The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are becoming essential travel items.
With so many apps to choose from deciding which ones to use can be difficult, From checking the latest exchange rate and train times, finding a free Wi-Fi hot spot to getting the latest news and making free phone calls while you’re out and about, here’s a few that may prove useful.
Some apps rely on GPS to determine your location. For iPod touch users, this is something to be aware of, while you can still use the app by manually entering your location, this requires a Wi-Fi connection. Mobile data rates and roaming charges being what they are it makes sense to find your nearest free Wi-Fi hotspot so you can make the most of the functionality some of these apps have to offer.
Wi- Fi Finder – Free
Mobile data rates and roaming charges being what they are it makes sense to find your nearest Wi-Fi hotspot. Where ever you are quickly and easily find free or paid for Wi-Fi hotspots with close to 280,000 free and paid for in over 140 countries. Using the GPS function on your iPhone, the Wi-Fi finder will tell you exactly where the closest Wi-Fi hotspot is and how to get there, iPod Touch users can download all of the locations to use offline. Wi-Fi Finder – Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch & iPad.
Skype – Free
Skype is a must have download for your your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The interface is simple and usable, enabling anyone with a Skype account to make free calls to other Skype users and cheap calls to anywhere in the world. If your contacts abroad aren’t on Skype, you can still reach them and save with Skype’s great rates. Skype – Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch & iPad.
The TrainLine – Free or National Rail Enquiries – £4.99
For anyone traveling by train, thetrainline gives access to UK train timetables it’s perfect for anyone who needs access to train information anywhere, anytime. View timetables and journey information for all national routes, and save your favourite journeys for easy lookup, timetable information is updated daily. Find your nearest station from a list or map using your iPhone’s location services. Missed your train, one touch finds the next train home. Download timetables for use offline — great for when you’re out of mobile coverage or using an iPod Touch. National Rail Enquiries offers similar functionality at £4.99. TheTrainLine, National Rail Enquiries – Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch & iPad.
FlightTrack – £2.99
Track every aspect of your domestic and international flights with real-time updates for flights from around the world. Receive automatic updates with live flight status info, on gates, delays and cancellations. Flight cancelled? Use FlightTrack to find alternate flights. Build your flight itinerary search and add flights up to 11 months in advance. Full international coverage means you can track all your flights worldwide. FlightTrack – Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch & iPad.
Currency – Free
Currency provides up-to-date exchange rate information for over 100 currencies and countries! Great for when you travel abroad and need to calculate the latest exchange rates. Ideal for checking you’re getting the best exchange rate when standing in the queue at the Bureau de change.
Currency - Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch & iPad.
Kindle – Free
You’ll have access to over 775,000 books in the Kindle Store, including best sellers, new releases and thousands of free classics, such as Pride and Prejudice or The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. A great way to fill your time while waiting for that train to arrive or flight to leave.
Kindle – Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch & iPad.
Met Office Weather – Free
The UK’s national meteorological service the Met Office, provides the most accurate and reliable weather forecasts available. Now, you can get Met Office forecasts wherever you are. 5-day forecasts, National severe weather alerts, Daily national and regional weather maps, UK rainfall radar and satellite imagery. Met Office Weather – Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch & iPad.
Packing Pro – £1.79
Your very own personal packing assistant. For compulsive list makers who are addicted to there iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, this is a must have. If you travel, and always end up on a mad dash to the chemist, or forget your… this is the app for you. Packing Pro – Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch & iPad.
RAC Traffic – Free
RAC Traffic shows incidents, delays and roadworks for the UK, including Central London, England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland. RAC Traffic will allow you to check unplanned road incidents and delays at anytime, and view any problems textually, or displayed on a Google map. View by region or current location and zoom in to traffic problems using the text to read the actual problem and decide how you want to avoid the incident. Use the in-built Google map to look at options to avoid any trouble and carry on with your journey. RAC Traffic – Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch & iPad.
St John Ambulance First Aid – £2.39
Every year, nearly 150,000 people die in England and Wales in situations where basic first aid could have made the difference. This app includes the latest first aid advice and protocols for dealing with emergency situations from heat stroke to heart attacks. It is simple to follow with illustrated guides and voiced instructions. UK and European emergency service numbers are provided. The app doesn’t replace the benefits of learning first aid, nor is it as in depth as a full first aid manual. But when there is an emergency, it will help you to know what to do to in those first crucial minutes that can make all the difference. St John Ambulance First Aid – Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch & iPad.
BBC News – Free or Thomson Reuters News Pro – Free
Get the latest breaking UK and international news from the BBC. Including top stories, UK news, world news, politics, business, technology and sport. Another free news app is Thomson Reuters News Pro aimed more towards business and finance with up to the minute stocks and commodities prices. BBC News, Thomson Reuters News Pro – Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch & iPad.
Awesome Note + Todo – £2.39
Awesome Note is ideal for organising all the paraphernalia of travel, eTickets, hotel reservation, travel itineraries etc. An innovative note taking application and to-do manager. Jot down ideas, thoughts, memos and create travel diaries, checklists, shopping lists and to-do lists create notes with multiple photo attachments and send them by email. Awesome Note + Todo – Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch & iPad.
Do you have a favorite app? Leave a comment telling us which ones you use.