I recently dished on must-have travel apps, the ones you wouldn’t ever want to delete. Since writing that post I’ve discovered quite a few more apps that have quite literally blown my mind. Each one of these apps is the very definition of the word “smart.” How do you feel about calling the U.S.A. and Canada for nothing instead of the numerous dollars that tend to creep up on your cell phone bill every month. Or what about having your own personal travel concierge, one that is available 24/7 and able to answer just about any question you have about your destination – for free!
These apps are in a league of their own. Click through and I promise you’ll walk away with a whole new respect for technology.
In A League All Their Own 1 of 11
These apps are truly in a league all their own. You'll find some of the most intelligent and informative apps on this list, some of which will save you quite a bit of money during your travels!
Wikitude 2 of 11
This is one of the many apps that has me in complete awe. Wikitude is an augmented reality app that will discover your surroundings for you. Take a photo of your surroundings and it will provide you with information on your location, where to eat, what to do and cool attractions in the area. You can also visually see the tweets happening in your area, check currency rates, and so much more. The app is available for Android, Blackberry, IOS, and Windows Phone.
Find out more by visiting Wikitude.
Ringcredible 3 of 11
Tired of adding international voice bundles to your phone? Me too. They are overpriced and cost a fortune! Before my last trip I decided to search for a solution and came across Ringcredible. This super cool app allows you to make long distance calls internationally for rates that are 90% cheaper than your cell phone provider and 70% cheaper than Skype. How do they do it? Over a VPN system. Rates are ridiculously low and there is no extra charge for using it. You must use the app over a 3G network or Wifi (preferred as it won't cost you a dime this way).
1.6 cents a minute to China, 2.5 cents a minute to the United Kingdom - yes please!
Find out more by visiting Ringcredible.
CoPilot GPS 4 of 11
One of the biggest battery drainers and data hogs is your map app. It's the one thing I loathe about traveling and the main reason I keep my phone on charge constantly. If only I'd known about the CoPilot GPS app sooner. The app provides detailed street maps of the U.S. and Canada. However, instead of pulling it up each time you launch the app, the maps are stored on your iPhone, so there is never any need to use your mobile service or data plan. This is also a great solution for those traveling to rural areas, as you never have to worry about losing directions if you are in a location with no cell coverage.
Find out more by visiting CoPilot GPS.
Google Goggles 5 of 11
This is a must-have on any cell phone. Think of Google Goggles as your own personal concierge, available 24/7. Scan text in 8 different languages, and the app's Optical Character Recognition feature will translate it into other languages. Take a picture of your impossible to solve Sodoku puzzle and it will solve it for you. You can even take pictures of landmarks that you aren't quite sure of, books, DVDs, CDs, and even paintings and Google Goggles will provide you with information on all of it.
Find out more by visiting Google Goggles.
Waze 6 of 11
Social media meets traffic. Essentially, that is what Waze is all about. It's the world's fastest growing community-based traffic and navigation app that allows you to share road info and real-time traffic updates with the community and your friends. The beauty of this app is that everyone keeps it fresh and updated. You'll get alerted before approaching a police officer, accidents, and road hazards and you too can share that information with others. In turn, you'll get rewarded with points. I'll warn you, it is addicting! The app recently won the Global Mobile Awards for 2013 as the Best Overall Mobile App.
Find out more by visiting Waze.
Free Guided Audio Tours 7 of 11
Take an audio tour for free thanks to Rick Steves. Choose from numerous self-guided tours and historic walks and download the track before you visit. PDF maps are also available and can be downloaded to use during your tour. Each of the audio files originate from Rick Steves guidebooks and the Travel with Rick Steves public radio program. Self-guided tours are excerpted from Rick Steves country and city guidebooks.
For more information, visit the App Store.
Trip Journal 8 of 11
Share an interactive journal of your travels with your family and friends by uploading videos and photos from your iPhone Photo Gallery or take them from the app itself. Write notes in your journal, add comments to photos and video, and when you are ready to share it all at once, you can do so through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and many more.
There are many other cool features with this app, find out more by visiting Trip Journal.
Talkatone 9 of 11
Make unlimited free calls and texts to anyone, anywhere over a WiFi or 3G/4G network as long as the number is from the US and Canada and use 0 cell minutes. Sounds too good to be true doesn't it? Talkatone is the highest rated phone app and has been downloaded by more than 8 million people because, well, it works! You must have an existing Google Voice account, however this will not use any cell minutes unlike the Google Voice app.
Find out more by visiting Talkatone.
Airbnb 10 of 11
Hotels and resorts are nice, but what about staying on a private island or in a luxurious villa? Airbnb gives you access to unique properties spanning over 33,000 cities worldwide. You can reserve properties last minute, communicate with hosts and guests from the app, and make reservations with the tap of a button. Thinking of renting out your own space while you're gone? You can do that too! Take pictures of your space, upload them, and accept or decline reservations from the app.
Find out more by visiting Airbnb.
TripAdvisor Offline City Guides 11 of 11
TripAdvisor is full of some of the best travel information and reviews out there. Their Offline City Guide app is great because you can download the guides you need before your trip and access them at any time without any internet access.
Find out more by visiting the App Store.
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