Nowadays many savvy travelers never leave home without their smartphone—a device that now includes applications, calendars, 3G capability, and countless other built-in benefits. The mobile phone has become just as valuable to both leisure and business travelers as your passport or wad of local currency. There are a myriad of apps to choose from, though, so how do you know which are the best? Here are some of WIT’s travel app recommendations for the technophile:
9. iFly offers a collection of terminal guides, complete with parking info, flight statuses, and restaurants at more than 700 airports worldwide. You can view GPS-enabled maps that track your location or download airport maps. Runs on: Android, iPad, iPhone. FREE.
8. XE Currency is that app that converts any currency to another, helping to balance your checkbook, haggle with market vendors, or inform you what to expect at the airport currency exchange. These are updated regularly so you are always aware of the current rate. Runs on: iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone. FREE.
7. Pano gives your phone camera the added benefit of being able to create panoramas of the unforgettable vistas on your trip, with a max of up to 16 photos. It includes a semitransparent guide to help line up each shot—better than even your digital camera! Runs on: Android, iPhone, Windows Phone. $1.99.
6. Foodspotting connects travelers with the best restaurants in the area. You can browse alphabetically, by location, rank, or category. This is perfect if you’re not sure where to go to satisfy that sushi craving in downtown Warsaw! Runs on: Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Windows Phone. FREE.
5. Google Translate is equipped with over 50 languages, allowing you to translate text and, for some, even translate speech. This is a great way to lessen culture shock and open up channels between you and the locals! Runs on: iPad and iPhone. FREE.
4. The Weather Channel provides alerts on severe weather conditions, with detailed updates every 15 minutes on temperature, humidity, sunset and sunrise. You can even browse weather satellite images. Runs on: Android, Blackberry, iPad, iPhone, Windows Phone. FREE.
3. TomTom keeps 2-minute traffic updates and detailed maps of more than 30 countries. This app can also plug into Twitter and Facebook. Runs on: iPad, IPhone. Price varies depending on region.
2. Triposo searches the web for free travel content—and filters lists into interactive travel guides of more than 80 countries. These can be downloaded for offline use. Runs on: Android, iPad, iPhone. FREE.
1. Yelp is the web’s most comprehensive collection of business listings, from restaurants to gas stations to boutiques. Offers one-click to locations on maps. Runs on Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Windows Phone. FREE.
Willamette Intl Travel actively works with business and tech-savvy travelers. Call us to book a trip 800.821.0401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.