Six Must-Have Apps for Your Next Trip

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From an easy-to-use travel organizer to handy maps and photography apps, there are many ways technology can be used to enhance and improve your trip.

While you may be hoping for an authentic travel experience, having everything you need at the touch of a button, can be helpful. It may be tempting to leave your travels down to fate and just end up where you end up, but there are times when you will be incredibly grateful of a little bit of technological help.

Perhaps you can’t decide where to go once you arrive – why not crowdsource tips from Twitter? Maybe your flight is late – why not use Skyscanner to help? Missing your loved ones – why not Skype them?

Using technology whilst on an ‘authentic’ travel trip may seem inappropriate, but there is nothing wrong with making full use of it. After all, that’s what it is there for.

1. Tripit

A free travel organization app – aka a PA in your phone. The virtual version of an old fashioned Filofax, Tripit allows you to keep all your travel information in one place. Including emails, flight times, car rental details, and hotel reservations. Once all the information has been put into the app, it will then create an easy-to-follow itinerary for your trip.

2. Maps with Me

Just tap the app to get your location coordinates, and then you can download a map of where you are located. As a pedestrian in a foreign place, this is much easier to use than Google Maps. Plus, Maps with Me runs faster too.

There are two versions of this app – a free one and a paid version. The free version works just fine, so there is no need to invest in the paid one.

3. Spotted by Locals

This smart app allows you to find lots of things to see and do that you might have otherwise missed. It is simply a guide to your location written by local people. So, it includes all the tips and advice only locals know about the area – all the best beaches, bars and restaurants, etc.

Whilst it does cost $2.50 to buy, it is a must-have for any trip, especially if you don’t want to miss anything important.

4. Pinterest

Pinterest isn’t just dream boards filled with beautiful pictures; it is so much more. Last year’s launch of Place Pins gave Pinterest an extra function, perfect for travelers. Users can use pictures to create their own destination guides, complete with a map and contact details. For example, users can take photos of the best places to visit at a particular location and pin them on Pinterest and share.

By pinning the picture, complete with a location other users can then use this as a DIY location guide. The Place Pins features has made Pinterest the perfect place to find all the best travel destinations.

5. Keek

Micro video sharing site Keek, is perfect for recording and sharing short travel videos. Travelers can use the site to not only record their own travel videos, but also to search for other travelers videos of the same areas, etc. For instance, like Danielle Peazer on Keek, you can use the site to share your experiences and build up your following.

6. Unesco World Heritage

When you are visiting a new place, it’s amazing how many exciting places you simply pass by. The Unesco World Heritage app is an app filled with thousands of ideas and images; it is basically a travel encyclopedia.

You might think that the guidebooks will tell you everything you need to know, but sadly this isn’t always the case. While the app costs $1.99 to download, it is most definitely worth the cost.

Remember, roaming charges can be extortionate, so always download any apps before you travel or using Wi-Fi. You may not realize it, but a few minutes of data roaming charges, can cost you more than your flight.

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10 Comments

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    Rachelle
    January 2, 2015 at 6:24 AM

    Great post Rach, this would come in handy next time I’m going away.

    xo
    PinkSole

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    Amy Fashion Blog
    January 2, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    Going to have to check these out. Have a great weekend.

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    Lady parisienne
    January 5, 2015 at 3:54 AM

    thanks to share that with us I wish you a great year 2015!

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    KizzyDoll
    January 5, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    Fantastic apps! Happy New Year doll…I hope you had a wonderful time at Christmas and bringing in the New Year too!! Am back regularly now….I look forward to all your new posts & adventures this year!! Lots of lvoes to you doll xx

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    Eni
    January 5, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    I don’t know Keek and Spotted by locals…..very nice suggestions! Thanx for sharing Rachel! I’m Eni, blogger from Italy. Take a look at my blog if you want!!! Have a nice day, kisses,
    Eni

    http://eniwherefashion.blogspot.it/
    https://www.facebook.com/eniwherefashion

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    Helene
    January 5, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    this is awesome! I’m always looking for a great app for my trip!

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    Chelsea
    January 5, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Oh how I would love to travel right now instead of being at work! Love these apps!

    XO Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com

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    Amy Ann
    January 5, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Great tips! My husband and I are hoping to go to NYC this year for the first time. I’ll have to refer back to this.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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    Ashley
    January 6, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Oooh, thanks for this! I want to check these out before my next trip! :)
    Happy Tuesday, doll!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    Kelly
    January 6, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    What amazing tips, thank you!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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