Jan 07

Top 9 travel apps to download for 2014

by in Budget Tips, BudgetTraveller's Bible

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My iPad is my go-to entertainment device whenever am travelling. Without it, I am pretty lost.

That my happiness depends on one device is pathetic, but I have to admit…there are SO MANY cool things you can do with an iPad or any tablet device nowadays.

You can listen to your favourite music in one place, read your favourite magazine or blogs, play games, plan your trips, check the weather in your destination, watch movies or TV-there are hours of fun to be enjoyed with this device. Perfect for those long trips and hours stuck in transit or at an airport.

So in time honoured tradition followed by bloggers, I’ve compiled a list of my ….top 9 travel apps ( in no order, all are great) to download for your iPad, iPhone or tablet device.

PS: Scroll down to the bottom…and you will find a special bonus cool app to checkout that you may not have come across.

Love to hear your feedback on must downloadable apps for the iPad-comments and tips please.

Flipboard app

Flipboard

 

1. Flipboard ( £ Free )

I love the Flipboard app for turning my social network feed and news sites I follow into a flippable digital magazine. Flipping brilliant.

 

bloglovin

Bloglovin- Cool app that allows me to read my favourite blogs in one place like Adventurous Kate’s ! Woohoo for technology!

 

2. Bloglovin ( £ Free )

Want to follow all your favourite blogs ( including mine) in one place?

Following the death of Google Reader, Bloglovin has become my go to news-reader app to keep track of stories of all my favourite blogs in one place.

 

Duolingo- free language app

Duolingo

 

3. Duolingo: Learn Languages for Free ( £ Free )

If like me one of your new year’s resolutions was learning a new language then you should download Duolingo: Learn Languages for Free, a clever app where you can start learning Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian or English.

First few lessons are nice and easy- you’ll start off matching words with pictures, hearing what they sound like and saying words into your phone or tablet.

The app also has a “gamification” element , including a trumpet that celebrates your advancements, earning XP (experience) points and hearts, and keeping track of your progress.

 

4. Prizmo ( £ Free )

After every conference or networking event, I usually end up with a heap of business cards. Now I’ve discovered a cool free app called Prizmo (for iOS) ( or use HandyScanner for Android) which turns your phone into a portable scanner, allowing you to scan travel documents, receipts, business cards or hand-written notes and sketches

Naturally, you don’t carry around a flatbed scanner with you to digitize documents, receipts, business cards or hand-written notes and sketches.The app also enjoys features like “optical character recognition,” which will make the text editable and searchable with very good accuracy (though not perfect). Prizmo can detect words in more than 40 languages (10 are built-in) Cracking app.

Dots app

Dots

 

5. Dots: A game about connecting the dots ( £ Free )

For those hours lying idle in an airport or at a bus station, they are few games that I found that more addictive than Dots- it’s a simple puzzle game – trace lines and boxes of dots of the same colour on a grid and score points. It’s fun, addictive and relaxing.

 

6. Vivino Wine Scanner ( £ Free )

Do you enjoy a good glass of red wine on your travels?

Thankfully turns out a lot of other travellers do too. Now thanks to this new cool app called Vivino wine lovers can share their discoveries.

All you have to do is take a photo of the label of the wine you’ve just enjoyed and Vivino scans it and creates an entry where you details the price and your thoughts. You can then search for wines by several parameters, or just view what your friends are drinking. A great way to explore a destination-cheers!

 

Napster

Napster

 

7. Napster ( £10 a month )

Music plays a big part during my travels. They are pretty much the soundtrack to my trips. Gone are the days where I had to lug my CD’s or tapes around. Music is now digital. I’ve binned my Mp3 player and gone one step further- I recently have become a huge fan of the Napster app.

While I don’t own any of the music that’s download via Napster in terms of choice,  I do have an amazing music library to choose music from- 20 million tracks in total.

Presented with such a huge choice can be daunting so when I am not sure what music I want to listen to, then there’s always Napster ‘s Artist radio option. If you type in an artist’s name you like and press the radio button, Napster unearths similar tracks and artists for you. It is a great way of discovering new music. To use the mobile app, you need to cough up £10 a month. However with the option of downloading songs and listening to them offline, great sound quality and a fantastic music library to dip into-it’s money well spent.

