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May 12, 2014

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5 Travel Apps You Need to Download when Travelling to America

by Jason Dutton-Smith
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When the now ubiquitous Apple iPhone entered our lives in 2007 it set in motion a revolutionary new method of communication, changing the way we interact with the world around us. And what about those remarkable little ornaments we all organise so lovingly on our smart phone screens? Apps? With just one touch, a whole new world opens up, revealing itself in all its digital information glory. From games to booking a flight to navigation and finding the nearest Chinese restaurant, Apps have reduced the world into tiny, palm sized tools. And for today’s modern traveller these conveniences have certainly made it easier to stay connected while on the road.

Aside the usual Apps to keep in touch with loved ones such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+, there are a few handy Apps that will make your travels much easier and far more convenient. Here are five travel Apps we use and recommend to download before travel to the U.S.A.

Units Plus

About: Units Plus provides a range of conversion options when travelling such as currency, fuel, mileage, time, temperature and more. This App really is a one-stop-shop all neatly packed into one application.
Our favourite feature: As we travel to America several times per year, the currency converter and fuel and mileage converter is fantastic. Know what you’re spending before you purchase and take the guess work out of how many (in our case) kilometres it is to the next town.
Cost and device: Free and compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and optimised for iPhone 5.

Units Plus Conversion Options

Units Plus Conversion Options

Units Plus Currency Converter

Units Plus Currency Converter


Wi-Fi Finder

About: This was a great recommendation that we love! Megabytes can soon rack up when travelling with a potential nasty surprise upon return. Simply open the Wi-Fi Finder App and it will use GPS to pin point your location and provide all available Wi-Fi hot-spots within a certain radius. It shows both free and paid Wi-Fi options and will keep you connected while on the road.
Our favourite feature: Having the guess work taken out of searching for a free Wi-Fi hot-spot. Service available in most countries world-wide.
Cost and device: Free and compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and optimised for iPhone 5.

Wi-Fi Finder Map View

Wi-Fi Finder Map View

Wi-Fi Finder List View

Wi-Fi Finder List View


WhatsApp

About: A smartphone messenger App that uses Wi-Fi or your 3G/4G network to instantly connect you with family and friends. Allows you to send unlimited messages, videos, images and audio notes for free, no matter where in the world you are making it easier than ever to stay in touch.
Our favourite feature: Audio notes function. For those times when it’s easier to talk then type a message. Simply hold the voice recorder button and chat away and upon release of the button it instantly sends to your contact. All at no cost.
Cost and device: Free for the first year and 0.99c after first year. Compatible with iPhone and optimised for iPhone 5 although compatible with iOS 4.3 onwards.

Whatsapp Chat Screen

Whatsapp Chat Screen

Whatsapp Friends Chat List

Whatsapp Friends Chat List


Viator Tours & Activities

About: One of the world’s largest tour and activity providers, Viator provides instant access to countless tours in over 1,000 destinations world-wide. Simple to use and stocked with tour information, pictures, video, reviews, star ratings and maps; it has everything you need to research and book a local tour or activity on the spot.
Our favourite feature: Booking in desired currency. When booking a tour you have the option to pay in AUD, CAD, USD, Pounds or Euros. This can save on bank issued currency converter fees and allows for an easy comparison of prices.
Cost and device: Free and compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and optimised for iPhone 5. Requires iOS6 or later.

Viator Tour Options

Viator Tour Options

Viator Tour Information

Viator Tour Information


Roadtrippers

About: An essential trip planner for the good old American road trip. Simply name and create your ‘trip’ between two driving destinations and discover a variety of things to do, accommodation options, sights, scenic points, restaurants and more along your planned trip route. Simple add desired options to your trip planner and follow the directions.
Our favourite feature: Planning in advance local sights and attractions that a local map or GPS won’t tell you about. The ‘bucket list’ feature also allows you to add wish-list stops for when you find some extra daylight hours in your driving day.
Cost and device: Free and compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and optimised for iPhone 5. Requires iOS6 or later.

Roadtripper Route Map

Roadtripper Route Map

Roadtripper Options

Roadtripper Options

Roadtripper Map

Roadtripper Map


Do you have a favourite App you like to use when you travel? Let us know in the comment field below.

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