October 27, 2009
Originally published on the Huffington Post.
Getting ready for holiday travel? Don’t forget these apps! We tried every travel app out there to put this top list together, but if you think we forgot a great one, nominate it in the comments.
A new way to see the world: Wikitude
Wikitude world browser is one of the coolest of the new augmented reality apps. See the world around you with points of interest embedded on top of your view. Touch to load more info on any given point. There’s no doubting this app is baller.
Augmented search: Layar
Because one augmented reality app just wasn’t enough. Layar‘s been getting a lot of hype recently, and for good reason. Search for anything and then see those results in the world around you.With the way this app is set up on a grid, I have to say it makes me feel a little like James Bond.
Track your trip: AutoPilot
AutoPilot is like the perfect travel assistant that doesn’t cost a thing. Input your trips and AutoPilot will keep track of your upcoming flights and let you know if there are delays (assuming the airline actually updates its system) or changes. You can also look at a map of airport delays around the country to find out if you’re in for trouble. It’ll show you local weather and travel articles for your destinations. To top it all off, you can email your itineraries once they’re entered. If only it could get you a cup of coffee and a ride to the airport…
Read in any language: Babelshot
This app most properly belongs in a sci-fi movie. Take a picture of text in any language and Babelshot will recognize the text and translate it for you. Perfect for menus, signs, or reading the news. An absolute must if you don’t speak the language where you’re going. Hilarious mistranslations a plus.
Eat Well: LocalEats
When you’re traveling sometimes the simplest recommendations are the best. LocalEats gives you the best 100 restaurants in a given city as chosen by the locals. Don’t browse through thousands, just find the best restaurant near where you are and go eat! LocalEats is only available for the top 50 U.S. cities. After all, if you’re not in one of the top 50 cities, you gotta ask youself, why are you even there?
Find anything : Where
Trying to find a cheap gas station nearby? Want to know where the closest Starbucks is? Local News and Movie Showtimes? How about the traffic conditions? Answer all of these questions with Where.
Call on the cheap: Skype
Skype on the iPhone! Only available when you’re using wifi, but still incredibly useful and could save you lots of money when traveling abroad. For those who live in (sad) ignorance of Skype: it’s a VoIP service that allows you to make cheap (or even free) calls over the internet.
Cost: Free (plus whatever you spend on calls)