Posts Tagged Travel
Planning a vacation or day trip and want to learn some great historical facts along the way? Give HISTORY Here a try.
The app comes courtesy of the History Channel and offers an interactive guide to thousands of historic locations across the USA. Users have the option to choose any location they wish, or they can let the GPS functionality do its magic and give places of local interest.
It’s possible to search for various historic points of interest for inspiration, as well as view everything as part of a zoomable map. Features like this should prove ideal when planning ahead.
Images for each place are included, along with an overview of the venue and any relevant details such as contact phone numbers. Even if you think you know an area well, you’re bound to be surprised by something from this app.
HISTORY Here is out now and free to download.
Here’s a reminder of just how great technology is: Worldictionary is the kind of translation tool that would have seemed mystical years ago.
All the user has to do is point their iPhone’s camera at a word and Worldictionary defines and translates it. There’s no need to type in words. An internet connection is required but otherwise, it’s pretty seamless.
The app recognizes 22 languages, including Traditional Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish and Spanish. In each case, results promise to be instant and accurate. Live translation isn’t the only option either, with it possible to take a photo for later reference, such as when an internet connection is available.
Google, Wikipedia and YouTube search functionality is available for definitions and it’s always possible to check the translation history at a later date.
Worldictionary should prove to be a great assistant for regular travellers.
It’s out now, priced at $3.99.
Already an incredibly useful app for regular travellers, WorldMate has just got even better, for iPhone users, with a re-designed hotel booking service.
The app now provides personalized hotel recommendations for trips, which is all hooked up to the global hotel inventory from Expedia. An instant search makes it a breeze to check out same-day reservations of nearby hotels, plus there are special deals for the U.S. and other international destinations.
Over 100,000 different hotels are included within the inventory with room prices displayed for each. It’s even possible to set up WorldMate to remember your credit card details to checkout even faster, with support for 20 different local currencies.
Throughout this hotel booking experience, WorldMate tracks exactly where you are so all search results are relevant to your needs, making it easy to filter through the best fit.
The update for WorldMate is out now with the basic version available for free, and the Gold version available priced at $9.99.
Released: 2009-06-02 :: Category: Travel
Soho is one of the most fascinating areas of London with its wealth of landmarks and hedonistic history. It’s often a place overlooked for tourists however, which is something Soho Stories aims to stop.
Coming from Britain’s conservation organization, The National Trust, Soho Stories offers a fantastic audio tour of the area, narrated by veteran Soho entertainer Barry Cryer. Alongside that are stories from various ‘Sohoites’ such as Molly Parkin looking at artist Francis Bacon’s drinking ways and Janet Street Porter’s analysis of the Groucho club. A darker look at Soho comes from Frankie Fraser with the history of the rise of the gangster.
The app isn’t quite for the family to listen to with some references to sex and violence, as well as strong language, but it provides a great piece of social history of an iconic area of London.
GPS functionality means that Soho Stories tracks the user’s location and provides relevant stories, but it’s possible to listen away from Soho and choosing pieces of audio individually.
For social historians and tourists alike, Soho Stories should prove a fascinating source of information.
Waze has been a fascinating example of the power of crowd sourcing since its inception in 2010. We’ve loved it ever since with its steady stream of updates keeping things fresh. Now comes one of the more ambitious updates.
Update 3.2 now provides Waze users with the means in which to keep track of real-time gas prices along their route, along with the ability to update prices themselves, where neccessary.
The new category search makes it simple to check things and at certain participating locations, it’ll even be possible to receive exclusive in-app discounts on gasoline. Partnerships have already been arranged with Kum & Go, Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (Exxon and BP stations) and Vintners Distributers (Shell) locations.
One other major new feature is the addition of waypoints to coincide with the new categories, including gas stations, parking lots and car repair shops.
Waze has little competition given its free nature, but now there’s all the more reason to check it out.
Waze is out now for both iPhone and iPad. It remains free.
Yahoo! might have lost its position as the most commonly used search engine, but it’s bounced back in order to dominate the App Store, or at least that’s the hope.
One such new app from the company is that of Yahoo! TimeTraveler. The app makes exploring 29 major cities much easier by creating simple to follow trip plans for each of them, all based according to how long the user has got and where they want to start and end the tour.
The cities catered for range from 19 major US cities including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans and Dallas, as well as European destinations like Paris, Rome, London and Barcelona. Dubai and Christchurch are also catered for.
The app should keep most travellers happy and offers the potential for up to 10 hours of touring. An integrated map with routes and directions makes it easy to use, and it’s possible to generate multiple different plans for a city.
