iPhone Life magazine

Apps: Travel

Traveling with your iPhone


These apps make business trips or vacations easier and a lot more fun!


 The iPhone can help you do just about anything, and if one of the built-in apps can’t handle the task, one or more of the 50,000 plus titles in the App Store can. A good example of this is travel. Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Maps, Weather, and other built-in apps can be a godsend when you’re on the road, but there are hundreds of App Store titles that can make your travels even easier and more enjoyable. 



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Fizz Traveller

Fizz TravelerFizz Traveller provides much more than a place to store flight and hotel information. In addition to the travel itinerary module, it provides you with the following modules:

London Bus and Metro Paris Subway — first augmented reality apps for the iPhone

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This is yet another great development. London Bus and Metro Paris Subway are the first apps to bring augmented reality to the iPhone. As you point your camera at the scene around you, specific information related to your location appears on the screen — superimposed over the live image. Pretty amazing. There's a video demo on YouTube that gives you an idea how it works.



Free AAA Roadside app — for help when you need it

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The free AAA Roadside app uses the iPhone's GPS to identify your location and lets you easily send your location info, vehicle description, specific problem and other info to AAA for roadside assistance. You also have the option to place a voice call. Once your request is submitted, you receive confirmation that it was received. The app can also provide information on nearby AAA Approved Auto Repair shops, Hertz rental locations, AAA Approved accommodations, AAA offices, and retail locations with discounts on auto parts.



Urbanspoon — free app for finding nearby restaurants

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Following up on my discussion of the Where To? app, I wanted to mention Urbanspoon, a free app for finding nearby restaurants that appears to be quite popular. It uses GPS to find a restaurant near you. And you can filter the results according to price, type of food, and neighborhood. You can also access reviews of these establishments from newspapers, bloggers, and other diners. 



TechCrunch Reviews WorldMate 1.5...a Traveller "must-have"!

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TechCrunch and the folks at WorldMate recently sponsored a giveaway (sorry this is too late for our readers to get it on the action), and in the posted blog review, TC called it the "Swiss army knife" of travel apps. Anyhoo, I'll see if we can get a contest going here in the near future for the Gold version.



Have2P

Category: Utilities yellowpages.com

Have2PWhen you gotta go, you gotta go, right? And when you gotta go, you gotta know where the nearest restroom is. Have2P uses the iPhone’s GPS locator to find and display the locations of the nearest restrooms in your area. It also lets you know if it’s a public or customer-only restroom, if it offers changing tables, and how clean it is (thumbs up or down). Have2P displays the restroom locations on a pretty map with your current location clearly marked, making it easy to find a restroom.

ATM Hunter

Category: Finance mastercard.com

ATM HunterATM Hunter helps you find where your bank’s ATMs are hiding. Enter your location or what you want to do (make a deposit, withdraw cash, etc.) and this app will whip up a list of the nearest ATMs that can fulfill your banking needs. It’s especially useful where you’re in an unfamiliar part of the city.

 


 

Taxi Magic

Taxi MagicCategory: Travel; ridecharge.com

Never get caught trying to hail a cab in the rain again! Taxi Magic offers one-click taxi booking in over 25 major cities across the U.S. It will even give you live updates on where your cab is and its estimated time of arrival.

Google Earth

Google EarthGoogle Earth is the second title on the list of all-time top 20 free apps. Like the desktop version, this app uses satellite and aerial imagery to let you explore the Earth. It also offers information about particular locations, including panoramic pictures and Wikipedia articles, giving you an idea of what those locations look like and offering more info about them.

Google Earth uses satellite and aerial imagery to let you explore the Earth.

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