10 Apps To Turn iPhone Into Your Best Travel Companion

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00 iPhone Vacation   10 Apps To Turn iPhone Into Your Best Travel CompanionSometimes it’s good to take a break and move away from your routine activities. Going places and discovering breathtaking scenes in different parts of the world can be the perfect way to recharge your life battery.

While some people can just grab a backpack and go, others need careful preparations before they could even place one foot outside the door. But both types of travelers could use some additional help to enhance their traveling experience, and the iPhone could be one of the best travel companions.

Maps & Compass

The days of paper maps and bulky compasses are over. Nowadays, we have digital maps and compasses built in into the latest generations of iPhones. While most iPhone users know that Maps can be used to search for locations and get directions, many are unfamiliar with the integration of the Compass feature with Maps.

When you are trying to find directions using Maps, tap the little button at the bottom left of the screen. The icon will change from a small arrow into a flashlight and the map will rotate according to the direction of the Compass. This feature will help you find your destination faster and easier.

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As a bonus, Maps can also show traffic for the area so you can plan your route better (please note that traffic information is not always available, especially in remote areas).

Planning & Organizing

There are many things that intertwine within a trip, starting from the traveling methods, places to stay, activities to do, up to all the little details that come along the way. Unless you deliberately want your trip to be an adventure which is full of surprises, a little planning and organizing would really help you on the road.

There are many iPhone apps dedicated to helping users set up their travel as perfectly as possible before the actual event. These apps will help you with things like ticket reservations, hotel room booking, flight search, and recommendations for nearby eating places.

Three such apps are TripDeck, TripIt and Kayak. They have more or less similar functions.

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Help On The Road

And what about during the actual travel itself? There are also an abundant numbers of applications that can help you with that.

Take Yelp, for example; this app can help you find useful places nearby, from restaurants to banks to drugstores. The app utilizes the iPhone’s built in GPS to find the user’s location and matches it with its databases.

A few months back, Ryan did a review of Yelp.

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Another similar app is Where.

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Take Me To My Car takes a different approach in utilizing GPS to help users. As the name suggests, this app’s sole purpose is to help users locate their parked car. Most of us know that parking a car is far easier than finding it again later. Especially when you visit a huge vacation site.

To solve the problem, all you’ve got to do is tap at the “Park Here” button when you park your car. And when you are ready to leave, tap “Get Directions” button and the app will help you locate your car and give you directions to its location.

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Don’t forget another important element of every fun vacation: an internet connection. Finding Wi-fi hotspots would be less complicated if you have Wi-Fi finder apps such as WiFi Get Lite (the free version of WiFi Plus).

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Another app called Lonely Planet will help you fit into a foreign environment by providing you with City Guides for major cities all over the world, and audio phrase books of many non-English languages to help you learn common phrases. While the app itself is free, you have to buy the City Guides and phrase books.

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But the most important factor on every travel and vacation is actually doing it. All the help that you get from these tools would mean nothing if you do not enjoy your vacation. One way to do that is by making a travel journal. My Vacation Lite is the perfect app to do that.

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Rakshith

i just found out that tapping on the GPS button twice on iPhone Maps app will rotate the map in the direction you are heading using compass, I had iPhone 3G and now iPhone4, did not have 3GS, was this available in 3GS? nice tip, thanks.

Anonymous

Mine is 3GS, and this feature works fine. :)

Beth

No, it was available on the 3G, only 3GS and 4.

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Keith

The newest and arguably the most essential iPhone App is OnTheFly by ITA Software

http://itasoftware.com/products/shopping-pricing/on-the-fly.html

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Keith

The newest and arguably the most essential iPhone App is OnTheFly by ITA Software

http://itasoftware.com/product

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Maia Duerr

I’m wondering if all these apps are available for the iPad as well. Anyone know? (I’m considering bypassing the iPhone route and getting an iPad, if it can also work well as a travel companion.)

Anonymous

You can use the search feature in iTunes store to check whether the apps are compatible with iPad. As far as I know, most of iPhone apps are either compatible with or already have iPad versions.

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Nature Travel

Check out Terminal Maps for iPhone / iPad. It is really great

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iPhone development

Thanks for this awesome list of apps. Especially I like the Yelp one.
That’s hard to travel in foreign country without any guide so this app can be really helpful.
Regards,
Denis

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iPhone development

Thanks for this awesome list of apps. Especially I like the Yelp one.
That’s hard to travel in foreign country without any guide so this app can be really helpful.
Regards,
Denis

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Ravindra

hi,i just found out that tapping on the GPS button twice on iPhone Maps app will rotate the map in the direction you are heading using compass, I had iPhone 3G and now iPhone4, did not have 3GS, was this available in 3GS? nice tip, thanks.
http://www.visitmyhub.com

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Ravindra

hi,i just found out that tapping on the GPS button twice on iPhone Maps app will rotate the map in the direction you are heading using compass, I had iPhone 3G and now iPhone4, did not have 3GS, was this available in 3GS? nice tip, thanks.
http://www.visitmyhub.com

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Patrice Arnera

Hi There,

I travel around the World at least once month from Wellington, New Zealand and am constantly prone to delayed or cancelled flights and my business contacts and family are constantly trying to understand when I am landing so that they can reach me.

I have therefore created an iPhone application that gives live departures and arrivals information for any flights at any given airport around the World. You can find an overview of the application at http://www.3dot5.net/blog/world-flights/.

There is also a draw to win an ipad everytime a milestone of 10,000 download is reached on the AppStore, more information can be found on: http://www.3dot5.net/blog/win-an-ipad-with-world-flights/

Cheers,

Patrice

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Patrice Arnera

Hi There,

I travel around the World at least once month from Wellington, New Zealand and am constantly prone to delayed or cancelled flights and my business contacts and family are constantly trying to understand when I am landing so that they can reach me.

I have therefore created an iPhone application that gives live departures and arrivals information for any flights at any given airport around the World. You can find an overview of the application at http://www.3dot5.net/blog/worl

There is also a draw to win an ipad everytime a milestone of 10,000 download is reached on the AppStore, more information can be found on: http://www.3dot5.net/blog/win-

Cheers,

Patrice

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