It's only been in my life for a few years, but I can't remember what it was like to not own a smartphone. I went through Puerto Rico, Prague, Budapest, San Francisco, and of course, New York all without one. How did I know the coolest bar within a block of me at all times? How did I know what to tip or how to say "thank you" in another language? How did I get anywhere?!?!
Even though Staci and I do rely on our trusty Lonely Planet guides to help us with general outlines of our trips, we'd literally be lost without our phones. And trust me, even with GoogleMaps we still had A LOT of problems in London. (See: The impossible to find Ham Yard Hotel and poor David waiting almost an hour while we circled the block 10 times and harassed strangers on the street for THEIR smartphones. Or, you know, trying to get anywhere in that city.)
In an effort to be the ultimate annoying tourist (and attempt to make my life easier) I've downloaded several new travel apps for my upcoming trips.
Depending on wi-fi is a huge problem when traveling abroad, especially when you're lost. CityMaps2Go stores your downloaded maps offline so you'll avoid roaming charges and that horrible feeling when you can't reach your friend you were supposed to meet an hour ago because you're lost and have no wi-fi.
This app gathers all your travel info (flights, hotel reservations, car rentals, etc) into one itinerary to keep you organized. It sources from your Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook accounts so you pretty much don't have to do a damn thing. You can even share with friends or family traveling with you so everyone can GET ON YOUR LEVEL.
Going on a Roadtrip in the States? USE THIS! I've used it in the past to plot out photo ops, historical sites, and even last-minute lodging. It's a great way to find cool things along a road trip that you wouldn't have seen otherwise.
I pretty much always have an issue with jetlag. Part of that is my typical horrible sleep hygiene. The other part is that I never really do much to prevent it. This app aims to change all that. Jet Lag Rooster will tell you how to shift your sleeping schedule in the days before a trip so you won’t be exhausted once you reach your destination. I'll let you know how this one works...
What apps do you swear by? Any I missed?