t matter how often we go abroad, getting our head around the ever changing exchange rates can be a bit of a headache. One of the nets largest currency conversion websites now has a handy FREE app, called XE Currency. It allows you to convert every world currency on the go, using live exchange rates. If you don’t have a signal or a data connection, don’t panic, the App stores the latest rates every time it acquires a signal. So if you’ve last had Wi-Fi when you left home the rates in the app would have been downloaded and updated then.
A totally brilliant app I have on my own iPhone that gets used daily and especially more so when I am abroad, is the torch application. This simple program turns your phone camera flash into a very bright and powerful torch. Imagine if you will, that yourself catering accommodation in Greece is down a very dark and rocky track, pull out your torch app and you’ll automatically reduce any chance of you tripping and falling over in the dark. A bit farfetched I know, but you get the idea!