Combine a busy travel schedule, an iPhone, and a thorough web search and you are certain to build a large listing of top iPhone travel applications (AKA apps). We are all familiar with the various do-it-yourself travel booking sites but what about more specialized digital tools accessible through the touch of our cell phone keypad? Here is a list of some not-so-common applications:
AroundMe, a free program by TweakerSoft, shows you what banks, bars, etc. are “around” you. You can search for all those important services; gas stations, restaurants, hotels, etc. A list of businesses and a Google map with location pins is provided in various categories.
FlightTrack by Mobiata provides real-time flight status, weather updates, and route maps in a variety of countries. There are several versions; FlightTrack, FlightTrack Pro (can be used with TripIt), and HotelPal. You can locate airport gates, monitor delays and see real-time tracking maps.
Gas Bag and GasBag Pro, by JamCode LLC, are iPhone and iPod apps that list local gas stations and prices on a map. The company also offers an iPhone app, myATM that runs on a database of over 250,000 ATM locations in the USA.
Gate Maps features maps of major international airport hubs (except Washington’s Reagan Airport (DCA) and New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA). You can interactively move from terminal to terminal and view gate information.
NextFlight offers real-time solutions when you miss a flight. Using origin, destination, and departure time, you can list all available flights, terminal and gate information, and flight status out of your current “stranded” location.
TripIt, “the road warrior’s secret weapon”, is an open web-based platform that easily integrates many sources of travel information. It will build, organize, and monitor travel itineraries through a variety of integrative services like booking and flight tracking services as well as calendar apps and social media networks.
Urbanspoon, an excellent food review website, is on the iPhone! Once you sign in, you can benefit from listings of over 60 US cities, Canada, the UK, and Australia.
In this ever-changing iPhone apps market, remind yourself to use an Internet search engine to scan the Web for “iPhone+apps+travel” on a regular basis. Last count of search engine result pages was over 200,000,000 and growing! If you use the Google search engine, consider the new Show Options feature in the top right area, to filter blogs or reviews.
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