Apps for Travelers
I've recommended some of my favorite mobile apps below. All of these are available on Apple's iOS devices through their app store, and many of them are also available for Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry platforms. I've noted whether they're free or must be paid for, and whether they're self-contained (Internet connection not necessary after the initial download) or require ongoing Internet access. While it's possible to download these apps over any Wi-Fi network, plan ahead and try to grab the ones you want while you're still at home. This is by no means a comprehensive list. New apps are hitting the market every day.
Trip-Planning and Management
From booking flights and hotels to managing your itinerary, these apps can help you plan your trip.
, , , , and (free, Internet) allow you to search for flights, hotels, rental cars, and more. (free, Internet) helps you survey a wide variety of European budget airlines to find the cheapest connection between any two points.
Each airline has its own app; these usually allow you to search for and book flights, check in, and track the status of a flight. While you can do many of these same activities through the airline's website on your phone's browser, the apps are generally faster and more user-friendly.
Plug your flight details into FlightTrack (pay, Internet) or (free, Internet), and these apps will keep track of whether your plane is on time. Folks back home can even track your plane's progress on a map.
Audio Tours, Transit, Restaurants, Money, Weather, and More
The following tools run the gamut, from Europe-specific advice to apps that help document your travels.
(free, self-contained) has hundreds of radio interviews and dozens of audio walking tours of Europe's top sights, organized by destination for easy browsing. Download the playlists that interest you and fit your itinerary before your trip, then listen to them offline as you travel.
Various subway map apps for the London Tube, Paris Métro, and others (pay, self-contained) have detailed, digital plans of public transit networks that save you from having to unfold an unwieldy map on a busy platform. The free, self-contained is a handy route-planner for public transit in dozens of European cities, but does not have maps.
(free, Internet) gives you access to millions of user reviews of restaurants, hotels, and sights (though TripAdvisor ratings should never be taken as gospel). Some users prefer (free, Internet), which is just catching on in Europe; unlike back home, where most Yelp reviewers are locals, European Yelp reviews tend to come from travelers.
- Published By : سلماز توسلی