If you’re travelling this Summer, give it a shot. Yahoo! TimeTraveler is out now and it’s free.
iOS devices have fast become an essential tool for regular travellers who need to be able to work while on the move. Such devices also come in handy when in need of a way to organize future trips. One newly updated app to help people along the way is WorldMate.
WorldMate does pretty much everything anyone could need when it comes to planning a trip. There’s an itinerary manager which covers flights, hotels, hire cars and meetings. It’s possible to search flight schedules, book hotels (on the iPhone version), search via Yelp, view maps and directions for all itinerary items and check out the local forecast. It’s also possible to check out whether LinkedIn contacts are located nearby, ideal for conferences.
The app is free but regular users can opt to upgrade to WorldMate Gold which offers pushed flight alerts, real-time flight statuses integrated into the itinerary and the ability to sync the calendar.
To celebrate the new update, WorldMate Gold is available for $2.99 for a limited time and normally priced at $9.99.
The Travel Channel and Anthony Bourdain have just released a new iPad app meant to help travelers plan their trips. The app includes a ton a features and has a very high production value. Anyone traveling to one of the cities included in the app should definitely download it.
The main theme of the app is creating “layovers”, which are itineraries of locations to visit. The app includes suggested layovers and users can create their own by selecting from the locations and restaurants in the app’s database. The app will also estimate the amount of time it takes to visit a location and the amount of time it takes to travel from place to place. Currently, the cities in included in the app are Amsterdam, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New York, Rome, San Francisco and Singapore.
Every city has a bunch of locations to choose from, ranging from restaurants, bars, and sightseeing destinations. Each location has plenty of pictures and information about it, such as the hours of operation. The list of locations can even be filtered to only show certain types of places, like bars or restaurants.
Every city begins with a video introduction in which Anthony Bourdain talks about why he loves the city and some of his favorite things to do in it. The production value of the videos rivals the television show. The quality of the photos is also first-rate. In addition to the introductory video, each location has a list of Dos and Don’ts, notes of what “inspires” Bourdain about the city, and information on traveling to the city.
The app definitely has a focus on food, which is no surprise given that Anthony Bourdain got his start a chef. The biggest category of locations is bars and restaurants and Bourdain usually talks about the food in the introduction videos.
For users who are actually in the city, there is an interactive map that displays locations with information, suggested layovers, and the user’s layovers. The app integrates with a lot of social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, and allows people to check-in on Foursquare.
It’s getting to that time of year where many of us choose to go on holiday and explore new cities and surroundings. Wandering around aimlessly is all well and good but it’s nice to have some structure to a trip. This is where TripAdvisor City Guides hopes to help.
The new app offers a guide of all the best restaurants, attractions, hotels and other sights for 20 different cities. There’s plenty of variety with 9 cities in North America covered: Boston, Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, San Francisco and Washington D.C. European cities such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Florence, London, Paris and Rome are catered for as well, plus three Asian cities and Sydney, Australia.
The app works offline so there’s no fear of expensive data roaming bills, and thousands of user reviews are available along with self-guided tours created by TripAdvisor members and destination experts.
TripAdvisor City Guides is available now and it’s that perfect price point of free.
Fotopedia’s mission has always been to create a photographer and user-friendly Wikipedia for photography. Their iOS apps take a category and compile the best shots in a wonderful package. Their latest offering, Women of the World, a collection by Olivier Mantel, is free and “A tribute to the diversity, beauty and strength of women around the world.”
A joint project with the World Bank, the photos celebrate the indomitable strength of women all over our planet with hundreds of extraordinary images and a small selection of photo-stories that showcase women in traditional and decidedly modern roles. From a mosque in Senegal to a road works project in Vietnam and even on to Wall Street, the collection spans 35 years of women at home, at work, and on the go in moments of joy, contemplation, toil, and sorrow, but often doing everyday things in everyday settings, too.
The stories are updated: at present they focus on the “Women of Africa,” “Eternal Mothers,” and just added, “Forever Yours” – a look at marriage.
Like all Fotopedia apps, the interface is simple to use and the images sharp and striking. There are also lots of sharing options built in to help bring attention to, as World Bank president Robert B. Zoelick so aptly puts it in the app’s forward, “women [who] make up 50% of the global population, 40% of the global workforce, yet … own only 1% of the world’s wealth.”
Download this visual treasure trove and celebrate the world’s mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, friends, colleagues and inspirations.
