Best iPhone travel apps

Best iPhone travel apps

Summary: Travelling can be a zen thing; an escape. Some might enjoy the feeling of leaving behind their email account, of no one knowing where they are, of being ... disconnected. Some of us, on the other hand, prefer to have their smartphone alive and in the mix.

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    In the pages following are some travel apps that we think are well worth using to let your smartphone add value to your trip.

    Some will save you money, some may save your life and some will just make your trip more fun — or simply help you boast about it to your mates.

    Please note that some of these apps will be better with, or will require you to have, an internet connection. They were all tested on an iPhone 4, but we have noted when they're available on any other mobile operating systems.

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    Data management

    Onavo Extend
    Free
    iOS, Android

    Onavo is your data-limit hero. In a nutshell, Onavo will compress your data, so that what you use will cost you less. Not every internet service will get the benefits of Onavo compression, but the company is steadily growing its base.

    Apps that already have their data compressed include the likes of Facebook, Google Maps, Instagram and YouTube. You even get a breakdown of how much you're saving. It's not only a great way to save data, but also a great way to see which app is using the most.

    Data Usage
    AU$0.99
    iOS

    Whatever your data limits are, you're going to want to keep track of them. Data Usage will give details on every aspect of your data usage, including whether you're likely to exceed your limits. It will even tell you where you last accessed mobile data based on a GPS location, just in case you want to find out where you blew that 50MB.

Topics: Apple, iPhone, Travel Tech

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  • What a strange article. Most apps you listed are not travel apps at all. They may be apps you spend time with while travelling, but for actual travel part of not there. I would have expected to see something like tripadvisor or viator, which at least help you about new destination while there.
    amulle
    • This article is about apps that will help you while travelling as opposed to just "travel" apps.

      If you'd like to see what ZDNet Australia thinks are the best travel apps, you can check out this article: http://www.zdnet.com.au/best-free-travel-apps-339312591.htm

      Thanks,
      Irene
      iBean
  • Recently, while travelling around Japan, I found the Lonely Planet city guides for Tokyo and Kyoto extremely useful for finding places to eat, drink, sleep, as well as things to see, and various traditions and customs.

    There is also a fairly new tool made specifically for travelling in Australia called Wikicamps Australia, which is just brilliant. It's for campsites, caravan parks, etc, and people can add their own to the global database, as well as add comments.
    SmakDaddy
  • If you are going to Broome, West Australia, try the Broome Visitors Guide for the iPhone. Its free, a small download (2.7 Mb) and very handy, with maps, a local gig guide and useful local info.
    bvg-788eb
  • app

    I think this is also a great one - Travel Alarm Clock Pro
    My friend recommended me it - http://www.alarmtravel.com/
    I’ve used it a couple of time and pretty satisfied with it.
    Talim
  • Thanks for some advices to download :-) : if you have a language barrier, you can’t travel without this iPhone app, Image It : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/image-it/id515842287?mt=8
    MaximeSaada
  • Traveling apps

    It is unbelievable to have all these apps for traveling . I would have enough time for entertainment than before .AS these apps help me to manage my expenses and guide me toward anyplace i want. I also think we need
    iphone covers made of hard shells to protect our gadget especially when doing some activities like climbing the mountains.
    Best regards
    Matt Logan
    MATTlogan
  • OneTongue

    Language is one of the biggest problem we face while travelling in another country. Get instant translation of chat with OneTongue iPhone Free App. No in-app purchases. Download the app: http://bit.ly/OneTongue
    alexkumar126