One of the major bonuses of traveling in the age of technology (besides Skype!) is that we can take advantage of some neat travel apps. Erik carries a Google Nexus One (Android) phone and I have a 3rd generation iPod touch. Here are some apps for both devices, which we’ve found helpful along our travels.
Photo: Checking our altitude using Erik’s GPS-enabled phone atop Nevado del Ruiz in Colombia.
1. Hostelworld (iOS or Mobile Site)
It’s super handy to be able to take out my iPod Touch, pull up the Hostelworld app, and search for and even book a hostel in the next town we’re visiting.
This app helps us keep current with the currency we’re using, Chilean pesos, Bolivian bolivianos, etc.
There are many weather apps available, but we prefer Accuweather. With this app, we can plan ahead which day is best to visit a national park, when to head to the beach, or when we should find a movie theater or mall if rain is predicted.
We love this one. Erik’s set up his phone using Google Latitude to automatically update the map in the right-hand column on our website. The latest Android version (5+) even offers a few offline capabilities.
We use this one faithfully. With the Wikitravel app, we have easy access to hostel options, restaurants, sites to see, bars, and much more.
Erik doesn’t like this one as much as I do, but it does come in handy. We can read reviews on hostels which helps us choose a place to stay and it also helps us find restaurants where we can find a good meal.
I am using this app as I write this post. Since Erik carries and is the primary user of our small netbook computer, I write most of my blogs on my iPod touch using the Word Press app. Although it does have a few glitches, it’s handy for me to write the text, and save as a draft so we can later choose and upload photos and videos to finish off a post.
Allows us to read books on our phone & iPod touch rather than an iPad or laptop, which we find to be more inconspicuous.
9. RMaps (Android)
With this app, we can download maps for a new city which are stored on our phone and can later be used to find our way around, even when offline.
Love this! With Google voice, I am able to set up my account with a NY phone number. I can send and receive text messages to my Dad, my sister and friends back in the States. And best of all, it’s nearly instantaneous and it’s FREE!!!