57 years after Walt Disney first opened the gates to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, would-be visitors to Sleeping Beauty’s castle no longer have to travel to see the magic. Now there’s an app for that. OK, not really, very little beats the look in a child’s eyes when they first meet Mickey or a favorite princess on Main Street. But for those planning a trip, or those for whom one is still in the amorphous future, the folks at Disney have “Imagineered” an app: Disneyland Explorer for iPad. It takes virtual visitors on a pretty extensive tour of the entire California Disney experience.
Families can use a standard navigation menu, or simply swipe through the two parks – Disneyland and it’s younger sibling Disney California Adventure – to discover not just the rides, but also the restaurants, nightlife, shopping and hotels. There are 100 “touch points” in the app – that is 100 things to find and tap. Many just describe the associated attraction, but others offer photographs, short videos, and a few toggle some interactive treats kids will enjoy including a chance to choreograph a fireworks show or ride up – and then plummeting down – the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
This “happiest app on earth” is free to download and while its primary purpose is to get us calling our travel agents and packing our bags, as souvenir, wish, or a peek at what’s changed in oh, say, 35 years, it’s admirable as a stand-alone product. As always when Imagineers get behind a project, the presentation is slick, seamless, and will leave tourists past and future wanting more.
American Express has launched an app for members and subscribers to their magazine, Departures, to help them find the best shopping, eating, drinking, and hotels in a variety of cities around the world with Departures Ultimate City Guides.
While there are plenty of apps for finding just those things in cities around the globe, this app clearly caters to more of a “high roller” crowd than those other apps. The magazine Departures is only available for Platinum and Centurion card members of American Express. Loosely translated, that means that this magazine and this app is for those that make a lot of money only. Getting a Platinum card apparently requires a six-figure income minimum. The Centurion card is available by invitation only, requires $150,000 of annual spending with American Express, and has a $2500/year membership fee, but it does come with a personal concierge service. Oh, and the card is made of titanium. The magazine also has content focused on issues of the 99% such as: plastic surgery addiction, custom clothing for men, and all kinds of articles on world travel.
This is an app for those who are looking for a higher class of digital travel guide, one that will not point out all the hotels around them, but the five-star hotels. This is for finding restaurants where the gratuity would likely feed a middle-class family of five for a week. This is for finding lounges where the cost of a bottle of wine would let a college student party for a full four years.
Note that while the app is free to download, to enter it, it requires an authentication code from an issue of the Departures magazine, which again, is only for those high-earning Platinum and Centurion cardholders with American Express. The app is universal, as having to download two separate versions of an app is just so upper-middle-class.
Regular users of public transport know that it’s a bit of a maze to navigate through. It’s all too easy to stick with the tried and tested routes while still not really knowing anything else about travelling around a city. HopStop sets out to help in such matters by offering detailed public transit, walking, taxi and biking directions for dozens of cities throughout the US, Canada and Europe.
A free app, HopStop offers directions from the user’s current location, the ability to find nearby subway stations or bus stops along with estimates for taxi costs ensuring there are plenty of options.
High quality transit maps are available for NYC, LIRR, Metro North and San Francisco, with updates for NYC transit advisory services. Further biking directions are available for cities such as NYC, Washington DC, Chicago and San Francisco.
For the disabled users, it’s easy to see what services are wheelchair accessible, plus calorie consumption and carbon emissions are calculated for the health and environment conscious.
HopStop is out now and set to solve everyone’s travelling woes in both new and familiar cities.
Car Trip is an inexpensive app that helps users while driving. It keeps track of the exact distance till the destination as well as plans the most advantageous route to take to get there.
For the fuel conscious, it also calculates how much fuel is required and how much it’ll cost the driver, according to the average speed of the car. It might be a feature already available on some cars but for those of us with older cars, it’s an extremely useful concept for long trips.
The app is laid out in a simple manner and even keeps track of the next five days of weather reports which is useful for planning ahead.
For the planning obsessive who’s working on a budget, Car Trip is an ideal way to organize an all important long distance trip.
It’s out now, currently priced at $0.99, before returning to its original price of $1.99 soon.
MyCityWay has a new app designed to help visitors find their way around their latest destination, or even their current one. MyCityWay USA offers information on restaurants, bars, hotels, shopping, tourist attractions, and more. Users choose the city which they want to view, from over 50 cities across the US offered in the app, a short information download initiates, and hten a variety of info on various types of places can be pulled up based on type. Location and phone info are offered, with the ability to call the place directly, view it on a map, and get directions to it. Restaurants that support OpenTable for reservations can be accessed through the app as well. Locations can be added to a list of favorites in the app, shared on Evernote, or added to contacts.
