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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    Money talks

    Piggie
    Free
    iOS

    The more diligent and sensible travellers among us will budget their trip to ensure that they don't break the bank, but even if you're motivated enough to keep a budget, let's face it; it's boring and it wastes precious fun time.

    Piggie allows you to favourite expenses like transport or accommodation, so that adding a cab fare or that third round of cocktails is as easy as a few taps of the screen. If your trip takes you across borders, then Piggie will let you switch currencies to keep your countries separate. There are graphs to let you see what categories of expenses are costing you the most — assuming you want to see what percentage of your budget is alcohol.

    XE Currency Converter
    Free
    iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry

    Let's face it: the exchange rate that our banks give us overseas is never anything like the market rate that apps like XE provide. Still, if you want a good idea of what your dollar is worth, then XE is a great bet. Simply set up the currencies you wish to convert in your favourites, update the rates once and they will always be available — even without internet. Of course, you will want to periodically update with a Wi-Fi connection if you're not on roaming data, just to keep it accurate.

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    Entertainment

    Azul
    AU$0.99 (currently on sale)
    iOS

    We all love a movie or a TV show to ease the pain of those long, monotonous bus rides. The only downside is converting the files to a format that your phone can handle. In the case of the iPhone, this is particularly irritating, as it's so extremely limited in what it can play. Transcoding video is one of the slowest processes known to personal computing, even for high-end computers. So why bother?

    Azul is a video-player app that simply cuts out the video conversion by playing file types that are otherwise unwatchable on devices like the iPhone. You can load videos through iTunes, from the cloud with Dropbox, from email or from other online sources. Within a few minutes, your phone can be populated with a selection of movies and TV episodes.

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    Health

    Travel Health
    AU$2.99
    iOS

    You're likely to encounter one of a multitude of ailments when you're on the road. These could be as common as the appropriately named Delhi belly, or as life threatening as Malaria. Travel Health breaks down symptoms into categories, such as Fever, Gut Problems, Altitude Sickness and Emergencies, but it also provides general first-aid tips and a drug-reference database.

    Information provided includes a description of symptoms that you might be having, what could be causing them and some of the treatments available. A visit to the doctor is always recommended, but Travel Health can give you an idea of the cause and severity of the symptoms you're experiencing.

    World Drugs Converter
    AU$5.99
    iOS

    Once you know what's wrong with you and what's needed to fix it, there's another challenge. In many places, drugs can be found in general stores, where there are no medically trained staff, or the staff may not speak your language.

    The World Drugs Converter allows you to search by product name, molecule or therapeutic indication (symptom). It's a very simple app. It not only provides an extensive offline database of pharmaceutical drugs, but, more importantly, it helps you to find a local product that offers what you need. This allows you to either ask for the right product or check that the one you've bought contains the right ingredients to cure your health issue — it even supplies the name in the local language — an invaluable tool.

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