 

8. World Around Me app ( Lite version – Free. Paid version- £0.99 )

Augmented reality apps are all the craze now and few are more cool and slick than the WAM- World Around Me app. Once you’ve downloaded the app you can discover a whole bunch of useful stuff for you, based on your gps- nearby restaurants, banks, bars & pubs, cafes, clothing stores, doctors and gas stations.

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Or you can just simply type into the ‘search’ box what you are looking for. I love good coffee so I popped into the search box ‘coffee’ and it immediately pulled up a bunch of coffee places in Funchal.

World Around Me- Augmented Reality Apps

World Around Me- Very cool augmented Reality Apps

Some good recommendations there- ‘O Calhau’ is a favourite of mine in Funchal. What I love about the app is gives you a rough estimate of the distance of the cafes from your position.

Once you click on the name of the cafe, besides the distance it also gives you the physical address, phone number and website.

Also, you can find reviews by locals below.

This is a really handy app that I recommend you try on your next trip. foursquare is still my go-to app for discovering places while I travel. However the augmented reality layer of WAM makes it much easier to see where things are in relation to you which is a functionality missing in Google Maps.

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9 Triptease ( £ Free )

The thing I love about Triptease is how via it’s army of travel teasers, it curates great travel experiences and via fantastic photography turns them into truly visual experiences. Once you open this app up, you are hooked. Your iPad never looked cooler. This is the perfect app for the armchair traveller.

Free movie download app

Free Movie Downloader App

 

My bonus tip is Video Downloader Pro app ( $3.99 ) where you can download movies from Youtube, Vimeo and watch them on your iPad during your travels. Just download the app and search for films, programmes in the search box. Once the show or film pops up you’ll find a pop-up come on your screen with the option to download the programme. Later, you can find the downloaded programme in your ‘files’ section.

I love watching my cooking programmes so via the app from Youtube I’ve managed to download the whole series of Rick Stein’s travels in India, few of Bourdain’s ‘No Reservations’ episodes plus a few full length movies like Crocodile Dundee.

 I hope you enjoyed my list. Love to hear your feedback and recommendations. Please comment below with your suggestions. Thank you.

9 Responses to “Top 9 travel apps to download for 2014”

  1. From Chris:

    Some great apps there Kash – I’ve just downloaded a couple I didn’t have!

    I’ve got a couple good ones you might be interested in;

    TouchNote – great app that turns you iPhone pics into postcards, cost around £1 each inc postage and you can even GPS tag it and use a pic of yourself as the stamp!

    Track My Tour – great app for plotting your adventure on a map and sharing with friends

    Pocket – great app for saving articles/webpages to be viewed later and offline, great for scrapping some blog content before a flight!

    Posted on January 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm #
    • From BudgetTraveller:

      Thanks for the tips- Track my Tour sounds v.interesting. Been looking for an app that allows me to plot my travels which later can be embedded into a post. Google Maps is grand but so dour….

      Pocket-heard great things..downloading right now!

      Posted on January 9, 2014 at 12:24 pm #
  2. From Jennifer:

    I did get an iPad for Christmas and now I have some new apps to check out!

    Posted on January 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm #
    • From BudgetTraveller:

      Hours, months of endless fun. So many cool apps to try out. Enjoy and hope you like the apps I recommended

      Posted on January 9, 2014 at 12:21 pm #
  3. From Jeanette:

    Hey Kash! Great list! Prizmo isn’t free for me though; 9.99 in the Canadian app store. Wonder if it’s worth paying for … ?

    Posted on January 8, 2014 at 8:25 am #
    • From BudgetTraveller:

      It’s a great app. Just downloaded ‘Tiny Scanner’ and giving it a try. It’s free on the app store, check it out.

      Posted on January 9, 2014 at 12:19 pm #
  4. From Justin @Cab2go:

    Really they would be awesome applications. I am using some of the apps on my iOS device. Thanks for sharing such a nice post with us.

    Posted on January 31, 2014 at 12:07 pm #
    • From BudgetTraveller:

      Cheers Justin…

      Can never have too many apps to checkout…. Cab2go.co.uk-will check you out :)

      Posted on January 31, 2014 at 2:50 pm #
  5. From Kenneth Garcia:

    I use Prizmo and Napster. Great list by the way! As for travel apps I also like FlightRadar (though more for fun that any actual benefit) and MapsWithMe. Though Google Maps are great, MapsWithMe works offline better. The maps have nice interface and are detailed. You should check it!

    Posted on February 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

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