No holiday would feel complete these days without your ‘other half’. No, we don’t mean the boyfriend/girlfriend/partner – we’re talking Android, Blackberry, iPhone and the ton-and-a-half of free apps to keep you amused while you fly across the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean at 30,000 feet!
First thing you’ll want to do is keep in touch with your mates. You’re a social kind of a person, right? And a little bit of envy can sure go a long, long way! I mean, you want to tell ’em how tough life is, soaking it up on some sun-drenched, romantic, crystal beach on the Thai island of Phuket.
For maximum effect, you should have already joined Facebook and Twitter and have a few dozen friends or followers at least. Download and install Facebook for Blackberry and Twitter for Blackberry and you’re set. Android and iPhone have their own equivalent Facebook and Twitter apps.
You’re out and about tweeting like mad as you take in the sights and sounds of Sydney, or Bangkok, or Las Vegas and suddenly your tummy rumbles. Time for some food. But where’s the best place to eat? Grab your iPhone and load up Urbanspoon or buUuk, two great little free apps which use GPS and real time ratings to find a good eating place near where you are.
Urbanspoon appears to be best in the States while buUuk is good for cities and countries in the Far East and elsewhere, including Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Tokyo, Seoul, Pyongyang, Beijing, Hong Kong, Dubai, Kuwait, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Mauritius, South Africa, Sri Lanka, North Korea – to name but a few! Results can be filtered by neighbourhood, cuisine or price.
Not happy with the accommodation and looking for a hotel with a bit more style? Use StayHIP, a handy little app showing some of the most chic and unique hotels in the world. Displaying lush pictures, lists of amenities and beautiful maps, the app also lets you safely and securely book the room of your choice. Problem solved!
Of course, paying by credit card all the time is not always practical. Sometimes paying for a must-have memento or souvenir can only be accomplished using local currency. No need to gulp then when the Bangkok market trader charges you 730 Thai baht. Load up XE Currency on your iPhone (and android) and the app will tell you that’s about £15. Panic over!
Maybe buying the souvenir might have been a whole lot easier if you could have properly understood what the trader was saying in the first place, instead of you both gesticulating madly in sign language… Pity you didn’t think to download Navita Translator for Blackberry – might have done the trick. Type a few words into the app’s simple interface and choose one of the 50-odd languages to translate into. There you have it. Never be stuck for words again.
It’s a problem we all know and dread. You’re out and about enjoying yourself and soaking up the culture and atmosphere like the proverbial sponge. And just when you don’t need it, nature comes calling – big time. You can’t see a toilet for love nor money. Much too crowded to nip down a nearby alley.
ToiletFinder to the rescue! A quick, easy-to-use app with a database of over 60,000 toilets worldwide. It’s constantly updated, too. What a relief!
Know any useful little apps? Tell us about them.