MyCityWay USA is not just for visitors – residents of cities. can use the app to find places that might be more appropriate to them, such as grocery stores, laundromats, and Craigslist listings. Of course, the two key essentials can be found in both app views: restrooms and wifi. Jobs also appears in both views – in case that vacation destination should turn into a new home. MyCityWay USA is available as a free download.
Released: 2010-11-30 :: Category: Travel
When most people think live plays they immediately think Broadway: the Great White Way. Maybe they even think off-Broadway if they are adventurous. But real theatre lovers – of musicals, dramas, fresh originals and truly timeless classics - London’s West End is, in this Theatrephile opinion anyway, where the best live action lives. And, yes Agatha’s Christie’s longest running play ever The Moustetrap is still booking in 2012.
Now there’s an app for lucky local London culture seekers, travellers and even those of us who just want to admire from afar. London Theatre is a universal, cross-platform mobile guide to The West End. It’s also a ticket agent for LastMinuteTheatreTickets.com. The app also has info and tix for special events and all sorts of cultural fare from opera to dance to concert listings.
For everyone the app offers news, lucid reviews and cast interviews from the website’s blog. For each theatre address users can even get GPS guidance – ideal for those planning on a New Year theatre junket across the pond.
Condé Nast Traveller apps were previously available for New York, Barcelona, Paris and Rome visitors but it’s now been extended to London. I’m biased but London is a fantastic city to visit with hundreds upon hundreds of fascinating sights to explore so for the grand price of nothing, London: Condé Nast Traveller City Guide goes some way to helping travellers to the city learn where to go for the must see parts of London.
This is done through its quarterly updates by editors who offer the best inside knowledge as well as word-of-mouth recommendations from the locals.
London: Condé Nast Traveller City Guide comes with over 500 fully searchable listings, encompassing Food & Drink, where best to stay, shopping locations, things to see & do and what’s worth checking out as part of the nightlife. GPS capabilities, offline maps and augmented reality functionality all makes it easy to explore and find the places within London.
Besides that, there are audio tours of the editors’ favorite places, and a To Do list and travel journal for the ever organized traveller.
London: Condé Nast Traveller City Guide is available now for free.
The arrival of iOS5 has meant that many app developers have had to update their products to work with the new operating system. Fortunately many, like TomTom, have used that opportunity to improve upon an already successful app.
TomTom 1.9 offers numerous changes, most notably optimization for the iPad at last.
iPad optimization means that TomTom now offers a full-screen display which promises the ability to see the driving view at the same time as the Advanced Lane Guidance images that we’ve all come to appreciate from the product. Ultimately, it’s all down to space and who can resist the saying ‘bigger is better’ in this case? More room to see what’s going on has to be good for drivers as they keep an eye on the road as well as their TomTom app.
The interface for both iPhone and iPad users has been updated and improved upon, ensuring that TomTom is quicker than ever to use. Driving view can be checked with just one touch from anywhere with guidance options similarly easy to check out. Even switching between different route types takes mere moments thanks to the improvements made to the app.
As we’ve all come to expect from TomTom, maps have also been updated to take into account any road changes in recent times.
TomTom users may have also found that they had trouble with their existing subscription to TomTom HD Traffic before this update. Fortunately for them, to make up for the inconvenience TomTom will be extending their subscription by 30 days as way of compensation. Hurrah!
One bad piece of news for anyone still using an iPhone 3G however, this is the last update of TomTom that will fully support the device. Future updates can be downloaded for any iPhone 3G users but the new features won’t be available. Maybe this is the ideal time to upgrade to a shiny new 4S?
The latest version of TomTom is available now.
Released: 2009-12-11 :: Category: Navigation
Gogobot, the useful social-networking travel website, has just released Gogobot, a useful social-networking iPhone app. It’s less confusing than it sounds. Trust me.
The website allows users to chronicle their travels throughout the world and post questions for recommendations on where to eat, stay, etc… Other users can then make their own recommendations, which are automatically linked to database entries with images, addresses and contact information. The app allows users to access their trip plans, check for recommendations, write up their own reviews for a location on-the-spot and even create their own digital postcards to commemorate their travels. The only feature that really seems absent is the ability to post recommendations for other users, but on-the-spot reviews will be saved to their account to be used later if need be.
Given the sheer amount of useful applications, the whole “make a postcard” thing seems almost quaint by comparison. That’s not to say it’s not a neat idea, though. I can imagine it would save a lot on postage. Additionally, their look can be customized somewhat, and who doesn’t enjoy creating nifty looking photo-things to send to friends and family?
Anyone who travels or plans to do any traveling should take a look at Gogobot. It’s totally free, and it’s in the App Store right now.