Do you have friends or relatives that aren’t into social media? Do you love sending and/or receiving snail mail? There are so many photos I post to Facebook or Instagram that my parents never see. Now I can use Postagram to actually mail them pictures and a personalized note! There are different pricing options depending on whether you send one at a time or purchase credits. You create a postcard, write a personal message, enter the address, and send the card on its way. The company takes care of dropping the card in the mail so you don’t have to worry about finding a stamp or printing out the postcard. This is my new favorite app for keeping in touch with loved ones when traveling.
Field Trip works with Google to send you personalized alerts when something of interest is near your location. It includes a photo, historical facts, and pinpoints the location on Google Maps for you. You can set your favorites and also set it to notify you when are near points of interest. Similar to a virtual tour guide, this is a fun app to have along when you are visiting an unfamiliar city, teaching travelers new facts along the way.
This app allows you to do a few different things. You can find both free and public wi-fi that is near your current location, you can search for free and public wi-fi hotspots anywhere in the world, and you can download an offline database for finding public wi-fi when not online. This is super handy when traveling and in my daily life.
Pack Point is a packing list organizer that helps you plan for your next trip. It helps you identify what you need to pack in your luggage based on how long you’re traveling, the activities you have planned, and the weather at your destination. Once you have entered all of your itinerary needs, Pack Point creates a list for you to use and refer to as you place each item in your luggage. You can even customize the list with personalized items. This is something I can’t wait to use for our next trip.
Hipmunk is my new go to app for finding flights and hotel rooms. When it searches for flights the results are easy to read and color coded according to airline with wi-fi availability denoted right on the page (see the picture above on the right). Results are easy to filter and you can sign up for the site to send you updates if there are fare changes. The site is user friendly for both hotel and airline recommendations and I would highly recommend.
There have been numerous times we have waited and waited for transportation that never came. I wish we had known about the Transit App that provides real time bus, subway, Uber, and train schedules so you never have to wonder if things are running on time. Transit App works in most major U.S. and Canadian cities, and several international cities. The best part is that an internet connection isn’t even necessary to check the times! Definitely a must for our next trip.
Airbnb is one of my favorite options for accommodation because it allows travelers to connect with locals all over the world and stay at their properties. Rentals can often be cheaper than a hotel, making them very appealing for traveling families. Airbnb rentals run the gamut from a single bedroom in a home to luxurious mansions with swimming pools. Each property is unique which adds to the beauty of the experience. Renters are connected with home owners and Airbnb is the third party that matches them up and lays out the rules. We have found some fantastic properties through Airbnb and would highly recommend using their service.
One of the most frustrating experiences I have encountered when traveling has been needing a map and discovering I had no wi-fi connection. With City Maps 2Go users download city maps so they can use them on their mobile devices off line. Not only do users get maps, they also get access to Wikipedia and Wikipedia Travel guides. There are over 6,700 offline maps, millions of points of interest and half a million Wikipedia abstracts of sites and attractions. This definitely comes in handy.
All of these apps are available on both the iOS and Android operating systems. The links I have included will take you to the iTunes page for the apps I’ve listed.