10 best travel apps of 2013
WHETHER you’re hunting down good sushi, need to know when to sleep, want to sit on a beach or find your way around a town this list of travel apps will help you with all your needs and problems. It may even solve issues you never realized you might have such as dealing with jetlag or different time zones. This list provides some of the ultimate travel companions you may like to consider in 2013.
If you’re planning on sitting on the beach a lot during your Asian sojourn you may want to check out the Sunshine app. It will not only detect the UVI rating of your location but will also let you know when you have to put on a new layer of cream so you are protected from exposure.
Free on iPhone
You may have used TripAdvisor online before, but now you can take it around with you in your pocket and check reviews of hotels and restaurants before you even walk in the door. You can also leave your own review as you’re heading out.
Free on iPhone, Android, Nokia
Your parents and loved ones will be pleased to know you have this app on your phone next time you’re in the Himalayas, visiting busy cities or simply on the road. This app has emergency service numbers across the globe for police, ambulances and fire engines plus embassy details should you need consular assistance. Peace of mind at the press of a button. TravelSafe Lite is another option, and free, but provides only the emergency numbers, not embassy contacts.
Not only is this a handy way of keeping kids engaged when you need them to be — on planes, in queues or hotel rooms — but it’s also an educational tool. The games, videos and activities on the device are suitable for toddlers through to bigger kids.
Free on iPhone and Android
Suffer from jetlag? Or do you arrive more jaded than you would like? This app could be just the ticket to help you adjust better to time zone changes. Simply input your dates, destination and sleep times and it will help you adjust your sleeping habits prior to departure to cope better when the time comes.
Available on iPhone ($2.99)
Perfect World Clock
To avoid the mathematics challenge of setting your alarm clock in different time zones, simply download this app and let it do the work for you! This app provides times in hundreds of cities.
Available on Android (free)
For travel made incredibly simple, use mTrip’s guides for major cities such as Tokyo or Bangkok, utilize the offline maps when you need to, browse to points of interest and connect with family or friends by sending virtual postcards, email or Facebook. There’s also a trip planner to help you map out your travel day.
Available on iPhone / Android ($4.99)
We’ve all been on trips with friends when it becomes a headache to remember who paid for what and who owes who. This useful little app takes the headache away. Simply input your details as you go along and it works out the payments to be made to divvy it up neatly and remain friends by the end of the travel experience. The paid version ($1.99) can handle more than two travelers.
Available on iPhone
The perfect way to stay in touch with friends is this free texting and video messaging app. You can use it anywhere in the world with a WiFi or 3G connection.
Android, Blackberry and iPhone ($0.99)
You’ll never get lost in translation again with this handy little app. The app translates what you say into another language and will say it out loud or write it out for you. It supports a number of Asian languages like Korean, Malay, Japanese, Indonesian and more.