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10 Best Travel Guide Apps You Need For Your Next Trip

10 Best Travel Guide Apps You Need For Your Next Trip

It would be ideal if one could simply show up at a location for vacation and know exactly how to enjoy their vacation upon arrival. However, for most individuals, making use of a guide or researching a bit on the location before going is a task that they must embark on before a location is agreed on. Travel books and agents used to be the source of knowledge in the past, however in this technological age, there are a myriad of travel guide applications available for individuals who want to have travel guides available on their mobile phones. Let’s look at 10 travel guide apps you’ll need for your summer getaway.

1. Tripomatic (In-App Purchase)

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    Tripomatic allows you to make a workable itinerary on your iPhone that can be edited online in a snap. With the ability to create day-to-day plans, you are able to choose sights to check out based on reviews and photos already on the application. This will allow you to choose if the locations on your list will truly interest those who are coming along on the trip with you. The maps, which are largely personalized by you, can even be accessed offline, this ensures that you’ll never be out of the loop of the day’s plans. Each city’s guide is purchased through an in-app purchase for $3.99 each or $13.99 per continent.

    2. Viator (Free)

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      Viator connects you with sights, tours, and activities that you can do in the city you are visiting. You are able to make on-the-whim decisions with last minute booking options through Viator. This is a great way to ensure that a damper isn’t put on your vacation when plans change. Your ticket and all of its information is viewable and scannable through Viator in-app. Not only does Viator connect you with activities, it connects you with deals to ensure you still have enough money for continued fun. With Viator videos, you are put in the action seat of the fun activities, allowing you to see exactly what you have in store.

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      3. Fast Talk (In-App)

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        The best thing that a tourist has in its favour is being able to understand or have some way of speaking the local tongue. This can not only get you out of awkward situations, but impress the residents who may be more incline to help you out or give you a special recommendation or two.

        Fast Talk, developed by Lonely Planet, hopes to step a bit outside of the travel guides they are known for and guide you with five of the most common languages encountered by tourists in Europe. Top phrases in French, Italian, Spanish, and German are offered for free. For ultimate speaking opportunities, there is a in-app purchase option to open more phrases and even more specific Spanish dialects.

        4. Wikitude (Free)

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          Using augmented reality, Wikitude wishes to open the world to you. Through a photo taken, you are able to get the history behind a specific site that you are visiting or check out the nearest restaurant locations close to where you are standing. This is similar to the augmented reality feature of the next app we will cover, Yelp, but Wikitude offers more by explaining in deeper significance popular tourist sites you will encounter. If you wish to be your family’s tour guide, this is the free application you need to add to your iPhone before your trip.

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          5. Yelp (Free)

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            Yelp is known highly for its restaurant reviews. While you will find yourself using Yelp for that purpose a majority of your time abroad, it can come in handy in more ways than that. Yelp isn’t just a city guide, it makes you not just feel comfortable with your surroundings, but turns you into a short-time resident.

            Yelp, through the use of reviews and star ratings, allow you to go to restaurants that are popular among locals but might not have been in your range of view as a tourist. I used Yelp when in Miami to find this amazing Mexican food restaurant far from what’s considered a touristy place, and it was amazing! Yelp can also get you in touch with bars, doctors, places of worship, travel agents, and more.

            6. GateGuru (Free)

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              GateGuru is the application you need to ensure that your airport experience is one that is of less stress and good planning. The application not only allows you to keep up with the information of where your gate is and when you need to arrive there, it allows you to see a map of nearby amenities including bathrooms and places to eat. This prevents you from having to wander around the airport, too far from your gate. With social networking intertwined, you can keep your family and followers on top of your travel plans, with easy Twitter, Foursquare, and Facebook checkin options. Once you arrive, you can even be connected to rental car service through GateGuru.

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              7. JetLag Genie ($2.99)

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                The roughest thing about travel is the corruption of your sleeping schedule. Not only are you most likely traveling to a new time zone, but you probably aren’t getting enough sleep the night before. If you are like me, you are most likely finishing your packing the night before and once you hit the sheets, you are probably too excited to get some shut-eye. Once on the plane, comfort and noise may prevent you from having a good night’s rest. On arrival, the new time and the line-up of activities and unpacking makes sleep impossible. JetLag Genie gives you a prescription of how to combat JetLag through adequate sleep schedule changes, melatonin, etc in advance.

                8. mPassport ($0.99/per city)

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                  Once in a foreign country, the combination of new foods, questionable water, and strenuous adventures can present you with the possibility of illness or injury. The application, mPassport, allows you to stay connected constantly to embassies, pharmacies, and medical establishments that are welcoming to an English-speaking clientele. Through HTH Worldwide, this application also is in connection with the company’s travel insurance program, allowing you to also access it through the app. You can, in addition, get medical term translations and request medical appointments in app.

                  9. EveryTrail (In-App)

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                    EveryTrail truly works itself into any way you are getting around town. Through a personalized map, you are able to see what is around you by foot, bike, car, ski, sail and more. Let your friends and family see what you have in store through great social media options. If you are in a rut on not knowing where to start, the nearly half a million other travel stories on EveryTrail can add a bit of inspiration. There’s offline access available (pro), and the ability to also add photos and videos (pro) to save the memories. Guides do come at a cost between $0.99 and $9.99. Pro access is $3.99.

                    10. The Converted ($2.99)

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                      The United States is a little different compared to other countries when it comes to measurements. Aside from the obvious instance of the currency exchange rate, the metric system can leave many first time travellers in a bit of a confusion. It is a hard lost in translation moment to ignore too. With distance, temperature, weight, and money all on another scale, your trip will be governed by a lot of guesswork.

                      However, The Converted by Ideon changes that. The application allows you to get over 200 offline unit translations, all presented without further configuration using location services. It’s recommended, however, to let the app go online once a day at least for updated currency exchange rates. For novice and regular travellers alike, the $2.99 is well worth the price.

                      Let us know in the comments below how you will use these applications to enhance your summer travel plans.

                      Featured photo credit: Top Travel Lists via toptravellists.net

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                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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