Travelling tips – Entertainment – Apps

Ipad tabletApps

On our tablets and my smart phone I put what I consider our essential travel apps.
You can google search  travel apps and find everyone has an opinion and a list  This is my top  10 12.
  1. XE Currency Converter .

Whether you are travelling across multiple countries or  a single destination overseas holiday this app allows you to instantly access live currency exchange rates.
XE Currency Converter is highly recommended for every traveller. Its free, easy to use, and – best of all, since it uses live currency rates – completely accurate.
You can choose your currencies for your destination and convert backwards and forwards
This is a great app but extremely useful for Cruise ship guests that have to deal with multiple currencies.
I use the web based XE Currency Converter on my laptop as well






2.  A World Clock

This is a mustWorld clock
Some phones have a built in world clock, most tablets don’t. They are easy to find in the app store.
This one is easily customisable.
By clicking on the plus sign in the top right corner I can add a city.
I normally have my home city, my youngest daughter interstate (daylight savings please QLD) the main countries or cities we are going to, if they are near and in the same time zone I will just have one. Sometimes it may not have your city  eg Guangzhou China, but nearby Macau is on there.



3 .   A Weather app
They are easy to find in the app store. Find one that is either world wide or just your destination.
Great for knowing whether to grab the sunscreen or the umbrella and raincoat.


4.   Wi-Fi Finder
If you want to check your email or skype without using your expensive roaming data downloads, use this handy app to find a free connection. Wifi Finder even compares wifi strength from locations near you, like cafes or libraries.


5.  SKYPESkype-Android-tablet
Essential; for keeping in touch
Say “hello” to friends and family with an instant message, voice or video call on Skype for free.
Millions of people use Skype to stay in touch.No matter where you are in the world, your family is always at your fingertips with free instant messaging.

• Call your world from Skype – Talk to your heart’s content with free voice and video calls to all your friends and family on Skype. (using Free wifi connection)

• Low cost calls to mobiles and landlines too – Keep in touch, even if they’re not on Skype, with low cost calls and SMS to mobiles and landlines on the other side of town or the world.

• Share your favourite snaps – Got a favourite photo to share? Send it over Skype to friends and family and you won’t have to worry about email size limits or expensive MMS charges.
• Skype’s available on smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs


6.. An Email program
Whether you use web base gmail or hotmail or the others,  most have a free app  you can download to check and send email while travellling


7    City Maps 2Go Offline Maps City Maps 2Go Offline Maps
City Maps 2Go Offline Maps’ is as straight-forward as its name — it provides pre-downloaded city maps which don’t require any Wi-Fi or roaming data once you’re at your destination.
As well as providing offline GPS services, the app also pins locations of bars, restaurants and shops.
The free version only allows limited downloads of maps.



8  Translatortranslate
Once again there are many apps , when it comes to accuracy I have found Google Translate is still the best free tool around, whether online or in app form.
While it struggles with longer, more complicated sentences, for quick phrase or word checks, it still beats all the other apps tested.







9     a Toilet Finder  or Bathroom locatortoilet locator
Finding a bathroom fast when you are out and about is one of the challenges of travelling with older people(or kids). In fact, you might think twice about venturing out to far if you don’t know where the closest bathrooms are located. However, pinpointing restrooms (preferably clean ones) has gotten much easier with app technology. So download one (or more) of these bathroom locator apps, and you won’t get caught short next time you’ve got to go when you’re on the go.ToiletFinder  : the biggest world public toilet database. More than 60000 toilet places all over the world.
Bathroom Scout : 700,000 restrooms worldwide, including public bathrooms and those in restaurants and other facilities. Turn-by-turn navigation can lead you directly to blessed relief.






10  A Trip Journal or diary
Before the trip I put Hotels, flights, booked tours, booked sights in our diary app.
If there are public holidays at any destinations I put those too.

If we are on a cruise I put Ports, Port arrive and leave times, seadays, formal nights, theme dress nights, before and after cruise flights and hotels.
During the holiday I nightly put just a few lines about where we were , what we did so we can jog memories later.





11  ICE
iceIn case you don’t know ICE stands for In Case of Emergency
I have this on the first screen of all my devices. In fact on my phone I have one that comes on even if the phone is locked so Emergency icescreenpersonnel can get the information even if they cant unlock my phone.
ICE apps are a convenient way to store information needed by rescuers and doctors, if you are a victim of an emergency.
In addition to a list of contacts of the people that should be notified, it also allows you to save information about taken medications, Medical Conditions, diseases, allergies and other health information.
I put my age and weight in as well, in case they have to give me any emergency medication.






12     SeatGuru
I usually use this app when booking seats, sometimes though I will get to the airport and be offered other seats.


SeatGuruThis is where SeatGuru is essential
Many flight booking apps may find you the cheapest tickets but not many provide enough crucial information — from seat pitch to the proximity to the toilet
The new SeatGuru app developed by TripAdvisor has those details covered.
It not only allows flight search but also features the website’s signature color-coded seating plan — green is a good seat and red is bad.
When clicked, a pop-up box provides seating advice and amenity information.






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