Top 14 Free Travel Apps

Those who’ve made travel plans for 2015, here are my top 14 free travel apps! Descriptions courtesy of http://www.itunes.apple.com although most of them can be found on other devices as well 🙂 safe travels xx

1. Kayak: The smart travel search engine. Hotel, flight, and car search and booking, flight tracker and itinerary management

2. TripAdvisor Offline City Guides: Traveling somewhere? Get this FREE city guide with the restaurants, attractions, hotels and reviews you love from TripAdvisor, stored in the app – no data roaming charges!

3. Google Translate: Break through language barriers with Google Translate.

4. TripIt – Travel Organizer: Organize your travel plans in one place with TripIt® from Concur. Simply forward your travel confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com and TripIt automagically creates a detailed daily itinerary for every trip.

5. Airbnb: Make travel planning as mobile as you are with the Airbnb iPhone App! Airbnb opens the door to the world’s most interesting places to stay and is the simplest way to earn money from your extra space. With over 600,000 listings in more than 34,000 cities, Airbnb connects you with the experience that’s right for you.

6. Yelp: Top-ranked Yelp for your iPhone or iPad has over 50 million reviews on businesses worldwide — all in the palm of your hand. Whether you are looking for a pizzeria that is open now or a coffee shop nearby, Yelp is your local guide to finding just the place to eat, shop, drink, relax, and play.

7. Viber: With Viber, everyone in the world can connect. Freely. More than 460 million Viber users text, make HD-quality phone and video calls, and send photo and video messages worldwide over WiFi or 3G – for free. Viber Out can be used to make calls to non-Viber landlines and mobile numbers at low rates.

8. Accuweather: Stay connected to the latest forecast with AccuWeather – Weather for Life. This free, award winning weather app features AccuWeather MinuteCast®, the leading minute-by-minute precipitation forecast that is hyper-localized to your exact street address.

9. XE Currency Converter: Convert every world currency with the XE Currency App – Free Edition. It offers live proprietary currency rates, charts, and even stores the last updated rates, so it works when the Internet doesn’t.

10. Uber: Uber is your private driver in more than 50 countries.

11. Google Maps: The Google Maps app for iPhone and iPad makes navigating your world faster and easier. Find the best spots in town and the information you need to get there.

12. TripList – The Packing App: TripList is here to help you pack smarter, faster, and ensure that you have everything you need on your travels. Our app makes it quick and easy to create your own packing list for any kind of trip you may take.

13. AroundMe: AroundMe allows you to quickly find out information about your surroundings. How many times have you found yourself in need of finding the closest Gas Station?

14. Converter Plus: Converter+ is a unit converter with the most extensive list of currencies and units in hundreds of categories. Converter Plus also comes with many calculators like mortgage, loan, tip, fuel consumption and many others for everyday problems.

Have you tried any of these apps? Are there any travel apps you think should make the list? Let me know!

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Food For Thought

Do you ever take a moment to reflect on where the world is headed? It’s fascinating to see how advanced we’ve become yet I can’t help but wonder sometimes if we’ve taken 2 steps forward and 1 step back.

Sitting at a café the other day I witnessed almost every customer grab hold of a cell phone at some point, many of whom had company on the table. It’s disappointing that some people can’t hold up face-to-face conversations anymore without having to check their cell phones. I’ve been guilty of doing this on numerous occasions but I’ve been trying to cut down on it. It’s actually quite scary how technological dependent many of us have become nowadays. As a 90’s kid I would’ve never guessed that one day I would own a portable mobile device, laptop, and a bunch of other gadgets. There is no denying that these things have made life so much easier for me and I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, without them I wouldn’t be able to express my thoughts and opinions on this blog for example. I do believe however that there is a time and place for everything, and being that person who’s always on their cell phone when they have company is not someone I wish to be. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying people should quit electronic communication, but there is a time to text and a time to listen and take in one’s surroundings. Do you agree?

On another note, when did handwritten letters or cards become uncool? One of the few things that brings me great joy these days is sending or receiving a handwritten letter in the mail. Texting or e-mailing is quick & simple but when someone takes the time to sit down and write out something for me it truly shows how much they care, and I never take it for granted. For my best friend’s 21st birthday last month I made sure to include a handwritten card consisting of 21 things I love about her along with her gift, and she absolutely loved it.

Ending this post with a quote from Meredith Grey, my fictional therapist:

“Communication. It’s the first thing we really learn in life. Funny thing is, once we grow up, learn our words and really start talking, the harder it becomes to know what to say. Or how to ask for what we really need.”