Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Apps For Travel

By Ashley Myers-Turner Published in Mobile
Apps For Travel
Forward all emails regarding flights, car rentals, hotel shuttles, railway tickets and accommodations to TripIt, and the app will create your master travel itinerary. Or simply use Auto Import to connect directly to your email and scan for travel information automatically. TripIt can easily sync with your calendar application, then send your schedule to friends, family or colleagues via email, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. If you're a frequent traveler, create an Inner Circle of friends who will be automatically updated with your travel plans for every trip. Available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. Free via iTunes, Google Play, BlackBerry World or WindowsPhone.com.

Keep a visual journal of your trip with the Trip Journal app. With full Google Earth and GPS integration, you can geotag and pin each of your photos, videos and blog entries on a map. View this map later or organize your entries by type of media. Share your journal with your friends on Facebook, Flickr and Picasa, or upload your videos directly to YouTube. Trip Journal is also compatible with blogging software for direct embedding with WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, Squarespace and Tumblr. Available for iPhone and Android. $2.99 via iTunes or Google Play.

Evernote is an all-in-one app that allows you to save all your travel documents, photos, webpages and notes. This cloud-based app is accessible on nearly every computer and device, so if you're saving space in your travel bag and primarily using Internet caf├ęs while abroad, this is a great app to save confirmations, important journals, webpage bookmarks, photos and maps. Organize your files by notebook or tags. Available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. Free via iTunes, Google Play, BlackBerry World or WindowsPhone.com.

As you venture into a new city, immediately learn more about the world in front of you with the Wikitude app. It instantly shows you millions of points of interest, from restaurants to events to where to grab a taxi. With the Augmented Reality view, hold up your device to the cityscape in front of you and view tweets as they pop up in their geotagged area or tap into their Flickr world to view images around you. The Image Tracking feature can provide articles about the landmark before you or provide you with the exchange rate for the coins on your table. Available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. Free via iTunes, Google Play or BlackBerry World.

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